Trump Now Faces New Peril From an Archaic Practice — Hoarding Paper Records

From a story on axios.com headlined “Why Trump docs are on literal paper”:

The FBI’s seizure of 11 sets of classified documents — paper, in boxes! — made us wonder why, in the cloud era of digital everything, the U.S. government still relies so heavily on physical stuff.

The answer: The classified bureaucracy remains paper-heavy because of the security vulnerabilities of standard commercial devices, Axios national security reporter Zachary Basu writes.

  • Classified databases and email accounts that meet the federal government’s cybersecurity requirements exist, of course. But they generally require sitting at a terminal and viewing the information on a screen. Paper can be a lot easier in a meeting.