- The Iraq War
- Abu Graib
- The Valerie Plame Outing Incident
- The 2004 Election
- The fired U.S. Attorney Scandal connected to voter fraud issues supposedly not properly prosecuted by those U.S. Attorneys who were fired.
Meoaw. And, some folks thought those e-mails were just buried in cyberspace never to be found. Aren’t they glad someone finally took the time to discover where they had disappeared to?
Thanks to the National Security Archive and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) suing the Executive Office of the President in 2007 under George W. Bush for not properly archiving these more than 22 million missing e-mails that belong to the American people, finally, the Obama Administration quickly recovered them. According to the National Security Archive website, the initial lawsuit filed in 2007 requested that the Office of the Executive President (OEP) cough up 5 million e-mails between March 2003 to October 2005.
However, it is clear that many more e-mails were discovered missing during this crucial period of time. Was there a concerted effort by certain Bush administration officials to purposely circumvent the Presidential Records Act which requires archiving EOP e-mails? Do I smell something foul coming from that computer server?
Spilled Milk Complaints from Bush White House Spokesperson
However, spilled milk complaints from former Bush White House spokesperson Scott Stanzel accused CREW and National Security Archive of trying to “create a spooky conspiracy out of standard IT issues,” according to an article by Pete Yost of Associated Press in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Stanzel claimed the emails were found before Bush left office.
Was this before or after the law suit filed in 2007?
Gee, it’s surprising that the Bush Administration had so much trouble finding their own e-mails even though they had lots of capable technical staff like Republican IT expert, Michael Connell. Unfortunately, Michael Connell died mysteriously in his private plane when it crashed on December 19, 2008 on a return flight from the Washington area to Akron, Ohio.
Michael Connell’s Convenient Plane Crash
Was Michael Connell the Computer Expert Who Knew Too Much?
The question: Did Michael Connell try to find the e-mails before his untimely demise, or was he trying to lose them for Karl Rove and others in the “tubes” of cyberspace? Surely someone must know the truth.
The tally is still out on the extent to how many e-mails were somehow misplaced and/or mislabeled by the George W. Bush administration. What is clear is that the Bush Administration deliberately decided to disconnect the archive system put in place by former President William Jefferson Clinton. Now why do you suppose they did that?
According to Meredith Fuchs, general counsel from the National Security Archive,
“Many poor choices were made during the Bush administration and there was little concern about the availability of e-mail records, despite the fact that they were contending with regular subpoenas for records and had a legal obligation to preserve their records.” (from Associated Press)
Was that deliberate bad IT work or was it deliberate IT work? Who might have put those inconvenient e-mails in the mislabeled folders?
Are these 22+ million missing E-mails Bush’s 18 missing minutes a la Richard Nixon?
Let’s hope the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee pursue questions like these in the near future.
What Will Be Done with the Found E-mails?
The National Archive will now sift through the e-mails and process them according to procedures for releasing presidential and agency records, and that may take a while, hopefully not four or more years as some predict. And, if damning evidence is found in those e-mails about misuse of the government for political ends or of deliberate election rigging in 2004, will anything be done about it?
The important thing is to make sure this type of subterfuge does not happen now or in the future, and that if any laws were broken, the proper parties are effectively prosecuted.
Big Applause to CREW and National Security Archive for their determined efforts to bring the missing 22 million e-mails and more to the light of day.