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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Law requires preservation of email records!

A lot of people have the idea that all emails are just worthless pieces of junk and so it is OK to block emails that are sent to others. For example, Kevin Bankston (bankston@eff.org), a sleazy unscrupulous staff shyster of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, threatened to block my emails addressed to other EFF staffers. However, under a law called the Presidential Records Act, emails are considered to be vital records that must be preserved. An AOL news article says,
WASHINGTON (June 19) - E-mail records are missing for 51 of the 88 White House officials who had electronic message accounts with the Republican National Committee, the House Oversight Committee said Monday.

The Bush administration may have committed "extensive" violations of a law requiring that certain records be preserved, said the committee's Democratic chairman, adding that the panel will deepen its probe into the use of political e-mail accounts.

The committee's interim report said the number of White House officials who had RNC e-mail accounts, and the number of messages they sent and received, were more extensive than previously realized.

The administration has said that about 50 White House officials had RNC e-mail accounts during Bush's presidency. But the House committee found at least 88.

The RNC has preserved e-mails from some of the heaviest users, including 140,216 messages sent or received by Bush's top political adviser in the White House, Karl Rove . However, "the RNC has preserved no e-mails for 51 officials," said the interim report, issued by committee chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif. . .

"Given the heavy reliance by White House officials on RNC e-mail accounts, the high rank of the White House officials involved, and the large quantity of missing e-mails," the report said, "the potential violation of the Presidential Records Act may be extensive."

The records act requires presidents to assure that "the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance" of their duties are "adequately documented ... and maintained," the report said . . .

. . . Congressional Democrats are investigating whether White House officials used RNC e-mail accounts to conduct overtly political, and perhaps improper, activities such as planning which U.S. prosecutors to fire and preparing partisan briefings for employees in federal agencies.

Anyway, considering that these emails are supposed to be preserved, I wonder why people would use these emails for conspiratorial purposes.



Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

The idiot strikes out again! Is there any concept so simple that he can understand it?

The law requires preservation of certain e-mail records. It does not require the preservation of spam.

Your claim is like saying that since you must keep tax records for seven years, the governmnent therefore finds junk mail to be highly valuable and you must save that too.

Don't bother to comment. We know that you won't understand this.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 7:45:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

ViW wheezed,

>>>>>> The law requires preservation of certain e-mail records. It does not require the preservation of spam. <<<<<<

You stupid fathead -- the law makes very narrow exceptions regarding what must be preserved:

(2) The term “Presidential records” . . . .
(B) does not include any documentary materials that are
(i) official records of an agency (as defined in section 552 (e) [1] of title 5, United States Code);
(ii) personal records;
(iii) stocks of publications and stationery; or
(iv) extra copies of documents produced only for convenience of reference, when such copies are clearly so identified.

No mention of "spam" there.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

You stupid fathead -- the law does not apply to private citizens deleting spam. The categories that it does apply to are very narrow.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 3:11:00 PM  

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