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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

GWB43: The scandal gains momentum

First the L.A. Times broke through -- and now other major media organs have noticed the scandal. Here's CNN:
The Presidential Records Act, passed during the Nixon administration, requires the preservation of all official records of and about the president.

A White House spokesman defended the use of outside e-mail accounts as an appropriate method of separating official business from political campaign work.

But the use of those accounts by officials discussing the firings -- and one from now-imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- have led a liberal watchdog group to accuse administration of trying to skirt the law governing preservation of presidential records.
Finally! That's the kind of coverage I've been waiting for. Jack gets mentioned right away -- and the official White House spin stands revealed as sheer deception.

And as for the "Blame Bill" strategy...
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said staffers used different computers "to have a separate e-mail account for political activities."

Stanzel said that procedure was modeled on "the historical practice of previous administrations." But John Podesta, who served as White House chief of staff in the Clinton administration, disputed that.

"It doesn't appear that they were doing what we did, which was to segregate political activity from official activity," he said.
There's hope for the mainstream media. God help me, but at times like this, I really think there is hope.

Oh, and you'll enjoy this post on a blog called Neomeme (a site previously unknown to me): "Strange Domains Registered by the RNC -- Not Just gwb43.com."
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The White House Email Controversy Heats Up

http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2007/04/4124_the_white_house.html

The hidden scandal in the administration’s already scandalous purge of eight U.S. Attorneys is the discovery that White House officials have been regularly communicating using nongovernmental email addresses, some of them administered by the Republican National Committee. As we reported a couple weeks ago, this seems a blatant attempt to prevent emails from being archived by the White House computer system and potentially flouts the Presidential Records Act, a law enacted after Watergate to ensure that the papers of presidents and their advisor's are adequately preserved (and eventually made available to the public).
 
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