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Comment: Re:Not really the point (Score 1) 411

by osxadvocate (#22903830) Attached to: White House Says Hard Drives Were Destroyed

Read your regulations. HIPPA (medical record) regulations alone require the destruction of any data like that using national-security level tools.

Medical records? We're talking about violations of the Presidential Records Act. All Presidential and Vice Presidential records have to be archived by the Office of Administration with mechanisms for restriction and public access (e.g. the Freedom of Information Act). Read the Act which says that the Whitehouse should "take all such steps as may be necessary to assure that the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance of his constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties are adequately documented ... and maintained as Presidential records."

This is a non-story, and the only reason it's being pushed time and again is as a kludge to try to attack Bush. I'll admit there are a hell of a lot of reasons to attack Bush (the bribery and scams over illegal immigration/amnesty alone!), but this one isn't it.

There's mounting evidence suggesting intelligence on Iraq's supposed WMD program and links to al Qaeda was being "fixed" and/or inflated to justify a war by the Bush Administration. Eighty-eight White House officials, including Karl Rove and Andrew Card, supposedly used RNC e-mails accounts for official White House work, which is illegal since these officials are required to use .gov accounts and not personal e-mail accounts. There's also suspicions that the Justice Department under Alberto Gonzalez knew this and took no action to stop it. These e-mails have been requested by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate; perfectly legal, perfectly reasonable.

Put your best foot forward. Or just call in and say you're sick.