Federal law requires preservation of electronic communications. .

It is like lifting a bandage and finding out that not only is the scab missing, but the wound has turned puss-filled, even gangrenous. The AttorneyGate scandal has mushroomed into something big enough to eclipse the entire administration. Here's why:


Just a quick overview:

8 lawyers canned

Had it not been for the bloggers and the internet tubes, no one would have noticed this incredible attack on independent DOJ attorneys. 

Monica Goodling pleads the 5th

Proof positive that Regent University is pumping out idiots and morons, with 150 of them probably as bad, or worse. Had she kept quiet, it would have blown over. instead, she raised eyebrows, and therefore interest.

White House e-mails turned over, many missing

Oh wow, 3,000 DOCUMENTS turned over! except they weren't. Edited, selectively chosen, this news dump is turning out to be a problem for the DOJ and Karl Rove.

Goodling resigns

This was a shocker. WHAT DID SHE KNOW? and what is she hiding? 

Political pressure applied to fire US Attorneys

Bit by bit, the public learns that something really unseemly, perhaps illegal occurred. What ever it was, it ain't pretty.

US Attorneys pressured to pursue Democrats on voter fraud nationwide

The first shoe drops. Politicization of the DOJ is now a fact, not some paranoid drug induced fiction. We also learn that the government futzed with voter fraud data, hiding evidence that there is little voter fraud anywhere, except in the minds of political warriors working for Karl Rove. 

Alberto goes to school

The idea that the ATTORNEY GENERAL of the entire USA has to be trained on how to testify before congress is astounding. Either he is a criminal, (and hiding things) or he is an idiot(and not capable of handling the office), or he is incompetent. 

Alberto flunks out

Maybe all three. 

More evidence of missing e-mails

The idea that an entire branch of government deliberately created a separate, secret, and hidden communications system for top administration people, his political leaders (Karl Rove) and the DOJ people (who were tasked with pushing 93 US attorneys to do their politically-based attacks) is itself criminal. “Amazing” is simply not strong enough to describe it. 

  Shadow communications violate federal law. How could this story get any worse?  First, the White House says that only 22 people ever used it. So sorry. On second thought, 50 people used it. And in response to a legal demand to turn over all these records, guess what happens.

"Ahem, we just lost SEVERAL MILLION E-Mails and instant messages." 



Slowly, from this murky swamp a few truths become clear. This administration knowingly, deliberately, and repeatedly broke the law, hiding communications in an effort to prevent anyone from finding out what they were doing with the DOJ. They routinely pressured existing US attorneys to do their political bidding, using the entire federal legal system to attack democratic voters, politicians and anyone else who stood in their way. 

In essence, this was an attack on our democratic form of government. They almost succeeded. Had they stolen enough votes last November, they probably would have. 


This incredible string of events raises another burning issue. Compared to the hundreds of pointless, wasteful, and destructive investigations raised by the GOP during Clinton's presidency, there has been only one investigation – the one that led to Scooter Libby's conviction. Anyone willing to bet that Patrick Fitzgerald never learned about the secret, hidden e-mail and blackberry systems while he investigated Cheney, Libby, Rove and others? 


Obstruction of justice? You bet. Time for a revolution. Let's put them all in jail before they destroy this country beyond repair. 

 

8 Responses to "Federal law requires preservation of electronic communications. ."

  1. Hal Brown  April 15, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Another place email ends up is on the hard drives of the recipient’s computers, and on the hard drives of any computers that the email recipient may have forwarded the email to.

    Say you send me an email and I open it on three computers. Iit ends up on three of my own hard drives, and on the computer of my server, for sure. If I forward it to someone else, it ends up on their server, their computer, etc. and etc. and etc.

    If along the way anyone prints a hard copy it ends up there as well.

    If I’m worried about covering my own ass and you send me an email suggesting I do something unethical you bet I am going to keep a copy.

    In the bad old days or good old days depending on whether you were honest or dishonest, all that was needed was a paper shredder to hide wrong-doing.

    Even if someone manages to completely destroy every copy of an email up to and including where it was on own server’s mainframe, that message can still still be on my computer, on paper in a real file drawer, and in the computers of anybody to whom I sent a copy.

  2. Joe Keegan  April 13, 2007 at 10:35 am

    with a qualifier: only YOUR electronic communications are subject to this law. We had a State Attorney here in Florida who deleted some important e-mails because he thought that the server in Tallahassee would save them, uh-huh. There’s one law for “them” and one for the hoi polloi, who still hold onto some silly antiquated and inconvenient notion of rights and being treated equally. Also, have you noticed that the Mandarin class, which universally holds the US Constitution in contempt, developes a sudden reverence for it, expecially the Fifth Amendment, when it concerns them? BTW, wasn’t there some prosecutor named Archie something or other that some other politian fired when he no longer served at his pleasure and became inconvenient if not embarassing? Firing those US Attorneys under the circumstances in which they were fired is a very big deal.

  3. Grover Syck  April 13, 2007 at 11:23 am

    With current rules and procedures, it is, to say the least, difficult to totally delete email. There are multiple servers along the way that keep copies, not just the sender and recipient.

    The email is out there. It is just a matter of finding out where.

    If it IS totally deleted, it was not an accident.

  4. Steven Horn  April 13, 2007 at 11:45 am

    if you consider the constitution to just be a scrap of paper
    then you would not, I am certain, give consideration to any
    other laws that, for you, were an inconvenience.

    Matters not, given the nature of electronic communications
    those records are not gone. They may have been deleted from
    a laptop computer or two, perhaps even from a server or
    disk array (RAID), but they’re out there, lurking on a
    redundant server, forgotten on a backup tape or unwittingly
    saved to a Yahoo email account.

    The truth is out there ….

  5. beccy  April 13, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    It really makes me wonder why they have gotten so sloppy. Maybe this is why daddy was crying. Prince george has made a mess that even he can’t clean up. I always wondered if they stole the white house so that they could cover up the messes made by george the first. Maybe while uncovering the crimes of george the least they might find a few left by good old Dad. It must be hard to be so old and have to worry about getting patted down to go see your son.

  6. Wayne K Dolik  April 13, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Wayne Madsen has a very good background in Intelligence and Computer Security. Last night Wayne put out the locations of the lost E-Mails. Here is the link for our readers.

    http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

  7. SEAL  April 16, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    I see congress and just about everyone else has
    Bought into the diversion again. Consider this:

    The court in you home town issues a subpoena for
    records in a civil case. The defendent says he
    can’t find them. The court gives him a few days
    to find them. After that, the judge says, “I find
    you in contempt, you will sit in jail until those
    records are produced.” Unless the defendent can
    prove that the records were destroyed by fire, theft,
    or some other event not of the defendent’s causing
    he will jailed until they are produced or the cows
    come home.

    Congressional committees have the same power. But
    instead of using it, as they should, the whole world
    goes on a treasure hunt while Rove, Bush, et.al. laughs
    their collective asses off at the stupids.

    It’s obvious what is going on. Why do they allow it?
    If you want to stop criminals you must deal with them
    as criminals. Most members of congress have law degrees.
    It isn’t like they don’t know this shit.

  8. justanothercoverup  April 27, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Right now there should be an all-out effort to find those “5 million emails” that have disappeared from the White House system as well as the RNC system(s). They are recoverable, unless they were deleted in a manner that was guaranteed to leave no traces; if they cannot be recovered, that in itself is evidence they were deleted on purpose. I believe that “intent” will be provable based on how the emails were actually deleted. (I’ve been in IT for approx. 15 years.)There are too many steps necessary to delete so many emails and make it so they cannot be recovered for it to be an accident.

    Does Congress have the power to subpoena those servers? What about all of the RNC laptops? They may have been able to cover-up what was on the servers, but to think that 50 laptops ALL have said emails deleted beyond recovery is utterly impossible unless it was facilitated by techs that cleaned each system.(And made sure to over-write all of the areas on the hard drive(s) where the emails were stored.) The very nature of permanently deleting those emails is proof that it was orchestrated and conducted on purpose – not by accident.

    I’d bet anything that if forensic computer experts do “find” those lost emails, they will prove a conspiracy in regard election fraud that originated at the highest levels, evidence that the Bush administration has been spying on their political adversaries via the NSA wiretapping program, and hopefully, damning evidence in the AttorneyGate scandal.

    This is the proverbial “straw that broke the camels back” – but only if we can effectively investigate and subpoena ALL of the suspect systems before theycan be professionally “cleaned.” It’s time to force the Bush administrations hand and physically impound those systems for evidentiary purposes.

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