Patt Morrison for December 15, 2009

The Bush Administration’s inbox mystery: 22 million missing emails

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Given all of the controversy and secrecy surrounding many of the Bush administration’s national security decisions over eight years, the White House email from 2000 – 2008 must contain some juicy reading. To that end, two advocacy groups had sued the former administration in search of some 22 million emails that the Executive Office of the President claimed were missing or destroyed. Turns out that the emails were retrievable (they were found) and that there are dozens more days’ worth of potentially lost email from the Bush years. How does all of that valuable information get lost, and what does this mean for presidential secrecy?

Guest:

Meredith Fuchs, general counsel to National Security Archives; they just settled a suit they brought against the Bush Administration


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