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Missing White House Email Records Can Remain Secret, Judge Rules

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Missing White House Email Records Can Remain Secret, Judge Rules
A federal judge ruled Monday that a White House office that has records about millions of possibly missing emails does not have to make them public. US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly says the Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act, enabling the White House to maintain the secrecy of a lengthy internal paper trail about its problem-plagued email system.

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Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I don't know flutter and does it matter really? Just like any organization they too have a right to protect themselves and their employees. I guess I'm just one of those people that believes that sometimes there are things that it's just best we don't know. I don't think it's necessary for citizens to know asolutely everything that the government does. I believe they have a right to some privacy and secrecy in some of their doings. (I'm sure many will disagree with me). As far as this particular issue goes I'm not sure if I agree with it or not, I don't know enough about what happened to form an opinion on it. Remember too though, the FOIA had to be able to apply to all government agencies (department of justice, department of the interior, etc.) not just the White House.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
i wonder how many lawyers the white house hired to make those records fit into that classified section
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
While the agencies are required to disclose requested records, the agencies also have the right to decline the request if it falls under 1 of 9 specific exemptions in the FOIA. The 9 exemptions are: 1. Those documents properly classified as secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy; 2. Related solely to internal personnel rules and practices; 3. Specifically exempted by other statutes; 4. A trade secret or privileged or confidential commercial or financial information obtained from a person; 5. A privileged inter-agency or intra-agency memorandum or letter; 6. A personnel, medical, or similar file the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy; 7. Compiled for law enforcement purposes, the release of which - could reasonably be expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings, - would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication, - could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, - could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source, - would disclose techniques, procedures, or guidelines for investigations or prosecutions, or - could reasonably be expected to endanger an individual's life or physical safety; 8. Contained in or related to examination, operating, or condition reports about financial institutions that the SEC regulates or supervises; or 9. And those documents containing exempt information about gas or oil wells. this was taken from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website (or sec.gov)
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Let's just pack it in. Seriously, no one is even pretending anymore.
stephley stephley 8 years
"i thought this is why we had the freedom of information act" It is. Since 1978, this office did respond to FOIA requests, then the Bush Administration changed the rule.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i love that picture of bush. he's like, playing doom or something... amazing.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Sigh.
syako syako 8 years
Yeah the Queen would be cool!!!
janneth janneth 8 years
Sy, would you like it better if it was "the Queen said this today"? :spa:
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
while im really not pro-white house airing their dirty laundry, i thought this is why we had the freedom of information act
syako syako 8 years
funny you said that steph, when I read the headline about Saudi Arabia and "the King saying he'll up the oil supply" I briefly thought to myself, it must be fun being able to say "the King said this today." But then I remembered how not fun that would be. :true:
stephley stephley 8 years
It'll be nice when the transition is over and the American president is simply crowned King.
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