The mother of all coincidences
Posted April 20, 2007

According to a report issued by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, the White House has mismanaged its internal e-mail archiving system and as a result has lost five million e-mails.

This massive failure to archive and protect these historical records happened, oddly enough, at a time when the White House was preparing the invasion of Iraq while also dealing with investigations for pre-war intelligence.

We all know how that turned out. We at the Campus Times think that if this is a coincidence, well, it’s the mother of all coincidences.
How convenient it is for the White House to have no “paper trail” to follow their actions from March 2003 to October 2005.

What’s even more convenient is the Office of Administration, which is in charge of information technology and records for the president, currently has no sort of record managing system that is effective at this time.

This e-mailing archiving system, which was assembled during the Clinton administration, was dissolved when the Bush administration moved in and was not replaced with any working alternative.

As it stands now, White House e-mails are saved in bulk to a random hard drive and are neither sorted nor organized therefore making it unbelievably difficult for anyone to make sense of them.

Needless to say, finding one e-mail in particular is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

This makes the lives of people like Karl Rove so much easier.

Now, because this massive loss in e-mail happened during the CIA leak of Valerie Plame Wilson’s identity, Rove has an easier time of pleading ignorance.

In addition to this, many White House officials have been known to use their Republican National Convention e-mail accounts, which are unofficial accounts, for business related issues.

In the past, the RNC would delete user e-mails every 30 days. This lasted only until 2004, but even after that e-mails could be deleted manually. This policy has ended only recently.

Karl Rove prefers using his RNC account, however there are no records of his actions prior to 2005, which is when the RNC instated special procedures to Roves e-mail, which prevent him from deleting e-mails.

When asked why there are no archives of his e-mails prior to 2005 the RNC responded that Rove must have manually deleted all his e-mails from the server.

This is just one outrageous example of how this administration has decided to ignore procedure and make-up their own rules.

Administrative officials and politicians are supposed to be working for the public and therefore all their business should be done in public. How can five million e-mails have been obliviously lost?

The White House seems to be playing the stupid card on this scandal, but we’re not buying it.

The United States is a democracy, but this administration is acting like a dictatorship. They seem to feel as though they know what’s best for everyone and should not have to own up to their actions, much less have archival proof of them.

This is a sad step backwards for a country that was built on governmental honesty.

In 1776 America broke away from Britain because it didn’t want to be corruptly controlled.

But now, it’s 2007 and it seems as though we are moving backwards.

We at Campus Times are disheartened by yet another scandal from this administration. Is it too much to ask for a government that is just and good? We can only hope that the next administration sets a better example for the future of this country.

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