Obama Administration Cleaning Up Bush Email Scandal Mess
Remember just after Obama was inaugurated? Yes, the day after…when liberals were screaming that Obama was continuing Bush policies with DoJ obstructionism. Liberals were upset that the “Obama DoJ” dismissed a lawsuit filed by CREW and the National Security Archives regarding their attempt to retrieve over 22 million “lost “ Bush era emails.
Turns out, that decision had been made before Obama took office.
Turns out, the original dismissal was made under the Bush DoJ and was supposed to be released the week before Obama took office, but suffered some delay (perhaps like Laura Bush’s suddenly unavailable guest home?).
Good news for liberals. It’s OK to support your President again, we got it all wrong! But believe us NEXT time when we tell you that he is Bush…because next time…It will be true!
The old right wing knows how to play the left’s justified concern over justice, truth and transparency to a t! Oh, I’m sure the unplanned delay of the announcement wasn’t politically motivated. LOL. I mean, just because everything else in the Bush Justice Dept was is no reason to think….Sure, many of the same people who were illegally appointed under Bush are still in the DoJ. But I’m still sure it’s all Obama’s fault. Even if he fixed it.
It turns out that both parties (CREW and NSA) were able to re-file after Obama took office and resolve the problem to their satisfaction.
See, it seems in spite of the federal law to maintain an email archival system and the Clinton administration’s implementation of just such an archival system, the Bush administration couldn’t keep track of those pesky things. Emails got mislabeled, misfiled, and sometimes just vanished! I’m shocked, I tell ya’. Shocked.
Maybe it’s because the Bush administration disconnected the Clinton archival system around 2003. I hear those things need to be on to actually work. I’m sure it was just an accident. I’m thinkin’ you don’t want to hunt or email with The Dick, cuz he seems super accident prone and forgetful.
The good news is that the Bush emails which were “lost” during the period of March 2003-Oct 2005 have been restored and the Obama administration has agreed to restore another 33 days worth of missing Bush era emails. That whooshing noise you just heard was the collective sphincter tightening of Chimp, Rotund One, and The Dick. Gee, I hope they have good healthcare.
I’m sure teabaggers everywhere are shouting that anyone can lose an email or 22 million and this partisan research must stop! But according to Meredith Fuchs, general counsel to the National Security Archive, case law clearly states that every email should be saved and archived.
This would be why the Clinton administration (you know, the competent one who had to be impeached because Republicans can’t stand being out of power) so wisely set up just such a system. But just like the Republicans tore the solar panels off the white house, they shut down the email archival system and then did nothing to fix the problem that they were in violation of several federal laws.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., points out that the Bush administration had been dismissive of congressional requests, oversight and the public’s right to know. Ya’ think? People wondered why Congress wasn’t doing anything. Kind of hard to insist on democracy with a dictator.
“The tally of missing e-mails, the additional searches and the settlement are the latest development in a political controversy that stemmed from the Bush White House’s failure to install a properly working electronic record keeping system. Two federal laws require the White House to preserve its records.
Meredith Fuchs, general counsel to the National Security Archive, said “many poor choices were made during the Bush administration and there was little concern about the availability of e-mail records despite the fact that they were contending with regular subpoenas for records and had a legal obligation to preserve their records.”
“We may never discover the full story of what happened here,” said Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director. “It seems like they just didn’t want the e-mails preserved. Sloan said the latest count of misplaced e-mails “gives us confirmation that the Bush administration lied when they said no e-mails were missing.””
Maybe the Republicans should rename themselves “Catch Me if You Can!” party. It has panache and it’s just more fittin’. They could all wear Fascist “flight” (pun!) uniforms with flag pins on the lapels and try to con/steal/grift as much as they can from middle class Americans before said middle class rolls over in a final whimper of submission.
Now, is the time period of these “missing” emails ringing a bell for you, too? March 2003- Oct 2005. Hmmm….I mean, it’s not like they had anything to hide….US invasion Iraq, torture, Katrina, Plame, etc. Sure as heck couldn’t have lost those emails on purpose! Say it ain’t so, Joe!
Yup. Sounds like the “liberal” groups (according to Republicans, CREW is a “partisan liberal” group, which I guess is an admission that only liberals care about ethics) doing “opposition” research; aka, demanding justice. to clean up mess left behind by the Bush administration. Cue the poutrage, slander and whines from old white men.
Remember the liberals denouncing Obama in January? Where are the retractions? When the lawyer for the NSA has this to say, “the Obama administration is making a strong effort to clean up the electronic data mess left behind by the prior administration,” we should be proud of our President.
Yep. Never daunted by cleaning up after destructive, careless white men, the Obama administration is making a strong effort to restore the lost emails from the Bush Reign of Terror.
Yes we can, and yes we will.