It shouldn’t matter whether there’s a pubbie or a Dim in the WH - if the law says they have to archive the files, then they have to archive the files.
If they intentionally fail to archive files the law says they have to archive, then there is corruption in the WH. Whether the President is a Republican or a Democrat.
FR was founded on the principle of exposing corruption in government. Judging from some of the replies on this thread, it seems FR has a measure of corruption as well.
True, but there are limits to that. The law may specify how long the retention period is, allowing deletion thereafter. If it does not specify any retention period, then they must be archived forever.
If they were archived to magnetic tapes, the tapes will be readable for about 10 years and then start to deteriorate. They may not be readable after that. The tapes may have been recycled due to the increasing difficulty of getting high quality magnetic tape.
It shouldnt matter whether theres a pubbie or a Dim in the WH - if the law says they have to archive the files, then they have to archive the files.
The article does offer this.. fwiw
“In the absence of a permanent archiving system, the White House has been archiving e-mails on White House servers since early in the administration.”
I can’t speak to the entirety but I do know that things do go bump in the night , even on well managed networks. (I may be making a leap that the workstations/computers affected are technically involved are all networked)
it may strike folks odd that standards today for retaining an archive for corporations is an automatic just to allow for proper discovery for any number of legal or other reasons, yet I don’t believe that same government does not currently require the same.
In fairness, technology can be a real bugger to blend in an environment like the federal or state government.
as to FR, I am not sure what legal requirement might apply for saving of data. I know I must have thousands of old mail still clogging up the servers but I believe we have that luxury by the design of the operators behind the scenes at the FR server farm.
as to others opinions, maybe some have bad experiences with email in general or see how it could be used as the basis of a witch hunt by either party .. when we have more important issues at hand to address.
as drudge is want to do sometimes..
Judge Facciolo and some background re: e-discovery
has some interesting comments albeit this particular instance is about searching for dat/information, however it may shed some light on the Judge’s attitude as well.
scroll down a ways and you will find a piece
Criminal Case Raises Interesting e-Discovery Search Issues
a brief snippet..
Overall, in this opinion, Judge Facciola demonstrates a tolerance for the mistakes made by both sides, and a willingness to move on and look for practical solutions to the problem. Again, Alexander Pope said it well almost 300 years ago: To err is human, to forgive divine. Also recall Popes lesser known quote: A man should never be ashamed to own that he is wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
That is an everyday reality in the fast changing world of e-discovery.