Friday, March 03, 2006

Cambone's notes from 9/11/2001 show that Saddam was going down submitted an electronic Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Defense to obtain Cambone's notes from that day.

The released notes document Donald Rumsfeld's 2:40PM instructions to General Myers to find the "[b]est info fast . . . judge whether good enough [to] hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] at same time - not only UBL [Usama Bin Laden]".

In related news, the National Archives and Records Administration published a
final rule on email record retention in the February 21st Federal Register, allowing federal employees to delete "transitory emails" at will.

Transitory records are defined as follows: Records of short-term (180 days or
less) interest, including in electronic form (e.g., e-mail messages), which have minimal or no documentary or evidential value.

There is a tremendous amount of work involved in maintaining such records government-wide, but, given the current adminstration's handling of the Plame investigation emails, it is my opinion that all Senior Executives in the Federal Government should be required to archive EVERYTHING they do via email.

Who knows, what may look like it doesn't have documentary value, may provide just the clue a special prosecutor was looking for...


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