All You Need To Know About The Email Scandal
WASHINGTON ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? Karl Rove and other White House employees were cautioned in employee manuals, memos and briefings to carefully save any e-mails that might discuss official matters even if those messages came from private e-mail accounts, the White House disclosed Friday. [..]
The documents included a memorandum from then-White House General Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales, who is now attorney general, cautioning employees that “any e-mail relating to official business ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ qualifies as a presidential record.”
The instructions dwell on the importance of separating political from official acts. But they also explain that all e-mail sent “to your official account is automatically archived as if it were a presidential record.” The manual adds: “If you happen to receive an e-mail on a personal account which otherwise qualifies as a presidential record, it is your duty to insure that it is saved as such by printing it out and saving it or by forwarding it to your White House e-mail account,” the manual said.
I don’t know about you, but this “No Accountability Ever!” example the administration is setting seems like it could be pretty damaging to our collective behavior overall. I mean, it’s gotten beyond ridiculous at this point. Now we’re into surreal territory.
At the very least, Rove and staff should be fired for incompetence.
Something tells me that ain’t gonna happen.