Feeds

Judge OKs lawsuits seeking Dubya's lost email

225 days of missing messages

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

A federal judge upheld lawsuits pressing the Bush administration to recover millions of potentially missing emails just two-and-a-half months before it leaves office.

US District Judge Henry Kennedy rejected the government's request to throw out lawsuits filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive. They seek a court order directing the archivist of the United States to restore deleted email.

Kennedy said the Federal Records Act, which was upheld in a previous case before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, provides for precisely the relief being sought by the two private groups. The Bush administration had argued that courts lacked the authority to direct the White House to retrieve the missing messages.

At issue in the case is some 65,000 backup tapes holding as many as 225 days worth of email dating to 2003. A White House document obtained by the Associated Press said the emails may be missing. In February, a former White House computer expert told Congress the White House had no complete inventory of email and that there was no automatic means to archive and preserve electronic messages. The official also said that until mid-2005, the email system had serious security flaws.

Under Kennedy's ruling, the White House will be required to preserve the backup tapes. Once President-elect Barack Obama takes office, his administration can "do the right thing here and clean up this mess by ensuring that any missing emails are restored from computer backup tapes," Meredith Fuchs, the National Security Archive's general counsel, told the AP.

The AP's story is here. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.