Feeds

Judge OKs lawsuits seeking Dubya's lost email

225 days of missing messages

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.