Doesn’t the NSA have Backups of Whitehouse Emails?

Explain something to me. The NSA is spying (illegally) on all Americans, recording all of their e-mails in a massive database.

Bush has stopped blatantly lying to Americans and is pretty much just admitting to it now.

However, the Whitehouse seems to be missing a lot of their email (some of which sent over normal channels like AT&T, Sprint, etc) which they’re required by law to maintain.

The White House admitted to Congress last fall, according to members who were present at the closed-door session, that archives have gone missing for hundreds of days’ worth of e-mail messages.

The reported gaps coincide with critical days in some particularly sensitive issues, including inquiries into intelligence failures in the Iraq war and White House leaks about the C.I.A. agent Valerie Plame Wilson.

The stakes are substantial. White House archives, including messages about sensitive policy discussions, are required by law to be preserved for historians and for possible legal demands. The reported gaps involve 473 days in a 20-month period from 2003 to 2005.

For a moment let’s ignore the stupidity of asking the fox to guard the hen house (a 3rd party should be archiving the email in real time).

Why can’t we just use the NSA’s database to restore these emails?

The answer is of course political. The Bush administration WANTS these emails deleted.

So they can spy on innocent American but they can’t be held accountable when they’ve potentially (probably) committed a felony?

We are a nation of men, not of laws.

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