A Muckrakers Paradise: 22 million missing Bush White House e-mails found

For those about to rake:

Two nonprofit groups say that computer technicians have found 22 million White House e-mails from the administration of President George W. Bush.

We salute you!

Some more from CREW:


Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in
Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive (NSA) reached a
final settlement of their long-running lawsuits challenging the failure
of the Bush White House and the National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA) to take any action after confronted with evidence
that millions of emails had gone missing from Bush White House servers
over a two and one-half year period. The lawsuits followed CREW’s
revelation in April 2008 that the White House had discovered the
problem in the fall of 2005. Nevertheless, the Bush White House failed
to recover or restore the missing emails and knowingly continued to use
a broken system for preserving electronic records.

Under the terms of the settlement, the Executive Office of the
President (EOP) will restore a total of 94 days of missing emails,
which will then be sent to NARA for preservation and eventual access
under either the Presidential Records Act or the Federal Records Act.
The dates for restoration were chosen based on email volume and
external events because there simply was not enough money to restore
all the missing emails. In addition, the EOP will continue to provide
CREW and the NSA with records documenting the missing email problem,
the response of the Bush White House to that problem, and the options
the Bush White House considered for preserving electronic records, but
inexplicably rejected.

CREW has been posting stuff on this issue at www.governmentdocs.org.

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From November:

CREW receives fresh batch of documents from Veteran Affairs in regards to PTSD

On November 12, 2009, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) received another set of documents related to its FOIA Request with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for records pertaining to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   This request stemmed from an email that
was obtained from a VA employee by CREW and VoteVets.org, directing VA
staff to refrain from diagnosing soldiers and veterans with PTSD.  This
discovery caused a storm of media coverage over the treatment of veterans by the military and the VA. 

And h/t Ilona Meagher & Jim Starowicz:

Even near military bases, female veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't often offered a drink on the house as a welcome home.

More than 230,000 American women have fought in those recent wars and at least 120 have died doing so, yet the public still doesn't completely understand their contributions on the modern battlefield.

For some, it's a lonely transition as they struggle to find their place.