Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
And look what you've just done. Edit: Response to David.
Personally I don't think you could effectively govern or discuss problems and decisions without the ability to have some of it remain secret. Although of course we want to know what our officials are doing and saying, but that can't possibly extend to everything.
For example in the Army if a Soldier gets into trouble he may appear before the commander to have the charges read against him and then he/she is typically sent out of the room while the leadership discusses what they think they should do. They talk about what he's done what kind of person he is, what sort of punishments each one thinks the Soldier the deserves etc. Once that is complete the Soldier is brought back in to hear the decision of the commander, but it would serve no purpose for him to know everything that is said in there. He doesn't need to know which leaders wanted harsher or softer punishments, all he needs to know is that a decision was reached and everyone who is his superior is going to act on that decision regardless of their personal opinion.
Likewise I could totally understand the desire of a President or someone else with decision making authority to want his discussions with his advisors or subordinates to not be entirely public, so that once a decision is made they can present themselves to the public as a united front all working towards the same end.
"Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told Fox and Friends that the use of “secret” secondary e-mails by administration officials could violate public records law, as investigators might not be able to subpoena accounts they did not know about."
When you looked the TP article did you read:
The AP story gives the impression that this is unprecedented, making no mention of the use of the multiple addresses by previous administrations.
U.S. Senators and Representatives also typically have non-published e-mail addresses, though Congress exempted itself from Freedom of Information laws. It seems obvious that political figures of both parties would need an unlisted e-mail address that cannot be easily guessed for communications with advisers and colleagues — just as cabinet secretaries private cell phone numbers would not be publicly available, though their main office number would be.
Despite Alexander’s concern, the release of this information shows that both the public and private email addresses are public record and that any legitimate FOIA request or subpoena for records would include those sent to and from both addresses.