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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    How about the email and other correspondence of non-government companies?

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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming the emails were made while they were on the clock)

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    I say yes.What they do with tax payer funded property while on the clock working for the tax payer is the business of the tax payer.
    If the government can read the people's e-mail any time then the people can read the government's e-mail at any time.
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    NO

    We should not be able to intrude on peoples private lives just because they are public servants. (bus drivers, lawyers, fireman, police...) Even if they did break the law, they should be able to have a trial without becoming the center of the media. The only things that should be revealed are those things found criminal AND having a direct and considerable effect on the public.

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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Yes, but ALL politicians, not just a choice few who garner negative publicity.
    I understand that you're butthurt about Palin, but do we really want to see them all? Like every town councilman?

    I voted yes because I think as a matter of public accountability, etc. (except in obvious cases where say the President or Secretary of Defense deal with sensitive national security issues). The big names will still be the only ones covered by the national media (do you really expect Fox and CNN to devote time to every politician?). So nothing would have changed here. Palin's would still get a lot of attention because...she's famous, she's possibly running for President, etc.

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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by makkam View Post
    NO

    We should not be able to intrude on peoples private lives just because they are public servants. (bus drivers, lawyers, fireman, police...) Even if they did break the law, they should be able to have a trial without becoming the center of the media. The only things that should be revealed are those things found criminal AND having a direct and considerable effect on the public.
    Everything politicians do should be made public. They are working for us! How are we supposed to make intelligent and fair judgments on a politician's actions without all the facts?
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    I would think that anyone receiving private email at a place of work no matter what that work is has no expectation of privacy. If you open your private email at work you should know better than to have that respected as private. The personal use of the internet at a place of business should carry no expectation of privacy and yes any email that is opened on a government computer should be recoverable. No matter what the email address either public of private. You use someone else's equipment to do personal thing it's tough luck when the world knows.
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by makkam View Post
    NO

    We should not be able to intrude on peoples private lives just because they are public servants. (bus drivers, lawyers, fireman, police...) Even if they did break the law, they should be able to have a trial without becoming the center of the media. The only things that should be revealed are those things found criminal AND having a direct and considerable effect on the public.
    Public officials =/= public servants
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    I really don't see the need for us to stick ourself into every corner of a public officials life. Not the public. Will their emails be reviewed by security agencies and the like. Of course. But does the public need to be aware of these things as well unless something criminal has been found. Of course not. If they are not breaking the law, a persons privacy should be maintined as much as possible. These public officials do have a high degree of oversight in their lives, but it doesn't need to be complete oversight by the public.

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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Public officials =/= public servants
    awesome. so we can stop paying them then.

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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Hmm, it looks like I'm in the minority in this thread, which actually surprises me. No, their emails should absolutely NOT be made public. It will just lead officials to self-censor, and that doesn't help the public. In order to govern effectively, officials need to be able to share ideas openly with one another, float trial balloons of new ideas, compromise with their political opponents, and yes, just blow off some steam like everyone else. If they know that their emails are going to be made public, these things will all be much harder to accomplish.

    The exception to this is if their records are subpoenaed due to possible wrongdoing, or if the politician in question consents to it.
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