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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gargantuan View Post
    So since I am a federal employee my emails should be public then? Really... can we stop with all this anti government nonsense.
    Why is it that when people want an open government that it is always "anti-government nonsense"?
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gargantuan View Post
    So since I am a federal employee my emails should be public then? Really... can we stop with all this anti government nonsense.
    Only work related ones made on work computers. The people who pay for your pay-check should be privy to what they're paying you for.
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Only work related ones made on work computers. The people who pay for your pay-check should be privy to what they're paying you for.
    Alright, so we would create a bureaucracy to go through all federal employees' emails to weed out personal stuff, then we would have to create another bureaucracy to weed out sensitive information from emails, then another one to take that sensitive information, and determine which emails of each security clearance level are alright to be released and which are not. That would really be worth it, right?

    Oh, and another one would be needed throughout there to determine which employees would be able to read which agency's emails, and another to assign different employees based on security clearance.
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gargantuan View Post
    Alright, so we would create a bureaucracy to go through all federal employees' emails to weed out personal stuff, then we would have to create another bureaucracy to weed out sensitive information from emails, then another one to take that sensitive information, and determine which emails of each security clearance level are alright to be released and which are not. That would really be worth it, right?

    Oh, and another one would be needed throughout there to determine which employees would be able to read which agency's emails, and another to assign different employees based on security clearance.
    Nope, just keep the emails stored until someone requests them under freedom of information, then go through the vetting process that I presume is normally associated with freedom of information.
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    In the thread on Sarah Palin's e-mails I said yes, absolutely... but I've since moderated that view. There should be a time stamp on it for when the public has access. Political process can be sensitive and require specialized or even delicate communication. The public shouldn't have access while it is happening, but sometime after the matter is concluded. That way, the officials can still be held accountable yet they will be able to do their jobs.

    For instance, imagine if our foreign affairs department was having a sensitive negotiation with another country, and we could read all their e-mails on the fly. What a disaster that would be.

    So... yes to transparency... no to instantaneity.

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

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

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Only work related ones made on work computers. The people who pay for your pay-check should be privy to what they're paying you for.
    yup. I'm a federal employee, and my work emails are subject to review and release at any time that the government wants to do so.

    my yahoo.com account, no. my @usmc.mil account, absolutely.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    yup. I'm a federal employee, and my work emails are subject to review and release at any time that the government wants to do so.

    my yahoo.com account, no. my @usmc.mil account, absolutely.
    Of course they are "subject to", any email address in the world is "subject to" release and review at any time. but should it be a thing where these emails are made available at a given point after they were sent and received? I don't agree with that. I don't think that US employees should have their emails subject to release and review every month or year, it just doesn't fly to me. If you really want to file a FOIA request and wait 10 years for it to come back so you can read my email, go ahead and be my guest though.

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

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