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

    I don't think I really should be posting what security systems we use/don't use on an internet forum. I know though we did take a big hit from the DHS IG (this was released to the public a few years ago) for not having secure enough systems, both physically not guarded enough and technically. Things have changed in terms of beefed up system security, computer rooms are digitally locked now, we have keycards, etc. I mean it could be OK to post it, I'm 49 and I am not really a product of the information age, so I really don't know much about computers other than emailing and internet use. Again it could be OK to post it but I just don't know and don't want to risk having my security clearance downgraded and not being able to do my job... lol
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    fair 'nuff.

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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.
    Yes, but not until a certain time period. Perhaps 4 or 8 years after the time stamp. Even if they are still in office.

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

    Yes, they should be baring certain sensitive information that shouldn't be publicized. However, it should follow standard FOIA procedures that requires a number of years to have past.

    Yes, government employee's are public servents. However, that does not mean that every member of the public is their supervisor anymore than you can tell a cop not to give you a ticket because they work for you. Government employee's have their own bosses they fall under, or various government entities that act as reviewers of their work. In the SHORT TERM, those are the people the PUBLIC has entrusted the power of oversight to through their electing of officials who install heads of agencies who hire the people who hire people.

    An individual citizen has no more rights to immediete release of a government employees emails than a shareholder has over the email of a random person in a company.

    After a number of years have passed, the public should be able to ask for the emails to information to be released to further review if they so wish. However, allowing it to be done at any given time would be horribly irresponsible:

    1. It'd be fiscally irresponsible as numerous frivulous claims for political and personal reasons would be filed, causing an unnecessary increase in work and decrease in productivity that costs the tax payers money. Additionally, agencies would have to spend more time dealing with media generated controversaries and correcting misinformation based on lack of understanding of technical issues, continuing to decrease producitivity and thus wasting money.

    2. It'd have a negative impact on the performance of duties in an efficient manner as they would be more prone to self censor far more, less likely to speak frankly, and spend potentially more time having to defend routine conversation.

    Public employees do not function without any oversight, save for perhaps you could argue top executives of a location. But even they are subject to oversight by the various legislative branches. That oversight is there, ALSO serving the public, and is who the public have vested their powers of immediete oversight onto.

    At any given time the public has no more oversight over a government officials emails then they are privy to be able to sit in on their economic meetings via FaceTime.

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

    Zyphlin, excellent post - totally agreed.

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