From NPR, an interview with a government watchdog and a historian on the WH e-mails

April 4, 2007

The Email Trail
March 30, 2007

Why no emails from Alberto Gonzales in the prosecutor purge document dumps? He apparently doesn’t use email. Ditto for other Cabinet members. Now some are questioning whether Bush staffers avoid email altogether, or just their official accounts. Government watchdog Melanie Sloan says there’s illegal obfuscation at work. And historian Anna Nelson explains the law that made presidential communications part of the public record.

Read the transcript of the interview, here, or listen to it, here.

New SMU Faculty Petition Launched

April 4, 2007

petition, with somewhere around 120 charter signatories (listed at the end of the document and not counted in the petition website’s counter) has just been launched.  The petition focuses on the Bush Institute, opposing it for basically the set of reasons that Institute opponents have been articulating on campus for the past few months. 

We, the undersigned, object to the proposal that a partisan institute be established on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in connection with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

A partisan think tank located at any school, college, or university is contradictory to education as approached within a free and democratic society. The precedent set by it would put the values of open inquiry and academic freedom at risk not only for SMU but also for all academic institutions.

Because of the inherent incompatibility, we believe SMU and the institute would enjoy a more appropriate and mutually beneficial relationship if the two institutions were completely independent, and if the institute were not located on the SMU campus.

continued here

Waxman Requests RNC Emails

April 4, 2007

Waxman Requests RNC Emails
Paul Kiel
April 4, 2007

The House’s chief sleuth, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), continues to press the administration and the Republican National Committee.

Today, in a letter to the RNC’s chairman, he asked for emails “that relate to the use of federal agencies and federal resources for partisan political purposes.”

It’s just the latest move in Waxman’s investigation into the use of RNC email addresses by White House personnel, a practice that some charge violates the Presidential Records Act. Last week, Waxman asked the RNC not to destroy any such emails and asked White House counsel Fred Fielding what the administration’s email policies were.

Continued here.

AU students attempt citizens’ arrest of Rove for violating the Presidential Records Act

April 4, 2007

Students Lie in Front of Car, Delay Rove After Speech
Martin Weil and Peter Baker
The Washington Post
April 4, 2007

Heckling protesters briefly delayed the car carrying top White House aide Karl Rove last night as he left the American University campus, where he had just given a speech. No arrests or injuries were reported after Rove’s invitation-only talk.

About 20 students lay in front of the car as it prepared to leave, a witness said.

Continued here.

Updated April 8, 2007, to add a link via Cliff Schecter to this short video of the demonstration by American University History PhD student Sarah Thelen.