The following article appeared in the Washington Post, "Bush aides misused e-mail, House panel says." The article discusses the actions of Bush aides and their violation of the law in misusing political email accounts for government business. This action is clearly a violation of the law and an attempt to circumvent the right of the people to obtain access to communications of this administration. These actions violated the law and were an attempt to prevent Congress and the American people from being able to access this information and this was an attempt by the Bush administration to avoid the requirements of the laws governing presidential records. The article states, "The committee said it learned that the White House used the RNC acounts to discuss official matters such as appointments and grant announcements." These discussions are considered public records and are the property of the United States government and not the property of the persons sending these emails. That some of these records have been lost and been deleted is inappropriate at minimum and criminal conspiracy at worst. We should give the Bush administration the benefit of the doubt but it is becoming quite apparent that they have subverted the legal process, and the rights of the American people. The most shocking part of the article is the part that states, "As a result of these policies, potentially hundreds of thousands of White House emails have been destroyed, many which may be presidential records." Senator Leahy (D-VT) is quoted as having said, "It is troubling that so many senior White HOuse officials, including Karl ROve and his former deputy Sara Taylor, were engaging in an effort to avoid oversight and accountability by ignoring the laws meant to ensure a public record of official government business." I am shocked at what has been allowed to happen and I am upset that George Bush and his friends in the White House have decided that they are above the law. Of course, those who voted for him also think they are above the law but forunately for America we have laws which are intended to protect us, and hopefully the Judiciary and Legislature will step forward and require the ISP's and others who may have access to the deleted emails of these RNC accounts to turn them over. I am not a tech savvy person so I am not sure if this is possible but if there is any way that we can retrieve these emails which are the property of the United States government we should do so and if the Bush administration and others continue to violate the law in this manner than they should be held responsible under the law including if necessary impeachment of those responsible for these actions. I am beginning to feel sympathy for President Bush because I am not so sure that he knows that there have been illegal actions on the part of his administration. It is difficult for one man to know the law but the fact remains that the buck stops with the President and he must be held accountable and he must hold those who are part of the administration responsible for their actions. To read the article go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/18/AR2007061800809.html?