White House E-Mail
The Top-Secret Messages the Reagan/Bush White House Thought They Had Destroyed
Edited by Tom Blanton
White House E-Mail is an unprecedented, revealing, and, at times, comical collection of the most dramatic computer communications that flowed electronically through the national security offices of the Reagan/Bush White House. Here, for the first time, are the secret e-mail messages behind the most scandalous policies of our times, the e-mail that Oliver North and John Poindexter thought they had deleted from their computers before leaving the National Security Council in disgrace.
Presidents Reagan and Bush tried to keep these documents secret from the American public, but the National Security Archive won a five-year Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to declassify them for public scrutiny and posterity.
White House E-Mail selects the best of the three thousand pieces of electronic mail that have been released as a result of the lawsuit--virtually none of which has ever before been available to the American public--and presents them as a paperback and computer disk set so that you can pull up White House e-mail on your own computer. The result is a wiretap access to policy deliberations, political machinations, and governmental gossip never intended for anyone outside the inner circle of the White House.
Tom Blanton is the director of The National Security Archive, a nongovernmental organization in Washington, D.C., designed to make previously classified government documents available to the American public.
- Chapters include:
- Inside the War Room: Communications on the national security management of war, from paramilitary operations in Central America to the bombing of Libya.
- White House Mess: Gossip, jokes, slurs, office assignments, and the chatter behind the making of policy.
- Presidential Schedules and Scripts: Sequences of e-mail messages on prepping for oval office meetings.
- Dancing with Dictators: The Reagan administration's overtures to General Manuel Noriega, Ferdinand Marcos, the Saudis, Honduras, South Africa, Saddam Hussein, and Chile's General Pinochet.
- Target: Congress: Candid assessments of sitting senators and congressmen, along with instructions to, and reports from, the White House liaison to Congress.
- Censors and Secrets: A highlighted comparison of deleted and nondeleted versions of declassified e-mail messages.
- A timeline for the installation and use of the White House e-mail system, major landmarks in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, and declassification of the e-mail messages
- Glossary of e-mail terms and identifying initials
- The Floppy Disk includes a more extensive selection of actual e-mail documents (without annotations), provided in ASCII, with instructions for loading the documents in WordPerfect and Microsoft Word.
Paperback original packaged with floppy disk: $14.95, ISBN 1-56584-276-6
All of this stuff is Copyright National Security Archive.
The README from the disks.
Who's who in these email messages.
More email from chapter 1, Dancing with Dictators
More email from chapter 2, White House Mess
More email from chapter 3, Presidential Schedules
More email from chapter 4, The Real War Room
More email from chapter 5, Guns-n-Bombs
More email from chapter 6, Spin Doctors
More email from chapter 7, Working Capitol Hill
More email from chapter 8, The Hot Line
More email from chapter 9, Turf Wars & Bureaucratic Ops
More email from chapter 10, Spooks
More email from chapter 11, Censors and Secrets
A Chronology of events leading to the publishing of these
7" x 7", Book, Disk in ASCII, 224 pages
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