Originally Posted by Gibonius
Colin Powell had a personal server as well, and explicitly discussed why you'd want one. It was technically allowed at the time and let them get around the onerous record keeping requirements. Not exactly noble or in keeping with the spirit of government transparency, but the motives are pretty obvious. Government rules are an absolute pain in the ass even at my level, and I understand wanting to dodge them just to get some goddam work done if you can finagle it within the law. Dealing with those rules ought to be part of the job description, even for people at the top, but I don't think it requires malice or criminal intent to see someone dodge them.
Jesus, with you and veni it's now 5 against 1.
For what it's worth, when I was with the government (which was during the time period we're talking about) there were all sorts of data security rules that a number of people used to work around because the systems people were supposed to go through were unwieldy or just wouldn't work. Admittedly, it was a very different context and generally didn't involve classified documents. But Ken's just mistaken if he believes that 2008-09 was so long ago that nobody without some nefarious purpose would look for work-arounds.