Dispatches from the Creation Wars

One of the things revealed in the OPR report on Yoo and Bybee is that the Bush administration had, in that situation, yet again somehow managed — completely coincidentally, of course — to “lose” all of the emails involving the creation of their memos. As happened in so many other situations, all of the emails from the relevant time period that might be sought later by an investigation magically disappeared and were not archived. The report says:

OLC initially provided us with a relatively small number of emails, files, and draft documents. After it became apparent, during the course of our review, that relevant documents were missing, we requested and were given direct access to the email and computer records of Yoo, Philbin, Bybee, and Goldsmith. However, we were told that most of Yoo’s email records had been deleted and were not recoverable. Philbin’s email records from July 2002 through August 5, 2002 – the time period in which the. Bybee. Memo was completed and the Classified Bybee Memo (discussed below) was created – had also been deleted and were reportedly not recoverable. Although we were initially advised that Goldsmith’s records had been deleted, we were later told that they had been recovered and we were given access to them.

Emails disappear, but it’s never the ones about what is going to be served for dessert at a state dinner, it only happens to the ones that might incriminate someone later. What a coinkydink.