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Homeland Security’s Napolitano: Email creates legal problems, as well as being a time suck
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano does not use email, she told reporters, saying it is a time suck and can create legal or other problems.
“I think email just sucks up time,” she told reporters at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor on Tuesday, according to a transcript.
Ms. Napolitano said she cut the email cord while governor of Arizona “because I was just getting — you know, you get hundreds and hundreds of things all the time.”
In her current job, “which has a hundred thousand different things that happen on any given day, [not using email] allows me to focus on where I need to focus,” she added.
But she also explained her decision in a different way, and one that might interest lawmakers or others with oversight responsibility for her department.
“I also don’t like the process where people could send you an email, then say, see, you were told, or you know this. And then it comes back two years later to say, hey, you got this email — among the thousands you get every day.
“I want to be a little more selective on how that goes,” she concluded.
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Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...
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