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Saturday, January 24, 2009

As to the question of whether Obama can keep his blackberry or not...
I ran across the following while doing some research and I felt it codifies why no one that works for the people should be allowed to circumvent records-keeping measures:
RCW 42.30.010
Legislative declaration.

The legislature finds and declares that all public commissions, boards, councils, committees, subcommittees, departments, divisions, offices, and all other public agencies of this state and subdivisions thereof exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the intent of this chapter that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.

The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.
Pay particular attention to the second paragraph. It's saying that we are the masters and demand to be informed of the actions of our servant government officials. Notice that it makes no distinction between state public servants or federal public servants. This, as they say, is a universal truth: the people always have a right to know what their government is up to. Why? The last sentence above tells us, "so that [we] may retain control over the instruments [we] have created."

Obama can keep his blackberry, but it will be logged, tracked, recorded, traced--whatever--so that the people can have confidence they retain control over their servant government official.


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