Missing White House tapes — sound familiar?

computer-fire.jpgUnder a court-ordered disclosure, the Bush White House revealed this week that it destroyed e-mail backup tapes for a period of time before October 2003 — a possible violation of federal laws requiring preservation of presidential documents.

The revelation came amid a lawsuit by citizen groups trying to find out what happened to millions of allegedly missing White House e-mails.

Because of the recycling, “there may be no way to recover the missing e-mails from a period in which the U.S. decided to go to war with Iraq, White House officials leaked the identity of Valerie Plame and the Justice Department started a criminal investigation of the White House,” said Anne Weismann, a lawyer for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The most secretive administration in history is working hard to cover its tracks. What does the Bush team have to hide? Apparently a lot.