Politicos face harsh lessons in the nature of e-mail

Don't people get it? E-mail is dangerous, especially if you dash it off without thinking about where it's going. A few politicos, including former FEMA director Michael Brown, learned their lesson last week when careless office repartee became national must-reads.

Aug. 31, 2005, 12:24 p.m. MICHAEL BROWN, responding to the FEMA official in New Orleans who informed him that evacuees had no food and the city was near chaos: "Thanks for update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?"

Sept. 4, 2005, 10:17 a.m. FEMA's press secretary to BROWN after he appeared alongside George W. Bush at a post-Katrina press...

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