i don't know the full reasons behind it, but i believe part of the reason
was for compatibility reasons with older twitter applications.

They seem to be against this, for reasons that are beyond me.
>
> You also have the problem that if the user hasn't authenticated the
> App, there is no possible way to get the retweets.
>
> On Dec 8, 9:41 am, Cameron Kaiser <spec...@floodgap.com> wrote:
> > Any thought given to adding an 'enable_rt' argument or somesuch to
> methods
> > like statuses/user_timeline? I understand and completely agree with not
> > putting newRTs in those timelines by default, but integrating two calls
> to
> > make a complete timeline is not ideal.
> >
> > --
> > ------------------------------------ personal:
> http://www.cameronkaiser.com/--
> >   Cameron Kaiser * Floodgap Systems *www.floodgap.com*
> ckai...@floodgap.com
> > -- /etc/motd: /earth is 98% full. please delete anyone you can.
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