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Palin’s Email Secrecy September 16, 2008

Posted by Who? in Election 2008, Politics, Random.
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A little preview perhaps?

Caught a story in the Seattle Times yesterday re: Palin’s email protocol.  According to the story, Palin is well known for her frequent use of her Blackberry’s.  Yes- plural.  Why, you might ask, would someone go through the hassle of carrying around two Blackberrys?  You could speculate all day long about why someone would do that, but we don’t have to.

The article doesn’t state why, but a couple Republican watchdogs filed production requests with the governor’s office.  Unfortunately, they didn’t get exactly what they wanted.  Instead, they received a 78-page list of all the emails that were exempt from an open records request.

Palin’s office claimed most of the undisclosed emails were exempt from release because they were covered by the “executive” or “deliberative process” privileges that protect communications between Palin and her aides about policy matters.  How can she claim executive privilege on communications to which her husband was a party?

What happened to openess and transparency?  What happened to change and shaking up Washington?  This is the exact same game that Bush and Rove have played.   It looks as if Palin plans on doing the same.  She is a very savvy politician and I don’t mean that as a compliment.    

From the Seattle Times article:

“The Bush administration has drawn heat over revelations that more than 80 White House aides, including senior Bush adviser Karl Rove, used private GOP e-mail servers for government business. The controversy surfaced during congressional investigations into White House contacts with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and into the firings of U.S. attorneys.  The Bush administration couldn’t provide uncounted numbers of e-mails needed for evidence because they weren’t on a government server, according to a 2007 report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.” 

I don’t understand how people don’t question stuff like this when they hear about it.  It involves some tricky legal maneuvering, but at the core it is simple- what are you hiding?  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised though.  People just do not have the attention span or capacity to understand this kind of stuff.  Things like the AG scandal.   This is one piece of evidence that demonstrates the true political character of Palin.



1. Crystal - September 16, 2008

I think this all comes back to McCain inventing the Blackberry!

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