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Friday, March 30, 2007

Computergate: I call BULLSHIT

The White House has officially responded to questions about the use of private RNC email accounts used by White House staff.
White House spokesman David Almacy said the outside e-mail accounts were set up to allow legitimate political activities to be conducted by appropriate staff members without using White House accounts, which would be illegal under the Hatch Act. "It was specifically set up that way so that people weren't using their official accounts for political activities," he said. Only certain White House staff members have such outside accounts, including those who regularly communicate with outside political groups, he said.
BULLSHIT.

How often do I use such terminology? Not often. But what other phrase can we use in this instance?

Problem numero uno: The Hatch Act comes into play if anyone in the WH does partisan political business. It's not purely a matter of who uses which email account. It's also a matter of whether you've parked your buns on a chair inside the White House while doing party work on the taxpayers' dime.

Problem numero two-o:
The RNC email accounts were used for official business! That's how this scandal first came to light. These accounts popped up in communications pertinent to the U.S. Attorney purge.

Here's a snippet from Congressman Waxman's latest letter to Sue Ralston, the Karl Rove aide feeding info to the notorious crook Jack Abramoff:
The September report left a number of questions unanswered, including whether White House officials reimbursed Mr. Abramoff for tickets and meals as required by law; whether White House officials took actions that benefited Mr. Abramoff and his clients as described in the e-mails; and why White House officials used Republican National Committee and other non-governmental e-mail accounts to communicate with Mr. Abramoff and his associates about official government business.
(Emphasis added.) This excellent piece in Truthout details many instances of how private email servers were used to do an end-run around history.

The White House claims that the emails routed through the RNC servers are archived. But would a subpoena bring forth a complete record? Or are we forced to trust the same people who just now tried to feed us bullshit?

(Sorry if my use of a profanity offended some readers or caused problems with filters. Sometimes you just gotta use the only word that fits the sitch.)
Comments:
"In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer. --Mark Twain"
 
Has someone got one of these emails with full headers?

Even if an email bore a gwb43.com From: address, and was sent through an account on the Smartechcorp mailserver, it may still have been sent through a White House mail gateway before it got to the Smartechcorp server.

Does the law say only that official copies should be kept when emails pass through the White House server? If so, how is 'server' defined? Was the SmartechCorp server not 'served' the files from a White House electronic-mail-handling machine?

BTW Joseph, you are coming up first at Google when I search on 'gwb43'. Nice one!

b
 
The offical WH response about the private email accounts can also be read as an implicit admission that the attorney purge was in fact a blatantly "political activity," contrary to their previous claims, since use of these email accounts came to light in communication relating to the attorney purge.
 
Add 'computer-gate' and 'attorney-gate' to the list of violations by our gov't against all of us.
They violate the 1st Amendment by caging demonstrators, opening mail and banning books like "America Deceived" from Amazon.
They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns during Katrina.
They violate the 4th Amendment by conducting warrant-less wiretaps.
They violate the 5th and 6th Amendment by suspending habeas corpus.
They violate the 8th Amendment by torturing.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting 2 illegal wars based on lies and on behalf of a foriegn gov't.
Last link (unless Google Books caves to the gov't and drops the title):
America Deceived (book)
 
Good Point Ewastud!!! Yes!

Oh, and Good Point "m" - these are rather trying times.

Miss P.
 
Looking ahead a little, and assuming our hopes are realised and Bush and co are impeached, convicted, and jailed, there will be attempts at damage limitation. So we should keep in mind that they are not just criminals who have broken US laws and the US constitution, and who have now 'won' two presidential elections through cheating. They are war criminals, and at the very least I would add the Geneva Conventions to your list, ewastud! Of course, the question remains as to why the leaders of the Democrats aren't mentioning this!

b
 
Is it legal for government employees to do nongovernmental work while on the clock? (And how is it that we the people pay Rove's salary when he's purely political?)
 
http://www.correntewire.com/rove_spotted_in_chattanooga_with_brochure_for_gwb43_com_nameserver_host_can_we_subpoena_the_records_now
 
You know who Almacy used to work for, don't you?

Michael L. Connell.
 
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