A couple of posts down, I linked to a long piece
published elsewhere in which I outline everything currently known about computergate (my preferred term) and the roles played by GovTech and SmarTech.
GovTech is a company that does IT work "behind the firewall" of government, even though it is run by a Bush family friend. I found that they once bragged about a project involving still-mysterious "complex internet communications" for the White House -- a gig they do not mention on their web site. This project potentially places GovTech at the heart of the growing email scandal.
SmarTech is the Chatanooga-based server that handles everything Republican. They were in charge of the GWB43 domain used by White House officials when doing shady business, in direct violation of the Presidential Records Act.
Rumor had it that GovTech and SmarTech were in some way linked. A tech-savvy reader named ViViDVeW has found a concrete link between the two firms:
Well Joe, if your looking for a connection between SMARTech and GovTech, here it is.
Guess who's owns the IP that GovTech's web site is on. YUP. SMARTtech. It's in the same network block as all the servers that run gwb43, and for all the same reasons looks like its run from servers in the same datacenter in Chattanooga.
I hope someone passes this info along to congressional investigators.The New York Times
reveals the latest outrage: White House counsel Fred Fielding insists that official work done on private servers -- even though done in violation of the law -- is covered by executive privilege!
So even if Congress finds the stuff, they cannot read it.
Mr. Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, issued a tart reply: "The White House position seems to be that executive privilege not only applies in the Oval Office, but to the R.N.C. as well. There is absolutely no basis in law or fact for such a claim."Back to GovTech:
Senator Charles E. Schumer, the New York Democrat who is spearheading the Senate inquiry into the prosecutors’ dismissals, said the Fielding letter "can be summed up in three words: ‘We are stonewalling.’"
The company is run by Bush family friend Michael Connell (technically, it is a "woman-owned business" in his wife's name). Connell, we learn, is part of a larger concern: A "specialized online advertising agency" called Connell Donatelli, Inc.
Take a look at their clients: Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth. The American Center for Voting Rights (the fake 'votER fraud" propaganda outfit exposed by Brad Friedman), Katherine Harris, FrontPage Mag and a host of others -- including the Friends of Mark Foley and the Log Cabin Republicans (!)
Mike Connell does this kind of work with one hand, while, with the other, he does IT work for Congress and, it seems, the White House. Something about this does not sit right.