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Crooks & Liars:

By now everyone has heard about David Kernell, the 20 year old college student who hacked into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account. He was indicted this week on charges for illegally accessing Palin’s account and could get up to five years.

This case has raised a few flags to some in the public. First it leaves one wondering why the DOJ took such an active role in going after this guy. Email accounts get hacked on a daily basis, not to mention bank accounts and other items of higher fiscal value, yet the DOJ puts these on a low priority list.

The other big flag is that the hacker actually uncovered some violations by Palin:

The Justice Department seems to be setting one of its amazing new rules. When a Republican political figure is damaged in her expectation of being elected to office, it is telling us, that’s a felony. And why is that the case here? Because the hacker helped establish something important: Sarah Palin has been systematically violating the Open Records Act. As David Corn has noted at Mother Jones, Palin relied heavily on private email accounts for improper purposes. As governor of Alaska, she was obligated to maintain as public records her communications with respect to her discharge of official duties. Palin skirted this obligation by turning to private email accounts for government related dealings. In fact, the hacker in question helped flush out Palin’s violations. The hacker also helped establish a motive for the illegal conduct: Palin regularly involved her husband in official business, and it’s easy to understand why she did not want to leave behind evidence of her husband’s involvement.

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I’m sure some out there would come to Palin’s defense, claiming that this evidence wasn’t properly obtained, however such issues have already been argued in court. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on a similar case where a hacker turned over evidence that eventually lead to the conviction of some involved in child pornography. The basics of the case are the same, someone used illegal means to gain access to someones personal email account. The information obtained by those means lead to the conviction of the victims of the hack. The court claimed it was a ‘loophole’ in federal privacy law.

So why isn’t Palin now facing questions about her violation of the Open Records Act? Hopefully more in the media will start asking her about this.

Reuters:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – An Alaska ethics inquiry found that Gov. Sarah Palin, the U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate, abused the power of her office by dismissing the state’s public safety commissioner, a report released on Friday said.

The investigation centered on whether the firing of Walt Monegan, the state’s public safety commissioner, was linked to Palin’s personal feud with a state trooper, Michael Wooten, who was involved in a contentious divorce with the governor’s sister.

The report, written by Steve Branchflower, a retired state prosecutor hired by lawmakers to conduct the inquiry, said Monegan’s refusal to fire Wooten was not the sole reason he was dismissed but was likely a contributing factor.

Palin allowed her husband, Todd Palin, to use the governor’s office and resources to continue to contact state employees to find some way to get Wooten fired, according to the report.

“Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired,” the report said.

The Alaska scandal known locally as “Troopergate” gained national attention after Palin was selected to be Sen. John McCain‘s running mate.

The McCain-Palin campaign has attacked the investigation as a partisan effort led by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and said the public safety commissioner was dismissed because of poor performance.

The campaign released its own findings on Thursday, saying the Palins were justified in their actions because they were trying to protect their family from Wooten who they said had made threats of violence.

By Tommy News:

The Senate has acted against the will of the American people and caved to the Bush Administration yet again. US  Senators  donned their Harry Potter invisibility cloaks and under the cover of darkness late Saturday night, with the smoke and mirrors distraction of the Wall Street bailout, quietly voted on and passed a huge, outrageous spending bill that gives an additional $488 Billion dollars to the Bush Administration and The Pentagon for funding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There has been a near media blackout of this vote, and we need to get  the word out that this outrageous warfunding is quietly continuing  while the news media is being distracted by the gigantic and horrendous Wall Street bailout bill.

While we have all been preoccupied with the staggering $700 billion bail-out of wall street, boggled with the size of the dollar amount, having to raise the National debt limit and borrow money from foreign nations to fund it, late Saturday night the Senate passed a bill of a  comparably huge dollar amount which made little news, but gives $488 Billion to the Pentagon for the continued funding of the the war, There has been a near media blackout of this vote, and we need to   get  the word out that this outrageous warfunding is quietly continuing  while the news  media is being istracted by  the gigantic and horrendous Wall Street bailout bill.

The Pentagon is in line for a record budget. In addition to $70 billion approved this summer for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense  Department would receive $488 billion, a 6 percent increase. The spending bill was bundled in with a bill which also offers aid to victims of flooding in the Midwest and recent hurricanes across the Gulf Coast. The total cost of the spending legislation exceeds $630 billion.

Such a huge bill usually would dominate the end-of-session agenda on Capitol Hill. But it went   below the radar screen because attention focused on the congressional bailout of Wall Street.

The bill was quietly rushed to Bush’s desk to be signed into law, and John McCain rushed quietly back out of Washington and yet again avoided  having to vote on another controversial spending bill. When the roll call on final passage occurred, McCain was at his campaign headquarters in Crystal City, Va., only five miles from the Capitol. McCain has missed a staggeringly huge number of Senate votes.

With the election fast approaching,  I want to give you a breakdown of the 78-12 Senate vote as recorded in the Congressional Record.  I urge you to take this outrageous spending vote into strong consideration when you cast your votes on November 4th.

*From the Congressional Record:*

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?
congress=110&session=2&vote=00208

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A crash course in our brainwashed culture, and its implications. The first film in history to ever discuss DARPA’s Strong A.I. (AGI) ambitions.

My first short film. I had never touch video editing software before, but had this done in about 10 days. For fun it was released on 6/6/06. Has some talking points I don’t really get into anymore. It’s out of date in some regards, but still front-and-center in many other ways. Could use an updated release…

The original TWYS Research Guide: LINK

For further reference, just about every talking point can be confirmed all throughout this site.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Conyers calls on McCain to Immediately Halt
Republican Vote Suppression Efforts

DOJ urged to Investigate as Committee Hearing Scheduled

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) today called on Senator John McCain to direct his supporters to immediately halt voter suppression activities including efforts to prevent people from voting if their homes have been in foreclosure. At the same time, Conyers and all Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee called for an investigation by the Department of Justice and scheduled a hearing for next week on federal and state efforts to prepare for the November elections.

Recent media reports detailed the plans of the Macomb County (MI) Republican Party Chairman James Carabelli and others to use lists of residents of foreclosed homes to block their participation at the ballot box. This particular type of voter suppression tactic is called vote caging and the Republican Party has been under a federal consent decree since 1981 to refrain from this practice.

“The Republican Party has had a long record of blocking eligible voters from voting,” said Conyers. “In the past two Presidential elections, the country witnessed appalling efforts to limit voter participation in Ohio, Florida and throughout the country. It is beyond disgraceful that the Republican Party now seems to be targeting those who are suffering the most. It appears that individuals who can’t recall how many houses they own don’t understand how awful it is to lose your home to foreclosure, and don’t know that you don’t need to own property to vote in the United States of America. It should surprise no one that the people who gave us the worst economy since the Great Depression would now want to prevent those victimized by this economy from voting in the coming elections. Senator McCain needs to step forward now and halt the Republican Party’s efforts to profit politically from the economic misery of others.”

The letters to Senator McCain and Attorney General Mukasey are attached. The hearing on federal and state efforts to prepare for the November elections will be held on September 24, 2008 at 10 a.m. in Rayburn 2141 and convened by the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties and by the House Administration Committee Subcommittee on Elections.

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