Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hackers access Palin's "private" e-mails, Republicans choke on their hypocrisy

You have to love how brazenly hypocritical the Republicans are. The situation here is that, contrary to policy, Palin and her staff have been using private e-mails to do public business, i.e., the job of governor. So while that violation of policy/law/protocol/transparency is A-OK, citizens acting to retrieve these e-mails and make them part of the public record (where they belong in the first place) are the ones who are "shocking," invading privacy and violating the law.

Look, if I knowingly hide something from the public that shouldn't be hidden, and you find out about it, I don't feel that constitutes invasion of privacy. I should not have hidden it in the first place! Doesn't anyone in the media grasp simple stuff like this enough to stop reporting on this in a "he said, she said" manner and just call it what it is?
A group of computer hackers said yesterday they accessed a Yahoo! e-mail account of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, publishing some of her private communications to expose what appeared to be her use of a personal account for government business.
"At around midnight last night some members affiliated with the group gained access to governor Palin's email account, '' and handed over the contents to the government sunshine site," said a message on the site.

Rick Davis, the campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon condemning the incident.

"This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law," Davis said. "The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them. We will have no further comment."

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