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17 September 2008

Palin's E-mails: Right or Wrong, Some of Them Are Out There

... some are almost as far out as the lady herself.

It appears, according to the article from Gawker (yeah, Gawker), that the perversely famous Anonymous may have hacked her Yahoo! account, which has since been deleted.

The posted items are, so far as I can tell, innocuous relative to what we already know of the far right's most prominent cheerleader. Yeah, she prays a lot. Yeah, she hates the media ... Of course it does say something that the media she's hating on here is a right-wing-wurlitzer member in good standing.

There's some roaring going on as to whether the privacy hack was wrong or right. Me, I have to say I'd go with wrong, with two possible mitigating circumstances:

1) Sarah Palin was already under investigation for an all-too-common Republican trick: Using personal e-mail accounts for government business.

The deal is, governments are required by law to retain records and e-mail messages. Private citizens aren't. So if you're dealing with a sticky matter (like firing your ex-brother-in-law, or hiring your classmates to government jobs and contracts), then perhaps you'd be better off keeping that stuff on your private account.

In the most famous instance of similar activity, Karl Rove or someone under his orders is said to have deleted several million government e-mail messages relating to the Justice Department attorney firings. A related memo apparently suggested that all parties should stick to their private e-mail accounts, and use ones provided by the Republican Party, in order to avoid ill effects from subpoenas.

2) Let's face it--she's a public figure in this, the age of the intertubes. Sure, nobody wants it to happen to them, but if you're going to shoot at becoming the most famous sidekick in the world (with, FSM forbid, about a 30% chance of becoming the most famous individual in the world) you're going to be at risk for this sort of thing.

It's one reason Metro keeps very shoddy, poorly-organized records.

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At 6:11 p.m., Blogger Silverstar said...

Maybe we should look for a gmail account now? Foolish people, you can run, but you can't hide.

At 10:33 a.m., Blogger Pugs said...

I think that this is all kinds of fucked up. For one thing, whther she is doing state business or not through her email account, nobody else has the right to hack into your account and post that shit all over the internet. What if they had come across some medical information or love notes to and from her husband. That shit is private.

It is actually scary that people can do this. Makes me feel less secure in what goes on in and around my 'puter. Thank God i deleted all that German scat porn last week. Although I hear nothing is really ever "deleted" off your computer. Another scary thought.

PS I was kidding about that scat porn. I think...

At 11:08 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

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At 11:09 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

One thing that made me feel a bit better about this is that the same people who are bloviating hardest about this "invasion of privacy" are the same people who supported the mass illegal wiretapping and extended immunity from prosecution to its perpetrators.

Because it's different if it's the government and corporations, eh?

At 11:12 a.m., Blogger Pugs said...

Oh I knew you were going to come back with that one! Well, if they are doing it to defend against terrorism, have at it. At least they are not posting it to the internet. Distinct difference there.

At 9:34 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

No Pugs, they're doing it to everyone.

Read it and weep for what the world's once-finest democracy has become.

Essentially, people are getting told that this wasn't blanket surveillance. Because the government says so, in the face of damning evidence that this was exactly that.

It'd be fine if they actually intended to spy on terrorists. Trouble is, actual terrorists are in short supply in the US (at least foreign ones are, and the Michigan Militia, Stormfront, and KKK apparently don't count). So they spy on everyone, using computers, and wait until someone speaks the nagic word.

Me, I try to slip the words "glorious Jihad martyrdom" and "magnificent destruction, praise God!" into every phone call I make. Just to keep 'em on their toes.

At 9:36 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

*"Magic" word, I meant "magic word."

As for posting it to the internet, sicne justice must be seen to be done, posting it to the 'net is far preferrable to the secret-trials-and-torture methodology of the current Republican government.

At 9:37 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

*"Since", not snice.

Urgh ... need coffee!


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