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    CREW FACT SHEET: PALIN ADMINISTRATION NOT SO OPEN OR TRANSPARENT AFTER ALL

    3 Sep 2008 // Washington, DC - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a fact sheet detailing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s record on transparency issues. PALIN ADMINISTRATION NOT SO OPEN OR TRANSPARENT AFTER ALL
    Governor Sarah Palin campaigned in 2006 on the promise to “open the door wide to transparent and accountable government.”

    FACTS
    The Alaska Attorney General issued an opinion on August 21, 2008 concluding that state employees have a right to privacy while using state-issued communication equipment shortly after it was revealed that Governor Palin and her staff used their state-issued blackberrys and computers for communications related to Governor Palin’s efforts to have her former brother-in-law, Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, fired. [read Alaska AG opinion here]

    This is a radical departure from Alaska’s previous position that employees have no expectation of privacy in government email. [read AK State Policy Regarding Personal Use of State Office Technologies here]

    When confronted with Governor Palin’s abandonment of her promise to have an open and transparent government, her communication director claimed that commitment related only to “the stranded gas act versus the AGIA concept under Governor Palin.” (A gas pipeline development issue) [listen to communications director Bill McAllister on the Palin administration’s view of transparency here]

    A review of the State of Alaska’s website, however, reveals that the phrase “open and transparent” is used repeatedly in regard to a wide variety of government initiatives

    BUSH ADMINISTRATION COMPARISON

    Governor Palin mirrors the Bush administration’s approach to transparency.
    • When confronted with a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request for documents from the White House Office of Administration (“OA”) that relate to the White House’s discovery of millions of missing emails, the Bush administration abruptly took the new position that the OA is not an agency subject to the FOIA.
    • When confronted with requests for White House visitor records created and maintained by the Secret Service, the Bush administration took the novel position that the records are actually presidential records not available to the public under the FOIA.
    • Bush White House staff had RNC email accounts on their blackberries to avoid creating public records of their actions.
    Related DocumentsCREW FACT SHEET: PALIN ADMINISTRATION NOT SO OPEN OR TRANSPARENT AFTER ALL | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

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    So it's no longer twins (Bush/McCain) it's now triplets. Great.

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    ^^Nah, McCain is Bush and Palin is Dick Cheney with tits and a leaky vagina.

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    Leaking kids as often as possible.

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