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If you haven’t heard, a young college numbnut (whom I won’t make a celebrity of by repeating his name here) broke into the private Yahoo email account of Alaska Governor and McCain running-mate Sarah Palin.

That was dumb enough, but he went so far as to post those emails AND private family photos on the Internet. Not cool. So I have no sympathy for this Son-of-Tennessee-State-Representative.

But overlooked in the fracas over the violation of Palin’s privacy, the AP story (link above) begins with this bit of info:

WASHINGTON (AP) ‘Hackers broke into the Yahoo! e-mail account that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used for official business as Alaska’s governor, revealing as evidence a few inconsequential personal messages she has received since John McCain selected her as his running mate.

“Inconsequential” or not (and who decides?), why is Palin using a (demonstrably) highly unsecure Yahoo! webmail account (accessible from anywhere) for “official business”? I checked, and the State of Alaska (just like every other state) has an “official website” with an “official” email contact. And there’s a reason for this: because “official” business must be accounted for, tracked and archived in case the information needs to be recalled at a later date (say… in an investigation of wrong-doing).

And she only started doing this AFTER McCain selected her as his VP.

The entire, super-secretive Bush Administration… most notably Vice President Dick Cheney and the scrapings off Bush’s shoe: Karl Rove… started using “personal email” for “official business”, perhaps as far back as the day they entered office. So when investigators went back to search the White House email archives for evidence in the Valerie Plame case, they discovered that just about everyone suspected of involvement were using “personal” email accounts on the RNC’s private web-servers for “official business”. And when independent counsel Patrick Fitzgerald discovered this, he immediately ordered the RNC to save those archives, to which the RNC said “whoopsy! Those archives are gone.”

And here we are again. Anyone that doubts that a McCain/Palin Administration would not look exactly like the current one, need only look at how they are ALREADY engaging in the same practices of cover-up, secrecy and deception as the White House of Dick Cheney & Karl Rove… and there hasn’t even been an election yet.