Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Friday, April 13, 2007

The problem with the email scandal

Something is really bothering me. Its the whole 'Karl's emails were deleted' issue.

First of all, in this day and age, emails can't just 'be deleted'; they can be restored from just about any failed hard drive, and exist in many forms and in many places throughout the internet and on recipients' computers.

So... if every one of Karl's emails are truly gone, there must have been a concerted effort to destroy those emails - a very comprehensive operation which would undoubtedly have involved the NSA, because they apparently keep everything. The sheer volume of missing emails implies that they have done just that.

"You can't erase e-mails, not today," Leahy said in an angry speech on the Senate floor. "They've gone through too many servers. Those e-mails are there -- they just don't want to produce them. It's like the infamous 18-minute gap in the Nixon White House tapes."

Jawohl. So many crimes to hide... no doubt.

But that isn't even the part of the story that is eating at me right now.

Its the 'secret room' at AT&T; the fact that the rest of us great unwashed have to put up with the government nosing into every single detail of our personal lives - illegally - and storing every email (seemingly forever) on some government, or worse, subcontractors' database.

We took no public oath of disclosure, but everything we write is being read and saved somewhere by people we have never even met. Our crime? We are Americans, and apparently there are those within our government who are afraid of us. The mastermind? Well that's exactly the point I now speculate. Who could possibly slip this net, if not the very guy holding the net? Unless of course he is simply lying -- a very real possibility, because like most people in the George W. Bush White House, he wouldn't know the truth if it bit him. Truth is something to be invented for partisan gain.

Think about it. According to the White House, Karl Rove can actually still lose email. The rest of us can't. Who is he - Joseph Goebbels? Is he the mastermind behind this 'spy on all Americans' scheme? Does the NSA work for him? Else... wouldn't the NSA simply supply Karl's emails from their massive electronic archive?

And what of AT&T? Don't Karl's emails go through that same 'secret room' that siphons off the rest of our emails? Did Karl get a pass from AT&T as well? Or was this entire (illegal) plan his idea in the first place?

And what does that really indicate about our Executive Branch and their partisan plan for outright dictatorship? What is in Karl's emails that would warrant this much concerted effort to destroy them?

If they can't find Karl's emails when they undoubtedly have all of mine - and believe me, I'm an absolute nobody in Indiana - we have a real Constitutional crisis on our hands. But then again, we already knew that.

Subpoena them all, then hold Karl Goebbels in contempt for obstruction of justice if he can't produce. If he can produce them when faced with jail time - he's lying to us again. Business as usual.

The answer to this question - whether he can or can't produce them -
will tell us more than the contents of the emails themselves. If he can't produce emails in this day and age, a very real and pervasive cover-up is in effect... obstruction of justice.

Surely that at least is impeachable. Surely you can throw a 'public servant' in jail for that.

Doesn't that Monica Lewinsky thing look more and more ludicrous by the day?

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