Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Email and Accountability

I read today that Sarah Palin's Yahoo email was hacked, and it is apparently an account that she used for conducting government business, presumably to avoid the accountability that attaches to government documents, including email. There are at least two things wrong here:

1 - Hacking is wrong and if the perps are breaking the law, then they need to be caught and held accountable.

2 - If Governor Palin is indeed using a private email account to conduct official government business then that raises a clear question about ethical behavior and she needs to step forward and explain this.

What we do as employees of the government, at any level, is subject to the laws, rules, and regulations governing our particular branch. If the Governor's action is in violation of Alaska's directives, then I want to know why and I have a right to know why, and more importantly I have a well founded reason to believe that her much touted ethics are so much Rovian spin.

2 comments:

chicagokristi said...

Well, you have to admit that if it does, in fact, shake down that way and Palin and McCain do end up in office, it'll be comforting to know that there will be seamless continuity with regard to the current administration's "above the law" mentality that's been so popular when it's come to policy-making decisions.

Kheris said...

Ok...that made me laugh....nothing like a little gallows humor to spice up my Sunday.