Friday, October 10, 2008

Troopergate report due today: will show Palin has lied

The independent investigator's report on Troopergate (aka Wootengate) is due out later today. The contents of the report will likely destroy what little credibility Palin still retains. It is clear now that Palin abused her authority to pursue a personal vendetta against her former brother-in-law:
Ms. Palin has denied that anyone told Mr. Monegan to dismiss Trooper Wooten, or that the commissioner’s ouster had anything to do with him. But an examination of the case, based on interviews with Mr. Monegan and several top aides, indicates that, to a far greater degree than was previously known, the governor, her husband and her administration pressed the commissioner and his staff to get Trooper Wooten off the force, though without directly ordering it.

In all, the commissioner and his aides were contacted about Trooper Wooten three dozen times over 19 months by the governor, her husband and seven administration officials, interviews and documents show.[1]
It's a sordid story, including multiple instances of Todd Palin, the governor's husband, stalking Trooper Wooten in an effort to have his worker's compensation denied.
Soon after that, Mr. Palin and several aides began pressing the public safety agency to investigate another matter: whether Trooper Wooten was fraudulently collecting workers’ compensation for a back injury he said he had suffered while helping carry a body bag.

Mr. Palin’s evidence: He told Ms. Peterson, the commissioner’s assistant, that he had seen the trooper riding a snowmobile while on medical leave and that he had photographs to prove it.

When Mr. Palin called back two weeks later, Ms. Peterson said she had met with the trooper but was not authorized to discuss the conversation because it was an official state personnel matter. The issue was eventually resolved in Trooper Wooten’s favor, after his chiropractor sent a letter saying he had approved of the trooper’s riding a snowmobile, as long as he was careful.[2]
What is the governor's husband doing, sneaking around, stalking his former brother-in-law. It's creepy. Todd Palin was obsessed with his former brother-in-law:
Mr. Palin declined to be interviewed. But in a sworn affidavit this week for the legislative investigation, he wrote that he had hundreds of communications about the trooper "with my family, with friends, with colleagues and with just about everyone I could, including government officials." He added, "In fact, I talked about Wooten so much over the years that my wife told me to stop talking about it with her."[3]
Read "Palins Repeatedly Pressed Case Against Trooper" in The New York Times.

Since the beginning of this investigation, Sarah Palin has repeatedly lied about her level of involvement. Here's a video that shows Palin flip flopping on Monegan's qualifications in the space of a few days:

It will interesting to see if the report of the independent investigator contains any new revelations, but it is already clear that Sarah Palin abused her power as governor to harass her former brother-in-law.

1 comment:

JTylerBallance said...

Palin has admitted to eavesdropping (wiretapping) on phone conversations while Governor; a felony. She admits that she went to her brother-in-law's house and spied on the couple through a window, criminal trespass and voyeurism. Commissioner Walt Monehan testified that Palin met with him and asked him when he would fire Trooper Wooten. To his credit, Walt told Palin that her interference in the matter was out of line and that she should not be interjecting herself into personnel matters while an investigation was underway.

The report on the Wooten case will not discuss Palin's use of unsecured back-channel web accounts to subvert the Alaska sunshine laws designed to ensure government meetings and correspondence are kept as part of the public record.

Palin's admitted actions make her unsuitable for ANY public office. She is the epitome of the sleazy characters who are quick to come up with new laws to jail our citizens, but who routinely hold themselves above the law.

Take away the facade and you have someone who behaves much like Nixon, just on a smaller scale. There is no doubt that her criminal abuse of office would only grow if she were to be given more power.

What is the most disgusting aspect of this debacle is the way so many otherwise conscientious Republicans have intentionally turned a blind eye toward all of Palin's obvious malfeasance. It demonstrates the disturbing trait, that political insiders will forgo all ethical bounds to retain power. This is exactly the way that despots are kept in power by armies of sycophants, all eager to promote and maintain the status-quo and the members' tenuous attachment to power.