Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Spectacular Hypocrisy of Mike Pence

If you're going to spend months and months condemning someone for using personal E-mail while serving in the government, at least have the common decency to not get caught using personal E-mail while serving in government:

Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues.

Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the governor’s residence to the state’s response to terror attacks across the globe. In one email, Pence’s top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges.

Cyber-security experts say the emails raise concerns about whether such sensitive information was adequately protected from hackers, given that personal accounts like Pence's are typically less secure than government email accounts. In fact, Pence's personal account was hacked last summer.

Furthermore, advocates for open government expressed concerns about transparency because personal emails aren't immediately captured on state servers that are searched in response to public records requests.

The balls on this guy. He couldn't even make his Yahoo! E-mail work (I'm guessing it was or your pick). And he had the temerity to suggest Hillary Clinton was crooked?

Who's crooked now?

There are some points here that are absolutely incorrect and needs to be addressed. First, Pence's lawyer refused to release ALL of the E-mails, and that's in violation of Indiana state law. Pence was legally allowed to use the private E-mail, provided he kept copies of everything and turned them over to the state. He hasn't done that yet. Second, the idea that he couldn't or didn't handle classified information is absolutely false. 

The Federal government routinely shares classified material with state and local law enforcement. They have to do this because there are numerous fusion centers around the country that share counterterrorism information with state and local governments.

Now, unless Indiana is not a part of all of this, the idea that the State of Indiana has never received "federally classified" material is wrong.

I mean, what do you even do with stuff like this?

Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence slammed Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, saying it "disqualifies" her from becoming president. 

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