Saturday, October 28, 2006

"Abuse of the Public Trust"

It's something we've come to expect from the GOP in Washington, abuse of the public trust, but this behavior knows no borders.

When you are a public servant, and drawing a government pay check, you gotta know that every phone conversation, every piece of correspondence, and now every email could be subject to scrutiny. Throughout history some have claimed executive privilege but the truth always comes out. Surely some of you remember Watergate and the missing tapes and the great investigative journalism that changed the way Washington worked, for a while. And who could forget the image of Nixon leaving the White House.

A man associated with Jack Abramoff was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison for his "abuse of the public trust." The evidence used against him was largely in a stack of emails. In addition to the emails he was found to be lying to a government ethics officer about his dealings with the now disgraced GOP fundraiser. Read the story from today's Washington Post here.

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