No joke, the kid who guessed that famous Wasilla person (and former half-term governor) Sarah Palin was from “Wasilla” is now facing up to 20 years in prison for doing so. It seems Sarah Palin had a Yahoo! address, and used the security question: “What high school did you attend.” After literally zero research, David Kernell guessed “Wasilla High,” and had access to Palin’s email. Yes, the governor of Alaska’s email was that easy to hack. Is that even considered hacking — figuring out a rube’s password?
Meh, apparently it is, and now Kernell is probably headed to the slammer. Palin put the whole situation in perspective on facebook, of course.
My family and I are thankful that the jury thoroughly and carefully weighed the evidence and issued a just verdict. Besides the obvious invasion of privacy and security concerns surrounding this issue, many of us are concerned about the integrity of our country’s political elections. America’s elections depend upon fair competition. Violating the law, or simply invading someone’s privacy for political gain, has long been repugnant to Americans’ sense of fair play. As Watergate taught us, we rightfully reject illegally breaking into candidates’ private communications for political intrigue in an attempt to derail an election.
Right, because no one knew that breaking into candidates’ communications was bad before Nixon. That said, is it fair to compare some stupid kid guessing a retard’s password hint to a break-in of Democratic Party headquarters that the President of the United States knew about? Of course not. But hey, shock of shocks, Sarah Palin has no perspective on life or history.
Let us not forget that she also has no perspective on legality. While yes, it was bad of a 20-year-old college student to figure out her easily-figured-out password, one thing that shouldn’t be forgotten is that because of that intrusion, we learned that Palin was using her personal email to illegally conduct government business. From Harper’s:
The Justice Department seems to be setting one of its amazing new rules. When a Republican political figure is damaged in her expectation of being elected to office, it is telling us, that’s a felony. And why is that the case here? Because the hacker helped establish something important: Sarah Palin has been systematically violating the Open Records Act. As David Corn has noted at Mother Jones, Palin relied heavily on private email accounts for improper purposes. As governor of Alaska, she was obligated to maintain as public records her communications with respect to her discharge of official duties. Palin skirted this obligation by turning to private email accounts for government related dealings. In fact, the hacker in question helped flush out Palin’s violations. The hacker also helped establish a motive for the illegal conduct: Palin regularly involved her husband in official business, and it’s easy to understand why she did not want to leave behind evidence of her husband’s involvement.
We also learned from Watergate that when government officials do illegal things, they’re usually punished. Sarah Palin is a famous rich celebrity now, though, so perhaps the rules just don’t apply to her. We’re still hoping they do.