What's good for the goose ... or moose ... or whatever ...

September 18, 2008

ALASKA OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission
333 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 100
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
aogcc.customer.svc@alaska.gov
jody.colombie@alaska.gov

Attorney General Talis J. Colberg
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300
tel: 907-465-2133
fax: 907-465-2075
email: attorney.general@alaska.gov

The Honorable Governor Sarah Palin
Alaska State Capitol Building Third Floor
P.O. Box 110001
Juneau, AK 99811-0001
Phone (907) 465-3500
Fax (907) 465-3532
governor@gov.state.ak.us

Hello -

This is a request for information. If I have sent this request to the wrong email address or department please forward it to the appropriate person, persons or department. Thank you.

In researching an investigation involving the AOGCC in 2004 I've learned that, according to
THE ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, Mrs. Sarah Palin was assisted by an AOGCC technician while "hacking" into a computer belonging to Randy Ruedrich. I used the word "hacking" because it was the word used by the reporter in THE ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS article and the reporter apparently received the information about the "hacking" and information gathering from Mrs. Palin, herself, during the interview. The article reports that Sarah Palin stated the hacking was done at the "behest" of an assistant attorney general in Fairbanks.

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/510276.html

I have some questions I'm hoping the governors office, the AOGCC and the attorney general's office may be able to help me with:

The AOGCC --

What, exactly, was the job description / duties of the AOGCC technician Mrs. Palin mentioned in the article?

Would it be possible to obtain the name of the technician that assisted Mrs. Palin?

Was Mrs. Palin authorized to do the "hacking" into the computer used by Randy Ruedrich?

If Mrs. Palin was authorized to do the "hacking" and information gathering, was it an authority she held by her position with the AOGCC or was she authorized by a specific member or official request / order of the AOGCC -- or was the authorization granted by order of the attorney general's office?

Can you give me information concerning use of email accounts by members of the AOGCC? Specifically, are members of the AOGCC allowed (by standard procedure and regulation) to access the email of other AOGCC members? Are email accounts of AOGCC members protected by the same rules and regulations that protect the email accounts of other Alaska state offices, such as the governor and the governor's administration?

Are members of the AOGCC allowed to do government business using email accounts that are not on the government server? Are members TODAY allowed to do government business on personal accounts using yahoo, etc.?

Have any current AOGCC members communicated with the governor using any account she may have other than on the government server?

Were any of the email communications retrieved by Sarah Palin in her investigation of Randy Ruedrich on a personal email account other than on the government server - such as yahoo, etc.?

The Department of Law / Attorney General's office --

The ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS article reports: "But as she and an AOGCC technician worked their way around his computer password at the behest of an assistant attorney general in Fairbanks, they found his cleanup had not extended to his electronic files."

Can you give me the name of the assistant attorney general who gave the order to hack into Mr. Ruedrich's computer to Mrs. Palin and the AOGCC technician?

Sarah Palin was involved in an investigation of Randy Ruedrich for mixing his political job with his state duties. At the "behest" of the attorney general's office Sarah Palin "hacked" into Mr. Ruedrich's computer seeking information from his email.

Has the attorney general's office been involved in any other investigations or situations where it has ordered members of another government agency or department - such as the AOGCC - to hack into a government computer to retrieve email?

Regarding the use of personal email accounts not on the government server to do government business -- does the attorney general's office deem that acceptable and legal?

In the current investigation of Governor Palin, will the attorney general's office participate in an effort to retrieve and disclose the emails of Governor Palin in the same manner that it did with the Randy Ruedrich investigation?

When there is an investigation involving a state of Alaska employee, is there a standard procedure for how that employee's computer will be accessed to retrieve information? Is the computer removed from the office of the employee? Is the employee informed that the computer and email address he was assigned by the state is being accessed and investigated? What are the steps and who is involved? How is the event documented?

I assume that employees of The Department Of Law do use email to contact Governor Palin from time to time. Does the attorney general - and do others at The Department Of Law - use the governor's official state of Alaska email address when contacting her by email?

The Honorable Governor Sarah Palin --

November 9, 2003 -- Anchorage Daily News -- Sean Cockerham
===But Palin, a well-known Republican and former mayor of Wasilla, is not so sure about that. She said that she has heard from a lot of Republicans who wondered why Ruedrich hadn't been able to see that he had a conflict of interest. "It was a very simple issue," Palin said. "It was black and white."===

Will the governor acknowledge that many Alaskans - and many other Americans - wonder if she is involved in ethics violations and a conflict of interest? Will the governor now allow for the same type of email retrieval that she undertook to assist in the investigation of Randy Ruedrich?

Will the governor offer for review all email on her personal email accounts so that investigators can properly investigate possible ethics violations and conflicts of interest -- and so investigators can determine if she has been using those accounts to do government / political business she did not wish to have made public and to avoid having her email communications documented and archived?

Thank you for any information you can give me.

Sincerely,
-****** *****-

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For reference I offer the following from adn.com

Palin explains her actions in Ruedrich case (11/19/2004) adn.com
http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/510276.html

(Please follow link above for the interview in it's entirety.)
*Sarah Palin never thought of herself as an investigator. Yet there she was, hacking uncomfortably into Randy Ruedrich's computer, looking for evidence that the state Republican Party boss had broken the state ethics law while a member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

*The next week, when Palin went back to work at the AOGCC, she noticed that Ruedrich had removed his pictures from the walls and the personal effects from his desk. But as she and an AOGCC technician worked their way around his computer password at the behest of an assistant attorney general in Fairbanks, they found his cleanup had not extended to his electronic files.

*The technician "said it looked like he tried to delete this, but she knew a way to go around and get some of the deleted stuff," Palin said in an interview. "I didn't know what I was looking for, but I was there."

*Palin found dozens of e-mail messages and documents stacked up in trash folders ...

*When Palin went through Ruedrich's computer, she found an e-mail dated Nov. 3 that Ruedrich sent from his home computer to work.

*Palin printed out a batch of Ruedrich's e-mails on Nov. 12, 2003. The next day, she sent a message to Paul Lyle, the assistant attorney general in Fairbanks, and told him she was following his instructions. But was there an investigation or not? Palin couldn't get a straight answer.

*On Dec. 11, Palin sent Lyle a package of material: printed e-mails, staff comments, documents from Ruedrich's desk and recycle bin.

  9     February 27, 2010 - 6:10am | baaadr

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  7     September 6, 2009 - 4:54pm | manool

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  6     October 8, 2008 - 11:13am | Reader11722

Does it really matter who wins?

McCain/Palin, Obama/Biden, does it really matter? George Wallace said it best, "there's not a dime's worth of difference between" Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats willingly went along with the War in Iraq, suspension of Habeas Corpus, Patriot Act, banning books like America Deceived (book) from Amazon, Wikipedia and Facebook, warrant-less wiretapping and opening private mail. They are both guilty of treason.
Clean them all out and save this great nation.

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  5     September 19, 2008 - 10:00pm | RobertDN

Your pathetic value system

Those who see nothing wrong with Sarah Palin's lack of character ... well, they lack character themselves. Not a whole lot we can do for them. (Or about them.)

Does it really matter if the one person who now represents Alaska to America and the world is dishonest?

As Sarah, herself, would say: "Yup, yup!"

There's a choice to be made.

Want to look like fools and suffer the consequences of sending a liar - ANOTHER LIAR - to Washington? Support Sarah and her lies.

Want to be respected for your integrity? Say "Thanks, but no thanks" to Sarah.

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  4     September 18, 2008 - 7:38pm | RobertDN

Response received

This response was received from one of the individuals I sent the request for information to. It didn't come from one of the email addresses I sent the request to, however.

Although it's nice to see the folks working for Alaska have a sense of humor ... it's surprising that many of the people of Alaska are okay with what's happening to their government.

John McCain now controls The Department of Law in Alaska and the governor of Alaska will not and cannot be held accountable.

Sarah and Todd Palin have said "f -you" to the citizens of Alaska.

More of the same from Sarah, Todd and McCain.

It's a sad and shameful time in Alaska history.
===================================

Hi Robert, hopefully some of my answers will shed some light on your inquiry.

Thanks,
Fred

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The AOGCC --

What, exactly, was the job description / duties of the AOGCC technician Mrs. Palin mentioned in the article?
The job duties were nothing out of the ordinary, just simple things like making coffee, copies, hooking up new computers, and hacking into email accounts when necessary.

Would it be possible to obtain the name of the technician that assisted Mrs. Palin?
His name is Jeffrey Kanosky. He doesn't work at AOGCC anymore. I believe he now is self employed. He frequents the bar called Koots over on Spenard. Just ask for "the cuckaracha". He is called this because he is known to be able to get to anything, no matter how difficult. Don't go there before 7pm on a friday or saturday, not because he isn't there, but because he is really superstitious about talking to "suits" before 7.

Was Mrs. Palin authorized to do the "hacking" into the computer used by Randy Ruedrich?
According to my knowledge of the situation, she applied for the permit to hack, its a standard form. You can get it at the reception desk of AOGCC.

If Mrs. Palin was authorized to do the "hacking" and information gathering, was it an authority she held by her position with the AOGCC or was she authorized by a specific member or official request / order of the AOGCC -- or was the authorization granted by order of the attorney general's office?
To my knowledge, she submitted the permit to hack form and it was approved by the manager over at Chez Ritz.

Can you give me information concerning use of email accounts by members of the AOGCC? Specifically, are members of the AOGCC allowed (by standard procedure and regulation) to access the email of other AOGCC members? Are email accounts of AOGCC members protected by the same rules and regulations that protect the email accounts of other Alaska state offices, such as the governor and the governor's administration?
Oh yeah we are always in eachothers accounts... Its like second nature... you dont feel like walking all the way to your office so you just stop by a co-workes office and use their email... We also borrow money from eachothers wallets.

Are members of the AOGCC allowed to do government business using email accounts that are not on the government server? Are members TODAY allowed to do government business on personal accounts using yahoo, etc.?
Absolutely, we were specifically told to use hotmail.com for all government business... the problem was for 2 years I didnt realize it was hotmail and not hotmale.com, so for a long time i was using the wrong account.

Have any current AOGCC members communicated with the governor using any account she may have other than on the government server?
Yeah, she used this one email address that we are not supposed to tell anyone, its hottestgovernoraccordingtorasmussenpoll@hotmail.com

Were any of the email communications retrieved by Sarah Palin in her investigation of Randy Ruedrich on a personal email account other than on the government server - such as yahoo, etc.? The weird thing is that when you say she "hacked" into his email, she didnt do it on a computer, see the thing is is ruedrich is so old school that he prints all his emails off and puts them in a safe in his basement... Palin broke in there and shot is dog and broke into his safe full of hard copies. I miss that dog.

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  September 18, 2008 - 8:48pm | iflyak3

Isn't that the response you wanted

Robert if you want to know who Sarah is..... well let me describe her for you

Add 50 or so pound of Maggie Thatcher and about 50 or so pounds of Ronald Reagan. Add a great smile and some lipstick (no pun intended) and a down home personality and you have Sarah Palin.

The only problem here is....your ass is scared silly-- and I really don't see that as a problem.

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  September 19, 2008 - 7:25am | kattyjones

iflyak

yes, absolutely correct.

I know why the media is doing a smear campaign on Governor Sarah Palin, they scared to death of her.

Now Governor Sarah Palin is being compared to Margaret Thatcher. BRAVO.

KEEP UP THE GOOD CAMPAINING MCCAIN/PALIN 2008

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  3     September 18, 2008 - 8:21am | phantomenace

ADN should hire you

Thank you for yet another skeleton in what I'm sure will be a parade of them just in time for Halloween!

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  September 18, 2008 - 8:46pm | iflyak3

Please Dennis the Phantomenace

Don't encourage Robert -- his ego won't be able to handle the inevitable on 20 January 2009.

I can hear it now..... I , Sarah Palin do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of of the United States...........

And faintly in the background you will hear muffled whining and kicking as RobertDN experiences a nervous breakdown. And the faint sounds of the Booby Hatch van's siren hauling him off in a straight jacket.

THERE IS JUSTICE

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  2     September 18, 2008 - 8:09am | rfn

I am amazed

that Governor Palin is that much of a computer whiz!

I wonder how many among us have similar skills?

McCain doesn't claim to do much with computers.

I wonder if Obama has ever seen one!

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  1     September 18, 2008 - 6:40am | blazer

Summary of the above letter

Blah blah blah, I don't like it that McCain/Palin are going to win the election. Blah blah blah.

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  September 18, 2008 - 8:17am | phantomenace

check ANY electoral map

There are 49 other states you know, and even the most conservative estimates still put Obama ahead in the Electoral College
oh...my mistake...you don't exchange intelligent thoughts so-in your language...
na-na--na-na--na!

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  September 18, 2008 - 8:51pm | iflyak3

You mean CNN electoral map!!!!!!

By the way, YOU are not worthy enough to use the word conservative---So stop it!

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  September 19, 2008 - 1:47am | phantomenace

such anger

You seem a bit on edge. Perhaps you're a bit nervous about something?
get some sleep "fly"

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  September 18, 2008 - 8:19am | rfn

There are factors

that suggest about 5% of Americans have personal reasons to not vote for Obama that they will not reveal....and conceal them by speaking only "Politically Correct" to pollsters. We may not like that but there it is!

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  September 18, 2008 - 8:26am | phantomenace

And those are the ones who hide it

what about those in Ohio and Kentucky who will look right into the CNN camera and say it to the nation?!

Am I naive to hope that humanity will rise above this (as Condi calls it) national birth defect?

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