White House used shadow computer system

040907rose.jpgThe Bush White House, already recognized as the most secretive in history, used laptop computers and other communications devices paid for by the Republican National Committee to conceal questionable activities from investigators and circumvent the law.

The laptops, used alongside official White House computers, provided a way for Bush political guru Karl Rove (above) to work “off the books” and send communications that bypassed traditional channels and avoid the tracking systems used in the West Wing.

Writes Tom Hambuger of the Los Angeles Times:

When Karl Rove and his top deputies arrived at the White House in 2001, the Republican National Committee provided them with laptop computers and other communication devices to be used alongside their government-issued equipment.

The back-channel e-mail and paging system, paid for and maintained by the RNC, was designed to avoid charges that had vexed the Clinton White House — that federal resources were being used inappropriately for political campaign purposes.

Now, that dual computer system is creating new embarrassment and legal headaches for the White House, the Republican Party and Rove’s once-vaunted White House operation.

Democrats say evidence suggests the RNC e-mail system was used for political and government policy matters in violation of federal record preservation and disclosure rules.

In addition, Democrats point to a handful of e-mails obtained through ongoing inquiries suggesting the system may have been used to conceal such activities as contacts with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was convicted on bribery charges and is now in prison for fraud.

Democratic congressional investigators are beginning to demand access to this RNC-White House communications system, which was used not only by Rove’s office but by several top officials elsewhere in the White House.

The prospect that such communication might become public has further jangled the nerves of an already rattled Bush White House.

Comments

  1. Johnny Flatline

    It only exposes the obvious. There was never a government of the people. It’s always been an elite shadow government pretending to be ours. This just highlights how bold and arrogant they have become . . . stealing elections, bribing officials, giving favors to donors, torturing who they please, ignoring the constitution, ignoring international law, lying about war, promoting the most ignorant, firing the most honest . . . Catch 22.

  2. vista vancouver island

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vulcans

    so there IS a connection between Paul Wolfowitz – the neo-con, Straussian father of the “War” in Iraq (Step One of the PNAC) and now head of the World Bank – AND those like-minded Pentagon officials – including the Comptroller who oversaw the disappearance of Trillions of taxpayers’ dollars – with whom he’s conspired since 9/11/2001 to have happen…

    One question would be: where’s that money right now?

    Try financing mercenaries willing – for enough money – to have initiated sectarian violence in Iraq – with the Grand Mosque in Samarrah, on the eve of the 2004 elections, and many times since.

    figure it out.