Friday, April 30, 2010


Hacking Sarah Palin's E-Mail

I just read the following news item in a Newsmax e-mail newsletter:

Palin E-mail Hacker Guilty on 2 of 4 Charges

A Tennessee jury convicted the man who hacked into Sarah Palin's e-mail account during the 2008 campaign on two of four charges, according to Fox News.
The jury in Knoxville found David Kernell guilty of computer fraud and obstruction of justice, but judged him not guilty of the wire fraud charge and deadlocked on an identity theft charge.

Kernell, a 22-year-old former University of Tennessee student, faced as much as 50 years if he had been convicted of all charges. The maximum prison sentence for obstructing an investigation is 20 years.

The article goes on to say that Kernell is the son of a Democratic member of the Tennessee legislature.

To save my life, I can't imagine a good reason for hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail. What secret could she possibly be hiding? With Mrs. Palin, what you see is more than what you get. She has never shown that she has interesting or unusual ideas about government policy, about politics, or about anything. Her most useful attribute is her "averageness." She has the ideas and opinions of the average conservative wife who lives in a small city or village and surrounded by like-thinking relatives and friends. Her followers adore her because she is "just like them." Why would there be any interest in her e-mail?

The hacker is the son of a member of a state legislature. Members of state legislatures are not noted for their intellectual abilities. Like father, like son, perhaps.


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