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House investigates EPA emails, as agency says administrators have two accounts
fox news ^ | 11/19/2012 | fox news

Posted on 11/20/2012 3:14:33 AM PST by tobyhill

House Republicans are investigating allegations that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and other high-ranking agency officials have been conducting officials business with email aliases or secret accounts to avoid scrutiny from agency watchdogs and the public.

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is leading the investigation and has asked Jackson to turn over information connected to the email account “Richard Windsor” – one of the alleged alias accounts.

The committee has sent letters to White House lawyers and the EPA inspector general asking them into investigate the allegations and report on their findings by the end of the month.

The Daily Caller reported first that Jackson was using an email alias, based on research by Competitive Enterprise Institute fellow Christopher Horner.

He says the agency’s use of secret email accounts dates back to the Clinton administration and then-Administrator Carol Browner.

“You remember Ms. Browner, the lady who suddenly ordered her computer hard drive reformatted and backup tapes erased, hours after a federal court issued a ‘preserve’ order … that her lawyers at the Clinton Justice Department insisted they hadn’t yet told her about?” Horner said in the Daily Caller story.

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TO GOP HOUSE MEMBERS, STOP FUNDING THESE COMMUNIST PIGS!
1 posted on 11/20/2012 3:14:37 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
Besides that all Congress needs to do is prohibit federal appointees and employees from accessing private, non-government email accounts during working hours or from government computers ~ on pain of maiming!

Sure, they might have trouble getting that through Harry Reid or Obama, but it would certainly be a good talking point for 'our side' ~ and besides, no federal government appointee or employee imagines he or she has any privacy when it comes to those two topics ~ they don't even have privacy regarding what they are paid, although the existing terrorist threat did allow their agencies to restrict information about where they sit inside buildings.

2 posted on 11/20/2012 3:51:12 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks tobyhill.
Lisa Jackson and other high-ranking agency officials have been conducting officials business with email aliases or secret accounts to avoid scrutiny from agency watchdogs and the public.

3 posted on 11/20/2012 4:11:58 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: tobyhill

I suspect this has become standard operating procedure for most of the Feds at this point. Wasn’t Petraeus using gmail?


4 posted on 11/20/2012 4:18:14 AM PST by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: tobyhill

House of representatives just needs to cut off all monies to anything to do with Odumbo. he way i is going i t is like Feed the Pig. Odumbo Administraion is like a Supersized Pig on steroids that is on a feeding frenzy and can get away from the trough.

wish I could find that sow with piglets sucking on the teats - change it to the taxpayers and and all the piglets sucking the life out of them.


5 posted on 11/20/2012 4:20:29 AM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: tobyhill

This is actually illegal but nobody will enforce the law.


6 posted on 11/20/2012 4:37:17 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: muawiyah
Besides that all Congress needs to do is prohibit federal appointees and employees from accessing private, non-government email accounts during working hours or from government computers ~ on pain of maiming!

We are not supposed to use non-government email while at work. I don't know if that's for all federal employees, or just the DOD... but that already is the rule.

7 posted on 11/20/2012 4:40:01 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: exDemMom

But are people maimed for doing that?


8 posted on 11/20/2012 4:49:14 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

As a practic matter I have 4 or 5 email addresses and can access them on my phone anytime I want. Nothing prevents someone from creating an anonymous email account and writing to another anonymous email account. It’s all likely to come out if the SHTF but if not, it’s business as “unusual”


9 posted on 11/20/2012 5:08:02 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: muir_redwoods

You can have as many personal emails as you want. But when you’re a government employee, you can’t use personal email to conduct government business — not only is it a security violation, it also is an illegal workaround from the oversight rules.


10 posted on 11/20/2012 5:12:02 AM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: kevkrom

Stopping it is another story.

But, who would pay attention to an e-mail from Lisa_Jackson@gmail.com?

I think what happened here is that the e-mails came from Richard_Windsor@epa.gov, not Lisa_Jackson@epa.gov.

This is a practice that predates electronic mail by the way. It happens for a variety of reasons. The administrator sends an e-mail or even a snail mail from a non-existent employee.


11 posted on 11/20/2012 5:27:56 AM PST by scrabblehack
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To: kevkrom

Yeah, I ah, know it’s illegal, so is getting on TV and lying about Bengazi. We’re not dealing with an administration that cares about the law or they wouldn’t have secret email accounts that thwart FOI law in the first place.


12 posted on 11/20/2012 5:39:26 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: tobyhill

Have the committee subpoena the accounts associated with the relevant IP addresses. Google is more than willing to give up everything about us poor peons to the government. It’s about time this works to our advantage for a change.


13 posted on 11/20/2012 7:18:57 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: scrabblehack
But, who would pay attention to an e-mail from Lisa_Jackson@gmail.com?

I think what happened here is that the e-mails came from Richard_Windsor@epa.gov, not Lisa_Jackson@epa.gov.

This is a practice that predates electronic mail by the way. It happens for a variety of reasons. The administrator sends an e-mail or even a snail mail from a non-existent employee.

I hadn't heard that. Do you have a source for this? If true, it would be really easy to trace things out and identify others who are doing the same thing by any competent tech.

14 posted on 11/20/2012 7:23:44 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: zeugma
it would be really easy to trace things out and identify others who are doing the same thing by any competent tech.

My suspicion is that the House committee may already have the emails. Now it's a matter of getting Jackson to hand them over to show her cooperation even though the committee already may know what's in them.

15 posted on 11/20/2012 8:35:37 AM PST by what's up
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To: muir_redwoods

if you maim them enough they won’t be able to use those cellphones!


16 posted on 11/20/2012 8:52:13 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Have you seen any maiming as yet? Even back as far as the first Bush administration?


17 posted on 11/20/2012 11:02:39 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: zeugma

For this particular story, I don’t have one....other than the fact that Richard Windsor is not identified. Don’t you find that suspicious? If you were a reporter, wouldn’t you explain somewhere in the story what Richard Windsor’s position was (Chief of Staff to Lisa Jackson, Program Manager, etc.?)

For the practice in general, check the Washington Post about 22 years ago. I don’t remember for certain whether the story focused on the public or the private sector.


18 posted on 11/20/2012 5:53:45 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: zeugma

Go to epa.gov — click on “Working With Us.”

Go to Staff Directory. Enter Windsor as the Last Name. Click on “Search.”

The request will return no results — so there is no employee by that name, if indeed there ever was.

Enter Jackson as the Last Name. The request will return 62 records, one of whom is the Agency Administrator herself — so it’s not like the top staff are not listed.


19 posted on 11/20/2012 6:04:24 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: muawiyah

Right now the House doesn’t have to go through anyone. Simply subpoena every email ever sent on those “other” accounts. We need more whistleblowers, too. Why not incentivize them with a bounty?


20 posted on 11/23/2012 6:22:57 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD; tobyhill; muawiyah; SunkenCiv; mo; hondact200; driftdiver; exDemMom; muir_redwoods; ...

Could the e-mail be traced if it were sent from a different machine (say laptop, desktop, blackberry, etc.?)

Officially, Lisa Jackson is responsible for any e-mail coming from epa.gov, whether from a real or fake employee, no?


21 posted on 11/25/2012 10:21:28 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: 1010RD; tobyhill; muawiyah; SunkenCiv; mo; hondact200; driftdiver; exDemMom; muir_redwoods; ...

Could the e-mail be traced if it were sent from a different machine (say laptop, desktop, blackberry, etc.?)

Officially, Lisa Jackson is responsible for any e-mail coming from epa.gov, whether from a real or fake employee, no?


22 posted on 11/25/2012 10:21:28 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: tobyhill

This whole regime is a criminal organization as are the democrats. Good that the GOP are going after the EPA and these communist monsters. The media won’t report this either. House GOP is the last line of defense


23 posted on 11/26/2012 8:21:01 AM PST by rurgan (give laws an expiration date:so the congress has to review every 4 years to see if needed)
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