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Monday, September 15, 2008

ACTION ALERT: Bombshell Troopergate Audio!

I can't believe I missed this column yesterday, but Townhall's Amanda Carpenter has unearthed some very disturbing audio regarding the legislative "investigation" of the "Troopergate" non-scandal. The tape was made during a Spetember 12 hearing of the state legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee, in which the committee is discussing the investigation with Investigator Steve Branchflower. The bombshell information is dropped by Branchflower when he reveals that he does not have control of the subpoena list for his own investigation. Instead, he has to defer questions to the Democratic State Senator Hollis French, who is supervising the investigation. This is the same Hollis French who is one of Barack Obama's leading Alaskan supporters, started using the term "impeachment" before the investigation even began, and is now vocally threatening the McCain-Palin campaign with an "October surprise". Such a partisan hack has no business even participating in this investigation, let alone holding final control over who Steve Branchflower can or cannot talk to.

This is the last straw for me as far as this "Troopergate" nonsense is concerned. I've already spent time detailing Steve Branchflower's conflicts of interest Sen. French's partisan diatribes, and I will no longer go along with the media's refusal to report the shenanigans of this kangaroo court. So, here's what I'm proposing: Let's make sure this audio gets into as many hands as possible. Send it to the Alaskan media, the national media, the McCain campaign, your local newspaper, your favorite conservative publication....anything goes. I'm going to go back and dig up all of the old articles on French and Branchflower so that we have a concise list of references regarding their conflicts of interest, which I will post here as soon as I can. I see no reason to rest until this story hits the national newswires. They want an October surprise, we'll give them an October surprise.


Erin said...

Adam, you suggest what we can do about this, and I'm all for it. Paul, you always have good insight into effectively mobilizing Palin's army? Anybody have any connections to FoxNews or Drudge? My only one is that my dad and Brit Hume could be twins separated at birth. Same immobile hair and everything...I doubt that will get me anywhere though.

Erin said...

P.S. Adam, you might also check to see if this is the norm for such investigations in Alaska. If it is, there's really nothing we can do about it. I'm NOT happy about this October surprise business. Even though I don't think there's anything to uncover, there are ways (as we've all seen lately in the MSM) to twist these things.

JD said...

Unfrickin real.

manajordan said...

I read this story yesterday and had a similar reaction. I immediately emailed it to Greta Van Susteren. What specific media action should we be taking?
Of course the MSM might already know all about this, in which case their silence speaks volumes.

Grace Explosion said...

I was unable to hear the audio from my pc for unknown reasons. Is there a transcript available?

Also, we have the trooper union filing a complaint for Wooten. Branchflower was chosen because he formerly worked in law enforcement with French. Is there a conflict of interest at that level due to this being a law enforcement vs. Governor issue?? Can Branchflower be objective or should he have even been chosen for this task?? Doesn't an "independent investigator" need to be appointed by the Attorney General - not the partisan legislative branch anyway?? I'm not familiar with who is selected as an independent investigator, from what department, and would appreciate clarification.

Also, from what I had read elsewhere, all complaints against the Governor or Lieutenant Governor are required by the Alaskan Constitution to go through the Personnel Department to avoid partisanship. What is the legality according to the Alaskan Constitution of this entire exercise??

I can see why Governor Palin would have had a "You don't intimidate me" stance prior to nomination. She has an 80% approval rating in Alaska. She did nothing illegal. She has full power to fire any person she so decides to fire because those are her powers.

But, now, this is being turned into a partisan attack in an effort to damager her politically.

It's all frankly ridiculous. She can fire who she wants to fire. She had every right to raise concerns about Wooten. Much ado about nothing. In other words, smear campaign.

What laws are being broken by this being turned into a partisan attack with the independent investigator being ruled over by a partisan... so that the investigation is NOT independent? Seems like laws are being broken by French corrupting an independent investigation by taking over the investigation and subpeonas. What about him?? How he can he be held accountable for breaking the law or the rules?? Surely, he has. This is improper.

Would love more information. Thank you.

But I did read

msbs05 said...

I'm spreading the word where I can on the troopergate scandal.
I added it to the bottom of my submission to the new McCain sites "Tell us what you think of Sarah". Everyone should go there and be heard.
Also as a wife of a sailor in Iraq and soon to be mom of a soldier in Iraq (like Sarah) I wanted to pass along a moving video about the war from a DAV soldier. You can see it at

made me cry as he walked away.

Ted said...

Henceforth I think "troopergate" should be replaced by and renamed "investigationgate".

James Gibson said...

Will someone please explain to me where the "scandal" is in all this? The guy she fired has stated he was not pressured to fire Wooten. Shouldn't that be the end of the story?

Audrey said...

Rush Limbaugh would be a good person to send this info to. He might have found out about it already, though, as he's one of Palin's fervent defenders :).

Erin said...

james said: "Will someone please explain to me where the "scandal" is in all this? The guy she fired has stated he was not pressured to fire Wooten. Shouldn't that be the end of the story?"

I've been saying the same thing! What on earth will they uncover? Their star witness won't cooperate and say what they want him to say, and above all, he serves at the pleasure of the governor.

I suspect the reason Sarah retained legal counsel was due to this travesty of an investigation.

Mark said...

Turn out the lights, the party is over . . . for Walt Monegan:

" To that end, the campaign released a series of e-mails detailing the frustration several Palin administration officials experienced in dealing with Monegan. The "last straw," the campaign said, was a trip Monegan planned to Washington in July to seek federal money for investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases.

In a July 7 e-mail, John Katz, the governor's special counsel, noted two problems with the trip: the governor hadn't agreed the money should be sought, and the request "is out of sequence with our other appropriations requests and could put a strain on the evolving relationship between the Governor and Sen. Stevens."

Monegan was fired four days later."

You know, I looked at the dates of the two emails from Palin to Monegan. They were dated 02/07 and 07/07. Yet, she is so gung ho about Mike Wooten that she waits a year-- a whole year-- to fire the blessed Walt Monegan for standing up to her. Hmm . . .

Me smells a top cop fired for a conflict regarding the state budget, something that preceded his termination by a few days.

huskyonspeed said...

I also don't know why this is even an issue. Didn't the trooper in question admit that he tazered a kid. He should not only be fired, he should be arrested!

dale said...

I love the idea of Sarah Palin being VP and ive been following this blog for many months. I was watching the O'Rielly factor today and someone sent him and email about the unedited transcripts of the ABC interview. I would have sent it had i known where they came from so could some of yall please email them to him. Finally someone is willing to look into the rest of he wonderful interview that was twisted as much as possible against her. I hope all this trooper crap gets cleared up before such a pivotal election.
Thank you for all the work you have done. there is nothing greater in America when a small time blogger has a noticeable positive influence on our wonderful country.

Vern said...

my take on these developments
, generally a good move for Palin...

Jill said...

CNN has Palin's non-cooperation as the lead story, and a poll on the same page (bottom right) where you can vote yes or no on whether you agree with her not cooperating.

knowitall said...

I looked up Charles Gibson on Wikipedia because I wanted to know his salary, which is &8,000,000.00 per year.

I found this interesting line about his IQ:
Originally, Gibson planned to go into law, but was turned down by many institutions as it was determined his grades were not sufficient for top tier law school work.

Can you believe everything? of course not. It may explain his insecure male ego.

caem said...


Read for yourself:

Did Obama just confirm Taheri?posted at 9:02 am on September 16, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
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Glenn Reynolds takes a close look at Barack Obama’s response to Amir Taheri and doesn’t see any daylight between them.

Yesterday, Taheri accused Obama of attempting to derail a status-of-forces agreement between the US and Iraq by telling the Iraqis to wait until after the American elections and stop negotiating with the Bush administration.

Obama responded by essentially confirming Taheri’s account:
In the New York Post, conservative Iranian-born columnist Amir Taheri quoted Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari as saying the Democrat made the demand when he visited Baghdad in July, while publicly demanding an early withdrawal.

“He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,” Zebari said in an interview, according to Taheri.
“However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open,” Zebari reportedly said. …

Obama’s national security spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said Taheri’s article bore “as much resemblance to the truth as a McCain campaign commercial.”

In fact, Obama had told the Iraqis that they should not rush through a “Strategic Framework Agreement” governing the future of US forces until after President George W. Bush leaves office, she said.

Which is exactly what Taheri wrote.

Barack Obama went to Iraq and interfered with the diplomatic efforts of the elected United States government, in a war zone no less, by telling the Iraqis to stop negotiating with the President.

How exactly does that make Taheri’s column untruthful?
It wasn’t enough for Obama to fail at forcing the nation into a defeat in Iraq when he opposed the surge. Now he has interfered with our efforts to stabilize Iraq and provide for its security after the surge succeeded in keeping Iraq from falling into a failed state.

And when he got caught working for failure and defeat, he tried making it into a smear against John McCain.

That’s not leadership America needs from a Senator, let alone a President.

The Senate should investigate this as a gross violation of the Constitution and the separation of powers between the branches of government.

Mountain Mama said...

Ah, how interesting!
Note that NOT ONE of the vicious negative bloggers has tried to justify THIS crap, where officials are so manifestly corrupt!

Where are you now, pseudo-Tom Paine?!
* echo echo *

(P.S. I need to answer about an earlier travesty:
Your language, T.P., was unnecessarily vivid when you recounted a rumor about Senator McCain.
How about YOUR answer to THIS question: why don't you get a life and blog elsewhere, since this is a pro-Palin/McCain website?)

tom paine said...


You post more drivel than the average Dem or GOP nut case. Per your Amir Taheri piece of fiction, perhaps you need to take a look at another of his "news" flashes:

"A Colour Code for Iran's Infidels" written by Taheri, a "prominent U.S. neo-conservative" [3], was published May 19, 2006, by Canada's National Post. The story "regarding new legislation in Iran allegedly requiring Jews and other religious minorities to wear distinctive colour badges circulated around the world this weekend before it was exposed as false," Jim Lobe wrote May 22, 2006, for Inter Press Service.

"The National Post retracted the article hours after it was posted to their site, and blamed Taheri for the bad info." [4] Eleana Benador later admitted that her PR firm, Benador Associates, had planted the false story. Reporting on the controversy, Larry Cohler-Esses wrote in The Nation: [5]

Benador, who said her client [Amir Taheri] was "traveling in the Middle East," was impatient with dissections of his work. Terming accuracy with regard to Iran "a luxury," she said, "My major concern is the large picture. Is Taheri writing one or two details that are not accurate? This is a guy who is putting his life at stake." She noted that "the Iranian government has killed its opponents." Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "says he wants to destroy Israel. He says the Holocaust never happened.... As much as being accurate is important, in the end it's important to side with what's right. What's wrong is siding with the terrorists."
Taheri might seem to be one of Benador's biggest liabilities. In fact, he is right now the agency's proudest coup. On May 30--just days after the National Post's apology for running his false story on Iranian Jews--Taheri was one of a group of "Iraq experts" brought to the White House to consult with George W. Bush on the disastrous situation there."

Hey, just the kind of guy a wise person would want as his news source...right caem?

tom paine said...

mountain mama,

This is the second time that you have mentioned my language in a "earlier travesty: Your language, T.P., was unnecessarily vivid..." and this is the second time I am asking you to list exactly what I said that was so vicious?

Please post what you object to.

As for leaving this blog: if you don't like Palin getting critiqued (by either a softball thrower like Gobson or I) then how in the world do you expect her to ever deal with thye Washington crowd or foreign leaders.

I highly doubt that someone like Vladimir Putin would give anyone a free pass simply because of gender or because she's a hockey mom who loves the bible.

Wake up.

loki said...

tom p:

here's an article for you to read...

basically saying a BO spokesperson, Wendy Morigi said...

In fact, Obama had told the Iraqis that they should not rush through a “Strategic Framework Agreement” governing the future of US forces until after President George W. Bush leaves office, she said.

tom p...who should we or BO's spokesperson?

tom paine said...


I have no clue what you might be referring to about what you should or should not "believe" that I said. Be more specific.

You sound like a child on the playground with the "he said she said we thought and that proves it" type of gobblygook. Please leave that to the politicians since they do it so well.

Lose the idea of taking as the gospel truth all these unsubstantiated sources and pay attention only to events an actions and you will likely be much better off...along with being possibly wiser and not prone to jumping on wagons that often have no wheels.

That's an old metaphor (or would that be an analogy) that I just made up but I hope you get the gist of it. :)

Mountain Mama said...

Mr. Paine:

What an odd request you keep repeating! Why on earth would I quote your too-vivid, gross rumor? It was already over the top the FIRST time, when you wrote it!

Look, you aren't understanding the point of this blogsite. It was created as a forum where supporters of Gov. Palin could read Adam Brickley's excellent articles, and share information about Gov. Palin's professional activities (upcoming interviews, etc.), as well as craft new ways to promote her VP candidacy.

So obviously this blogsite was NOT designed as a place for trolls or argumentative people to make snide or vicious comments about Gov. Palin or her supporters' supposed lack of intelligence, etc.!

Please quit the personal slams, or blog elsewhere.

Finally, nowhere will you read that I or many other Palin supporters appreciate her ONLY for her gender or ONLY because she believes in the Bible.

Sir, you have no honor, to write such demeaning things.

If you would please set aside your negativity briefly, you would notice that we delight in Gov. Palin's fresh ideas, her reformer instincts and actions, her healthy attitude about life and politics (she doesn't care about grasping power, which most politicians unfortunately crave), her wonderfully solid marriage to a neat guy, and yes, her deep faith in God. We value her and see great potential in her life and skillset.

Notice that the qualities we value about her are FACTS which everyone can acknowledge; they are not subject to debate.

Again, be respectful, or blog elsewhere.

tom paine said...

mountain mama,

Mendacity is seldom a good choice. Why do you have a problem with actually stating exactly what I said...verbatim...that so upsets you?

Again, you sound like that football player who rushed off the field and said "Coach, coach, I know I'm hurt but I don't where."

Unless you can indicate precisely where I have ever posted "mean...snide...vicious..."
comments you are making yourself appear to be foolish.

BTW, just to be clear, those quote marks indicate that the words inside the quotes are your words.

I eagerly await your reply.

tom paine said...

I honestly think that Gov. Palin is not a bad or evil person. She often seems to be in way over her head but that is not always tragic.

That is why the implosion of the McCain campaign over the past few days may actually empower her in ways that John McCain never could have expected. When Palin listens to McCain make various mistakes and gaffes and reverse himself on the economy, government regulation, bailouts, AIG, etc etc she very well may come to believe (and it may be true) that she is actually more on top of things than is Sen. McCain.

At least up until this point, Gov. Palin has not had to correct or reverse herself on numerous important issues as has Sen. McCain.

And just today McCain appeared to have confused Spain with being in "Latin America" when being interviewed by a Spanish radio station. It just seems to never end and Gov. Palin may feel the need to take more control.