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TrooperGate Conclusion: Palin Lied about Security Concerns

In defense of ethics violations and obvious abuse of powers, Sarah Palin defended these abuses by saying she and her family were concerned for their safety. Many of Palin's defenders have expressed similar sentiments, that Palin was only acting out of a concern for her and her family's safety.

She lied.

In a report released Friday on the so-called "Troopergate" scandal, the investigator, Stephen Branchflower, said evidence, such as the governor's decision to reduce the manpower of her security detail, showed that "such claims of fear were not bona fide and were offered to provide cover for the Palins' real motivation: to get Wooten fired for personal family related reasons."

Branchflower described what he considers another inconsistency: If Wooten was inclined to harm any of the Palins, having him terminated could lead to an act of retaliation. Forcing him out of his job "would not have de-escalated the situation or provided" Palin or her family with "greater security," the report stated.

Palin's campaign against her former brother-in-law Mike Wooten stemmed from petty family concerns, and in her defense Sarah Palin lied to the investigators, claiming that there were legitimate security concerns behind her actions. The investigation into those security concerns ultimately showed Palin was lying.

Branchflower Report to the Legislative Council (pdf), Page 67:

Governor Palin and her family has stated publicly that she and her family feared Trooper Wooten. Yet the evidence presented has been inconsistent with such claims of fear. The testimony from Trooper Wheeler, who was part of her security detail from the start, was that shortly after elected to office, she ordered a substantial reduction in manpower in her personal protection detail in both Anchorage and Juneau, an act that is inconsistent with a desire to avoid harm from Trooper Wooten or others. Moreover, assuming that Trooper Wooten was ever inclined to attack Governor Palin or a family member, logic dictates that getting him fired would accomplish nothing to eliminate the potential for harm to her or her family. On the contrary, it might just precipitate some retailiatory conduct on his part. Causing Wooten to loose his job would not have de-escalated the situation, or provided her or her family with greater security.

Finally, it is noteworthy that in almost every contact with subordinate employees, Mr. Plin's comments were couched in terms of his desire to see Trooper Wooten fired for reasons that had nothing to do with fear. His comments were always couched in terms that he was a bad Trooper, that he was not a good recruitment image for [Alaska State Troopers], that his discipline amounted to nothing more than a slap on the wrist, that nothing happened to him following the administrative investigation, and so forth.[...]

I conclude that such claims of fear were not bona fide and were offered to provide cover for the Palin's real motivation: to get Trooper Wooten fired for personal family reasons.

My guess is that more shoes will drop. Watch for civil suits from Wooten and/or Monegan to follow, possibly before the election.

Lying in order to punish a former in-law. It's exactly the kind of petty, trailer trash approach you'd expect to find from Sarah Palin.

Republican arguments that the investigation was pushed forward by Obama and the Democrats is absolutely 100% false. Alaska's Republican-led Legislative Council voted in July of this year to open this investigation. The Council's vote to investigate was unanimous, and took place a month before John McCain announced that Palin was his pick for Vice-President.

Palin "knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda."

It's exactly the kind of Washington politics "mavericks" abhor, and yet Palin not only participated fully, she lied about her reasons for doing so.

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Comments (13)


Since the investigation of trooper-gate started, people started taking a closer look at the bovine in lipstick, and now questions are being asked about "who built her house."

Sounds like it pays to be a politician in AK. Senator Stevens house, and now her house. But you can be sure the GOP will downplay that.



You realize he, Branchflower, is blaming Sarah Palin for Todd Palin's actions? Is that REALLY a road you wish to go down? Furthermore, the reduction in detail accompanied a budget cut across the board in public safety expenditures, which is the root cause of Monegan's transfer. Give it up man.

We know you don't like her. You weren't going to vote for McCain/Palin under any circumstances

PS: And on the next page, says that Todd is not covered under the ethics statutes.


MunDane, are you saying she is not responsible for Todd Palin's action? Fine, I agree with that, as no person is responsible for anothers action.

At the same time, you and your GOP friends are trying to make Obama responsible for other peoples action. DO YOU WANT TO GO DOWN THAT ROAD? It works both ways, which to the GOP surprise, they are finding that out.

A person shouldn't throw stones when they live in a glass house, and the GOP is starting to find that out.

Both Wizbang & Wizbang Blue would do better for stating their party positions, instead of smearing each other, but I guess that is expecting too much to ask.

I hope this gets worse and worse for Palin. If Palin-McCain loses in a few weeks she will most certainly try to run in 2012. Hopefully this story and the one Allen noted above keeps Palin from being a viable candidate in 2012. I shudder when I think of this woman becoming President.


I am not a Republican.

Conservative/individual liberty types can come in many parties.

I have been a registered Democrat since 1987.

Doubting Thomas:

MunDane -

You may wish to change that after Obama gets elected. Then again, you might not - protective coloration and all that... How many joined the NAZI party out of true loyalty to their ideals, and how many joined out of fear that if they didn't they'd be on the receiving end of their gentle ministrations?

I fear what Obama and the left will do FAR more than what McCain and such might. The Republicans have to persuade, the left (with a majority in the House and Senate) can simply ordain out of lofty moral principles.

And there is little recourse from someone bound and determined to do you 'good' according to THEIR specifications and desires, once they're in power over you.

There is nothing wrong with lying when a personal matter is involved. Clinton 69:1

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Okay -- Clinton was impeached for lying.

What's going to happen to Sarah, besides not getting elected?

Here are two websites that are gathering information about Palin's other ethical question - whether she is telling the truth about who are Trig Palin's parents:

  • http://www.palinbabyquestion.com

  • http://www.palindeception.com
  • melanie:

    There was enough worry about this trooper that he was ordered to turn in his gun and vehicle when off duty for months.The Heaths are good people(the man he threatened to put a bullet in his head if he helped his daughter get a lawyer)Notice the report addresses the fact that complaints against law enforcement officer need to be handled better.Funny all the retired Alaska state trooper are passing around e-mails supporting Mccain and Palin.They usually keep up with everyone still on the force

    Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

    The death threats were unsubstantiated, and contradicted by Palin's own actions where she reduced the security force attached to her.

    In other words, the claims that Trooper Wooten was a threat to her safety and well-being and the safety and well-being of her family were lies.

    Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

    I've posted a link to the complete report in every post I've made on this topic, including this post. Here it is again - link (pdf).

    Why the right wings bloogers on Wizbang haven't posted a link is pretty obvious - they'd rather lie about what is says....

    "So Lee, what about the part of the report where the head of the security detail told Mr. Palin to talk to Mr. Monegan about trooper Wooten and the threats to the family?"

    The report didn't find that Mr. Palin did anything wrong.

    Sarah Palin violated the ethics laws of the State of Alaska.

    Read the findings of the report, it spells it out clearly.

    "And the reduction of the security detail was a part of the "across the board" budget cuts for the public safety department."

    Cutting the security staff when the Governor has received a death threat? Sorry, Chad, Palin's explanation is just not credible. It's just more of Sarah Palin's lies.

    Palin obviously wasn't taking the supposed 'death threat' very seriously when she cut her security staff, was she?

    "The guy tasered his own 10 year old. For crying out loud, can we say "excessive force"?"

    No, he didn't taser his 10 year old. The 10 year old asked what it felt like to be tasered and Wooten gave him a mild shock, safely - obviously - the 10 year old was unharmed.

    Quit reading the right wing blogs and read the report I linked to instead, Todd. Sarah Palin is lying to you and so are the right wing blogs, Fox News, etc. etc.

    Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

    "Even in test mode, not something I'd do to my kids"

    Me neither. But Wooten did. Bad judgment? Sure, you betcha - but the child wasn't harmed.

    Worth firing him? No. Drag him through divorce court and make sure he loses custody of the child? You betcha.

    Handle it legally, in family court - where family issues belong. That's what we do in the civilized lower 48. Palkin just goes out and violates ethics law, abusing the power of office.

    Her choice. Bad choice. Small-town hick politics. She's not ready for the big leagues. She's not qualified for the office she's seeking, much less the Oval Office should 72-year old, cancerous John McCain not wake up one morning...

    "If he's willing to do that to his kid, what's he willing to do to someone else's?"

    Absolutely no correlation, is my view. What a stretch!



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