Skip to main content

Yowsa!  2002 is many years earlier than the John Doe investigators acknowledged they knew the system was in operation.

The person who installed the secret router is now speaking up in breaking news in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Gov. Scott Walker's Milwaukee County executive office was using a secret Internet system as early as 2002, according to a former county administrator who said he helped set up the network.
Milwaukee County human resources assistant director Bob Kiefert said he was called into Walker's office in 2002 by then-deputy chief of staff Tim Russell. Kiefert showed Russell how to set up a hard-wired Internet connection using a DSL modem and a telephone line. The network allowed county executive staff to send and receive emails and surf the Web outside the public system set up by the county's Information Management Services Division in 1998.

"They didn’t trust the IMSD county system to be the pathway or the gateway through which their emails went," Kiefert said in an interview. "They wouldn’t have control of those emails."

This means that the use of private emails, etc. began shortly after Walker became Milwaukee County Executive.

While Walker was never charged (and I and others still wonder why not - was it the $650,000 he spent on lawyers?), Russell was only charged and convicted for embezzling funds and never charged with his illegal activities regarding the secret router and private email system which was in use to circumvent archiving required under Open Records Laws.

Kiefert said he never spoke with Walker directly about the system but said Russell brought him to Walker's office to be thanked personally for his help. Walker, who was on the phone, looked up, smiled and waved, he said.

"There was no talk of how they were going to use it for campaigning or anything like that," Kiefert said. "Russell made it clear I was doing a favor for Scott Walker."

(bolding is mine)

Drip drip drip.  More evidence that Walker was up to his chin in this scheme.

Investigators found evidence in one of the county executive's offices that the system involved a 3G broadband Internet connection and wireless router, and an AT&T broadband account paid for by Russell with a service start date of Oct. 16, 2009.

Kiefert said the 3G broadband network described in the complaint is a faster, more modern version of the equipment he helped install in 2002.

(bolding is mine)

This likely means that the original 2002 equipment was replaced, perhaps more than once, since it's original installation in 2002.  It's use, however, remained the same.

Kiefer said he was never contacted by the John Doe prosecutors.

This space kept vacant for more Friday News Dump news.


Scott Walker is asking the feds to delay the time for him to make a decision on a proposed casino by the Menomonee tribe.  

Gov. Scott Walker asked federal authorities Friday to give him an extra six months to mull whether to approve a Hard Rock casino in Kenosha — a move that, if granted, would delay the sensitive decision until after he stands for re-election in November.

The U.S. Department of Interior signed off on the casino last summer and gave Walker a year — until Aug. 23 — to make the final determination on whether to allow the $800 million gambling hall and entertainment complex at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park.

After months of "consideration" he promised a decision within days.  That was a few months ago.  The deadline he set came and went.

Now he wants 6 months more time.  Why?  To delay the decision until after the November election when Walker will be on the ballot running for re-election.   And with that delay he can continue to receive campaign payola from every side of this issue as he already has.

The Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi together have contributed more than $1 million over the years to influence elections in Wisconsin, with the Potawatomi doing the majority of the giving. A delay in the decision could restrain their political giving for fear of upsetting either side.
There's another reason, IMHO.  Walker is well known for rewarding friends and donors and even more well known for punishing enemies or those he considers to be enemies.  Postponing the decision until after the election means he'll have the opportunity to review reservation voting results and that opens up the possibility of a reward or punishment to reservations who don't support him.  

I'm hoping the feds tell him to crap or get off the pot.  He's had a year already to squeeze tribal money into his campaign coffers.  



Originally posted to Puddytat on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 01:38 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, Duckman GR, Alumbrados, Sylv, KeithH, Trix, fcvaguy, scribeboy, Chi, dragonlady, glitterscale, tikkun, NYmom, PeterHug, RunawayRose, Sprinkles, Eman, LynChi, bramish, celdd, eeff, rubyr, xynz, polecat, Woody, frisco, Walt starr, Ahianne, MarkInSanFran, Creosote, dweb8231, Heart of the Rockies, gp39m, TracieLynn, sponson, cskendrick, magnetics, whenwego, macleme, KMc, boadicea, farmerhunt, chimpy, jalbert, oceanview, Nate Roberts, Cedwyn, antirove, sidnora, dksbook, wader, revsue, jdmorg, manneckdesign, psnyder, Barbara Morrill, Dr Colossus, Eyesbright, MA Liberal, duncanidaho, wdrath, NYFM, Steven Payne, Sychotic1, defluxion10, Catte Nappe, Calidrissp, samoashark, riverlover, 313to212, walkshills, Diana in NoVa, Matt Esler, zerelda, ybruti, WisVoter, Hillbilly Dem, marvyt, jcrit, Josiah Bartlett, sawgrass727, Gowrie Gal, maybeeso in michigan, marina, 3goldens, Tinfoil Hat, NoMoreLies, Ckntfld, ichibon, LakeSuperior, blueyedace2, liberalcheesehead, Erik the Red, citizenx, basquebob, dewtx, viral, stagemom, reflectionsv37, fixxit, eru, Pam from Calif, Sun Tzu, Ice Blue, Sandino, kaliope, Tunk, wbr, Shotput8, mph2005, FindingMyVoice, sodalis, bunsk, jilikins, Rogneid, bookwoman, peacestpete, Jim P, kishik, third Party please, myboo, cybersaur, 417els, edwardssl, dopper0189, bastrop, Yellow Canary, seefleur, Dvalkure, ruleoflaw, KenBee, arlene, MJ via Chicago, global citizen, aloevera, StrayCat, philipmerrill, twigg, 4Freedom, Rosaura, JVolvo, Preston S, el cid, ER Doc, middleagedhousewife, llbear, onionjim, Persiflage, doingbusinessas, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, blueoregon, kurt, NancyWH, Tom Anderson, dochackenbush, Temmoku, OHdog, Aaa T Tudeattack, cpresley, ammasdarling, anna shane, Sapere aude, FlamingoGrrl, BeninSC, Cronesense, Habitat Vic, Haningchadus14, camlbacker, devis1, ColoTim, paz3, yoduuuh do or do not, Wino, FishOutofWater, Mary Mike, la urracca, operculum, terabytes, certainot, deepeco, jedennis, SeaTurtle, jnhobbs, Bridge Master, gchaucer2, Wreck Smurfy, janatallow, eyesoars, on the cusp, TomP, Empower Ink, fb, Mike Williams, JDWolverton, olo, JayC, revm3up, misterwade, Scioto, JeffW, TX Freethinker, kimoconnor, hulagirl, HappyinNM, GAS, wayoutinthestix, Marko the Werelynx, OleHippieChick, Sixty Something, Youffraita, Aureas2, Involuntary Exile, bythesea, elwior, skohayes, Buckeye Nut Schell, lineatus, Its any one guess, jamess, monkeybrainpolitics, here4tehbeer, Lujane, royce, hwmnbn, TokenLiberal, Jeff Y, catly, jorogo, No Exit, Uncle Bob, billybam, rhutcheson, shortgirl, madtowntj, enemy of the people, Louisiana 1976, J M F, ARS, ceebee7, bobatkinson, Nebraskablue, notrouble, mkor7, Remediator, followyourbliss, TheOpinionGuy, Jonohex, Shelley99, Keith Pickering, stevenwag, sfarkash, nancat357, astral66, LookingUp, Lefty Ladig, Railfan, Amber6541, Just Bob, hotdamn, commonmass, confitesprit, awcomeon, indie17, The Jester, NJpeach, Orlaine, klompendanser, Crabby Abbey, Polly Syllabic, 2questions, dagnome, pixxer, AJ in Camden, DiegoUK, Jaimas, SoonerG, rja, Texnance, ericlewis0, leu2500, Oh Mary Oh, Dems in 08, fiercefilms, soaglow, slice, Onomastic, annieli, Barbara Marquardt, kerflooey, Bluefin, allenjo, spooks51, Catherine R, slowbutsure, winter outhouse, cv lurking gf, StellaRay, anyname, FarWestGirl, lexalou, Sand Hill Crane, GollyMissMolly, Teiresias70, Alice Olson, trumpeter, marleycat, badscience, thomask, BarackStarObama, muddy boots, rk2, IB JOHN, Sark Svemes, whoknu, antooo, organicus, Caddis Fly, diffrntdrummr, Joe Jackson, SteelerGrrl, stlsophos, Cpqemp, SouthernLiberalinMD, Rashaverak, Auriandra, No one gets out alive, Nancy on Lake Michigan, miango113, AnnetteK, jacey, hulibow, bluezen, anodnhajo, sow hat, cwsmoke, Siri, IndieGuy, ahumbleopinion, Trevin, a2nite, congenitalefty, Horace Boothroyd III, This old man, AspenFern, geojumper, Arahahex, Olkate, MartyM, Buckeye54, oldpotsmuggler, Glen The Plumber, wasatch, AZ Sphinx Moth, peptabysmal, ShoshannaD, CalBearMom, live1, madcitysailor, GeoffT, poison kitchen, Stude Dude, Ashes of Roses, isewquilts2, Lily O Lady, Chaddiwicker, simple serf, eyo, Papuska, esessis, goodpractice, weck, 3rock, HedwigKos, aresea, Aunt Pat, Jollie Ollie Orange, ORswede, JerryNA, howabout, northerntier, helpImdrowning, ET3117, Hey338Too, Mike Kahlow, chicklet, Ishmaelbychoice, Jim Domenico, Lordcaradoc, starduster, TheDuckManCometh, CenPhx, ESKOS, nancyjones, eagleray, SusiesPurl, Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees, Capt Crunch, Penny GC, gnothis, Gurnt, sillycarrot, wilywascal, Urban Space Cowboy, Darth Stateworker, SoCalSocialist, hbk, JrCrone, AWilson, swampmist

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site