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Monday, February 13, 2012

RomneyGate 2012: The Governor's Secret Hard Drives

By Sean Cruz

Portland, Oregon—Remember the erased tapes in the Nixon White House, the infamous 18 ½ minute gap? Here’s the President’s personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, demonstrating the pose she says she held for that length of time, simultaneously talking on the phone and “accidentally” erasing exactly that key smoking-gun section of tape with that foot right there….

Ah, but how technology has changed…smoking guns are located on hard drives now, and exponentially more difficult to erase. One would have to take extraordinary steps to cover one’s tracks….

RomneyGate might be no further away than those hard drives that Romney took with him when he left the Governor's office. All of the electronic information on those drives is public property, the property of The People of the State of Massachusets, yet he took them all….

The Holy Grail of Mitt Romney’s presidential lust just might be grasping that power of Presidential Privilege. Does he plan to take the White House hard drives with him also?

What was so damaging that he had to take the physical drives, even the mail server of his entire staff? The commingling of State and Mormon business? Orders from Salt Lake City? Once a Bishop, always a Bishop, as is said….

Romney has defended taking the hard drives, stating that there was no violation of the law, but has offered no explanation of why they were taken, every staff hard drive and the mail server.

He provided a massive stack of email printouts, sure to overwhelm any who tried to make some sense of it, claiming this was full disclosure or close enough.

Those hard drives had serial numbers, are easily identified. Did they all share the same fate? All completely erased or destroyed? Or selected files, which they would all have in common, although in different physical locations on the drives.

There are surely some great stories here….

And then there is the question of backups. Those files have to exist somewhere. If not, it would take an extraordinarily determined and methodical effort to destroy them all. Why? that's a good question too.


Romney's Achilles Heel might be on those drives, and it's not so much about the Money, although there is certain to be a megadump of money, even some wisecracks, enough to make people cringe for years to come, and maybe some tax advice, Wall Street insider moves….

Someone should start tracking down those former Romney staff members with a video camera, see what they have to say. Will they scramble for cover like arsonists, burglars or Mormon pedophiles and polygamists when confronted by an intrepid investigative reporter?

Only Bishop Romney knows for sure....


Sean Cruz writes at

He is the father of four children who disappeared into Utah in a Mormon abduction in 1996, organized by a group of Mormon extremists that his former wife had fallen in with, in retaliation for his criticism of LDS church policy.

In 2005, he led the Oregon Senate workgroup that crafted Oregon’s landmark child abduction statute, Senate Bill 1041, known as “Aaron’s Law”, after his late son Aaron, who died in Payson, Utah as a result of this church-sponsored abduction.

With Aaron’s Law, Oregon became the only state in the nation where child abduction creates a civil cause of action. Without a civil cause of action, a parent of a kidnapped child has no basis in law to hold a kidnapper financially accountable for the damages the criminal causes.

Without a civil cause of action, the parent of a kidnapped child has only two courses of action: the family law system or the criminal system, both of which routinely fail the child and the family in abduction cases.

The U.S. Department of Justice documents more than 200,000 cases each year of parental and family abductions, year after year, and many of those children are never recovered.

Aaron’s Law passed the Oregon House on a unanimous vote, the last stop on its way to the Governor for signature into law, but is still in need of amending and refining in order to be truly effective in both preventing and resolving abductions.

And Aaron’s Law should be modeled in other states, eventually becoming the law of the land, and the sooner the better for that.

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