Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Titanic on the Bayou
Gordon Russell and the TP are on the trail, or should I say in the wake of the lifestyles of New Olreans rich and infamous public officials.
Here we have New Orleans politics as usual...manipulating a city contract for personal gain, bullshit emergency procurements, strongarming employees into personal politics with veiled email threats...and not so veiled ( Kurt's F-bomb email was priceless)..and they're just scratching the surface.
I give you an unconfirmed (deal with it...it's a blog beeoootchh, I'm not the NYT) report:
A TP reporter apparently picked up the scent of something fishy going on with Meffert about 2 years ago, and started filing for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Meffert and the Imagine crew let their imaginations run wild and basically freaked. They literally shut down the entire city server system (payroll for city employees, everything) in order to wipe out all emails stored on the email server(s) to ensure that the information couldn't be obtained by the TP. They performed this feat under the guise of a "System Software Update" which after completion, accidentally erased the email server archives. Doh! Convenient isn't it?
If this report is accurate, there must be city employees in the IT department who are aware of what happened. I wouldn't be surprised if Paul Bible, listed in the TP story, isn't aware of it. If they did in fact erase the emails that is a clear violation of law...destroying public record. It would probably be nearly impossible to prove in a court of law, but I'm sure there were city IT employees (non Imagine) that knew what was going on. I would love for one of those employees to either confirm or dismiss this story...so if you're out there, please post a comment on this post about the plausibility of this story.