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Karl writes: "Former President George H.W. Bush was the victim of a computer hacker who gained access to confidential emails and other electronic correspondence."

Former President George H.W. Bush. (photo: unknown)
Former President George H.W. Bush. (photo: unknown)


George H.W. Bush's Email Account Hacked

By Jonathan Karl, ABC News

08 Febuary 13

 

ormer president George H.W. Bush was the victim of a computer hacker who gained access to confidential emails and other electronic correspondence between members of the Bush family and friends, the U.S. Secret Service confirmed to ABC News.

Authorities have begun an investigation into the incident, a spokesman for Bush told ABC News. The spokesman could not confirm the content of the emails that were hacked.

"The Secret Service is investigating this matter," said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan.

The unidentified hacker claims to have gained access to three years of personal emails dating back to 2009. The hacker has posted several of the personal photos online, including one of the elder Bush in the hospital.

The hacked material also includes telephone numbers, home addresses for dozens of Bush family members, including both former presidents. It also includes the security code for George W. Bush's home in Dallas.


 

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+33 # BobbyLip 2013-02-08 09:43
It also included lots of cute kitties playing piano.
 
 
+235 # NanFan 2013-02-08 09:51
It hopefully also included some evidence of their mutual massive criminality that can be used to incriminate them enough to be indicted by The Hague for war crimes and more!

N.
 
 
+30 # HowardMH 2013-02-08 13:47
Nan,

Don't hold your breath with Obama the Wimp and his buddy Holder. They have had a bazillion chances to prosecute Bushie in the last 4 years and have done NOTHING!!!
 
 
0 # David Starr 2013-02-13 11:58
@NanFan: Your hopes are shared by many, including me. But I'm hoping for a "miracle" where theory for once becomes practice. Meanwhile, IndictBush.org is evidently and relentlessly pushing for Bush Jr.'s capture. Regardless of odds, this is a necessary pursuit, regarding both father and son, for further public exposure. Just the effort, at the least, is worth it.
 
 
+62 # DaveM 2013-02-08 09:59
I do hope they found something interesting.
 
 
+9 # Joe Bob 2013-02-08 11:25
Nobody gets out of here alive
 
 
+2 # NOMINAE 2013-02-09 01:51
Quoting Joe Bob:
Nobody gets out of here alive


Wow, you ought to make a song out of that ......
"5 to 1" says you won't!
 
 
+6 # phrixus 2013-02-08 18:46
A little weekend cross-dressing would be pretty hilarious.
 
 
+125 # Archie1954 2013-02-08 10:08
Now maybe we will learn the truth about 9/11!
 
 
+71 # swissms 2013-02-08 10:56
Quoting Archie1954:
Now maybe we will learn the truth about 9/11!

Yeah, funny how tough the repubs are coming down on Hilary and Obama for what went down in Afghanistan as if the presidential reaction to 9/11 never happened..
 
 
+5 # Michael Lee Bugg 2013-02-10 07:55
Absolutely! Four were killed at Benghazi; TWO THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED, NINETY four were killed on 9-11 and Bush tried to prevent any investigation into the reason it was not even attempted to be prevented in spite of over 50 warnings from the CIA and other sources!
 
 
+7 # zornorff 2013-02-10 14:34
Let's not forget that Rudy Guiliani helped by carting off all the debris from the crime scene. That whole affair really smells.
 
 
+14 # JSRaleigh 2013-02-08 12:16
Quoting Archie1954:
Now maybe we will learn the truth about 9/11!


Not likely. It would be far more useful if they'd gotten three years starting in 1989.
 
 
+125 # jimbo 2013-02-08 10:13
Good, I'm glad. I wonder how many innocent people bush intruded upon. I hope it grinds on him for eternity.
 
 
+79 # zornorff 2013-02-08 10:39
I'm shocked that he could even use an email account.
 
 
+23 # JSRaleigh 2013-02-08 12:18
Quoting zornorff:
I'm shocked that he could even use an email account.


Oh poo! It's not like it was a barcode scanner at a supermarket checkout.
 
 
+4 # Walking_Turtle 2013-02-08 20:52
You got ne l-o-n-g memory, Bro'. BRAVO! And that is all. 0{;-)o[
 
 
+13 # Malcolm 2013-02-08 13:39
Quoting zornorff:
I'm shocked that he could even use an email account.


I suppose he either has his fleet of secretaries type his email for him, or has a voice activated email program, like my nephew has (lost the ability to type in an accident)
 
 
+11 # phrixus 2013-02-08 18:49
I'm pretty certain he uses the services of a proxy - Bozo the Clown.
 
 
+6 # NOMINAE 2013-02-09 01:54
Quoting Malcolm:
Quoting zornorff:
I'm shocked that he could even use an email account.


I suppose he either has his fleet of secretaries type his email for him, or has a voice activated email program, like my nephew has (lost the ability to type in an accident)


I'm sorry to hear about your nephew ....... but Bush, without a teleprompter, can't complete a verbal statement (or a coherent thought) that COULD be typed-up to make sense to any potential reader. Back to that fleet of foxy secretaries ........
 
 
+64 # firefly 2013-02-08 10:43
Wha-ha-ha-ha. Who emails their house' security code to anyone? What a goof!
 
 
+22 # Joe Bob 2013-02-08 11:39
Evidently this doofus
 
 
+19 # Fairbs 2013-02-08 12:19
It's funnier to me that he's too stupid to remember his code so he sends it to Daddy for safekeeping.
 
 
+124 # ganymede 2013-02-08 10:48
What a great story. Bushieleaks! Hopefully, Bush was stupid enough to include some incriminarting evidence in his e-mails. Our country seems to be on a very slow road to recovery, but we will never fully repair the damage that's been done until the day that Bush's sorry ass is in a jail cell for the outright treason he's committed. against us all. This goes for Cheney too. From their deliberately putting their guard down before 9/11 to the horrific destruction of Iraq and the slaughter of at least 500,000 innocent Iraqis and 5000 American militry killed and tens of thousand permanently damaged American soldiers, these bastards should never be forgiven for what they've done to our country.
 
 
+13 # NOMINAE 2013-02-09 01:58
@ ganymede

Unless he also emailed his family reminders NOT to allow him to step outside the boundaries of the U.S., he WILL be brought before International Courts in The Hague to be charged as a War Criminal. Indictments have already been filed in absentia on behalf of more than one of the European Countries.
 
 
+13 # rambler american 2013-02-09 07:30
Quoting NOMINAE:
@ ganymede

Unless he also emailed his family reminders NOT to allow him to step outside the boundaries of the U.S., he WILL be brought before International Courts in The Hague to be charged as a War Criminal. Indictments have already been filed in absentia on behalf of more than one of the European Countries.

He'd do well to stay our of Vermont also.
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-05-vermont_N.htm
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Voters in two southern Vermont towns passed articles Tuesday calling for the indictment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for violating the Constitution.
 
 
+13 # kanihai1950 2013-02-08 10:50
Good, now his hypocrisy can finally be exposed. I wonder if his homosexual partners will be on there too?
 
 
+20 # Dan 2013-02-08 17:03
Don't go disparaging homosexuals. It's ironic the former head of the CIA would get hacked.
 
 
-5 # Walking_Turtle 2013-02-08 21:10
Per the Good Word of God on https://www.facebook.com/TheGoodLordAbove, the oft-cited Leviticus 20:13 ("If a man lie with another man as he lieth with a woman both of them have committed an abomination...):

"...That verse is about lies and lying. Men should not lie to other men in the same way as they lie to women..."

Oh if only they did not... Especially Banksters and Bushes and Carlyle etc Corporatists of all stripes... And Clintons too... Of BOTH sexes... And Obamahs... And on and on and on...

These days, ESPECIALLY Obamas! And that is all. 0{:-)o[
 
 
+66 # donnalee 2013-02-08 11:06
Things like this are exactly what needs to be done to George W. He needs to be kept in the news so the Republicans can't sweep him under the rug in Texas. He's done a great job keeping out of sight and mind, and that's the last thing we want to have happen to his sorry legacy. It's entirely too easy for Republicans to try and have the country forget who started the whole mess that this President was left to clean up, with no money to do so.
 
 
+9 # NOMINAE 2013-02-09 02:03
Quoting donnalee:
Things like this are exactly what needs to be done to George W. He needs to be kept in the news so the Republicans can't sweep him under the rug in Texas. He's done a great job keeping out of sight and mind, and that's the last thing we want to have happen to his sorry legacy. It's entirely too easy for Republicans to try and have the country forget who started the whole mess that this President was left to clean up, with no money to do so.


Isn't it a SCREAM that the Republicans refused even to mention the NAME of their most recent sitting President all the way THROUGH the campaign ?

Damn ! The closest Romney would come in reference to "HE Who Must NOT Be Mentioned" was to call Bush "President Obama's Predecessor" !
 
 
0 # Skeeziks 2013-02-10 08:21
Just to surmise: That someone or a group of someones, so very smart, bet on a come, that W. would be elected, his choices of cronies with him and thus expend many innocent American and innocent Iraqi lives and billions of borrowed dollars, from China of all nations, on an unecessary war on Iraq to try to bring U.S. down.
 
 
+24 # Timaloha 2013-02-08 11:09
Which Bush was it? The headline says George W., but the first sentence says George H. W.
 
 
-121 # jtatu 2013-02-08 11:10
You people are really sick. I feel sorry for people like you.
 
 
+43 # reiverpacific 2013-02-08 11:52
Quoting jtatu:
You people are really sick. I feel sorry for people like you.

Aww diddums! Such a sensitive plant!
My heart bleeds for your li'l reactionary soul. Just as sensitive as Dimwits, Cheney, Limp-balls, Fox and the Rethug lie-machine. Yep, not a sicko in the group, as pure as the driven slush every one.
Weep yer crocodile tears for your fellow "people like you", you silly-poo!
 
 
-16 # jtatu 2013-02-08 14:24
Point made. Thanks. 'nuff said.
 
 
+14 # reiverpacific 2013-02-08 15:14
Quoting jtatu:
Point made. Thanks. 'nuff said.

You are very welcome ol' sweetheart; my pleasure.
 
 
+6 # phrixus 2013-02-08 18:51
Not much here to get your knickers in such a twist, snookums.
 
 
0 # David Starr 2013-02-13 12:03
@jtatu: Explain why we're "sick," and deserve your "pity."

Accusations from the right: Crude insults without content.

Bush Jr. once said he wouldn't mind being a dictator, and the haves and havemores are his political base. Joking or not, that obviously reveals a lot. Care to comment?
 
 
+136 # dick 2013-02-08 11:13
Invasions of privacy are a bitch, aren't they, George?
 
 
0 # Skeeziks 2013-02-10 08:25
Does anyone know if what W. did with the eavesdropping he put in place has been rescinded by Obama?

If it wasn't done, we're in for a whole lot more sticky stick ends.
 
 
+47 # A Different Drummer 2013-02-08 11:17
Here's proof of at least a token of poetic justice. Now if the Bush cartel can be renditioned to a black site, preferably Guantanamo, and held without trial for over a thousand days (while petitioning the court for a speedy trail) all while psyops are running against them constantly. That would be an ideal justice fantasy
 
 
+23 # reiverpacific 2013-02-08 17:40
Quoting A Different Drummer:
Here's proof of at least a token of poetic justice. Now if the Bush cartel can be renditioned to a black site, preferably Guantanamo, and held without trial for over a thousand days (while petitioning the court for a speedy trail) all while psyops are running against them constantly. That would be an ideal justice fantasy

Actually, the Dimwits/Bush clan have bought >a hundred thousand acres in poor old recently-couped back to the right Paraguay. Maybe they are getting ready to flee the US, their travel options already shrinking as war criminals sought in several countries from Malaysia to Germany. After all, that unfortunate country has long been a refuge for war criminals under Stroessner, especially the Nazis. They'll feel right at home there.
 
 
+30 # Douglas Jack 2013-02-08 11:24
Thank you to the hackers who realize that institutional war-maker murderers like the Bush family have been making an economic & physical killing surreptitiously in secret & dishonest manipulation. We're so fortunate to have such community heroes as the hackers who are trying to reestablish, at great personal risk, a fair & just world. At the same time it is important to use these opportunities to organize pro-actively our resources among our critical mass economies for participation investment in multihome living & workplace economies. We need to engage our perceived enemies as Mohandas Gandhi with 'Satyagraha' (Hindi 'truth-search') asking even folks like Bush, "What are your best intentions & how can we help you fulfill these?" The rigour we need is as well in reweaving broken strands back into the fabric. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/2-satyagraha
 
 
-31 # Activista 2013-02-08 14:16
"We're so fortunate to community heroes as the hackers who are trying to reestablish, at great personal risk, a fair & just world"
We're so fortunate to community heroes as the rapists and muggers who are trying to reestablish, at great personal risk, a fair & just world!
Hacking into the personal mail is SICK CRIME ... Internet is LAST chance for democracy - free flow of information - and believe me IF these punks can do it - the FBI is more able ... and believe me there are large databases when they will need it of stolen mail. These hackers are helping to build the totalitarian state.
 
 
+13 # Douglas Jack 2013-02-08 15:34
Activista, I agree with you that; we live in precarious times. Lets face it, hacking is de-rigeur among supposed 'intelligence' agencies. The status-quo & relying on the illegal institutional aggression of the FBI / CIA / CSIS is not an option. Personal privacy can only be re-established through rebuilding welcoming inclusive economy for all. Gandhi expressed the reality, even in his own times as "We have no secrets!", considering he was open & proud about all of his acts & printed thoughts. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy
 
 
+4 # reiverpacific 2013-02-09 11:06
Quoting Activista:
"We're so fortunate to community heroes as the hackers who are trying to reestablish, at great personal risk, a fair & just world"
We're so fortunate to community heroes as the rapists and muggers who are trying to reestablish, at great personal risk, a fair & just world!
Hacking into the personal mail is SICK CRIME ... Internet is LAST chance for democracy - free flow of information - and believe me IF these punks can do it - the FBI is more able ... and believe me there are large databases when they will need it of stolen mail. These hackers are helping to build the totalitarian state.

Sorry but Dimwits and Co. embodied hacking and invasion of privacy and the last thing they wanted was "democracy" and freedom, in spite of all the flag-waving and jingoism post - 9/11.
The FBI and CIA have been doing it for decades and now have to share the technology with some of these "Punks" who are individually smarter than them and can play them at their own games.
"Handy-Dandy, which the justice, which the thief"?
 
 
+27 # pushingforpeace 2013-02-08 11:46
So when do we get to see them? I think this is great! Big Bro is watching all of us. Maybe these scoundrels will behave with more conscience knowing they can't hide their criminality.
 
 
+6 # Bubba Muntzer 2013-02-08 12:27
Quoting pushingforpeace:
Big Bro is watching all of us.


Make sure your emails include a cover story that gets hacked along with the rest of it.
 
 
-36 # Activista 2013-02-08 14:17
So when do we get to see them? ONLY sick people want to read personal mail .. do not you have an once of decency?
 
 
+40 # seeuingoa 2013-02-08 11:53
I think I will have a wonderful dream
tonight with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld,Wolfow itz and Rove behind bars.
 
 
+9 # Davethinks 2013-02-08 11:57
Did anyone notice that the headline says George W. Bush, but the body of the little piece says George H.W. Bush?
It matters to the integrity of the piece, but hacking any President's email - whether you hate him or love him - is a matter for great concern and a threat to security for all of us.
 
 
+14 # Glen 2013-02-08 13:38
I wondered if anybody else noticed, Davethinks. There is a difference in the two people and the two administrations . Both, of course, led to the inclusion of some pretty hideous individuals who influenced the government and changed it forever, including policies of war, domestic surveillance and so much more.

I am of two minds when it comes to presidential security and secrecy. However, if theirs is/was a policy of crimes against citizens, and we all know that's true, then how might they expect to be ensconced in a bubble of isolation?
 
 
-33 # Activista 2013-02-08 14:24
but hacking any PERSON email is SICK - like mugging, stealing.
Hope that all the indecent/immora l people that are applauding here in comments their personal mail gets published - with all the info like address, bank account, school grades, medical records, IRS records, what porno sides is one browsing, intimate encounters ... government has this data .. community heroes as the hackers can get it ...
 
 
+27 # cymricmorty 2013-02-08 14:42
Ah, but I have nothing to be ashamed of, no wealth, no secrets to hide and nothing worth stealing. I have not killed anyone nor sent anyone to their death. I have not lied to start a war. I have paid more than my fair share of taxes thanks to unfair rulings of the IRS. I sleep well at night.
 
 
+1 # Skeeziks 2013-02-10 08:27
Just like torture, you abide by it or condemn it. Go figure.
 
 
+36 # roger paul 2013-02-08 12:00
Dear Jtatu, if were sick what does that make the Bush - Cheney and team that brought us two unfunded wars, and the Wall Street bankers that through their greed brought us the "Great Recession"? Terminal perhaps?

I suggest we reintroduce the draft and put those that vote for war on the front lines, including those that profit from it.
 
 
+30 # The_Freak 2013-02-08 12:07
Of coarse if there was any incriminating proof that GHWB and his thugs were in-fact war criminals or proof that they purposely caused more harm to the United States ( to line their pockets with money and power) than any terrorist group could ever do, our justice system along with our ever trusted government will just ignore facts and go after the hacker. Is the hacker in the wrong? Of coarse he is but when you have a justice system that is blind to the truth people like this hacker are necessary.
 
 
+25 # cymricmorty 2013-02-08 12:43
Ha. I suppose there are some indignant concerned citizens out there, but I am not one of them. This is what I would call a useful public service. Surely something incriminating will see the light of day.
 
 
+27 # CC1951 2013-02-08 12:46
I did not like 'W' when he was in office-- the idea that his 'security code' to his house was made insecure, I do not like. But if something came to the light concerning his Presidency I would that FLASHED on all the news. I wonder how he feels now that the shoe is on the other foot? What is it about Karma? What goes around, comes around?
 
 
+12 # Citizen Mike 2013-02-08 12:54
I wonder if his correspondence will reveal the true level of his intellectual deficiency. I suspect he cannot spell very well and has a 7th-grade vocabulary at best.
 
 
+6 # She Cee 2013-02-08 13:19
22 million emails found? How many would have to be sent daily over an 8 year period? My math may be wrong (my calculator doesn't go that high) but it looks like 7,534 per day. Really? That's would keep one pretty busy at the computer.

Does anyone else have a take on how many emails would need to be written per day over Bushes 8 year stint in the White House to come to 22 million?

I hope someone can clue me in.
 
 
-25 # Activista 2013-02-08 14:28
would call a useful public service. Surely something incriminating will see the light of day ...
and the same goes for you ... hope that something incriminating will see the light on all the above! Do you have some decency - can not believe the moral ..
 
 
-21 # Activista 2013-02-08 14:32
[quote name="She Cee"]22 million emails found? How many would have to be sent daily over an 8 year period? My math may be wrong (my calculator doesn't go that high) but it looks like 7,534 per day. Really? That's would keep one pretty busy at the computer."
It almost seems like planted info - and not by "heroes" hackers. Hope that the "side" publishing this personal THEFT gives you a nice hack/virus.
 
 
+8 # Douglas Jack 2013-02-08 14:38
She Cre, Good number crunching. These numbers mean that; perhaps the White-house or some other corporate level of email correspondance has been tapped. We need this level of cross-referenci ng of data in order to find the evidence for a successful prosecution. Its absolutely essential that; the hackers are spreading these hacked-emails around to multiple organizations such as Wiki-leaks is designed to do. Multiple organizations, institutions, academia & governments need to do comparative analysis as well as distribution in order to bring this to a level where mainstream media are forced to consider the truth. www.indigenecommunity.info
 
 
-5 # Activista 2013-02-09 11:19
multiple organizations such as Wiki-leaks provided GOVERNMENT information - NOT PERSONAL mail.
These NUMBERS are fake as are these hackers/punks. Only thing they do is to DESTROY.
Does anybody runs here a mail server - I do - and crap that comes in is overwhelming - fishing to steal credit cards, send in viruses, hack
I want to do environmental project - save few species left - DO NOT CARE ABOUT MONEY - but THESE hackers are killing the Internet - likely the last democratic institution left. Comprende?
 
 
+8 # Malcolm 2013-02-08 13:43
I hope whoever hacked the email will make everything easily available to all of us "fly on the wall wannabees" :)
 
 
+20 # genierae 2013-02-08 14:11
What goes around comes around. Their karma is massive, built up over generations of arrogant, criminal bahavior. Now the chickens are coming home to roost. This is just the beginning. How sweet it is!
 
 
+18 # oakes721 2013-02-08 14:29
My Fellow Outlaws: Each tragic event has been conveniently turned into one more stepping stone to the criminalization of civil disobedience.
 
 
+2 # Sensible1 2013-02-08 14:29
As if......anyone cares
 
 
+7 # rhgreen 2013-02-08 15:43
It's only emails dating back to 2009, so we're not talking about any email communications during his Presidency. Relax, hound dogs.
 
 
+8 # phrixus 2013-02-08 16:09
I wonder if he found any good BBQ recipes. That's the only thing Texas is even half-ass good for.
 
 
+7 # giraffee2012 2013-02-08 16:27
I would hate to be the one to read what dumb-dumb wrote to anyone!
 
 
+13 # phrixus 2013-02-08 19:06
"The hacked material also includes telephone numbers, home addresses for dozens of Bush family members, including both former presidents. It also includes the security code for George W. Bush's home in Dallas - a low two digit number corresponding to his son's IQ."
 
 
+9 # moby doug 2013-02-08 22:37
Speaking of millions of emails, don't forget that Rove made five million White House emails disappear late in the Bush Administration. Gee, I wonder what he and Bush and Cheney were hiding from history....and the incoming Justice Dept?
 
 
+4 # itchyvet 2013-02-08 23:21
Not interested in any of the comments here, BUT I want to see the emails.
C'mon publish them.
 
 
+2 # AnOnnyMouse 2013-02-09 12:12
George W. Bush or George H.W. Bush? Which is it? It's surprising that the email promo for this article indicates that it was W's account that was hacked (there's even a picture of W), but it's obvious that his father, George H.W., is the one whose account was hacked. I find myself wondering whether the writers of some of the nastier comments were referring to W rather than H.W. Or does it matter?
 
 
+5 # moonraker 2013-02-09 20:14
moonraker:

Did you know that "Poppy" Bush wanted "Chip" Tatum to
assassinate Ross Perot? "Chip" refused; said he doesn't kill
Americans. "Poppy" is one bad dude......
 
 
+1 # Elusive Pimpernel 2013-02-11 07:16
A lot of people don't know this story of Chip Tatum. When Chip spilled the beans, he was eventually kidnapped and reappeared a few years later on a beach somewhere and his body was all beaten up badly. His price for having blown the whistle on "Poppy" Bush, the cocaine smuggler, the person involved in JFK assassination, the father of the criminal who blew up the Trade Center towers, and the son of Prescott Bush who helped Hitler while America was at war with him.

What a family!
 
 
0 # Elusive Pimpernel 2013-02-11 07:12
If this guy or guys are caught, they will suffer the same consequences as Bradley Manning who leaked the Wikileaks.

However, sometimes you have to fall on your sword in the name of justice. This is the kind of thing that needs to be exposed regardless of the consequences. Its for the betterment of this nation.

The Bush's must be prosecuted for their crimes, and then Prescott Bush, the patriarch of this Bush cabal needs to be prosecuted in absentia for aiding and abetting the Nazis and for attempted coup of the US government in 1934.
 

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