The Claudia Ordaz text messages have exposed so much that is wrong with the city that today I am posting a rare Saturday post. One of the things that political operatives have going for them is the short institutionalized memory of the city. Being unable to document the political shenanigans is what allows the corruption to continue. One of the things that I have been trying hard to do with my blog is to document in order that the corruption is not forgotten.
In all conspiracies, it is the little things that count. It’s those things that people ignore because of all of the other issues they are facing that are quickly forgotten and sometimes not even noticed. When the little things are added together and the context is applied is when the pieces fall together and the dots begin to connect.
There are two version of the Claudia Ordaz text messages that were released on Labor Day weekend. The first and proper one (you’ll see why in a minute) is the Ali Razavi version he posted on his blog. The second one was posted by David Karlsruher on his own blog.
They both contain the same information yet both have a significant differences to them. Look closely at the following two screen shots and you will see what I mean.
As you can clearly see, the David Karlsruher version is not redacted.
Why is this important?
It is important because David Karlsruher received his version outside of the proper channels. His version is likely a version made available to the city representatives in their official capacity, or it is a version that was stolen from the city attorney’s office. The other possibility, although highly unlikely, is that Claudia Ordaz sent it to him directly.
David Karlsruher’s version was made available to him by someone for political purposes. This is wrong and it is corrupt. The reason that official channels are in place is in order to ensure that the laws are followed.
Elected officials or city employees have a duty to safeguard privileged information in order to ensure that the taxpayer is protected from liability. By passing the formal processes signifies an ulterior motive and that, by itself, is a conspiracy.
I fully expect David Karlsruher to jump in and proclaim that he was just acting as the “Fourth Estate” and that how the information is exposed does not matter because the ends justify the means. That may be true in certain instances, for example Edward Snowden or Bernstein-Woodward but in this case, Karlsruher, himself, admits that Razavi had already published the document.
As such, there is no reason for David Karlsruher to have received a non-redacted version unless there was an ulterior motive. Because of this, his receipt was intended for one thing only and that is to gain political advantage for someone. Someone conspired to bypass the established process.
However you look at it, the bottom line though, is that a conspiracy is usually part of a corrupt process.