Chilling: Government Computers Used to Go After A Private Citizen who Questioned A Presidential Candidate
Government computers used to find information on Joe the Plumber
Investigators trying to determine whether access was illegal
Friday, October 24, 2008 8:57 PM
By Randy Ludlow
The Columbus Dispatch
"State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about "Joe the Plumber."
"...Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher's driver's license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.
"Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department."
The article goes on to say that none of these offices have any official investigations open on Joe the Plumber. The Attorney General's office access was unauthorized.
Paul Lindsay, McCain's Ohio spokesperson: "It's outrageous to see how quickly Barack Obama's allies would abuse government power in an attempt to smear a private citizen who dared to ask a legitimate question," he said."
Isaac Baker, Obama's Ohio spokesman, denounced Lindsay's statement as charges of desperation from a campaign running out of time. "Invasions of privacy should not be tolerated. If these records were accessed inappropriately, it had nothing to do with our campaign and should be investigated fully," he said."
Charges of desperation? The info is coming from the state government. Obama allies, including most of the MSM, have researched, released and published all kinds of private information about Joe the Plumber.
Both Obama and Biden have spoken about Joe the Plumber since Obama bungled the answer to Joe's question, Biden in particular casting doubt on Joe's ability to earn $250,000 as a plumber.
Have some Obama allies learned the privacy invasion lessons of some of the Bush Administration and its allies too well?
Whether we agree with the politics of the questioner or not, we need to support the ability and the right of all kinds of private citizens to question public officials and candidates for these offices. It used to be a point of honor amongst some liberals--and some conservatives--to make sure that those with whom they disagreed were heard. Whether the new Administration agrees with our views, or not, we need to preserve the rights of all citizens to question the powerful people who represent us--without risking their own personal and public destruction.