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January 22, 2004
MORE REPULBICAN STEALING - MEMOS
As soon as I get my comments changed (or e-mail me) please tell me you - as a Republican - can defend this type of thing.
Personally, I think it's indicative of the whole atmosphere of secrecy we've got going now.
A round-up of story and comment.
Story - Boston Globe: Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.
From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight -- and with what tactics.
The office of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle has already launched an investigation into how excerpts from 15 Democratic memos showed up in the pages of the conservative-leaning newspapers and were posted to a website last November.
Comment - Calpundit: So they read hundreds of memos over the course of a year and their defense is that they supposedly warned the Democrats they could do this? That's pathetic.
And even if it's true, try this on for size instead: "My window cleaner told your gardener a year ago that you had a loose window in your backyard. You didn't do anything about it, so we figured it was OK to sneak in and take your stuff."
CalPundit commentator: I can only image that republicans will blame Al Gore for this matter, since he "invtented" the intenet at all. Also here.
Washington Post.com - Nada. At least not on the front page or on the front page of the Politics section.
NYTimes.com - Nada. Not on front page. Not in its Campaign 2004 section. Not in its Politics section.
ME PERSONALLY? I'm going to be looking into the history of Watergate and the actual crimes involved there. At its most simple distillation, I think I know that at the outset it was burglary of Democrat political strategy plans and that it was the cover up which doomed everyone else.
But if no one investigates, no one tries to cover up. INVESTIGATE. PRINT. INVESTIGATE. PRINT. INVESTIGATE. AIR. PUBLISH. PUBLISH. PUBLISH. If this truly does not result in someone being fired, if this country is truly not broken down partisan lines, then we all should find the need to investigate this further.
This fuck-up I don't necessarily point to the President by the way, but Rove knows all about this, no !@#% doubt.)
See the Republican response in the story says the door (glitch) was open so we just went right on in. You, Joe Blogger, amy not see anything wrong with this - taking an opportunity and running with it.
You'll say, well the Democrats would do the same thing. Turns out they did not, though.
And posting a little "this was dumb" post and link with no outrage doesn't cut it my conservative brethren. That this is a shining example of what has happened to our country is tragic. A lot of these stories that are dying for lack of public interest are crimes.
Actually, strike that, it's not a lack of pulbic interest. It is a lack of media interest from a media so cowed at beign called liberal that they don't concetrate for more than a few stories on anything that could be considered critical of the non-liberals.
Oh, and the fact that "liberal" doesn't fit all the time in the first place. But if liberal equals truth and inquiry and change for ther good, as I think it does, than that's where newspapers rest.
I could plausibly argue that there's so much malfeasance in the Rove administration that it is hard to keep up. That means at the very least, though, that each newspaper needs to choose a story and stick with it.