Wiretap Tango- Laughable Hypocrisy, Again
August 17, 2006
A federal judge in Michigan ruled today that the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretaps was illegal. This ruling was met with much joy by every garden variety of idiot- as if somehow, the Bush administration were being punished for the greatest civil right’s outrage since slavery.
Now, pay attention.
The outrage over warrantless wiretaps is curious.
In the early 1990’s, President and Hillary Clinton violated the privacy rights of their perceived political enemies by wrongly accessing and misusing (emp- SC&A) the FBI files of the Reagan and first Bush Administration staffers, among others.
Over 900 files were illegally gathered. This scandal became known as “Filegate“. In an effort to discredit the women who charged President Clinton with sexual misconduct, personal files and papers were illegally obtained and released. The courts found, under the Privacy Act, that privacy of Linda Tripp and Kathleen Willey had been violated.
When faced with discovery, the Clinton-Gore White House further compounded their legal troubles by launnching a cover-up and and failing to turn over documents as required by subpoena. (Learn more about White House E-mail Scandal)
To be clear, Filegate was about some 350 to 900 files of American citizens considered political enemies, that somehow ended up in the Clinton White House.
We don’t recall similar outrage- and that should have been the order of the day, given the then White House prediliction to use private investigators to engage in ‘dirty tricks’ and intimidation. Certainly, the White House did not keep both houses of Congress informed that FBI files of the ‘enemies’ list were being sent to Mrs Clinton.
Outrage? By whom? The same people that gave the Clinton White House a free pass when they violated the rights of political enemies? Those American citizens weren’t terror suspects.
The left is only to happy to concern itself about the rights of those who would do us harm. They haved proved not to care, however, in action or outrage at the violation of rights of those Americans who disagree with their agenda.
Hypocrisy it seems, has few limits.
This post was originally published on December 18, 2005. If you had been paying attention then, like you should have been, we would have no need to repeat ourselves.