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Posted by: McQ on Sunday, October 26, 2008

I assume those who were so horribly upset that the US wanted to listen in on the phone calls of terrorists will be just as profoundly upset about this:
"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."

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became part of the national political lexicon Oct. 15 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned him frequently during his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama.

The 34-year-old from the Toledo suburb of Holland is held out by McCain as an example of an American who would be harmed by Obama's tax proposals.

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.
And of course, the information was leaked and splashed all over the airwaves and in print.
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Can’t be used against Bush, nobody cares.

But that’s just a taste of what it’s going to be like for the next few years.
Written By: shark
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I am absolutely sure it was legitimate because, as we are told,

"Direct access to driver’s license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business."

We are constantly assured that all our personal data is safe and secure from unofficial access and abuse. Don’t you trust your own government?
Written By: timactual
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My predictions for the upcoming year:

1. Wait until all of the US attorneys are fired, especially if they are investigation ACORN-related crimes.

2. Wait until Obama uses Executive Privilege to hide things from...eek! Congress! Which won’t want them now that the occupant of the White House is a (D) rather than an (R).

3. Then we will have amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, all to allow them to continue to vote Democrat in 2010 and beyond.

4. Welfare for people who now do not pay any taxes. Tax raises for those who are getting fugged by the economy.

5. Businesses getting the shaft when Congress does away with the secret ballot in union elections.

And that’s some of what we know is coming. How about when Iran gets a nuke? Or Iraq collapses in violence because Clown Obama yanks the troops out too early? Or VP Biden accidentally tells Canada that they are really part of the US, after Mexico invaded? Or Secretary of State John Kerry says that Georgia and the Ukraine don’t pass the "world test" to become part of NATO?

Oh, this will be a fun four years. How long it will take us to recover from it is anyone’s guess. Jimmy Carter is out of office since 1981, and we still have yet to recover from that disaster of an administration.
Written By: James Marsden
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I assume those who were so horribly upset that the US wanted to listen in on the phone calls of terrorists...
Who was upset that the US wanted to listen in on terrorists? I thought the beef was that they wanted to listen in on the phone calls of Americans without a warrant.

And I assume you would also have a problem with that.

Written By: PogueMahone
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And I assume you would also have a problem with that.


And I assume you have a similar problem with this.

Written By: McQ
Written By: PogueMahone
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The reports are that the info on Joe came from state government offices including the AGs. The investigators should right now know who did the dirty deeds. In my day each of us had a password to access the network and the administrator could tell who did what, when, and how. People should already be named or am I wrong in thinking that a Democratic state AG wouldn’t do that?
Written By: amr
I assume those who were so horribly upset that the US wanted to listen in on the phone calls of terrorists will be just as profoundly upset about this:
Ok. So a nutjob or two accesses a DMV terminal to steal private info about a fellow citizen and leaks that info to the internet.

Yes, the perps should be held accountable for breaking laws, DMV policy, etc.

With that said, are you really suggesting that a private citizen violating the rights of another private citizen is an apples to apples comparison to a government violating the rights of its citizens at large?

Written By: Jib Halyard
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