Thursday, September 18, 2008

More Politics!

More politics. Look away if you must...

Someone has hacked into Sarah Palin's personal emails! The outrage!

Seriously, this is truly illegal criminal activity. There may be no way of knowing, but it was probably perpetrated by juvenile hackers. If found, they should be prosecuted. Hacking of this sort would certainly never be condoned by any serious political campaign. Yet, that hasn't stopped the Conservative Right from baseless accusations of the Obama campaign.

Reading about this incident in the news, I found this: Glenn Greenwald of Salon really hit the key irony of the Right's indignation, and one of the most important reasons to vote Democrat, even if you don't line up with Obama 100%:

[It's] really a wondrous, and repugnant, sight to behold the Bush-following lynch mobs on the Right melodramatically defend the Virtues of Privacy and the Rule of Law. These, of course, are the same authoritarians who have cheered on every last expansion of the Lawless Surveillance State of the last eight years -- put their fists in the air with glee as the Federal Government seized the power to listen to innocent Americans' telephone calls; read our emails; obtain our banking, credit card, and library records; and create vast data bases of every call we make and receive and every prescription we fill and every instance of travel and other vast categories of information that remain largely unknown -- all without warrants or oversight of any kind and often in clear violation of the law.

The same political faction which today is prancing around in full-throated fits of melodramatic hysteria and Victim mode (their absolute favorite state of being) over the sanctity of Sarah Palin's privacy are the same ones who scoffed with indifference as it was revealed during the Bush era that the FBI systematically abused its Patriot Act powers to gather and store private information on thousands of innocent Americans; that Homeland Security officials illegally infiltrated and monitored peaceful, law-abiding left-wing groups devoted to peace activism, civil liberties and other political agendas disliked by the state; and that the telephone calls of journalists and lawyers have been illegally and repeatedly monitored.

We are at the verge of a true Orwellian state. There is only one choice to avoid inflicting the catastrophe of unchecked executive power on our children's generation:

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