Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What really bugs us

The Nixonian tendencies of conservatives die very, very hard.
A conservative activist who made undercover videos of the liberal community-organizing group ACORN was one of four men charged Tuesday with attempting to illegally access and manipulate the phone system in a district office of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

Joseph Basel, 24; Robert Flanagan, 24; James O'Keefe, 25; and Stan Dai, 24, were charged with entering Landrieu's New Orleans office under "false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony," according to a news release from the local U.S. attorney's office. The office is federal property.
Let's see if O'Keefe tries to pin this on ACORN as well.

4 comments:

pino said...

Dave,

I wonder if you were equally upset when Palin's email account was hacked into?

Illegal activity is certainly not limited to "conservatives".

Dave Ribar said...

Pino:

I was upset when Palin's g-mail account was hacked into, when Google was hacked into, and when the U.K. climate researchers were hacked into.

That said, a gmail account is the on-line equivalent of an unlocked door (or maybe more accurately, a curbside mailbox). A high-level government official, such as a governor, should never use such an account. For security and other reasons, Gov. Palin should have been using her state account, not mixing public and private business on a gmail account.

Pino said...

Dave,

I agree. All acts, including the recent Senate act, were done by stoopid kids acting foolish.

To say that Palin's email being hacked into was a plan of the Democrats or even a symptom of being Liberal would be silly.....

Right?

But it does bring up an interesting point. Given that data has been made available through less than honorable means, should that data be seen as legitimate?

Dave Ribar said...

Pino:

It's hard to say because there are competing principles.

Academics (at least those of us who work with human or animal subjects) are subject to having our data destroyed if we obtain those data in an unethical manner.

Journalists (a term that might loosely be applied to James O'Keefe) work under a different set of guidelines.