Sunday, January 25, 2004

It's 1972 All Over Again . . .

GOP Members of Senate Judiciary Break Into Democrats Computer System

Thirty years ago, it was the Democratic National Committee. Today, its the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate. Ironically, these are Republican members of the same committee that spent a great deal of time in the 90's investigating Clinton's ethical transgressions are spying on their colleagues.

Republican staff members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee infiltrated Democratic computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media.

An explosive article in the Boston Globe Thursday begins:

"Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee 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."


Why am I not surprised that:
(1) Republicans aren't even denying they accessed the files, and
(2) the media is largely ignoring this story.

According to Republican logic, if I leave my house unlocked and it's robbed, then apparently it's my fault and not a crime.

Sources: Boston Globe, Democracy Now

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