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  •  here's the difference to your comparison - (2+ / 0-)
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    chap, golconda2

    that was republican-party, politically driven.

    this is a person who's concerned - perhaps democrat, perhaps not - but not politically party driven.

    BIG difference.

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    by jj24 on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 02:03:53 PM PDT

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    •  How can you say this with (1+ / 0-)
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      any authority?

    •  Morally, not Legally (2+ / 0-)
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      chap, dconrad

      You're pointing out a moral difference, not a legal one - if we were Republicans, we'd say that Troopergate is a politically-driven witch-hunt being driven by Democrats who want an election-year advantage, that these Hackers are Democrats who are desperate to dig up slime, and that Jefferson was a crook no matter what party he was in.

      We don't know (nor does it matter) the political affiliations of said Hackers - regardless of who they vote for (or if they're even US citizens), it's pretty illegal.

      More generally, this has little in common with Jefferson's freezer. His case revolves around the Speech and Debate clause - since the information that got them to look into his freezer came from his Office, they couldn't use.

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      by Scipio on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 02:16:25 PM PDT

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    •  Still... unearthing evidence to prove a CRIME (1+ / 0-)
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      is a service to society-at-large.

      Jefferson is a fraudulent bribe-taking piece of elected filth.  If it took a GOP witch hunt to unearth that then its because too many people on our side covered for the thief for too long.

      Good for them; in this case the GOP did the right thing.

      If they found nothing and just tried to smear him by implication then they are the ones that would have to answer to the voters for their ethical short-comings.

      Thinking men can not be ruled. --Ayn Rand

      by Wisper on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 02:17:07 PM PDT

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      •  So say the police, and the FBI (4+ / 0-)
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        chap, Lurtz, Darmok, LeftyEngineer

        When they want to search homes and cars, and when they break into houses of protesters at the GOP convention.

        •  And if they find bomb making equipment (1+ / 0-)
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          then they were right to do so.

          If they do not and merely use it as an intimidation tactic to harass people and/or falsely imprison them, then they should be prosecuted.

          Also, there is a bit of a difference in that these are sworn-in badge carriers of public law enforcement.  There are established rules of how they must conduct themselves, and often times these suppressive tactics are in clear open violation of those rules.

          But when a citizen goes public with information they gained, even illegally, they have to either justify why that information is so critical to the social good or face the consequences of their intrusive and/or unlawful actions.

          Whistleblowers are the same.  If they run to the press to leak confidential information that really isn't related to conspiracy, wrong doing or public safety then they should and will face the full legal consequences of their decision to violate whatever secrecy laws, non-disclosure agreements, contract terms, etc they chose to ignore in an attempt to seek publicity for themselves or wrongfully impugn others.

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          by Wisper on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 04:04:14 PM PDT

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