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Hillary Plus Illegal Wiretaps = Crazy Delicious Irony

John on July 4, 2007 at 9:10 am

It’s not actually Hillary just her chief strategist (which in the Clinton camp always means a pollster). And it’s not actually wiretap in the sense of phone conversations, just e-mail. Still, this is bad. You almost start to feel sorry for her:

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief strategist is being accused of illegal eavesdropping in a civil lawsuit that alleges he and his polling firm monitored the personal e-mails of a former associate who started a rival company.

Mitchell E. Markel, a former vice president at polling firm Penn, Schoen & Berland, claims in the suit that the firm began monitoring all messages sent from his personal Blackberry device nearly a month after he had resigned and become president of his new business. The suit claims that the founder of the firm, Mark Penn, who is Clinton’s strategist and pollster, knew about and approved of the monitoring, which the suit says violates federal wiretapping laws.

Here’s Hillary herself on the Patriot Act Reauthorization in 2006:

Section 215 of the Patriot Act gives law enforcement in domestic intelligence investigations nearly limitless power to obtain all types of personal records, including business, library, and medical records. Under current law, the government merely needs to demonstrate that the records it seeks are “sought for” a terrorism investigation. Upon such a showing, a secret court is required to issue the order. This is an extremely lenient standard, one that for the first time gives the government almost unchecked access to the sensitive personal information of innocent Americans.

Given her stated feelings on privacy rights, do you think she’ll fire the guy? I’d guess she takes a poll on it first.

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