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Saturday, August 08, 2009

White House Fishing Expedition

From Fox:

The White House strategy of turning supporters into snitches when they see "fishy" information about the health care debate may run afoul of the law, legal experts say.

"The White House is in bit of a conundrum because of this privacy statute that prohibits the White House from collecting data and storing it on people who disagree with it," Judge Andrew Napolitano, a FOX News analyst, said Friday.

"There's also a statute that requires the White House to retain all communications that it receives. It can't try to rewrite history by pretending it didn't receive anything," he said.

"If the White House deletes anything, it violates one statute. If the White House collects data on the free speech, it violates another statute."

Napolitano was referring to the Privacy Act of 1974, which was passed after the Nixon administration used federal agencies to illegally investigate individuals for political purposes. Enacted after Richard Nixon's resignation in the Watergate scandal, the statute generally prohibits any federal agency from maintaining records on individuals exercising their right to free speech.

The White House has been under fire since it posted a blog on Tuesday that asked supporters to e-mail any "fishy" information seen on the Web or received electronically to flag@whitehouse.gov.

"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there," the blog said, adding that "since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

EXPOSING TAQYIA!

There´s a muslim out there who goes by several different IDs on blogs where islam is exposed, posts a lot of taqyia and then he comments on his blog...

http://solkhar.blogspot.com/

What a bigot!

LOL

Saturday, August 08, 2009 5:28:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solkhar is convert if that´s not more taqyia! lol

Saturday, August 08, 2009 5:49:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there,"

They haven't even read the fucking bill, but now they want to go all on the offensive against DISINFORMATION?

I guess when you run the word through the Joker House lexiconic discombobulator, you get something like:

Disinformation:

Pronunciation: \(,)dis-,in-fər-'mā-shən\

Function: noun

:Information that is not put out, slanted, or otherwise manipulated, or authorized by us.

Saturday, August 08, 2009 8:21:00 pm  
Anonymous andre79 said...

King Obama The First doesn't care what is legal and what not. His awesome awesomeness transcends time and law.

Saturday, August 08, 2009 9:08:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Andre,
I love the moniker, His Awesome Awesomeness. That's great.

Saturday, August 08, 2009 11:35:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Anonymous at 8:21
Well put. That does appear to be their definition of the word.

Saturday, August 08, 2009 11:35:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK - Joker House Lexiconic Discombobulator MUST go viral.


Ditto Awesome Awesomeness

Y'know, he is kinda like King Julien in the cartoon "Penguins of Madagascar." The "Awesome Awesomeness" reminded me of that character.

Ro

Sunday, August 09, 2009 7:14:00 am  

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