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August 8, 2009
Asking Obamabots to inform on their neighbors may be illegal
According to Judge Andrew Napolitano, a well known contributor to Fox News, President Obama may be breaking the law if he follows through with his plan to collect the names of citizens who don't use the White House official talking points on health care reform.
That's what it comes down to. What Obama calls "lies" are actually provisions in his reform efforts that he doesn't want the public to know about until it's too late. And asking his brainwashed minions to inform on their neighbors could violate several privacy statutes according to Napolitano, quoted in this Fox News article :
"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.
Of course, conservatives by the thousands are sending their names into the White House, hoping to get on Obama's new enemies list - adding much hilarity to this draconian, un-American effort asking citizens to inform on their neighbors. As with a lot of stuff Obama has tried lately, it blew up in his face.
One can only hope he stays on this winning streak - for us.