Violations of e-mail privacy, small and large
While John McCain’s campaign manager huffs and puffs over the fact that someone out there figured out Sarah Palin’s Yahoo password and read her e-mails, calling the affair a “shocking violation of the Governor’s privacy,” he remains mum on the new powers granted the Bush administration to break into the private correspondence of millions of Americans.
The hackers didn’t ask permission to read Palin’s e-mails; the Bush administration doesn’t ask permission to read your e-mails (or read your letters, or listen in on your phone calls, or rummage through your apartment, or seize your veterinary records). The hackers haven’t supplied a full reason for their actions; the Bush administration doesn’t have to give a reason either, or even obtain a warrant. The hackers may have kept Palin’s private and official communications for themselves; the Bush administration can keep whatever information it finds, even if some judge catches up after the legally-stipulated 67 day period of unaccountability and complains that civil liberties have been violated.
Why is everyone getting in a tizzy about one small case of a privacy violation while they seem so astonishingly unconcerned with the violation of privacy of untold millions?