Sep. 19th, 2008

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Apparently Anonymous hacked into Sarah Palin's yahoo email account, with which she had been conducting official business, possibly in order to avoid being subject to subpoenas. Ah, Anonymous. If you keep going like this, I'm going to suspect you are in this for something other than the Lulz. Is that a hint of a conscience I see there?

Anyway, I highly recommend this account of the ensuring reaction from the Republican party and supporters. Choice quotes:

Still, it's really a wondrous, and repugnant, sight to behold the Bush-following lynch mobs on the Right melodramatically defend the Virtues of Privacy and the Rule of Law. These, of course, are the same authoritarians who have cheered on every last expansion of the Lawless Surveillance State of the last eight years -- put their fists in the air with glee as the Federal Government seized the power to listen to innocent Americans' telephone calls; read our emails; obtain our banking, credit card, and library records; and create vast data bases of every call we make and receive and every prescription we fill and every instance of travel and other vast categories of information that remain largely unknown -- all without warrants or oversight of any kind and often in clear violation of the law.

The same political faction which today is prancing around in full-throated fits of melodramatic hysteria and Victim mode (their absolute favorite state of being) over the sanctity of Sarah Palin's privacy are the same ones who scoffed with indifference as it was revealed during the Bush era that the FBI systematically abused its Patriot Act powers to gather and store private information on thousands of innocent Americans; that Homeland Security officials illegally infiltrated and monitored peaceful, law-abiding left-wing groups devoted to peace activism, civil liberties and other political agendas disliked by the state; and that the telephone calls of journalists and lawyers have been illegally and repeatedly monitored.

This is snarky political commentary at its finest. I am in absolute awe of Greenwald.

(Slightly related - did I mention I ran across an Anonymous protest while I was in Perth? I turned around, and there they were. And yes, I squeed - it's not everyday the topic of your research paper appears in front of you. Unfortunately, by the time I had my camera out, they were moving on. Got a few pictures, but nothing spectacular.)

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