Friday, August 6, 2010

A startling contrast

On one side...

"U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley has dismissed a complaint brought against Ohio state officials who hunted for details about "Joe the Plumber" when the working man confronted then-candidate Barack Obama during his campaign for the presidency in 2008.

The civil-rights lawsuit was filed by Judicial Watch on behalf of Joe Wurzelbacher, aka "Joe the Plumber," against state officials who, reportedly in their pursuit of support for Obama, had state databases searched for information about Wurzelbacher.

However, Marbley dismissed the action, ruling there was no real damage to Wurzelbacher when officials searched police, social services and other databases for his details.

The case alleged Ohio officials violated Wurzelbacher's constitutional rights by accessing – illegally – confidential information from the state's official archives of information.

The case accused Helen Jones-Kelley, Fred Williams and Doug Thompson, three top officials at the state Department of Job and Family Services at the time of the database searches, of being politically motivated in their searches for Wurzelbacher's details.

The subsequent investigation by the office of the inspector general for the state of Ohio found only four days after Wurzelbacher's encounter with Obama, the defendants held a meeting to discuss him.

After the meeting, Judicial Watch said, they authorized and instructed agency workers to search confidential office databases for his information. The report said all three are believed to have been supporting Obama's campaign.

The inspector general's report said, "Our investigation determined that there were 18 separate records checks conducted on Wurzelbacher following the Oct. 15, 2008, presidential debate. Five were conducted in response to media requests for information and eight were conducted by various agencies without any legitimate business purpose."

Records searched were the state Department of Jobs and Family Services, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Taxation and others.

"Jones-Kelley's authorization to search three confidential agency databases … was improper, and her use of state e-mail resources to engage in political activity was also improper," the inspector general's report said.

The report noted Jones-Kelley explained the information was searched because Wurzelbacher was "thrust into the spotlight."

Who is judge Algenon L. Marbley, who thinks the federal bureaucracy has an inherent right to look into the private information on private citizens and then share this information with Democratic operatives and liberal media outlets? Judge Algenon L. Marbley was nominated by President Clinton on July 31, 1997 and was confirmed by the Senate on October 27, 1997. Throughout his career, Judge Algenon L. Marbley was a one of the Directors African-American Leadership Academy (2004 - Present) and a Chairman of Racial Fairness Implementation Task Force (2000 - 2001). In 2006, he ruled that the new voting law requiring an absentee voter to submit a written application that includes a driver's license number, the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number, or a copy of a current photo ID, military identification, utility bill or bank statement - was unconstitutional. According to the judge, "Absentee voters are suffering irreparable harm right now."

On the other side...
"Nine people were indicted Wednesday [May 13, 2010] on charges of accessing President Barack Obama’s student loan records while they were employed for a Department of Education contractor in Iowa.The U.S. attorney’s office said a grand jury returned the indictments in U.S. District Court in Davenport.
All nine are charged with exceeding authorized computer access. They are accused of gaining access to a computer at a Coralville office where they worked between July 2007 and March 2009, and accessing Obama’s student loan records while he was either a candidate for president, president-elect or president. Each of eight indictments posted by Wednesday night were brief, saying the charged individual “intentionally exceeded authorized access to a computer and thereby obtained information from a department and agency of the United States” and “intentionally accessed student loan records” of Obama without authorization."

Apparently, there are two Americas - one America of rich, powerful, privileged and very left-wing government officials (or more concisely - "The Robber Barons") - and the other one -  America of middle class, hard-working, common-sense folks. Who do you think will be protected by the current political regime of Barack Obama? We all know, don't we?


Gorges Smythe said...

I think there has always been two Americas, it's just becoming more obvious and more accepted.

CanadianSense said...

I agree with G.S., power and money allow for freelancing, flaunting of natural justice (Rule of Law) and "The Constitution" in every sovereign state.

Kid said...

I also agree with G.S but I point out that imo, the fact that it's becoming so obvious is because the politicians are so arrogant they don't even care about trying to hide it.

Meaning it is about to get a lot more pervasive, as opposed to staying the same which most folks would gather from the statement that "it's always been this way".