Sep 192008

In her acceptance speech, Sarah Palin said this:

Al-Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America and he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights.

Now it turns out that it’s conservatives who want to be scrupulous about reading them their rights, and it’s leftwingers who are taking the Sarah Palin position of mocking those who are concerned about legalities.

I’m talking about the hacking of Sarah Palin’s e-mail account. Leftwingers are telling us the end justifies the means. They didn’t find any terrorism this way, but they think they uncovered some minor wrongdoing. Look at all the excuses they make over here are LiveJournal (in a forum where I cross-posted this). In other words, they’ve gone from complaining about GWB’s wireless wiretaps to participating in illegal wiretaps themselves, after the fact.

And it’s the McCain campaign that’s concerned about her rights. News item:

A statement from John McCain’s campaign condemned the hack as an “invasion of the governor’s privacy and a violation of law.”

  • Pete

    Ok, so first, you’re tarring anyone and everyone at all left of center with this charge of double standards based on something you read in a Livejournal forum.

    Second, you try to compare this false dichotomy with the debate on Guantanamo, as though it’s some noble, selfless thing that the McCain campaign is doing in defending their own VP pick. The McCain campaign is absolutely right to do this and I fully agree that this sort of hacking/wiretapping/etc. is illegal, but let’s not pretend that they’re doing it purely out of respect for the rule of law, which is what the Guantanamo cases are all about. Oh, and then there’s the minor detail that this is a case of individuals ‘wiretapping’ other individuals, as opposed to the U.S. government hacking peoples’ email accounts. Bit of a difference there.

  • Reticulator

    you’re tarring anyone and everyone at all left of center with this charge of double standards based on something you read in a Livejournal forum.

    Er, no. The Livejournal forum is just an example. What I’m basing it on is what’s in the newspapers and everywhere else that leftwingers have opened their mouths to talk about it.

    As to Guantanamo, no, I’m not comparing to Guantanamo. I said I was talking about warrantless wiretapping, didn’t I? Ooh. I see my fingers typed wireless wiretapping. I meant to say warrantless wiretapping.

  • Reticulator

    Oh, never mind. I see where you got Guantanamo out of it. Palin was probably referring to that in her comments. But no, I don’t for one minute think the left is attacking Bush on Guantanamo out of respect for the rule of law. I wish they were. They would be justified in doing so. But all evidence shows that they’re doing it only because they hate Bush. They’ll turn around and do the same thing when they’re in power, just like they showed no respect for the rule of law when the Clintons were in power. And in case anyone has forgotten, they’re now showing their contempt for the rule of law in how they’re responding to the Palin e-mail breakin.