Friday, October 24, 2008
The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch is reporting tonight that a computer account run by the state Attorney General was used to illegally access information on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber."
Questions need to be asked and answered, and NOW. For instance, who used the account? Was it done at the behest of the Obama campaign? Will there be indictments?
Imagine if a Republican state Attorney General's office used an account to break into computer records, illegally, to find out dirt on Obama or on an Obama supporter...The media would cover this from dusk till dawn! You could almost see Keith Dimbulbermann crying out, "This is another right wing smear! Heads need to roll! McCain should find out who was behind this - if it was not done by he himself - and fire that person! That person should go to jail! To break into computer records to hurt poor Joe the Plumber! Shameless!"
Government computers used to find information on Joe the Plumber; Investigators trying to determine whether access was illegal
State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about "Joe the Plumber."
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became part of the national political lexicon Oct. 15 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned him frequently during his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama.
The 34-year-old from the Toledo suburb of Holland is held out by McCain as an example of an American who would be harmed by Obama's tax proposals.
Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher's driver's license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.
Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.
It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver's license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.
Paul Lindsay, Ohio spokesman for the McCain campaign, attempted to portray the inquiries as politically motivated. "It's outrageous to see how quickly Barack Obama's allies would abuse government power in an attempt to smear a private citizen who dared to ask a legitimate question," he said.
Isaac Baker, Obama's Ohio spokesman, denounced Lindsay's statement as charges of desperation from a campaign running out of time. "Invasions of privacy should not be tolerated. If these records were accessed inappropriately, it had nothing to do with our campaign and should be investigated fully," he said.
The attorney general's office is investigating if the access of Wuzelbacher's BMV information through the office's Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway computer system was unauthorized, said spokeswoman Jennifer Brindisi.
"We're trying to pinpoint where it came from," she said. The investigation could become "criminal in nature," she said. Brindisi would not identify the account that pulled the information on Oct. 16.
And just who is Nancy Rogers, the state Attorney General? Why, she is a Downercrat, and a firm Obama supporter.
Of course, since Downers did this horrific act, done to hurt someone who challenged Obama, it will be no big deal, especially for the dolts in the media who have sold their souls to get that clown Obama elected. For liberals and the Left, that is what makes them incredible hypocrites.