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Monday, August 17, 2009

Snitch #13: A missing apology or two

With the sad news that the White House's snitching program has apparently ended (or at least perhaps, transformed), this evening I opted to write the White House through their new snitch page which actually asks you not to snitch interestingly enough:

Please refrain from submitting any individual's personal information, including their email address, without their permission.

Is it just me... or is refrain not a strong enough word?

Anyway... tonight's letter in the web form:

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And in text:

While it is certainly noble that you have abandoned your domestic snitching program, especially with the news that the White House was spamming people who did not request information from it and now even are clear that people should not submit other people’s personal information or email addresses without their permission… I find it fishy that an administration that has been so quick to apologize for so many things that he thinks that we might have done wrong through history... that he nor Commissar Douglass have been so quick to come out and apologize for either the previous spamming or their now likely seen as incorrect request to have the American people snitch on their fellow citizens should they encounter something that seems fishy.

In fact... this reversal seems rather fishy if you ask me, almost as if the way the American government is viewed abroad is more important than how it is viewed by its own people.

Tell me... how many electoral votes are there in Germany again?

Brendan Grant
Redmond, WA

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  • Apparently they were a little caught with the previous snitching program, since it was both illegal for them to gather such information (federal law prohibits monitoring people exercising first amendment rights, except for some specific cases) AND compulsory for them to retain all the information submitted, since those are Presidential records which must be preserved for the National Archive.

    For mere mortals, both retaining and destroying the information seems impossible, but for the mighty wizard HopeNChange, who says he can double spending, cut taxes AND balance the budget all at once, I'm sure it's easy.

    By Blogger James, at 1:27 AM  

  • great blog!

    By Anonymous iloveberlin.jenny, at 2:30 AM  

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