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Hillary Promises To Protect Personal Privacy

In typical Democrat fashion, Hillary is inventing a crisis which she then seeks to address with a bill that will likely do the oppose of what it claims.

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Hillary Clinton calls for privacy bill

By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, drawing on her experiences as a young Watergate lawyer who decades later was investigated as first lady, urged creation of a "privacy bill of rights" Friday to protect people’s personal data.

"Modern life makes many things easier and many things easier to know, and yet privacy is somehow caught in the crosshairs of these changes," Clinton said in a speech to a left-leaning legal group.

Clinton’s speech on protecting consumers from identity theft and citizens from government snooping was the latest in a series of talks billed as "major addresses" by aides. Previous speeches were on energy and the economy.

A potential presidential candidate in 2008 whose eight years as first lady were marked by numerous investigations, Clinton noted her work on a House committee investigating the Nixon administration’s illegal snooping and other abuses.

And she ruefully called herself an "expert" in the loss of privacy.

"Having lost so much of my own privacy in recent years I have a deep appreciation of its value and a firm commitment to protecting it for all the rest of you," she said, prompting laughter from the audience of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

Clinton wants to create a "privacy czar" within the White House to guard against recent problems like the theft of personal data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

She also wants legislation to let consumers know what information companies are keeping about them and how it is used, and create a tiered system of penalties for companies who are not careful with consumer data.

Clinton also waded into the debate over anti-terror eavesdropping. For months Democrats have hammered at the Bush administration over the National Security Agency’s program of domestic wiretapping without warrants from judges. The administration insists it is both legal and necessary.

Clinton said any president should have the latest technology to track terrorists, but within laws that provide for oversight by judges.

"The administration’s refrain has been, "Trust us,’" said Clinton. "That’s unacceptable. Their track record doesn’t warrant our trust. … Unchecked mass surveillance without judicial review may sometimes be legal but it is dangerous. Every president should save those powers for limited critical situations.

I read the article twice, and saw no indication that Ms. Rodham ever explained how she came to have 500 background files on Republicans from the FBI in her possession.

As Senator Bob Dole observed at the time:

We have learned that the privacy of literally hundreds of Americans was trampled upon when the current administration sought and obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation the most sensitive files on men and women who had served their country by working for previous administrations.

A week ago, FBI Director Louis Freeh reported that in 1993 the White House had conducted, without any justification, searches of the files of more than 400 Republicans. He declared, and he was correct in saying, that these searches constituted and, I quote, "egregious violations of privacy."

For some reason Hillary promising to protect our privacy reminds me of President Bill Clinton calling for a national registry of sex offenders.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 16th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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