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OH Computers Spied On Joe The Plumber

Somehow this story doesn’t seem to have made it out of the local Columbus Dispatch:

McCain slams Ohio snooping on ‘Joe’

Using state computers to get plumber’s personal information called an ‘attack’

Sunday,  October 26, 2008
By Randy Ludlow

As John McCain prepared to return today to campaign in Ohio, he denounced what he considers an attack on his favorite everyman: “Joe the Plumber.”

The Republican presidential candidate reacted yesterday to a story in The Dispatch about the use of state computers to access personal information about “Joe” — suburban Toledo resident Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher.

State and local officials are investigating why his driver’s-license and vehicle-registration information was accessed shortly after Wurzelbacher became a household name.

Republicans, including McCain, painted the news as a politically motivated invasion of privacy and an attempt to dig up dirt.

“By the way, did you see the way Joe the Plumber was attacked? Isn’t that remarkable? We saw this morning where they’ve accessed into his — into his background. Remarkable,” McCain said at a rally in Albuquerque, N.M.

“Does that mean Americans can’t ask tough questions? Americans have the right to ask whatever they want to ask of our politicians who seek their support.”

McCain frequently mentioned Wurzelbacher in his Oct. 15 debate with Democrat Barack Obama. After that, Wurzelbacher’s name was run three times on Bureau of Motor Vehicles computers, The Dispatch reported yesterday morning.

The information was accessed through accounts assigned to the office of Ohio’s attorney general, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency in Cleveland and the Toledo Police Department.

Who accessed the information, and why, has not been determined. Access to BMV data is restricted to legitimate government purposes. Illegal access can be a crime.

Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers’ office said the information sought through its “test account” was accessed outside its office, perhaps by another agency with whom the account had been shared. Details were not provided.

The McCain campaign yesterday offered up former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery to comment on the story. Both Republicans called on Ohio Inspector General Thomas P. Charles to investigate the situation and report findings before the Nov. 4 election…

Giuliani, while conceding that there is no evidence to tie the case to Obama’s campaign or his supporters, called the access to information about Wurzelbacher a “great concern.”

“All Joe the Plumber did was ask a question, and that should not open American citizens to having this happen — their private records probed because of some kind of political retribution,” he said.

Where is the outrage?

Indeed, where even is the reportage?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 26th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “OH Computers Spied On Joe The Plumber”

  1. evilcavedragon says:

    Obama will be more powerful than the Clintons ever were, and three times as impervious to criticism.

  2. logicrat says:

    Democrats have hacked into Sarah Palin’s personal email and now they use gov’t computers to do background checks on Joe the Plumber. Where is the media outrage? Instead they’re more concerned about the cost of Palin’s wardrobe. This is just a sign of things to come under an Obama administration.

  3. oki2 says:

    “Illegal access can be a crime” … that indicates that in some instances, Illegal access is NOT a crime? They really should rewrite the laws to CLEARLY indicate when Illegal Access IS a crime and when it is NOT a crime, I guess.

  4. redcounty says:

    I saw the Dispatch yesterday, and at the end of the article (same headline, different text), the reporter adds “Obama has said his proposals actually would reduce the man’s taxes.” Aaaargh. That’s not the point he was trying to make!

  5. wardmama4 says:

    And these are the same people ‘claiming’ that they have been spied on due to the Wiretapping. What a crock.

    This incident makes me very afraid of what an Obama administration would be like. And if this thug (or his operatives) does this while he is a candidate – can you 1) imagine what he will do as POTUS and 2) wonder if he will start the process to be declared POTUS for life?

    The Dems won big time in OH due to the press re: Taft & Noe – yet what they have wrought in OH (AG Dann, SoS Brunner and now this) makes their ‘ethics’ and ‘cleaning up the culture of corruption’ a sad, dangerous joke.

  6. A Mad Pole says:

    It just occured to me, off topic:

    If Obama becomes the president, then the POTUS will get a new meaning:

    “Purloiner of the U.S”

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    We have met the enemy and he is the “ONE”!

  8. David says:

    “Who accessed the information, and why, has not been determined..”
    State computers usually have keystroke logging. All that needs to happen is for one IT person to search for Joe’s name in the records and the computer used can be identified with who was on shift. This would take hardly any time or effort and the criminal culprit is probably already known. This is a cover up.

  9. rocketman says:

    I’ve got a three letter word for ya….FISA

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