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WP: Aunt Disclosure Broke Privacy Policy!

From those champions of the freedom of information at the Washington Post:

Disclosure About Obama’s Aunt May Have Violated Privacy Policy

By Spencer S. Hsu and Judy Rakowsky
Sunday, November 2, 2008; A07

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating whether its privacy policy was violated after a news organization reported that an aunt of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama is an illegal immigrant from Kenya, officials said yesterday.

The woman, Zeituni Onyango, 56, lives in a public housing complex in Boston and is the half sister of Obama’s late father, who spent most of his life in Kenya before dying in a car accident in 1982.

The Associated Press reported late Friday that Onyango was denied asylum by an immigration judge and that she was instructed to leave the United States in 2004. The AP cited two unnamed sources, identifying one as a federal law enforcement official.

Federal privacy law restricts U.S. immigration agencies from disclosing information about citizens and permanent residents, and DHS policy similarly limits disclosures about the status of legal and illegal immigrants. Asylum-seekers are granted greater protection, because of the sensitive nature of their claims and the risks of retaliation.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the matter has been referred to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility and its parent department’s inspector general.

“They are looking into whether there was a violation of policy in publicly disclosing individual case information,” ICE spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said. “We can’t comment on individual cases.”

After Obama’s campaign announced yesterday morning that it will refund a small number of contributions made by Onyango, two government officials confirmed that Onyango had sought asylum, citing violence in her native Kenya. One federal law enforcement official confirmed that a federal administrative judge ruled in 2004 she was not legally entitled to be in the United States and that a final order was entered for her deportation.

While such denials can be appealed, cases are generally decided within a year or two, according to federal statistics. Of about 12 million illegal immigrants estimated to be in the United States, about 550,000 are “fugitive aliens” staying in violation of deportation orders.

Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Onyango gave Obama’s campaign a total of $265, including several contributions of $5 and $25. The latest recorded contribution, of $5, was on Sept. 19. Only U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, known as green cardholders, can legally contribute to federal presidential campaigns…

A campaign source said Obama provided Onyango no assistance in obtaining a tourist visa or housing, or in her immigration case.

In an interview with the Times of London, which first reported Onyango’s presence in Boston and her campaign contributions, Onyango said she had traveled to and from the United States since 1975. Commercial databases indicate she received a Social Security card in 2001, indicating she was legally present and authorized to work at that time.

Onyango was not at her state-subsidized West Broadway residence yesterday in South Boston, and no one answered her telephone.

William McGonigle, deputy director of the Boston Housing Authority, said Onyango applied for public housing in 2002 and was approved in 2003 as an eligible noncitizen. She was paid a small stipend for volunteering as a resident health advocate starting in December 2007, he said.

McGonigle said that housing officials were not notified of her deportation order and that they followed all federal rules and laws in providing her stipend. He said housing officials were not aware that Onyango was related to Obama until the Times of London phoned last week.

What chutzpah, even for the despicable Washington Post.

“Privacy policy”?

How many national security secrets of vital importance has The Post betrayed for a headline? Or, worse, to help our nation’s enemies?

How many private citizens like Joe The Plumber have had their privacy destroyed by our watchdog media — simply to protect the DNC/media’s agenda?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 2nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “WP: Aunt Disclosure Broke Privacy Policy!”

  1. curvyred says:

    Unbelievable! What about Joe the Plumber A UNITED STATES CITIZENS, WHY WASN’T HIS PRIVATE RECORDS BREECH FRONT PAGE NEWS?

    auntie isn’t even a citizen, I don’t care – send her home!

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    This is un-F–KIN’ believable!! What part of ILLEGAL don’t these morons understand? I-L-L-E-G-A-L !! If I walk in public smoking a big fat joint, is that not ILLEGAL? Would “I” go immediately go to jail for breaking the law? You bet your sweet ass “I” would!! By all means….lets protect this no taxpaying/welfare riding law breaker and toss everyone elses rights down the shitter! By all that is Holy, if there was a Common Sense country in the world…I’d book passage there right frickin’ now!! The United States of America ain’t what it’s suppose to be anymore! Criminals have more rights than the victims do….and we are all victims now!!!

  3. crosspatch says:

    It’s always “heads I win, tails you lose” with propagandists like the Washington Post. Looking into Joe the plumber is waived off by repeating the “oh, we always do that”. Revealing of classified information is always the “right thing to do” if it is according to their political agenda. But finding out anything negative surrounding Obama is some kind of “violation”. That is the main reason why people just don’t take them seriously anymore. They have no sense of right and wrong. Whatever fits their agenda is “right” and whatever counters that agenda is “wrong” no matter the ethics of the situation. They have no integrity which seems to align them pretty well with the Democrat party in general these days. No integrity and the end always justifies the means. I suppose that is what happens to kids raised without a moral compass.

  4. proreason says:

    “Privacy Policy”

    No information can be disclosed that serves to contradict or diminish the wishes of President Obama’s.

    Violators will be harassed by the Obama Brown Shirts. There is no limit to the penalty for Privacy Policy Infractions.

  5. DEZ says:

    Oh this is rich, why not just tell us that criminals have a right to remain anonymous.

    “Federal privacy law restricts U.S. immigration agencies from disclosing information about citizens and permanent residents, and DHS policy similarly limits disclosures about the status of legal and illegal immigrants. Asylum-seekers are granted greater protection, because of the sensitive nature of their claims and the risks of retaliation.”

    She deserves non of these protections, not least of which as an asylum seeker, she was denied asylum.
    and ordered to pack her bags and get the hell out of the USA.
    My sympathy meter for the woman is reading zero!

  6. 1sttofight says:

    Since the authorities know where she is, shouldn’t she be moved to the iron bar hotel?

  7. DEZ says:

    “Since the authorities know where she is, shouldn’t she be moved to the iron bar hotel?’

    Oh yeah, but just until her ride out of the country is ready.

  8. JohnMG says:

    DEZ; ……”My sympathy meter for the woman is reading zero!…..”

    How’s that song go……..”My give-a-damn’s busted!”

  9. DEZ says:

    I would say that is close enough MG. ;-}


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