Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Roberts conflicted on privacy

Memorypills-ViOn one hand he told the Topeka Chamber of Commerce that the FBI hurt itself by being secretive about the raid on the office of Rep. Jefferson (D-someone's pocket). On the other hand, he voted for the Patriot Act which expanded the FBI's power to issue national security letters (de facto warrants without judicial review) and sneak and peek warrants (in which the searchee isn't notified that a search took place).

Plus, Senator Roberts, perhaps due to a memory pill problem, managed to forget his complaints about secrecy in time to defend the domestic warranrless wiretapping. The Capital-Journal says "Questions have been raised about the program's legality, but Roberts said he must limit public statements."

Why did Pat Roberts deserve to know about the impending search of Rep. Jefferson's office, but I don't deserve to why the government is tapping my phones and reading your email? Congressional briefings regarding the illegal spying were extended to fewer people than required by law, but Chairman Roberts sees no problem with the Administration overstepping its bounds. The FBI is under no obligation to notify someone's co-workers when his office will be searched. Congress deserves exactly as much respect as the rest of us do. If Roberts doesn't like it, he should think this through.