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bijou
10-30-2008, 01:25 PM
A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on "Joe the Plumber" were more extensive than it first acknowledged.

Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.

The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.

Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.

Harris called the multiple records checks "questionable" and said he awaits more answers. "It's kind of like Big Brother is looking in your pocket," he said.

If state employees run checks on every person listed in newspaper stories as buying a business, "it must take a lot of people a lot of time to run these checks," he said. "Where do you draw the line?"

...http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/10/29/joe30.html?sid=101

Gingersnap
10-30-2008, 01:46 PM
Jones-Kelley wrote that the checks were "well-meaning," but misinterpreted amid the heated final weeks of a presidential election.

There is nothing "well-meaning" about using government resources to satisfy idle curiosity about a citizen.

rjas77
10-30-2008, 05:25 PM
What I find interesting is the Left laments on what the Patriot Act MIGHT do to investigate private citizens, yet are more than willing to ACTUALLY commit the same act they deplore

megimoo
10-30-2008, 05:31 PM
There is nothing "well-meaning" about using government resources to satisfy idle curiosity about a citizen.
This goes beyond mere curiosity,This was political espionage of the worst kind !If a conservative did this they would be drawn and quartered by the press !