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Did W (or his minions) ask what books his political adversaries were reading?

Just caught this at Ace: “To Ask the Question Is To Answer It“:

Charles C. W. Cooke wonders why those who freaked out about the PATRIOT Act and how it might lead to people’s library records being seized aren’t so concerned about the IRS asking conservative groups to hand over their Facebook posts and a list of books they were reading. Or for records of conversations they had or their positions on issues. Shouldn’t the ACLU be as up in arms about the IRS’s intrusion into people’s privacy as they were about Homeland Security looking at suspected terrorist’s use of library computers?

Did the immediate past president — or his henchmen — ever demand that his political adversaries, in order to receive a benefit from the government, reveal the content of their prayers or the names of their members?

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  1. [...] Did W (or his minions) ask what books his political adversaries were reading? [...]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » No Bush warrant for e-mail correspondence of NYTimes reporters — May 21, 2013 @ 3:47 am - May 21, 2013

  2. As we have seen over the years in the comments from left-wingers, progressives aren’t opposed to tyranny; they are only opposed to not being in charge of it

    Comment by V the K — May 21, 2013 @ 8:30 am - May 21, 2013

  3. Obama- Benghazi just a story stirred up by Republicans
    Obama- IRS just a story stirred up by Republicans
    Obama- EPA abuses just a story stirred up by Republicans
    Obama – Media harassment scandal just a story stirred up by Republicans

    The Republican Party couldn’t organize a pissing contest in a beer tent, but suddenly they’re the masters of conspiracy? WTF?

    Comment by V the K — May 21, 2013 @ 10:39 am - May 21, 2013

  4. Of course not–if he had, major news organizations would still be reminding us of it.

    Comment by pst314 — May 21, 2013 @ 2:33 pm - May 21, 2013

  5. If Nixon wanted to rummage through someone’s files or correspondence, he had to arrange for someone to break in. Now he can just get gmail to hand over their email and maybe manage to gain access to someone’s computer. No conventional burglary required.

    Nixon’s “plumbers” broke into Ellsberg’s psychiatrists office to get dirt on him so he could be discredited after leaking the Pentagon Papers. Obama gets a judge to allow turning over of journalists’ personal emails on the grounds of searching for a “leak” but once they have the private emails, they possibly have “dirt” on the journalist that has nothing to do with the defense leak.

    Nixon broke into DNC headquarters in DC in order to gain information about his political opposition. Obama just uses the IRS to compel political opponents to give up the information under “color of law”.

    Obama is a sneakier weasel than Nixon ever was and technology allows him to break in and obtain information without a physical burglary.

    Comment by crosspatch — May 21, 2013 @ 6:11 pm - May 21, 2013

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