Friday, August 24, 2007

There's one law for us

And another law for them. Very little in our nation, under Bush, is private. There's really no impediment to the government's desire to snoop around your house, read your e-mail, tap your phones, look into your back yard from satellites, monitor your reading or anything else, probable cause or not.

Unless, of course, you're a former Congressman. Good old Mark "page pincher" Foley, the disgraced representative from my district in Florida is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, an agency that most would agree has probable cause to suspect that Foley might have exhibited a bit too much interest in minors. They'd like to have a look at the Federally owned computers he used when sending those incriminating e-mails to congressional pages and at first glance one might see little reason to say the government cannot inspect its own property - but no.

According to FDLE, the House of Representatives has refused access, citing case law. It may have been monkey business, but his "work papers" are legislative business and access is denied. Only Foley can authorize the police to see them, they say and of course Foley will not cooperate. Obstruction of Justice charges are only for little people, to paraphrase the late Leona Helmsley.

Foley who, when the e-mails hit the fan, fled Washington with the excuse that he was entering rehab, has been seen of late dining in exclusive Palm Beach restaurants and is being described by his wealthy Palm Beach supporters as a fine Palm Beach gentleman. They get remarkable results, these rehab places.


d.K. said...

This peering into anything done by Congress by the Executive is justified (well, has been interpreted as justified) by the Constitution's separation of powers. Again, it's a convenient facade behind which corrupt congressmen can hide behind for fear (probably rightly) that a corrupt executive would otherwise exploit it's enforcement prerogatives.

It's the same loophole that the "alleged" theif, Jefferson, from Louisiana is hiding behind, claiming poisoned fruit from the illegal search that found tens of thousands of cash hidden in his freezer (which he knew nothing about).

There's something to be said about the benefits of a benign dictatorship -- almost, anyway.

Capt. Fogg said...

I think I'd be well qualified - except for the benign part.