HP Pretexting (Spying on people's private phone records) Hearing in the House This MorningSomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


HP Pretexting (Spying on people's private phone records) Hearing in the House This Morning

28 September 2006 at 10:30:18 AM

I'm watching it right now as each of the members that were involved in the Hewlett Packard pretexting scandal refuse to answer questions and plead the fifth, including Ann Baskins, who ordered the spying and has now resigned from her post as CEO. It's amazing to hear the energy from the Republicans, who suddenly are upset that people's privacy is being invaded by means of pretexting, and that those who get records in this way are breaking the law. Anna Eshoo pointed out in her 3 minute opening speech that it is ironic that Bush's illegal wiretapping through NSA scandal is being addressed at the same time. There are definitely some differences between the two situations, but at the top level, don't people have the same expectation of privacy regarding their phone records, REGARDLESS OF THE JUSTIFICATION FOR DOING SO, and in both cases, the law was broken.

Want to hear some amazing hypocrisy from Smokey Joe Barton? He excoriates the ex-CEO Patricia Dunn about how you have to have a WARRANT to get telephone records. Do you think he even thinks about what he's saying?

Looks like it will be a short hearing, at least as far as the principles involved are concerned, because none of them will answer questions.

Update: I was wrong. The hearing is still doing on, and it looks to me like Patricia Dunn was a glorified administrative assistant. She didn't have ANY reports and she wasn't a manager. What the heck was she? But the hearing people are going to town grilling her. I don't know if she's lying or not about her involvement but wish they would put the same energy into grilling Bush, who is spying on EVERYBODY.

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