Friday, August 7, 2009

Judge Andrew Napolitano: White House Move to Collect 'Fishy' Info May Be Illegal

The White House strategy of turning supporters into snitches when they see "fishy" information about the health care debate may run afoul of the law, legal experts say.

"The White House is in bit of a conundrum because of this privacy statute that prohibits the White House from collecting data and storing it on people who disagree with it," Judge Andrew Napolitano, a FOX News analyst, said Friday.

"There's also a statute that requires the White House to retain all communications that it receives. It can't try to rewrite history by pretending it didn't receive anything," he said.

"If the White House deletes anything, it violates one statute. If the White House collects data on the free speech, it violates another statute."

Napolitano was referring to the Privacy Act of 1974, which was passed after the Nixon administration used federal agencies to illegally investigate individuals for political purposes. Enacted after Richard Nixon's resignation in the Watergate scandal, the statute generally prohibits any federal agency from maintaining records on individuals exercising their right to free speech.

You can read the entire Fox News article here.

I have bad news for the left. If they think these pathetic attempts to intimidate freedom and liberty loving Americans into silence pertaining to the blatant seizure of our nation's health care system by the federal government, they are sadly mistaken.

If anything, this will serve to only further energize us in our efforts to prevent further moves on the part of Obama and an out-of-control, imperial congress, to turn this country into a banana republic.

If the lefties want CommieCare, they can move to Cuba.

(h/t: Drudge)

(Photo credit: Drudge)

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