Wednesday, August 05, 2009

White House: Spy on your neighbors

From the White House blog:
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.
Apart from the fact that much of this disinformation comes from Barack Obama himself, since when was it the job of the White House to "keep track" of American citizens' e-mails or casual conversations?

Are they seriously asking us to report private conversations and e-mails to the government?

Why do they want you to do this? Do you honestly think they want you to report your neighbor because they think your neighbor might have spread some rumor that the White House hasn't heard of through Fox News or talk radio? Or do they have other reasons for wanting you to report your neighbors?

Can you imagine the hysteria that would have resulted if the Bush administration had asked supporters to report e-mails and conversations to the government? Democrats, Hollywood and the media would have been outraged--and rightly so. This sounds more like something out of the former Soviet Union than the United States. This administration is really scary!

You can tell the Obama administration I said so!

UPDATE: See The Dallas Morning News for a copy of the letter Senator John Cornyn sent to the White House regarding this issue.

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