Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Passport Snooping


The front page headlines are all making hay over the unauthorized snooping into the respective passport files of Barack Hussein Obama, John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Of course, this is a further symptom of the State Department's general incompetence. And, of course, Obama is now demanding an investigation into the matter.

To which I say, save the taxpayers' money!! Skip the investigation!! We already know what happened! Some State Department "contract employees" got curious, and accessed the passport files.

Unfortunately, these people were not employees (contract or otherwise) of the Internal Revenue Service. Because if they had been, they would have been subject to criminal misdemeanor penalties of fine and imprisonment, and also subject to civil damages lawsuits by the persons whose files were inspected.

Skip the investigation!! Congress already knows everything that it needs to know in order to pass the appropriate legislation to put State Department passport files on par with IRS tax files.

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