Sunday, October 26, 2008
Who was looking into Joe the Plumber's personal files?
Someone apparently went into Joe Wurzelbacher's drivers' license information.
Who approved it? What were they looking for? This is a local report:
"Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.
It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why.
Direct access to driver's license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business." (The Columbus Dispatch)
Again, what motivated this? Who approved it?
Ed Morrissey has a good post about this:
"The accounts used to access the information at the BMV and tax records all came from government agencies.
This information is only supposed to be accessed for legitimate investigations, not just for curiosity, and certainly not for political purposes.
Who in these government offices would have wanted to investigate Wurzelbacher, and for what legitimate reason — within hours of a presidential debate in which he played a significant part?"
We don't have an answer. Yet, Joe Wurzelbacher deserves an explanation.
P.S. Where is the ACLU?