Tuesday, March 28, 2006

When is listening in on American citizens a good thing?

According to Representative Jim McDermott (D-Wash) as well as ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and several others it's when you tape a conversation between Republicans and distribute their private conversation to the press. Fortunately a Federal appeals court didn't agree.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal appeals court ruled today that Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters nearly a decade ago.

In a 2-1 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that McDermott violated the rights of House Majority Leader John Boehner, who was heard on the 1996 call involving former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The court ordered McDermott to pay Boehner more than $700,000 for leaking the taped conversation. The figure includes $60,000 in damages and more than $600,000 in legal costs.

Maybe McDermott can appeal it further and see if can get his "phone" bill up to an even million.

I think the story on the McDermott tape case omits some really amusing trivia about the incident.

The call was picked up by a Florida couple driving around with a police scanner and a cassette recorder while doing some Chistmas shopping in 1996. Hmmm. I don't know about you, but I never leave home without a scanner and a recorder.

Technical footnote: cellphones then were almost all analog and worked on frequencies that your average Bearcat scanner had no trouble tuning in. I used to do it all the time. Yes, it was illegal then, just like it is now. It was just lots easier to do. I bet you know this, RW...

The tape clearly showed that Boehner and Gingrich were illegally conspiring to cover Newt's butt, but the tape's still illegal! End of story! Why the AP, NYT, etc. sided with McDermott here escapes me.

Here's a transcript of an interview with the eavesdroppers. I think there's something in their water.

Great link!!! I can't believe that I doubted those fine people. How were they to know that Karen Thurman or Jim McDermott wouldn't hold this tape for their grandson.

I wonder what sort of jingles they were going to record off of a scanner?
What was the question?

I did find this over there.

They really hate it over at "screw them" kos when both sides get a voice don't they?

It wasn't really a question, I just didn't want to end the post at Nicole's with "vicious lib." I did ask you about Huffpo over there, but mainly to see if people would go read your link. Baldwin swooning over O'Reilly was pretty funny.
Yes, O'Reilly treated him fair and did not bring up Kim. Hannity is getting bashed over there.

Of course the best thing about Hannity was Colmes.

That's the second time I've seen you say was Colmes. Do you know something here?

Why do I still not believe the Martin's story?

Do you think they wanted their grandson to grow up to be an advertising executive? Poorly recorded jingles are a twist on "Baby Einstein", but they were teachers (right?), so they must know what's best for childhood development.
Buy Danish,

I wonder if anybody ever got to hear these other things the Martins were supposed to have been taping.

It's hard to keep up with the taping good/taping bad dynamic. Wasn't there a bit of outrage recently over a student taping what his teacher said in class?

I'll have to check to see if he was supported by ABC, NBC, CBS, AP, NYT, WaPo, etc.
"I wonder if anybody ever got to hear these other things the Martins were supposed to have been taping."


I wonder the same thing. Of course a warrant would have been needed to get those tapes.

I'm just delighted that McDermott is learning first hand that "What goes around comes around".
Buy Danish,

Surprisingly Wiki has a slightly different version of how the tapes got to Bahgdad Jim. Seneca you need to do a better editing job over there.

Why can't I shortcut or even minimize your page as a unique page? It always flips from wherever I was or vice versa, which makes it really tough to link stuff.

I do't know if I'm making myself clear, but I'm getting Pi##ed off by the process.
Buy Danish,

I don't think I know what you mean. I don't have any trouble minimizing it or just switching to a different window. I'm guessing that isn't what you're talking about. Want to try to explain it again?

Just now I had a story that I wanted to cut and paste from later, so I minimized it. I then went to my desktop shortcut of your website and it took away the other window that I had minimized. Your website steals my windows! It is driving me craaaazy.
Buy Danish,

Maybe you need to open another browser window and come to my site that way.


Do you know of another solution for this.
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