three stories and a call to action

The ACLU defends Rush Limbaughs right to privacy… The Atlantic asks, Can we preserve the middle class in America?… The Boston Globe reports that Republicans working on the Senate Judiciary Committee spied on Democrats. Heres a clip:

Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.

From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight — and with what tactics.

Investigators apparently even seized a server from the office of Senate majority leader Bill Frist And guess what? It looks like Robert Novak has been implicated again. Just as in the Valerie Plame affair, it would appear that he was acting as the media mouthpiece for the administration, spreading the news of things discovered as a result of this spying And now, if you can believe it, Republicans are saying that they told the Democrats about the glitch that allowed them to peek, but that they chose not to fix it.

And theres still time to write to your Senators about Bushs disastrous energy bill.

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