The CEO of HBGary has now resigned over this scandal. This scandal came to light after a group, known as "anonymous", obtained the e-mails by hacking into the web site of HBGary, a security firm working for the US Chamber of Commerce, and stealing them.A group of House Democrats is calling on Republican leaders to investigate a prominent Washington law firm and three federal technology contractors, who have been shown in hacked e-mails discussing a "disinformation campaign" against foes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The lawmakers say it is "deeply troubling" that "tactics developed for use against terrorists may have been unleashed against American citizens."
This presents us with one hell of a dilemma. On one hand, it is good that this information is coming to light. On the other hand, people committing criminal acts are going to get off scot free, because whether or not you like it, they have Fourth Amendment Rights, just like anybody else. But, if their Fourth Amendment Rights had never been violated, nobody would have known that they intended to violate the Constitutional rights of others. Yes, folks, it is a very messy situation. So, what's the answer?
Here's my take on it. ALL rights are sacrosanct. That means the US Chamber of Commerce's rights too. Yes, they are scumbags for attempting these kinds of actions on US citizens, but if you defend the Constitution, then you also have to defend them from the unlawful search and seizure of their personal property.
Yes, sometimes, living in a Society that has a Constitution to defend can be a bitch, but if we trample the Constitutional rights of the scumbags who attempted this disinformation campaign against their opponents, then we might as well take away the Constitutional rights of their opponents too, as well as the Constitutional rights of the rest of us. It's a slippery slope from there to the end of the American experiment begun by our forefathers.
This is why I take the side of the US Chamber of Commerce in this scandal. What they attempted to do, with the help of other corporate interests, goes well beyond "reprehensible", but without the Constitution, we would not have America, would we? This is why we must defend the scumbags, as well as the law abiding citizens, when their Constitutional rights are trampled on.
As for the US Chamber of Commerce, I hope they all die in a fire, but I will not shirk from my obligation as a citizen to defend their Constitutional rights, even if they don't deserve them.
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