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Certain Democratic politicians and their allies in the mainstream news media have sunk to a new low in political hypocrisy. All this outrage being vented toward the National Security Agency (and also President Bush) over the plan to use telephone records to track terrorists and their activities.

The law that allows the government to do this is the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994. In 1994, the Democrats were the majority party in Congress. The bill passed by voice vote in both houses and was signed into law by another Democrat: Bill Clinton.

Now certain Democrats are outraged over CALEA being used.

I, for one, wonder just how the “outraged” Democrats of today voted back then.

Has anyone from the mainstream news media looked into how Kennedy, Leahy, Feinstein, et al., voted? No.

Sen. Clinton said she was “deeply disturbed” over this plan. Has the media asked her if she expressed these misgivings to her husband as he was signing CALEA into law? No.

Has she or any other “outraged” Democrat been asked how they can be for a law, but against its use? No.

The media’s agenda is quite clear here. Embarrass a Republican president for daring to use a tool without naming the Democrats who gave him the tool.

Don Stickney, Auburn

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