While we’re quite happy that the typically villainous Nancy Pelosi voted against CISPA yesterday, the depth of her hypocrisy on the subject of privacy is astounding. Lets’ look at the events and remarks over the last couple days.
Nancy Pelosi was outraged after the background check amendment to the gun control bill was shot down (sorry about the bad pun) and stated:
“Something must be done, because that’s what the American people expect and what they deserve,” she said. “We’re just not taking no for an answer.”
This statement of course is referring to a bill that would open up your private and currently protected health records to the government, and encourage doctors and mental health professionals to report you to government agencies.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, reflected concerns shared by the White House and many civil liberties groups, arguing that the bill did not do enough to ensure that companies, in sharing cyber threat data with the government and each other, strip out any personal data of private citizens.
“They can just ship the whole kit and caboodle and we’re saying minimize what is relevant to our national security,” the Democrat said. “The rest is none of the government’s business.”
So what is or isn’t personal, protected information just comes down to what serves Nancy’s agenda. Health records? Guv’ment bidness! Cyberdata? Stay away, Big Brother! It’s ridiculously inconsistent and how she doesn’t realize this is beyond me. Then again, politicians typically think in this manner, segregating stances on a per-issue basis. Class acts, every one.