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GOP Staffer Suspended for Computer Improprieties
Special Report | 11/25/03 | FNC

Posted on 11/25/2003 4:00:07 PM PST by dep

A Republican Senate Judiciary Committee staff member has been suspended with pay after he admitted that he improperly gained access to "secure committee computers," Fox News Channel reports.

Whether the staffer is the person who leaked numerous memos in which Democrats on the committee plotted to turn toe current filibuster of judicial nominees for political advantage was not stated.

An angry Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch denounced the staffer's action, saying that senators expect their computers to be secure and calling the staffer's action "entirely unacceptable."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004memo; democrats; doublestandard; estradamemo; govtemployees; hypocrisy; iraqicivilians; judiciarycommittee; mediabias; memogate; memogate2; obstruction; orrinhatch; partisanpolitics; whichmemogateisthis
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1 posted on 11/25/2003 4:00:07 PM PST by dep
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To: dep
I just saw this on Special Report. Where is the focus on what is IN the memos? That is very important.
2 posted on 11/25/2003 4:02:12 PM PST by mathluv
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To: dep
It still doesn't address what the Dems were doing witht he Special Interest groups to block Judges
3 posted on 11/25/2003 4:02:52 PM PST by Mo1
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To: dep
If this person did, in fact, leak that infamous memo, I'd say he is a hero.
4 posted on 11/25/2003 4:04:13 PM PST by Wolfstar (An angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.)
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To: mathluv
i couldn't agree more, especially in this case. leaking for its own sake is not a good thing, but there is a qualitative test that needs to be applied. in this case, i think the test is met.
5 posted on 11/25/2003 4:04:16 PM PST by dep (Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Qvietem)
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To: dep
Well, y'know, the staffer's action <i>was</i> unacceptable. You'll get no argument from me on that, if this guy was hacking into servers and stealing memos.

Now, then, Senator Hatch, let's start getting the word out that the contents of the memos showing what the Democrats were/are doing are even <b>more</b> unacceptable!

}:-)4
6 posted on 11/25/2003 4:04:36 PM PST by Moose4 ("The road goes on forever, and the party never ends." --Robert Earl Keen)
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To: Mo1
Yeah. Why doesn't Hatch attack the RATS with the same gusto?
7 posted on 11/25/2003 4:04:50 PM PST by Enterprise
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To: Moose4
Um...why didn't the HTML tags work?

Embarassed }:-)4
8 posted on 11/25/2003 4:05:13 PM PST by Moose4 ("The road goes on forever, and the party never ends." --Robert Earl Keen)
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To: Enterprise
Why doesn't Hatch attack the RATS with the same gusto?

because they're the only ones dim enough to buy his CDs?

9 posted on 11/25/2003 4:06:05 PM PST by dep (Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Qvietem)
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To: dep
And THIS will be the TOP story of the entire weekend.....if not the month.
10 posted on 11/25/2003 4:06:30 PM PST by Ann Archy
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To: dep
Looks like a great setup by the Democrats. They have the moral highground now regarding leaked memos, and the Republicans look like saps. Now the issue either dies, or the Democrats have the advantage in future discussions. Hatch should have fired the man, not just suspended him.
11 posted on 11/25/2003 4:07:01 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: dep
Being the collegial party that they are, I'm sure the Dems would suspend one of their staffers if he did the same.
12 posted on 11/25/2003 4:08:00 PM PST by CedarDave (Insted of using the new spel checkr, I'll just tpye as usal.)
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To: dep
Give that man a raise!!! Good man to uncover the dastardly deeds of those Dem criminals!!!
13 posted on 11/25/2003 4:08:26 PM PST by Shaka
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To: Moose4
that is really odd. the 'less than' showed as (ampersand)lt; in the code... was that your intention? or did you actually type a < ?
14 posted on 11/25/2003 4:08:55 PM PST by glock rocks (molon labe)
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To: mathluv
If this is the staffer that leaked the memos, he should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Freedom. His good works exposed the Dem Party for what they really are...

RATS!
15 posted on 11/25/2003 4:09:36 PM PST by ex 98C MI Dude
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To: dep
Here we go. Another field day ( or Thanksgiving holiday ) for the media. This is going to get ugly folks.
16 posted on 11/25/2003 4:09:41 PM PST by Peace will be here soon
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To: dep
No problem....character doesn't matter to the Dems anyway.
17 posted on 11/25/2003 4:10:14 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: dep
Stupid.
1. Don't get caught.
2. Never never never admit something like that which would give the dems the high ground.
18 posted on 11/25/2003 4:10:14 PM PST by Dan from Michigan (&quot;Today's music ain't got the same soul. I like that old time Rock N Roll&quot; - Bob Seger)
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To: Moose4
Did you use the new spellcheck before you posted? It did some weird things for me earlier.
19 posted on 11/25/2003 4:10:15 PM PST by CedarDave (Insted of using the new spel checkr, I'll just tpye as usal.)
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To: glock rocks
Nope, I typed the less-than/greater-than signs. I'll try again.

test

It works this time. How freakin' weird is that?

}:-)4

20 posted on 11/25/2003 4:10:26 PM PST by Moose4 ("The road goes on forever, and the party never ends." --Robert Earl Keen)
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To: dep
An angry Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch denounced the staffer's action,

Good Golly Miss Molly, give that staffer the Medal O Honor...

21 posted on 11/25/2003 4:10:29 PM PST by tubebender (FReeRepublic...How bad have you got it...)
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To: Moose4
"Um...why didn't the HTML tags work? "

Strange. Looks like they were done correctly.

22 posted on 11/25/2003 4:10:32 PM PST by blam
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To: Pukin Dog
Hatch should have fired the man, not just suspended him.


I suspect there are some civil servant rules/guidelines that have to be taken into account... But firing or allowing the staffer to resign should be done pronto.....
23 posted on 11/25/2003 4:10:38 PM PST by deport
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To: mathluv
Let's keep in mind that Hannity was practically begging to be subpoenaed, while dropping the most thinly veiled hints possible that it wasn't a Republican that leaked that memo to him. My guess is this guy has been suspended for a completely different incident.
24 posted on 11/25/2003 4:10:39 PM PST by Timesink (I'm not a big fan of electronic stuff, you know? Beeps ... beeps freak me out. They're bad.)
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To: glock rocks
I think it has to do with the new and improved spell checker...
25 posted on 11/25/2003 4:12:29 PM PST by tubebender (FReeRepublic...How bad have you got it...)
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To: Moose4
wow! how strange :o)

did it look alright in the preview?

(or are you like me, and click the box and pull the trigger?)
26 posted on 11/25/2003 4:12:31 PM PST by glock rocks (molon labe)
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To: tubebender
I think it has to do with the new and improved spell checker...

Yep, it happened to me earlier.
27 posted on 11/25/2003 4:13:58 PM PST by Peace will be here soon
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To: Timesink
Wouldn't Hatch's employee's leak only be of the Judiciary Committee memos, though?
I don't think this person's got anything to do with the Intelligence Committee leak to Hannity.
28 posted on 11/25/2003 4:14:02 PM PST by EllaMinnow (I miss Chancellor Palpatine. Heck, I even miss Illbay.)
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To: deport
Then there should have been no announcement until the man was let go. Hatch handled this poorly. Good thing Bush got what he needed from these saps before they let him down again.
29 posted on 11/25/2003 4:14:08 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Timesink
This is a different committee, but I agree. I really think Sean was trying to say it was NOT a staffer, too.

I still want to see the emphasis on content, not on how they leaked. Of course, this may help get the attention of what is in the memos. That kind of attention can not be had if the memos are not in the news. The lamestream media will talk about a pubbie leaker.

30 posted on 11/25/2003 4:14:49 PM PST by mathluv
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To: glock rocks
See my earlier post here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1028515/posts?page=282#282
31 posted on 11/25/2003 4:15:59 PM PST by CedarDave (Insted of using the new spel checkr, I'll just tpye as usal.)
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To: glock rocks
It looked wrong in the preview, but I figured maybe it was just a new feature--the board might not interpret the tags until the message actually posted.

Dang gremlins. :)

}:-)4
32 posted on 11/25/2003 4:16:44 PM PST by Moose4 ("The road goes on forever, and the party never ends." --Robert Earl Keen)
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To: Enterprise
Yeah. Why doesn't Hatch attack the RATS with the same gusto?

By now, you should know never to count your Hatches before they've chickened. (That's a classic Ann Coulter line.)

33 posted on 11/25/2003 4:16:46 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (So don't hand me Jack and try to call it Cola. I know the difference 'tween $h!t and shinola)
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To: Moose4
Mine Work
34 posted on 11/25/2003 4:17:14 PM PST by SeeRushToldU_So (Libs want to take my money, my guns, and my land....then sodimize me.)
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To: mathluv; redlipstick
Ah, two different committees! In that case, I'm not going to get worked up about this at all.

I still want to see the emphasis on content, not on how they leaked. Of course, this may help get the attention of what is in the memos. That kind of attention can not be had if the memos are not in the news. The lamestream media will talk about a pubbie leaker.

Good point. They can't whine about the leak without discussing the CONTENT of the leak.

35 posted on 11/25/2003 4:17:22 PM PST by Timesink (I'm not a big fan of electronic stuff, you know? Beeps ... beeps freak me out. They're bad.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
LOL - I know. And I still love it (and her).
36 posted on 11/25/2003 4:17:39 PM PST by Enterprise
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To: dep
This GOP staffer should get a medal.
37 posted on 11/25/2003 4:18:14 PM PST by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Timesink
The problem is that this allows the Democrats to frame the Republicans as willing to do anything to win, and to compare this to the Plumbers with Watergate. It will only resonate with the media and Bush haters, but it will get major airplay, unless we get another favor from Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant or Scott Peterson over the weekend.
38 posted on 11/25/2003 4:20:29 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Timesink
They can't whine about the leak without discussing the CONTENT of the leak.

Well, maybe SOME of the content may be mentioned!

39 posted on 11/25/2003 4:20:33 PM PST by mathluv
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To: Mo1
It has nothing to do with what the Dems are doing witht he Special Interest groups to block Judges. You break the law, you get punished.
40 posted on 11/25/2003 4:20:36 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: Moose4
It works this time. How freakin' weird is that?

It happened to me on another thread as welll. Must have been a temporary server hic-up.

41 posted on 11/25/2003 4:22:49 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: abner; diotima
Wow. All of a sudden NOW the memos are breaking news. Go figure.
42 posted on 11/25/2003 4:23:15 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks (Of course there's more to Science than just hurting animals, but frankly its the part I like best.)
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To: Timesink
wrong memos. this is the judiciary committee -- the memos were fat teddy describing how the democrats were opening up veto power to any dimwitted leftist cell that had a checkbook. it is not the intelligence committee memo that was leaked to sean.
43 posted on 11/25/2003 4:23:59 PM PST by dep (Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Qvietem)
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To: dr_who_2
You break the law, you get punished.

I don't think I said the person shouldn't in my post

44 posted on 11/25/2003 4:24:27 PM PST by Mo1
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To: Pukin Dog
Hatch handled this poorly.


I don't know who the staffer worked for..... Do you? My guess is that many of the committee staff work for someone other than Hatch or Leahy... The article such as it is doesn't indicate anything yet other than that Hatch was mad.
45 posted on 11/25/2003 4:25:08 PM PST by deport
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To: Pukin Dog
Just like Laci Peterson was the big story last Christmas, the missing girl in North Dakota will be this year's Thanksgiving story.
46 posted on 11/25/2003 4:25:28 PM PST by EllaMinnow (I miss Chancellor Palpatine. Heck, I even miss Illbay.)
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To: deport
I saw Hatch's announcement on Fox. It was one of his senior staffers.
47 posted on 11/25/2003 4:26:24 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Enterprise
Yeah. Why doesn't Hatch attack the RATS with the same gusto?

Because this isn't the time to do that .. and for the record, he has spoken up about the contents of the memos

48 posted on 11/25/2003 4:26:38 PM PST by Mo1
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To: Pukin Dog
The problem is that this allows the Democrats to frame the Republicans as willing to do anything to win, and to compare this to the Plumbers with Watergate. It will only resonate with the media and Bush haters, but it will get major airplay, unless we get another favor from Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant or Scott Peterson over the weekend.

It doesn't really matter whether we get help from Michael Jackson or anyone else. It's Thanksgiving, and nobody's going to be paying attention at all no matter what. The only thing anyone's going to be talking about is football and Christmas shopping.

As for the Plumbers comparison, the RATS had better think long and hard before going down that road, considering the looming Anthony Pellicano scandal that stands a very good chance of exploding next year, just as the campaigns get underway in force ... a scandal that will blow up in the RATS' faces and leave the GOP unscathed.

49 posted on 11/25/2003 4:30:22 PM PST by Timesink (I'm not a big fan of electronic stuff, you know? Beeps ... beeps freak me out. They're bad.)
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To: diotima
Okay, who has a new job for him. Liz, I want the interview.
50 posted on 11/25/2003 4:32:07 PM PST by doug from upland (Hillary didn't hire Pelicano.......my butt)
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