Earlier this year, Sen. Russell Feingold issued a statement to denouce warrantless surveillance of Americans.
In part, he said
That is why on the Senate floor, I joined with Senator Webb and Senator Tester earlier this year to offer an amendment to provide real protections for the privacy of Americans.
There were (allegedly) very real violations of the privacy of an American in Holland, Ohio, recently. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/10/24/joe.html
Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher’s driver’s license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.
Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.
It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver’s license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.
Someone should call Russ Feingold now to see if he is as concerned about privacy violations in the Midwest as he is for Middle Eastern terrorists and War on Terror combatants.