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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Creating a climate of lawlessness

Did the Bush administration's callous disregard for the law in the NSA spying scandal prompt the lawbreaking at Hewlett-Packard?

A quick check of Google shows "only" 136,000 hits for the combination of "Hewlett Packard NSA spying", which I take to mean virtually no one has expounded or bloviated on the topic. And I'm not about to start because it's way out of my element.

But you really do have to wonder what the corporate mindset is these days under a federal administration that welcomes anything and everything corporate America has to offer; that allows Enrons and Tycos and other rogue corporation to do as they please; and, most significantly, believes it is OK to spy on its citizens without any concern for the niceties of the law.

It's worth restating: the issue is UNAUTHORIZED spying. I have no problem hunting down bad guys. I do have a problem sidestepping laws that create low-threshold procedures that make sure the Constitution is obeyed.

Apparently the corporate heads at Hewlett-Packard followed the old medical adage of "see one, do one, teach one." Because it's a safe bet, there are others out there who will only be momentarily chastened by the California legal action against H-P executives.

And there is always the image of the CEO in Chief who goes beyond believing he is above the law to thinking is the law.

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