Oak Leaf has a post complaining that the Clinton administration allegedly had tapped Princess Diana’s phone at the time she died. A British report on her death (good lord, do they not have something better to do wih their time? She’s dead. Get over it.) apparently is going to charge that the “American secret service” (I presume they mean the CIA rather than the actual Secret Service) had bugged her phone. Oak Leaf demands answers:
So why was the Clinton Administration, in the tradition of J. Edger Hoover, intercepting these phone calls in the United Kingdom. What other phone calls did they intercept and what files do they have? Who gave the orders, what did the President know and when did he know it?
Was the Clinton Administration building a file to use as an attempt to blackmail the future Monarch?
In the 90s, if it had been discovered that the Government of John Major was intercepting the phone conversations of Pauline Gore (Al Gores mother), I would have been equally disgusted.
The American People, the Congress and our Allies deserve answers.
And I agree with him. There ought to be an investigation into this and we do deserve answers to those questions. While I could not possibly care any less about Princess Di, and absolutely do not understand the obsession so many people have with her (and the entire royal family for that matter), there is no conceivably valid reason for our government to be tapping her phone and listening to her conversations. But that does not excuse Oak Leaf’s hypocrisy on the matter.
This is a guy who cheerleads constantly for the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. He dogmatically supports an administration that not only engages in warrantless wiretapping on American citizens, but he demands investigations and cays that we deserve answers while defending an administration that takes the position that no one has any right to even question their wiretapping policy in court. He demands oversight on the old wiretapping of a foreign citizen, but applauds warrantless wiretapping of our own citizens and applauds the administration that says they have the sole authority to carry it out and no one has any authority to even question them about it, much less make them stop doing so, or to even reveal who has been wiretapped and why. Pure hypocrisy.