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Hillary Would Love a Presumption of Privacy

Matthew Yglesias, with a Y in case you mistake him for Julio or Enrique, laments transparency. And most of all, he laments how out of date legislation is when contemplating emails. Heck, he even laments how out of date, in retrospect, the internet pioneers were. Those pathetic old fogies who invented email and the building blocks of internet protocol, did not see emails as what in fact any millennial knows they are: conversation. Like a phone call. Not like an office memo, with a carbon copy sent to various addresses or desks by an efficient administrative assistant way back in the days when they might be called secretaries.

Writing a short while back in Vox, Yglesias disdains the apparently arbitrary legal definition of email as a formal communication. Rather than an informal form of communicating. Everything you do on your smart phone is basically equivalent to a phone call according to Yglesias. And should not be public domain. It's your private business.

And when you're Secretary of State and there's carefully encrypted official devices and channels for communicating and instead you chose a home brew server? Ah, but here Yglesias enlightens us - through the opinions of Cass Sunstein, a former regulatory czar (don't you love that term?) in Obama's administration. It's about inputs and outputs you see. An output being an official government release on some matter. An input being the frank and honest deliberations that went into producing that document. Inputs shall be private. And that's that.

In other words, if the emerging republic had had to labor under the Freedom of Information Act, there would have been no constitution. As Madison apparently warned, when talking about the need for privacy to enable a frank exchange of views and allow participants to the congress to be persuaded into adopting new positions, without looking like sell outs in the public eye.

I'm sorry, but there seems to be a quite too cuddly fit between the Harvard grad's philosophizing on the nature of communication in the 2010's, and Hillary's paranoid need for privacy. If Trump's emails had been the substantive issue, (imagine a world in which he preferred discrete emails rather than tweeting), would Matthew Yglesias had had such profound difficulties with FOIA?

Yglesias concludes his meditation on communication with this:

It is time to let common sense reign and to let government personnel communicate with each other through the medium of their choosing with a presumption of privacy.

A presumption of privacy. Now that sounds really nice to any bureaucrat's ear. And the brave new world of intra-governmental communication that will open up seems positively thrilling. Imagine. FCC Media Bureau Deputy Division Chief (Video) Anthony Weiner snapchatting with his subordinates. With a presumption of privacy.

Posted by AllardK at September 15, 2016 2:38 PM
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Comment #407488

At one time the public had an “assumption of honesty and openness” regarding their public elected and appointed officials. We all know why that is no longer the case.

At one time we had real investigative reporting by various news sources that reported honestly and accurately on matters of public interest without regard for political or special interest consideration. We all know why that is no longer the case.

Without the FOIA Americans would be in the dark and easy prey for tyrants and malfeasance.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 15, 2016 3:39 PM
Comment #407489

What an idiotic article. Privacy is bad now? HRC45 is paranoid? She’s been investigated, stalked, and endlessly harassed by the owners of the GOP and the deplorables for decades.

Posted by: oraoghaile at September 15, 2016 3:42 PM
Comment #407491

My Leftie Pals will probably not even read the entire article before defending Hillary and the FBI. That’s OK…for them, ignorance is truly bliss.

What is the FBI hiding?

“What is going on here? The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton has not served the rule of law. The rule of law — a pillar of American constitutional freedom since the end of the Civil War — mandates that the laws are to be enforced equally. No one is beneath their protection, and no one is above their requirements. To enforce the rule of law, we have hired the FBI.

What do we do when the FBI rejects its basic responsibilities?”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/14/what-is-the-fbi-hiding-about-hillary-clinton/

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 15, 2016 4:38 PM
Comment #407492

Roosting with Hillary’s chickens

It’s panic, not pneumonia, that’s contagious in the Democratic ranks.

The panic in the streets has been fed by those in her own party. Indeed, the latest media rage against Donald Trump is that he is behaving like a gentleman, standing back not to interfere with Hillary while she inflicts her own wounds.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/13/panic-contagious-in-democratic-ranks/

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 15, 2016 4:54 PM
Comment #407493

The entire series of the Federalist’s Papers were written and published under pen names. They had to be anonymous because they would have been condemned as traitors if their true identity were known to the Crown.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 15, 2016 6:31 PM
Comment #407495

I have the Federalist’s Papers on my Kindle and review them from time to time.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 15, 2016 6:40 PM
Comment #407501

Did you pay for them? I’d like to have an entire set of the Federalist’s Papers, but I’m on the Patriot Fast and don’t have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a capitalist’s society.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 15, 2016 7:30 PM
Comment #407502
I call on the Patriots of America to fast. Our country only functions on the lifeblood of our efforts. It is we who foot the bill. To not pay our taxes is a crime, yet no law exists to minimize our own earnings, and our spending.


The Patriot Fast


In a way, it’s a much more difficult fight when you are swinging the sword of self-discipline, to fight our own urges, to battle our own sin, but it’s past time to do so. It’s time for the hangover to begin.

Posted by Yukon Jake at December 5, 2013 5:56 PM

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 15, 2016 7:47 PM
Comment #407511

Did you pay for them? I’d like to have an entire set of the Federalist’s Papers, but I’m on the Patriot Fast and don’t have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a capitalist’s society.
Posted by: Weary Willie at September 15, 2016 7:30 PM

They were free to download on my Kindle from Amazon. It may be free in paperback as well.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 16, 2016 1:50 PM
Comment #407516

Looks like the left is having a bad day. oraoghaile was smart not to allow comments to that one.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 16, 2016 3:22 PM
Comment #407518

Right on Weary. I asked oraog (on his post) if it was too complicated and within a few minutes my comment was deleted.

Not only do Liberals lie for no apparent reason or gain, they can’t take the truth.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 16, 2016 3:32 PM
Comment #407535

I assume he’s referring to the couple of spam posts that he claimed were targeting him and Warren Porter. He said he’s been on this site for many years. I don’t think he remembers the awful spam attacks this site had a few years ago. His reaction to those few comments made my eyebrows chuckle.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 16, 2016 8:25 PM
Comment #407536

I just noticed he deleted all of his posts!

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 16, 2016 8:28 PM
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