Apparently, the culture of “moral equivalency” reaches even into the Senate. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) thinks the real tragedy and crime of Climategate is not the content within the e-mails, rather the way they were accessed and released. She wants Congress to investigate the hacker.
From Fox News…
“One man’s whistleblower is another woman’s criminal hacker.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is calling the leaked e-mails from climate scientists at a British university research unit a “theft” and “crime” that should be investigated, despite calls from Republicans to investigate the contents of the e-mails themselves, not the way they were leaked.
“You call it Climate-gate. I call it E-mail-theft-gate,” Boxer said at a hearing Wednesday on the Committee on Environment and Public Works, which she chairs. She suggested that a criminal conspiracy might even be at play in bringing the once private e-mails to public light.”
In other words, fraud, shmaud, it is time to kill the messenger.
Glossing over the fact that irony is lost on the good senator from California just doesn’t understand the verities of the situation (or, more likely, is trying her best to ignore them), but that she is undermining the very concept of whistle-blowers, all in the name of partisan advantage.
Her “logic” would condemn such heroes as Watergate’s Deep-Throat and those who procured The Pentagon Papers. How long until she or some other tries to rationalize a difference, akin to, say, Animal Farm and “Four legs good, two legs bad?”
Update (Jim): Here’s the video. Fun!