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Unanswered questions about the Internet Snitch Brigade

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 25, 2009 10:07 PM

Guy Benson asks them:

One gentleman told me he’d emailed Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) to register opposition to the House health care bill. He received an email response from Bean’s office the next day (entirely appropriate), followed by the Axelrod email a few days later. Another caller said she’d contacted Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (D-Mich.) office for a similar reason. She, too, heard first from Stabenow’s staff, then from Axelrod. Again, neither caller had ever been in touch with the White House.

The suggestion I raised above merits further scrutiny. Could the aforementioned “outside groups” include the political offices of elected Democrats? It stands to reason: If the White House set up a (now defunct) email account asking average Americans to inform on one another regarding health care “misinformation,” wouldn’t constituent correspondence sent directly to elected representatives serve as a natural gold mine for culling opponents’ arguments against the president’s plan? One wonders if certain Democratic members chose to pass along this information on their own initiative, or if they were responding to encouragement (read: following orders) from the White House to do so…

…members of [the] public have a right to know how the White House got its hands on scores of private email addresses, and whether Democrats were surreptitiously using constituent correspondence and the flag@whitehouse.gov email account to assemble new mass lists—without the knowledge or permission of those on the lists—in order to distribute partisan talking points.

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