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Congressional Staffers Upset Legistorm Publishes Public Information

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Irony thy name is Congress. As the federal government conducts political surveillance on all Americans, the preening apparatchiks/future lobbyists of Capitol Hill are furious that a transparency group, Legistorm, is publishing publicly available information. Seriously.

The Congress-focused research organization LegiStorm set off a firestorm on Capitol Hill this week as some staffers learned that their personal Twitter accounts would appear on the site.

LegiStorm on Wednesday publicized the tool StormFeed, a “real-time, full-text searchable access to every official press release and official tweet from Capitol Hill plus the tweets of thousands of congressional staffers,” according to a release…

A Democratic staffer said the new feature brings an unwelcome level of scrutiny to a group of people who haven’t sought the spotlight.

As their bosses pass and reauthorize the PATRIOT Act and fill the budgets for DHS they apparently would like no one to know who they are. Oh, it gets worse.

Another House Republican staffer also thought the newest tool went too far.

“I think there’s an expectation as an employee of a public official your actions are watched. That’s true online and offline,” the GOP aide told POLITICO. “But I think the new feature raises a larger question within personal privacy. Staffers aren’t elected officials. Where is that line with regard to personal privacy?”

I hope no one was drinking something and no I won’t pay for a new computer screen. Yes these selfless (soon to be rich off their service) public servants who “sacrifice” by working on Capitol Hill are finally thinking about privacy rights – for their twitter accounts. Yes, twitter. The service designed to be used to publish things to the world. They are throwing a fit because a transparency group is linking to their twitter accounts. Not kidding.

It’s great to see that as the police state grows and begins to squeeze our freedom that these guardians of the republic have really taken up an important cause, making sure no one they don’t want to knows their twitter accounts. Heroes I tell you. Heroes.

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