VV: somehow now it is a federal offense to ask a woman if she has a boyfriend during a rape report interview. WTF #MTPol
— Caitlin Copple (@caitlincopple) June 10, 2013
Instead of blaming the media (and often the victims), Van Valkebnerg should welcome federal intervention and assistance to improve the way his office deals with sexual assault cases.
“National security is different from internal matters of the government,” he told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. “We’re dealing with foreign threats here.”
“They’re not allowed to go into that data until they have a warrant signed off on by a judge. That is totally different from the IRS abuses, which I think are very serious, and I think it’s very important for conservatives and Republicans to make that distinction.”
The erosion of civil liberties in the wake of 9/11 is an ongoing, bipartisan nightmare. The abuses under the past two administrations demonstrate that the problem is far deeper than partisan blamemanship. As long as criticism is focused there, we have little chance of ending these abuses from the American law enforcement and intelligence communities.
“I think the times that this program’s been reauthorized, much of this operates in levels where there are not that many people — members of Congress — who are fully engaged in what’s going on. You know, the intelligence committees obviously are involved and homeland security, I think, to some degree but most members of Congress are given a piece of legislation to vote on and I don’t believe that most members of Congress, perhaps, going into this were fully aware of how broad this program was and so yes, you vote because you’re obviously concerned about protecting the country.”