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An Invitation To Espionage

16 May 2012 @ 10:15

Team Obama is practically shouting at us to try to do it…

From BuzzFeed, Zeke Miller reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to William Jacobson]:

In the latest attempt to crack down on potentially embarrassing digital leaks from presidential fundraisers, President Barack Obama’s campaign has begun asking donors attending small fundraisers with the president to turn over their cell phones before entering.

Pool reporter David Nakamura of the Washington Post reported that at a $35,800 a head fundraiser at the home of Blackstone COO Hamilton “Tony” James in New York City Monday night, the 60 attendees were asked to place their phones in plastic bags by the door.

An Obama aide called the move it "standard operating procedure," but veterans of a range of other campaigns said they’d never heard of the practice, which is common in secure White House spaces where there are concerns of espionage, but unknown in contexts in which only political secrets are discussed….

At Romney fundraisers, attendees are greeted to signs of "Please, no audio or video recording," and like Obama events, larger fundraisers are open to reporters; a Romney spokesperson, however, told BuzzFeed that their campaign allows donors to keep their phones during fundraisers.

Message to conservative millionaires and billionaires out there: Set up a bank account out of which we can fund the sending of fellow conservatives into these parties with sophisticated and undetectable recording devices, so we can see what this clown is saying behind closed doors. You would be performing a great service to your country and to history.

Get your heads out of your Establishment arses and stand up, dammit. Remember Andrew.

  1. 16 May 2012 @ 14:31 14:31

    Do you need a sophisticated and undetectable recording device, or just several, so that you have some to toss into the bag and one to keep on you?

    Would a recording/video pen work?

    (Apropos of that, be aware that some states do not allow the recording of voices without the consent of all being recorded.)

    • Adobe_Walls permalink
      16 May 2012 @ 16:57 16:57

      So the recordings go over a transom.

  2. M. Thompson permalink
    16 May 2012 @ 23:07 23:07

    Eh, I don’t want to be wearing a wire anywhere near Secret Service types. Odds are, you have to be searched before coming anywhere near. They even will do that to an arena full of Boy Scouts.

    Although, is James O’Keefe willing to pull another stunt?

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