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Some questions Senator Chuck Schumer should ask himself about the DSCC's invasions of privacy.

12:00 AM, Sep 28, 2005 • By EDWARD MORRISSEY
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Q: Do you have a policy when someone's identity has been stolen--this is a question--about notifying law enforcement immediately?

Perhaps Schumer could then enlighten us about how much time it took between when Steele's SSN and credit report got stolen, and when the DSCC reported it to the federal authorities.

Q: How is it that the CEO of the company didn't know that [Steele's information] had been stolen until a couple of months later?

Or did Schumer know about it all along, and conspire to keep it quiet? We should look forward to Schumer demanding an answer of himself, just as he demanded answers from McGuffey.

Q: Let me ask you another one. Have there been other incidents where [the DSCC and its chair] has been aware that people's identities have been stolen but that hasn't been made public?

Should any other up-and-coming Republican contenders check to see if someone has accessed their records? Perhaps Mark Kennedy, who has already announced for Mark Dayton's open seat in Minnesota, might want to review his records to see if any unauthorized queries have been made into his records.

Q: Let me ask you about your executives. You know, this sort of stinks from the head.

What about the DSCC executives, such as Schumer? After all, they hired Katie Barge as their head of research with quite a substantial résumé in this field of expertise. She led the opposition research team for John Edwards, and before that did similar work for David Brock at Media Matters, according to the leftist website Common Dreams. What exactly did the executives at the DSCC direct Barge to do in regards to Steele and other likely Senatorial opponents? What did she do for John Edwards during the last campaign? Did the DSCC hire her for her ability to dig out dirt using illegal credit reports?

Q: I'll tell you what else I think. I don't know what the law is here, but from an ethical point of view, you're dealing with important valuables about people. Your attitude has been casual, to say the least, and that's putting it kindly.

Keeping two staffers on paid leave of absence after breaking federal laws on privacy--especially when data privacy happens to be a specialty of Senator Schumer--does indicate a casual approach to practicing what Schumer preaches. Schumer should demand to know who made the decision to keep paying two people who committed felonies in the name of the organization he chairs.

Edward Morrissey is a contributing writer to The Daily Standard and a contributor to the blog Captain's Quarters.