The Denver Post‘s Allison Sherry has once again shown her true liberal stripes in her most recent missive about Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Udall. In the headline, Sherry labels Udall a “privacy watchdog”, and goes on to say the following:
“Sen. Mark Udall has worked to carve out a reputation on Capitol Hill as the Senate watchdog to the Obama administration on intelligence gathering and privacy issues.”
Privacy watchdog? His record suggests otherwise. In 2011, as we reported, Udall pulled a very public 180 on privacy issues. In March 2011, he published a diatribe on Huffington Post talking about how he couldn’t support three tenets of the Patriot Act: roving wiretaps, business record access (aka the “215” orders) and so-called “lone wolf” wiretapping. Sure, sounds good, except that he voted for these three pieces in H.R. 514 just one month before. The funniest part of the whole thing? H.R. 514 only dealt with these three issues.
Another angle worth noting is that Udall has actually done very little during his tenure in the U.S. Senate. As Sherry talks about his “accomplishments” in this arena, she notes he has “fought” for this piece of legislation or “pushed” for that one. What has Udall actually introduced and gotten passed in the U.S. Senate?
On a more serious note, the entire article is about his support of unmanned aerial drones in the United States. Unmanned drones in the United States used to fight crime by taking photographs of its citizens is just, well, creepy to a lot of people. But, not to Udall, who defended his position by saying the following: “We need to integrate unmanned aerial systems into the American psyche in a way that isn’t threatening or scary.”
Unfortunately for Udall, drones are just inherently threatening and scary, and suggesting that they be incorporated into the American psyche likely only will underscore Americans’ wariness of the issue.