Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles has released his report on the snooping by various governmental agencies in Ohio against Joe the Plumber.
The report finds:
1. There was no legitimate business purpose for the head of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services to order staff to look up the records.
2. Investigators weren’t able to determine whether the searches were politically motivated. (What other motivation could there have possibly been?)
3. The report looked into 18 background checks, and found that 8 of them were performed with no legitimate business purpose.
4. The findings have been forwarded to the Franklin County prosecutor’s office in Columbus.
What happened to Joe Wurzelbacher was an outrage and I hope people ultimately go to jail because of it. Governments are vested with broad power to obtain huge amounts of information about all of us, and it must be made clear that those who would abuse this information will pay a heavy price.