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Senate Privacy Invasion

  Today, I received a personal e'mail note to the effect that, by making
  mention of the previously covered former sergent of the Air Force who had his
  psychiatric records and summary excerpts read, critiqued, and ridiculed
  before the U.S. Senate, (in defense of the late Sen. John Tower, who, in
  1989, was running a bid for Secretary of Defence for the United States of
  America), by a certain Senator in the hunt for the current VP position, as a
  way to smear the sergent, who had testified that Mr. Tower had been seen
  drunk on the job often, THAT, by publishing this e'mail,  I WAS CAUSING THE
  In other words, my posting of this event was equated with the event of which
  I wrote.
  Let me make several things clear:
  1. I did not read, type, criticize, or dissect the text or the summary or
  excerpts of the soldier's psychiatric notes before med-privacy or the United
  States Senate. I have never even seen them.
  2. I did not cause a permanent record of the above to be recorded, word for
  word, in the Congressional Record of the United States Government for all
  3. While I named the name of the individual, I did not identify his current
  address, social security number, or other identifying information in my
  posting; also, in my small town alone there are 26 persons who go by the name
  I listed, in our local phone book. I gave no place of birth, home town,
  military ID #, or any other such identifiable information which could breach
  this person's identity or privacy.
  4. Since this event was covered in the book I mentioned, is already recorded
  in the Congressional record, and has been covered in magazines, it is now a
  matter of public domain. It has been put in print, in far greater detail than
  the general information I provided, in numerous places. The cat, so to speak,
  is, and has been out of the bag for some years. 
  I know this is a touchy subject, and some folks who hold the Senator who
  perpetrated this privacy intrusion in high regard (I was one, formerly), feel
  this is an emotional issue. But lets be realistic. 
  Talking about an event that was thoroughly documented in books, and in the
  press 4 to 7 years before I even broached the subject, and equating my
  mention of it, with the original transgression, is unthinkable, and
  I read no psychiatric entries into med-privacy. I publicized no private
  discussions of a patient with his or her therapist onto med-privacy. I
  certainly did not reveal which of the hundreds of thousands of XXX XXXXXX's
  this was, and absolutely never ridiculed the said records, assaulted anyone
  with them, nor did I use them to smear the individual patient in order to
  benefit a buddy of mine in his quest for higher office, and discredit his
  If we are to hold a frank discussion on privacy on this list, we surely must
  constrain ourselves to pertinent and pragmatic topics. Equating my mention of
  this violation of patient privacy with the act itself is not only a non
  event, it was a waste of valuable bandwidth.
  If someone wants references to this event, and how to verify the original
  event, send me a private message, and, in order to avoid publicizing writers'
  works, I will give references to anyone interested, on a personal basis.