A Network World online poll poses the question:
“Hacking into Sarah Palin’s e-mail is…”
1) Wrong under any circumstances
2)Justified given the circumstances
3)We don’t know enough yet
This isn’t a political question, it’s a moral question: “Is action X correct or not?”
A moral person would have little issue declaring that it is wrong to crack email accounts unless there is some criminal action to be detered by doing so and that specific foreknowledge of that criminal action would be somewhat necessary to justify the cracking.
At the time of publising, 2,532 people had responded and only just over half chose the first option.
13% said that we do not know enough yet, 51% said it’s always wrong, and fully 36% said that the crack was justified.
Currently the voting is at 2,822 respondents, and the results are still virtually unchanged.
Over 1/3 of respondents, who, we can assume, are mostly professionals in technology and business, believe it is OK that Sarah Palin’s email was cracked. They are ‘Contributing members of society’, not high-school drop-outs or bachelors living in their mothers basements.
It ought also be safe to assume that generally, it is supporters of Barack Hussein Obama and those against John McCain and Sarah Palin who support these actions in this circumstance.
I fear seeing a similar poll questioning how one would feel if it were a prominent Socialist or Democrat whose email was hacked.
I am afraid for America.