White House gate-crashers: A waste of time
Posted by sanityinjection on December 10, 2009
I’ve been resisting writing about this because I’ve been hoping it would go away. But it hasn’t. I am of course referring to the #1 news story of the century, the successful attempt by Tareq and Michaele Salahi to crash a White House party to which they were not invited.
I am flabbergasted by the amount of attention this incident has received – not from the media, whose warped priorities I am familiar with, but from Congress. The latest nonsense? The Salahis have been subpoenaed to testify before the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Wait a minute, you ask. Isn’t this a serious security issue that needs to be addressed? In fact, no. What everyone seems to be failing to understand is that the President, First Lady, and their distinguished guests were at no time in any danger as a result of this incident. People are acting as if checking to see if someone was on the guest list was the only security measure in place for the event. In fact, the Salahis, like every other guest at the function, had to go through a series of security checks – identity verification, body scans etc. – to make sure that they were not a danger. The Salahis passed these checks precisely because they were not terrorists and not carrying weapons. They were exactly who they said they were, and they were there to attend the function just like all the other guests. Had they been “evil-doers”, they would have been caught by the measures in place.
When you remove the security element, what you are left with is a simple case of unwanted guests. This does not require a Congressional investigation! Sure, the Secret Service and the White House Social Office should overhaul their procedures to make sure that future uninvited guests are not allowed to annoy the Obamas. But again, that is not a security issue. It is, however, an opportunity for self-important, posturing blowhard legislators to kick up a fuss and try to attract attention to themselves.
The subpoenas are even more ridiculous because the Salahis are guaranteed to invoke their 5th Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and will refuse to answer questions. So they will get to sit there on TV – and remember, getting on TV was their main goal to begin with – and waste Congress’ time and the taxpayers’ money.
It’s time to drop this nonsense. If Congress wants to hold hearings into a scandal, how about investigating Climategate? Now there’s a deception that could actually have serious consequences.