Not just any random citizen. The “Joe the plumber” citizen who had the audacity to ask a question of a political candidate who happened into his front yard looking for “Joe’s” support. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, referred to in the press and debates as “Joe the plumber,” was subjected to:
Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher’s driver’s license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.
Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.
This is an abuse of power and a criminal act which should not go unpunished. Expect it to be swept under the rug with a shrug:
It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver’s license and vehicle registration information from Bureau of Motor Vehicle computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business. source
It appears, based on the agencies contacted, that a smear campaign would have been launched on “Joe the plumber” if anything other than a lien had been found. Shouts of “He doesn’t pay his child support!” or “Look, he has a DUI!” or “He jaywalked!” would have been leaked to immediately vilify him in the press.
From all of the screaming and moaning and gnashing of teeth over the “rights” and treatment of actual terrorists imprisoned in Guantanamo, Cuba or the lefts outrage over privacy concerns in the Patriot Act you might expect that a private citizen could ask a question of Barack Obama without being subjected to such an intense investigation. Welcome to the new socialist utopia. Drive carefully.