Friday, May 16, 2008

Specter Calls Patriots’ Spying Wider Than Stated - New York Times

Specter Calls Patriots’ Spying Wider Than Stated - New York Times:
"WASHINGTON — After meeting with a former New England Patriots employee who helped the team spy on opponents, Senator Arlen Specter on Wednesday described the team’s illicit videotaping tactics as more systematic and deliberate than what the N.F.L. has acknowledged publicly. ..."

"... Mr. Specter, a longtime Philadelphia Eagles fan, has battled with the N.F.L. on several issues over the years. This time, with his continued criticism of the league’s investigation into the Patriots, he is raising questions about the legitimacy of the Patriots’ accomplishments — which include three Super Bowl titles this decade, one against the Eagles, and an 18-0 record last season before a loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl. ..."
Do we really need a Senate investigation of this?

To be clear, I consider what the Patriots did to have been unethical. They have been punished fairly harshly by the NFL with fines totaling $750,000 and loss of a first-round draft pick, and that should be the end of it.

Why subject the country to yet another senatorial circus with the attendant posturing for the TV cameras. Surely there are more substantive things for Arlen Specter and the rest of the US Senate to be attending to....

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