Rep. Mike Rogers Angrily Defends Bathroom Spycam
from the as-long-as-they-don't-know-about-it dept
Ken White blogs at Popehat. He’s a litigator and criminal defense attorney at Brown White & Newhouse LLP in Los Angeles. His views are his alone, not those of his firm. This post is cross-posted from Popehat with permission.
And, because we here at Techdirt have had issues with Mike Rogers’ office in the past, we hope that they have a dictionary and a copy of the Constitution — though, given the comments that inspired this post, it seems like he might need a remedial refresher course.
Dateline: Washington, D.C.: Representative Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) was defiant today in the face of accusations that he had installed a small digital camera in the women’s bathroom in his office at the Capitol.
“This is just politics,” said the ten-term Congressman. “I would argue the fact that we haven’t had any women come forward with any specificity arguing that their privacy has been violated, clearly indicates, in ten years, clearly indicates that something must be doing right. Somebody must be doing something exactly right.”
When reporters asked how women would know to complain — the spycam, funded by the government, was expertly hidden — Rogers asserted that was the point. “You can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated,” said Rogers.
Rogers went on to explain that the nation’s Capitol — which has housed figures like former Congressman Bob Filner and former Senator Bob Packwood — presents known dangers to women, and that the spycam is calculated to make certain they are protected from those dangers. “If the women knew exactly what that spycam was about, they would be applauding and popping champagne corks. It’s a good thing. it keeps the women safe. It keeps the Capitol safe,” Rogers asserted.
Rogers then abruptly concluded the interview, threatening to sue reporters if they wrote about it.