Weiner 2009: Cyberattacks are real “and demand immediate action”

posted at 9:50 pm on May 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Lachlan Markay. Note well: Cyberattacks, not cyberpranks. Cyberattacks are malicious attempts to harm an individual or institution, whereas cyberpranks are whimsical little nothings that needn’t be acted on at all … even if they jeopardize one’s congressional career, mayoral ambitions, and marriage.

If only there was some way to know whether this was a true cyberattack or a mere cyberprank. If only there was some … investigative body that could look into it.

The New York Daily News reported the Congressman’s statement thusly:

Whoa, there, Mr. President: Let’s be careful with giving the NSA more power, Rep. Anthony Weiner warned today.

That’s in response to President Obama’s move to appoint a cyber-security czar (the plan is after the jump) who Weiner doesn’t want to give up too much civilian control while protecting the country’s information grid.

“Cyber attacks — both foreign and domestic — are real and demand immediate action,” Weiner said. “But we need a balanced approach. It is important that we don’t give too much authority to a government agency that collects information and rarely shares it.”

A reporter from the liberal, otherwise friendly TPM site caught up with him tonight and asked him point blank whether that’s him in the now-infamous photo. And once again he refused to flatly deny it:

“Look here’s the decision I made and you can disagree with it,” he told TPM when asked for a clear answer on whether it was him in the photo, “that after two and a half days of statements that answer these questions that I’m not going to keep drilling into further details and further details, even one … even the easy questions, even the obvious questions, even the ones I’ve answered before.”

Weiner went on: “Because I don’t believe in the idea you believe in that this will end. I have four separate emails from a New York Post reporter saying if you just answer this one question it will be over. You know people may not believe me, they believe Breitbart, whatever it is. I’m going to do the work I got to do and somewhere I’ve got to say I’m done talking about it. I’m going to decide what I’m going to talk about for the next several days and it’s not going to be this.”

There is a way to make it end, though, isn’t there? In fact, a question for the cops and prosecutors among us: Does Weiner actually have to file a complaint somewhere in order to jumpstart an investigation or can law enforcement take it upon themselves to do so? Bear in mind, his own office has alleged that a crime — hacking — has been committed. That should be good enough for probable cause. The cops wouldn’t need to read his Twitter or Facebook messages either; all they’d need to know from the companies is whether any unusual IPs accessed his accounts recently. If yes, it should be fairly easy to track down the hacker. If no, then there is no hacker. Like the man says: “immediate action.”

Via Mediaite, here’s Rush Limbaugh sounding more amused than anything.

Update: Looks like O’Reilly’s ready to dig into this too.


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Weiner just made it on BeenVerified.com

perv

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 9:53 PM

BREAKING…………………………………..

HOPEY orders HLS,to hit the Internet Shut-off Switch!

(snark).

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Sure are a lot of posts with Screetch on the front page.

darwin-t on May 31, 2011 at 9:54 PM

DeBaucherous Democrats!!!

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Playing the Breitbart card. Sad.

JammieWearingFool on May 31, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Tonight’s Lawrence O’Donnell was a scream when the substitute host and his guest, a HuffPo reporterette, were on script bashing Brietbart then she went off script (the host with his mouth hanging open) when she said Weiner should fess up.

Marcus on May 31, 2011 at 9:55 PM

This guy is a tool of the first water. Don’t even need the puns.

Missy on May 31, 2011 at 9:56 PM

After that CNN thing Horshack is sooo busted…..

Jeeze just own up to it you simpering, weaseley little douche bag….

It is kinda strange how the tools at CNN just grilled his a$$…

…it’s a trap…

BigWyo on May 31, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Say goodnight Anthony.

tim c on May 31, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Time for the dems to rally around their Weiner. Usually when something like this happens to a republican, he resigns in shame. When a dem does it, he wears it as badge of honor and the rest come to his defense, even though he is as guilty as OJ.

tommer74 on May 31, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Progressive Packages Unleashed!!

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Bill O’Reilly?!? Didn’t he pay hush money to a female? Shucks, who am I to judge! Nail him.

SouthernGent on May 31, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Is it too soon to start laying odds on events?

Two to one Weiner’s on Intrade by noon Thursday.

Dusty on May 31, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Watching @RepWeiner on CNN was like watching an interview with Nathan Thurm.

aquaviva on May 31, 2011 at 10:06 PM

There is great irony that Weiner’s buns are finally in the oven.

TXUS on May 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM

What’s up with Weiner and the pie-in- the- face schtick? Trying to channel Soupy Sales maybe? If he’d only do the old “My wife can’t cook but she sure can cream my banana” joke, Weiner might defuse the situation a bit. What a silly, silly sad little man.

MayorDaley on May 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM

What I wouldn’t give to hear Wolf Blitzer say “bonergram”.

Chuck Schick on May 31, 2011 at 10:09 PM

“But I didn’t mean to include myself, just you little people.”

-The Big Weinbowski

Bishop on May 31, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Personally, I like this whole stupid affair because it is funny as hell and it is happening to the most obnoxious A-hole currently in the Democrat party.

The unintentional public boner is perhaps the most humiliating thing that most men will ever endure. The increasingly likely fact that it was an Own-Goal is just icing on the cake.

Mord on May 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

There is great irony that Weiner’s buns are finally in the oven.

TXUS on May 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Epic!

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I bet this was a AQ HitJob,in retaliation of
Obama,who represents the Liberal Party,who have
stolen their Porn,in the raid and Snuffation of
OBL!
(snark).

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM

No worries, Dude. Yo, I’m BHO!

/My son made me do this. Sorry, Congressgirl Weiner.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Well, I don’t know about you, but I never really got over him throwing chalk at me in a Spelling Bee in second grade at P.S. 135.

Then we went to P.S. 213, and you don’t want to know what happened over at P.S. 213. It was right over there near Alley Pond Park. Awesome fishing ponds.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Pitching a tent has an all new meaning.

Hog Wild on May 31, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Ut oh.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 10:21 PM

The cops wouldn’t need to read his Twitter or Facebook messages either; all they’d need to know from the companies is whether any unusual IPs accessed his accounts recently.

Weiner understand that if the police do make an accusation, the defendant is likely to fight back and get subpeonas for all the computers of all the people who have access to @RepWeiner.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 10:23 PM

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM

If you see Dire on the QOTD can you tell him I’ll get with him tomorrow? He wanted a Belmont update, but I have to get to bed. Four a.m. comes early. We should exchange emails. It would be easier.

predator on May 31, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Nikki Haley (Governor, SC) might need to worry about more than a cyberattack. Jake “Raghead” Knotts is totally obsessed with her.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A brief visit to the Senate chamber by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley touched off a heated exchange on the Senate floor.

Haley stopped inside the chamber Tuesday to talk with a couple of senators.

But after her brief visit, Lexington Republican Sen. Jake Knotts told senators that Haley hadn’t been invited to come inside. Knotts is the chairman of the Senate’s invitations committee which approves those visits. He’s a frequent critic of Haley who referred to her with a racial slur last year in the governor’s race.

Knotts conceded Haley doesn’t need an invitation because she was a member of the House.

Aiken Republican Sen. Greg Ryberg is one of Haley’s top Senate allies. He angrily said Knotts doesn’t miss a chance to “stick it to the governor.”

SouthernGent on May 31, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Bill O’Reilly?!? Didn’t he pay hush money to a female? Shucks, who am I to judge! Nail him.

SouthernGent on May 31, 2011 at 10:03 PM

OK, I don’t like it by anyone, but I don’t pay O”Reilly’s salary!
Not to be rude, but isn’t his nose bigger than his . . . . .

Bambi on May 31, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Cyberattacks are real “and demand immediate action”

If you have an R by your name, yes; otherwise, nothing to see here, this is not the Donkey that you are looking for.

skanter on May 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Does Weiner actually have to file a complaint somewhere in order to jumpstart an investigation or can law enforcement take it upon themselves to do so?

Yes. Would they not have to have access to his account and possibly his computer/blackberry to conduct a thorough investigation? How can they do so without his cooperation?

Blake on May 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Yes. Would they not have to have access to his account and possibly his computer/blackberry to conduct a thorough investigation? How can they do so without his cooperation?

Blake on May 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM

I’d assume if they were able to open an investigation they would be able to get warrants for those kinds of things, right?

Jon Fezzik on May 31, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Yes. Would they not have to have access to his account and possibly his computer/blackberry to conduct a thorough investigation? How can they do so without his cooperation?

Blake on May 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM

They need to get a subpeona to get the logs from Twitter. Then they do a lookup to get the ISP and then a subpeona from them. Then it’s either a clueless moron who did it from his home or work machine, or more likely someone did it from a public wifi like a coffeehouse or MacDonalds. At that point the trail goals stone cold. If Wiener is the one that called for the investigation, then everyone’s eyes go back to him. If the police did it on their own, it’s hard to see a judge agreeing to the subpeona, but at least it doesn’t look like Weiner was behind the wild goose chase when they fail to find who sent the message.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Is it so hard to answer a few questions?

Considering the subject matter, Weiner has been rather flaccid in his response.

catmman on May 31, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Weiner’s latest excuse…

I ran out of gas. I… I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!

cnredd
Political Wrinkles
http://politicalwrinkles.com

cnredd on May 31, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 10:19 PM

All we want to know, KWR, was Weiner as handsome back then as now? I swear, give him another 15 or 20 years, he’ll win the Henry Waxman Uglo-American award.

TXUS on May 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Is it so hard to answer a few questions?

[catmman on May 31, 2011 at 10:36 PM]

Yes, if that is what it takes to protect his phony-baloney reputation.

Dusty on May 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Boy, would I like to hear that first conversation:

“Oh…uh…Hi, Huma!”

eeyore on May 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Weiner 2009: Cyberattacks are real “and demand immediate action”

Isn’t this precisely what got Weiner in trouble?? He’s the one who “Cyberattacked” and “demanded immediate action”…and got caught at it!!!

landlines on May 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Anthony–two word advice:
neck brace.
–Zombie Ted Kennedy

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 31, 2011 at 10:44 PM

What he could’ve said from the start is, “no comment.” That’s not lying. That’s just saying you won’t discuss it. It’s the obvious lying that gets the reporters, and others, upset about it.

RBMN on May 31, 2011 at 10:47 PM

If the Stupid Party were smart and had a coordinated media operation, they would Mark Foley this issue – keeping it on the slow burn – all the way through next year, building to a glorious crescendo a the while painting the entire Democratic Congressional establishment as accomplices as the election approached.

Alas, they are the Stupid Party.

rickyricardo on May 31, 2011 at 11:06 PM

If the Stupid Party were smart and had a coordinated media operation, they would Mark Foley this issue – keeping it on the slow burn – all the way through next year, building to a glorious crescendo, painting the entire Democratic Congressional establishment as accomplices.

Alas, they are the Stupid Party.

rickyricardo on May 31, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Once in a while the law makes sense and is consistent with logic.
Weiner possesses evidence that can conclusively establish what happened. Instead of coming forward with that strong evidence, Weiner has produced only self-serving statements, which are very weak evidence.
In such a situation the law requires a judge to instruct the jury that: When a party in possession of stronger evidence instead produces weaker evidence you may infer that the stronger evidence is detrimental to that party’s interests.
This is completely logical and in this instance permits the inference that the evidence Weiner is withholding would establish that he sent the crotch shot.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 31, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Weiner? Looked down on him all my life.

TXUS on May 31, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Latest e-bay gold mine : underwear with “My bologna has a Twitter account” printed on the front.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Did anyone here actually click on the TPM link and read through the various liberal screeds? It’s a bloodbath over there. The uber-pro-Weiner contingent is castigating the pro-Weiner contingent, who in turn are flaying alive anyone who dares to remain unconvinced that this is anything other than a Breitbart hoax. And LORD, do they hate Breitbart, on THAT they all agree.

I only wish there was some magical island paradise where we could send these liberals to live out their Utopian ideals and make snarky comments at each other’s expense.

Cuba, perhaps?

CaptFlood on May 31, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Ted Kennedy never had to Tweat for it.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 11:41 PM

There is a way to make it end, though, isn’t there?

but will it be a ‘happy ending’?

said it.
nite ya’ll

comedy fricking gold star day yo!

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Anthony–two word advice:
neck brace.
–Zombie Ted Kennedy

Yeah, I still remember seeing that shot on the cover of LIFE when I was a little kid. It was my epiphany about the morals of Democrats, and their convenient alignment with those of the MSM, and thank God it came early in life. I still remember listening to my relatives and neighbors saying how sad for the Kennedy’s it all was – and realizing “Crap, all these people I thought were grown-ups are children!”

And they still are.

drunyan8315 on May 31, 2011 at 11:50 PM

S/b called Wienergate!

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Weinergate is comedy gold but there is a serious story behind this which is not listed here.

Yesterday the Pentagon confirmed to the WSJ that cyber attacks against a range of installation types were to be henceforth treated as ‘acts of war.’

It’s a pity Hot Air missed that important story with national security implications. Also this comes in the wake of a weekend effort to rumble a key US defense establishment.

lexhamfox on June 1, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Reporter Dana Bash Nails Anthony Weiner’s Sorry Hide To The Barn Door With Weinergate Questions

http://conservativeblogscentral.blogspot.com/2011/05/reporter-dana-bash-nails-anthony.html

Nearly Nobody on June 1, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Will this Weiner “plump” when you roast him?

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 12:27 AM

So are there women that are not grossed out by getting pictures of bulging underwear? I mean my God. And what are their e-mails?

Ted Torgerson on June 1, 2011 at 12:37 AM

I sure hope the Republican party in Rep. Weiner’s district has a strong candidate prepped and ready to go for a soon to be announced Special Election to replace Rep. Weiner.

wren on June 1, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Here is how we can identify that tallywacker.

http://youtu.be/GIcSuyZjjIM

tom0508 on June 1, 2011 at 1:52 AM

Weiner is a liar and a pervert. If he was not he would have the entire US government on this.

pat on June 1, 2011 at 1:54 AM

As much of a whiner as Weiner is, does anyone believe that he didn’t get caught which is why he doesn’t want any attention given to this? It’s pretty clear that the liberals will spin this to be another right wing conspiracy. Time to BBQ the weiner and get him out of government…

stacman on June 1, 2011 at 2:16 AM

Weiner got caught with his pants down.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 4:28 AM

The lying little puke is trying to weasel his way out of this . . . keep the pressure on.

rplat on June 1, 2011 at 4:50 AM

The more liberals blame this as a right wing hack job, the more they make a compelling case requiring an FBI investigation.

The more Weiner ignores and refuses to answer the simple question, the more guilty he looks.

Win Win

Shame on that dirty Weiner

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 5:10 AM

It sounds like Rush is pretending not to care so that he could discuss the issue for 8 minutes without being accused of caring.

blink on May 31, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Yep. And his piece is LOADED with double entendres. LOL

IrishEi on June 1, 2011 at 6:10 AM

perverts with camera’s also “demand immediate action”

Imagine for a moment if this would have been a (R).

Anyone with half a brain, upon finding they’d been hacked would have called police.

Weeener, calls a lawyer and that speaks volumes….give it another 48hours there is more coming……this dude is toast.

RealMc on June 1, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Calling his lawyer instead of the police/FBI… all those young girls on Twitter… changing his story and refusing to answer questions… blowing up at the press…

So I’m betting there’s more to come too.

If he thinks it will work, he’ll find a junior staffer to take the fall for him, in exchange probably for a cushy job after the dust settles.

Pass the popcorn.

petefrt on June 1, 2011 at 8:27 AM