Something else bothered me: It was the weird glee, the beaming self-congratulations, from the ChoicePoint public-relations man over my Salon report that 15 percent of the names on his purge list were wrong (even though the error turned around an election). To ChoicePoint, my story was good news: In effect, they said, I reported their list was “85 percent correct”…. Al Gore “lost” by 537 votes. (45-46)
On May 30, 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft released new Guidelines on General Crimes, Racketeering and Terrorism. Ashcroft authorizes the mining of private information from commercial databases on citizens even, say the Electronic Privacy Information Center with alarm, “where there is no suspicion of criminal conduct.” And who is one of the biggest commercial database firms? ChoicePoint. Forget that FBI agents say this is a big waste and distraction to their work — ChoicePoint, having chosen our president for us, certainly knows what’s best…. And if you have any complaints about this, just remember, they know where you live.(106-107)
–Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Revised American Edition, 2003.