Friday, September 30, 2005

Genealogue Exclusive: Bill Bennett Now After Genealogists

A Genealogue Exclusive [What's That?]
Former Education Secretary William Bennett, already under fire for blaming the U.S. crime rate on black toddlers, has now offended another demographic: family historians.

Bennett suggested to The Genealogue Friday afternoon that "If you really wanted to stop identity-theft in this country, you could round up all the genealogists and make them drink poisoned Kool-Aid." He went on to call this "a ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but our credit cards would be safe."

Bennett explained that some irresponsible Internet genealogists have posted information online about living persons, making the work of identity thieves much easier.

"This is just a hypothetical," Bennett said. "I'm certainly not advocating that this should be done—only that it could be done, and that I'd be willing to pay for the Kool-Aid."

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