This is Donlyn Turnbull and you’ve just tuned in for your Patriotic daily essential, the Vitamin D. The D being me and I promise to stop rhyming and sounding like Jay-Z now.
You know there’s something wrong when you find yourself agreeing with the ACLU. But I do. I was already irritated over the government deciding to save every tweet I’ve ever tweeted even when I’m pmsing as well as everything you’ve ever tweeted on a massive data base…forever! But I also understand what I tweet I’m choosing to make public. My emails on the other hand I do NOT wish to make public.
But “The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people’s emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.” According to an article today on TheHill.com
“They go on to explain, In a 2009 handbook, the IRS said the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.” A 2010 presentation by the IRS Office of General Counsel reiterated the policy.
Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, government officials only need a subpoena, issued without a judge’s approval, to read emails that have been opened or that are more than 180 days old.”
But we are in Obama’s era now. And don’t be going all “but..but…George Bush…patriot act” on me! I disagree with that as well and believe that’s also a violation of our 4th Amendment rights.
But now with Obamacare about to swoop down on our heads like a predatory bird, with really big teeth, the IRS will be the long arm of the law concerning Obamacare. Because the IRS knows where to get you and get you good. With fun little things like seizing funds or confiscating your paycheck.
Privacy groups such as the ACLU argue that the Fourth Amendment provides greater privacy protections than the ECPA, and that officials should need a warrant to access all emails and other private messages.
And hells yes it does.
No the forefathers didn’t know we would be communicating electronically in 1789 when the bill of rights were adopted, or that we could actually have very nice quality lives these days albeit digitally. But if Ben Franklin knew about this, he would fight against this tyranny as well. He would argue we STILL have a right to due process regardless of how fancy our communication and possession of said communication has become.
But in 2010, a federal appeals court ruled that police violated a man’s constitutional rights when they read his emails without a warrant.
Despite the court decision, U.S. v. Warshak, the IRS kept its email search policy unchanged in a March 2011 update to its employee manual, according to the ACLU.
In an October 2011 memo obtained by the ACLU, an IRS attorney explained that the Warshak decision only applies in the Sixth Circuit, which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
Which is such a load of crap, not to mention more smoke and mirrors. It’s all smoke and mirrors.
Tyranny by any other name is still tyranny. We’re just fighting a whole new revolution, a seemingly digital one.
Thanks for tuning in to your daily dose of Vitamin D.