Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fuck the Feds

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.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, released the information on Wednesday.
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.


tripseven said...

Does this mean we get to see ALL Benghazi and Fast and Furious emails?

Mr. Miracle said...

So, this is news? These assholes have been able to monitor EVERYTHING for a long time. Back in the late 90's I went to an electronics job fair in Albuquerque. There were several big name companies, Raytheon, General Dynamic, etc. There was a little guy at a simple desk with some 3" binders. He worked for the No Such Agency, and talked to us for a few. He showed us some patents they had, one caught my eye, a chip designed to monitor millions of phone conversations in real time for "key phrases". This was already unclassified. Imagine what they wouldn’t show us. This is a useless argument. The guvment has already locked down all forms of electronic communication. They already monitor all of it. Hell, I think I’ll probably get a knock on the door for this post alone.

wirecutter said...

Yeah, you're fucked now.