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WS – The US government lets the private corporation Stratfor to do it. Why is this news? This is the New America after all.
New information received by the ACLU regarding the Internal Revenue Service after a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year indicates that the agency does not feel it is necessary to obtain a warrant before reading Americans’ emails.
The ACLU sought to obtain disclosure from the IRS about the practices of its Criminal Tax Division, which, as its name implies, essentially oversees the initiation of criminal and civil litigation on tax-related charges.
Though the IRS complied within a reasonable amount of time, divulging 247 pages of documentation in response to the ACLU’s FOIA request, the civil rights group says it avoided directly answering whether it considers warrants necessary before reading private email communications. The agency did, however, essentially disclose that it did not think Internet users had “any privacy expectations” when using email. A 2009 IRS Search Warrant Handbook stated as much:
“The Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.” More…
Activist throw a pizza party Christmas Carol Sing Along in Congressman Bill Young's office after he refuses to meet with constituents.
This week; Winston Smith vindicated get's to keep ponytail. The doc, Ed Croft is in from the field . political corruption gets a High 5, Mikel K minute. Windy Star earning her bones, Instant karma files, our asshole of the week and more. Hippy Woman has the week off.
program date:Fri, 03/16/2012
Short Description:Portland Proposes New Tax Break Corridors in SE Portland
The Portland Housing Bureau has released plans for new tax-break corridors through South East Portland neighborhoods.
The proposal calls for government to forgo taxes for ten years in exchange for the inclusion of affordable housing.
For the neibhborhood perspective KBOO's Joe Meyer spoke with Susan Lindsay.
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Roy Casagranda speaks on Debt and Taxes at Occupy Austin - Day 54. Describing how the U.S. got into the current economic situation, Roy goes into detail on what it means for the U.S. to be an insolvent debtor nation. Roy Casagranda is a Professor of Political Science at Austin Community College. A ZGraphix Production. Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala. http://zgraphix.org http://twitter.com/zgraphix http://facebook.com/zgraphix.org
Well over 11,000 parents, teachers, educators and community leaders from over 300 independent school districts converged at the state capital in Austin on Saturday, March 12. “Today, Texans have come together in great numbers and have sent a very strong, clear message to our elected officials that we must do better by the children of our state by funding education to the maximum extent possible,” says Allen Weeks of Save Texas Schools, the grassroots coalition organizing the rally, and director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth. “And it’s not over with this rally. We’re going to continue our fight to keep Texas smart.” After a drum line led blocks of rally-goers on a march starting from Waterloo Park to the Capital grounds, a fantastic line-up of speakers and performers made heartfelt pleas for education. “We live in the 21st century. We have a global economy,” said Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, in his podium address. “Here in Texas I wonder how long the fortune 500 companies will stick around if we can’t produce the students who can compete,” Superintendent John-Kuhn of Perrin-Whitt, CISD, rollicked the crowds with his impassioned speech, saying: “Public school teachers, you are the saviors of this society. You are the first responders standing in this rubble while they sit in their offices and scribble judgmentally on their clipboards. You are heroes and what you do isn’t worth $27 billion; it is priceless.” In a unified voice, rally participants urged legislators to take three critical steps to help close state budget gaps that are threatening education: Use the $9.3 billion Texas “Rainy Day” Fund to help rescue schools from the current crisis. Sign the paperwork for $830 million in federal aid for teachers. Fix school funding laws to be fair to all districts and our growing student population. After the rally, Save Texas Schools offered a training to those who plan to continue to work for public education across the state.