At least that's what is written in the IRS's Search Warrant Handbook for agents seeking guidance on how to treat our private communications.
Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), this information has been brought to light for the American people to judge: Are our rights being trampled on by our own government?
The IRS says no. At least that's what it was saying for about or week or so after this was first uncovered, as reported in The Hill and various other publications across the Internet.
For those of you who do not keep a close eye on Constitutional law, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as ratified by the US Congress states:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.In other words, you and I are protected from searches of anything that could reasonably be considered private. The founding fathers saw this as an incredibly important right, and I think we can all agree that they were correct.
Although the IRS previously claimed that these documents did not actually indicate that private citizen's emails were being monitored, the acting commissioner of the IRS, Steven Miller, is now saying that said policies will be dropped.
So the policy doesn't exist? Or at least it's not getting used for that purpose? But we're going to drop it anyway.
Americans, this kind of breach of trust is completely unacceptable. There is no excuse for this, and we should accept nothing less than jail time for somebody who made the decisions to implement and continue these policies. That might sound a little bit harsh, but in a land under the law, what crimes are worse than those that violate the tenants upon which our nation was founded?
Do not accept further erosion of our rights. Federal, state, and municipal governments have gone far passed what is reasonable in encroaching upon our liberty, but it stops here. Are we a generation that would trade Liberty for Security?
May it never be so.