Another government agency now thinks it has the right to illegally spy on you without a warrant. In papers obtained through a freedom of information request by the ACLU, The Internal Revenue Service believes it has the power to spy on all of your electronic documents, including emails, without ever having to obtain a search warrant.
Last month we reported how the Department of Homeland Security had hired an outside agency to scan and monitor Internet traffic and emails from U.S. private, civilian-run infrastructure; now the IRS has taken things a step farther by claiming they have the right to access any emails that are stored on an email cloud service like Google Mail or Outlook online, as long as those emails haven’t been deleted after a few months.
The IRS is claiming that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 allows them to access any email that have been sitting on a server for longer than 180 days without a warrant. In fact, the official IRS search warrant handbook from 2009, clearly states that the agency believes the Fourth Amendment does not apply to the IRS: The Handbook states:
“…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.”
At this point the American public should have no doubt how the federal government feels about their constitutional rights, they don’t care!
It’s painfully obvious that every branch of the government long ago stopped caring what the Constitution of the United States actually says. When you have a congress proposing legislation that would give them Unlimited Access to your personal email & social media accounts, a Senate who refuses to pass a Non-Binding Resolution saying the President doesn’t have the right to Kill American Citizens with Drones, and a President who thinks he can take Executive Action to go around the 2nd amendment, is there any doubt how these people feel about the average American Citizen or the Law?