There have been several stories this past week that have stated that the IRS has upgraded its technology so that tax collectors can track what you do online, including reading emails, Facebook and Twitter, without a warrant.
Shepard Smith, Johnathan Hunt, and Judge Andrew Napolitano try to clear up what is happening.
Those of you who’ve had the good fortune to be born in the United States simply have not known the absence of freedoms,” says Judge Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. “You can only imagine, but not experience, what it’s like to live in a society where these freedoms are absent.
While the government insists that they have no plans to carry out drone strikes within the borders of the United States, their actions speak otherwise.
…despite that pledge, there is every intention to expand the use of so-called mini-drones inside the U.S. Used mostly by local police and first responders, the Federal Aviation Administration has already granted 327 licenses, and it projects as many as 10,000 licensed systems by 2017.
“They would use them for specific missions such as finding a lost person or a missing child that’s lost in the woods, or for monitoring traffic, or potentially for crowd control. In the meantime, the firefighting community would be interested in using these to fly them over a fire and identify hotspots.”
Notice how the “potential” for crowd control is tossed in the middle of finding lost children and helping in forest fires. They already plan on using them against the people, they just hope that no one will notice because everyone wants to find little lost Sally, don’t they?
There are many privacy issues with using mini-drones on unsuspecting Americans and the courts haven’t been in favor of ordinary citizens.
For example, the Supreme Court ruled that the police can look into your backyard even if you have a high fence, with no warrant. You have no 4th amendment protection there,” he said.
Although many people are signaling the privacy implications, the Department of Homeland Security has only just begun setting up a committee to study what impact there will be to the civil liberties and rights of American citizens.
Troopers David Farrell and Kelley Helleson and the director of the Department of Public Safety have been sued by two women who were stopped for littering and then given a full cavity search.
DPS spokesman Tom Vinger released the following statement on Tuesday: “The Director of DPS has made a preliminary determination to terminate Kelly Helleson. By policy, she will be given the opportunity to meet with the director before the decision is finalized.”
The case is being referred to the grand jury later this month.