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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

IRS Officials are Really Good at Protecting their Own Privacy

Snooping by government officials is generally seen as a bad thing. Whether it is the NSA, CIA, FBI, or IRS, nobody wants others to learn about their private activities. But how about the Feds themselves? Shouldn’t they have the same levels of exposure or privacy as other citizens? Apparently not, according to some IRS employees who think they should have more privacy than do other citizens.

The desire for “special privacy” protection is so ludicrous that Department of Justice lawyers defending the IRS in a legal case have been lectured by more than one judge for their dilatory tactics and unprofessional behavior, which has repeatedly prevented evidence in the case from being produced in a timely fashion. What reason do they offer for delaying the case? The lawyers argued that it would be “unduly burdensome” to find and provide this information.

What information are they referring to? Two IRS employees (one current, one former) at the center of the scandal are trying to keep information about potential government wrongdoing out of the public sphere.

Details may be found in an article by David Freddoso in the Washington Examiner at:

Categories: Legal Affairs

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