Neal Barton's POV

We sleep and give away our rights


POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 4:34pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 6:49pm

Does this bother you?

The IRS now says they don't need a warrant, nor permission at all to read your e-mails. reports, they don't need permission to look at your text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, is complaining.

I cannot believe I am agreeing with them.

In a 2009 handbook, the IRS said the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because internet users "do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications." A 2010 presentation by the IRS Office of General Counsel reiterated the policy.

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, government officials only need a subpoena, issued without a judge's approval, to read emails that have been opened or that are more than 180 days old.

So, let me ask you. Where is the outrage?

So far, there is none.

Remember during the Patriot Act?

All the uber-left were screaming because they thought their phones would be tapped.

It seems many are just fat, dumb and happy.

As long as they can get cell phone service and their reality show is on, that's all they care about, while every day we are giving our liberties away.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can e-mail me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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All of you republicans have complained for years about the The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), but all they do is attempt to protect everyones civil liberties and rights. REPUBLICANS have made it clear in the past that they hate the The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Well here comes dumber than dirt Don to the conversation with a party slant to mirror his brain which is flat on one side. Get with it Don, this isn't about clogging-up our courts or our jobs with the "agenda", it's about people like you too stupid to see what's happening right in front of your eyes.

So charles, you are against following the U. S. Constitution. The founding Fathers included the courts in our Constitution as a way to protect our civil liberties. You are against an organization assisting those who have had their liberties and rights violated but can not afford the legal representation needed to go to court. You & the republatards think that only those who have the funds to hire an attorney should be protected. Too bad that all 4 sides of your brain are flat.

The human brain is bi-lateral composed of only two sides Don, a left and right hemisphere. That is, everyone's but yours.

The brain has four major divisions: 1) brainstem, including the medulla oblongata, pons, and midbrain; 2) cerebellum; 3) cerebrum; and 4) diencephalon.
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I know the difference between geometry and components, you don't. And if this was too deep for you then, consider how askew your politics are. Face it Don, you're the worst kind of idiot there is, too stupid to know you're stupid.

Only the cerebrum, which is the largest part of the brain, is divided into two hemispheres--the left hemisphere and right hemisphere.
Also as you stated "The human brain is bi-lateral composed of only two sides", well there is a top side, a bottom side, a frontal side and a back side. That is 4 sides Charles better known as all four lobes of the brain.

And if this was too deep for you charles, then, consider how askew your politics are. Face it charles, you're the worst kind of idiot there is, too stupid to know you're stupid.

Well Neal, some of us are busy trying to figure out how Exxon got the authority to create a 'no fly zone' over Arkansas and block journalists from access to the spill site. You want outrage...go there.

Journalist? Where did they find any of those left in this country? I thought all those journalism majors who graduated college that weren't jewish got jobs scrubbing toilettes otherwise, you go to work learning how to tear-down Christian America with tabloid tactics. Lord Rockefeller, king of the world and decendent of exxon's founder is jewish.

About right, its a wonder we still have the right to breathe anymore, the only reason they still let us is because they want us to pay our taxes and bills. Your government is your worst enemy not terrorists. Keep voting for the incumbents and let them finish selling this country and its citizens out. At this rate the U.S. will be a third world country in 7 years or less.

Should congress pass an update to the 1986 ECPA law which would allow the American citizen to privately communicate, our fascist government would ignore the change and spy on us anyway. In the eyes of our government we, the American citizen, are the enemy, and though we are not all Taliban, we all have the potential to be Taliban-like. It would take military action to restore our constitutional rights thereby I ask you all; how can an enemy of those who take our liberty be our enemy also?

Law enforcement can also track your vehicle with a GPS, if they install it in a public place and don't leave it on for too long. Haven't you heard? The Fourth Amendment has been redacted from the constitution, and the concept of privacy has been long gone. But if you support privacy in this situation, be prepared to support it in the case of other situations such as the right to reproductive freedom.

Tinks, RFID chip legally tracks you.. Did you ever notice the bar code on your windshield license tag ? Embedded within the bar code is a radio transmitter, it is just like a toll tag. When you drive past a hidden low powered microwave transmitter, your license plate ID's your car. Ever notice how media reports "Police spotted the suspect vehicle",-EZ-Pass,-or-Other-Toll-Tag-in/step1/How-Toll-Tags-Work/"

I agree.

Seems all the feds have to do is send a memo to each other, in secret (with many of them using fake email addresses so they don't have to turn them over), to 'justify' all kinds of illegal things.

It is time for the TEA PARTY and LIBERTARIANS to get enough people elected to overturn this. Notice I didn't say Democrats or Republicans.

Throw the bums and and get some honest people in government.

Maybe Jackie Chan was right, our government is more corrupt than China's.

The reaction that I seem to be hearing is that they don't care because they aren't doing anything wrong. Their ox is not being gored yet, but will be, and sooner than they think.

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