A federal judge recently ruled that if someone has their cell phone turned on, their location data does not deserve protection under the Fourth Amendment, meaning law enforcement can track individuals without a search warrant.
Just days after the IRS admitted making life miserable for conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., warned that the agency cannot be trusted to enforce Obamacare and is pushing legislation to strip the IRS of any new powers connected to the law.
On Thursday, ABC News reported the IRS official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations when the agency targeted tea-party groups is now in charge of the IRS office responsible for enforcing Obamacare. Also, the Daily Caller reported the agency is the subject of a class action lawsuit alleging that “15 of its agents improperly seized 10 million Americans’ medical records.”
However, the “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013″ would bar the IRS from “implementing or enforcing” any components of the health care laws.
“We always opposed utilizing the IRS in this fashion. They have no expertise in that area, and we just think that it’s inappropriate to have the IRS involved in people’s health care,” said Price, a physician and member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee that will hold hearings on IRS abuses Friday.
“When it became clear that the IRS has been abusing it’s privilege of gaining information from folks and treating certain Americans differently than other Americans, then that was just an unconscionable bridge too far, and we said, ‘Well, we’ve got to do something about this,” Price told WND. “This bill, H.R. 2009, simply says that the IRS may not be involved in any aspect of the president’s health care law.”
Updated reports on the depth of the IRS scandal suggest the politically motivated activities were far more widespread than the IRS admits. Price said the rampant bullying of Americans based on political beliefs proves the agency should be nowhere near the U.S. health care system.
“It was not just targeting groups that were applying for a tax-exempt status but that they were asking for information about who were the donors to those entities and then going after the donors themselves. This is much broader than picking on an organization or two,” Price said. ”If you let your mind draw a parallel to health care, then it’s wholly possible that the IRS could then determine whether or not the health care you were purchasing or where you were going was the kind of health care they wanted you to have or they wouldn’t allow you to have or didn’t comply with their dictates or their mandates in something so very, very personal as health care.
“As a physician, I can tell you that is absolutely irresponsible and unconscionable, and we’re going to do all that we can to make certain that the IRS doesn’t get that power,” Price said.
Not surprisingly, many House Republicans are enthusiastically backing Price’s bill and the congressman said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, intends to introduce the bill on the Senate side. Democrats are not lining up behind the legislation yet, but Price believes some of them might.
“Many of them are also disgusted by what the IRS has done, and I think the next step for them is to answer, ‘Well, in that case, don’t you believe that the IRS ought to be strictly confined to its original mission and do so in a transparent way as opposed to expanding its mission to get into people’s health care?’” Price said.
The congressman does not believe that the IRS will suddenly play by the rules just because it was caught in the current scandal. He said a “trust but verify” approach would be needed to determine whether the IRS really cleaned up its act, and there’s not enough time for it to prove real reforms have taken place before Obamacare is implemented
Price does not believe the explanation that this targeting of conservative groups and individuals was the work of a few rogue, low-level staffers.
“This had to come from somewhere up the chain,” he said. “Was it the individual in charge of the tax-exempt division? Was it the secretary of the treasury? Or does it go further than that? That’s what we need to answer with our oversight.”
Price does not buy President Obama’s carefully worded denials about what his staff knew about this scandal.
“Call me skeptical, but I believe the White House was involved in this activity,” he said.
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WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday he is naming a trusted White House budget official, Daniel Werfel, to serve as his new acting IRS commissioner.
The appointment of Werfel comes as a second top IRS official announced Thursday that he is stepping down in the aftermath of revelations that the agency targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
Joseph Grant, commissioner of the agency’s tax exempt and government entities division, will retire on June 3, according to an IRS statement. Grant joined the IRS in August 2005 and became the deputy commissioner of the tax exempt division in 2007. He became the second senior IRS official in as many days to offer his resignation.
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The U.S. Marshals Service gave new names and identities to “known or suspected” terrorists admitted to the witness protection program and allowed them to fly on commercial airlines, despite the fact that they were on the TSA’s “no-fly” list, an internal Justice Department investigation found.
The DOJ Inspector General report released Thursday also found that the Marshals lost track of two former known or suspected terrorists who had left the federal Witness Security Program. The DOJ has now tracked down all the current members of the WITSEC program and has determined where the two terrorism-linked individuals who left the program are located, a DOJ official told reporters.
In most states, it’s common practice to flash your headlights to warn of road hazards ahead. The warning can apply to a wide range of dangers, but it’s most often used to warn oncoming motorists about policespeed enforcement.
In a perfect world, law enforcement would support this behavior, since (in theory, anyway) it has a similar traffic-calming effect to the presence of a police vehicle. In the real world, however, speed enforcement is as much (or perhaps more) about revenue generation as it is about public safety.
On August 10 of last year, Ryan Kinter was ticketed in Seminole County, Florida, for flashing his headlights to warn oncoming drivers of a pending speed trap. As theOrlando Sentinel reports, a Seminole County deputy ticketed Kinter under a statute meant to prohibit civilians from using flashing emergency lights on their vehicles.
Kinter and his attorney, J. Marcus Jones, argued that the statute cited by police did not apply, and that communication between motorists, via flashing lights, is protected as free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
A Florida Circuit Court Judge, Alan Dickey, agreed with both arguments, and ordered the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department to cease ticketing motorists who flash headlights.
The ruling bodes well for a second suit, on the same grounds, that Kinter and Jones have pending against the Florida Highway Patrol. Both police agencies have already stopped ticketing drivers for this practice, even before Kinter’s case against Seminole County was heard.
Ironically, the ruling does nothing to mitigate Kinter’s original ticket, nor a second ticket issued for failure to stop at a stop sign. Both citations are still pending, which means that Kinter’s experience with the Seminole County court system isn’t over just yet.
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