Thursday, April 05, 2012

No passport if you owe back taxes - the US senate says...



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Keeping the Slaves on the Plantation: Senate Says No Passport if You Owe Taxes

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Eric Blair
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CBS is reporting that Senate Bill 1813 that would "suspend passport rights for delinquent taxpayers" passed the Senate 74-22 on March 14th.
A bill authored by a Southland lawmaker that could potentially allow the federal government to prevent any Americans who owe back taxes from traveling outside the U.S. is one step closer to becoming law.
...The 'Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act' or 'MAP-21' includes a provision that would allow for the 'revocation or denial' of a passport for anyone with 'certain unpaid taxes' or 'tax delinquencies'.
This is the most recent example of the U.S. government treating rights as privileges that they can remove through legislation. This bill should be renamed "Keeping the Slaves on the Plantation Act."

Unfortunately, it's understandable why this type of bill would draw majority support. Since more than 70% of Americans don't have passports, the law doesn't affect them. Additionally, many would equate this as a justified loss of freedom for wealthy people who seek to evade taxes by moving themselves and money offshore.

Indeed, Section 40304 of the 1679-page bill seems to only target well-off individuals; "that any individual has a seriously delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000, the Secretary shall transmit such certification to the Secretary of State for action with respect to denial, revocation, or limitation of a passport".

Of course, these figures are generated by the IRS which places the burden of proof on the individuals to prove that they don't owe what the IRS says they owe. Consequently, they can arbitrarily determine any figure they wish to impose on a citizen without much recourse for the accused.

However, those described as having "seriously delinquent tax debt" must have "an outstanding debt under this title for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records". Which means that the amount has to be agreed upon in court and levied against the property or wages of the citizen.

This new "revocation authorization", created as an amendment to the Passport Act of 1926, gives the Secretary of State the authority not only to deny passport applications, but also to revoke current passports even if the citizen resides abroad.

The bill states that the Secretary of State, before revocation, "may limit a previously issued passport or passport card only for return travel to the United States; or issue a limited passport or passport card that only permits return travel to the United States." In other words, it also allows them to extradite citizens back to the United States if they're considered seriously tax delinquent.

Most significantly, as the CBS article points out, these citizens would be losing their travel rights not because they are accused or convicted of a crime such as tax evasion, rather simply because they have a lien of debt:
However, there does not appear to be any specific language requiring a taxpayer to be charged with tax evasion or any other crime in order to have their passport revoked or limited — only that a notice of lien or levy has been filed by the IRS.
Removing rights from individuals who violate the countless laws in the land of the free is one thing, but because they are accused of owing money is quite another thing. Law abiding citizens should never have their rights revoked because they owe a financial debt. That is why this bill should be called "Keeping the Slaves on the Plantation Act". The masters want to keep their property producing for them.

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Monday, April 02, 2012

The Whitehats and Lord James of Blackheath deliver a death blow - and Divine Cosmos

:DDThe Whitehats and Lord James of Blackheath deliver a death blow -  and Divine Cosmos...
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Divine Cosmos: Some more resource material:You will need a free afternoon to read this in one session
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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Super snoops updating Big Brother in the UK...

LONDON - NOVEMBER 01:  Foreign Secretary Willi...
LONDON - NOVEMBER 01: Foreign Secretary William Hague attends the opening session at the London Cyberspace Conference on November 01, 2011 in London, England. The conference, which is being attended by representatives of 60 nations, is due to address rising levels of cybercrime and comes in the wake of a warning from the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) that such attacks are at 'disturbing' levels. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

    :no:Human rights groups on Sunday slammed British government plans to expand its powers to monitor email exchanges and website visits.
    Under the new legislation, internet companies would be instructed to install hardware to allow the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) -- Britain's electronic "listening" agency" -- to go through "on demand" every text message and email sent, websites accessed and phone calls made "in real time, the Sunday Times reported.
    The plans are expected to be unveiled next month.
    Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group, called the plans "an unprecedented step that will see Britain adopt the same kind of surveillance seen in China and Iran"
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