FBI Not Good At Paying Wiretap Bills

from the a-near-total-mess dept

While the FBI has regularly decided that court orders aren't necessary for wiretaps, it is a bit surprising to find out that it seems to feel the same way about paying the bills for wiretaps. Newly released info show that the FBI often failed to pay its wiretapping bills, leading one telco to cut off the FBI's wiretaps until it finally paid up. Given how screwed up the FBI's computer systems are, perhaps it's not surprising that they don't have an acceptable accounts payable system either.
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  1. identicon
    M. Thompson, 11 Jan 2008 @ 7:15am

    Federal Income Taxes

    Actually there is no constitutional provision for FEDERAL taxes.

    If I read it correctly (and I am by no means an expert) it provides for states to tax the populace but does not allow the government to tax our earnings.

    "The first U.S. income tax, enacted in 1862 to pay for the Civil War, was repealed 10 years later."

    "In 1894, Congress tried to bring back income taxes, but a year later the Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional in the landmark "Pollack" case."

    "By 1913, Congress gave it one more shot, and the states ratified the Sixteenth Amendment, which says:
    -The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration.-"

    So an amendment allows it, though there are a lot of arguments that say this was not ratified in the normal manner and therefore shouldn't be considered a legal amendment.

    The long and the short of it is, better just go ahead and pay the taxes, there are a multitude of people fighting this in courts, so eventually there will be an 'official' repeal (not likely) or the gov't will just say STFU and pay us! (most likely)

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