OpIn November, a Senate panel approved the e-mail warrant requirement, and last month Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat whose district includes the heart of Silicon Valley, introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives. The Justice Department indicated last month it will drop its opposition to an e-mail warrant requirement.
Ah so the IRS simply runs on its own entirely independent of political oversight?
I'm just pointing out that you're ignoring the bipartisan distaste for invasion of privacy.
I think the IRS bureaucrats are pretty much the same under any president.
I'm far from ignoring what seems to be light disagreement. I'm simply noting the lack of visceral outrage for what is an outrageous interpretation - a reaction that would undoubtedly have been proclaimed loudly by Democrats and newspapers under a different Administration.
Probably because the John Woos of the world have won...we've all given in to the law and order arguments.
I'm sure that's what you probably believe, but I think the reality is somewhat different. The reality I suspect is that many are more concerned about partisanship than ideas - that the protests like the anti-war protests weren't about anti-war and principle but about party just as it is now (and as your rationalization suggests).
I'm sure you're right too. Witness what happened to the idea of health insurance mandates. In fact Ezra Klein documented a whole slew of ideas that were espoused not because of their intrinsic place in the political spectrum, but because of clannishness, to say the least.
I, for one, applaud the Email warrant requirement.