Apparently the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has branched out from just reading e-mails and other electronic communications without a warrant into the realm of physical surveillance.
A purchase request for cameras and recording equipment small enough to be concealed in everyday household items was submitted by the IRS recently, showing that it isn’t content with the many scandals already plaguing the agency.
Interestingly, the IRS apparently needs the equipment quite urgently. The solicitation was posted on June 6 and is looking to have it fulfilled by June 11, according to the solicitation.
The descriptions of the items in the solicitation “are vague due to the use and nature of the items,” according to the posting.
The items the IRS is purchasing include four “Covert Coffee tray[s] with Camera concealment,” two “Concealed clock radio[s],” and four remote surveillance systems with built-in DVD burners and 2 internal hard drives along with cameras.
The IRS also wants, “(QTY 4) Plant Concealment Color 700 Lines Color IP Camera Concealment with Single Channel Network Server, supports dual video stream, Poe [power over Ethernet], software included, case included, router included” along with “(QTY 4) Color IP Camera Concealment with single channel network server, supports dual video stream, poe, webviewer and cms [content management system] software included, audio.”
The original solicitation was only available to private companies for bids for 19 business hours, according to CNS News.
The purpose for the equipment has not been revealed and the company fulfilling the also remains unknown, even though a provider has been secured, according to the Daily Caller.
This latest expansion of the U.S. government’s spying program comes after the massive NSA surveillance program known as PRISM was uncovered which involved tech companies working with the government.
Obama himself along with others in Washington have defended the program while others have attacked the press for disclosing the existence of the program along with related software known as Boundless Informant. Edward Snowden, the man responsible for exposing the program is now apparently on the run and the Senate is slated to hold a closed briefing on the program.
Based on what we’ve seen when it comes to the defense of the NSA surveillance, one can assume that IRS surveillance will be treated similarly.
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