Skip to comments.Did the IRS every ask FR for member lists?
Posted on 05/18/2013 7:24:12 PM PDT by 7thOF7th
Did the IRS ever strong arm FR and demand member lists?
I think your question is extremely fair.
I have wondered that for years.
No need really. Just run a bot for a couple hours via Google. We are all there.
Actually, I have wonder similar things. I suspect they do not have to ask for the list. If it is on the Internet, Uncle knows about it, if he wants to.
Just google your screen name + Free Republic. It isn’t hard to find out who people are from there if you have the resources.
They already have a list. We’re the ones who file tax returns with them every year.
I can’t see what they would use to justify such questions.
I don’t think FR is tax exempt. I know our donations are not deductible.
Durning the clintoon years there was a lawsuit that had it origions in DC. There were trolls and a not so nice individual that went by the name of “esquire”, it was political.
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And since google is in bed with the admin anyway, you can bet we are all crossrefrenced across many govt databases via IP addy and a number of other ways. NSA not required. Nor a warrant. Data mining 101. Most people never realize it.
What is a bot?
Of course not. Like much of the internet, we are “below the radar”. We are not high profile.
I’d imagine an IRS agent thinking about doing so would figure out that we’d be able to quickly raise funds for adequate legal representation, so he wouldn’t try it. The IRS has generally bullied those who could not defend themselves.
I didn’t realize just how many posts of mine google has archived. lol
A computer program that runs automatically to gather information.
a program that can do this type of datamining automatically basically. Click start and it does the work.
Thanks for the answer, I was just curious about whether the IRS or other government agencies might have ever tried to impede the free exchange of opinion here on FR.
Facebook is the other big one and there are many many more. Probably all feeding info to Der Fuhrer through force or willing complicity.
FR is about the only place I really trust and we’re out in the open here so the feds can gather info that way.
Big Brother never forgets a pretty face ;)
We're probably low profile enough that Attorney Corporal Holder seldom,if ever,hears mention made of us but I'd wager that there's some young punk at DOJ who recently graduated from Yale Law School who's assigned to watch us.
should read “without any cooperation”
They already know everything about us, believe me. I’m sure all of our IP addresses are registered and in a database of “enemies of the state” somewhere.
Probably the most radical thing most of us have done is being members of our local GOP, maybe doing some poll-watching or GOTV calling during the elections, and perhaps joining a march or event of the small, rag-tag bunch of “Tea Partiers” in our town. And for that, we’re public enemy #1?
The best defense is a good offense. Write to your congresscritters and everybody and make everything public. That way somebody might notice when we get dragged out of our houses during the night.
This is insane and I never thought I would be so afraid of the US government - for nothing.
In the meantime, they haven’t even managed to indict the surviving Boston bomber and if they don’t do it within 30 days (deadline approaching), he walks. But I guess somebody who actually hates America and goes out and kills Americans is an ok kind of guy because he’s just confused, with being a Muslim and whatall, while those of us who are born and bred Americans or sincere immigrant Americans are threats. Go figure.
I’m sure we are.
I long since stopped worrying. If they want anything about me, they’ll get it and none of us no matter how good our IT skills will stop it. Thats why I use my real name. No point pretending.
lol, so true
I think this site is private - not at all any type of 501 - by design!
There would be no need to ask because people who think the way a majority of us do around here are already known by the government. Most of us probably appear on a number of lists.
One thing we can all be sure of is that the feds, I should say fascists, are monitoring this sight and flagging posts they take exception with. We are dealing with a monster.
Just in the last 24 hours I’ve picked up some 3 dozen hard left followers on twitter. They apparently think they’re going to intimidate me into silence.
I did lose 4 of them last night after suggesting that Obama could take a job as a fluffer in the gay porn industry after leaving the white house.
You’d be surprised at just how quickly they appear there if you use frequently searched keywords, too. Intentionally or not. There’s a reason FR annoys the left so, above and beyond mere content. Ever heard of a Google-bomb? FR basically does it en masse every single day, particularly with hot breaking topics that provoke conservative outrage.
Never heard of a “google bomb”, but I’d never heard of a “trucker bomb” either until someone posted an article out of WA state in which they counted (the state) number of urine-filled bottles they found along the WA highways in a year. I am usually the last to know anything. lol
I have a feeling they know who we are. I also think they know who all the gun owners nationwide are. At least those who have concealed carry permits.
lol, now you’ve done it. you are going to be audited!
Ummm ... how about - how many Free Republic archives ... LOL ...
Post #6: so true!
Great graphic! Do you mind if I borrow it?
This site doesn’t look private to me. Everything is “open” here. I see everyone’s posts ... :-)
If I had a nickel for each one, I’d be rich. ;)
I recall a threat of legal action or maybe legal action itself against FR relating to the posting of full articles.
The result was that for certain websites, only links or excerpts can be posted - not full articles.
Maybe someone can shed more light on this as I don’t remember the whole story (if I ever even knew the whole story).
Oh, no! DFU reported to the FBI again! (Well, the other times were actually the Secret Service)
Don’t forget the Rat blogs that follow the website closely.
I’m sure there is a FEMA camp cot with my name on it. :-)
Nor do they forget old outspoken ones.