The bill that came out of the Senate was not only stuffed with goodies for reluctant congressman, but such things as grants of immunity from federal law for clandestine activities of IRS agents—including the right to set up sting operations such as phony businesses, as well as accounting and tax preparation offices...
From time to time Congress has authorized the IRS to do this type of subterfuge—but the bailout makes it a permanent feature of the American Police State.
Not only that, but the IRS is now permitted to share information about you with federal law enforcement agencies investigating suspected "terrorist" activity, which can, in turn, share it with local and state police.
The information which can be shared is :
"a taxpayer's identity, the nature, source, or amount of his income, payments, receipts, deductions, exemptions, credits, assets, liabilities, net worth, tax liability, tax withheld, deficiencies, over assessments, or tax payments, whether the taxpayer's return was, is being, or will be examined or subject to other investigation or processing, or any other data received by, recorded by, prepared by, furnished to, or collected by the Secretary with respect to a return."
Note it does not require that the information necessarily pertain to someone suspected of being a terrorist--but information that may be related to an investigation of a suspected terrorist—like if they are investigating the Pakistani who owns the convenience store where you stop every day to pick up a half rack of beer and a piece of broasted chicken---soon the local cop and every other police agency in the world will be privy to the sordid details of your life.
The bipartisan team of Demopublican police state fascists who snuck these lil' goodies in was composed of Senators Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Unfortunately, only one of these two pricks is running for re-election this year, and Baucus has a 2-1 lead over his GOP challenger.
Yeah, and there's a major difference between Democrats and Republicans on civil liberties, like how, again?