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You probably think that the government has more than enough (or WAY too much) access and oversight into your daily lives and decisions, but, surprise surprise, they want more. In fact, according to the IRS, they already have more.

"The Internal Revenue Service has claimed that the agents do not need warrants to read e-mails, text messages, or other private electronic communications," Glenn told listeners during Thursday morning's radio program.

Yesterday, TheBlaze.com reported:

"Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from the ACLU reveal that the Internal Revenue Service might think it has the ability to obtain communications without a warrant for its investigations of violations of tax law.

ACLU staff attorney Nathan Freed Wessler wrotethat the documents received do not answer directly if the IRS obtains a warrant for emails, text messages and other communications, but “they suggest otherwise”:

The documents the ACLU obtained make clear that, before Warshak, it was the policy of the IRS to read people’s email without getting a warrant. Not only that, but the IRS believed that the Fourth Amendment did not apply to email at all. A 2009 “Search Warrant Handbook” from the IRS Criminal Tax Division’s Office of Chief Counsel baldly asserts that “the Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.” Again in 2010, a presentation by the IRS Office of Chief Counsel asserts that the “4th Amendment Does Not Protect Emails Stored on Server” and there is “No Privacy Expectation” in those emails.

Sounds concerning, right?

"I guess they're going after Facebook too," Glenn said. "They are now putting agents on Facebook. If they expect you're committing tax fraud, they're going on and they are looking for vacations. For instance, you say that you're at a business conference and you write off a business conference…is there a picture of you sitting by the pool with a drink in your hand?"

When it came to Facebook, Stu was torn.

"If you're committing tax fraud and you're dumb enough to post all kinds of vacation pictures on a public site…" he started.

"How much more power are going to give people in the government?" Glenn questioned back. "They now say they don't need warrants to listen to your phone conversations or read your e-mail.  This is something that should shock and horrify everybody in this country.  Everybody in this country when you were up in arms about the PATRIOT Act, and our stupid response to that was, 'they'll never do that'.  Now learn from our lesson because now they are doing that.  Congratulations.  You were proven right.  Here's one show that will say, you were right.  We shouldn't give them power."

Glenn did give a tip of the hat to the ACLU for actually standing up to the IRS on this issue. Nathan Freed, ACLU staff attorney has been on the issue, and has called for the IRS to tell the public more about its policy regarding whether it gets warrants to access private communications for its criminal investigations.

"“Let’s hope you never end up on the wrong end of an IRS criminal tax investigation. But if you do, you should be able to trust that the IRS will obey the Fourth Amendment when it seeks the contents of your private emails. Until now, that hasn’t been the case,” Wessler wrote. “… the IRS should formally amend its policies to require its agents to obtain warrants when seeking the contents of emails, without regard to their age."

Tech website CNET covered the issue on their website. Watch their report below:

Last month TheBlaze TV investigated the NSA's overreach into your private documents and personal life in the alarming first installment of For The Record. Is there anything that can be done to turn the tide on the power and reach of the government into your personal and private life? Start a 14 day FREE trial of TheBlaze TV to watch episode one of For The Record on demand.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

Don't miss the full interview with Eric Weinstein here.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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