Todays Stories 22 March, 2014

George Osborne Gives HMRC Power To Take Money From Bank Accounts

George Osborne has given HMRC the power to delve into Britons’ bank accounts for money that officials think is owed in unpaid taxes, in a move which critics have warned leave officials “a law unto themselves”. The Chancellor slipped details of the move out in the Budget’s Red Book, which stated that HMRC will be able to take money from people who owe officials over £1,000 in tax. Officials will only be able to use the power for Britons who have been asked “multiple times” by debt collection officials to pay, and must leave at least £5,000 in the account.

Facebook Is A Giant Data Mining Operation With Numerous Government Connections

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook has proven once again that he is a hypocrite when it comes to the issues of government spying and privacy. Zuckerberg in a recent Facebook post made a big fuss about all the news reports exposing government spy programs. In fact Zuckerberg wants us to believe he is so mad about this that he even placed a personal telephone call to Barack Obama to express his displeasure. [ … ] Back in 2013, one of the documents released from the Edward Snowden leak revealed a National Security Agency (NSA) data collection program called PRISM. This program allows the NSA to secretly collect data from some of the biggest technology providers in the world. The only oversight of the program is the secret FISA court which is nothing more than a rubber stamp for all illegal and unconstitutional government spying. The document further revealed that Facebook began participating with the NSA in that program beginning in 2009.’

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