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The Government's Nosy Appetite For Information
While the Patriot Act and NSA wiretapping have received enormous attention and criticism from the mainstream media, another federal agency has been quietly gathering far more personal information about Americans than those laws ever can. And this unreported project affects thousands more people.
Our inquisitive federal government has been demanding that selected U.S. residents answer 73 nosy questions. They are threatened with a fine of $5,000 for failure to respond...
Person 1 must answer 25 questions about his residence and the size of the property. What kind of a home, apartment or condo do you live in, when was it built, when did you move in, are you operating a business in your home, how many rooms and how many bedrooms do you have, what kind of bathroom and kitchen fixtures do you have, and what is the market price of your residence?
The survey asks how much you pay each month for electricity, gas, water, rent, real estate taxes, fire or flood insurance, plus six very specific questions about your first and second monthly mortgage payments. There are questions about your telephone and automobile, and about how many months of the year you and others occupy the residence.
Originally posted by passenger
Yes it does bug me that the Government is collecting such information. I don't see how you could fight this though. As you probably know the Government has the authority to take a census (US Constitution, Art. I, Sec. 2). There is no specific restriction on how much information, or of what type, they can gather. Sadly, my advice to anyone who received this form would be to comply fully or suffer the consequences. Still stinks though.
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