1997-07-24 - Re: IRS sending warning notes, violating ECPA?

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From: Paul Bradley <paul@fatmans.demon.co.uk>
To: Kent Crispin <kent@songbird.com>
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Message ID: <Pine.LNX.3.91.970724001910.2504A-100000@fatmans.demon.co.uk>
Reply To: <19970721183800.02930@bywater.songbird.com>
UTC Datetime: 1997-07-24 12:15:48 UTC
Raw Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 20:15:48 +0800

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From: Paul Bradley <paul@fatmans.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 20:15:48 +0800
To: Kent Crispin <kent@songbird.com>
Subject: Re: IRS sending warning notes, violating ECPA?
In-Reply-To: <19970721183800.02930@bywater.songbird.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.91.970724001910.2504A-100000@fatmans.demon.co.uk>
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> > The sending of this email to people Jim has communicated with, if it was 
> > a real mail (I haven`t checked before but other people have and have said 
> > the headers indicate it passed through several .gov hosts), constitutes 
> > cowardly harrasment.
> Oh, right.  If there is anyplace in cyberspace where experts in 
> cowardly harassment by email exist, it is on this list.  Get real.

I never claimed to be above a little cowardly harrasment myself, just 
pointed out that this is the general level at which this mail appeared to 
be. Nor indeed did I say there was anything wrong with cowardly 
harrasment, in it`s place.

> More likely someone at IRS thought they would stir things up a bit, 
> and is having a bit of fun watching all this.  Maybe they even 
> thought they were doing people a favor.

Possibly, the first explanation strikes me as most likely. 

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