New Civil Liberties Alliance
NCLA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights group founded by prominent legal scholar Philip Hamburger to protect constitutional freedoms from violations by the Administrative State. NCLA’s public-interest litigation and other pro bono advocacy strive to tame the unlawful power of state and federal agencies and to foster a new civil liberties movement that will help restore Americans’ fundamental rights.
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Why donate Bitcoin?
NCLA views the administrative state as an especially serious threat to constitutional freedoms. No other development in contemporary American law denies more rights to more Americans. Although Americans still enjoy the shell of their Republic, there has developed within it a very different sort of government—a type, in fact, that the Constitution was designed to prevent. This unconstitutional administrative state within our U.S. government is the focus of NCLA’s concern. NCLA urges Americans to recognize the administrative threat and join our civil liberties movement against it.
On July 15, 2020 (Tax Day this year), NCLA filed a lawsuit on behalf of James Harper against the IRS, challenging the agency's unlawful collection of private cryptocurrency information. Mr. Harper bought his first bitcoin in 2013. He has paid all applicable taxes and reported his trades related to his bitcoin holdings ever since. He relied on three cryptocurrency providers to facilitate his transactions, all of which contractually promised to protect Mr. Harper's private information. So, he was genuinely surprised when on August 9, 2019, he received a letter from IRS informing him that the agency had obtained his financial records related to ownership of bitcoin without any particularized suspicion of wrongdoing. Mr. Harper is one of 10,000 virtual currency owners who received such a letter. The IRS also failed to meet its statutory duty to give Mr. Harper advance notice and an opportunity to challenge its seizing of his cryptocurrency data.
When you enter into a contractual agreement with a third party, you expect that third party and the government to respect those contractual rights. But the law in this case has drifted from cherished constitutional principles and from the fundamental understanding that prohibited peeking into a person’s private papers without obtaining a judicially approved subpoena. Not only did the IRS demand and seize Mr. Harper’s information unlawfully, but it is still holding on to that data without any reasonable suspicion or judicial process. NCLA's lawsuit will right this wrong.