The news is replete with headlines about our government snooping and spying on Americans. We’re all being watched in some way or another. It kind of reminds me of that Simon and Garfunkel song “America,” where he sings, “The man in the gabardine suit is a spy. I said, ‘Be careful; his bowtie is really a camera.’”
It’s not just NSA that’s keeping tabs on everybody. Apparently, James Bond-style coffee trays are in demand by the IRS. And they need them immediately.
What in the world would the IRS need coffee trays with hidden cameras for? They also ordered plants and clock radios with hidden cameras and remote surveillance systems to go along with their “covert” items. Here’s what their purchase order read, and I have no idea why they kept misspelling “equipment”:
“The Internal Revenue Service intends to award a Purchase Order to an undisclosed Corporation. The following descriptions are vague due to the use and nature of the items. If you feel that you can provide the following equiptment [sic], please respond to this email no later than 4 days after the solicitation date.
The following equiptment [sic] will be purchased:
- (QTY 4) Plant Concealment Color 700 Lines Color IP Camera Concealment with Single Channel Network Server, supports dual video stream, Poe, software included, case included, router included
- (QTY 4) Covert Coffee tray with Camera concealment
- (QTY 4) Remote surveillance system, Built-in DVD Burner and 2 Internal HDDs, cameras
- (QTY 2) Concealed clock radio
- (QTY 4) Color IP Camera Concealment with single channel network server, supports dual video stream, poe, webviewer and cms software included, audio”
What are they planning to do with these covert coffee trays and plants? I can only imagine. Maybe they’ll put them in their own cafeteria to keep tabs on their own employees. They don’t want any more scandals being leaked by their agents, so maybe this is their way of keeping the lid on.
Or maybe they’re going to be auditing a tea party or conservative organization, and they want to secretly record their encounters with them. With coffee tray cameras. Who knows?
They were deliberately vague in their description, because they don’t want people to know what they’re doing. Whatever the case, we know we’re supposed to trust them on this. Isn’t that what Obama said recently? “If you can’t trust us, we’re going to have some problems.” So, I’m sure they have a perfectly sufficient reason for wanting covert surveillance equipment immediately.