http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/09/AR2008110902155.html "It was a shock to most of the tax law community. It was one of those things where it pops up on your screen and your jaw drops," said Candace A. Ridgway, a partner at Jones Day, a law firm that represents banks that could benefit from the notice. "I've been in tax law for 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this." More than a dozen tax lawyers interviewed for this story -- including several representing banks that stand to reap billions from the change -- said the Treasury had no authority to issue the notice. "To those to whom much is given - much more should be taken any way possible..." Banks have privatized the Treasury.