I find that IEEE locks up research results that I pay for as a tax payer. It is a minor inconvience for me to use the library at work, but it would be prohibitive if I were a middle income indpendent scientist or engineer.
The IEEE also has policy statements that oppose policies that advance the public interest. Take a look at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/volunteers/committees/ipc/index.html and http://www.groklaw.net/articlebasic.php?story=20090922030639824
After 30 years, I dropped my membership. The IEEE no longer advocates or implements policy for the public interest.