Why is it always such a shock when news emerges that the government is doing something underhanded and illegal? The allegations that the IRS was targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny have now expanded to the uncovering of the fact that they were also singling out Jewish groups that were pro-Israel.
As early as 2011 senior IRS officials knew that agents were targeting Tea Party groups that completely contradicted the public statements made by the IRS commissioner. Of course the blame was immediately placed on “low level” employees and the senior officials knew “nothing” about it.
Really? That doesn’t seem to be the case because in June 2011, the head of the IRS department that oversees tax-exempt organizations learned at a meeting that conservative groups with the words “Tea Party”, “Patriot” and “9/12 Project” were being targeted. They were subject to a much higher level of scrutiny and other types of harassment. In some cases a list of their donors were being requested which is a blatant violation. This contradicts the statements of IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman who testified in March of 2012 on Capitol Hill that, “There’s absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people.” I would say that Mr. Shulman better be looking for a good lawyer because it is obvious this was a blatant misrepresentation to Congress.
Not only were conservative groups targeted, but according to the Jewish Press a Pro-Israel group called “Z Street” was singled out as well. They were told that there was a “special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organizations activities contradict the Administrations public policies”. Other organizations were also under extensive scrutiny if they were “connected to Israel”. This is dangerously close to infringing on our free speech rights.
Once again, no one knew anything about any of this; and once again, either these people are lying through their teeth or are so incompetent that they all need to be fired immediately. How is it that none of the senior officials in any department of government know what is going on? Everyday new revelations come to light about corruption, cover-ups and wrongdoing, yet no one in a position of power and authority has any idea any of this is taking place? Does anyone buy that?
I believe that they DID know and it was a deliberate harassment in order to shut down these organizations or put up as many roadblocks as possible to discourage them from seeking their tax-exempt status. When this all begins to fall into place and the false statements continue to collapse it could reach up to Obama. If this abusing of the tax system was used to gain political advantage it rises to the level of impeachment.
If you remember, this was in the Watergate articles of impeachment:
He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.
Also, don’t forget that this is the agency that will oversee 20% of our economy when Obamacare kicks into gear. Chilling thought.