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Did Obama Know Too? IRS Officials Knew Patriots And Tea Party Groups Were Being Targeted 2 Years Ago

IRS Officials Knew Patriots And Tea Party Groups Were Being Targeted 2 Years Ago - Photo by dbkingThe IRS has finally publicly admitted that patriots and Tea Party groups were being specifically targeted for “extra scrutiny”, but the truth is that top IRS officials knew that this intimidating and harassing behavior was taking place two years ago.  A report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration that is going to be released this week shows that the targeting of patriots and Tea Party groups began as early as March 2010, and that the head of the IRS tax-exempt organizations division was specifically told about this targeting in June 2011.  But then the IRS lied to Congress five separate times between November 18th, 2011 and June 15th, 2012 about what was going on.  IRS officials flat out lied to Congress and adamantly denied that patriots and Tea Party groups had been specifically targeted.  So should we believe the IRS now when they try to pin the blame on a few “low-level” employees in Cincinnati?  And were Barack Obama or any members of his administration ever told about any of this?  After all, patriot groups and Tea Party organizations were screaming bloody murder about this harassment at the time and if the truth had come out before the election it could have been a massive embarrassment for the Obama campaign.  Are we to believe that nobody inside the Obama campaign ever had any discussions about this?  If Obama or those close to him did know what was going on, why didn’t they ever do anything to stop it?

According to Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, any groups that had the words “patriot” or “tea party” in their names were specifically targeted for additional scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.  The demands that were made on some of these groups were extraordinary.

One group from Kentucky was sent an 88 page questionaire

Conservative groups complained during the election that they were being harassed by the IRS. They said the agency asked them an inordinate number of questions to justify their tax-exempt status, and 27 Tea Party groups joined with conservative lawyer Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice to push back on the IRS.

Kentucky 9/12 Project is one of the conservative organizations that joined with Sekulow to complain of government overreach.

Its executive director, Eric Wilson, said his group applied for tax-exempt status in December 2010. He said the IRS responded with an 88-page questionnaire that sought all the organization’s correspondence, the names of its members — along with details of group’s activity on Facebook and Twitter.

In other instances, the level of information that was requested was beyond absurd

Stephanie Scruggs, who works with The912Project and United in Action, said, for example the IRS demanded copies of every single post to every single organization website page, Twitter feed and Facebook feed.

The IRS also requested contact information for family members of each board member. And yet another demand was for the name and contact for every person who ever had attended one of the group’s meetings.

And remember, this kind of scrutiny was only reserved for patriots and Tea Party groups.  Obviously the intent was to harass, intimidate and damage those groups at a very politically sensitive time.

It would have been one thing if the IRS had come out right away and had admitted the mistakes and had worked feverishly to fix them.

But that did not happen.

Even though the IRS knew exactly what was going on, IRS officials vehemently denied that targeting of patriot and Tea Party groups was taking place in response to five different congressional inquiries between November 18th, 2011 and June 15th, 2012.

If the IRS had admitted the truth to Congress, it would have been extremely damaging to the Obama campaign.  During that time period, the outcome of the election was very much up in the air, and so IRS officials may have played a role in altering the outcome of the election by blatantly lying to Congress.

Several newspapers, including USA Today, have acquired excerpts of the report that is going to be released this week.  These excerpts show that the IRS has known about this targeting of patriot and Tea Party groups for a very long time

The timeline was part of a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which has been investigating the IRS’ treatment of Tea Party groups at the request of Congress. The report is expected to be critical of the IRS actions. Excerpts obtained by USA TODAY provide a timeline investigators compiled through e-mails and interviews with IRS officials.

It shows that on June 29, 2011, IRS officials in Cincinnati told Lerner how they were handling applications for tax-exempt status for Tea Party groups. Certain groups, the briefing paper showed, were subjected by the IRS to further investigation based on politically loaded terms in the tax-exempt application file. Groups were singled out for enhanced scrutiny if:

• The words “tea party,” “patriots,” or “9/12 project” appeared anywhere in the group name or case file;

• The group’s stated issues included government spending, government debt or taxes;

• The organization had a goal of educating the public via advocacy or lobbying to “make America a better place to live;”

• Any statements in the case file critical of how the country is being run.

And you know what?  A lot of those groups still have not had their applications approved.  The delays and the harassment continue to this day.

Needless to say, a lot of Republicans are extremely outraged by this revolting behavior by the IRS.  For example, check out what Senator Susan Collins said on Sunday

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Sunday called the Internal Revenue Service’s singling out of conservative groups for extra scrutiny “absolutely chilling” and called on President Obama to condemn the effort.

“This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government,” Collins, a moderate Republican, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review, and I think it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this and spoken out.”

And of course many Tea Party groups are absolutely livid

“The IRS has demonstrated the most disturbing, illegal and outrageous abuse of government power,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. “This deliberate targeting and harassment of tea party groups reaches a new low in illegal government activity and overreach. It is suspicious that the activity of these ‘low-level workers’ was unknown to IRS leadership at the time it occurred. President Obama must also apologize for his administration ignoring repeated complaints by these broad grassroots organizations of harassment by the IRS in 2012, and make concrete and transparent steps today to ensure this never happens again. We reject a simple apology that does nothing to alleviate the danger of this happening again.”

This is just another reason why the IRS needs to be shut down.  The truth is that the greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history was during a time when there was no federal income tax.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “100 Years Old And Still Killing Us: America Was Much Better Off Before The Income Tax“.

But even if the IRS is shut down, this kind of harassment is going to keep happening because Democrats at the highest level continue to send signals that it is okay to demonize patriots and Tea Party groups.  Just check out the following examples of this phenomenon from a recent article by Lloyd Marcus

Democrat VP Biden said, “Republicans want y’all back (blacks) in chains.” Democrat Rep. Andre Carson said the Tea Party movement would “love” to see black Americans “hang from a tree.”

Democrat Alan Grayson said, “Republicans want you to die quickly.”

Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters said, “The tea party can go straight to hell.” Think about that folks. Millions of Americans who oppose Obama ignoring the Constitution and cramming his socialist/progressive agenda down their throat have been told by a Democrat to go to hell.

When top government officials use this kind of hateful language, of course their subordinates are going to feel free to apply “extra scrutiny” to patriots and Tea Party groups.

And it seems absurd to suggest that nobody in the Obama administration knew about any of this.  We now know that the head of the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups knew that patriots and Tea Party groups were being specifically targeted.  We also know that the IRS lied to Congress five times when they were specifically asked about this harassment.  Without a doubt, members of the Obama administration and key players in the Obama campaign were aware of what Congress was asking the IRS.  Did any of them ever look into these allegations to see if they were true?  Once they looked into these things, did they report back to Obama?

The inner circles of political campaigns tend to be obsessed with any potential threats that could derail their candidates.  It is crazy to think that those close to Obama never talked about any of this or looked into it to see if it might be a significant problem for the campaign.

One thing is for sure – this goes a lot, lot higher than just a few “low-level” employees in Cincinnati.

The American people deserve the truth about this.

Let’s hope that they get it.

Tea Party Protest - Photo by Sage Ross

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Webb/100001371414176 David Webb

    Who watches the policeman?
    Apparently in this case no one.
    We have been going down this slippery little slope since the 30s. In other countries this little agency has been offered up as worse than the KGB. That isn’t anyone of us talking, it is our neighbors in the world.
    The temptation to use the IRS for political purposes has been around a long time. Members of both political parties have been in charge at different times and used this agency to intimidate people.
    The only real way to change things is to start over.
    We need a tax system to support government. That is very obvious. What we need is a system that is equal to all. Not just the poor, the middle class, the rich, or the corporations, everyone should be taxed fairly and equally. That obviously is not going to happen.
    We have one of the biggest spending governments on the planet.

    The problem is they have finally reached a point where the spending is so far out of bounds that it will break the country financially.
    The only way to get it under control is a line item veto. No more pork bills. And a complete reorganization of what we spend on everything. Nothing is going to be out of bounds.
    But you and I may or may not see that happen in our lifetimes.
    Rather you will see broken promises, broken pensions, and a lot of people getting hurt. At the same time as we continue to give enormous amounts of money away to other places around the globe.

    I really do not know how some of these government people sleep at nights.

    • WarriorClass III

      The system is designed to prevent you from changing it. The Diebold voting machines are rigged and your vote is nothing but your overall consent to the system. Refusal to use other than peaceful means to change the government IS consent. Our Founding Fathers knew this and refused to consent to their own slavery. Americans are purchasing military pattern semi-automatic rifles to the point that they are now back ordered for at least a year and ammo, when it is available, at double the price. All these are paper-weights without the determination and will to use them. When peaceful change is impossible, violent revolution is the only alternative and sadly, we have reached that point. You can deny it if you want to, but you are whistling past the graveyard of history.

  • Kritischer_Realist

    America is ruled by socialists, and nobody seems to care…

    • THEanon

      Ya know what people care about? Funny cat pictures and anime chicks. It’s all that matters now.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        What if the hokey pokey really is what it’s all about?

  • SlapOfTruthToTheFace

    Basically, it doesn’t really matter. We’re in the middle of the steady dismantling of everything that makes America great. It doesn’t matter who’s in the White House, or who controls Congress, it’s full steam ahead to ruination.

    What makes the whole affair so sad is that most Americans have chosen a “side”, be it democrats or republicans. Most people think that their party will save them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    It’s scary to see just how far we’ve come in the past decade and a half, in terms of freedoms, rights and privacy. It’s also scary to see how much power and control the government has over us.

    It’s kind of disheartening. I mean, sure there are people like Michael that try to spread the word and open people’s eyes. But let’s be honest, the average American is too stupid, too ignorant or too entrenched in the system to even care where this country is headed. The government holds all the cards (and the bullets). When push comes to shove, most Americans will roll over and do what they’re told.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.missal Jeffrey Missal

      Your post is why I read the comments section before I post. No reason to repeat what you said…but I will add to it.
      Regarding the last sentance, you’re right….most Americans will simply roll over and do what they’re told…up to a certain point. Further, only 3% of the colonial population fought and won the Revolution. If that is repeated in whatever possible second revolution that takes place, that means a total of 9.5 MILLION Americans (assuming a population of 315 million) will step up. Not that they would fight against fellow Americans (most would fall under the III% to be honest), but that number is more than twice the ENTIRE US military, including reserves.
      Eventually, Americans will revolt when pushed to far…that’s the reason behind the Second Amendment…to allow them to do so.

      • WarriorClass III

        A major problem is that America is being replaced with immigrants. Almost half the population of the US is here due to the Immigration Reform Act of 1965, and a major cultural change has resulted along with decreased wages and increased unemployment.

        At a time when unemployment is at an all time high, “Conservative Tea Party” Senator Ted Cruz wants to EXPAND legal immigration, most of who will vote Democrat once they get here and take your job.

        With friends like him in office, who needs Republicans?

    • El Pollo de Oro

      SlapOfTruthToTheFace: I especially like what you said about most Americans choosing a side. It’s so true. Most Americans could care less how much “our guy” decides to rape and pillage as long as it’s “our guy.” And yes, it is disheartening. Very disheartening. The Banana Republic of America has truly crossed over to the dark side.

      “Barack Obama is so dangerous because he makes people that are traditionally anti-torture, anti-war, anti-police state just say, ‘Hey, I want NDAA. I want troops on the street. I want TSA sticking their hands
      down our pants. I want banker bailouts because it’s Obama.’ And strong conservatives went to sleep
      under Bush because hey, he’s a Republican.”—Alex Jones

      • Hammerstrike

        Better choose nothing, da?

    • Hammerstrike

      The best-run states of the Union? Republicans.
      The 5 worst-run state sof the Union? Democrats.

      Under who did the difference between rich and poor increase the most, Bush Jr or Obama? Obama.

      Under whom have civil liberties suffered the most? Obama.

      So yeah, the reason they do is because there is a still is a significant, thou small difference between the two.

  • msm3165

    Dissolve the union. Lincoln mortally wounded it. Every president since then has in one way or another continued the slow death. Let the states go on their own and establish the type of government they want.

    • THEanon

      So … Dissolve the government and let the SOCIALSIT chinese take over? Smart idea.

  • jaxon64

    Tread lightly with your replies everyone. The IRS’s power without oversight makes the power of the KGB, Gestapo and CIA look tame in comparison.
    You, your extended family, friends, children and grand-children for generations may end up in a cycle of endless harassment and poverty if you get within the sights of these guys…
    You’ve been warned…watch what you say///

    • Nygren

      Go hide yourself under your bed.

      • THEanon

        Nope, then the boogie man will get you.

  • Jodi

    Yes, of course Obama knew. He’s the one who instructed the IRS to target conservative groups. I am so sick of this administrations hatred for Americans & those who disagree with them. It’s so tiring to watch people not care. When are people going to wake up? A warning to all, with the whistleblowers testifying last week on Benghazi, I believe the more that Obama is pushed to answer questions the more he is going to get angry. What Glenn Beck has been saying for a long time “The masks are going to eventually come off”. I believe we are beginning to see it.

  • http://www.booksbyoliver.com/ MountainHome

    Did Obama know? Well, does a snake have ears? (yes). He can always find a low level flunky to do his dirty work so he can play innocent, but this is just more of the Chicago Gang corruption.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    When you feed a monstrous beast (such as the International Rape Sadists), that monstrous beast might bite your head off someday. Alex Jones, Justin Raimondo, Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and other libertarian/paleoconservatives try to warn the Bushbots, neocons and establishment Republi-Cons that feeding the beast was dangerous, but they wouldn’t listen. They loved big, bloated, oppressive government, and the more the Bush regime expanded the powers of the police state, the better.

    Fast forward to the era of Barack “Goldman Sachs” Obama, whose administration has not only not eliminated the Bush regime’s unconstitutional programs, but expanded them (the NDAA). By now, it’s painfully obvious to anyone who has a brain that Alex Jones and Ron Paul were absolutely right during the Bush era: the massive expansion of the police state has been every bit as destructive as they predicted it would be. The beast that establishment Republi-Cons empowered is devouring them. Chomp chomp!

    • El Pollo de Oro

      The Banana Republic of America (formerly Los Estados Unidos) now fits Mussolini’s definition of fascism: the merger of state and corporate powers. When you have a police state forming an unholy alliance with the worst elements of crony capitalism, it is truly a match made in hell.

      “Los Estados Unidos has turned into a banana republic, a fascist banana republic.”—Gerald Celente

      “The assault on civil liberties, which began under the Bush Administration, has in fact been accelerated under the Obama Administration. It’s worse under Obama than under Bush.”—Chris Hedges

      “The banksters are going to take our bank accounts here in the United States. That’s what Homeland Security is for. That’s what the drones and checkpoints are for.”—Alex Jones

      “We need to change the system. You cannot fix the Gambinos and the Bonannos, the Democrats and the Republicans.” —Gerald Celente

      “If America becomes this pure tyranny, the world better look out. If they think we’ve been doing bad stuff so far, look out.”—Alex Jones

      “The problem with American conservatism is that it hates the left more than the state, loves the past more than liberty, feels a greater attachment to nationalism than to the idea of self-determination.”—Lew Rockwell

      “Next train to Auschwitz, all aboard! Kiss those calories goodbye, because we’re in a fascist state.”—Gerald Celente

      “I can tell who real liberals are. The real liberals love liberty. But the fake liberals are scared chickennecks who want us to live like disarmed slaves just like they do.”—Alex Jones

      “When did we become a nation of dickless armchair warriors?”—Bill Maher

      “The kind of makeover the Republicans need was previewed by Ron Paul, when he pointed out we could solve our immediate budget crisis if only we would cut ourselves free of the burden of empire.”—Justin Raimondo, AntiWar.com

      “We are going into a classical tyranny. No one can deny it.”—Alex Jones

      Welcome to Ground Zero in fascist hell, or as I call it, The Banana Republic of America.

  • seth datta

    Obama is owned by George Soros and the British/European banking families. They hate America and everything it stands for and intend to make it their totalitarian playground.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    I always laugh my head off when a Democrap complains that the IRS (International Rape Sadists) is “underfunded.” Ha ha ha! Yes, if we just give the IRS more funding, they will quit going after bodega owners and turn their venom on Goldman Sachs instead.

  • http://americandictators.blogspot.com/ WarriorClass III

    The most direct attack on America is the expansion of legal immigration to this country. Almost half the people currently living in the US are here as a result of the Immigration Reform Act of 1965. The work and student visa program, green cards and refugee programs make illegal immigration look puny.

    These brainwashed Eurotrash socialists and third world bottom-feeders have no history or tradition of natural rights, and in fact have never heard of the concept, or understand that the Constitution was an attempt to codify those natural God-given rights. They do not understand what our Founders understood – that men who are drawn to centers of power are by nature the worst among us, and that laws are needed to keep them in check. They do not understand or respect the Constitution that was written as a witness against the fallen nature of man, and that it is timeless as man’s nature, which has not changed, and will not be out-dated until that nature has become angelic.

    The descendants of America’s founders are being replaced with a foreign people, and this was by design. The American gun-owning, freedom-loving middle-class was the biggest obstacle to One-World-Government-equally-distributed-misery plans of the international bankster cartel. It was no accident that American wages started stagnating in 1970 and have decreased ever since. Simple supply and demand. Since that wasn’t enough, more jobs were moved overseas and more foreigners were moved in to take the jobs still here.

    Ben Johnson said this about the The 1965 Immigration Act in an article for FrontPageMagazine in 2002:

    The 1965 Immigration Act: Anatomy of a Disaster By: Ben Johnson

    FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, December 10, 2002

    “Despite the overwhelming assurances of the bill’s supporters, the 1965 Immigration Reform Act has remade society into the image its critics most feared. Immigration levels topping a million a year will increase U.S. population to 400 million within 50 years. Meanwhile, exponents of multiculturalism insist new arrivals make no effort to assimilate; to do so would be “genocidal,” a notion that makes a mockery of real genocides. Instead, long-forgotten grudges are nursed against the white populace. Native citizens take to flight as the neighborhoods around them, the norms in their hometowns, are debased for the convenience of low-paid immigrants and well-heeled businessmen. All the while, indigenous paychecks drop through lower wages and higher taxes collected to provide social services for immigrants. And this only takes into account legal immigration.

    “Americans must realize demographic trends are not inevitable, the product of mysterious forces beyond their control. Today’s population is the result of yesterday’s immigration policy, and that policy is as clearly broken as its backers’ assurances were facetious. A rational policy will only come about when native Americans place the national interest above liberal howls of ‘prejudice’ and ‘tribalism.'”

    Its only gotten worse since Ben penned this article.

    At a time when unemployment is at an all time high, “Conservative” Senator Ted Cruz wants to expand legal immigration, most of who will vote Democrat or Big Government Republican once they get here and take your job.

    This is a war against the American People and Culture, and the Americans are loosing badly and don’t even understand why. Most Americans blame only illegal immigration which is a fraction of the problem, and miss the bigger picture of legal immigrants.

    I often hear people ask the question of how America became such a divided Nation. Now you know.

  • jg

    and will these officials that get fired still get their retirement.. i’m guessing yes… ridiculous.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

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    Once again, I would love to hear any feedback that any of you may have about the book. My hope is that the novel will wake a whole lot of people up.

    Michael

    • Kritischer_Realist

      Dear Michael, a paperback version is ALWAYS AND ONLY available in paperback…

  • Hammerstrike

    I doubt he is that stupid.

    Gee, who the heck didn´t know? Come on, is anyone surprised this happened?!?

  • Kritischer_Realist

    Of course Obama knew. An if he didn’t he still is responsible for installing left-wingers at the top of the IRS.

    What the U.S. really needs is a new senator McCarthy.