IRS caught targeting conservative groups

IRS-LeakPosted by Abrams Hap
Opsec News
May 15, 2013

On May 10, 2013 it was discovered that the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting conservative groups with the words “Tea Party” or “patriots” in their names. These groups were flagged for closer IRS review when they applied to the agency for tax-exempt status. This resulted in intentional and lengthy delays in processing applications of the targeted groups.

Lois Lerner, director of the IRS tax-exempt office, said “We would like to apologize for that,” Lerner went on to say the practice “was absolutely incorrect and it was inappropriate.”

However, it was soon discovered the strong-arm IRS campaign went beyond targeting just “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups. According to a report just released by the IRS Inspector General, criteria used by IRS officials to flag applications was a “Be On the Look Out” list, or a BOLO, which  included:

– Whether “Tea Party,” “Patriots” or “9/12 Project” was referenced in the case file.

– Whether the issues outlined in the application included government spending, government debt or taxes.

– Whether there was advocating or lobbying to “make America a better place to live.”

– Whether a statement in the case file criticized how the country is being run.

– Whether it advocated education about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Initially the IRS claimed the the harassment was only enacted by a few “low-level” employees in Cincinnati. However, conservative groups across America are claiming the tactic was extensive and taking place from the west coast to the east coast.

IRS officials stated roughly 300 groups received additional scrutiny. Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said on May 14, 2013 that the number has actually risen to 471. Further, they said it is “unclear” whether Tea Party and other conservative groups are being targeted to this day.

Many are wondering if the Obama Administration is complicit. Obama called the IRS actions “Intolerable and inexcusable.” This scandal adds to allegations of an Obama Administration, Benghazi coverup. The recent discovery of the DOJ’s secret seizure of two months of AP phone records without warrants does not help Obama’s situation either. Is this reminiscent to the circumstances leading to former U.S. President Richard Nixon’s demise and subsequent resignation?

I bet Obama is wishing he had not made the IRS harassment comment back in 2009…

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