Although we will never know all the crimes of the IRS, may I please present two?
(1) As even the MSM reports, and after repeatedly denying it was doing so, the IRS has “apologized” for specially targeting conservative political groups for scrutiny of their non-profit status and charters, “for giving conservative groups with ‘Tea Party’ and ‘patriot’ in their names extra scrutiny, including improperly asking for lists of donors.” That, sir or ma’am, is in strict contradiction to OUR first amendment, making it a crime. As should be expected, conservative groups and political leaders rejected a top Internal Revenue Service official’s apology. We as upstanding citizens should do even more!
Use of government resources against any person or group because of his or her thoughts or statements smacks of Nazism and the oppression of third world dictators. Who would have thought this country would come to this?
As Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said, “The conclusion that the IRS came to is that they did have agents who were engaged in intimidation of political groups is [sic] as dangerous a problem the government can have. … This should send a chill up your spine. … I don’t know where it stops or who is involved.”
(2) In 2010, the passionately pro-Israel organization Z STREET filed a lawsuit against the IRS, claiming it had been told by an IRS agent that because the organization was “connected to Israel,” its application for tax-exempt status would receive additional scrutiny. This admission was made in response to a query about the lengthy review of Z STREET’s tax exempt status application, as reported here.
In addition, the IRS agent told a Z STREET representative that the applications of some of those Israel-related organizations have been assigned to “a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.”
Z STREET’s lawsuit claims the IRS activity constitutes viewpoint discrimination and a violation of its constitutionally protected right of free speech.