While the Federal Government and the press seems to have forgotten about the targeting of the tea party by the IRS The Worcester Tea Party has not.

On Monday March 14th from Noon to 1 PM at the Worcester common on front street, Day 1040 of the IRS scandal they will be holding a standout demanding answers. As their email puts it:

Worcester Tea Party stands out at Worcester Common to ask the IRS why no one has been held accountable since 2014 on the tax status targeting of Tea Party groups.

Former head of the IRS Lois Lerner, who pled the fifth, now enjoys a cushy retirement after unfairly and unlawfully denying lawful tax status to groups with whom she and this administration are politically opposed.

Alas I can’t attend but if you are interested you can email Matt O’Brien the president of the Worcester tea party here

This is , in my opinion, the most important factor in the upcoming election. It’s very clear that this administration is not going to punish anyone for this and I guarantee you that if the next president is Hillary Clinton not only will nobody punished but do you really believe that given the power of the white house behind her a president Hillary Clinton will not do the same?

And once that’s finally established as the norm it is forever.

If you do, then frankly you DESERVE a President Hillary.

Yid with Lid provides the answer:

In a unanimous Opinion issued Friday, June 19, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with and affirmed the D.C. District Court’s ruling that the pro-Israel organization Z Street correctly brought a lawsuit alleging the Internal Revenue Service violated Z Street First Amendment rights by engaging in viewpoint discrimination.

It’s actually worse than it sounds:

2013 when Democrats trying to defend the administration and prove the IRS was not just engaging in viewpoint discrimination against politically conservative groups. As part of its defense, the Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee and Senator Sander Levin (D-MI)​ released 14 IRS documents indicating the IRS created a category for review it labeled “progressive.”

Within that “progressive category” there was a subset labeled “occupied territory advocacy” (page 12 of linked document) That particular subset contained only one organization: Z Street. According to the documents, a notice to IRS inspectors to “be on the look out” (BOLO) for groups under this category was sent on August 6, 2010, just days after Z Street’s file was reviewed.

In other words, the IRS was indeed singling out applications for tax exempt status on the basis of a particular political viewpoint, advocating for the “occupied territories” which is inconsistent with this administration’s.

You mean to say the administration of the first Jewish president would do a thing like this? I can hardly credit it.

By A.P. Dillon

“Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
Barack Obama, January 21, 2009

This administration has proven to be the least transparent in history. It would seem that the only transparency we’re getting from this administration is unintended in nature.

On Friday, September 5th, the DOJ’s Office of Public affairs called Oversight Majority’s committee’s communications office by accident to ask for help spinning the IRS scandal and about leaking items to the press?!  What… a… bombshell. And gee, not a smidgeon of corruption there!

Breitbart has the whole story including the letter sent by Darrell Issa to Eric Holder.

Here’s the relevant bits:

The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes the call was intended to be made to Democratic Rep. Elijah Cumming’s staff, the ranking member on the oversight panel, the letter said.

According to the letter, Fallon – who is not named in the letter but confirmed he made the call – asked if the aides could release the IRS scandal documents to “selected reporters” to give Fallon an “opportunity to comment publicly on it.”

Fallon explained to Issa aides that the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs had not permitted him to release the documents to the public and he wanted to get ahead of the story “before the Majority” – meaning Issa – could share it, according to the letter.

Issa aides – who had placed the call on speakerphone – were “caught off guard by the unusual nature of the call and the odd request” and asked Fallon to “e-mail the material for evaluation.”

“At this point,” Fallon “abruptly placed the call on hold for approximately three minutes.” When Fallon returned to the call, “he was audibly shaken. He immediately stated that there was a ‘change in plans’ and that there would be no effort” by DOJ to release the material early.

And further down Issa swipes at Elijah Cummings, BOOM:

Issa said he is “disturbed” by the “apparently longstanding collaboration between the Obama administration and Ranking Member Cummings’ staff to obfuscate and prejudice the Committee’s work through under-the-table coordination.”

This turn of events is evidence of how deeply corrupted this administration is and how hollow the words of President Obama really are. Then again, think about what Free Speech means to this President.

More media are former Obama administration employees than you can shake a stick at. I’m a little surprised that Fallon just didn’t call the media directly. Certainly, Jay Carney could have helped them.

 

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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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One last thing about my post this morning, Linked by Stacy McCain, about the press’ unwillingness to touch the IRS issue.

Stacy say my argument that the press is protecting the administration (and themselves) is “the obvious point”. How obvious was it? Take a look at this clip via Gateway Pundit:

Take a good look at his face and his body language. It says one word ARROGANCE. This is a man who KNOWS the justice department has no intention of going after his agency, that the press has no intention of pressing this matter and that he and all of his are totally and completely protected.

If you can explain how these guys are different from a criminal syndicate I’d be interested in knowing.

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A.J.: Good for you, Lewis.
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Rooster Cogburn: Shame a kid like Moon losing his leg. Too young to be hopping around on a willow peg. Loves to dance too much and sports.
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Moon: We saw Ned two days ago…
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There is one more reason why the IRS claim that a computer crash destroyed Lois Lerner’s emails means this scandal can only have one result.

Yesterday I mentioned the question that came to Sharyl Attkisson upon the release of the IRS statement and listed two of them.

Ms. Attkisson listed 9 questions, all of them are good but the question that will break open this scandal is this one.

  • I would also ask for those who discovered and reported the crash to testify under oath, as well as any officials who reported the materials as having been irretrievably lost.

That question suggests that not only political operatives and career bureaucrats would come under oath, but IT guys, computer techs, database and data recovery specialists.

It’s not unusual for a political operative to take a fall in order to be a “good soldier” under the theory that it is easier to get hired by a campaign or put in a government job or a friendly think tank after committing an ethical lapse than to be hired by a campaign or being employed by a friendly think tank after reporting on an ethical lapse.

This however doesn’t apply to the IT department, these guys can often find better work at a better wage outside of government and their expertese and ability to get job is not tied to

It’s one thing to get a political hack to lie under oath or to take a fall to keep himself viable in that world, it’s quite another to get the non political people who have no real skin in the game to be willing to perjure themselves before congress in an attempt to claim incompetence.

These guys simply aren’t going to take the fall for a bunch of political hacks.

The clock is ticking, as soon as the IT guys are under oath the IRS scandal is going to explode and that blast is going to take a lot of people with them.

The only question that’s left is how long will the fuse be, and will some of these people choose to make a deal before the blast takes them out.

Tick Tick Tick

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It was just over three years ago , Anthony Weiner, one of the upcoming stars of the Democrat party, was brought down by a twitter scandal.

There were several key moments from the CNN interview to Andrew Breitbart’s impromptu press conference that hurt him, but what really did in the husband of Hillary Clinton’s closest aide was the ability of non-political twitter uses  to understand he was lying:

Rep. Weiner is a man of national prominence, a rising star in the Democratic Party, frequently on TV, a past and likely future candidate for mayor. He knows and is known by thousands of movers, shakers, members of the press and politicians on the city, state and national levels.

Yet, as of yesterday, he was following fewer than 200 others — and, with all those famous folks to choose from, one of the few he followed was Cordova, a 21-year-old college student who lives nearly 3,000 miles away in Bellingham,Wash.

Run that though your head for a second and at the same time remember two important facts about Twitter:

1. If two people follow each other on Twitter, they can send private messages unseen by others.

2. The difference between a direct message, seen by only the recipient, and a public tweet, seen by the world, is a single character.

The biggest problem for Weiner and his defenders on the left is not bloggers from the right. It’s the details of “#weinergate” can be understood by millions of ordinary people in 140 characters or less.

You can’t have “plausible deniability” when even non-political people know your story is BS.

And as of today that’ where the IRS scandal story is.

When Lois Lerner pleaded the 5th before congress many of us assumed that it was to cover up for the administration however while this was a logical conclusion one could make the case that Ms. Lerner was only covering for herself, after all if he was violating law due to her own zeal it would be in her interest to avoid testifying.

However the IRS claims not only that her emails were lost but were not recoverable by professional change the equation.

30 years ago there were enough people who had not worked in a job that involved e-mail or in a college with an e-mail server or worked in a government job where regular backups were a fact of life, likewise recovery software was rare or nonexistent.

Today those jobs are common & recovery applications are downloadable free of charge on the net..

That means everyday ordinary people who have no interest in anything political can grasp that what the IRS is claiming is bogus even if they don’t read The Blaze’s piece by an IT pro explaining how this is simply not feasible 

Several conservative sites talk about this nonsense but that doesn’t matter, conservatives already dislike and distrust this administration, so that’s not cause for worry.  What is significant are pieces like this:

Six weeks after the scandal broke, I chastised House Republicans for cherry-picking evidence and jumping to conclusions. In the same column, I urged the president to be transparent: pave way for investigators to question witnesses under oath and subpoena the White House and his own re-election campaign for related emails and other documents.

If forced to guess, I would say that the IRS and its White House masters are guilty of gross incompetence, but not corruption. I based that only on my personal knowledge of – and respect for – Obama and his team. But I shouldn’t have to guess. More importantly, most Americans don’t have a professional relationship with Obama and his team. Many don’t respect or trust government. They deserve what Obama promised nearly six weeks ago – accountability. They need a thorough investigation conducted by somebody other than demagogic Republicans and White House allies.

Somebody like …. a special prosecutor. Those words are hard for me to type two decades after an innocent land deal I covered in Arkansas turned into the runaway Whitewater investigation.

Nothing has changed. The White House is stonewalling the IRS investigation. The most benign explanation is that Obama’s team is politically expedient and arrogant, which makes them desperate to change the subject, and convinced of their institutional innocence. That’s bad enough. But without a fiercely independent investigation, we shouldn’t assume the explanation is benign.

by Ron Fournier an MSNBC regular and this by GOP critic Doug Mataconis

The reaction strikes me as being fairly reasonable when taken in the context of the investigation. IRS officials from the Commissioner on down had previously told the committees investigating this matter that they had all of Lerner’s emails and that they would be produced as soon as they could be made available. Indeed, that’s an assurance that was made on several points over the course of the past year. A sudden announcement that some unknown portion of these communications have been mysteriously “lost” is obviously going to raise suspicion and even if those suspicions prove to be unfounded, they do raise several legitimate concerns. For example, Federal recordkeeping laws require government agencies such as the IRS to maintain copies of all communications, including electronic communications, for a certain person of time. One part of those laws prohibits official business from being conducted in a manner so as to avoid standard backup and storage systems, which would mean that Lerner should not have been communicating with outside groups about IRS business on her personal computer unless those communications were being backed up along with all other communications. Indeed, politicians at several levels of government and in both parties have gotten into trouble when it was discovered that their staff was using non-government email to communicate about government business. If that’s a common occurrence at the IRS, then it’s a problem that reaches beyond Lois Lerner because it makes it harder for Congress to conduct its necessary oversight functions.

These pieces are both on platforms read by the left and while Mataconis tries to play the incompetence card (not a hard one to play when discussing government)  neither he nor Fournier is willing to pretend the IRS’ story doesn’t smell.   It’s no surprise, there is only one way a liberal news outlet can deal with the problem of this story causing readers to conclude the IRS is lying, ignore it:

What about the missing emails?  Nary a word on the front page. Or the next page. Or the next or the next.  The editorial page has a stern piece about “The Soros Cycle of Endless Cash”—oh, wait, no, it’s not about the left-wing billionaire George Soros. My mistake. What he does with his money is his business. It’s about—can you guess?—yes! The Koch brothers, the men the Times just loves to hate. But about the missing emails in one of the most disgusting political scandals in recent times, the deployment of the IRS with its virtually unlimited powers, against political opponents of the administration? Nothing. Nada. Rien.

The NYT will wait to cover the reaction rather than the story in order to keep their tech savvy readers in the dark and prevent them from asking the obvious questions to the IRS  like these from Sharyl Attkisson:

  • Please provide all documents and emails that refer to the crash from the time that it happened through the IRS’ disclosure to Congress Friday that it had occurred.
  • Please provide the documents that show the computer crash and lost data were appropriately reported to the required entities including any contractor servicing the IRS. If the incident was not reported, please explain why.

all this not withstanding Eric Holder is still Eric Holder & Barack Obama is still Barack Obama so it is unlikely that a special prosecutor will be named, at least not until the Democrats & media decide it is too costly to not name one, but the ability of apolitical people to understand the falsehood being advanced combined with the impossible position the IRS claim puts any liberal not trying to get a show on MSNBC in if asked about this means that like Anthony Weiner while it may take time, perhaps years to finish this investigation the outcome is not in doubt.

Update: Pulled stray redundant word

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All in the Family Archie’s Brief Encounter Pt 2 1976

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Are you old enough to remember this photo.

rose-mary-woods

That’s a picture of Rosemary woods. She was Richard Nixon’s secretary fiercely loyal to the Nixon family.

Woods was deeply connected with one of the most famous events of the Watergate scandal.  18 1/2 minutes of missing conversation.  Here is the description of the event from her obit in the Washington Post.

Miss Woods, the president’s private secretary, in 1973 was transcribing secretly recorded audiotapes of Oval Office conversations. She was working on a June 20, 1972, tape of a conversation between Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, that might have shed light on whether Nixon knew about the Watergate break-in three days earlier. While she was performing her duties, she said, the phone rang. As she reached for it, she said she inadvertently struck the erase key on the tape recorder and kept her foot on the machine’s pedal, forwarding the tape.

A photograph taken of Miss Woods re-creating the event, nearly sprawling to do both simultaneously, made her gesture look like a gymnastic feat. Some wags, according to a Washington Post article at the time, dubbed it “the Rose Mary Stretch.”

She was never charged with obstruction but while Miss Woods never changed her story over the years her tale has generally not been believed even by the most naive of people.

Which brings us to 2014 and this story:

The Internal Revenue Service said Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators who have been probing the agency for more than a year.

The IRS told Congress Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner’s emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed during the summer of that year.

For some odd reason the chairman of the Ways & Means committee doesn’t seem to buy it:

“The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to Congressional inquiries.  There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.  

The reaction has been what you might expect

As Glenn Reynolds suggests, “So this means the contents were devastating for the White House, I guess.” At Commentary, John Steele Gordon adds:

So it would seem that not only does the Obama administration exhibit the worst attributes of the Carter administration, it also exhibits the worst attributes of the Nixon administration. No one believed Nixon’s explanation for the infamous missing 18 1/2 minutes of oval office tapes. I doubt many will believe that this is an accident too.

Patterico asks the obvious question

is there anyone with govt computer/server knowledge that could explain how this might happen for only for a specific person in a specific time period? Is it possible they were lost on one end, but not the recipients end?

You would basically have to have that particular folder corrupted but that wouldn’t affect the servers belonging to those who received them.

Furthermore as any tech person will tell you it’s almost impossible that a crash would permanently delete these e-mail in such a way that a professional couldn’t recover them but powerline says:

MORE: C.J. Ciaramella has more here, including a quote from an IRS statement. The AP reports: “The IRS said technicians went to great lengths trying to recover data from Lerner’s computer in 2011. In emails provided by the IRS, technicians said they sent the computer to a forensic lab run by the agency’s criminal investigations unit. But to no avail.”

I submit and suggest no tech person would be able to read that with a straight face.

If that hard drive & server was sent to a lab it was to be sure that data was wiped.

On the bright side this story makes an excellent employment test for the MSM in general and MSNBC in particular.  If the prospective employee can express belief in this IRS story with a straight face they are qualified for their own show.

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Was it just a few months ago,  after we found the investigator of the IRS scandal was an Obama donor & was rather tardy in interviewing victims that the press which have systematically ignored the IRS scandal reported charges in the IRS case were unlikely?

Perhaps they might want to reassess that idea:

Judicial Watch today released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents revealing that its handling of Tea Party applications was directed out of the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The documents also show extensive pressure on the IRS by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) to shut down conservative-leaning tax-exempt organizations. The IRS’ emails by Lois Lerner detail her misleading explanations to investigators about the targeting of Tea Party organizations.

That a sitting US senator was pushing on this is incredible that it’s taken a FOIA request for this data to come out is disgraceful and Glenn Reynolds notes a coincidence:

Interesting, isn’t it, that Levin decided not to run for re-election after the IRS scandal got out.

Elizabeth Scalia asks the question:

My answer: Can you count the number of grains of sand on at the seashore?

Remember, while the Benghazi hearings are a source of political fear due to the political danger involved, the decisions involved were judgement calls, bad judgement, disgraceful judgements, but legal ones. The only possible criminality there is the withholding of evidence that they can make an executive privilege claim on if they so choose.

The IRS scandal is different. It’s a source of not just political danger but actual danger. If the agency was used by the Democrats & the White House to target their enemies those who did it are subject to criminal penalties and perhaps even large civil judgement if the targets choose to sue over lost revenue (how many donors will happily testify that they withheld funds due to fears of the IRS?).

That is why no matter how many e-mails are released and revealed left will not acknowledge the IRS scandal, why they will deny it, lie about it and punish all those who do otherwise. And the US media (outside of Fox) will do the same.

Outside of the US that’s a different story:

The Internal Revenue Service managed a wide-ranging program that singled out tea party groups for special scrutiny from its headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to bombshell documents released Wednesday by a watchdog organization.


Judicial Watch, a center-right group that specializes in Freedom Of Information Act document requests and lawsuits, said it received a cache of papers from the IRS showing the depth of the Obama administration’s involvement in what officials have previously called the work of a few ‘rogue agents’ in Cincinnati, Ohio.
And letters from U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, show his involvement in pressing the IRS to target mostly conservative organizations with cumbersome questionnaires seemingly calculated to slow down their applications for tax-exempt status in the middle of an election year.


In one July 2010 email among IRS managers, a lawyer with the Exempt Organizations Technical unit in Washington wrote that his office was ‘working the Tea party applications in coordination with Cincy.’

Very few people will see that in print in the US and practically nobody will see it reported on the “mainstream” news sites. Even fewer will read the e-mails here.

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Media-Scales-590-LIBack in January the Bridgegate™ scandal broke and the media devoted hours and hours to the coverage to the exclusion of all else.  The coverage was so excessive  that Vladimir Putin could have taken Crimea, Ukraine and the Baltic states and it might have rated a line at the bottom of page A-16 or 30 seconds at the bottom of a newscast.

So yesterday when Randy Mastro’s press conference began to announce the result of his investigation every news network turned to it cutting away from the President in Europe

In connection with allegations related to the George Washington bridge realignment we found that Governor Christie had no knowledge aforehand of this George Washington bridge realignment idea and he played no role whatsoever in that decision or the implementation of it. We further found no evidence that anyone in the governor’s office asides Bridget Kelly knew of this idea in advance or played any role in the decision or the implementation of it.

It wasn’t long after the words came out of his mouth that MSNBC cut away and had a commentator dismissing these results and dismissed Randy Mastro as a hired gun for Gov Christie and not independent. As I noted at the time:

 

CNN carried the press conference a little longer but then continued along those same lines. This was a legal team hired by Christie and should be taken with a grain of salt.

The next day Morning Joe spent practically the entire show dismissing the findings of but suggesting Christie would have been better off not having the press conference.

This has become the MSM media meme:

CBS Headline: Christie-Appointed Lawyer: Governor Not Involved In George Washington Bridge Plot

Yahoo News: Christie cleared in his own probe, but others loom

Huffington Post: Chris Christie’s Lawyer To Issue Traffic Scandal Report

UPDATE:  The New York Times:

A Whitewash for Gov. Christie
The best example?   TPM’s headline which calls this “Christie’s Self Exoneration Panel“.

Ironically at TPM you can find another headline that is getting a lot less press: Oversight Dems To Issa: Drop The Charade And Let’s Do Some Real Work.

Because we all know the internal investigation of Benghazi was beyond reproach.

It’s seems strange to me that TPM and the rest of the media seem to have variable standards when it comes to internal investigations.  Let’s take the IRS…

The head of the Internal Revenue Service told House Republicans on Wednesday that it would take years to provide all the documents they have subpoenaed in their probe of how the agency handled tea party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status.

The comments by IRS chief John Koskinen drew a frosty response from Republicans who run the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, one of several congressional panels investigating the controversy. The panel’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., warned him he should comply with the request “or potentially be held in contempt” of Congress, a sometimes threatened but seldom-used authority.

…they didn’t find this story particularly newsworthy.  It didn’t generate a whole lot of talk on Morning Joe either, in fact I don’t recall any, but why would it?  After all the internal investigation headed by an Obama donor leaked it was unlikely there would be any criminal charges filed and the president himself said there was no corruption involved.  Where’s the story there?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This is a gift to the GOP.

If I was a member of the GOP I would go on every morning & afternoon show that I’m invited and when questioned about this report and investigation say something like:

Well I think it’s very fair to question the credibility of an investigation commissioned by those who are being investigated like the IRS scandal for example when a political donor to the president leaked that there was unlikely to bring criminal charges even though we have people repeatedly taking the fifth in that investigation, or in the Benghazi investigation where the political allies of the White House are insisting congressional investigations be dropped

When they bring up Christie interview with Dianne Sawyer they should compare it to the President’s statement to Bill O’Reilly that there was “not even a SMIDGEN of corruption.” No matter what direction the question comes, some variation of these answer should be the response.

This is a gift to the GOP if they are smart enough to use it.

Closing Thought: What would the reaction of the MSM be if Chris Christie had  “joked” about using lane closures to punish mayors who didn’t support him in 2010?

Update 2: Via Glenn, Howie Carr reminds us we don’t have to go to the Obama Administration to find Democrats presumed innocent

Oddly, however, the hacks rounded up over the last few days, well, let’s put it this way. They voted for Obama 100 percent. They think Obamacare’s great. How could they possibly be guilty as charged?

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