The all new “IRS Defense”

By: John Richards Posted: May 12, 2013 No Comments

The next time some hacker group gets busted for illegally accessing databases to work up an enemies list and generally harass, embarrass and try to impede people’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech, I want to represent them at their trial. My trial strategy is a short, simple closing argument borrowed from IRS flunky Lois Lerner that reads :

“The (insert name of hacker organization here) would like to apologize for that…” and “They used names like (insert name of group hacked) or (insert name of other group hacked) and they selected cases simply because the applications had those names in the title. That was wrong, that was absolutely incorrect, insensitive, and inappropriate — that’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review. We don’t select for review because they have a particular name.”

That’s it. That’s all I’ll need for an instant acquittal. I’m calling it “The IRS Defense”. It’s akin to saying “Oops! My bad, I sorry. Let me get back to work now.”

The fact is what was done was ILLEGAL, those who did this committed a CRIME. They committed this crime under COLOR OF AUTHORITY. They used this authority in an attempt to affect the outcome of a PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

How much worse can it get?

Lerner’s explanation said this criminal activity was limited to unnamed even lower level flunkies in the Cleveland office who took it upon themselves to commit these crimes. No mention was made of these people being terminated. No mention of them being “removed” from their positions (the Obama administration’s language to make us think they’ve been fired when in fact they’ve been given a pat on the back and just moved to another  job). No mention of the launching of a criminal investigation.

Can it get any more worse?

It turns out Lerner new about this activity since 2011. And what did she do about it? Apparently nothing. She ran this unit, the unit that qualifies tax exempt organization. She’s “Director, Exempt Organizations. She’s a lawyer. She knew what was going on and allowed it to continue. Through the run up to a presidential campaign, through the campaign itself and even through Election Day.

And then she announces this apology at an obscure American Bar Association meeting, on a Friday, in the shadow of House hearings the day before that absolutely damned Obama and his administration for their worse than disgusting handling of the attack on American diplomats and staff in Benghazi. It’s enough to make one wonder if Lerner’s announcement was timed to bury it their criminal activity under the Benghazi coverage or was it to divert Tea Party and Patriot organization anger away from Benghazi and, by doing so, diffuse the media coverage of each event. Either way they failed miserably.

Forget it getting worse, we’ve moved on to unbelievable.

Why Lois Lerner is still employed by the government is unconscionable. She knew illegal activity was occurring since 2011. The flunkies under had to know, or should have known, what they were doing was illegal. Yet she still collects a government paycheck funded by you and me.

But what’s required to fix it. We can’t count on anything from Eric Holder. He’s proven that the Justice Department will not investigate any wrongdoing that could lead back to the White House, the Obama campaign or anything else with Obama’s name associated with it. Any investigation will be nothing but a white wash.

Congressional hearings and the use of Congress’ subpoena power are only a start, but even under oath there’s no guarantee of truth from those low level IRS people. If this is as it now appears, a systemic violation of law from Lerner who knew about it in 2011 and did nothing, down to the actual perpetrators, whistleblowers will be hard to find. Congressional hearings have no teeth, no criminal punishment. The only thing they’re good for is getting statements under oath.

It’s time for some folks to meet reality.

Only when the actual perps are made to realize falling on their symbolic swords is the least of their problems and that criminal prosecution and imprisonment are not only possible but probable will the truth be told further and further up the chain of command. And the only way to get there is to make it clear the appointment of an independent counsel is just around the corner.

If anyone thinks calling for an independent counsel is premature, not serious enough, alarmist or purely political the President’s own statement on this issue, through spokesman Jay Carney, should clear up any questions:

“If the Inspector general finds that there were any rules broken or that conduct of government officials did not meet the standards required of them, the President expects that swift and appropriate steps will be taken to address any misconduct.”

Rules? Standards? Misconduct? Appropriate steps? How about using terms like laws, crimes and prosecution Mr. President. That is what we’re talking about here.

Only an independent counsel has the ability to get to the bottom of this cesspool and answer these questions and others such as:

  • Were organizers and donors singled out for other harassment or audits by the IRS?
  • What other groups received the information the IRS illegally gathered and who provided it to them?
  • How did this information make its way to the White House and the Obama campaign gang?
  • How did it happen that the head of the IRS said there was no harassment of conservatives by the agency when there was and it was known by the Director, Exempt Organizations? Who was lying to who?
  • Who in the treasury Department knew of these criminal acts and when did they learn of it?
  • Was former Treasury Secretary informed and, if not, why not?
  • What other groups were singled out for harassment?

It’s time to go after the whole truth.

 

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