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An Even Bigger Scandal: Why Are IRS Audits Being Used To Punish Obama’s Political Enemies?

Obama Using IRS Audits To Attack His Enemies?Is it right for Barack Obama to use IRS audits to punish his political enemies?  As crazy as that sounds, there is a mounting body of evidence that indicates that this is actually happening.  And if this can be proven, it is a much, much larger scandal than the IRS giving "extra scrutiny" to the applications of conservative non-profit groups.  Let me be clear - if Barack Obama has been using IRS audits to punish his political enemies, that is an impeachable offense.  Of all of the other scandals that are out there right now, this is the one that could actually bring down the presidency of Barack Obama.  That is how serious this is.  As you will read about below, there is a huge amount of circumstantial evidence that political enemies of Barack Obama have been singled out for IRS audits.  We need to find out who initiated these audits.  Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent, this kind of abuse of government power should sicken and horrify you.  If it can be proven that Barack Obama has been using IRS audits to attack his enemies, every single U.S. citizen should be calling for him to resign.  This is something that is beyond politics - this is a direct threat to the very integrity of our system.

The recent revelation that the IRS has been specifically targeting patriot groups and Tea Party organizations for "extra scrutiny" has opened up the floodgates.  In recent days, a large number of highly respected people have come forward claiming that they were the subject of IRS audits that were politically motivated.

For example, Larry Conners, a respected local news anchor at KMOV Channel 4 in St. Louis, Missouri says that he was hit with an IRS audit almost immediately after he conducted an interview with Barack Obama in April 2012...

Shortly after I did my April 2012 interview with President Obama, my wife, friends and some viewers suggested that I might need to watch out for the IRS.

I don't accept "conspiracy theories", but I do know that almost immediately after the interview, the IRS started hammering me.

At the time, I dismissed the "co-incidence", but now, I have concerns ... after revelations about the IRS targeting various groups and their members.

Originally, the IRS apologized for red-flagging conservative groups and their members if they had "Tea Party" or "patriot" in their name.

Today, there are allegations that the IRS focused on various groups and/or individuals questioning or criticizing government spending, taxes, debt or how the government is run ... any involved in limiting/expanding government, educating on the constitution and bill of rights, or social economic reform/movement.

In that April 2012 interview, I questioned President Obama on several topics: the Buffet Rule, his public remarks about the Supreme Court before the ruling on the Affordable Care Act. I also asked why he wasn't doing more to help Sen. Claire McCaskill who at that time was expected to lose. The Obama interview caught fire and got wide-spread attention because I questioned his spending.

I said some viewers expressed concern, saying they think he's "out of touch" because of his personal and family trips in the midst of our economic crisis.

The President's face clearly showed his anger; afterwards, his staff which had been so polite ... suddenly went cold.

That's to be expected, and I can deal with that just as I did with President George H. Bush's staff when he didn't like my questions.

Journalistic integrity is of the utmost importance to me. My job is to ask the hard questions, because I believe viewers have a right to be well-informed. I cannot and will not promote anyone's agenda - political or otherwise - at the expense of the reporting the truth.

What I don't like to even consider ... is that because of the Obama interview … the IRS put a target on me.

Can I prove it? At this time, no.

But it is a fact that since that April 2012 interview ... the IRS has been pressuring me.

Reverend Franklin Graham, the son of Reverend Billy Graham, recently wrote a letter to Barack Obama claiming that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse were both hit with IRS audits very shortly after they ran full-page ads supporting North Carolina's Marriage amendment.  In fact, both organizations were notified about the audits on the same day.  The following is from a recent article posted on redstate.com...

The man known as America’s pastor was among those targeted by the Internal Revenue Service after the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ran newspaper advertisements promoting traditional marriage and biblical values.

“I am bringing this to your attention because I believe that someone in the Administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us,” wrote Franklin Graham in a letter to President Obama. “This is morally wrong and unethical – indeed some would call it ‘un-American.’”

Graham is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as well as the international charity Samaritan’s Purse. Both organizations received word of audits on the same day – not long after they ran full –page ads supporting North Carolina’s Marriage amendment.

The ads encouraged voters to “cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel.”

The ad concluded with the words, “Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me (Billy Graham) that America will remain one nation under God.”

Graham said on Sept. 6, 2012 they received notification that the IRS would audit their taxes.

“In light of what the IRS admitted to on Friday, May 10, 2013, and subsequent revelations from other sources, I do not believe that the IRS audit of our two organizations last year is a coincidence – or justifiable,” Graham wrote.

You can find a full copy of Franklin Graham's letter to Barack Obama right here.

The Blaze is reporting on another example of this phenomenon.  A respected Catholic professor that had written things critical of the Obama administration was hit with an IRS audit that she believes was politically motivated...

On Wednesday, Dr. Anne Hendershott, a devout Catholic and a noted sociologist, professor and author, exclusively told The Blaze that she believes she may have been one of the IRS’s targets.

According to Hendershott, the IRS audited her in 2010 and demanded to know who was paying her and “what their politics were.”

It all started with a phone call she received at her home in May of that year — a call during which Hendershott was told she would be audited. A letter that followed on May 19, 2010 solidified the IRS’s request to meet her in person two months later in July.

Unfortunately, these are not just isolated incidents.  In fact, attorney Cleta Mitchell recently told Newsmax that she has seen a systematic pattern of politically motivated IRS harassment that only began once Barack Obama entered the White House...

In the case of one such client, she and her family subsequently became targets for audits to their personal and business tax returns, and were even visited by three different government agencies. She also knows of other groups who had surprise visits from the FBI after they applied for IRS status.

Mitchell said she doesn't believe the president or the White House was uninvolved in the IRS activities, as the administration has claimed.

"I've thought for some time that this is politically motivated and that's the reason it was happening. And, as I said, I've been doing this for more than 20 years and I've never seen anything like this until 2009, 2010. And the only thing that changed was we had a different administration," she said.

There are some that have been trying to bring awareness to these politically motivated audits for quite some time.  One of these individuals is a former classmate of Obama's named Wayne Allyn Root...

“I feel like a million bucks. I feel absolutely vindicated. I knew this was going on,” Wayne Allyn Root told WND.

Root, the Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate in 2008 who has claimed Obama was strangely unknown to him and his fellow Columbia University classmates, recounted his story to WND last October of becoming the target of unusual audits, beginning in January 2011, despite a “spotless” 30-year tax record.

He charged in October that the order to audit him came from Obama himself, and he is even more convinced now.

“I believe this is not rogue agents, who would be risking their pension and careers,” he said.

In October, Root said the order to audit him “must have come from the highest levels of government.”

“Obama is using the power of the IRS and other government agencies to punish his political opposition and intimidate and silence his critics,” Root charged at the time.

In that same article, a number of other examples of this phenomenon were cited...

Last year, billionaire Frank VanderSloot became the target of investigations by both the IRS and the Labor Department after he gave $1 million to a super PAC that supported Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The GOP’s biggest donor, Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, said a federal criminal investigation into his company’s business practices was politically motivated. Another casino giant, Steve Wynn, also has been investigated.

This week, Root has received many emails from people who identify as conservative and believe the IRS has been harassing them for political reasons.

What happened to businessman Frank VanderSloot is particularly noteworthy.  The following is from an article that Rob Bluey authored last year...

On April 20, President Obama’s campaign named VanderSloot to the first presidential “enemies list” since the Nixon era. Eight private citizens were singled out for their donations to Romney. They committed no crimes, sought no attention, and yet they became the subject of Obama’s scorn.

VanderSloot is now facing persecution from the federal government. Kimberly Strassel reveals in The Wall Street Journal that two federal agencies — the Internal Revenue Service and Labor Department — both launched investigations of VanderSloot after his name appeared on Obama’s enemies list.

No matter what you think of Obama's politics, shouldn't we all be deeply alarmed that he has an "enemies list"?

With each passing day, the similarities between Barack Obama and Richard Nixon become more glaring.

And Obama has even joked about sending the IRS after people that he does not like.  When Obama found out that he was not going to be receiving an honorary doctorate from Arizona State University, he made the following statement...

"President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS."

The IRS is not supposed to be used as a weapon, and the White House is not allowed to use information gathered by the IRS for political gain either.  But apparently last year someone at the IRS was leaking tax information to someone within the Obama campaign.  The following is from a recent article by Matt K. Lewis...

A little over a year ago, I reported that, ”It is likely that someone at the Internal Revenue Service illegally leaked confidential donor information showing a contribution from Mitt Romney’s political action committee to the National Organization for Marriage, says the group.”

Now — on the heels of news the IRS’s apology for having targeted conservative groups — NOM is renewing their demand that the Internal Revenue Service reveal the identity of the people responsible.

“There is little question that one or more employees at the IRS stole our confidential tax return and leaked it to our political enemies, in violation of federal law,” said NOM’s president Brian Brow, in a prepared statement. “The only questions are who did it, and whether there was any knowledge or coordination between people in the White House, the Obama reelection campaign and the Human Rights Campaign. We and the American people deserve answers.”

The IRS has been doing all sorts of things that they should not be doing.  They are a rogue agency that is completely out of control.

In fact, one new lawsuit alleges that the IRS stole the health records of approximately 10 million Americans...

The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges.

According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data.     "This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents," the complaint reads. "No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search. IT personnel at the scene, a HIPPA facility warning on the building and the IT portion of the searched premises, and the company executives each warned the IRS agents of these privileged records," it continued.

And guess what?

The IRS is going to be the primary government agency in charge of implementing Obamacare.

Will we soon see the IRS use health information to attack the political enemies of the man or woman sitting in the White House?

Unfortunately, thanks to new "Big Brother" technology that the IRS has been implementing, pretty soon there will be very little about us that the IRS does not know.  The following is from a recent article by Richard Satran of U.S. News & World Report...

Consumers are already familiar with Internet "cookies" that track their movements and send them targeted ads that follow them to different websites. The IRS has brought in private industry experts to employ similar digital tracking—but with the added advantage of access to Social Security numbers, health records, credit card transactions and many other privileged forms of information that marketers don't see.

"Private industry would be envious if they knew what our models are," boasted Dean Silverman, the agency's high-tech top gun who heads a group recruited from the private sector to update the IRS, in a comment reported in trade publications.

So what is the IRS going to do with all of this information?

Well, the following are just a few of the things that they have already said that they plan to do with it...

• Charting and analyzing social media such as Facebook

• Targeting audits by matching tax filings to social media or electronic payments

• Tracking individual Internet addresses and emailing patterns

• Sorting data in 32,000 categories of metadata and 1 million unique "attributes"

• Machine learning across "neural" networks

• Statistical and agent-based modeling

• Relationship analysis based on Social Security numbers and other personal identifiers

So are you alarmed by all of this?

You should be.

As I discussed in my previous article entitled  "100 Years Old And Still Killing Us: America Was Much Better Off Before The Income Tax", Congress should close the doors of the IRS and throw away the key.  It is a deeply, deeply corrupt government agency that has gotten wildly out of control.

After what you have just read above, is there anyone out there that would disagree with me?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shmeggle-Marxist/100001597489122 Shmeggle Marxist

    so, who is even aware of this? a few million in the USA? we are a nation of snookie watchers and we belong on Weight watchers. Aint nothin’ gonna change………… invest in PM’s today!

    • Das

      I would wait. Stock market is to good right now. I think pms are going go a lot lower. Just my opinion.

  • Rodster

    And this is the same agency entrusted with overseeing Obamacare? Shameful !

    • jo6pac

      Yes and all the info you have to give to even get obummer care is also used by the irs for reason pointed out in this story. The most watched citizens in the world Amerikas sheeple. Trust us we’re from the govt.

    • Das

      I tried to read the hole bill on Obama care. Just because I wanted to now the facts. Now I am no lawyer, but that bill is unreadable. I doubt any one really has a good idea what is in there. For lack of better words, they need to ” dumb down ” the wording of these bills. Any one with half a brain should be able to read these bills, and at least grasp a basic understanding of them. But then I wonder how many people even know you can read these bills? Can you say low information voters…..

      • Rodster

        Do you remember Nancy Pelosi’s famous quote prior to passage of the Bill? She said “in order to know what’s in the Bill you first have to pass the Bill”. No one in Washington know’s what’s really in that monstrosity.

        All you need to know is that it will finish off what little is left of the US economy.

      • MeMadMax

        That’s because obamacare was intended to be unreadable… It’s primary purpose is to ensure that the gov’ment has control over the entire healthcare sector… And if the bill doesn’t have some provision for controlling something, then they give themselves “leeway” in the wording in order to make obamacare take control… In the end, it’s just a nuclear bomb…

        • DownWithLibs

          You also have Monsanto trying to take control of the food supply. Dark days, indeed!

      • Jeremy

        I will become a lawyer. I read 200 pages of the bill, and between references to other laws, it is purely incomprehensible.

        What you never think is this: when a bill is extremely vague, the crafting of the language gives bureaucrats maximum discretion. A 2,000 page bill with 13,000 pages of regulation (and counting).

        The growth of the administrative state inside the executive branch is a mortal threat to the republic.

    • markthetruth

      This Reality Show is in Season Five and only if they could Shorten it to an Hour instead of a year , we can get to the final and start to Vote who to Kick off. AT&T Text #62262 for ?

      ……..Can’t Wait to the Ending……..

      the end…

    • markthetruth

      N.Y Dem’s scandal’s on a roll ;

      Vito Lopez Touched Anthony Weiner’s Staff !!!

      the end…

  • 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 it will wake a whole lot of people up.

    Michael

    • chilller

      Thank you Michael…just what I was looking for!

    • K

      Thank you, already put in my order.

  • cannuck21

    And today, 15th May, Radio Host Dori Monson on Kiro FM – Seattle, told his audience how he too had received unwelcome and unusual attention from the IRS after speaking in support of ‘Democratic Freedom’ at a meeting some months ago……Allegedly. If true then this is a very dangerous development

  • TX4Life

    Great article! I think we are just seeing the first layer of the onion peeled back. Many more will come forward in the days to come to report their audits and harassment. This isn’t going away anytime soon.

  • Tim

    Well, per Zero Hedge, the Acting Commissioner of the IRS, Steven Miller, has resigned.

    It would be nice if others in the Obama Administration followed Miller’s example Wait. I can’t believe I said that. The Backspace key on my keyboard isn’t working, so I can’t erase it. I’ll probably receive a notice from the IRS that my 2012 return was selected for audit.

    • TX4Life

      What’s funny (or not) is that it is now revealed this morning that the IRS commissioner was due to step down in June anyway! What a clown show. “We’ll announce that the IRS commissioner is resigning due to this scandal.” Wonder if they just thought no one would know that he was due to leave anyway?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.knapik Sharon Knapik

      Tim, the Acting head of the IRS was to be out in June anyway. He announced his resignation… and will leave, in June, as planned… BO taking credit for canning the guy… who was ready to announce anyway…

      • Tim

        Ah, how convenient! :-)

  • seth datta

    Friends, americans, countrymen, lend me your ears…….

    so i can lie to you

    B. ‘H for Hitler’ Ob@ma, 2013

  • K

    This is how a Fascist state does business. Whether it is IRS, AP phone records, Benghazi,or seal team 6 shoot down. All have been called conspiracy theories, at one time. I assure you at least these 4 stories are all true. Most here have dismissed the FEMA camps, as a conspiracy theory. How sure are you?

    • K

      Let me add this kicker. As of last Monday new wording for military assistance to local law enforcement. .Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances. Welcome to the 3rd world.

      • chilller

        Ohio Start on steroids…

      • Handog

        There has also been an agreement with Canada. Their military can be called in to squash any US uprising.

        You better believe they have detention facilities set up. The prisons have full vacancy. They may be evil but their not [that] stupid.

    • Ayn Rand

      Sometimes, I think that maybe these things are coming to light to cover up bigger things in the shadows. You know the routine, distract the audience with something cute, THEN pull the rabbit out of your hat.

      • Chuck

        My very thoughts! The rabbit is most likely our dead dollar and collapsed economy.

      • K

        Normally I would agree. This time I see a rather nasty message. AP we know what all of you are saying, and to who. IRS, we will be happy to punish you. Benghazi, seal team 6, we can easily kill you, if needed. And last, how long do you think you can get out of hand? Before we send in the Apache gun ships. You think these statements extreme? Boston was the breaking point. They shut down an entire city, and there was no outrage. They think they are untouchable now. This will get out of hand.

        • Ayn Rand

          I haven’t thought of it that way. I think you just might be right. They are getting audacious.

          • ARIZONA

            AYN RAND,the BIG STORY HAS NOT CAME TO LIGHT YET?yes it has, its just hidden ,but the world will understand here shortly,ITS A MINI-SOLAR SYSTEM approching from the south and when its in the SKY,it’ll be to late for most people to survive,unless they get ready NOW,and leave the coast if thats where your at…….

    • DownWithLibs

      My concern is that Mr. Teflon will slip by this one, too. Tired of him getting away with EVERYTHING!!!

  • northernconservative

    Wakie wakie America….what did you think Obama had in mind when he talked about the “fundamental transformation of America?” Scarry stuff guys.

  • markthetruth

    This Crap is not a Left or Right Issue this is Political Government Corruption that’s been going on for at least our lifetime. Watch the Movie

    …………………The Contender

    the end…

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnySmith2 Johnny Smith

    Nice catch with Obama’s “joke.” He likes to make a lot of creepy “jokes” that the press corps often semi-laughs at. Truly Orwellian.

  • markthetruth

    This is Not a Left or Right Issue but American Political Corruption of Deviant Tactics that’s been going on for at Least our Lifetime. Take a Look at the Movie .

    ……………….The Contender

    ” Sometimes you can Destroy a leader without Having Justifying or Revealing your Deviant acts. ”

    the end…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000633875894 Randy Townsend

    Assume all of this is true. So what? After reelecting the Anointed One for a second term and allowing the Dems to retain control of the Senate, what are we supposed to do about this bunch? OUR VOTES PUT THEM IN POWER. The MSM will close ranks around Obama if it gets really bad (racism, politically motivated, you know their mantras of protection when this guy gets in trouble). The Republicans are geldings when it gets serious and the Senate will never vote to remove him NO MATTER WHAT. Complain all you like. In 6 months, this won’t even be mentioned by the press. We chose this, America, and decisions have consequences.

    • Das

      You hit the nail on the head. Sad but so true

    • Rodster

      Everything you just said is an indication of when a society is in decline. Thankfully we have alternative media sites where we can express our opinions.

      • Louise in MO

        Well, I don’t know about alternate websites. If what I read in Michael’s article about “cookies” and other things, it sounds like they can track us whenever and wherever tthey want.

        • Keywee

          They probably can track our every move. I’m almost past caring though.

    • stopthesocialism

      These investigations could easily drag on for 2 years, and also affect the mid terms. If the Dims lose the senate, Obama will get impeached and removed from office.

      Then we’ll have President Joe Biden…

      • chilller

        A bumbling fool is greatly preferred over a mad man with an agenda…

      • ARIZONA

        EVERYONES WRONG,nibiru will have come and gone by 2016,and the destruction it didn’t cause ,will have by the WAR thats coming…………..and its going to be a nuclear war at that,get ready your out of time…………………

    • ben roberts

      You think our votes put them in power? Think again. There is a mountain of evidence that proves that the entire voting system is corrupt and rotten to the core. Ever heard of electronic voting machines ? Need I say more ?

      • ARIZONA

        ITS WORSE THEN THAT,after a recount it turns out OBAMA,didn’t get enough votes to become dog catcher,RON PAUL WON by over 50% of the vote,obama got 15%,rommey got 25%,RON PAUL got 50% of the vote,RON PAUL IS THE NEW PRESIDENT ,OF THE USA,not obama…………………

    • Brack

      Would seriously like to know how Romney would have been better. This same stupid system made him crazy rich using the same tools that there seems to be a lot of complaining about here. Just saying…

  • saintmatty

    Its all o.k. now. Obama fired the head guy. Obama was fuming mad too. He was scaring me.

    • Louise in MO

      He didn’t fire the guy. Miller was already planning to leave in early June.

      You are correct that Obama was extremely angry; he always is when he’s caught with the cookies from the cookie jar.

      People need to know that BHO is not a good, kind, loving, compassionate man that just wants to help the people. He’s cunning, cruel calculating, and I’d venture to say, he could be sadistic.

  • Eric Swartz

    stop being sooo pessimistic…women are independent and are getting hotter as we evolve…………….. get layed and forget about Obama and politics..I have better things to do than worry about some measly crisis. Women are getting bigger butts, boobies and cleaner landing strips this isn’t the 1970s with all that bush.
    C’mon dudes, quit complaining and get laid. I know you want that Brazilian butt to munch on.

  • Clyde Ankle

    Hey the IRS SHOULD investigate these lunatic tax protesting groups. Remember when Gordon Kahl went on TV and explained his ideas about not paying the Federal Income Tax? Well he got a notice and he should have. I pay my tax and those who don’t deserve what they get!

    • Keywee

      Agreed, ever notice how many people out there are dead against themselves paying taxes but still want to reap the benefits to society that other people’s taxes can offer? I would argue though that current taxes are extreme and need to be culled back to only cover the necessary basics.

      • Louise in MO

        It will never happen. The Internal Revenue Service will be here long after we’re gone. How do you think that they can pay for all the parties at the White House and the vacations?

        • Keywee

          Of course it won’t happen. Politicians have their own special definition of the word “necessary” that ensures no matter how much tax they take they will never cover their extravagant tastes.

  • John Williams

    Nothing is going to happen to Obama.

    • Jodi

      You’re right! They press will make this story go away 6 mos from now. We are stuck with him.

  • 007

    I wonder who at the IRS thought all this up to target his enemies. How far up does this go? A lot of people are going to have to fall on their sword before this is over.

    This is not going to go well for the IRS and its future budgets.

  • jokyjo

    Unfortunately I do not think he will ever be impeached. The only way he leaves office is by force. I don’t think he really cares what his opponents think of him either. He is here to “Change” Amerika and he won’t stop until he has accomplished his mission.

    Hopefully someone will stop him and the evil banksters before it is too late.

    • Keywee

      He’s not changing anything, simply carrying on with a plan that has been in place longer than he’s been alive. People need to realise the same things would be happening if the other bloke had won the election. The president is no more than a figurehead, whether Republican or Democrat.

      • jokyjo

        I agree with you completely Keywee. I think we have all been taken for a ride for a long time.

  • chilller

    If there was anyone to disagree with you Michael…they are voluntarily labeling themselves as one of the henchmen of this administrations mob and should be marked and targeted for future prosecution.

  • chilller

    Trying to operate a successful country when the top priority of one side is to destroy the other is a recipe for failure. Like driving your car with one foot on the brakes and the accelerator pinned to the floor. The people are divided down the middle and so should be the country. Imagine how long the left would survive without the tax dollars of conservatives. They would all be living Detroit style in a matter of a year or two.

    • Boo-urns

      And unfortunately that is the top priority of BOTH SIDES. We’ve reached a sad point where the primary agenda is simply to run the other guy out, resulting in an endless political tug-o-war rather than actual governance.

  • Orange Jean

    Michael,

    Thank you for this one, for sure. The information is chilling.

    Let me tell you my “little” IRS story. This year, in addition to >$10K taken in income tax from my salary, I still owed $13. I sent my return in on time, but I forgot to include the check for $13; when I discovered it about 2 weeks later (past the due date), I immediately called the IRS and asked what did I need to do…. I did what they told me to (put the check in the mail, sent to a specific address, with info on my SSN, year of tax, etc. on the check. My check in the mail the next morning. They let me know I could expect to get a letter if there were any fines.

    About 2 weeks later, I get a bill for $13.17 (the 17 cents being the fine, which I’m OK with… my mistake). About a week after that… I got a phone call, informing me I “qualified” for an Obama program for people who owed back taxes, which I could get relieved. May I ask what that’s all about? Maybe there’s a reason we’re going broke.

    • Johnny

      Sounds like a scam. IRS usually communicates by mail. Your name mst have been found somehow from a list of back taxes owed.

  • Options

    for Christians there is a way out of Obamacare and the IRS spying stuff. You can enroll in a health care cost sharing program like Samaritan Ministries or Medi-Share and it qualifies as having health insurance. And no, they didn’t pay me to say that. I think it is a beautiful example of how real health care should look and if enough people opt out of the system it could bring the whole system to its knees. Worth looking into….

  • Jodi

    Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent, this kind of abuse of government power should sicken and horrify you.

    Yes, absolutely but unfortunately we have way to many uninformed Americans & really all they care about is reality TV. They don’t think this will effect them. I have only seen one of my friends on FB mention this scandal. So what’s up with the rest! Oh that’s right…they have no idea what is happening because they can’t stop watching American Idol oops I mean The Voice. If you’re anything like me, I pray to the lord that someday I will wake up & turn on the Drudge and see a headliner like ‘Obama Resigns’ or ‘Obama Impeached’. Yeah right! Nothing to see here, nothing. Go away. And guess what? this story will disappear 6 mos from now except for the conservative websites. You can count on that.

    • ben roberts

      Americans who only care about reality TV are not Americans, but dumb ignorant sheeple. The revolutionary war was started and won by a minority of just 5 %. Vastly more are awake today as we speak. There is hope even in the stark darkness before the dawn.

  • NoEndInSight

    Doesn’t surprise me in the least. It’s only going to get worse.
    The saddest part are the people still support the democrats or the republicans. Both parties are willing and capable of this sort of breach of power. Yet the majority of the population still shakes their pom-poms while saying “My guy/gal would never do that!”
    We’re screwed, plain and simple.

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    So…this is what it has come to. It is enough to make you cry.

    • Jeremy

      This. I will never give up hope, but this is awful for America.

  • Andrew Stunich

    I agree with you. And it will only get worse. As the government becomes increasingly financially desperate, the IRS will be pressured to collect and extract more and more money from all of us – money we cannot pay. We are being turned into feudal serfs. It is time to end the personal income tax and the so-called “federal” reserve.

  • Excalibur

    “They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You must ignore these voices.” – Barack Obama

    These aren’t the tyrants you’re looking for. Move along.

  • charlie

    IRS isn’t just harassing groups they are also harassing individuals. We know we have had a front row seat to personal visits and harassment & closed our businesses.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    When you feed a dangerous beast (such
    as the International Rapist and Sadists, or IRS), that monstrous beast might turn on you and bite your head off someday. Alex Jones, Justin Raimondo, Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and other libertarian/paleoconservatives tried to warn the
    Bushbots, neocons and establishment Republi-Cons that feeding the government 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. Neocon barbi doll Ann Coulter hated Alex Jones for speaking
    out against big, oppressive government.

    Fast forward to the era of Barack
    “Goldman Sachs” Obama, whose administration has not only failed to eliminate the Bush regime’s unconstitutional programs, but expanded them (People’s Exhibit A: the National Defense Authorization Act). 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 with the Patriot Act, the TSA, etc. is
    devouring them. And it will only get worse. Chomp chomp!

    • ben roberts

      Amen brother !!!

  • El Pollo de Oro

    I always have a good laugh whenever I hear a Democrap or a Republi-Con complaining that the IRS (Immoral Rapists and Sadists) is “underfunded.” Ha ha ha! Sure, if we just give the Immoral Rapists and Sadists more funding, they will quit going after bodega owners and turn their venom on Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and MF Global (Jon “The Don” Corzine’s partners in crime) instead.

    Amazing. Some people in this banana republic really do believe that the IRS is “underfunded.”

  • ian

    if anything on this site or prisonplanet were remotely true, wouldn’t our evil socialist/communistic government have shut these sites down along time ago and put you all into gulags or prison camps. Let that sink in for a couple of minutes or days, then wake up refreshed and go about your day and realize that things are not so bad in the world.

    smile.

    • Handog

      I’ve got this one. I’ll feed the Troll.

      There’s this pesky amendment to our Constitution guaranteeing free speech. The 1st one actually. These things aren’t undone over night. One way around it is to punish you for speaking by sic the IRS on you for speaking up.

      Smile.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Handog: Very good response. When governments cross over to the dark side, it doesn’t necessarily happen overnight. It can happen in increments. It’s the “frog soup” approach: the heat increases gradually, and eventually, the froggie is boiling.

        Thanks for feeding the troll. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

    • stopthesocialism

      Give them enough time, and that’s exactly what will happen. They’re already removing things from the net about Boston, New Town, 3D Guns, etc.

  • mistywindow

    Stand by for a tax audit Michael!

    Seriously, how can you say:
    …” This is something that is beyond politics – this is a direct threat to the very integrity of our system.” …
    when you’re being run by a House and Senate packed to the rafters with people who’ve been bought by big business, big oil and the banksters?

    I don’t deny that there’s a possibility that the administration is guilty of targeting people, on the other hand, there are a truckload of burrs under Obama’s saddle who haven’t been targeted.

    I don’t deny that Obama has been a monumental disappointment. I’m even 90% convinced that he was bought off in some way before he even entered the White House. How else do you explain his appointment of Bernanke et al – the people who bought the system down?

    The foxes are running the henhouse, so just about any nefarious group could be pulling the IRS’s strings.

    Start by looking at the Bilderberg Group and widen the net from there.
    :)

    • ben roberts

      Obama was more than bought off. He is a creation of the CIA and the international corporate banking cartel. He was groomed from childhood for his current role as president. As astute and intelligent your remarks, you still have a lot to learn. Disguised as a very left wing democrat, Obama is a pure fascist tyrant who has always protected his puppet masters, the TBTF bankers.

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

    I seem to recall saying at some point that President Obama would be impeached.

    The comment was that we did not have the votes to do so. I also made a comment that this might go across party lines if the crime was bad enough.

    That was just after the election.
    The problem with IRS and other agencies is that it has got to the point where it is too complicated to understand.
    I recall a program by the news media to investigate this. They asked 10 agents a basic question on IRS law. They got 10 different answers. Six of those ten were completely mistaken interpretations of law.
    This was almost 10 years ago.
    Obamacare promises to be exactly like IRS law. 10 agents giving 10 different answers.
    So why isn’t the whole thing unconstitutional on the basis of discrimination?

    Perhaps we should be looking at our court system that allows this to occur? Maybe law based on whatever is convenient is law might need to be revised.
    The other question is if Obama is impeached, will we have Joe take over? If he takes over, who becomes Vice President? Because he may be implicated as well.
    Be careful. The devil we eliminate may not be as bad as the devil we replace him with.

    • stopthesocialism

      They were probably both in on it. Boehner would be next in line.

  • Dirk Diggler

    You seem a fairly smart man, I think you are right on many aspects of the prospective collapse. However the fact you somehow believe that any american president or politician for that matter has any real control over anything of any real substance surprises me. If people are being audited by the IRS then I doubt very much that those on a considerably higher tier that Obama are pulling those strings.

    • stopthesocialism

      Are you kidding? Obama was using illegally obtained IRS info in his last campaign. This is the same kind of activity Nixon resigned for. And no doubt there were other US presidents playing the same dirty tricks that never got exposed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.kleinkamp Joe Kleinkamp

    I’d really love to see video of the job interviews prospective IRS employees go through. Wanna’ bet they’re vetted for their politics prior to being invited onboard? Conservatives and libertarians need not apply.

  • peace angel

    Since the beginning of his first term Obama hired “Cyber Warriors for Obama” to rat out conservatives and anyone he disagrees with. He has grown this tax payer force to spy on americans to 3500 hired hackers. Yes, HACKERS. That is the only requirement and they have instructions to search out his enemies and to turn them in with IP addresses and home addresses, SS numbers and etc. Then they are to hack their computers.

    For a decade Zuckerman and Gates have had contracts with the CIA to track and send info to White House data bases according to the Patriot Act. AOL now owned by Huffington also has an agreement and so do yahoo and google to track and rat out patriots for using their former right to free speech. The NDAA act overturns the Constitution and it is online and readable.

    When Obama signed the NDAA act of 2011 it makes anyone who speaks out against the gov. a terrorist and also denies a domestic terrorist the right to counsel or trial. ALREADY many Americans have been hauled off to FEMA concentration camps. The Ruthersford institute reports 20,000 are missing in Virginia alone.

    The ARMY has been hiring “internment guards” for a decade and still are who are guarding the camps where Americans are already being imprisoned. America is over

  • peace angel

    AND under Obamacare your medical records will be used immediately to disarm any and everyone who is on a psychiatric drug. The American Psychiatric Association has reported that 50% of ALL Americans suffer from clinical depression for which most are on these drugs including cops, federal employees, politicians and firefighters and military active and inactive, to name a few of those who would be disarmed under Obamacare.

    100% of all the school shooters were on or in withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.

    Hillary and Obama both signed the UN agreement last year agreeing to the total disarmament of the nation and they plan to use medical records to start that massive door to door gun hunt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregge.k.johnson Gregge K Johnson

    The IRS is the bill collector for The Federal Reserve Bank! They don’t take orders from Obama .

    • ben roberts

      That’s why Obama is a puppet and the buck stops much higher than Obama.

  • peaceangel

    Hi Michael,

    I had a comment pending moderation that was directed to El Pollo de Oro and it is not pending now but missing?

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    I WILL HAVE THE BIG MAC!!!According to the Big Mac Index, and contrary to the government’s claims of stable prices, since 2003 when the Federal Reserve really began cranking hundreds of billions of dollars into an already troubled financial system, the price of inflation is more than double what is being claimed.

    The Big Mac has gone up by over 6% per year, yet the government claims CPI is only 2.5% per year. So something’s wrong. Either something’s changed at McDonald’s, or something has changed in the way we report inflation. And I trust a hamburger more than I trust the U.S. government.

    That price [of the hamburger] went up in line with the CPI for sixteen years, and then in 2002 they started to diverge.

    What’s the explanation?THERE IS NO EXPLANTION!!!!

  • agglebert

    nothing new here and nothing will come of it. so, settle down and quit blaming the dems and repubs…BLAME YOURSELVES FOR VOTING FOR THESE MONSTERS!

    • ben roberts

      Again, it’s not who votes but who counts the votes – Stalin

  • http://www.facebook.com/iambic.pentamaster Iambic Pentamaster

    bobo is black. he is the affirmative action man. Everyting he ever accomplished is because he is black.
    there is not a republican in office who dares go against him because of political correctness. bobo is completely untouchable

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    A HARSH LESSON!!!Despite the aura of control, Fed officials (and casual observers) may sense things spinning out of control. Of course, hyper-fragility is exactly the effect that all the Fed’s own actions would predictably lead to. When you divorce truth from reality, strange things are bound to happen. The Fed ventriloquists who speak through Hilsenrath at The Wall Street Journal suggest they would accomplish their exit from the current $85billion-a-month QE policy in a set of “halting steps” by irregularly dialing down QE issuance month-by-month to fine-tune the results on-the-fly, as markets may require. This is also complete horseshit because they could only accomplish controlled tweakings by somehow signaling their intentions beforehand through some lackey like Hilsenrath. Otherwise, they could not pretend to control the results of their actions. They might as well just throw spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks. Unfortunately, the “halting steps” idea would only provide even more opportunities for selective, complex front-running, shorting, and gaming — which is to say setting up more dangerous behavior with more uncertain and possibly destructive outcomes.
    Anyway, there’s no evidence at this moment that anyone believes what was leaked to Hilsenrath. It could easily be more smoke and mirrors aimed at concealing the fact that the Federal Reserve has no idea what it has been doing and fears the consequences. There is one thing that we know for sure in this strange period when bankers have tried to manage reality in the absence of truth: that advanced industrial-technological economies designed to run on $20-a-barrel oil can’t run on $100-a-barrel oil, and that is why the US economy was subject to financialization in the first place — to offset declining productive activity by an attempt to get something for nothing. Notice that this macro-trend coincided exactly with the rise of legalized gambling all over America. That is how the idea that you could get something for nothing got to be normal. The world is about to find out that you really can’t get something for nothing. It will be a harsh lesson.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    GREAT BOOK MICHEAL !!!THE BEGINNING OF THE END IS A WILD RIDE THAT WILL WAKE PEOPLE UP ITS ALMOST LIKE HISTORY

  • libsarescum

    As long as the “adoring media” is on his side, and because about 60% of Americans are ignorant morons, the kenyan communist will and can, literally “get away with murder”.

    • ApplePie

      YOU are an ignorant moron, and a scum! We, the people of the United States are not ignorant, nor are we morons. You should be ashemed of yourself insulting the American People. Where are you from? You cannot be a real American.

      • libsarescum

        Looks like you are one of the 60% ignorant maggots.

        • ApplePie

          Where are you from? How come you know Spanish?

  • Louise in MO

    We were to receive a $1500. refund from the IRS this year. Checking on line at their website it stated that “your refund is being applied to a past due tax obligation.” I called and was told….”you filed a false claim for a refund of $8000. in 2010.”

    Long story, short… this was the first year in ten years that we had taxable income.. No claim filed since 2002. Agent said after checking “you have been a victim of identity theft.”

    The process is daunting to say the least. Agent said “it will take at least NINE months for processing.

    Is this coincidence or what? Michael’s article leaves me suspicious. I’ll let you know in nine months if I get the refund, or if the IRS comes to the door.

  • Arizona

    YOU HEARD WHAT THE GUY SAID ON “RT” goldman sacks controls the world and every branch of government too,money BUYS whores,period………

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