Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The IRS Scandal is Part of the Left’s War on Free Speech

As the Obama Administration attempts to deny any involvement, knowledge, or soon they will probably say it is "old news," the truth of the IRS scandal is much broader.

The targeting of conservatives by the IRS started earlier and was more extensive than the IRS acknowledged last week, according to a draft IRS inspector general report obtained by ABC News.

By June 2011, the unit had flagged over 100 Tea Party-related applications and the criteria used to scrutinize organizations had grown considerably, flagging not just “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in group names, but also groups that were working on issues like “government debt,” “taxes” and even organizations making statements that “criticize how the country is being run.”

Not only was the scandal broader than just tea parties groups, it is coming out the blame is not being properly attributed.

The agency blamed low-level employees in a Cincinnati office, saying no high-level officials were aware.

The truth is the highest levels in the IRS knew about the scandal by August of 2011 if not before.  The next question is who above them knew.  It does not seem plausible that the effort stopped there. 

The report, done by the Inspector General for the IRS, also shows that senior IRS officials in Washington was aware of what was going on as early as August 4, 2011 when, according to the report, the IRS chief counsel held a meeting with the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements unit “so that everyone would have the latest information on the issue.”

Taken as a whole this seems another part of the Democrat effort to chill free speech.  Whether it is pressure on the Federal Election Commission, pushing for the “Disclose Act,” asking the SEC to adopt political disclosure rules, etc. the left in America continues its war on free speech.   

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