By Paul Joseph Watson
IRS Refuses to Answer Congressman on AR-15s for ‘Standoff Capability’
“Do they need a SWAT team to make sure you’ve paid your taxes?”
The IRS has refused to answer Congressman Jeff Duncan’s question on why IRS agents are training with semi-automatic AR-15′s designed for “standoff capability”.
Back in May, Congressman Duncan (R-SC) visited the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Maryland as part of his investigation into the Department of Homeland Security’s large scale ammunition purchases.
While at the facility, Duncan witnessed eight or nine IRS agents using AR-15′s at a 100 yard indoor firing range, leading him to wonder, “Why in the world do we have IRS agents with long gun capability….why are they training with that….why do IRS agents need that capability?”
Duncan noted that the style of firearms training the IRS agents were taking was called “standoff capability,” meaning they could target an individual from a long distance away.
“Why do IRS agents need standoff capability?” Duncan asked at a recent public forum. “They should be checking my tax forms, they should be doing audits.” The Congressman questioned why the federal agency couldn’t call on US Marshals or local law enforcement if they were visiting a potentially dangerous criminal.
“I asked that question – I have not got an answer because my committee does not have jurisdiction over the Internal Revenue Service, so I can’t bring IRS agents in front of my committee and ask them questions,” said Duncan, adding that the IRS merely sent him a response pointing to their website stating that agents do train with weapons they carry, “validating the fact that they do carry AR-15′s,” according to the Congressman.
Duncan said he would now encourage his peers who do have jurisdiction over the IRS to ask the federal agency why its agents are now apparently carrying “standoff capability” assault rifles because, “The IRS has not been cooperative. My committee doesn’t’t have direct oversight over the IRS so I’ve been trying to build support for an investigation. The IRS has not shown me any information on why they need to train with AR-15′s.”
As Joshua Cook points out, the Department of Education is also acquiring tactical weapons, along with numerous other federal agencies that wouldn’t be expected to require such deadly weaponry.
When asked whether the Department of Education should have its own SWAT team, Duncan responded, “Absolutely not, that’s the whole concern with the IRS. Do they need a SWAT team to make sure you’ve paid your taxes?”
“This just as bad as the Dept. of Education actually having agents who are on armed and trained with AR-15s. Both are symptoms of a federal government that is out of control and whose powers have grown well beyond those outlined in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution,” added Steve Hoffman, the Southeast Regional Director for the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC).
IRS Employee Charged with Identity Theft
Joy Fox, who was a financial technician in the Boone County, Kentucky IRS office, has been indicted on eight counts of unauthorized data access for the purpose of improperly acquiring personal identification, three counts of mail fraud, and three counts of aggravated identity theft.
The pilfered information was used to siphon money from the victims’ Social Security benefits.
Former GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told her tax records were breached Errant lien on house placed, publicized0
Posted by Chuck Reichmuth
Former GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told her tax records were breached Errant lien on house placed, publicized
More than two years after her upstart Senate campaign rocked the Delaware political world, Christine O’Donnell got an unexpected contact from a U.S. Treasury Department agent warning that her private tax records may have been breached.
The phone message earlier this year shocked the battled-scarred candidate, a tea party favorite who knocked off Republican mainstay Michael Castle in the primary before losing in a bid to win Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s former seat.
“Ms. O’Donnell, this is Dennis Martel, special agent with the U.S. Department of Treasury in Baltimore, Md. … We received information that your personal federal tax info may have been compromised and may have been misused by an individual,” he said in the January message left on her cellphone.
Ms. O’Donnell, the message immediately raised red flags.
On March 9, 2010, the day she revealed her plan to run for the Senate in a press release, a tax lien was placed on a house purported to be hers and publicized. The problem was she no longer owned the house. The IRS eventually blamed the lien on a computer glitch and withdrew it.
Mr. Martel, a criminal investigator for the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, was telling her that an official in Delaware state government had improperly accessed her records on that very same day.
Beyond that, Ms. O’Donnell and Senate investigators who have tried to help her have run into a wall of silence, leaving more questions than answers about whether abuses of the IRS system extend to private individuals and not just the tax-exempt groups already identified as victims.
“I don’t know. And I’d like to know,” Ms. O’Donnell told The Washington Times in her first interview about the case. “Because whether it’s one, eight or 80 [cases], it’s an abuse of power at the IRS. It’s using the IRS as a political weapon, and that shouldn’t be done.”
Posted by Judy Morris
IRS mistakenly posted 100,000 Social Security numbers to gov’t website: group
The IRS mistakenly posted the Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of Americans on a government website, the agency confirmed Monday night. One estimate put the figure as high as 100,000 names.
The numbers were posted to an IRS database for tax-exempt political groups known as 527s and first discovered by the group Public.Resource.org.
OFFICIAL TRAILER 2 – CROSSHAIRS: The Internal Revenue Scandal
Published by NextNewsNetwork
A new film from producer Gary S. Franchi Jr. and writer William N. Grigg | For taxpayers everywhere, terror is spelled I-R-S — but the Internal Revenue Service is much more than just the world’s most fearsome and ruthless tax collection agency. Current and former IRS officials have described how the agency literally considers itself to be at war with the tax-paying public. Leaked videos of IRS employee training sessions have revealed how agents have been taught to use unethical and illegal means to extract money from long-suffering taxpayers, and to retaliate against anybody — whether ordinary citizen or conscience-stricken agency employee — who objects.
Since at least 2011, the IRS has carried out another role — that of harassing and persecuting the Obama administration’s political rivals, while granting special privileges to his allies. Anybody who belonged to a group with words like “Patriot” or “Tea Party” in its name found himself in the IRS’s cross-hairs.
This illegal harassment wasn’t limited to one state, or one region — and it didn’t end with invasive questions about finances, donors, and membership lists. Like secret police investigators in a Communist country, IRS officials looking into the activities of pro-life activists scrutinized the “content of their prayers” for supposedly inappropriate political content, and even tried to impose limits on their peaceful outreach and activism.
While the IRS was carrying out this campaign of persecution, its employees were spending tens of millions of dollars on extravagant employee retreats — and unlike common taxpayers, they weren’t required to keep track of their expenses. When they weren’t busy abusing taxpayers and wasting their money, unionized IRS employees were preparing for the most radical expansion of the agency’s mandate in its history, which will put it in charge of enforcing the new “Obamacare” law.
That’s right: Under Obamacare, the IRS will have the power to make life-and-death decisions affecting every U.S. citizen — and the officials directly responsible for the harassment of the Tea Party movement will have critical roles in administering the new government-run health care system.
How did we end up with the IRS? What are the dangers it represents to innocent taxpayers? What can be done to rein in that rogue agency — and is it possible for us to be rid of it completely? You owe it to yourself to see “Crosshairs: The Internal Revenue Scandal” — and to share what you learn with your friends and family. Your lives, and those of your loved ones, may literally depend on it.
By Terence P. Jeffrey
IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address
(CNSNews.com) – The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically occupied by thousands of “unauthorized” alien workers receiving millions in federal tax refunds in 2011. In fact, according to a TIGTA audit report published last year, four of the top ten addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to “unauthorized” aliens were in Atlanta.
The IRS sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to unauthorized alien workers at a second Atlanta address; 3,608 worth $2,691,448 to a third; and 2,386 worth $1,232,943 to a fourth.
Neocons afraid American people might see something similar in NSA and IRS Scandals
Both scandals are examples of a government which is much too large. But the neocons fear (as they always have) that Americans will come to understand that “big government” includes much of the military and pretty much all of the burgeoning surveillance state. The neoconservatives, who believe in an activist “big government” so long as it is their kind of big government, who have their roots in Toskyite political theory, who have cheered Mr. Obama’s actions in the Middle East, are afraid that Americans might just put 2 and 2 together. Wasting money on wars which result in dead working class kids, while defense contractors pad their profits isn’t very “conservative.” In fact it’s it’s pretty awful.
House says get the IRS out of Obamacare
If Obamacare must exist, this is the absolute minimum which should happen. The IRS managing the healthcare of the United States is a recipe for disaster, both on the broadest and most individual levels.
(From Big Government)
And here’s another thing we shouldn’t be doing: handing over the administration of Obamacare to these folks. I mean, think about it. A deeply unpopular law being administered by an agency that’s so betrayed the public trust. Even the IRS’ staunchest defenders in this scandal describe their actions as a case of ‘horrible customer service.’ That’s the best they can say: ‘Horrible customer service.’ And now they’re going to be put in charge of a new trillion-dollar program? One that will give them access to all sorts of sensitive, deeply personal information? Well, that’s just what the Administration and congressional Democrats are about to let happen.
Crosshairs: The Internal Revenue Scandal – OFFICIAL TRAILER
Posted by NextNewsNetwork
Published on Jun 6, 2013
COMING SOON – CROSSHAIRS – A new documentary film from Gary Franchi and William Grigg examining the latest IRS scandal, the guilty players involved, and what it means for your liberty.
Posted by Judy Morris
Man Slashes Wrists Outside “Today Show’, Claims IRS Ruined his Life
A deranged, suicidal man ranting against the government used two knives to saw at his wrists outside the “Today” show Thursday morning.
Queens man Pak Chong Mar was unkempt and in his 50s, witnesses said. He wore a grey T-shirt and white baseball cap when he staggered up to “Today” show fans outside 10 Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan and used broken English to tell anyone who would listen that the Internal Revenue Service was corrupt and that the agency “ruined his life.”
Read the rest at the Daily News, here.