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IRS tea party protest(photo: Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

“You are the Internal Revenue Service. You can reach into the lives of hard-working taxpayers and with a phone call, an e-mail or a letter you can turn their lives upside down. You ask taxpayers to hang onto seven years of their personal tax information in case they are ever audited, and you can’t keep six months’ worth of employee e-mails?” Paul Ryan

Media bias is one thing, but government bias toward individual American citizens is another; and in this case they go together. We’re in dangerous territory, not to mention it being a disservice to millions.

Everyone is affected by IRS tax codes and all working citizens – even liberals – are (supposedly) susceptible to potential scrutiny including a dreaded IRS audit. Some may be able to look past the truth relating to Benghazi, Fast and Furious, “green energy” scandals, government waste and fraud, ObamaCare, Common Core, the national debt, and a list of other subjects, but shouldn’t we care about what the IRS has done – and still may be doing to people just like you and me?

Similar to the press, the IRS is responsible for serving all people in the country, not just the ones they agree with politically, but where the media is concerned, too many have been on a hiatus of sorts since Barack Obama was elected in 2008. When Democrats are in charge in Washington, the media seem to relax and enjoy the run, but when Republicans run things, the media holds them accountable and their work ethic returns with greater intensity, endurance, and persistence leaving no stone unturned in their investigations and political reporting.

The Internal Revenue Service scandal actually began back in April 2010, but as evidence mounted and cover-ups were unable to be sustained any longer, the dam finally broke wide open by May 2013. As I reviewed details of the IRS investigation, I was reminded of the level of indisputable corruption within the Agency as well as the many lies told in an attempt to delay the truth from being revealed.

Sharyl Attkisson reported in September 2014 computer crashes caused the IRS to lose emails from five more employees who happen to be under investigation by Congress in the case involving the targeting of conservatives. At this time, more than twenty IRS employees have allegedly had their computers crash which caused the deletion or the loss of their emails as well as hard drives. Apparently, only conservatives and Republicans in government agencies are required by law to back-up their data on external hard drives.

A Senate subcommittee report confirmed the findings that “the IRS picked conservative groups out of normal processing, forced them to answer intrusive questions about their behavior and demeanor at meetings, and delayed their applications for multiple years.” The investigation uncovered no evidence liberal groups received the same inappropriate treatment conservative groups received. Two of the IRS agents involved worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status, and the most well-known computer crash victim is former IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director, Lois Lerner.

Under Lerner’s watch, from April 2010 to April 2012, the IRS placed holds on the processing of hundreds of applications for tax-exempt status from organizations known to be conservative. We now know some of the labels that were flagged by the IRS for special attention were those with “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” “Take Back the Country,” “We the People,” or “9/12” in their names. During those two years, the IRS only approved four applications from conservative groups while giving a green light to those whose names included “Liberal,” “Progress,” “Progressive,” or “Equality,” to name a few.

By intimidating conservative groups and limiting their ability to freely campaign and mobilize for a cause or candidate, the IRS indirectly affected the outcomes of elections across the United States. The impact of this illegal activity still has some residual effect on conservative organizations today. Many fair minded citizens believe IRS activity had an influence on the 2012 Presidential Election; we just don’t fully know to what degree.

In February of 2014, it was also learned of the already-existing nonprofits flagged for IRS Surveillance, 83% were conservative. The government monitored the group’s activities, their websites, and other publicly available information. Moreover, other sources reported even citizens donating to tea party-affiliated groups were audited ten times more than average Americans.

But one of the most glaring facts revealing Democrat-control and corruption is that of all the groups the IRS selected for audit, 100% of them were conservative.

On top of the proof the IRS used “inappropriate criteria” to review applications from tea party and other conservative groups, House Ways and Means Chairman, Dave Camp (R-MI) stated:

“We now know that the IRS targeted not only right-leaning applicants, but also right-leaning groups that were already operating as 501(c)(4)s.”

In April 2014, TownHall.com’s Katie Pavlich reported that Judicial Watch released documents showing IRS officials, including Lois Lerner, not just silencing conservatives, but also discussing the possibility of bringing criminal charges against tea party groups for engaging in “political activity.” In fact, the documents showed Lerner wanted to bring charges against someone and make an example out of them in order to intimidate or squelch all of the groups in the tea party movement.

According to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, Lerner had a database (1.1 million pages) of tax exempt organizations sent to the FBI just before the 2010 midterm elections. It should concern most Americans that Obama’s DOJ, the IRS, and the FBI were working together to advance a scheme to criminally prosecute conservative organizations!

Even in the face of these facts, Democrats insist it was just another phony scandal Republicans were trying to extend as the November 2014 Midterm elections drew closer. Former Attorney General Eric Holder has turned down numerous requests from congressional Republicans for a special prosecutor. One of the most detailed and extensive timelines revealing the order of events relating to the IRS targeting of conservative groups is on the website of Discover the Networks, a resource you will most likely want to bookmark and research. Check out this extensive timeline and make up your own mind.

Sadly, the IRS saga continues and conveniently for Democrats in power, the whole truth will never be fully known due to the successful cover-up by government as well as the media’s minimizing of the truth. In all honesty, what kind of outcome do you suppose we would have had in this scandal had there been a Republican president in the White House and the targeting was done to liberal groups? The media would have reported on the story quite differently.

CBS was a day late covering the Lerner missing emails development and rather than give air time to the fact the IRS lied about her hard drive crashing when it was actually just “scratched,” the story appeared only on the CBS News website. NBC was the least interested in keeping its viewers informed on the developments as they failed to mention the story for an entire month!

Geoffrey Dickens at Newsbusters reported that none of the networks mentioned the latest details in the IRS scandal and summed up the network negligence in one sentence:

“The saga of Lois Lerner’s missing emails took a bunch of twists and turns this past week, but you wouldn’t know that if you only got your news from the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks.”

The fact our First Amendment rights are being threatened should concern every one of us who cares about free speech and expression, whether that be religious or political. In the midst of all this, the IRS actually proposed new regulations at the end of 2013 that would prevent 501(c)(4) groups from engaging in political activity. It seems they were not affected by the investigation or perhaps they hadn’t heard about it.

What have we learned? The IRS has operated as one of President Obama’s most powerful weapons to divert, intimidate, and punish his opposition. This corrupt government agency is no longer just collecting taxes and keeping records of revenue, nor is the IRS “serving” all Americans the way we would like to think.

This is not just about politics, it is about the freedom to share our views including the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. The effort we make to speak the truth is a God-ordained endeavor. Striving for integrity and truth in media is important, and as Christians our ultimate aim must be living for and obeying God. How soon will it be before our government punishes us for our faith and forces us to choose? It’s here; believers are already being discriminated against and silenced so we better raise awareness while we can.

 

 

 

 

Cited above:

Sharyl Attkisson, Associated Press, “IRS Says it has Lost Emails from 5 More Employees, 9/5/2014

Robert Wilde/Breitbart “IRS Targets Tea Party and Conservative Non Profits for Audit,” 2/12/2014

Katie Pavlich, “Breaking: New Emails Show Lois Lerner was in Contact with DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups,” 4/16/2014

Discover The Networks, THE IRS SCANDAL: TIMELINE

Geoffrey Dickens, “Networks Refuse to Report Latest IRS Scandal Revelations,” 7/28/2014

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How would the media have reported on Benghazi if we had a Republican president such as Chris Christie? I think we know the answer.

In this week’s scathing bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report on Benghazi, extensive evidence confirms what most of us already knew: the attack was preventable. The report concludes there was a “significant strategic warning” about the possibility of an attack in the months leading up to September 11, 2012.

We also know Ambassador Christopher Stevens had requested additional security several times and for whatever reason was denied. In fact, on the day of the terrorist attack, his final journal entry reads, “Never ending security threats…”

According to the Washington Examiner:

“The CIA hired local Libyan militia members as security for the U.S. facilities in Benghazi but most of them failed to show up the evening of the attacks and declined CIA security officer’s attempts to have them mount a rescue mission once the attacks began.”

We may never know why the Obama cover-up committee thought they could fool the American people by sending then-Ambassador to the United Nations and current National Security Advisor Susan Rice on a PR mission to repeatedly lie about the motives (really, that darn video caused them to kill Americans on another 9-11 anniversary!) behind the attack in the following days while Obama traveled the country campaigning.

I submit to you they were stalling for precious time as the 2012 Presidential Election drew closer and had the truth come out sooner it could have affected the outcome. This is assuming the media would have done their jobs.

Fact: the State Department has now confirmed they knew it was a terrorist attack the day after it took place. The latest report finds that there were no military assets positioned in a place where they could have saved Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans.

As the Government Accountability Institute timeline reveals, President Obama failed to attend his daily intelligence briefing for the five consecutive days leading up to the attack of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. The timeline catalogues Obama’s continuous campaigning even as terrorist forces vowed Libyan attacks and State Department officials were warned of security threats.

The Benghazi attack became a critical event during the final months of the 2012 presidential election, an event Republican Mitt Romney decided not to press Obama about during their debates. (Reminds me of John Mc Cain deciding to play nice and not talk about radical Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Obama’s 20-year association with Wright’s church.)

The Benghazi attack was not caused by a video as Susan Rice tried selling with a straight face but with the media’s help, the Obama administration downplayed evidence that it was in fact a premeditated terrorist attack we know could have and should have been prevented.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s long-awaited final report on Benghazi faults the State Department for failing to provide adequate security despite numerous warnings.

I’m trying not to lose complete faith in a government that spent millions of dollars doing a bipartisan investigation of Benghazi; they held closed-door sessions, examined thousands of pages of documents, and have yet to hold anyone accountable despite damning evidence.

Finally, it is both sad and embarrassing that the day after we lost four great Americans in Benghazi and suffered the first assassination of a U.S. Ambassador since the Carter administration, the president flew straight to Las Vegas for another campaign event.

I know what you may be thinking: ‘What difference – at this point – does it make?’ It matters to the families of the victims; and it matters to American citizens who simply want and deserve truth from the government that serves us and from the media that reports on our behalf.

 

 

David Fiorazo is President of Wisconsin Media Check and author of ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA

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What did the media know and when did they know it?

Since 2010, guns linked to Obama’s Fast and Furious have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States and we’ve barely heard a peep in the news. The latest gun traced back to the operation was found after a shootout between authorities and Mexican drug cartel thugs in late December 2013.

Erik Holder was right. Though he refuses to take any responsibility for the tragic Fast and Furious operation,  he did admit we’re going to see even more deaths in Mexico for years to come as a result of the Obama administration’s operation.

How is this not a major story?

Holder’s DOJ is still under investigation, but since there has been so little coverage from the beginning, there is no pressure on the administration, which means Americans may never know the truth.

The Bureau of Alco­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said in a statement:

“ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation and at the attorney general’s direction we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated. And we acknowledge that, regrettably, firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes.”

Let’s review the facts from the Fast and Furious scandal and you can decide whether the media should have reported this all along.

Eric Holder’s chief of staff, deputy attorney general, Gary Grindler, oversaw the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which led the failed “gun-walking” operation. He was another member of the Justice Department that resigned a year ago.

A report at the time from House Oversight Committee chairman Darryl Issa recommended disciplinary action against Grindler and 13 other officials; Grindler was accused of “passing the buck” and failing to take charge of the department.

In June 2012, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was voted in con­tempt of Congress by 259 members of the House of Representatives for stonewalling the investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

In all of American history, no sitting Cabinet member had been held in contempt of Congress. President Obama even stepped in and used his “executive privilege” to protect Eric Holder. If Holder did nothing wrong, why did he need protection and why not cooperate with the investigation? What are they hiding?

In this case, American guns were used in the deaths of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Immigra­tion and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata, and at least 210 Mexican citizens so far. The gun used in Terry’s death was purchased in Arizona, and the gun used in Zapata’s death was purchased in Texas. Both were “Fast and Furious” guns.

From 2009 to 2011, Obama administration ATF ran Operation Fast and Furious (a.k.a. Project Gunrunner), a program to track U.S.-purchased firearms headed to Mexican drug cartels in order to get to cartel heads.

Critics believe the real purpose of the operation was to undermine the Second Amendment by vilifying gun owners and sellers so the govern­ment could enforce stricter gun laws in America. Either way, it went terribly wrong.

One problem with the plan was that our DOJ didn’t even notify Mexican authorities that thousands of semi-automatic firearms were being sold to people in Arizona thought to have links to Mexican drug cartels. ATF agents were ordered not to intercept the smugglers, but rather to let the guns ‘walk’ across the U.S.-Mexican border and into the hands of Mexican drug-trafficking organizations.

Fast and Furious was botched when over 1,400 guns, including AK-47’s, were lost. The operation was halted in December 2010 after two weapons the department lost track of were found at the murder scene of Brian Terry. His family filed a lawsuit charging that the top federal prosecutor in Phoenix lied to them about the guns found at the crime scene in an attempt to hide the weapons’ connection to the ATF’s operation.

Rather than report the facts, the media made this a political issue, and Holder has even accused Republicans of racism.

Rep. Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) requested the Justice Department release thousands of documents related to the inner workings of Fast and Furious. The Justice Department then delivered less than ten percent of the 80,000 documents. Issa also released a report suggesting top DOJ officials had extensive knowledge of and involvement in Fast and Furious than previously acknowledged.

In February 2011, the Justice Department sent a letter to Congress denying the operation even existed! Ten months later, the Department retracted the letter. Then, Eric Holder insisted he did not even know about the program until early 2011.

After months of inves­tigation, the Justice Department finally acknowledged the allegations were true. Why did it take nearly nine months for the Department to acknowledge Holder’s earlier denials were false? Did they need ‘cover-up’ time knowing the media would give them a pass?

In other words; people died, Holder lied, and the media glossed over the corruption. Why did senior Justice Department officials who knew about and received briefings on the operation fail to stop it?

By the way, Gary Grindler isn’t the only personnel change in the DOJ. Former ATF Director Kenneth Melson began talking to inves­tigators and pointed to a cover up. Melson was moved to a new position with the ATF. At least four more ATF officials were also reassigned or promoted by the Obama administration to other positions in Washington D.C. This is how the Left rolls.

Naturally, Holder has not only received continued support from President Obama, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said at the time, “He absolutely stands by the Attorney General, thinks he is doing an excellent job.”

ATF is not down in Mexico trying to track down the lost weapons. In a recent article, John Hayward said,

“The tracking system for the Fast and Furious guns involves waiting for them to turn up at crime scenes and stepping gingerly around the chalk outlines to retrieve them.”

With so little accountability, is the Obama administration simply above the law?

Tragically, the DOJ has yet to publicly hold anyone accountable for this disastrous operation, and the bottom line is Americans are no longer getting the truth from a free press once established to keep government in check.

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White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett said there’s no chance Attorney General Eric Holder will resign in light of the mounting evidence against the Obama administration including the IRS’ ongoing targeting of Christians, conservatives, Republicans, and Tea Party groups; (IRS commissioner met with Obama 157 times) and revelations that his Justice Department had been spying on journalists.

Jarrett made the overly confident statement this week, long ago having moved on from the deadly Fast and Furious scandal and the tragic Benghazi attacks and murders, to name a few.

“Obviously, I know the president pretty well. And I know the attorney general very well. And he will be in his position for quite a while.”

Jarrett and Obama helped bring Chicago politics to the White House. A Republican with the same background would have been vetted extensively, covered 24/7 by the media, and would never be elected. The radical, leftist, progressive individuals who make up Obama’s close friends, associations and his administration also reflect his policies and worldview.

Class warfare. Racial politics. Marxism packaged as Christianity. America is evil. Islam is good. Twenty years involvement with Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church in Chicago. Friend of terrorists.

The following is an excerpt from ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA:

The sad truth is many Americans today don’t care that prior to his election, Obama’s handlers concealed information about his college years and no official records were ever made available – a first in our history. No college transcripts, published records, or papers had been released. What were they hiding?

By the time Barack Obama made it to college at Occidental, Columbia and Harvard, you can be sure he had formed enough anti-American views to build on what he had already gleaned from his childhood men­tor, communist Frank Marshall Davis. Davis was a labor activist, writer, and community organizer as well as a Communist Party USA member. [Valerie Jarrett’s father, Vernon had close contact with Davis, and was also a Communist]

In 2010, Dr. John Drew, one of Barack Obama’s college friends, came forward and confirmed what many informed people already knew that Obama “was basically a Marxist-Leninist.” Drew talked about his past arguments with Obama about the many brands of Marxism:

“I see evidence of a continuing commitment to Marxist ideol­ogy…. In the Marxist model, the economy is the driving force behind change in the other spheres of society.”

Dr. John Drew did his senior honors thesis on Marxist economics at Occidental College, and he also founded the Democratic Student Socialist Alliance. He was a contemporary of Obama at Occidental and a Marxist himself. In fact, Drew was a well-known campus com­munist and was attracted to the college because Occidental was known for its Left-leaning politics and Marxist professors. Some even said it was considered “the Moscow of southern California.”

Occidental attracted America’s future president. Drew believed Obama was looking for a social revolution during his college days, and he expected a movement where “the working class would overthrow the ruling class” leading to a socialist utopia in America. Drew admitted how extreme he thought Obama’s views were at the time.

In 2010, John Drew was interviewed by Dr. Paul Kengor, an author, Reagan biographer, columnist, radio host, and Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values. Drew admitted that at Occidental he was a comrade who leaned more toward the Frankfurt School of Marxism.

Here is a partial transcript of Dr. Kengor’s radio interview with John Drew: 

Drew: “I felt like I was doing Obama a favor by pointing out that the Marxist revolution that he and [our friends] were hoping for was really kind of a pipe dream, and that there was nothing in European history or the history of developed nations that would make that sort of fantasy – you know, Frank Marshall Davis fantasy of revolution – come true.”

Kengor: “So you had a realistic sense that even though you liked these ideas, it really couldn’t happen or really wouldn’t even work.”

Drew: “Right. I was still a card-carrying Marxist, but I was kind of a more advanced, East Coast, Cornell University Marxist….”

Kengor: “I know people are listening right now who want me to address this – and especially people who are Obama sup­porters. To be fair, I mean, look at where you were then and now where you are today.”

Drew: “Well, yeah, now I’m a Ronald Reagan, churchgoing, Baptist conservative.”

Kengor: “But now, okay, so what about Obama? Where do you think he is today? And to the people who are listening and are angry that we’re even having this conversation: Look, you don’t want us to talk about this because you don’t like what it says about Obama’s past, but we have to know this stuff about our presidents! “You can’t leave this out of biographies…  That’s why the background is so crucial – Frank Marshall Davis, what happened at Occidental, goes straight to Columbia from Occidental, the Bill Ayers affili­ation, no real-world experience – this matters….”

Drew: “Yeah, I think whenever he talks about people clinging to their guns and their religion due to economic stress, that’s just the standard Marxist argument. In fact, that’s the argu­ment of alienation and class-consciousness … the superficial religious and cultural ideals of the capitalist culture … and I really think he’s surrounded by people that share that mental architecture.”

Obama is surrounded by dangerous anti-Christian, socialism-loving people. They’ve plotted and pushed their agenda to transform America. Record numbers of people now rely on government assistance. We have record spending; increasing taxes, high energy, gas prices, and unemployment; racial and political division, the healthcare system takeover, and threats on our freedoms including speech and religion. And now, more invasions of privacy.

Government has become an enemy of American citizens and this administration is very good at using the tactics of distraction and diversion. With more of us becoming outraged while the media protects this administration, it will be fascinating to see this epic drama played out.

 

*For a detailed and extensive expose, please see a compilation of excerpts, here: Barack Obama’s History of Liberalism, Marxism, Chicago Politics, and Black Liberation Theology

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