Wednesday, May 15, 2013

IRS targeted groups "educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights"

Michael Gerson: IRS abuses bring out the libertarian in each of us | Deseret News:

May 14, 2013 - "For years, tea party and patriot groups have breathlessly alleged that federal bureaucrats were conspiring against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Then federal bureaucrats conspired to target conservative groups because their tax documents contained the words 'tea party' or 'patriot,' and because they were 'educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.'

As the scandal has unfolded, the IRS has shown characteristic forthrightness and transparency. In March 2012, the then-commissioner of the IRS, Doug Shulman, assured a congressional committee: 'There's absolutely no targeting.' But senior officials at the agency, according to a leaked IRS inspector general report, were briefed about the targeting as early as the summer of 2011. Now the agency has backtracked to this position: 'IRS senior leadership was not aware of this level of specific details at the time of the March 2012 hearing.' It will probably take many further congressional hearings to explore the considerable gap between 'absolutely no targeting' and 'not aware of this level of specific details.'"

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