Sunday, February 8, 2009

Politicization Of Internal Revenue

One of the first things despots do is to seize control of as much of the governmental machinery as possible, and then turn that power against political "enemies".

Ongoing investigations have found that Bush II formed The Department of Just Us out of the former Department of Justice. That investigation is not over.

A former head of the Internal Revenue Service recently died. He had said:
President Richard M. Nixon tried several times to fire him because he would not use the tax agency for political purposes
(NY Times). I am wondering when it is going to be revealed that Bush II also used the IRS extensively and much worse than Nixon did?

One case in point is the Siegelman case which is still in progress. It has one facet where the tax returns of individuals were leaked illegally.

Another case in point is the NAACP case where the IRS eventually dropped the case after facing stiff resistance. Like the DOJ politicization case, republican senators had demanded actions against political "enemies":
On Nov. 12, 2004, IRS Commissioner Mark Everson responded to a letter from Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who asked for more information on the motivation for the audit and expressed concern about Nixon-era type intimidation tactics. Everson’s letter said the IRS had not received any request to audit any group from the executive branch, but that two members of Congress requested “we look at one or more organizations in this area.” Everson said those requests were treated the same as any other third party referral.
(IRS v NAACP, emphasis added). One of those falsely complaining about the NAACP was neoCon Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's Morning Joe who was later voted out of office.

Joe has "advanced" to using the media for propaganda purposes after having used the IRS for those purposes before being voted out of congress.

These types of wrongful IRS punitive measures are possible when politicians like Scarborough take advantage of untrained IRS employees who trust those politicians blindly.

Call the DOJ and report any suspicious IRS activity which you think is politically motivated. There has been an abundance of it over the past 8 years but the statute of limitations has not run.


  1. While no one aware of constitutional law would advocate turning the IRS into a political whip to be used on opposing political parties, there is some pro and con debate on this case.

    That debate in the main concerns the question of whether or not it was a political prosecution to begin with.

    The odds seem to be in favour of the argument that is was a political prosecution.

  2. This fits in with the investigative commission which Senator Leahy wants to create.