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A New, More Sinister IRS Scandal

April 17th, 2014 - 6:51 am

Yesterday was a significant day in the IRS abuse scandal. The scandal evolved from being about pesky delays in IRS exemption applications to a government conniving with outside interests to put political opponents in prison.

Emails obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act reveal Lois Lerner cooking up plans with Justice Department officials to talk about ways to criminally charge conservative groups that are insufficiently quiet.

Larry Noble, a law professor now with the Soros-funded Campaign Legal Center, was cited in the emails as someone agitating to jail conservatives who “falsely” report on IRS forms that they are not engaged in political speech. Lerner talked about setting up meetings with Justice Department election lawyers who wanted to talk about making Noble’s dreams a reality — this after Senator Sheldon Whitehouse raised the idea of criminal charges for conservatives who are not sufficiently quiet, charges that they falsely completed an IRS tax exemption form.

Larry Noble

Larry Noble

Their theory is a favorite among speech regulators in the Soros-funded left and academia. It goes like this: “Too much speech is bad (unless unions do it.) Groups who talk about things leftists find uncomfortable are necessarily political and thus should never have 501(c) tax exempt status. Criminally charge any group that said on their IRS tax exempt form that they were not political if they say things the left finds uncomfortable. Get Eric Holder’s Justice Department on the case.”

The emails obtained by Judicial Watch reveal this is essentially what was going on behind the scenes at the IRS, DOJ, and with outside leftist interests.

The emails, so far, only name a few of the speech regulators involved. But there are many who don’t appear in the latest document dump that give life to the cause of limiting the First Amendment.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, is intimately familiar with the scope and power of the speech regulators. He said: “Ever since I came to Washington, I’ve been shocked at the liberal politicians like Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, advocacy groups like Democracy 21 and Fred Wertheimer, and government bureaucrats at the FEC and the Justice Department who want to use the power of government to censor their opponents. They hate the First Amendment and would fit right into the Soviet Union.”

All roads in the IRS scandal run through Citizens United, the Supreme Court case that sent the speech regulators into a frenzy when it allowed private citizens to spend money to express their views without government regulation. Even President Obama attacked Citizens United in a State of the Union address. Justice Samuel Alito mouthed his opinion about Obama’s truthfulness during the speech.

Citizens United, in timing and substance, was the genesis of the IRS scandal.

So who are the speech regulators seeking to impose government limits on the exercise of the First Amendment?

Like bats in the belfry, they tend to congregate online at University of California at Irvine Law Professor Rick Hasen’s election blog.

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I hope your faith in the American public when they learn more about this is well founded. I'm not optimistic about it. I think a majority of them are too lazy, too brainwashed or too hopelessly committed to the leftist project to care or act. I would love to be wrong.
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This represents nothing less than an attempted coup against the Constitution by members of a recognized political party's operatives within the government. W.T.F. These people were conspiring to put Americans in jail because...because... they didn't like their politics? Good Christ where is Boehner and a select commitee. Oh right, now I remember, his ranking minority co-chair is part of it. God if only Trey Gowdy was the independent prosecutor. I swear to God he, Gowdy, figured it out from the start, but is stuck in a no seniority position of impotence.
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"But perhaps the ignored should be thankful. Being ignored is better than what the speech regulators have done in other places throughout history."

Since 2008, Obama and other political figures have dropped many hints and made many statements that gave clear indication of their intentions toward this nation. Only the more astute and observant recognized it during that initial stage. Now that there is a definitive track record of fraud and corruption, it's plain to see that this was all planned and pre-conceived when we look at the pattern of manipulative communication and coded statements that exhibit every characteristic of totalitarianism and communism. "Not a smidgen of corruption"... says Obama with roughly a million or so armed federal agents in various departments who "have his back." Who needs street gangs, when they might as well flash each other their signs in the capitol.
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Now when will they revoke Media Matters tax exempt status?
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Just wait until after Boehner rams through the amnesty and the Democrats take over for good. There will be nothing left to check their madness then.
40 weeks ago
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We are no longer FREE..None of us!....No rule of law! No Constitution...No Bill of Rights! It's now dangerous to be American! They will attempt to destroy you if you have a different path or view. I ask of you? When they come after you! What will you do?...
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"Whenever a free speech advocate seeks to contribute to the conversation at the blog, they are often deliberately given a cold shoulder and ignored, per plan. "

"Whenever... often" This sentence doesn't make sense.

What possible evidence could you have that this is a plan? It sounds like you make comments and nobody reads them or bothers to respond. That's what happens to 99% of comments anybody makes on *any* blog. Including my comment here, I expect!
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"Judicial Watch sent the University of California at Irvine a freedom of information request demanding Hasen’s emails to the White House and other government officials including any on the topic of speech regulations. The University told Judicial Watch to pound sand, and still hasn’t provided anything."
What will judicial watch think if a liberal group asks universities to hunt down all the political emails of its conservative professors? I'm one of those, so I feel threatened myself. And since when have the emails of a single employee with no authority to act for teh university on a subject been subject to FOIA requests?
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“Bob was a critical member of the White House team,” Mr. Obama said. “He has exceptional judgment, wisdom and intellect, and he will continue to be one of my close advisers.” Source, Robert Bauer's Wikipedia page.
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"Just wait until the American people learn more about the modern American version of history’s speech regulators."

But they won't, will they? Who will tell them?
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Not on-topic, but could the author comment on the fact that the Attorney General of the United States attending what was basically a Klan rally, with the pogrom slogan "no Justice, no Peace" emblazoned behind him? Al Sharpton has more racist blood on his hands than any KKK or Nazi in the past forty years, the KC shooter included.
Hank Aaron was right. They have exchanged their hoods for suits.
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Seems that the First Amendment is beyond the cognitive ability of many Americans these days. Perhaps we should hold an annual STFU day, when nobody is allowed to speak without permission.
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No.1 on the list would maobama.If he hasn't got his mom jean wearing ass in A.F.1,he's in front ot a mic. lying his communist hafrican ass off.
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This is Watergate and the corruption of lawyers and the DOJ all over again. People forget that Nixon was a dangerous man, and why. He struck at the rule of law, and today it's far worse since the politically correct assail the fundamental logic behind the rule of law by stipulating Orwellian gibberish such as "racism is outcomes, not intentions." The PC shore that up by further stating says one needn't be a criminal to be a criminal (privilege), while acting the criminal (reverse racism) is a form of innocence.

When one defending justice uses the phrase "'sexist/racist/homophobe'" to always only mean a male, white, and heterosexual mechanism in play, one is already so intellectually corrupt there is no hope of reaching such a mind, or culture.

Why would anyone be surprised such a culture has no use for law or argument and cherry-picks our Constitution like a tree with ripe and rotten fruit? When one does that one is choosing to worship identity over principle. No democracy based on a Constitution and dispassionate rule of law can survive all those things when they are institutionalized. There is no law - only rule.
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Clinton did much worse (Filegate), and got away scott free. This is why I consider anyone jailed under Watergate a political prisoner.
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