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August 27, 2013 - 9:16 am

This is disturbing.

If the president wants to get angry about something, how about getting mad about the IRS leaping on the American Legion, requiring individual Legion posts to provide proof of their members’ eligibility, virtually accusing the veterans organization of being a cover for and sanctioning tax fraud?

As the Daily Caller has learned, this targeting of the American Legion is happening under a 13-part section of Part 4, Chapter 76 of the Internal Revenue Manual pertaining to “veterans’ organizations.” The section falls under “Exempt Organizations Examination Guidelines,” which was the jurisdiction of Exempt Organizations head Lerner.

“The American Legion has recently learned of the so-called IRS ‘audit manual’ and is concerned that portions of it attempt to amend statutes passed by Congress and approved by the president,” American Legion legal counsel Philip Onderdonk Jr. told The Daily Caller.

“The IRS now requires American Legion posts to maintain dates of service and character of service records for all members. …The penalty for not having the required proof of eligibility is, apparently, $1,000 per day,” the American Legion stated.

The American Legion, of which I’ve been a member on and off since leaving the Air Force, is a non-partisan organization chartered by Congress in 1919 that provides benefits and discounts to veterans while representing us as a group on veterans issues. It has existed for nearly a century, has never been partisan, and has never been required to furnish the information that the Obama administration is now demanding. The Obama IRS is treating this organization of veterans as if it has engaged in some wrongdoing, when it has not.

In isolation this might not be so profoundly unsettling, but it’s not happening in isolation. The Obama administration in 2009 identified veterans as potential terrorist threats in a Homeland Security report. This year, a Pentagon training guide identifies the American Founding Fathers and conservatives as “extremists.” The IRS has become a weapon against the president’s opponents, as the agency itself admitted, on May 10. Additionally, the Obama government has developed a consistent pattern of tilting toward those it perceives as its friends, while punishing those it perceives as its enemies. It could be using the Internal Revenue Service to obtain comprehensive lists of veterans around the country. If that’s the case, then a question must follow: For what purpose?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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They are playing by Chicago Rules. Every shopkeeper or restaurateur there knows that it’s best to stay out of politics or suspect organizations. Otherwise one can expect visits from Building Code or the Health Department, or Zoning, or the fire marshal. The inspectors come with clip boards, sharp pencils, and fat books of excruciatingly detailed regulations. Word gets around that a good way to avoid these inspections is to keep your head down.
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Of course they are, Bryan. Why, you ask? Because this regime is more terrified of veterans than anybody else in the country. Veterans have proven they have the courage to stand and fight and also predominantly lean conservative. New gov't manuals list veterans (as DHS did previously) as "extremists" and potential "domestic terrorists". Pure Rules For Radicals strategery....alienate the vets, take away our guns, and then they can do whatever they wish with relative impunity...where did I leave my tinfoil hat? (sarc)

Remember BENGHAZI!
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>>It could be using the Internal Revenue Service to obtain comprehensive lists of veterans around the country. If that’s the case, then a question must follow: For what purpose?

Shouldn't the federal government have it's own list of veterans, from the actual services themselves? This doesn't make sense unless they are looking to focus some attention on those who self-identify as veterans.

I really don't want to get fitted out for a tin foil hat, but I have a sense that things are not what they seem with this administration. I am a blind man feeling the elephant.
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http://www.bing.com/search?q=john+wheeler+conspiracies&form=IE8SRC&src=IE-SearchBox

Pick and choose who/where/what you want to read on the unsolved murder. This man was the drive force behind getting the Vietnam Memorial built, and was a tireless advocate on vet's issues --and a Vietnam vet himself. Special consultant way way up the AF command 2006-2008, bracketing that insane 2007 'missing nukes' event at Minot AFB. Last known words, email to friend, anguishing over the country's unreadiness to defend against cyber attack. Leading national expert on chem/bio warfare, and electronic aerial spraying controls. Was working for Mitre Corp when assassinated. Mitre a 'government corporation' model, the Sourcewatch report

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=MITRE_Corporation

concludes with:

"MITRE's work is focused within three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). One FFRDC performs systems engineering and integration work for Department of Defense C3I. A second performs systems research and development work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other civil aviation authorities. The third FFRDC provides strategic, technical and program management advice" to the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Department of the Treasury.[3]"

Note the third FFRDC. He was also member of Council on Foreign Relations --maybe a classic Man Who Knew Too Much?

Sure, but too much 'what'?

An Instapundit link a few days ago on another flag rank (AF Minuteman III base security commander) relieved of duty for unspecified leadership deficiencies --reaching stampede levels since 2008 once one looks into it --sent me into search trying to learn what the final report was on the Minot incident. I had no luck --press reported the investigation concluded 'mistakes were made' (my characterization). One of the URLs i looked at was arranged in short paragraphs each containing a thumbnail of what the author terms an 'oddity':

http://www.legitgov.org/minot_afb_nukes_oddities.html

Must mention, see halfway down, Navy squadron commander tasked with comms POTUS to SSBN fleet 'replaced after three months on duty' in late 2008. What? The Boomer fleet's CiC communications unit having unspecified security problems? What???

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Dunno what to make of all this. I just write it here in hopes someone else will. This admin gives me the willies, bad.

32 weeks ago
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Ironic that Obama's administrators require eligibility proof for tax payers but he has provided fraudulent documents for eligibility.
32 weeks ago
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One of the problems that patriotic Americans have is we think these left wing rats share our world view and respect our institutions. Not so. The tenured faculty at our elite universities made their bones spitting in Viet Nam veterans faces and chanting "Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh, the NLF is gonna win!"
They despise the military and veterans, probably subconsciously, they know what gutless weasels they are and hate those who fought for their country.
32 weeks ago
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"If that’s the case, then a question must follow: For what purpose?"

Oath Keepers.
32 weeks ago
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Oh great, another list to add my name to. Let's see, Veteran, NRA member, Republican, registered on this site, Brietbart, Townhall, Hotair, and a few more I can't remember right off hand. Gee, I wonder if they are going to check my Amazon account to find out what books I order for my Kindle? That should be fun. Oh yeah, I'm also an Islamophobe. Guess I better get that one in there too.
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This approach by the administration makes no sense. They just need to get the VA to supply them a list of veterans. Just because you're in MOPH, VFW or some other organization doesn't mean your an arch conservative and a threat to Obama's political machine.
If they really wanted to "mess with the troops" they could start cutting VA disability payment amounts.
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My fear is that they are looking to lists of veterans as potential enemies to be targeted by that "civilian defense force" Obama opined for in 2008 that he wanted to be as powerful and as well funded as the military, because domestic security is "too important to be left to the military". Has that concept already morphed into the DHS?
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See the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing in Watertown, Mass for the answer.

In short, "Yes, the Feral Gov't has established the DHS/SS". They have also shown they can declare de facto martial law with impunity.
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Your last paragraph is grounds enough for impeachment of any POTUS.
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I am confused as to why they would need to do this. Don't they already know who are veterans and who are not? Is not the DoD part of the government? Doesn't it operate an entire Veteran's Administration?
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Really or are you just being obtuse?

To show the Vets who the master is.
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Well, its not like us Veterans are joining Americorps...Read Americorps Vista's mission statement, then google "video americorps vista swearing in", then wonder why a group of community organizers would swear the same oath I do every time I re-enist in the Army.

In case you don't want to do the googling required, here is the first line of mission statement: "AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty."

And here is the first line out of their swearing in, "I do solemnly swear that I will support, uphold, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

No where in the Constitution is "poverty" mentioned...just saying...
32 weeks ago
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"just saying...."

Just saying.... WHAT?

That vacuous non-language utterance of noise needs to be left in the mindless ghetto, where it came from.
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