Thursday, August 13, 2015

The real danger to our civil liberties

Destruction of evidence, failure to comply with Congressional subpoenas and giving false testimony before Congress, are impeachable offenses.  One thinks of Watergate which resulted in prison time for a few officials and forced the resignation of President Nixon.

Now I'm referring to the IRS scandal I first wrote about over two years ago ("IRS Plot Could Be Worse Than Watergate" June 9, 2013).  I'm surprised how little fallout has occurred since.

An article for interested readers to examine was published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) last month by two Congressmen, Messrs. DeSantis and Jordan.  Any reasonable person who still denies existence of a partisan scandal ought to read this article:

"The Stonewall at the Top of the IRS" -- July 28, 2015
by Congressman Ron DeSantis and Congressman Jim Jordan

(Also well-worth reading in WSJ: "How Congress Botched the IRS Probe" -- May 15, 2015 by Foley & Lardner attorney, Ms. Cleta Mitchell.)

To my Libertarian friends, I ask, where are you?  Last week, during the Republican Presidential debates, Sen. Rand Paul ranted about meta data collected to catch terrorists, but nary a word about this issue. 
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen
Official photo

The IRS scandal is more tangible than any federal surveillance problems we've seen, yet Sen. Paul prefers to slam the NSA without evidence of citizen abuse.