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 when practiced by public officials.  Am I reviving images of Watergate which resulted in prison time for a few officials and forced the resignation of President Nixon?

No, 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.  For me, one plausible explanation is that the Obama administration cares less about abuse of government power when the targets are Conservatives.

An article for readers to examine the facts was published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) last month by two Congressmen.  The WSJ pay-wall won't let me provide a link, but any reasonable person with a subscription -- who still denies a scandal -- ought to read:

"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 -- 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.  

If you will read just one article on the issue, please make it the one mentioned above by Messrs. DeSantis and Jordan