REVEALED: IRS Leadership Conspired with Holder Justice Department to Imprison Political Opponents

Continuing its stellar track record of investigative journalism, JudicialWatch today announced it had unearthed emails between Lois Lerner of the IRS and Eric Holder’s DOJ that suggested they had explored methods to prosecute and imprison conservative groups for the temerity of opposing the Obama administration.

Judicial Watch today released a new batch of internal IRS documents revealing that former IRS official Lois Lerner communicated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) about whether it was possible to criminally prosecute certain tax-exempt entities. The documents were obtained as a result of an October 2013 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after the agency refused to respond to four FOIA requests dating back to May 2013.

The newly released IRS documents contain an email exchange between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, then-Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller discussing plans to work with the DOJ to prosecute nonprofit groups that “lied” (Lerner’s quotation marks) about political activities.

Writing at PJ Media, Bryan Preston well summarizes the implications of this horrifying scandal that makes Nixon look like a shoplifter at the Dollar Store.

The implications of today’s email disclosure are stunning and terrifying.

Lois Lerner intended to use her position atop the IRS’ tax exempt approval office to coordinate the prosecution of political speech. The Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder had at least tentatively bought into that. The Federal Elections Commission was being roped in as well. Lerner’s emails prove that beyond doubt.

Democrats in Congress were involved. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) appears to have led the anti-constitutional attack on free speech in the House. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led it from the Senate.

Two days before Lerner was forced to publicly disclose the scandal, she was moving forward with an insidious plan to stamp out conservatives and Tea Party activists’ ability to organize and raise money, by working with the IRS commissioner’s office and the Department of Justice. At the same time, there was no plan for any government crackdown on groups who agreed with President Obama. The traffic was entirely one-way. It was nakedly political, and everyone involved knew it. They also had reason to believe that they would succeed, or they would not have engaged in it. DOJ would serve two roles: Prosecute conservatives, and protect the bureaucrats who were pushing those prosecutions.

But, “nation of cowards” and “racism”, y’all.

Any conservative who sits on the sidelines in 2014 bemoaning candidates that aren’t to his or her liking is effectively a co-conspirator with the Democrats in the active destruction of this Republic.

We have a President, an Attorney General, a ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, the IRS, the FBI, and heaven knows what other alphabet soup agencies conspiring to jail political opponents. Our country has been reduced to something akin to Venezuela, only with craploads more debt.

That, my friends, is fascism, straight up.

So when you sit out the next election because you couldn’t find the perfect Republican candidate, don’t act surprised when this corrupt, lawless, totalitarian Democrat Party comes after you and your group.

So you can mobilize to stop this, or you can echo Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his masterful The Gulag Archipelago. It related to the greatest regret of those in the slave labor camps:

What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? –Part I The Prison Industry, Ch. 1 “Arrest” (p13, The Gulag Archipelago, Collins 1974)

The radicals in the Obama administration today attack us confident that the Republican “leadership” will do nothing to stop them. That is why the lesson of Cliven Bundy is so crucial: Democrats must be reminded at each turn that their safety will vanish if they turn to violence.

Therefore we must smash them politically in November before that horrible line is crossed.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

STATE DEPARTMENT AUDITOR: Uhm, Any of You Guys See $6 Billion Lying Around Somewhere?

But, hey: what’s $ 6 billion among friends?

The State Department has no idea what happened to $ 6 billion used to pay its contractors.

In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.

The alert was just the latest example of the federal government’s continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors.

The lack of oversight “exposes the department to significant financial risk,” the auditor said. “It creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt to conceal evidence of illicit behavior by omitting key documents from the contract file. It impairs the ability of the Department to take effective and timely action to protect its interests, and, in tum, those of taxpayers.”

In the memo, the IG detailed “repeated examples of poor contract file administration.” For instance, a recent investigation of the closeout process for contracts supporting the mission in Iraq, showed that auditors couldn’t find 33 of the 115 contract files totaling about $ 2.1 billion. Of the remaining 82 files, auditors said 48 contained insufficient documents required by federal law.

…Before Linick took office last fall, the State Department had been without an inspector general position for five years—the longest IG vacancy in the government’s history, as noted in The Washington Post.

By contrast, the Air Force — in order to save just $ 3.5 billion over five years — slashed the invaluable A-10 Warthog (pictured above) program.

Priorities: for Democrats, waste, fraud and abuse trumps protecting America’s warriors.

Hat tip: BB.

Doug Ross @ Journal

AWESOME: Union Front Group Got Taxpayer Funds From Department of Labor to Push Minimum Wage Hikes

Guest post by Eric Boehm

The U.S. Department of Labor handed over $ 275,000 in taxpayer-funded grants in 2009 to an organization that claimed to be a charitable nonprofit with tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.

But that organization was not officially certified as a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit until 2010, documents show.

The Restaurant Opportunity Center, or ROC-United, a national organization working to raise the minimum wage and improve working conditions for restaurant workers by combing the labor organizing muscle of powerful unions with Occupy Wall Street protest tactics, got the grant anyway.

The group is organizing several high profile events this week to highlight the $ 2.17 national minimum wage for tipped workers.

In the 2009 grant application, ROC United submitted a letter to the Department of Labor that showed the IRS had granted tax exempt status to ROC New York — an affiliated but legally separate organization — even though the $ 275,000 grant would flow to ROC United.

The department was either fooled by the application or didn’t check it closely enough.

Either way, ROC was awarded the grant through the Susan Harwood Grant Program, which is supposed to be limited to 501(c)3 charitable nonprofits, a status not granted to ROC United until June 2010.

“This is also further reason why ROC should not be receiving taxpayer funds. ROC takes taxpayer money, then turns around and lobbies Congress and pushes labor-backed initiatives across the country,” said Mike Paranzino, communications director for ROC Exposed, a political nonprofit that obtained the 2009 grant application via a Freedom of Information request.

Documents obtained by ROC Exposed show that when ROC United applied for the federal grant in August 2009, the group was in the midst of a back-and-forth battle with the IRS over its tax status.

On the application, ROC United claimed to be a “nonprofit with 501(c)3 status.”

But six months later, in February 2010, lawyers representing ROC United were still haggling with the IRS over the organization’s status, and indicated in a letter that the IRS hadn’t granted ROC United official 501(c)3 status.

By that time, the grant records show, federal cash was already flowing to the organization.

A spokesman for the department didn’t respond to a request from Watchdog.org seeking information about the grant application and whether it could be reviewed five years after it was approved. The department also didn’t respond when asked if there could be penalties imposed for grants that were obtained with inaccurate application information.

ROC United didn’t return calls for comment.

When the Labor Department announced the grants in 2009, the award given to ROC United was supposed to “provide training to small restaurant employers” and to develop “local health and safety committees for ongoing workers and employers.” The grant said ROC United would provide training to 50 restaurants and an estimated 2,000 workers in Chicago, New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C.

Since 2009, affiliates of ROC United have sprung up in each of those cities.

But training workers on safety issues is hardly the organization’s primary purpose.

Founded after 9/11 to help restaurant workers displaced from their jobs in lower Manhattan, ROC has morphed into a national organization with branches in most major cities. The organization’s goal is “to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce,” according to its website, which brags about ROC’s role in several states’ recent decisions to raise the minimum wage.

The organization has helped organize protests against several restaurant chains and is helping promote protests on Thursday — February 13, a date meant to draw attention to the $ 2.13 per hour wage for tipped workers — around the country.

The group joined U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, on Wednesday for a conference call urging an increase to the national minimum wage, and ROC United bragged on its Facebook page about being at the White House for an event focusing on the minimum wage.

The group has slowly gained more influence with the Labor Department since that initial 2009 grant, regardless of whether the grant was obtained properly.

In 2011, the department announced an “alliance” with ROC to promote workplace safety.

Its success has caught the eye of major unions, who see service sector employees as a new frontier in labor organization.

All over America, workers are organizing in all kinds of ways, and they call their unity by all kinds of names — workers’ unions, associations, centers, networks,” said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka in September, praising ROC United’s executive director Saru Jayaraman for her role in organizing restaurant workers.

While ROC United puts pressure on restaurants to increase wages, Congress might soon put pressure on them.

Two years ago, the House Oversight Committee caught wind of the 2009 grant application and the seemingly inaccurate representation of the group’s tax exempt status.

In a letter to the Labor Department, committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., asked for information about that questionable 2009 grant and why it was awarded when the organization wasn’t yet recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit.

ROC’s history of intimidation towards opponents and management problems with its own restaurant raises significant questions about why DOL decided to form an alliance with and provide federal funding to the organization,” Issa wrote.

The grant is one of six taxpayer-funded grants ROC has received from the federal government — the other five came from the U.S. Department of Health, federal records show — totaling more than $ 1 million.

Caitlin Carroll, spokeswoman for the House Oversight Committee, said lawmakers and staff are currently reviewing additional materials received from the Labor Department concerning the issues raised in the July 2012 letter.

Boehm is a reporter for Watchdog.org and can be reached at EBoehm@Watchdog.org. Follow @WatchdogOrg and @EricBoehm87 on Twitter for more.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: IRS’s Los Lerner, Treasury Department secretly drafted new rules to restrict nonprofits

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Nation

IRS’s Lerner, Treasury secretly drafted new rules to restrict nonprofits: DC
Obama “Dreamer” hero kills two girls: FlopAce
Government hiding what people are buying with SNAP food stamps: Kathryn Watson

Brian Terry’s Brother Slams Eric Holder: Matthew Boyle
A Tale of Two Droughts: Victor Davis Hanson
Think power inequality: Jonah Goldberg

No Keystone Or ObamaCare Bailout Repeal For Debt Ceiling Hike: Ace
Human Rights – another modernist evil: Charlton Teaching
Conservatives: Ready for… Jeb Bush?: Ace

Economy

All Your Children Are Belong to Us: Globl
Outrageous: Politicized NLRB Re-Ignites Election Rule: Sara Noble
Union reps reportedly intimidate VW employees ahead of vote: BPR

Voters in Bankrupt San Bernardino Sweep Pro-Union Types from Office: Mish
Dear Lord – shoot me now. I don’t believe what I’m seeing…: Adrienne
Hot New Trend: Carefree Hipsters Go For Funemployment, Starve-cation: IowaHawk (2009)

Scandal Central

Documents show IRS secretly regulated Tea Party groups, hid from public: WZ
New IRS Head Apologizes to Conservatives for Scandal Obama Doesn’t Think Exists: JWF
My Second Open Letter to Mike Lawlor — On “Nightcrawlers” and Treason Played for Laughs: SSI

Climate & Energy

EPA Bans Most Wood Burning Stoves In a Corrupt Scheme, Fireplaces Next: Sara Noble
Don’t Blame Climate Change for the California Drought : Charles C. W. Cooke
Climate Projection: Mark Steyn

Media

Will Fox Again be Targeted by the Obama Administration?: Hideout
Caution: You’re Entering The Spin Zone: MOTUS
The New York Times achieves Anagnorisis on Obamacare: Moe Lane

The Worst Idea in the World: R.S. McCain
Time laying off hundreds of employees?: R.S. McCain
Megyn Kelly Crushes James Carville Over Obama Whining About Fox: IJR

World

China Military Spending Surges: Breitbart
Susan Rice blasts Israel for ‘Personal Attacks’: Breitbart
How About a “Comprehensive” Plan to Deport Illegals?: CFP

Groundhog Day for Islam: Daniel Greenfield
US condemns planned construction in East Jerusalem: Times of Israel
Laughingstock: Israeli settlers publish spoof mocking John Kerry’s incompetence: BPR

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

NBC: All Visitors to Sochi Olympics Immediately Hacked: WS
Texas health system attacked, data on more than 400K compromised: Adam Greenberg, SCMag
Verizon denies benefiting from net neutrality ruling, throttling Netflix: Russell Holly

Cornucopia

I swear, you write one little post on how to bring down the grid and you never hear the end of it: Bob Owens
‘Il Silenzio.’ I have to admit, I wept listening to this.: SSI
Seahawks: We cracked Peyton Manning’s hand-signals: Daily Mail

Image: US condemns planned construction in East Jerusalem
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Fire Mitch McConnell: support Matt Bevin for Senate

QOTD: “The people amnesty helps are Democrats, who get multiple millions of new voters, and the soulless rich, who don’t care about the country and don’t care about the culture. They just want cheap labor.

Instead of standing up for the long-suffering middle class that is the backbone of the Republican Party — much less the lower class lionized in so many Bruce Springsteen songs — Christie sided with Silicon Valley billionaires and Wall Streeters on their servant problem, while also helping Democrats with their demographic problem.

A few months later, Christie doubled down on amnesty by granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens.

There isn’t a wall high enough to stop illegal immigrants from sneaking across the border when the reward waiting on the other side is free health care, jobs, driver’s licenses and college tuition subsidized by American taxpayers.” –Ann Coulter

Doug Ross @ Journal

DISGUSTING AND DEPRAVED: Obama Appoints Convicted Cop Killer’s Advocate to Department of “Justice”

Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

Justice: The nominee to head the Department of Justice’s civil rights division is a radical lawyer who fought to free from prison a cold-blooded killer of a Philadelphia cop.

On Dec. 9, 1981, Officer Danny Faulkner, 12 days from his 26th birthday, observed a car going the wrong way down a one-way street without its lights on.

He pulled over the vehicle, and the driver, one William Cook, got out of the car and began wrestling with Faulkner.

Moments later, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Cook’s brother (aka Wesley Cook), showed up at the scene with a .38-caliber handgun and opened fire, hitting Faulkner, eyewitnesses said, in the back.

Faulkner returned fire, wounding his assailant, who got off several more shots, including the one that hit Faulkner in the face at point-blank range, killing him.

Police found Faulkner fatally wounded and Abu-Jamal with a bullet wound in his chest and his .38-caliber handgun and five spent shell casings. Four eyewitnesses testified at his trial. A jury sentenced him to death.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld his conviction in 1995, and in 1998 it refused to grant his request for a new trial. In 1999 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review Abu-Jamal’s appeal.

In December 2001, a federal judge overturned his death sentence but upheld his conviction. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a second appeal in 2010.

The bullet in Abu-Jamal came from Faulkner’s gun. The bullets in Faulkner came from Abu-Jamal’s weapon, and the question of Abu-Jamal’s guilt has never been a close call.

In a post on the Ventura County Star website, Faulkner’s widow, Maureen, remembered Abu-Jamal, who, “when taken to a hospital after he slaughtered my husband, to remove a bullet shot in self-defense from my husband’s gun, said in front of two witnesses, ‘I shot the (blank), and I hope the (blank) dies.’”

His brother, William, has never testified to his brother’s innocence though he was at the scene of the crime. Abu-Jamal himself chose not to testify in his own defense.

Nonetheless, Abu-Jamal soon became a poster child for Democrats and the liberal left as a symbol of the racial bias of the criminal justice system and of the death penalty.

One of Abu-Jamal’s champions has been Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s nominee to be assistant attorney general for the civil rights division at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to replace another radical, Tom Perez, who is now secretary of labor.

Perez, a leading La Raza advocate and opponent of Voter ID laws, was heavily involved in the dropping by DOJ of the voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panthers at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008.

Adegbile formerly held a leadership position at the Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

During Adegbile’s leadership at the NAACP, Judicial Watch reports, he volunteered its services to represent Abu-Jamal, interestingly also a member of the Black Panthers.

Adegbile is a staunch supporter of affirmative action who opposes criminal-background checks by employers and advocates extreme racial-hiring quotas.

He has said he wants U.S. judges to ensure that “customary international law” is “the law of the land.”

According to World Net Daily, he also was party to an effort funded by billionaire George Soros to push for a new, “progressive” U.S. Constitution.

Appearing Wednesday on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” Maureen Faulkner said that Obama’s nomination of such a person to a top position at the Justice Department “is like spitting on all our officers and our federal agents throughout America.” Indeed it is.

Former DOJ official J. Christian Adams, who quit over the New Black Panther travesty, told Megyn Kelly Wednesday that “to defend a cop killer — by choice — should disqualify you from a position at the Justice Department.”

Apparently not in the Justice Department of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Read more at Investor’s Business Daily

Doug Ross @ Journal