It is very rare for the IRS to apologize. It recently did over a big issue.
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If it wasn’t for a lawsuit and Freedom of Information Act requests from Judicial Watch, Judge Emmett Sullivan might never have required the IRS’ sworn statement. It all goes back to how the agency targeted Tea Party groups. The IRS has 30 days to explain what happened to Lois Lerner’s related emails.
The tax return belonged to the National Organization for Marriage. The IRS handed the document to the conservative group’s chief political rival — the Human Rights Campaign. No doubt about it, the agency is admitting its wrongdoing. Perhaps it should be forced to hire an influx of Tea Party activists, you know, to kind of right the balance.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen recently told a Congressional committee that Lois Lernerr’s computer had crashed, losing email that the committee wanted to review in its probe of the agency’s targeting of conservative organizations. It turns out the IRS had a contract with a company called Sonasoft that “archives all email content and so reduces the risk of non-compliance with legal, regulatory and other obligations to preserve critical business content.” Even stranger, the IRS cancelled its contract with the firm after Lerner’s computer crashed. That meant apparently no backup to cover the other IRS computer crashes that happened a short time later.
Have you ever hear of Weiss Russell? He was convicted of spying for Al-Qaeda in 2008 under the name of Mohammad Weiss Rasool. His victim was the FBI. But the Obama Administration is treating him more charitably than if he had made a joke in front of a TSA officer. Weiss is now a financial management analyst for the IRS.
The FCC has proposed a plan to send “researchers” into news rooms across the country to find out how reporters, editors and station owners decide what stories to run. The agency supposedly wants to learn how they cover “critical information, which is apparently shorthand for the kind of stories the government thinks should be featured. Don’t ask how the broadcast oriented FCC would extend its reach to newspapers, but that’s part of the plan. It doesn’t take much imagination to see questioning morph into pressuring.