Outrage Over IRS Targeting of Tea Party Shows Glaring Double Standard

Picture: "Tea Party Bumper Sticker" Matthew Reichbach (CC)

Picture: “Tea Party Bumper Sticker” Matthew Reichbach (CC)

Aaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

This week, President Obama expressed “outrage” over the targeting of such groups from the IRS. “I’ve got no patience with it. I will not tolerate it. And we’ll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this,” he told reporters at a press conference. The New York Daily News reports two Senate committees controlled by Democrats announced investigations on Monday and House Republicans said they would investigate as well. According to CNN, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said “We need to know who knew what, and exactly what mistakes were made.The American people have questions for the IRS and I intend to get answers.”

While it’s certainly troubling (and not surprising) the IRS would be investigating and scrutinizing certain groups with a political agenda more than others, the “outrage” from politicians of all political stripes is nearly laughable when placed in the larger context of law enforcement targeting other political and activist groups. Just a few of many instances where law enforcement has targeted the left:

  • In 2010, the FBI raided eight addresses of homes belonging to anti-war activists in Minnesota and Chicago. Investigators were reportedly looking to connect peace activists with groups designated as terrorists in the Middle East and Columbia.
  • Hundreds of pages of documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests show that the Department of Homeland Security monitored, investigated and possibly infiltrated various Occupy movements across the country since the first Occupy Wall Street protests began.
  • In Chicago, the Chicago Police Department used two infiltrators to incite and entrap a group of activists now known as the NATO5, who have been in prison awaiting trial for a year on charges related to terrorism.
  • In the Pacific Northwest, the FBI raided homes and issued grand jury subpoenas for people and groups linked to anarchism. Search warrants issued show that agents were looking for things as simple as anarchist literature, backpacks, and black clothing.

Read the full post at Diatribe Media.

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  • Simon Valentine

    i got a weird call from a land line in chicago
    said ‘state tax’ ‘may be recorded’
    yesterday is not tomorrow
    asked for the last four digits
    but didn’t reference my mail
    so who’s the state if these documents and that call conflict
    heil

  • Hadrian999

    If they can do it to conservatives now they can just as easily do it to liberal groups, or any non-mainstream political group next time around.

    • aaroncynic

      I think what I was driving at here is that they already have been. There’s a long history of law enforcement targeting left/progressive/anarchist groups, whether it’s with surveillance or arrests, raids on homes, etc. For politicians or others now to come out with “outrage” now that it’s been revealed the IRS has taken an extra long look at conservative non profit groups while remaining nearly silent about these other things shows how far right the scale has moved ideologically. It also shows how certain people only care if it’s *their* rights being violated, rather than the rights of all people.

      • Hadrian999

        I know a bunch of liberals that think this is great, they aren’t looking long term, any power they’re side gets to use will eventually be used by the other side

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          Amen dude. Tried explaining that to people across four or five administrations now…each expansion of federal power falls into the hand of the other party at some point…so freaking out only half the time is idiotic…the answer is to restrict federal authority at every turn…not hand it out every time your ‘pals’ are the ones in office.

        • InfvoCuernos

          This is what I tried to explain to right wingers when they were all pro patriot act. Sooner or later, the other guy will get it, and you’ll wish it didn’t exist.

      • Hadrian999

        the most important thing I think it shows is the disregard the ruling class have for the people. In the past the government did all kinds of bad things, the government pretended they weren’t doing them and the people pretended they didn’t know. Justifications were made, cover ups established and it worked. today the government doesn’t bother to hide it all. the come out and say what they are doing. assassinating people we disagree with yep, we did that, using the IRS against enemies, haha, spying on journalists, we did it. they are out front and don’t give a shit what the people think about it.

    • Simon Valentine

      it’s like a “hey let’s give credence to anti data consolidation groups; they’ll see someone can misuse a crappy system and think that there shouldn’t be a federal database or computer economy should be abolished! [so their barking looks legit] … stay tuned to find out if it’s another episode of Pride Before The Fall! can’t afford to fire up the binary bass cannon to make sure any reality is distorted? that’s what this commercial is for! now for the low low price of 1% of your soul you can have US fire OUR bass cannon FOR You! (not responsible for distortion of your property. because how else does one hide ex-tortion?)

  • Juan

    How very Nixonesque.
    Whatever, anything that makes this gov look bad is just fine by me.

  • BuzzCoastin

    this isn’t anything new
    the IRS is mainly a Gestapo like organization
    it’s the last resort for when the FBI can’t turn them into terrorists

    • Simon Valentine

      so many of us wish we could just have a copyleft of your mind buzz :)

      Vulcan problems!

    • rtb61

      ‘ER’ wacko, the IRS are a bunch of accountants. They audit your tax returns and make sure you included all your income and did not cheat on your tax deductions, nothing more and nothing less. If you did they pursue the missing taxes and apply penalties, dependent upon the level to which you conspired to cheat on your taxes.

      For by far the majority of tax payers the IRS are no threat at all for the tax cheats of course they are a real threat, the louder the tea baggers scream the more they indict themselves. Tea Baggers why you scream so loud, do you have something to hide from the IRS and a audit, if you honest a couple of hours and you done.

      • BuzzCoastin

        see boys & girls
        I told you wee get Homeland trolls here

        Welcome Der Homelander
        Thank you for sharing Uncle Homaland’s POV

        “the IRS are a bunch of accountants”
        that’s the funniest line I ever heard
        what’s next
        the FBI is a law enforcement agency dedicated to freedom?

        keep’em comin’
        good laughs are hard to come by these daze

  • echar

    Tea Baggers are entitled to special treatment, because they are mostly white and no one but them earn the rights.

  • chinagreenelvis

    Well fucking duh. That’s how they got Al Capone.

  • ParanoidCoast

    Anyone who questions the status quo is a target. Soon, those who question will be called a terrorist. The IRS is a government agency and a government agency must implement, enforce and regulate domestic and foreign policies. Hence the name: Government Agency.

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