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.