#IRS scandal gets worse

President Barack Hussein Obama is probably jumping for joy that Dr Kermit Gosnell was convicted; it kept the scandal stories off Twitter for half a day.

Incredible: IRS Leaked Files on Conservative Groups to Liberal Media Outlet

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:50 pm

Every time I read about this scandal there is a new “what on God’s green Earth?!” moment, and today does not disappoint. The IRS leaked confidential files on conservative organizations to a liberal news outlet, ProPublica:

In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved-meaning they were not supposed to be made public. (We made six of those public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.

Also, the current IRS commissioner knew as of at least May 2012 that the IRS had targeted conservative groups.

But Obama just now found out about it by reading the news, just like you and me!


Heads should ROLL over this.

The head that needs to roll the most, won’t. But President Obama and his team may finally have royally fornicated themselves:

DOJ Secretly Obtained Some Associated Press Phone Records:  Out of all the scandals mentioned so far, don’t expect this one to go away, in fact it’s ballooning as we speak – obviously because this time around it’s not you and me being targeted but instead the Obama’s own handholders in the MSM, the people who helped carry him over the finish line in both 2008 and 2012.  But it’s not just the Associated Press who might be under the microscope here but instead … members of the House of Representatives:

The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.


The government would not say why it sought the records. U.S. officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have leaked information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an Al Qaeda plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.

The deets on this one are going to be intriguing, to say the least … assuming anyone can get beyond the usual stonewalling, dodging, and deflecting this administration has become infamous for.

The greatest irony of the Watergate scandal, which sent President Nixon into an early retirement, was that the idea of bugging the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee was just so utterly stupid. Senator George McGovern (D-SD), the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, never had a ghost of a chance at winning. His only issue, the war in Vietnam, was winding down as President Nixon had begun withdrawing American troops from South Vietnam, and left Watergate as the only issue Mr McGovern had left. And with that issue firmly on his side, Senator McGovern managed to carry exactly one state, Massachusetts, plus the District of Columbia. When you are winning, fairly, in a rout, it’s pretty stupid to jeopardize your chances by cheating, but that’s exactly what the Committee to Re-elect the President did.

Well, President Obama has had no better friends than his loyal sycophants in the professional media. They have covered for him and covered for him and covered for him, and about the dumbest thing he could do is to urinate off the people who had his back. The Watergate scandal undid President Nixon because he had enemies, lots of enemies, in the professional media — the only media around in 1972 — but no scandal could really touch President Obama as long as the media professionals were in his pocket.

So, naturally, the most brilliant thing he could do is to attack the media people who have been protecting him all along.

As noted here, one of the Articles of Impeachment passed by the Judiciary Committee against President Nixon was the political misuse of the Infernal Revenue Service, which is just the thing which keeps emerging concerning President Obama. If the President has angered his media backers so much that they stop protecting him, and actually start doing their jobs and investigating the President — Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post by doing their jobs — life could become as disagreeable for Barack Obama as it did for Richard Nixon.

Of course, President Obama would never be removed from office for this. During Watergate, while the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress, and they could pass Articles of Impeachment by a simple majority vote, they would have needed some Republican votes in the Senate to actually remove President Nixon from office. Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott (R-PA) had the unhappy task of informing President Nixon that he could not count on enough Republican support in the Senate to survive an impeachment trial. The Republicans were acting with honor in 1974; does anyone expect enough Democrats to act with any honor were President Obama to be impeached to actually remove him from office?



  2. BO Claims, he just heard about it on Friday on the NEWS, just like the rest of us. Should I laugh now or later or just a plain ROFLMAO. I’m always amazed at what he doesn’t know for being the main Resident at 1600 PA Ave., NW, Washington, Disease 20001 with all those advisers. The advisers are some really dumb shits not to recognize this days ago.

  3. As the old Sonny & Cher Hit from years ago “The Beat Goes On, And The Beat Goes On” Sorta has a nice sound to it.

    How High Up Does This Go? New Report Implicates Washington Officials in IRS Scandal
    May. 13, 2013 9:29pm Becket Adams

    And just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Obama administration, something new comes along.

    From the Washington Post:

    Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

    IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups.


    Okay, so it appears the Washington Post report contradicts the IRS official who claimed last week that the political targeting was done by “low-level” staffers in Cincinnati.


  4. Mr Editor, the irony you mention: Nixon’s botched attempt to tap the DNC’s phones resulting in handing McGovern a campaign issue when he didn’t have one – isn’t an irony at all, it’s a cover story and a silly one at that. Although it’s been accepted as conventional wisdom for the last 40 years, it’s always been transparently false, every bit as false a cover story as Susan Rice’s Islamic video yarn as the motivation for the Benghazi attack of 9/11/12, and concocted in the same office for the same reasons.

    Tricky Dick was many things including paranoid that his enemies were out to get him, but he didn’t get to the White House by voluntarily handing opponents an issue which had the potential to drive him from office and off the national political stage in disgrace. As you note, Nixon already had the ’72 election all but in the bag, he just had to keep his skirts clean till election day and a 2nd term was his. Consequently, no persuasive case can be made the Watergate break-in was motivated by crucial campaign considerations.

    Additionally, take the break-in itself, it doesn’t take 5 guy to tap a telephone, two can do it, one to keep lookout and the other to install the bug, it’s a relatively simple task for even moderately competent gumshoes, 5 minutes tops, and these 5 guys were CIA professionals with many years of experience in black ops. Yet, we’re told these seasoned CIA pros inexplicably violated the most basic of clandestine mission security protocols by stuffing their pockets with incriminating White House private phone numbers and traceable cash with sequential serial numbers which quickly, easily, and conclusively linked them to Nixon and his reelection committee. Now, isn’t that a suspiciously convenient package? Even a caveman could follow that trail of breadcrumbs.

    Additionally, the burglars didn’t need 40 rolls of film and two cameras to tap the telephones. Their mission obviously included photographing documents. Which documents relating to what topic hasn’t yet been revealed. But, we do know that Nixon sent his Chief of Staff to the Director of CIA attempting to get the agency to short circuit the FBI’s investigation by raising the specter of that Bay of Pigs thing.

    Mr Editor, you wrote, When you are winning, fairly, in a rout, it’s pretty stupid to jeopardize your chances by cheating..? So, why did he do it? What was Nixon so afraid of? What did one of the most accomplished politicians of our age think might be in the DNC’s offices that was of such overriding significance that he was willing to risk the consequences of a politically motivated black bag job blowing up in his face? And, conversely why did the Watergate burglars sabotage their mission?

  5. The light at the end of his rope wrote:

    So, why did he do it? What was Nixon so afraid of? What did one of the most accomplished politicians of our age think might be in the DNC’s offices that was of such overriding significance that he was willing to risk the consequences of a politically motivated black bag job blowing up in his face? And, conversely why did the Watergate burglars sabotage their mission?

    Your question assumes that President Nixon planed and ordered the break-in; I doubt that’s the case. There were some very unaccomplished people in CREEP, who did some stupid things. Most of the Watergate burglars themselves were not highly-trained CIA covert operations officers, but inept second-raters; James McCord was a CIA trained communications specialist, but not a covert operative.

    Supposedly Larry O’Brien had something on President Nixon, but that something has never been disclosed; it was probably a bluff. In that case, it was the greatest, most successful bluff in history.

  6. Now hold on for a few seconds, Mr Editor. I don’t assume Nixon personally planned or ordered the Watergate break-in, just like I don’t assume Barack Obama personally planned or ordered the IRS to obstruct TEA Party applications or withhold tax exempt status. But let’s agree that both abuses of power didn’t cause themselves, and no matter at what level clandestine plans my be conceived, they could only get operational go-ahead with at least the tacit approval of higher ups or at a minimum a clear indication the boss was willing to look the other way. Anything else and a pink slip is all but inevitable.

    Consequently, while I don’t assume Nixon or Obama personally engaged in the nuts and bolts of advance planning or actually issued orders for the illegal acts, I do assume they had a pretty good idea of what was going on in their own Administrations, not the details, but certainly the general directions.

    And, you’re dead wrong about the experience of the CIA operatives arrested in the Watergate burglary, they were all first string players, top operators each and every one of them. James McCord was much more than a communications specialist. He was a life-long intelligence agent who had been recruited by the FBI right out of college and assigned counter-intelligence duties catching NAZI spies during WW-2. After the war he joined the CIA and was European liaison officer to British Intelligence MI-5. Later he became head of physical security protecting CIA secrets at the agency’s HQ at Langley. McCord was a dedicated career man.

    As for the other 4, their record of service in covert CIA operations is as extensive as it is impressive.

    Bernard Barker was born in Cuba and became a naturalized US citizen in 1935, when the war broke out following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Barker was the first Cuban-American to join the US Army Air Corps. As a B-17 bombardier he was shot down over Germany and imprisoned in Stalag Luft #1 till he was liberated. He returned to Cuba where he was an assistant to the chief of Batista’s police and a covert informant to both the FBI and CIA.

    Following Castro’s victory Barker moved to Miami and continued his CIA activities initially under Frank Bender and later under E. Howard Hunt. Barker was Hunt’s chief liaison to the Cuban exile community and primary recruiter for the Bay of Pigs invasion force. Barker was also reported to be a member of Op 40, the CIA’s secret assassination squad.

    According to Dallas Police detective Seymour Weitsman, Barker was the man on the grassy knoll using Secret Service ID to obstruct police and spectators from pursuing the group of JFK assassins who fired from behind the picket fence.

    Virgilio Gonzales was the driver and bodyguard for Cuban Naval Officer Felipe Vidal Santiago. When Castro took control in late December 1959 Santiago and Gonzalez went into exile in South America and eventually came to Miami to join CIA’s JM/WAVE covert anti-Castro operations conducting raids into Cuba. Gonzales was a member of the Operation Tilt team that entered Cuba to extract defecting USSR missile technicians after the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    Many JFK assassination researchers identify Santiago as the dark complected man (DCM) visible in the Zapruder film statanding on the sidewalk in Dealey Plaza and waving to JFK when the first shots hit him. Those same researchers claim that Gonzales was the gunman in the Dal-Tex building and that Eugenio Martinez, Gonzales’ companion in Operation Tilt and many other CIA operations, was his spotter.

    As for Frank Sturgis, aka Frank Fiorini, I don’t think it’s possible to find a longer serving CIA operative with more experience in Cuban affairs. Like the other Watergate burglars, his record begins in WW-2 and extends to his service in Castro’s guerilla army. Sturgis fought in the mountains beside Fidel, Che, Raul and the others. Sturgis was hailed as a Hero of the Revolution, Castro appointed him to high rank in the Cuban Air Force and assigned him to run the hotels and casinos in Havana after the mob was kicked out.

    When Castro announced he was a communist Sturgis broke with him and founded the Anti-Communist Bragade, he participated in anit-Castro leaflet dropping raids over Cuba and even recruited Castro’s mistress, Marita Lorenz in an attempt to poison Castro. Sturgis is mentioned in CIA memos addressed to Deputy Director Vernon Walters and in FBI memos from Director L. Patrick Gray to H.R. Halderman as being associated with mobsters Santos Trafficante and Meyer Lansky.

    Many JFK researchers identify Frank Sturgis as not only a shooter in the JFK assassination but as one of, if not the, primary organizers.

    Mr Editor, I’ve listed a few high points to show these guys were anything but inept or second-rate. Now, while I’ll agree that’s the impression created for public consumption, I hope you’ll give some consideration to the prospect it may conceal a long series of much deeper secrets.

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