Below I wrote about ongoing Obama regime scandals and the IRS mess of targeting the Lefts opposition but that was Monday and today is early Thursday and the list has grown in leaps and bounds. In fact, very late last night one more bombshell hit, but I'll get to that last.
2nd has been the endless coverup of Benghazi, lying officials, whistleblowing officials, emails, redaction's of emails, hearings and more hearings. Although those emails were dumped some missing items stood out - the record of a teleconference where the final decision on the edits were made on September 15 and what the final version of the talking points would look like. Senior government officials such as the State Department’s director for policy planning, Jake Sullivan, participated in the teleconference.
And then Director of the CIA, General David Petraeus, had this to say about the heavily edited talking points:
“Frankly, I’d just as soon not use this[.]”
Further, critical emails between administration officials that were sent during the crucial first two days after the deadly jihadi attack.
Then we have the Associated Press (AP) scandal percolating.
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.
In all, the government seized the 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 a hundred journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.
Next up we have Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on the Hugh Hewitt talk radio show last evening where he broke news alleging that the Justice Department seized phone records from the House of Representatives as part of their investigation of the AP. Partial transcript follows:
DN: I don’t think people are focusing on the right thing when they talk about going after the AP reporters. The big problem that I see is that they actually tapped right where I’m sitting right now, the Cloak Room.
HH: Wait a minute, this is news to me.
DN: The Cloak Room in the House of Representatives.
HH: I have no idea what you’re talking about.
DN: So when they went after the AP reporters, right? Went after all of their phone records, they went after the phone records, including right up here in the House Gallery, right up from where I’m sitting right now. So you have a real separation of powers issue that did this really rise to the level that you would have to get phone records that would, that would most likely include members of Congress, because as you know…
DN: …members of Congress talk to the press all the time.
HH: I did not know that, and that is a stunner.
DN: Now that is a separation of powers issue here, Hugh.
DN: And it’s a freedom of press issue. And now you’ve got the IRS going after people. So these things are starting to cascade one upon the other, and you have the White House pretending like they’re in the clouds like it’s not their issue somehow.
We have the wheels on the White House bus going round and round until they begin to finally come off.
I've written several posts on Benghazi here, here, here, here, here and here. Or you can merely search "Benghazi" in the site search box. Now we have another major scandal brewing out of the Regime in the White House.
Obama claims there is no war on terror but it could be said US citizens are fighting a war on terror against themselves. A majority of US citizens don't want amnesty for illegal immigrants, the government is fighting to offer that and much more. And now we find out private, non-profit organizations are being targeted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) based on terms such as Tea Party, Patriots, Conservative and so on.
Nice, George Orwell's "1984" is alive and well while residing in the United States of America. The "Smoking Man" in the TV series "X-Files" had an inscription on his Zippo Lighter - "Trust No One" and it's so very true of the US government.
When the government want's a story to fly under the radar they dump the news on a Friday. However, when you say the IRS is SPYING on specific groups it's hard to keep it quiet for long. Some are saying this was done to divert all the Benghazi hearing discussion. I don't believe it worked.
On Friday IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner disclosed that the agency had flagged groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" to have their tax returns inspected, presumably with an eye on the legality of their tax exemption. Ms. Lerner called this "inappropriate," which it certainly was, and she said it wasn't done "out of any political bias." If you believe that last statement I have nice swamp land for sale in the Arizona desert. I'll give you a special, one time deal.
A very big problem with the admission is that IRS representatives previously denied that anything was murky before the 2012 election.
During a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing in March 2012, Commissioner Douglas Shulman insisted that "There's absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people" if they want to get tax-exempt status.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has a theory:
"There’s no doubt this was not a coincidence that they dumped this story today, a Friday dump day. This is when they put their negative stories out.
I was in that Benghazi hearing,” she told WND. “I think the Obama administration is desperate to spin Benghazi, and they can’t. I think they saved this story up for a day like today so that conservatives would focus on this admission.”
“Conservatives can handle two shocking stories at the same time,” she said. “Both are equally unconstitutional and call into question the very president.”
Bachmann's theory is this would merely appear as one more dispute between Republicans and the White House.
At the Wall Street Journal it seems they're not buying the story and apology as an accident.
Ms. Lerner's apology on Friday was unexpected but we're doubtful that it came as a sudden bolt of conscience. The mea culpa lands ahead of an official report on the tax-fishing incidents by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That report was requested by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa and Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan in June 2012, and the IG is expected to issue its findings soon.
The incident is particularly rich in light of recent efforts by campaign finance reformers to broaden the powers of the IRS and other non-expert agencies to regulate politics, especially nonprofits. The latest campaign finance disclosure bill sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska), would force trade organizations and 527 and 501(c) groups to disclose their donors, institute real-time reporting requirements and impose draconian penalties for noncompliance.
The bill modifies the tax code to cover political nonprofits, so it also hands more power to regulate politics to the IRS. The bill is a terrible idea on its face, but after Ms. Lerner's disclosure it looks positively dangerous.
This so-called "apology" cannot be taken lightly. The IRS taxing power, when utilized for political purposes, infringes on the contract the American people have with government. It is an outright violation of that contract.
And what is that "contract?" It's the United States Constitution. Obama and his ilk have worked well beyond overtime to shred it at its core.
Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard has written a blockbuster and damaging article on the Benghazi talking points, how they were drafted and changed. The lies go all the way to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom.
Read the full story, share it, help it go viral. Call your Congressional Representative and Senator and demand all emails connected with the Benghazi, Libya consulate attacks are released.