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The targeting of conservatives by the IRS started earlier and was more extensive than the IRS acknowledged last week, according to a draft IRS inspector general report obtained by ABC News.
As we reported on “Good Morning America” this morning, the IRS began targeting “Tea Party or similar organizations” in March 2010. That was when the Cincinnati-based IRS unit responsible for overseeing the applications for tax exempt status starting using the phrases “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12″ to search for applications warranting greater scrutiny.
During this first phase, 10 Tea Party cases were identified. By April of 2010, 18 Tea Party organizations were targeted, including three that had already been approved for tax-exempt status.
By June 2011, the unit had flagged over 100 Tea Party-related applications and the criteria used to scrutinize organizations had grown considerably, flagging not just “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in group names, but also groups that were working on issues like “government debt,” “taxes” and even organizations making statements that “criticize how the country is being run.”
The report, done by the Inspector General for the IRS, also shows that senior IRS officials in Washington was aware of what was going on as early as August 4, 2011 when, according to the report, the IRS chief counsel held a meeting with the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements unit “so that everyone would have the latest information on the issue.”
Hhhmm…….. Something tells me that this may just be the “tip of the Iceberg!”
As Maine voters prepare to go to the polls to vote on the Gay Marriage issue, proponent are attacking a spokesman for the opposition, calling for his state license as a social worker to be revoked. I believe the Bill of Rights protects his freedom of speech and freedom of association:
“Don is a high school guidance counselor and licensed social worker. His appearance in the television ad prompted a complaint to the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation – requesting that his license to practice social work in the state of Maine be stripped away – simply because of his personal opinion on marriage.”
For full Statement from Stand for Marriage Maine: http://www.standformarriagemaine.com/?p=689
In our country’s Bill of Rights, our Freedom of Speech is on that we regard with great respect.
Yet, as the Sen. Barack Obama became the presumptive Democratic nominee, then its nominee, the context of how our Freedom of Speech will be affected if Obama wins in November is clear and evident in the blogsphere:
This is the 3rd case that I’ve heard about from blog talk radio.
Obama’s “Truth Squads” Censor Free Speech on BlogTalkRadio?
–this is serious people we all need to contact ———– ————– ———————— ————– —————
This is breaking news: In yet another Orwellian move by the Obamites, Tracy, over at “No Compromise when it Comes to Being Right” was shut down by blogtalkradio tonight when she was interviewing Phil Berg about the lawsuit against Barack Obama! Here is her post:
Phil Berg is my guest today on No Compromise Radio:
I scheduled a show with Attorney Phil Berg who has filed a lawsuit against Barack Obama for not being a US Citizen therefore he is an illegal alien.
My show was terminated at the beginning of the show. Why? The BTR assistant Director of Customer Relations, Shannon Dingee-Kramer stated that my show was, “racially or ethnically offensive, defamatory, unreasonably violent, threatening, intimidating or harassing; 2. contains falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage BlogTalkRadio or any other person; (BTR red emphasis–not mine!)
In other words, those who claim to be for free speech are afraid of it when they see it, or hear it in this case! It might offend someone and that’s far more important to protect than the American Principle of exercising the flow of speech in the arena of public ideas.
So I am officially off the air until further notice thanks to the Obamunists and Islamists who support him!
BLOG TALK RADIO ==== where is the Freedom of Speech. Phil Berg questions Obama’s citizenship, and that is Racist!!??