Earlier today we ran a story that showed that leaders at the IRS knew about the unjust persecution of conservatives by their agency a full two years before word leaked to Congress. Today, the story grows even more disturbing because while we already knew that the IRS was being led by corrupt, liberals who cared nothing about democracy… today we learned that the FBI apparently didn’t care about the IRS lawlessness either.
In a shocking report for the Daily Signal, Philip Wegmann explains that the FBI and Obama’s Department of Justice first learned that the IRS was illegally targeting conservatives two years before Congress ever found out about the problems!
Almost 300 pages of documents released Thursday and obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act confirm that the IRS subjected conservative groups to increased scrutiny beginning in 2011.
Even though the FBI uncovered the scandal in 2011, the documents show, the Department of Justice chose not to act.
In interviews with FBI agents, IRS officials said that a Cincinnati branch of their agency targeted conservative groups.
“Cincinnati was categorizing cases based on name and ideology, not just activity,” Nancy Marks, a senior official at the IRS, told the FBI. That was in the summer of 2011. The public wouldn’t learn of the scandal until May 2013.
The discovery provides more evidence of the IRS’ unlawful behavior, but it also sheds light on something that may be even more disconcerting – a coordinated government conspiracy to suppress conservative political speech. Rep. [score]John Fleming[/score] (R-LA) explains; “While this provides further confirmation that the IRS was acting to suppress the voices of certain conservative groups, it now raises questions about whether the FBI has been compromised or politicized.”
Many conservatives, already fearful of government action against us for our beliefs, have now been handed even more cause for concern. Not only is the government working to clear the names of liberal leaders who break the law (like Hillary Clinton), and not only are they choosing to not enforce laws that they dislike (like immigration law), they now seem to be actively working to persecute law-abiding citizens simply because we disagree with the politics of the Left.
“It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you.” — Enemy of the State (1998)