Judicial Watch obtained emails through a Freedom Of Information Act request from the IRS. Those emails show the IRS, specifically Lois Lerner, illegally gave private information to the Federal Election Commission:
The revealing email chain obtained by Judicial Watch begins with a February 3, 2009, email from a redacted FEC attorney asking Lerner if the IRS had issued an exemption letter for American Future Fund (AFF). The writer of the letter notes, “When we spoke last July, you told us that the American Future Fund had not received an exemption letter from the IRS.” In the same email, the FEC attorney asked Lerner if she could also advise him if the IRS had granted an exemption letter to American Issues Project (AIP) as well as to AIP’s predecessor organizations, Citizens for the Republic (CFTR) and Avenger, Inc. (AIP).
In her response sent ten minutes later from her irs.gov email address, Lerner indicated that she would require her staff to cooperate fully, saying, “I have sent your email out to some of my staff. Will get back to you as soon as I have heard from them.”
The bulk of the records obtained by Judicial Watch consist of extensive materials from the IRS’ files sent from Lerner to the FEC containing detailed, confidential information about the organizations. These include annual tax returns (Forms 990) and request for exempt recognition forms (Form 1024), Articles of Organization and other corporate documents, and correspondence between the nonprofit organizations and the IRS. Under Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code, it is a felony for an IRS official to disclose either “return information” or “taxpayer return information,” even to another government agency.
It is a felony and yet it happened anyway and no one, thus far, is being charged. Note that it wasn’t the FBI or any other alleged “law enforcement” agency that revealed this crime to the public; it was a private group.
The government has no interest in protecting you from anything.
As bad as this IRS scandal is, let’s try to apply what it teaches us to the NSA. The Senate Intelligence Committee just approved the bulk data collection. Feinstein justified the decision in part because the spying is “closely monitored.” This reminds me of the “internal controls” that are used to reassure us that our private information will not be abused.
Does anyone really think that the NSA is more restrained than the IRS in honoring the privacy of Americans? Also, the Drug Enforcement Administration was recently caught providing illegal evidence to local investigators and instructing them to hide DEA involvement in the case from the public record.
If IRS personnel are going to be permitted to commit felonies without prosecution, we can be pretty sure that employees of the much more clandestine NSA are even less likely to be prosecuted.
Conservatives who still buy unconfirmed stories that the NSA is taking time out from industrial espionage and bugging politicians’ phones to actually provide security for Americans need to wake up. Basic conservative philosophy says that power corrupts. Why would the NSA be an exception? You have no evidence of the NSA’s value other than the testimony of confirmed liars.
Look at the IRS and consider.
Perhaps every bureaucrat in whatever agency is just another Lois Lerner.