Obama and IRS apologists feel the need to condemn a couple “rogue” agents who unethically targeted groups with “tea party,” “Constitution,” “liberty,” or “9-12” in their names. It’s not so much that they’re outraged by the IRS’s actions. It’s that they want the scandal to go away. So they claim that these are isolated incidents. Fire a couple people, and then the scandal’s over. Or point to a few choreographed resignations and say that’s good enough. But it’s not just a couple rogue agents.
Ben Swann over at a local Fox affiliate in Cincinnati exposes one particular manager that is likely the one that signed off on the actions of at least 6 other agents. Each of these agents had managers of their own, and each of those managers had territory managers. And above all those, there was a Cindy Thomas:
“When an application for tax-exempt status comes into the IRS, agents have 270 days to work through that application. If the application is not processed within those 270 days it automatically triggers flags in the system. When that happens, individual agents are required to input a status update on that individual case once a month, every month until the case is resolved. Keep in mind; at least 300 groups were targeted out of Cincinnati alone. Those applications spent anywhere from 18 months to nearly 3 years in the system and some still don’t have their non-profit status. Three hundred groups multiplied by at least 18 months for each group, means thousands of red flags would have been generated in the system. So who in the chain of command would have received all these flags? The answer, according to the IRS directory, one woman in Cincinnati, Cindy Thomas, the Program Manager of the Tax Exempt Division. Because all six of our IRS workers have different individual and territory managers, Cindy Thomas is one manager they all have common.”
So this isn’t a case where a few bad employees were targeting conservative groups on their own. They were taking orders.
I wonder if Cindy Thomas will be called to testify before Congress since she was apparently the one at the top of this division. And maybe she was following orders from her boss.
But so far, no one that’s testified before Congress knows anything. All they know is that they don’t know. Or they promise they didn’t do anything wrong before invoking the 5th Amendment.
These are certainly not isolated incidents perpetrated by a few unruly employees. The evidence points to this being a concerted and deliberate effort directed by high-ranking officials in the IRS to go after groups who claim to align themselves with the Constitution. In other words, enemies of the current administration.