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Give government power and they’ll abuse it: Part II

Well, well, well … here’s a surprise!  Not!

Remember the post the other day about how the DEA was “recreating the investigative trail” to hide where they got some of their initial info (you know, the newest euphemism for lying)?

As with most of these sorts of stories, it apparently only exposed the tip of the proverbial iceberg:

Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years.

The practice of recreating the investigative trail, highly criticized by former prosecutors and defense lawyers after Reuters reported it this week, is now under review by the Justice Department. Two high-profile Republicans have also raised questions about the procedure.

A 350-word entry in the Internal Revenue Manual instructed agents of the U.S. tax agency to omit any reference to tips supplied by the DEA’s Special Operations Division, especially from affidavits, court proceedings or investigative files. The entry was published and posted online in 2005 and 2006, and was removed in early 2007. The IRS is among two dozen arms of the government working with the Special Operations Division, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency.

So … it could even go deeper, no?  And of course, this just adds more mud to the IRS’s already mud-spattered reputation.

Show of hands … how many would be shocked, shocked I tell you to learn that the FBI, CIA, NSA and a myriad of other alphabet soup Federal agencies were doing this as well? 

For those not raising your hand, naïve doesn’t even begin to cover it.


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18 Responses to Give government power and they’ll abuse it: Part II

  • Bush’s fault. 

    • Well, sort of.  The two years the IRS had a manual for “parallel construction” were during the second Bush term, but given the lack of Republican penetration of the IRS, I doubt the Bush political appointees even knew about it.

      • Well isn’t saying “Bush’s fault” suppose to let everyone off the hook.  Especially those currently in a position to do something about it.

        • The Bush card is the next best thing to the race card.   In playing order, it’s best form to play the Bush card first to draw out their lesser cards before you play the race trump card.

  • Not when they branched out into domestic spying for blackmail.

  • McQ do you really expect us to believe that the federal government under this administration would make an end run around the 4th amendment? You really believe that? REALLY?

  • “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny [is] always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”  — President Obama
    So this must be one of those made up scandals, right?

  • Many people cannot grasp the concept that even if something were a good idea, or more efficient, but not allowed by the Constitution that you should think carefully before dumping the Constitution, lest bad ideas eventually also are allowed to do an end run.

  • Lets get this power and turn it on the left.

    • no no!  We have to use our powers only for good!  and that……
      actually…..sounds pretty good to me.