They Don't Even Pretend to Obey the Lawby William Norman Grigg
1.Cop Kills Man with Patrol Car While Speeding & Looking at Laptop, Flexes Blue Privilege – No Charges
2.Cop Tells Woman There's "No Excuse" For Parking The Wrong Way, Says It's Against The Law To Film Him
3.NYPD Cops Terrified of New Bills that Will Stop them from Choking and Illegally Searching People
4.Why Not an 'Independence From the State' Day?
5.The Real Untold Story Of Government's Takedown of Silk Road
6.Chicago Institutes New "Amusement Tax" On Netflix, Streaming Services
7.TSA Asks America To LOL At Traveler Who Had $75,000 Taken From Him By Federal Agents
8.Florida Man Sentenced to 8 Months for Driving Away from Interior Border Patrol Checkpoint Too Quickly
9.Report: Son Shot At Home Invasion Suspects With AK47
10.Record 93.6 Million People Not in American Labor Force, Highest Since 1977
When summoned to testify before Congress regarding allegations that her agency had singled out conservative non-profits for special scrutiny, Lois Lerner – who headed the IRS's non-profit division – asserted her innocence and then invoked the Fifth Amendment.
Every citizen who files a tax return is expected to waive his protection against self-incrimination, and when the IRS accuses a taxpayer of fraud, those accusations are heard in a court the agency controls.
Congress issued a subpoena for official e-mails in which Lerner discussed agency policies dealing with conservative non-profit groups and other critics of the Obama administration. While being questioned by Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz several months ago, the IRS Commissioner claimed that all of the relevant emails were archived. Now the agency claims that they were lost in a hard drive crash.
Even if this were true, a reasonably competent IT professional could recover the lost emails very quickly. Then again, since the National Security Agency is keeping records of practically all emails and telephone communications, why couldn't that agency provide copies of the missing IRS emails?
Those ruling us don't offer any pretense that they're ruled by law. Why should we continue to pretend that they are, in some sense, public servants?