1.FBI Agents Cut Internet Access, Pose As Repairmen To Perform Warrantless Search
2.LAPD Officer Accused Of Punting Man's Face Like He Was 'Kicking A Field Goal'
3.Patriot Act, Passed to Fight Terrorism, Used Mostly In Drug Investigations
4.Mom Faces Jail For Using Cannabis Oil To Treat 15-Yr-Old Son's Chronic Pain
5.During Cold War, CIA And FBI Hired Over 1,000 Nazis As Spies, Limited Investigations Of Those Nazis
6.Sarcastic "God Bless You" Triggers Miami Cop To Go On Psychotic Tirade
7.Antonio Buehler Found Not Guilty After Almost 3 Years
8."Crush the Seed of Ishmael": A "Final Solution" to the "Muslim Problem"
9.Texas School Cop Accused Of Demanding To Smell Woman's Socks & Underwear
10.Zombies Are Us: The Walking Dead in the American Police State
They Don't Even Pretend to Obey the Lawby William Norman Grigg
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?