They Don't Even Pretend to Obey the Lawby William Norman Grigg
1.Florida Man Ordered by City to Keep BBQ Smell From Leaving His Property
2.Native American Woman Dies in Jail, Begging for Help, Officers Told Her to "Quit Faking"
3.Florida Cops Enter Family's Backyard and Shoot 8-Year-Old Daughter's Beloved Dog
4.A Creative Idea For Dealing With Police During a Traffic Stop
5.911 Dispatcher Hangs Up On Girl As Her Friend Dies, Tells Her 'Deal With It Yourself'
6.3-Year-Old London Child Deemed 'Extremist' and Placed in Government Reeducation Program
7.Iowa Court Rules Against Cops Who Arrested Woman For 'Illegally' Drinking Alcohol While Parked In Parking Lot
8.After 11-MONTH Investigation, La. Cops Working With DEA Bust Teens For A Few Grams Of Marijuana, MDMA
9.Obama Tells Snowden to "Come Home, Be Judged"
10.Video: Florida Man Finds $1 Million In Gold From Shipwrecked Spanish Fleet
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?