Video: Did the IRS target a DHS whistleblower?

posted at 8:41 am on June 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Inspector General of the Treasury will be a very busy man indeed this year. According to CNN, the IG will launch an investigation to determine how a DHS whistleblower ended up on the IRS’ audit list after testifying before Congress. P. Jeffrey Black tried to fix problems in the federal air marshal service, but had IRS agents at his door the day he appeared in a documentary criticizing the Obama administration’s air security efforts:

He had taken a long list of complaints to lawmakers about how the air marshals service was run, ranging from problems keeping marshals on flights to allegations of ineptitude and favoritism by managers. The same year he retired, he appeared in “Please Remove Your Shoes,” a documentary critical of the airline security measures travelers endure on every trip.

Then came the audit, which an Internal Revenue Service agent told him about the same day the movie premiered — “almost to the hour,” he said.

The year-long investigation included the placement of a $24,000 lien against his home. In the end, the IRS found out Black owed them $480 — while the government owed him $8,300.

Black paid his $480; the government never paid him, saying the statute of limitations had run out. Now, he thinks someone — perhaps the Air Marshal Service, the Department of Homeland Security or elsewhere in the Obama administration — was using the IRS to retaliate against him.

“Being a veteran of extensive retaliation in my past, I am not surprised about this,” Black told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” “It is basically the only way they can retaliate against me after I retired.”

The IRS insists that audit decisions come from careerists at the agency, and politics don’t play any role in enforcement. However, that was their position on allegations of targeting Tea Party groups in their applications for tax-exempt status too, until it finally fell apart during an IG audit. After that got exposed, the IRS insisted that the targeting only took place among “low-level employees,” but later testimony showed that to be false.

This sounds more like the case of the National Organization for Marriage. Someone — and we still don’t know who — took information that is supposed to remain confidential by federal statute and leaked it to both the media and NOM’s political opponents. It’s no secret that NOM’s constituency is not closely aligned with the current power structure in Washington, and there seems to be no particular reason NOM would have been singled out for a leak except for political reasons.

These various events, including that of Black’s audit, strongly suggest that political corruption and retaliation are not isolated events at all in the IRS but are part of their organizational culture. The IG needs to investigate this thoroughly, and so does Congress, but the long-term solution has to be to transform the tax code to eliminate the IRS or greatly reduce its power, in order to prevent such abuses from happening in the future.

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Obama’s America.

Electrongod on June 19, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Will IG actually do their job?

So far they’ve been awful with the other IRS investigations

cmsinaz on June 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

The IRS insists that audit decisions come from careerists at the agency, and politics don’t play any role in enforcement.

My BS detector just redlined.

Remember all the women that accused Clinton of his sexual advances getting IRS audits along with the Tea Party targeting. Absolutely no one believes this.

Bitter Clinger on June 19, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Ending the IRS would be easy if we had the guts to with hold all payments until the deed was done.

tim c on June 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Obama’s America.

Electrongod on June 19, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Well…he said he was going to fundamentally transform America.

For once, there’s something he didn’t lie about.

bigmacdaddy on June 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Obama’s America.

Electrongod on June 19, 2013 at 8:42 AM

No, the ObamiNation.

Steve Eggleston on June 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

You can eliminate the IRS but BO will still have “his” NSA, FBI, CIA, DHS, EPA… He’s got a lot of weapons at his disposal. Better get in line and change your voter affiliation to D! Your life (Obamacare) may depend on it.

Key West Reader on June 19, 2013 at 8:51 AM

The powers inherited by the IRS in administering ObamaCare will be the final silencing tool to all those who seek redress of grievances. If you protest, you will be targeted under legal due process of the federal government. Welcome to the Socialist Republic of Amerika

Rovin on June 19, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Too much power has been given to the IRS. I wouldn’t look for any changes and any investigations will be whitewashed and go nowhere.

TerryW on June 19, 2013 at 8:52 AM

The IRS insists that audit decisions come from careerists at the agency, and politics don’t play any role in enforcement.

Would they be the careerists who donated as a group better than 20-1 to Team SCOAMT (or as history recalls them, Sir Richard le Breton, Sir William II de Tracy, Sir Hugh de Morville, and Sir Reginald Fitzurse, the four knights who rid King Henry II of his turbulent priest, Thomas Becket).

Steve Eggleston on June 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Uh, why the question mark? The obvious answer is YES.

WannabeAnglican on June 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

but the long-term solution has to be to transform the tax code to eliminate the IRS or greatly reduce its power, in order to prevent such abuses from happening in the future.

Shut. It. Down.

NOW.

Chris of Rights on June 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

When you lie and blow all credibility no one believes you and everyone expects the worst. The IRS and pretty much everyone in Washington made their beds.

ldbgcoleman on June 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

The IRS insists that audit decisions come from careerists at the agency, and politics don’t play any role in enforcement. However, that was their position on allegations of targeting Tea Party groups in their applications for tax-exempt status too, until it finally fell apart during an IG audit.

Yeah, you really can’t pull that trigger twice. Lois Lerner is a careerist at the agency and she’s a partisan whore. The woman that is running the Obamacare Gestapo at the IRS is a careerist too. The IRS is filled with partisan careerists.

Happy Nomad on June 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM

You can eliminate the IRS but BO will still have “his” NSA, FBI, CIA, DHS, EPA… He’s got a lot of weapons at his disposal. Better get in line and change your voter affiliation to D! Your life (Obamacare) may depend on it.

Key West Reader on June 19, 2013 at 8:51 AM

I’m thinking Independent actually. First of all I suspect I’ll get better service from my mail carrier if the Republican mailings stop.

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Sir Richard le Breton, Sir William II de Tracy, Sir Hugh de Morville, and Sir Reginald Fitzurse, the four knights who rid King Henry II of his turbulent priest, Thomas Becket

Steve Eggleston on June 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Heh. Careerists.

socalcon on June 19, 2013 at 9:09 AM

The IRS insists that audit decisions come from careerists at the agency, and politics don’t play any role in enforcement.

Remind me again the ratio of Ds vs Rs with the IRS union…yeah, didn’t think so….

hillsoftx on June 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Federal government gone wild.

Solution: Amnesty to ensure that federal government power, now virtually unstoppable, is, indeed, unstoppable.

BuckeyeSam on June 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

And?…what does it matter?

Conservatives will never do sh1t about it because calling for anything beyond pithy comments on a blog equates to threatening the president with this group.

ClassicCon on June 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

These various events, including that of Black’s audit, strongly suggest that political corruption and retaliation are not isolated events at all in the IRS but are part of their organizational culture.

More like a ‘smoking gun’, when you’ve got the MSM…

NSA, FBI, CIA, DHS, EPA… He’s got a lot of weapons at his disposal

socalcon on June 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Although I’d prefer that the Congressional investigations continue for some time, I wonder at what point we need a special prosecutor.

And you know who I think I’d like to see?

Rudy Guiliani.

BuckeyeSam on June 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Jay Carney, in 3…2…1…

“Let’s be clear this happened a long time ago. We are unaware of any agency …{fill in the blank}”

socalcon on June 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Investors Business Daily: Now The Gibson Guitar Raids Make Sense

Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.

Mark Steyn: When Your W-2 Meets an AR-15

The Gibson raid looks a little different in light of recent revelations. Oh, well. Could have been worse. Its chief executive — a Republican donor — might have been shot for “resisting arrest,” right?

Abolish the IRS. And no personal Delta Force for its successor.

Drained Brain on June 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM

You guys got to remember that it just isn’t Obama here that is operating against the Conservatives and anyone else who goes against this foul, corrupt government.

All of these agencies are populated by members of the SEIU and AFSME – the two most virulent SOROS-supported and Communist run unions on the planet. These people NEED NO INSTIGATING by Obama to use their positions to run down anyone who does something that hinders the rise of their Socialist Plantation/Utopia.

When you stand across the counter from some gov’t official or are at the end of some gov’t agents paperwork stack – you are very likely in the “care” of someone who is as much a hate-filled true believer in the “cause” as was any hostile TEAMSTER facing a “SCAB” who was crossing a picket to break a union strike…and the TEAMSTER could only just beat you up or kill you.

These guys can freeze and confiscate your bank accounts, ban you from being employed most anywhere, seize your property AND your children, have you arrested and imprisoned, and send SWAT teams to hit your business and employees, or even raid you home at 3 am with the hope you’ll resist them smashing your home to bits and roughing up your spouse and kids so they can put you in the ground with enough bullet holes to make you resemble Swiss Cheese.

They don’t need instruction or instigation – Heck, they probably spend days fantasizing about doing this to you or anyone else they can.

babylonandon on June 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM

It’s a rogue government led by thugs and liars.

petefrt on June 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Welcome to the culmination and perfection of the bureaucratic surveillance state, where the cost of compliance and the cost of defiance are pretty much the same.

Sgt Steve on June 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

With all due respect to the Good Doctor, Ron Paul, I may need to retract some of those items I posted during the Primary Season.

(note to self: look into calendaring the fitting for a tin-foil hat)

socalcon on June 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

IRS needs to be abolished, it is now clear evidence( tons of evidence really) that it is not a revenue generating department( a Walmart cashier can do their job nicely and without abuse using flat tax system) but a brutally effective tool to crush political enemies from any area…

Why do we the people continually allow them to get away with this? When’s enough enough?

Alinsky on June 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

To add on to what I was saying, I think what we are dealing with is a CULTURE of hatred and revenge directed towards anyone who goes against the government – very much the same as the similar culture in the media toward Conservatives- especially the Evangelicals and the TEA Party – who a TV “reporter” on CBS recently AGAIN likened to the Taliban.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/18/us-usa-irs-teaparty-idUSBRE95H1B520130618?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews

babylonandon on June 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

I figured this was coming. When people began to realize the IRS was on a political witch hunt anyone who has ever been audited will begin to wonder if they were audited for political reasons.

txhsmom on June 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Drained Brain on June 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM

BTW, Martin guitars, used the exact same wood, from the exact same supplier, and they were never audited, even after it was brought to their attention.

Martin is an Obama supporter…

Interestingly, one of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Co. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood,” which is the exact same wood in at least 10 of Gibson’s guitars. So why were they not also raided and their inventory of foreign wood seized?

Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.

right2bright on June 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I wonder at what point we need a special prosecutor.

BuckeyeSam on June 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Something stronger than that is required. It should involve pitchforks, torches, tar and feathers.

GWB on June 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Who knew? The IRS can not only serve as a harassment tool, but can steal elections, go after political opponents, and now get those whistle blowers. It’s amazing, whistle blowers, when Bush was in office, were heroes. With Obama in office, not so much. In fact, if you blow the whistle on Obama, you’re likely to become a target. Gee, a few years back, wasn’t it a crime to put targets on people?

bflat879 on June 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

I figured this was coming. When people began to realize the IRS was on a political witch hunt anyone who has ever been audited will begin to wonder if they were audited for political reasons.

txhsmom on June 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Here is the problem, no group of politicians will call for the IRS to really make changes…the ability to tax is the ability to control.

It also is a cash cow for any politician.

Left, right, middle, whatever, power is what they need, and the power to tax and regulate through taxation, from the beginning of time, is the most powerful weapon a politician has.

It will never be changed as long as we have politician’s…they will ask for “changes”, but not reform.

Everyone knows, a flat tax would be simple and easy to implement…but it won’t ever happen.

right2bright on June 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM

… what we are dealing with is a CULTURE of hatred and revenge directed towards anyone who goes against the government –

babylonandon on June 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Yes, it’s a culture of hatred and revenge based on an ideology of envy, hatred and revenge aka Marxism.

petefrt on June 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

It’s a rogue government led by thugs and liars.

petefrt on June 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Obama’s ‘going rogue’?

faraway on June 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Yes Petefrt … EXACTLY like what became the entire culture of the Soviet Union as described in Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago”.

That’s what most of the employees of our government aspire to AND NOT JUST OBAMA: to be commissars with the power of life and death over the proletariat…to live as unchallenged Masters over a vast Slave Plantation that stretches from Sea to Shining Sea.

babylonandon on June 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

The same year he retired, he appeared in “Please Remove Your Shoes,”

IRS: “…and the shirt off your back, and we’ll sue your pants off and we’ve got you by your junk!”

Steve Z on June 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

“the IG will launch an investigation to determine how a DHS whistleblower ended up on the IRS’ audit list after testifying before Congress”

The oversight committee to ought to hold a hearing with the IG beforehand to inquire about his methods. You know, like,

– “Are you going to use stenographers in interviews?
– “Will your interviews prohibit supervisory & management babysitters?
– “Will you require those you interview to take an oath to tell the you the truth?”

Dusty on June 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

What was it that libs were complaining about concerning President Bush ……….. and his “snooping”?

avagreen on June 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Obama’s ‘going rogue’?

faraway on June 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

He’s been rogue since childhood. He was raised to be rogue.

petefrt on June 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Nah…This is a lying disgruntled worker or something…

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Although I’d prefer that the Congressional investigations continue for some time, I wonder at what point we need a special prosecutor.

And you know who I think I’d like to see?

Rudy Guiliani.

BuckeyeSam on June 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Yep!

The Apparatchik need to be culled in every agency within the executive…Congress needs to use the power of the purse as well.

Get rid of Holder now.

Shut em’ down…

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

babylonandon on June 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

A culture and ideology of hatred and revenge, energized by absolute moral authority and an ethic that the ends justifies the means…

What could go wrong.

No wonder leftist regimes always devolve into tyranny and bloodshed.

petefrt on June 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Is the IG going to investigate or “audit”. Never underestimate Washington and their code words for getting away with anything and everything.

Cindy Munford on June 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM

The IRS insists that audit decisions come from careerists at the agency, and politics don’t play any role in enforcement.

Would they be the careerists who donated as a group better than 20-1 to Team SCOAMT (or as history recalls them, Sir Richard le Breton, Sir William II de Tracy, Sir Hugh de Morville, and Sir Reginald Fitzurse, the four knights who rid King Henry II of his turbulent priest, Thomas Becket).

Steve Eggleston on June 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Speaking of knights…We have some working in our gubmint.

http://www.cato.org/blog/weirdest-scandal-ever-foreign-knights-invade-america

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

It’s a rogue government led by thugs and liars.

petefrt on June 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

You are correct.

dogsoldier on June 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Black paid his $480; the government never paid him, saying the statute of limitations had run out. Now, he thinks someone — perhaps the Air Marshal Service, the Department of Homeland Security or elsewhere in the Obama administration — was using the IRS to retaliate against him.

There is no I.G. in place at Homeland Security. And the White House has a history of intimidating/firing I.G.s who don’t roll over at their every command, as Gerald Walpin describes. Link function not working for me for some reason so I have to do it the ugly way. (http://www.nationalreview.com/article/350911/why-irs-ig-stopped-audit-gerald-walpin)

Buy Danish on June 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

When the consent of the governed frays, what then?

Mason on June 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

but the long-term solution has to be to transform the tax code to eliminate the IRS or greatly reduce its power, in order to prevent such abuses from happening in the future.

Stop! Yer killing me!

Hill60 on June 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

2 things:

1. How did this story get past CNN editors and senior producers??

2. When did Nick Faldo change his name to Drew Griffin?

Sacramento on June 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Buy Danish on June 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

That gentleman got a raw deal from the very start and should have been a warning to people of what was to come under Obama. Why would Homeland Security not have an I.G. and doesn’t it seem that all I.G.s should have separate incomes? Maybe that isn’t possible but it seems it would cut down on conflicts of interest.

Cindy Munford on June 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

The powers inherited by the IRS in administering ObamaCare will be the final silencing tool to all those who seek redress of grievances. If you protest, you will be targeted under legal due process of the federal government. Welcome to the Socialist Republic of Amerika

Rovin on June 19, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Under-reported story…IRS targeting non-profit activist law firms.

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Someone — and we still don’t know who, but are absolutely sure had no connection or authorization from Barack Obama — took information that is supposed to remain confidential by federal statute and leaked it to both the media and NOM’s political opponents.

Just being helpful, since you left out the standard media disclaimer.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Buy Danish on June 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

That gentleman got a raw deal from the very start and should have been a warning to people of what was to come under Obama. Why would Homeland Security not have an I.G. and doesn’t it seem that all I.G.s should have separate incomes? Maybe that isn’t possible but it seems it would cut down on conflicts of interest.

Cindy Munford on June 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I’ve been thinking about that. Since Congress is supposed to provide oversight to the executive branch, it seems to me that some IGs should really be working for Congress to insulate them from all actions and influence by the president.

This is one place where I very much depart from wanting a smaller government. The various branches of government should have more ability to investigate each other. It’s a crying shame that Congress has to depend on the DOJ to investigate the DOJ.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Speaking of knights…We have some working in our gubmint.

http://www.cato.org/blog/weirdest-scandal-ever-foreign-knights-invade-america

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Somebody contact the president of Hillsdale College; the violations of Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 by Team SCOAMT are not merely in spirit.

Steve Eggleston on June 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM