Higher-Ups Knew of IRS Case - Wall Street Journal - The Internal Revenue Service's watchdog told top Treasury officials around June 2012 he was investigating allegations the tax agency had targeted conservative groups, for the first time indicating that Obama administration officials were aware of the explosive matter in the midst of the president's re-election campaign.The disclosure to the Treasury general counsel and the deputy secretary was a cursory one, according to J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. He said he didn't reveal conclusions of the probe, which was in its early stages, and his disclosure came as part of a routine update to Treasury leaders. At the time, Republican lawmakers were complaining publicly about alleged IRS targeting of tea-party groups. The revelation nonetheless raised a fresh set of questions about who was aware of the problem within the Obama administration. It was one of several new details that emerged during a contentious four-hour House committee hearing Friday, held one week after an IRS official revealed at a legal conference that the agency had taken "absolutely inappropriate" actions in targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for often heavy-handed scrutiny. Read more...... Article contributed by Steve Peters.
(2) Ex-Diplomats Report New Benghazi Whistle-blowers with Information Devastating to Clinton and Obama - PJ Media - The former diplomat who spoke with PJ Media regarded the whole enterprise as totally amateurish and likened it to the Mike Nichols film Charlie Wilson’s War about a clueless congressman who supplies Stingers to the Afghan guerrillas. “It’s as if Hillary and the others just watched that movie and said ‘Hey, let’s do that!’” the diplomat said.
He added that he and his colleagues think the leaking of General David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell was timed to silence the former CIA chief on these matters. Regarding General Ham, military contacts of the diplomats tell them that AFRICOM had Special Ops “assets in place that could have come to the aid of the Benghazi consulate immediately (not in six hours).”
Ham was told by the White House not to send the aid to the trapped men, but Ham decided to disobey and did so anyway, whereupon the White House “called his deputy and had the deputy threaten to relieve Ham of his command.”
The White House motivation in all this is as yet unclear, but it is known that Ham retired quietly in April 2013 as head of AFRICOM.
PJ Media recognizes this is largely hearsay, but the two diplomats sounded quite credible. One of them was in a position of responsibility in a dangerous area of Iraq in 2004.
We will report more as we learn it. Read more........
(3) Jefferson Area Tea Party Protests IRS Actions - NBC29 News - The Jefferson Area Tea Party took part in a national wave of protests Tuesday against the IRS's targeting of conservative groups.
Tea party members and others gathered for a "Rein in the IRS" rally at the Free Speech Wall on the downtown mall in Charlottesville. A smaller group went to the Charlottesville IRS office to deliver a notice of its concerns beforehand.
The area Tea Party's chairwoman, Carole Thorpe, says they want to make sure these actions don't happen to another organization.
"This isn't good for any American. It just happens to happening to us right now, but this is a broader concern of what we talk about at the Tea Party all the time. We talk about federal overreach, we talk about abuse of power, and this is definitely a class A example of it," Thorpe said.
The Jefferson Area Tea Party says it wasn't targeted by the IRS.
Read the Jefferson Area Tea Party's full statement to the IRS here.