The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a lengthy record of abusing power.
The IRS’s abuse of power is not restricted to targeting tea party groups but it also includes seizing assets of small business owners under the suspicion of engaging in money laundering.
Under federal civil asset forfeiture laws the IRS can seize bank accounts of individuals that make a series of deposits or withdrawals of cash under $10,000. Cash transactions under $10,000 are suspicious because they fall under the federal reporting requirement and it’s illegal to avoid the reporting threshold by “structuring” a number of smaller transactions to avoid federal detection.
Most concerning is that civil asset forfeiture allows the IRS to take the money first with the burden falling on the individual to prove their innocence. The guilty first, innocent second twisting of justice puts the IRS in a powerful position.
Since the IRS uses a sledgehammer instead of a scalpel, it has seized the bank accounts of many innocent small businesses that frequently make small cash deposits in its zeal to enforce the “structuring” law.
According to The Institute for Justice, the IRS seized just over $240 million in over 2,500 cases that were considered structured transactions between 2005 and 2012. The Institute for Justice recently released a report, Seize First, Question Later: The IRS and Civil Forfeiture, that analyzes recent cases of civil asset forfeiture.
A recent House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight hearing focused on the abuse of power surrounding the IRS’s civil asset forfeiture laws.
During the hearing, Jeffrey Hirsch, an owner of a convenience store distributor company in Long Island, New York, told the committee how the IRS seized without prior notice almost half a million dollars from his company’s bank account because the IRS felt it was making structured cash deposits.
The IRS held his money for more than two-and-a-half years without making a formal charge before giving all the money back. The actions by the IRS almost drove the company into bankruptcy.
In his testimony, IRS Commissioner John Koskien told the committee that structuring bank transactions is illegal regardless of the source of the funds but he said the IRS will try to zero in on cases where the structured deposits and withdrawals are from illegal activity.
[by Tom Borelli]
Is Obama Readying USA For Islamic Takeover?
Although they haven’t said it outright–yet– the Obama syndicate members seem poised to soon say that Christians are actually responsible for their own beheadings and burning of the adults and children..many of them infants. Obama recently said that Christians have done horrible things, too. But—and it’s a big one—he had to go back to the over-a-thousand-years-ago Crusades to make his case.
The Crusades were in effect because barbaric and enslaving Islam had taken over Spain and other regions in Europe. In a nutshell, Islam hordes conquered and took Christendom lands, enslaved the people and stole their Holy sites. The Christians fought Islam to get them back. Christianity won. In Obama’s book “Audacity of Hope.” he (or possibly Bill Ayers) writes “…I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Americans already knew that, didn’t we? But now we know Mr. O actually said he would not stand with his country. How did we ever elect this guy?
Due to its atrocities against humanity, the political winds of the world currently seem to be against Islam…yet, Obama seems bent upon backing them all of the way. In fact, recently, Obama held two “private” meetings with Muslim Brotherhood members. Please remember that the Brotherhood is the parent of most of the terrorist groups currently on our planet. A handful–hundreds of examples are available–of indicators that Obama stands with and actually fully supports “radical” Islam are as follows:
1. Obama still refuses to use the word Islam when speaking about Islamic terrorists
2. Obama has had “secret” meetings (only recently disclosed) at the White House with the Muslim Brotherhood members in the last month
3. Obama is working with radical Islamic ICNA in its just concluded 3-day “summit” on terrorism
4. The Center for Immigration Studies advised that Obama imported 300,000 Muslims into the USA in 2013 and at least 70,000 Muslims in 2014
5. In 2015, Obama ordered the US State Department to overload the immigration system in order to bring thousands of jihadis into the USA as well as tens of thousands more Muslims. One way or the other, Obama is determined to turn what was once the USA into an Islamic country
6. Every time ISIS or another Islamic terrorist group commits another beheading, live human burning, disembowelment of organs for sale (this is one of the new practices), Obama makes excuses for them. At a press conference 19 February 2015, Obama said that the terrorists “may have legitimate grievances.” WHAT?
Everything Obama and the Islamo-Nazi new world order is now doing is designed to implement the “Final Solution” for the USA…that of the North American Caliphate which Obama plans to head. President Ronald Reagan’s “America a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere” will be destroyed and extinguished at last. As it is, the flicker of my home country is very dim now, indeed.
As I’ve written before, my ancestral family members built the United States of America from the ground up and I have been witnessing its dismantling. Although I view Barack Hussein Obama as a loathsome creature, even more offensive are those who refused to lift a hand to stop him and those who affected the pretense of being of, for and by the people but, who willingly betrayed their fellow humans for the promise of power in this planned New Dark World and a few pieces of silver. And, to them, I say whether you choose to believe it or not truth is truth and our Creator God is watching. Even so, Lord, come soon…
[by Sher Zieve, writing for BARBWIRE]
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. (Genesis 6:5-6)