IRS Party Crashers | Unfilter 50

IRS Party Crashers | Unfilter 50

The IRS has admitted it was targeting conservative groups with thug style politics.

And the Associated Press has just discovered the Justice Department has been monitoring their phones for two months, as the president of the A.P stated this now provides the Obama Administration with a “road map” to its whole news-gathering operation.

Plus Russia claims to have busted a CIA operative, but we’re a little skeptical, your feedback, and much much more.

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— Show Notes —

Cold War Knock Off

The diplomat in question, Ryan Fogle, third secretary of the Political Department of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, was declared “persona non grata” Tuesday.

Russia has ordered the expulsion of an American diplomat it says is a CIA spy.
The Russian security services say they caught Ryan Fogle trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer.
The US State Department is not commenting on the issue.

The U.S. diplomat expelled for allegedly spying for the CIA was trying to recruit a senior Russian intelligence officer involved with fighting terrorism in the North Caucasus, the region linked to the suspects in the Boston bombing case, the Russian newspaper _Kommersan _reported, quoting Russian security service sources.

Today sources revealed the man Mr Fogle was trying to ‘recruit’ was an FSB agent who specialised in Islamic extremism in Russia and may even have travelled to the region where the
bombing suspects came from.

The unveiling of their ‘catch’ appeared to be timed for maximum impact,
breaking simultaneously across all arms of state media just as Michael
McFaul, the US ambassador to Moscow, was beginning a question and answer
session on Twitter.

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IRS Targets “Tea Party” Groups

On Monday, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt disclosed the government’s action in a letter to Holder that was made public. In it, Pruitt called the collection of phone records at four AP bureaus a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” of the news agency’s freedom of press rights granted under the U.S. Constitution.

The AP case immediately sparked bipartisan outrage, leading members of both parties to publicly question the government’s actions.

Under Holder’s command, the Justice Department has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all of the AGs who came before him – combined.

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass says the recent scandals surrounding the Internal Revenue Service, as well as the Justice Department and Associated Press, prove politics remain a ruthless business.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanded that limited government and tea party groups produce Facebook posts, donor lists, and even what books group members were reading, reports Politico.

AP Tapped

The Obama administration, which has a chilling zeal for investigating leaks and prosecuting leakers, has failed to offer a credible justification for secretly combing through the phone records of reporters and editors at The Associated Press in what looks like a fishing expedition for sources and an effort to frighten off whistle-blowers.

The records covered 20 phone lines, including main office phones in New York City, Washington, Hartford, and the Congressional press gallery. The guidelines for such subpoenas, first enacted in 1972, require that requests for media information be narrow. The reporters’ committee said this action is so broad that it allowed prosecutors to “plunder two months of news-gathering materials to seek information that might interest them.”

Mr. Holder said the leak under scrutiny, believed to be about the foiling of a terrorist plot in Yemen a year ago, “put the American people at risk,” although he did not say how, and the records sweep went far beyond any one news article. Gary Pruitt, the president of The A.P., said two months’ worth of records could provide a “road map” to its whole news-gathering operation.

“I don’t know what happened there with the intersection between the AP and the Justice Department,” Holder told the House Judiciary Committee. “I was recused from the case.”


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