'Appoint a Special Prosecutor in the IRS Scandal'

Glenn Reynolds


“The old caution against ascribing to malice what can explained by incompetence is worth keeping in mind when evaluating a high-profile blunder in either the private or public sector, such as the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny. But the latest twist in the long-running controversy — the eye-rollingly convenient loss of IRS e-mails — moves the needle from ineptitude and toward the other, more troubling end of the spectrum. While the lost e-mails aren’t definitive proof of an orchestrated effort by the IRS or the Obama administration, the recent news that thousands of e-mails were obliterated in a computer hard-drive crash in 2011 is tough to swallow, not only for technology professionals, but also for an increasingly tech-savvy public.”…



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President Obama made headlines in Minneapolis on Thursday, rolling out his “phony scandal” rhetoric to address the cascade of questionable acts now receiving public outrage, and not just from Republicans. In a stunning rebuke, the dominant newspaper in the state of Minnesota, the very left-wing and politically correct Star-Tribune of Minneapolis has editorialized a demand for a special prosecutor…


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Update: John Hinderaker: On Obama’s Misuse of the Department of Justice and the IRS, I was a Prophet

If [Obama] demands criminal prosecution of free speech that opposes his political interests when he’s a candidate, why wouldn’t he order it as President?

…The significant point here is that Barack Obama has always been openly opposed to free speech, and has always been willing, if not eager, to use the power of the state–illegally, if need be–to punish his political opponents. We had fair warning of Obama’s corrupt and tyrannical impulses in 2008. Unfortunately, not enough voters paid attention…



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