Hasan Is, Beyond Doubt, Guilty

Warning: If you are looking for politically correct stuff for the right or left wing, stop reading. This will be offensive to you. Frankly, it’s offensive to me; and I have made a career out of defending the indefensible in pursuit of breathing life into the Bill of Rights, protecting things like free speech.

On Nov. 5, 2009, decorated Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 of his fellow U.S. servicemen and tried to kill at least 32 more. He did this to help Allah defend the world against the infidel government of the United States — the great Satan. This Satan is the same government that had put him through college and medical school after he, among other things, pledged his allegiance to it (the United States of America) and joined our army to help fight its enemies.

In August 2013 he admitted in open court what everyone who reads the news or watched the interviews of the victims already figured out: that he deliberately killed 13 human beings. With his admission, the fact that he will be convicted is a 100 percent certainty.

In my field of tax law, the government wins 95 percent of the time (unless I am defending the case). But in the field of mass murder, there has never been a defense verdict (unless life in prison, beating the death penalty, could be considered a “verdict” for the defense) in the history of the United States. In this case, even if he had not bragged about the killings, the numbers of strong witnesses against him would have sealed his statistically impossible burden to prove his own innocence. But even that is no problem. He has confessed, so he will be convicted. There is no chance of any other verdict coming out of that military court, nor would there be in any other court with jurors on it.

The only uncertainty about this case is what statements Hasan will continue to make during his “defense” and whether the soldiers sitting on his jury — who after the trial will go back to work with the survivors of this mass murder and their friends, defending this country — will even consider giving him anything other than the death penalty. My call is that he will get the death penalty.

In most cases I am opposed to the death penalty; but if I were on this jury, I would pull the plug on this dangerous, oath-breaking wackjob. I would bet that none of the jurors are going to be swayed to say “no” to the death penalty by any type of defense Hasan can put on. The jurors are going to view this shrink — who is violently crazy, who sucked off taxpayers for his whole adult life and who no doubt screwed up a lot of vets with PTSD as they were sent to him for medical and psychological help — just as I do: guilty. But it remains a remote possibility, nonetheless, that one juror will let Hasan live out the rest of his days at the expense of those he attacked, their families and country. Not likely. Just possible.

More than 40 years ago, when I was in college, I took my first and only college psychology class. I still remember the statistics about being mentally ill or having a problem and getting treatment that were used in the introduction of the book: More people got well without getting the treatment than got well with treatment. The professor also said that many people went to school taking his class to figure out their own personal problems. I figured that those who couldn’t ever figure out their personal problems kept taking the classes until they got a degree in psychiatry. It’s then that I decided to never take another psychology class. So let’s just say I am a skeptic on the whole field of mental health, even though I believe there are lunatics out there, like Hasan. I know that’s not politically correct. I apologize. If that offends you, I’m sorry. The purpose of this article isn’t to offend, but sometimes facts do; so maybe you should stop reading.

The Facts

Retired Col. Terry Lee reported long ago that Hasan had been making remarks like “Muslims should stand up and fight the aggressors against Muslim,” meaning – unfairly, perhaps — us. Now, whichever side you take on this position, even if you think that the 2nd Amendment allows American citizens to store nuclear weapons in their homes for personal protection, in what world would sane people even consider letting someone like that possess a weapon, let alone be trained in its use, and be a member of the U.S. Armed Services?

The murderer who shot Congresswoman Gabby Gifford had a lot of strange behavior that went unassessed. The mass murderer who killed men, women and children in a movie theater was clearly dangerous and nuts. But he wasn’t in the military. He didn’t work every day with other so-called “mental experts.” He didn’t have a negative report from his six years at Walter Reed Hospital that supervisors were “deeply concerned about his inappropriate anti-American views.”

By the way, I support the right to have anti-American views and even burn the flag; that’s what it is to have the right of protected free speech. Sometimes, we don’t like the speech. What I don’t support is giving weapons to super crazy people. What really concerns me is our methodology for making sure we don’t have people like Hasan in the army or in hospitals or, frankly, even out in the streets running around. Yet being deeply involved with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, how can I justify that?

I can’t.

I just know that the debate doesn’t seem to care much about the ongoing problem.

Some Cults Are Dangerous

In my book of strange religions, the Muslim faith to the extent it is based on the Koran — which is pretty radical — is just one step above the religion of Scientology, which is to say it’s very strange. I have some clients and friends who subscribe to both faiths, and we have had some exciting debates that typically conclude with each of us deciding we are right and the other is wrong and then going on to business. There is a park in London dedicated to people on both sides screaming these types of views at each other. I’ve watched this. It’s great entertainment. But the bottom line on the Koran, which I have read: If you are a woman or a Jew and you support this religion, as it is written up in that Bible, you’ve got some screws loose. I know there are Muslims who are peaceful, wonderful citizens because they don’t follow these scriptures verbatim. That is the sort of universal religious hypocrisy we all accept so that we can all get along together, and that’s OK. But if you hate Jews and Americans and you would like to kill a few in your spare time, if you think violating oaths is OK, if you think women should not have the right to inherit anything from their families, then you really shouldn’t be a shrink and you really shouldn’t be in the U.S. Army. We have a no-fly list with some very gentle people, without a dangerous bone in their body, on it. We keep them off the planes. But we let the known terrorists on the 9-11 planes. We have a major who majored in healing the mind in our army who hates our soldiers and who thinks Allah wants him to kill them. How do we know this? Well, gosh darn, we didn’t have to wait until he actually killed 13 soldiers. He announced it in front of witnesses, on multiple occasions.

The person I would like to see facing a court martial is the man or woman who recommended that Capt. Hasan be promoted to Maj. Hasan. Then I would like to see someone repay the money spent on Hasan’s apparently useless mental health education. Perhaps the university that gave him a degree could give us a refund.

And who was it that failed to listen to Col. Terry Lee, Hasan’s co-worker who called attention to his behavior? Court martial him or her, too. We need to change our priorities a little.

I love the 1st Amendment. I love the fact that we can have a religion in America as crazy as Scientology. But if the Scientologists start preaching that the alien they descended from billions of years ago wants to eradicate us, then when they apply for weapons or to be soldiers, they ought to have to answer some extra questions.

Final word for the talking heads: The press is complaining that Hasan has admitted to shooting the 13 murdered soldiers. I have nothing good to say about Hasan. But the fact that he has admitted to killing the 13 is not bad legal work. Telling the truth, which the jurors will most certainly figure out, is the only bet he has if he wants to get life and not death. It’s not a good bet. It’s like a 100,000-to-1 lottery, but it’s his only bet. He probably lost the death penalty issue when he killed the 13 in such a cruel and vicious way, and it is not likely any lawyer or group of lawyers could talk a military tribunal into mercy. But since the government conducted voir dire and he didn’t, it’s probably the end of that issue — except for the next few months of trial. That said, if a guilty murderer wants to plead guilty and he isn’t being coerced, can’t we just let him do it? The Constitution certainly doesn’t say he can’t.

Michael Minns
(US~Observer exclusive — used by permission)

A Joe, Five Jimmies And A Lesson In Budgeting: What The IRS Needs To Learn

Joe was a man charged with four counts of failure to file a tax return in Dallas. He’s in my first book, The Underground Lawyer. Not guilty on all counts by a jury.

The Jimmies were:

  • A rap studio owner in Houston. No tax charges filed after a long investigation. Other unrelated false charges filed, all beaten in court.
  • A Vietnam War veteran and truck driver in Boston. Not guilty. Two charges of assault by family members. He’s in my second book, How to Survive the IRS. All charges beaten in court.
  • A preacher and his wife in Washington. Not guilty on all charges. No mainstream coverage. Could be in my next book. The US~Observer did a superb story on this case.
  • A successful restaurateur and multinational construction manager, born on a Native American reservation. Trial in Phoenix. Not guilty on all counts. No story written. Could be in my next book.
  • An environmental demolition expert without a single on-the-job injury. No story written. Could be in my next book.

The Stories And The Effects

The Joe: He didn’t file. He didn’t pay taxes. He was found not guilty. Afterward, he was ordered to pay but didn’t have the money. So he didn’t pay. The government spent a million bucks investigating him and charging him and trying him. They refused all compromises, all efforts to pay taxes. Lots of expenses. No tax collections. No prison. Just waste.

Three of the Jimmies were found not guilty on all counts in trials.

Jimmy, the preacher: The most expensive and detailed investigation in U.S. history. A raid conducted in three countries and multiple States. No compromises. Two trials. One appeal. It is impossible to add up the total expenses. Estimate? $50 million or more. The case ran from 2001 until 2007. Lots of publicity. Lots of stories. Lots of press releases, except when Jimmy and his wife were found not guilty on all counts and got their home and car back. Total tax collections? 0. Total stories released by Internal Revenue Service telling the truth, that the preacher and his wife were not guilty? 0.

Jimmy, the restaurateur: This was a cheap one. Liens. Fights. Attempts to compromise. Loans from kids to pay off taxes rejected. Jimmy and his wife were found not guilty on all counts. Years of fighting and paying lawyers (a million bucks was spent before I was hired). Offered to the government? Nearly a million dollars. Refused. Total time in prison 0. Total paid in taxes after the government rejected all offers. 0. Total cost to the government? Estimated at about $1 million to $2 million. A bargain by their standards… if they had won.

Jimmy, the truck driver: Really cheap. Total government expense? Less than $200,000. Total time in prison? 0. Total in taxes collected? 0.

Jimmy, the rap studio owner: After two years of examination, the government gave up. No charges filed at all. Ever. Total cost to the government? About $300,000. Total collected in taxes? Millions of dollars, plus. In this case alone the government decided it couldn’t make its case against this innocent man and it threw in the towel. And then it charged him with a non-tax crime, for which he was also innocent… and he beat that in court. But this is a tax article, so ignore that for the rest of the story. No charges filed. Lots of money collected (although not one extra penny over his income than he was paying anyway, so the investigation and prosecution gained the government nothing — that is part of this story.)

Jailed Jimmy: aka Messenger Jimmy, aka Demolition Jimmy. This Jimmy is the tragic hero of this story. The IRS said it would drop all charges against his wife if he would plead to one count and go to jail. He agreed to that. He went to jail for 18 months. After 18 months (without being able to pay a penny in taxes since he was in prison), Jimmy went to a halfway house. He was told he could be released if he got a job. Jimmy can make more than $1 million a year doing demolition work, tearing down places that are toxic and then fixing the parts and selling them. But as a convicted felon and without an education, he can’t very easily get a minimum wage job flipping hamburgers. But getting a job is exactly what he was ordered to do as a requirement for leaving the halfway house. So I hired Jimmy at minimum wage. He worked for me for 90 days as Messenger Jimmy.

Messenger Jimmy had to be interviewed and reviewed. And to hire Messenger Jimmy, my office had to agree to be reviewed. When I wanted to send Messenger Jimmy to our farm, where he could actually do something of value for me, the release program said “No.” He’d have to reapply. Since that’s in another county, he couldn’t do it anyway. When I hired Messenger Jimmy, I was thanked by the release officer because, she told me, they had a lot of trouble placing their felons. I told her: “Well, of course. You make it tough to hire them. Employers don’t like rules. I won’t hire anyone else from you unless I am doing it as a favor to them… not you. You make it more expensive for me and for them.”

Messenger Jimmy had started prison in a camp where it is horrible, but you don’t get raped in the shower and you aren’t in a prison room with bars. Another “felon” stuck a cellphone under Messenger Jimmy’s cot and he got into trouble for it and was sent to a hard core prison. There he was put in “the hole,” a 5-by-7 foot windowless cell with a toilet in the center of the back wall and a sink over it for water. In the hole Jimmy stayed 23 hours a day for four months. But he got to get handcuffed three times a week and moved into a shower for five minutes. The rest of the time, if you added fire and brimstone, according to Jimmy, he would have been in hell. An estimate of the cost of keeping Jimmy in prison is about $50,000 a year. Jimmy could have gone to an Ivy League college for less. Cost of Jimmy’s pre-trial and sentencing? Estimated? $300,000. Cost of Jimmy in prison for 18 months? Estimated $100,000. Why not $75,000? Well, that does not take into consideration the administrative legal proceedings, the travel from one prison to another on Conair. Real cost? That’s higher. Jimmy paid about $200,000 a year in taxes both before prison and after he was allowed to leave my office, by proving he could “make it in civilian life” and passing the judgment of his release officer that he had been rehabilitated. Figure that at four years since he couldn’t work the two years before prison, or $400,000. And since his business doing demolition work was closed down, 40 people making an average of $40,000 a year, paying an average of $10,000 a year in taxes, Social Security and FICA taxes matched by Jimmy’s company, or about $400,000 a year times four years or $1.6 million.

For many people like Jimmy, who aren’t capitalists, but 9-to-5 workers, as a felon they can’t ever get back on top. Since Jimmy is a capitalist and needs no one’s approval (once the government lets go of him) to run his own business, he could and did get back to business.


Joe, non-filer: Lots of expense. No money. Trial torture.

Jimmy, rap guy: Little expense. Lots of money. No charges filed.

Jimmy, preacher: Lots of expense. No money. Trial Torture.

Jimmy, truck driver: Lots of expense. No money. Trial Torture.

Jimmy, contractor: Lots of expense. No money. Trial Torture.

Jimmy, demolition expert: The only one to work with the IRS. The only one to plead guilty. The only one to go to jail. Lots of expenses. No money. Torture in prison.

The lessons?

No trial, no charges: That’s the best deal for us, the taxpayers, the government budget and the citizen. That beats everything.

Not guilty verdict in trial: If you can’t avoid trial, it’s the second best deal — not a good deal, but a lot better than the alternative. It’s a bad deal for the government for sure, but it’s a bad deal for all taxpayers who foot the government’s bill.

Pleading guilty or losing in trial and going to jail: That’s the worst deal. It’s horrible for the taxpayers. We all lose a lot of money. It’s torture for the citizen whose civil rights are gone forever, whose family is tortured and who will face hell in prison. It’s a good deal for the government employee. He gets promoted and praised. A new, improved resume. It’s a bad deal for America. We turn useful citizens into failed citizens with a second-class status for life; but then again, maybe that is what they want.

–Michael Minns
US~Observer exclusive — used by permission.)

Hey, IRS, Audit This!

“IRS Spent $50 Million On Staff Conferences,” “IRS Spent $4.1 Million On One Conference, Audit Finds” and “IRS Officials Face Grilling Over Lavish Spending”: So read the headlines. Fifty million dollars here, $50 million there… before long, a lot of money has been stolen.

After I read these articles, I found myself in an audit with a client who, ironically, is being questioned about travel expenses. The client moved 100 employees to an out-of-country convention. They all flew coach. They stayed in nice but regular hotel rooms. They ate at restaurants paid for by the company. And then, they went back to their jobs in the 48 States; the client does not do business in Alaska or Hawaii because of the travel expenses and management problems with the large time changes.

The client had negotiated the best rates he could get with the airlines and with the hotels. It was obviously a foreign concept. “Why?” asked the Internal Revenue Service auditor who had never held down a free-market job in her life time. “Yeah!” responded the auditor’s supervisor, who had taken off from whatever supervising he pretends to do in order to harass my client — which was likely why my firm had been hired in the first place.

“Mr. Supervisor,” I replied, “only one questioner to a witness.”

“I do this all the time,” he barked, “and if you don’t like it, we will serve you with a summons.”

I didn’t like it. I shared that feeling with him. He immediately got an IRS lawyer on the phone. To his dismay, he was told to cool off, that one questioner to a witness was enough. I had already told him that, but he accepted it from an “official” IRS lawyer on his side.

The rest of the audit took about two hours, and not a single useful question was asked. The supervisor sat there, the IRS lawyer stayed on the phone — saying nothing and doing nothing except using up taxpayer funds — to monitor, and the non-capitalist asked questions about a business she couldn’t even begin to understand. Although it sounds like a long time, the first meeting had lasted an entire day while the IRS auditor, on a surprise visit, asked questions unabated until a frustrated chief financial officer decided to hire counsel — my firm.

So, what was the cost of this audit to the American taxpayer? My guess is a couple grand — not much, in the scheme of things.

But a year ago, a raid by six armed, flak-jacketed agents on one of my clients’ golf courses in the middle of a Saturday cost considerably more. With the armed “officers,” the IRS special agent and a field attorney (for added government “protection”) drove four vehicles to the raid and to the jail, locking up a non-violent, unarmed citizen who is supposedly presumed innocent — causing me to fly from Houston to Phoenix, Ariz., and the IRS lawyer to fly to Phoenix from Washington, D.C. The cost to the American taxpayer was about $30,000 — a whole lot more than a couple grand.

However, considering the elimination of the presumption of innocence (at least until a jury could sort it out) and pieces of the 5th, 6th and 8th amendments, the cost is inestimable. Then add a bond hearing, a pre-bond report and a trial, and it all adds up to “cost” a great deal more. Add putting up the government’s star witness (a lawyer who had agreed to sell out his clients, and violate privileges, in return for his own freedom and some perks) in a hotel for a month-long trial and feeding him, and the price is unconscionable.

I’ll get back now to the current headlines and to our audit.

While this (I will not use the word “idiot” or a word that rhymes with “switch”) dedicated public servant is asking why my client, the CEO of a corporation, would pay $150 per room at a retreat in the Bahamas for his employees and $265 per employee, on average, for a plane ticket, the world-news headlines show that the IRS spent $50 million on their own staff conferences. They didn’t negotiate prices, like my client. And they didn’t settle for the little rooms, like my client’s employees. They had $3,500 suites. They paid the entertainment $135,000, one of whom lectured on “leadership through art” and was paid $17,000 for his “leadership.” In one conference alone, in August 2010, they spent $4 million. That was sort of funny to me (you have to laugh or cry) because 2,600 or so IRS employees spent $4 million at about the same time my client had his 100 employees out of the country in the Bahamas — and he was being quizzed about it. The big difference was he spent only about $50,000 to put on his conference. To be fair to the IRS, we’ll multiply the capitalist’s amount by 26 — the IRS had 26 times the people in attendance at its conference — and that comes to $1.3 million.

When my client was asked why he spent that amount of money, he responded: “It’s the best deal I could get. If you can get me a better deal, I’ll take it.”

I had to chime in, “Actually ma’am, it’s a lot better deal than you got at your seminar.”

I had to ask our friendly IRS auditor if she had been to the government leadership extravaganza and if it was reasonable to spend almost (not quite) 400 percent more on an in-country IRS leadership seminar than an exotic, out-of-country, capitalist-celebration ceremony for successful sales people.

She retorted, “We aren’t here to account to you.”

And, frankly, that’s about the only true statement we heard from the IRS auditor, her supervisor and their lawyer. So, I politely shared my agreement, “That’s for sure.”

Everyone wants to know how to get out of this program we are in, wherein innocent citizens spend time in jail before their trials and IRS employees spend our money like drunken sailors in a whorehouse using their boss’s credit card.

I have the answer; Sammy Lott, a quadriplegic, helped me come up with it.

About 15 years ago, Lott was ordered to appear in a Federal courthouse. It was storming, and Lott was using an electric wheel chair. It was no easy chore for Lott to make it through the puddles, lakes and buckets of rain; but he made it. The IRS lawyer didn’t make it, though.

After Lott and I (and the court) waited for an hour for the IRS lawyer, the court finally called him and he said he was sick. So we were reset.

When we met in court again, we asked for the government to be sanctioned. We were asking for $10,000. The IRS lawyer said it wasn’t the government’s fault. And guess what Lott said? “He’s right, judge. It’s that lawyer’s fault.” The very nice man on the bench thought that was reasonable and asked what we wanted. I asked him not to sanction the government but to sanction the IRS lawyer personally. And the judge did: $1,500.

As the hearing ended, the lawyer ranted and raved and asked the judgment to be changed to the government, not levied on him. He agreed to up it to $2,500 if it was changed. We said “no.” Then, he offered something better. The government was claiming Lott owed $250,000 in back taxes. If we would forgo the $1,500 against the government lawyer, he’d drop the whole $250,000. Such a deal! We took it.

That’s when it hit me: Make them personally responsible.

If government employees had to pay for their own leadership training, the price would drop. They might even call the whole thing off. As it is, the leadership ability of IRS agents is so poor that it costs four times as much to train an IRS agent to be a leader as it does someone in a grocery store.

If IRS agents, police officers and the people involved in the pre-trial arrest had to spend a weekend in jail every time they imprisoned for the weekend a presumably innocent person in prison who was subsequently found not guilty and who was clearly not a flight risk or a danger to the community, there would be a lot fewer innocent people in pre-trial incarceration.

And $50 million wouldn’t make headlines anymore, because we’d save $50 billion or more — perhaps this year, perhaps sooner.

One final thought: What would happen if everyone in government was personally held responsible for his wrongdoing? How much would we save then?

–Michael Minns

The Real IRS Scandal: The Tea Party Is Small Potatoes

(Posted with permission from US~Observer – http://www.usobserver.com)

The IRS/Tea Party Scandal doesn’t hold a candle to the size and scope of IRS abuses… So, it sheds no light on anything.

Let’s boil this scandal down to simple words; words like “Tea Party” and “Patriot” and “Constitutional”; words that when used in paperwork to become tax exempt organizations, keep the people filing from being treated fairly. And, before I get to the point… understand… everyone should be treated fairly… and with a 1st Amendment Right to speak and write and congregate… what we say or write should have no bearing on whether or not we are treated equally. Who disagrees with that?

Credit: UPI

Something is wrong if some words (speech) are tax deductible and some words aren’t. Something is wrong if the government gets to decide which ones are deductible and which ones are not. It’s a heinous encroachment on the 1st Amendment.

But really, why is it such a big deal if a powerful political group is not cheated fairly (I said “cheated” but I meant “treated”), especially when thousands without power and political clout are not treated fairly? It seems that’s no big deal at all, at least to the mainstream media and public — but not to those whose lives are ruined.

The real problem is having such a powerful and largely unaccountable agency whose job is to tax work — something that shouldn’t be taxed anyway — while also wielding carte blanche powers to ruin lives.

Shining A Light On The Real Scandals: The Ruining Of Lives

I handled the remnants and ashes of a case in Walnut Ridge, Ark., where Gordon Kahl, a tax protestor, was assassinated by Sheriff Gene Matthews in 1983. Then Matthews was killed by “friendly fire” as he left the scene of his violence and was mistaken for the tax protestor. Then gasoline was poured onto the building to destroy the evidence… and the place lit on fire. The IRS, U.S. Marshals, FBI, and local Arkansas sheriffs arrested Norma Ginter, a housewife, brutalized her and charged her with harboring Gordon Kahl and murdering Sheriff Gene Matthews. Norma was eventually found not guilty on the trumped-up murder case — I was her attorney. If you read the old papers back in 1983, Norma looked like Ma Barker … except Ma Barker was guilty and Norma was a sweet heart housewife guilty of nothing.

And, I was there after the trauma in West Virginia when IRS motivated SWAT teams threatened to kill a family dog, and a little 7-year-old girl hurled her body in front of the red dot from the sniper gun to protect her dog. Terrorized, handcuffed and restrained parents wondered if their daughter would be killed. Home not burned — just wrecked.

A teenager forced from a shower at gun point, so the IRS could “check out” her parents’ home.

A short, round-faced tax preparer attacked by an IRS SWAT team. The kind little man standing back while his secretary messed on herself out of fear, staring into the barrel of IRS guns.

Photographs of a grandmother in her nightie taken by IRS undercover spies, trying to prove God only knows what.

A business man arrested at his golf course… and shackled and chained… by a half dozen armed IRS special agents with guns drawn.

A family’s house foreclosed on because all of their money was seized, by mistake, a mistake not corrected for another five years… and all their checks bounced.

A public company with a factory and workers, chained closed by the IRS because of a mistake on payroll deductions.

Taking a little girl’s tap dance shoes because the IRS claims her parents owe taxes, macing the parents and falsely charging one of them with assault.

Threatening to seize the wheelchair of a quadriplegic.

Committing a fraud against 1,300 war veterans and pilots tying them up for 30 years in Tax Court… then after getting caught, and admitting wrong-doing, fighting them four more years.

Convicting two outstanding senior citizens from Colorado on 64 Federal felony criminal charges, then confiscating their home and their vehicle – Jim and Pamela Moran’s false and malicious convictions were overturned and they were acquitted of all charges. Read the story, “64 Felony Charges Beaten.” We subsequently got their home and their jeep returned to them.

I’ve seen some really bad stuff.

So now, the “acting” commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (the real commissioner already left in November) resigns in disgrace because some bullies way under him are being very unfair to the Tea Party.

And, he is replaced by another “acting” commissioner. Maybe we should get someone who isn’t acting? Or maybe we should just quit trying to make an evil organization legitimate… admit we can’t, close it and move on.

Do I defend the improper government administrative actions against groups who don’t like the IRS as part of their political agenda? No. I don’t need to help the Tea Party out either. There are apparently thousands of people on both the left and the right, the media, the Congress and the administration clearly willing and able to do that.

I just have to wonder out loud when they are doing so much that is so much worse against so many who have no power… Is this the nastiest thing the politicians can find? Is this the most important human rights violations by the IRS that our media can point to?

Not even close.

That’s the real scandal.

— Michael Minns, lawyer