Z-Street Donor Tells Tale Of IRS Harassment

A court decision handed down by an Obama appointed judge, Tuesday, will force the IRS to disclose the procedures it used to target the pro-Israel group, Z-Street, and may shed more light on how other conservative groups were unfairly scrutinized.

Z Street’s lawsuit was filed years before the IRS scandal hit the news and  before the conservative media understood how badly the agency had become weaponized under Obama.

Jonathan Tobin of Commentary reported:

 On Tuesday, Federal Judge Ketanje Brown Jackson issued the first substantive ruling in any suit that challenged the IRS’s pose of political neutrality under the Obama administration. The case concerns Z Street, a Philadelphia area-based pro-Israel organization that filed for tax-exempt status in December 2009 because of its role in educating the public about Israel and the Middle East conflict. The group’s founder Lori Lowenthal Marcus wrote in the Jewish Press this week about what followed:

On July 19, 2010, when counsel for Z STREET spoke with the IRS agent to whom the organization’s application had been assigned, that agent said that a determination on Z STREET’s application may be further delayed because the IRS gave “special scrutiny” to organizations connected to Israel and especially to those whose views “contradict those of the administration’s.”

Z Street subsequently sued the government and rightly argued that its constitutional rights had been violated because of the “viewpoint discrimination” that the IRS agent had openly displayed. Now after years of delays, Judge Jackson has ruled that by asserting that Z Street had no right to sue, the government had tried to “transform a lawsuit that clearly challenges the constitutionality of the process … into a dispute over tax liability.” She similarly dismissed the government’s claims of sovereign immunity.

This ruling means the IRS will be forced to open their books on the procedures it used to review Z-Street’s tax exempt application and as the case proceeds, the entire picture involving other groups similarly targeted may become clearer.

 The New English Review, which has been following this case, shared an “unsolicited anecdote” they received from an anonymous party who had contributed funds for Z Street’s lawsuit.

NER said  “it is indicative of how the IRS endeavors to abuse its authority to intimidate well meaning citizens who elect to support and defend free speech rights under the First Amendment.”

Here is the story:

In 2010, we contributed to this lawsuit that Z Street lodged against the US IRS being aware that forces under the radar were working to subvert free speech about many social-political issues within America.

So, subsequently and not surprisingly, we were harassed by the IRS even though our documentation was prepared by and reconfirmed by our accountant and financial institution. We contested the IRS’s findings and their response was to give us a court date to appear for a resolution.

Meanwhile, we didn’t hire legal counsel as many activists before us had done and gone bankrupt. Instead, we bet on the IRS’s bad press like the media’s exposure of similarly hassled conservative and pro-Israel groups would see this through for us.

Our wait seems to have paid off.

Before our court date, we received an afterhour’s call from a very pleasant and cheerful woman from the IRS, who said our case was a “misunderstanding” and papers would follow showing we owed a minor amount, instead of the colossal number they had levied on us!!! Over the next week or so, papers were sent and we responded. Nothing new in months, so we may be home free. Despite the experience, instead of silencing us, we are more driven to support and ensure free speech.!

So, best of luck for Z Street. We appreciate having our Constitution respected, honored, and upheld.

Changing it should take place within Congress, not within the IRS. This is what Z Street’s suit is about.

Washington attorney, Cleta Mitchell was recently on the Kelly File to discuss this newest  front In IRS Scandal: Nearly 1 in 10 conservative donors were audited by the IRS.

I noted that the list of conservatives targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for audits, excessive tax-exempt scrutiny, or tax privacy breaches included Tea party groups and their donors, the conservative Hollywood group, Friends of AbeFranklin Graham,Christine O’Donnell, a pro-marriage group,  Dr. Ben CarsonDr. Milton Wolf ,  (Obama’s Republican cousin who is running for Senate in KS), and ObamaCare critics Bill Elliot and C. Steven Tucker.

We can now add to that list, donors to Z Street’s legal fund.

As Cleta told Megyn Kelly,  “this is an area I’ve been increasingly concerned about in the last year since this scandal broke because people have contacted me from all over the country, talking about how they had never been audited before they donated to a conservative organization.”

 

Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim ‘to be freed’ Within Days

It appears as though the UK played the leading role in ramping up pressure on Sudan to release Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy.

Calls to overturn the sentence, first reported in The Telegraph on the day that Judge Abbas Khalifa handed down his ruling, has mushroomed into a global campaign. David Cameron, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton have all asked the Sudanese authorities to quash the “barbaric” decision.

It is being reported that she is to be freed in a few days, but her lawyers say they won’t believe it until they see her walk out of prison.

As John Hayward wrote at the Conversation, “thanks for nothing, President Obama.  Head back to the golf course and your fundraisers, the Brits have got this.”

In their defense, the Obama State Dept was still waiting for the results of a blood test to prove the baby was Meriam’s husband’s child before they would take any action on their behalf.

UPDATE:

Via Truth Revolt – 

Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice believe the announcement of the release is only temporary. Some think that she is only being released to nurse her newborn for two years and then the execution will resume. Ibrahim’s attorney agrees:

It’s a statement to silence the international media…This is what the government does. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison…If they were to release her, the announcement would come from the appeal court, and not from the ministry of foreign affairs…We must keep up the pressure.

Global outcry and support through various petitions signed by hundreds and thousands of people are hoping to do just that. Sekulow said she will not be truly free until she is on U.S. soil:

It is also important that the U.S. State Department be ready to grant Meriam asylum immediately upon her release.  She will not truly be free, her American children will not be safe, until she is safely on U.S. soil.

Lt. Col Cowan: “Americans Are Going To Pay A Price” For Taliban Prisoner Swap (Video)

Saturday morning, the president announced the release of U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive in Afghanistan for nearly five years. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners.”

Bergdahl, 28, of Hailey, Idaho, was serving in a parachute infantry regiment of the the Army’s 25th Infantry Division, when he was captured in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

Bergdahl is now under the care of the U.S. military after being handed over by his captors.

“We will give him all the support he needs to help him recover from this ordeal, and we are grateful that he will soon be reunited with his family,” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a statement.

Hagel also said he informed Congress today that the USA is transferring five detainees from Guantánamo Bay to Qatar, which has agreed to ensure that security measures are in place and that the national security of the United States will not be compromised, he said.

CNN reports that  U.S. special operations forces recovered Bergdahl from his captors about 10:30 a.m. ET in “a peaceful handover in eastern Afghanistan.”

An official said that once on the U.S. helicopter, Bergdahl wrote on a paper plate, “SF?” meaning, “Special Forces?”

He wrote because of the noise. The operators sitting with Bergdahl responded loudly: “Yes, we’ve been looking for you for a long time.”

 Bergdahl broke down crying, the official recounted.

The United States has a long standing policy of not negotiating with terrorists in order to free US prisoners.

On Fox News, Lt Col Bill Cowan said there are a couple of aspects of this story that remain to be seen — one is what this soldier was up to when he left the base in the middle of the night, which is when he was abducted. And two – who are the five terrorists who were set free in exchange for his release.

“These guys after their time at Guantanamo are going to have a real axe to grind with America”, Cowan said. “They wouldn’t have been at gitmo if they weren’t serious actors on the bad guy side. They’re going to get back – get a heroes welcome back in Afghanistan, get settled in and then they’re going to try to decide how they can come back and attack American interests,” he explained. “I believe, unfortunately, Americans are going to pay a price somewhere, somehow, sometime out of some of these if not all of these five  guys who were released….”

UPDATE:

The Weekly Standard: Five of the Most Dangerous Taliban Commanders in U.S. Custody Exchanged for American Captive:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has profiled these jihadists previously on multiple occasions, and what follows below is culled from these accounts.There are good reasons why the Taliban has long wanted the five freed from Gitmo. All five are among the Taliban’s top commanders in U.S. custody and are still revered in jihadist circles.

Two of the five have been wanted by the UN for war crimes. And because of their prowess, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) deemed all five of them “high” risks to the U.S. and its allies.

The Obama administration wants to convince the Taliban to abandon its longstanding alliance with al Qaeda. But these men contributed to the formation of that relationship in the first place. All five had close ties to al Qaeda well before the 9/11 attacks. Therefore, it is difficult to see how their freedom would help the Obama administration achieve one of its principal goals for the hoped-for talks.

Here are short bios for each of the five Taliban commanders. All quotes are drawn from declassified and leaked documents prepared at Guantanamo.

Continue reading here.

Weasel Zippers: Obama Broke U.S. Law, Did Not Inform Congress Before Transferring Prisoners Off Gitmo In Bergdahl Trade:

The discussion about trading for Bowe Bergdahl has been ongoing for some time. This of course is questionable, since the U.S. has always held the position that it will not negotiate with terrorists or trade terrorists for hostages. This the Obama regime has clearly broken today, the impact of which will yet be felt, as he has now painted a target on the back of every American.

Yet in any discussion of the question, the Obama regime has assured Congress that it would be advised.

And Via This Ain’t Hell – in the comment section:

I found this post a few months ago and did some research…it all seems to pan out:

I WAS THERE. I’m sick of all the lies. Here is the TRUTH, from someone on the ground. We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.

Saturday Movie Matinee: Shinseki Resignation ‘Elaborate Theater’

NRO: Krauthammer’s Take: Shinseki Resignation was ‘Elaborate Theater’:

Weasel Zippers: Montel Williams: War on Veterans:

This is Montel at a veterans picnic in Myrtle Beach for Memorial Day.

 

Montel Williams Goes on Fiery Rant over VA: Why Didn’t Obama Apologize?!

The Kelly File: Obama Vs Bush At West Point –

(Making the same compare and contrast I did earlier this week)

Washington Free Beacon: The MSNBC Apology Tour:

Toure’s half-hearted twitter apology (for saying a Holocaust survivor benefited from “white privilege”) was only the latest in a long list of apologies coming from MSNBC:

They can’t stop messing up, but they’re always penitent afterwards.

Sometimes, they’re too late. Former host Martin Bashir gave an abject apologyfor his incendiary remarks about Sarah Palin last November, but he was still out of a job a few weeks later.

Ed Schultz, after calling radio host Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” on his radio show in 2011, briefly took himself off the air and expressed deep contrition, and he kept his position.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign, and even his family, have brought about a host of infamous moments for MSNBC’s lineup that led to on-air regrets.

House Votes To Defund DOJ Program That Targets CO’S Govt Doesn’t Like – The Kelly File:

PJTV – The Tea Party Is Dead! Long Live the Tea Party!

Weasel Zippers: Kelly File: Texas Border Patrol Nearing Point Of Collapse, Due To Massive Influx Of Illegals Attracted By Amnesty:

Via Fox News Insider:

Filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch has chronicled the problems along the Mexican border in his documentaries, including his latest: They Come to America II. Lynch sat down with Megyn Kelly to reveal some new information about just how bad things are getting at the Texas border.

Lynch said his information, which comes from “the guys who are down there” on the border, indicates that the Border Patrol there is nearing the point of collapse.

“What they told me is worse than I’ve ever been told before,” said Lynch, adding that he is being told there are a stunning 2,000 arrests of illegal immigrants a day in the Rio Grande Valley.

Lynch said the influx of immigrants from Central America, not Mexico, is becoming more than the Border Patrol in Texas can handle.

“The big driver of it all is the promise of amnesty.

Lynch went on to say that Obama plans to achieve the transformation of America through immigration. “We’re never going to be able to change things back,” Lynch explained.

Obama knows these  people vote Democrat because they are fundamentally pro-big government. Obama was elected in 2012 with the help of illegal votes, and that’s how Democrats are hoping to win many of the elections this Fall that they would otherwise lose.

Washington Free Beacon: Awful Children Release Awful Song:

Thanks to Mark Hemingway, may he rot, I’ve discovered that a bunch of Democrats have convinced their kids to form a “band” and play “songs.” Needless to say, because their parents are Very Important People, these children have received notice in the media. Here’s the New York Daily News:

One Direction better watch out. A new boy band is taking the stage and they’ve got the power of the White House behind them.

The tween group, Twenty20, includes the offspring of some of Obama’s top advisers – Jay Carney’s 12-year-old son, Hugo, U.S. Trade Rep. Mike Froman’s son Ben, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s son Lucas and Joey Doyle, whose mom is Hillary Clinton’s former presidential campaign manager turned Obama campaign adviser Patti Solis Doyle.

All four are classmates of Sasha and Malia Obama at Sidwell Friends School.

You’re going to hate me for subjecting you to this. All I can do is apologize in advance…

Twenty20 – Heart Thief :

SEE ALSO: WFB: EXCLUSIVE: DNC Raising Money off Anti-Child Website?

Pope interrupted by Muslim prayers:

 Ace: The Cat & The Ducklings (Animal Odd Couples)