A 350-word entry in the Internal Revenue Manual instructed agents of the U.S. tax agency to omit any reference to tips supplied by the DEA’s Special Operations Division, especially from affidavits, court proceedings or investigative files. The entry was published and posted online in 2005 and 2006, and was removed in early 2007. The IRS is among two dozen arms of the government working with the Special Operations Division, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency.
So … it could even go deeper, no? And of course, this just adds more mud to the IRS’s already mud-spattered reputation.
Show of hands … how many would be shocked, shocked I tell you to learn that the FBI, CIA, NSA and a myriad of other alphabet soup Federal agencies were doing this as well?
For those not raising your hand, naïve doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Suicidally stupid is in the ballpark, though.
Look. Let’s call this what it is: criminal withholding of evidence from the legal discovery process. In once-free America, those accused before the bar of justice had a right to know what their accusers knew about what was presented against them in a court of law. The mechanism by which this is transmitted from the state to the defendant is called the discovery process. It is a crime for the prosecution to withold details of any evidence it uses in court.
At least that’s the general idea. To deliberately lie about the chain of evidence trail is not “recreation.” It is criminal falsehood, and it perverts and destroys the legitimacy of the legal process for every American.
Not that these tyrannous, criminal bastards give a damn about that.