Although there have been quite a few new developments in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting scandal in the last few weeks, the mainstream media has been predictably silent.
A journalist and author at the Brenner Brief, Victoria O’Kane, wrote on this very issue, compiling the recent events into one article, where she also revealed a story about an “ordinary citizen” who had a bizarre and disturbing experience while protesting his IRS office on April 15 with his local Tea Party:
An ordinary citizen named Robert Hamm went to the IRS office in Hauppauge New York on April fifteenth with about fifteen other Tea Party members to peacefully protest. The IRS had two Homeland Security officers there to monitor them in a clearly marked patrol car. They were conspicuously photographing the members. The IRS had also called in two Suffolk County police officers to further keep an eye on this small and peaceful group in a clear effort to intimidate them.
There were also IRS officials standing nearby watching the members. Hamm struck up a conversation with one of them. He mentioned that it appeared the IRS was having them photographed. The official replied, “yeah and you’re going to be audited too.” Another demonstrator pointed out to Robert that the license plates on their cars in the IRS parking lot had also been photographed.
Hamm called Representative Peter King that afternoon and reported the incident. He never heard back from King or his office.
The story, never before reported, makes this author wonder how many similar stories of outright government intimidation go untold. For Mr. Hamm’s sake, should he be the victim — yes, victim — of an audit, it may be a good thing that his story is documented here.