Fox 19 is reporting tonight that four employees in the Cincinnati IRS office that targeted conservative groups say they were just following orders. Ben Swann reports:

However, despite the claim of just two employees being involved, FOX19 has exclusively learned from two separate sources that there could be at least four Cincinnati employees involved.

Those four employees — whose names we have chosen to withhold until they have been officially confirmed — have each worked in the IRS Exempt Organizations Department.

This is the same department that has admitted publicly to sending letters to Tea Party and other conservative organizations.

  • tcbaz

    Obedience to authority is etched in the progressives DNA.

    • Ariadnea

      The hive mind mentality, as well as intellectual & moral vacuity.

      • MyrmidoNOT

        Coupled with a warped ideology…
        embraced as a religion…
        as a zealot is fraught to do.

  • Clayton Grant

    All military personnel are taught that they should never follow an illegal order. It’s just common sense. I don’t care if their superiors told them to do it. They broke the public trust and the law. They all need to go down along with those that gave the orders.

    • MyrmidoNOT

      Absolutely.

      There isn’t a fine line between “inappropriate behavior”…
      and “illegal/criminal behavior”…it is OBVIOUS.

      Semper Fi, btw. (Signed: NOT a myrmidon.)

    • fishydude

      Back when i was in, we were taught no such thing. We had no authority to determine whether an order was legal. We had to follow all orders from superiors. Only a courts martial could determine if the order was illegal after being criminally charge with failure to follow a lawful order.

      The IRS bottom rung auditors were giving illegal orders that they knew were illegal. Given that these auditors also know they wield virtually unlimited power to destroy lives, they likely felt they had no choice but to comply. Hopefully they have all instructions in writing with multiple back up copies. Otherwise they will be thrown under the very large bus.

      • Clayton Grant

        Military courts have long held that military members are accountable for their actions even while following orders if the order was illegal. Court of Military Appeals have ruled that the justification for acts done pursuant to orders does not exist if the order was of such a nature that a man of ordinary sense and understanding would know it to be illegal.

        • MyrmidoNOT

          Ethics.

    • ObamaFail

      They should have reported their bosses when they gave the order to wrongly target Conservative groups.

      • Clayton Grant

        Yes, except that they didn’t care if it was unethical or illegal. Their sole driving purpose was to support the Dear Leader regardless of right or wrong.

  • stuckinIL4now

    The UK Daily Mail is reporting that harassing letters came from the IRS DC HQ and California offices so it wasn’t just flunky rogues in Cincinnati who apparently now are whistleblowers, eh?

    • John

      For anyone who thinks two Federal workers would work that hard (or even could), I have a bridge for sale.

      • MyrmidoNOT

        You “may” have-the-bridge.
        However, the “footings” belong to “teh oone”…
        He OWNS ‘them’…and (by proxy) HE OWNS IT! 😉

      • TomJB

        …or that they would do *ANYTHING* without at least verbal approval from their supervisor. Bureaucratic mindset, do nothing to make yourself stick out without CYA: have your superior approve everything, and don’t let your subordinates do anything without approval. Each level of supervision would have in turn briefed up for approval, there is no way this doesn’t go higher.

      • Paladin

        You didn’t build that bridge.

  • no_more_deceit

    1 Do not fund the IRS for any obamacare
    2 Create a flat tax
    3 Eliminate the IRS

    • fishydude

      Not a flat tax. A national sales tax. Income tax us only paid by those with legal income. But even criminals pay sales tax.
      Taxes on income, particularly on businesses are just passed along to the consumer, hidden in higher costs. A sales tax puts the cost of government right out in the open. And that is why most elected officials hate the idea. They much prefer low information voters.

      • Bgoulette

        I wish I could upvote this more. Lots more.

      • Rob

        Plus income tax hampers saving money for future purchases/emergencies and paying off debts.
        Even better, though, would be returning to tariffs. Punish nations who devalue currencies and have no worker rights/child labor.
        Why should we have free trade with countries who don’t pay their employees enough to buy our goods?

        • R_777

          Perchance, cause we OWE them e.g., China Billions?

          • Rob

            Well who’s stupid idea was that?

      • no_more_deceit

        I am with you on that, the sales tax. Just as long as the IRS has no reason to exist.

  • TocksNedlog

    Just doing their part to fundamentally transform America

  • ElizCM

    This admins first mistake: a low level gov employee thrown under the bus is not going to lie for you

    • ObamaFail

      I know if I was a low level employee, I wouldn’t lie for my bosses, especially if they planned to lay all of the blame on me.

      • Grace656

        Would you rethink that position if they promised to make you rich or give you a wonderful new job? (Susan Rice)

    • AlmaAlma

      Could it be because Boehner basically said “here, chicky, chicky, come to jail”

    • AlmaAlma

      Could it be because Boehner basically said “here, chicky, chicky, come to jail”

  • http://twitter.com/murphylinn Murphy Linn Spears

    Chicago thuggery…the lesson to be learned from all of this is simply that elections have consequences… a duh

  • MyrmidoNOT

    This thread ‘reminds me’ of an old accounting joke:
    Q – “What do you ‘call’…(or HOW do you ‘define’) an auditor??”
    A – A person who shoots the wounded… 😉

    In this case, how do you deal with a corrupt auditor,
    who has (illegally?) profiled the “very citizens”
    they are “supposed to protect”…???

  • j p

    I wonder what our tax burden is for panels to investigate government misdeeds. It doesn’t seem like we investigate solutions to our society’s problems. We just write manipulative partisan bills. But it seems like daily they are adding investigations into activities perpetrated by the people to whom we entrust our governing. What the hell are we really getting for our money that they take out of every pay check?

  • Joe W.

    Michelle Malkin was quite prescient with her book title “Culture of Corruption”, was she not?? Barky makes Boss Tweed look like an amateur.

  • WackoTurds

    Some in the administration might want to start considering just which minimum security prison they may bargain for in any plea agreement.

  • Leep

    Didn’t every Nazi SS killer and concentration camp guard claim they were “following orders” when brought to the dock? And didn’t the Third Reich citizens say “I wish Hitler knew about this” when their neighbors were taken away?

  • BenY

    What a statement! If not for the evil, incompetent, criminal behavior of this regime I would be ROFLMAO.

  • Ford Prefect

    Here is the next spin they will try. Glenn Beck paid them to do this to make Obama look bad. This at least could happen as opposed to two lonely agent’s running this on their own. It must be the drug use no one can be this stupid.

  • Ford Prefect

    Here is the next spin they will try. Glenn Beck paid them to do this to make Obama look bad. This at least could happen as opposed to two lonely agent’s running this on their own. It must be the drug use no one can be this stupid.

  • $35072932

    Gee, where have we heard that before?

    The more things Change, the more Socialist worker’s parties stay the same..

  • $35072932

    Gee, where have we heard that before?

    The more things Change, the more Socialist worker’s parties stay the same..

  • I M Free

    here we go…lets see who will first spill the beans to save their a$$ for possible prison terms.