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Subject: IRS abuse exposed in scathing testimonies
Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman
The IRS came under heavy fire today in angry testimonies before the
House Ways and Means Committee by leaders of organizations that were
targeted for abuse by the IRS.
Tea Party organizations, pro-life groups, marriage advocates, and other
pro-liberty organizations were among those testifying on Capitol Hill.
One witness called the IRS's egregious actions "unconscionably
Please see my important call to action below - Mat.
Becky Gerritson, president of the Wetumpka, AL, Tea Party, summed up
the IRS's targeting of her group this way.
"This was not an accident. This is a willful act of intimidation to
discourage a point of view!"
Ms. Gerritson was among the leaders of conservative organizations
telling their shocking stories of overt intimidation, oppression,
illegal inquiries, and extensive application delays - all among the
methods used by the IRS to trample the rights and silence the voices of
Sue Martinek, president of the Coalition for Life of Iowa, said the IRS
asked them about "the content of our prayers."
++Committee members from both parties sympathized.
Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) set the stage for the hearings with
his own assessment of the blatant IRS targeting.
"At its core, this investigation is about how and why the IRS was
empowered and allowed to use a broken tax code to abuse individuals
based on their beliefs - and seemingly only based on their beliefs.
While their life stories are different, what they all share in common
is that they are Americans who did what we ask people to do every day -
add their voice to the dialogue that defines our country, and for
pursuing that passion, for simply exercising their First Amendment
rights - the freedoms of association, expression, and religion. The
IRS singled them out."
One Tea Party organization leader challenged the committee members by
declaring that these abuses happened on their watch - and that they
must take action!
That's exactly what Liberty Counsel is petitioning Congress to do: Take
action by launching a targeted investigation into the IRS's violation
of the public trust and illegal interrogations!
We are calling for an Independent Counsel to be appointed to spearhead
the investigations exposing ALL who were involved - and, in particular,
find out where these illegal orders originated.
++Petition delivery Wednesday to Capitol Hill!
We will deliver our first round of petitions to Congress on Wednesday,
which means I must have your name added by midnight tonight if you are
to be included. Right now, we have a little over 40,000 signers - and
I very much would like to deliver 50,000 petitions on Wednesday.
Please go here to sign our powerful petition to STOP the targeting of
conservative groups and individuals by the IRS:
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The petition will still be open for signatures after today, but I must
have your signature now in order to be included in tomorrow's important
delivery following today's powerful testimonies!
++This is tyranny, pure and simple.
The IRS abuses and the tyranny behind them may resemble a dramatic
mini-series, but this is a real life drama unfolding in the United
States of America! The damage to our nation is greatly magnified by
the fact that it happened during an election cycle.
Thomas, in the next few days, I will be announcing Liberty Counsel's
course of action against the IRS in response to the revelation that
they targeted Freedom Federation (FF), an organization I founded a few
FF is a collaborative group of ministries, companies, and individuals
with shared concerns over the path this nation is taking. The IRS has
yet to act upon our application for non-profit status after well over a
Thank you for joining us in our call for a special investigation.
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
P.S. Our rights are being targeted by our own government! Chief Justice
John Marshall said "The power to tax is the power to destroy" in the
historic pre-Civil War case McCulloch v. Maryland. That fact was
certainly not lost on the Obama administration as they used the power
of taxation to attack their political adversaries!
We must oppose this tyranny and take action! Please sign our petition
before the end of the day to be included in our Wednesday delivery!
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