‘Investigation’ of IRS Abuses — Where Is It?

You’ve heard of the X-Files, well the FBI also apparently has a department for cases designated Z-Files, as in the agents always catch their Z’s, as in these cases will be the last things we get around to doing.

The FBI’s alleged investigation into abuses at the IRS has apparently been designated a Z-File.

Despite the White House’s “promise” last month to investigate, and despite congressional testimony last week about the experiences of conservative groups who had their applications for nonprofit status delayed for months or years, no one from any of the targeted groups seems to have been contacted by anyone at the FBI.

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“We have not been contacted by any federal investigative agency and, to date, none of our clients have been contacted or interviewed by the FBI,” said Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents 25 groups suing the IRS.

Tea Party Patriots — the nation’s largest Tea Party group, with thousands of local chapters — “has not been contacted by the FBI,” said spokesman Jameson Cunningham.

The story is the same for other groups whose representatives addressed a congressional hearing last week.

Meanwhile, more information continues to come out about the Obama Administration’s abuse of the NSA’s data-collecting capabilities to target political foes.

CBS has confirmed that reporter Sharyl Atkisson’s computer was hacked multiple times during a period when she was virtually the only mainstream journalist investigating the ongoing Benghazi coverup. Atkisson revealed in May that her computer had been compromised. CBS has now released a statement about the findings of an investigation by a forensic computer team.

According to spokeswoman Sonya McNair:

“A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.

“This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.

“CBS News is taking steps to identify the responsible party and their method of access.”

The hacking of Atkisson’s computer came to light shortly after the revelation of federal snooping on the Associated Press and Fox News. The secret investigation of the Associated Press followed a story that published classified information that was leaked by a member of the Administration, and Fox is just the favorite media whipping boy of President Obama’s.

Connect the dots.

The scandal regarding the federal government’s warrantless surveillance of just about everyone keeps getting worse. Those tech companies that pretended last week to be victims of the NSA’s Prism program are, as many suspected, willing partners, according to four anonymous sources cited in a story at Bloomberg.com.

Far beyond the big nine that were initially named, thousands of high-tech companies swap data with various federal agencies, according to Bloomberg, in exchange for a range of benefits, including access to classified information.

The companies include hardware and software makers, banks, satellite telecoms, computer security firms and others.

The Matrix has all of us.

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