Congressman Kelly: Next Phase of IRS Scandal is Abuse of Our Data

Published July 11, 2013

Breitbart News just spoke with Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Mike Kelly about what he thinks is next regarding the now roiling Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal.  From which:

“The information that the IRS has on file on people goes pretty deep into personal lives. It is being leaked out and given to people for very specific political reasons. I think this is something that should be the most chilling thing for Americans to understand. 

This is a branch of government and it is under the executive branch that can be used for a lot of different intimidation elements. Think of what these people have, think of what they have on everybody. If they leak that out to the right person at the right time in the right movement that’s looking to do something, they can completely destroy individuals.”

Kelly believes the revelation the IRS targeting of various conservative organizations was just the beginning of a larger scandal that will continue unraveling. Kelly sees this burgeoning scandal cutting to the core of the IRS as a whole, and likely tying in more prominent Obama administration officials….

Kelly, a second-term congressman who rose to conservative prominence a little over a month ago when he berated the IRS in a committee hearing, also said alleged audit power abuse is likely to become a focus, too. 

“Especially what we’ve seen happening now with the data collection and the depth to which the data collection is going,” Kelly said. “Who is getting this information? There were donor lists that were leaked out. Highly, highly sensitive and private information was leaked out.”…

“There’s a lot more to come,” Kelly said. “[Acting IRS commissioner Danny] Werfel was in last week or maybe it was a little over a week ago. One of the things he says is he thinks we’re a couple months away from really finding things out. When he came in, he gave us kind of an update with boilerplate stuff of what you would do if you were going in and what you were looking for and what your desired outcomes were. But he really didn’t give us an update or any specifics at all. It was just more or less that he was on the job now and that he was going to be working to get it fixed.

Kelly added that he thinks “there’s so much more there.”

Congressman Kelly and yours truly both spoke at the Tea Party Patriots’ June 19 “Audit the IRS Rally” at the Capitol.  At which yours truly said (in part):

“As we know they (the federal government) are collecting as much data on us as possible….

“They are collecting all this data so that they can use it against you.  As we saw with the IRS – with ‘Tea Party,’ with ‘Patriot,’ with ‘Conservative,’ with ‘Bill of Rights.’   How dare you all?

“So keep in mind – this (the IRS) is the chief enforcement agent for the government that is currently accumulating all of this data on you.”

We have also been warning of the very same thing in writing.

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With Tens of Millions of Phone Records Grabbed – It’s the Government, Stupid

Latest Big Government Data Grab: Justice Sues to Get It Without a Warrant

IRS-Conservatives, Justice-AP, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, HHS, EPA – This is Big Government

IRS Tea Party Scandal Shows Government Should Be Kept Away From Our Data

It is good to know that the House Republicans are on this particular very important trail.

Here’s hoping they head off a great deal.  It would be nice to return to the friendly confines of the Fourth Amendment.

[First Published by PJ Media]