I can understand why South Carolina Representative Jeff Duncan is uncomfortable with the thought of IRS agents armed with AR-15s.
— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) June 11, 2013
Rank-and-file IRS agents need staplers, not firearms, and none need semi-automatic Ar-15s or selective-fire M4/M16s.
That said, the IRS does have a Criminal Investigation Division (CID) that employs roughly 3,700 Special Agents that are law enforcement officers. What concerns me is the quality, integrity, and moral fiber of the individuals that are part of the IRS CID.
I happen to have it on very good authority that at least one IRS CID agent based out of Greensboro, NC (and yes, I know his name) is/was friends with a convicted kidnapper, and once ran the Facebook page for a company allegedly run by the kidnapper.
The IRS CID agent in question may have also accessed my personal tax information to help his criminal friend, who used it to then contact and threaten my then-employer in 2011. This was right in the middle of the IRS’s witch hunt against the Tea Party and other critics of the Obama Administration.
Is that an ethics violation? Is that a crime? I’d leave that up to the Congressman to discover if he was so interested.
Rather obviously, the IRS has been used as a weapon against the American people. Amid this scandal, using the IRS to target a public critic of a convicted criminal friend must have felt utterly normal.