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Monday afternoon, ABC News released a chilling report that details what journalists have faced while trying to get some answers from the Cincinnati IRS office, which is where a majority of the Tea Party targeting took place.
According to ABC, an "armed uniform police officer with the Federal Protective Service" "escorted" reporters through the public building. ABC says if the intent wasn't to "scare off" employees who might talk, "it was the effect."
ABC News is also hearing conflicting reports from Cincinnati IRS employees and the IRS Headquarters in Washington. A Washington spokesman told ABC that press queries are "referred to the press office," but that "people have First Amendment rights, they are entitled to speak." .....................
[color=cyan]An employee in OH said that is not the case and that staffers have been threatened with their jobs if they are caught talking to the media
An employee in OH said that is not the case and that staffers have been threatened with their jobs if they are caught talking to the media
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by flobot
Funny... I can't recall ever seeing armed escort of a media figure or other journalist like this before. The only places I've personally been escorted were ones that security clearance was required to be allowed to just roam free. If the IRS has classified sections, that alone is a point of interest I'd like to hear more about in a field office.
It's funny to watch though. Every thread...no matter what the angle, the arrival of the "nothing happened, nothing to see, nothing to talk about, now quiet and move along" folks is near instant. Same arguments...over and over, too.
I'm thinking that since the IRS people themselves have admitted to it being outright misconduct and improper political targeting of organizations? This one has more legs than most right now....so armed escorting of media is something I find quite interesting.