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New IRS ‘Safety Review’ Falsely Claims Republican Voters are Terrorists

Proving once again that the corrupt IRS has been weaponized to attack the Democrats’ political foes, the tax agency has announced a “safety review” claiming that it is worried for its employees because Republican voters are domestic terrorists.

On the heels of wide condemnation that the agency will receive billions of tax dollars to hire an additional 87,000 stormtroopers to fan out across the land and accost middle class earners, the IRS says it now needs to assess its “security.”

Per the Washington Post’s Jacob Bogage, “The Internal Revenue Service will launch a full security review of its facilities nationwide, Commissioner Charles Rettig announced Tuesday, as congressional Republicans and far-right extremists are lashing out at the agency and the new funding it is slated to receive in a massive spending law.”

Bogage went on to quote the IRS:

“We see what’s out there in terms of social media. Our workforce is concerned about their safety,” Rettig told The Washington Post in an interview. “The comments being made are extremely disrespectful to the agency, to the employees and to the country.”

In a letter to employees sent Tuesday, he wrote that the agency would conduct risk assessments for each of the IRS’s 600 facilities and evaluate whether to increase security patrols along building exteriors, boost designations for restricted areas, examine security around entrances and assess exterior lighting. It will be the agency’s first such review since the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, which killed 168 people.

“For me this is personal,” Rettig wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The Post. “I’ll continue to make every effort to dispel any lingering misperceptions about our work. And I will continue to advocate for your safety in every venue where I have an audience. You go above and beyond every single day, and I am honored to work with each of you.”

Employees told The Post that the right-wing rhetoric has raised fears that workers could be targeted at their workplaces or in public if they’re identified as IRS employees.

NTEU President Tony Reardon wrote to Rettig on Saturday asking the commissioner to initiate a security review.

Employees told The Post that the right-wing rhetoric has raised fears that workers could be targeted at their workplaces or in public if they’re identified as IRS employees.

IRS workers say they are chastened by years of threats and harassment toward federal employees, and specifically those with the tax agency, long an enemy of right-wing extremist groups. The agency experienced sporadic but sustained violent attacks between the 1970s and 1990s, when extremist groups targeted the IRS to express broader anti-government sentiments, experts say.

This news goes hand-in-hand with the news from several weeks ago that the IRS was looking to hire new employees and that one of the requirements was the ability to engage in the “use of deadly force.”

The IRS has seen the enemy.

And he is us, America.

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Cross-posted with iPatriot

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.

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