Impeachment is the process by which an official is found guilty or innocent of malfeasance. If he/she is found guilty they are Removed.
I'm convinced that nobody will ever be removed from office or fired because of these ongoing IRS, NSA, PRISM, Benghazi, etc. violations. NOBODY is going to stop the abuse, no one is going to confess to abuse, and they're going to get away with it.
In fact, Susan Rice got promoted to LEAD the NSA after a marathon lying-to-the-media session post Benghazi attack. Seems to me Clapper can expect a nice raise and title in the near future.
"The Patriot Act itself provides statutory damages of $10,000 per person for damages...if there is a successful lawsuit then the money comes out of the Justice Dept.'s funding." - Rep. Sensenbrenner in a radio interview.
I wonder if we Verizon (and VZW) customers are due a refund? Maybe a class action is in order, but then we'd see a small sum and the lawyers would cash in.
Rep. Sensenbrenner says the Patriot Act is supposed to sunset in 2015, and just said "my fear is the FISA court...is obviously not doing it's job. Decisions have been the opposite of what the Church committee intended" in an interview.
"ProPublica on Monday reported that the same IRS division that targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle provided the investigative-reporting organization with confidential applications for tax-exempt status."
More articles may be forthcoming unless the media decides to just "let this one slip by..."
The liberal journalism group ProPublica was given IRS applications for conservative-leaning non-profits *before* they'd been approved or denied. ProPublica then USED that information to plant stories in the media on the tax status of individuals, including GOP candidates. This information came from ProPublica themselves in a rather surprising admission. Why did they decide to grant themselves golden boy status? So they can look like the "good guys" even though they used confidential info, given to them by the IRS, to play politics.
Given the fun and games sites like Techdirt and Popehat enjoy FOIA, this is a variation on a theme of the current administration:
"Conservative groups seeking information from the Environmental Protection Agency have been routinely hindered by fees normally waived for media and watchdog groups, while fees for more than 90 percent of requests from green groups were waived, according to requests reviewed by the Conservative Enterprise Institute."
Really, using government extensions and groupthink has been the MO of the Obama Administration since Day 1. This "news" on the IRS and Benghazi has been known and reported for years; the only surprise was the AP's admission.
You can also add using the IRS to go after conservative and libertarian 501(c)(4) applicants. The IRS demanded their donor lists, names of friends and relatives, printouts of any and all social media account pages (Facebook and more), and so on. The demands were so twisted and unconstitutional the groups simply gave up and tried to shoulder the costs themselves.
I used to work for attorneys and know briefs can be very dry (sometimes in the "family law" area, too), and this is a must-read. Where else can you read about a judge launching verbal photon torpedoes at the plaintiffs and referring them to the "upper decks," specifically the Feds and the IRS?
I wonder if this will eventually affect the medical fields and diagnosis of mental illness. A lot of health insurance providers use DSM codes in billing and actual care can shift with the decimal point.
FYI: Justin Amash has linked this article on his Facebook page. He's been stellar when it comes to keeping voters updated on his voting record and *why* he votes as he does. I know there's a lot going on in the US at the moment, but now would be a good time to fire off a polite note to your congressman.
What's worrisome is he's planning to run for the Senate seat soon to be vacated (thank God!) by Carl Levin. I've voted in every primary since 1986, and I'll be voting for Justin Amash if he runs. Oh, here's what Red State's Neil Stevens (conservative site) said regarding Justin's stand on CISPA:
"Fortunately, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a rising conservative star in Congress, has offered an amendment (PDF) to CISPA to fix this problem. By adding 16 words, their amendment clarifies that CISPA’s liability exemption does not permit companies to break the contractual promises they’ve made to their customers. This simple, elegant fix does nothing more than align CISPA’s language with its sponsors’ public statements — that information sharing must be truly voluntary — while still clearing the regulatory 'thicket' that may hinder beneficial information sharing today."