CHARLOTTE, NC, April 28, 2014 – When Barack Obama told Bill O’Reilly of FOX News on Super Bowl Sunday there was “not a smidgen of corruption” behind the IRS scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups, it was a strong indication that the president was playing fast and loose with his words.
CNN reports that “Lax oversight at the Internal Revenue Service allowed for the singling out of some conservative groups, resulting in lengthy delays in the processing of their applications for federal tax-exempt status, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general released Tuesday.”
Either that or “corruption” has a different definition in Barack Obama’s dictionary than that of the American people. Which is not likely. In fact, if the IRS scandal was a cake, there would be so many layers it would be taller than the Empire State Building.
But that is SOP for the Obama administration; distort, delay, distract and confuse and you can get away with just about anything.
Fortunately, Walid Shoebat, an Islamic convert to Christianity and author of a Christian-focused website, has done some investigative reporting on the issue the mainstream press continues to ignore. According to Shoebat, the IRS scandal runs deep and traces its roots as far back as the Clinton administration.
Complex as the situation may be, the simple thread that should have Americans in an uproar is that while law abiding conservative groups have been targeted by the IRS, tax exempt status has been granted to other organizations which have links to Islamic terrorism.
In an exclusive article in his blog, Shoebat points out that Bassam Estwani, the former chairman of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque which is regarded by many as the most notorious mosque in the country, is “an extremely heavy hitter for the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”
Estwani also sits on the board of Mercy Without Borders (Tax ID 45-529026), an organization that received 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS.
While American non-profit conservative groups are either being targeted by the IRS or must jump through dozens of hoops to obtain tax exempt status, organizations with known jihadist ties are granted those same privileges almost without question.
Former President Bill Clinton reportedly planned a personal visit to Dar al-Hijrah while Estwani was in charge, changing his plans when he learned of its terrorist ties. Despite that, other prominent democrats, including Obama and Hillary Clinton have met with Estwani on several occasions. Estwani was granted relatively easy access to the White House during the Clinton years and Shoebat has photos as evidence.
The saying goes that “time heals all wounds.” The further removed we are from the Clintons, the more we forget some of the very questionable actions Bill and Hillary Clinton. While brother Bill was turning the Oval Office into his own private brothel, the Lincoln bedroom was consistently available for fund-raising along with dozens of presidential coffee klatches. Since that time, Hillary Clinton has undergone more political makeovers than Joan Rivers has had facelifts, and the Obama administration is so mired in a swamp of scandal that the Clintons look like amateurs by comparison.
Further background on Estwani shows that prior to 9-11, he welcomed Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi to his mosque as well as visits by three 9-11 hijackers and Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood jihadist. Al-Qaradawi was banned from entering the U.S. in 1999 because of his support for terrorism. Adding to the questionable activities, Shoebat also reports Estwani is involved with another 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization founded by Barack Obama’s brother Malik. That approval took less than a month while under the leadership of Lois Lerner at the IRS. It was also retroactively backdated more than three years.
Currently, President Obama is touring Asia with bold new threats that have North Korea’s Kim Jong-un quaking in his boots because the U.S. may impose sanctions that could keep Dennis Rodman from traveling there. The nuances of the IRS scandal are far too many and interwoven in a web of corruption for any rational person to untangle the mess. That is by design. It is standard Obama strategy.
Honest, law abiding American citizens have been harassed by a government agency that is currently paying out bonuses to employees who, themselves, have filed bogus tax returns while groups with ties to Islamic jihad are able to obtain tax exempt status without scrutiny.
So while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defines American citizens as “terrorists” and Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth over her involvement at the IRS and Islamic jihadists enjoy tax exemptions and the Clintons lay low when the heat is on and Barack Obama continues his “in-your-face” prevarications as president, the American people struggle to overcome the financial burdens of the Affordable Care Act and Tea Party member and other conservatives are harassed by their own government.
Barack Obama was right, there really isn’t “a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS. It’s an all out smear.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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