“Our founding principle and highest priority is to protect the American people from terrorist threats.”
On Tuesday May 21st there were Tea Party protests scheduled at IRS offices all over the country. We have photographic and video evidence that The Department of Homeland Security was in attendance at five of those protests. It seems like this administration just flipped the bird at Tea Party Patriots. The quote above is taken directly from the DHS.gov website and reminds us that this organization was created to deal with terrorists and not to harass law-abiding tax payers who, in this case, may have payed more than their fair share.
Make no mistake. The Obama Administration is calling conservatives out. There is no reason to believe that local law enforcement could not have provided security for each of these protests. The fact that DHS vehicles and armed guards were present is a statement to the conservatives of America. I think it is a smug reminder from an administration that lives by their own code and continues to chip away at the constitutionally protected rights of every American. DHS agents showing up at 1 or 2 of these events could be explained as local law enforcement asking for help. Showing up at 5 protest sites (that we are aware of) is more likely a decision that was handed down from "Big Sis" Napolitano or one of her trusted American Gestapo leaders.
Championnews.net reported that the Downer's Grove protest featured a couple of surveillance passes by a DHS vehicle (pictured below):
The IRS protests in Downers Grove had between 175 and 200 people in attendance (Pictures below). The event was held at the corner of Esplanade and Butterfield Dr. since that was busier than directly in front of the IRS offices. Several police were there to direct traffic. What surprised many was a Homeland Security vehicle came past the protest twice. As you can see from the picture, the vehicle had tinted windows so we are unsure if there were any cameras inside. Were pictures taken of the attendees? Will any of the attendees now be further targeted by the IRS or Homeland Security?
If you want to visit the Championnews.net site they also have several interviews with those in attendance.
At the New Orleans protest some obscure Tea Party superhero who calls himself "American Refugee" posted a short YouTube video of a DHS agent accepting a Constitution from this self-proclaimed freedom-fighter:
The video description on YouTube is, "This DHS cop seemed afraid to take a constitution but God bless him, he took it. This was outside an IRS office at a federal building in New Orleans, during an IRS protest."
Multiple DHS vehicles were reported at the St. Louis protest and captured on another YouTube video. It appears there were at least three DHS vehicles in attendance:
The creator of the video noted, "There were no city or county police there, ONLY DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY POLICE."
Bizpacreview reported similar happenings at a protest in Maitland, Florida:
The protest was held in Maitland, Florida, a short drive north of Orlando and not surprisingly, North Lake Tea Party, long the standard bearer of the Central Florida tea party movement, was on hand.
The tea party was acting on a call to action by Tea Party Patriots Inc., which bills itself as the nation's largest tea party organization, in response to recent admissions by IRS officials that the agency had intentionally targeted tea party and conservative groups.
A scandal that continues to grow in scope with each passing day.
Under the watchful eye of Homeland Security — yes, they were present — protestors carried signs that read "We Do Not Consent to Tyranny," "Abolish the IRS" and "Don't Target me Bro!," making it clear they do not condone the use of the IRS as a political weapon.
As one protestor noted, it's insulting that Homeland Security felt the need to be present as American citizens exercise their first amendment right, but decide to look away when suspected Islamic terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev travels back and forth to his home country.
By far the most compelling story of the day was the story of Diane Sult, who ended up being a one-woman protest at the Ft. Wayne office. The News-Sentinel reports:
Diane Sult of Fort Wayne has her own acronym for the IRS: Irresponsible Regulatory Service.
That's what she'd written on the sign she held up Tuesday for several minutes outside the Internal Revenue Service office at 201 E. Rudisill Blvd. Tea party protests of the IRS also were planned in other cities across the country after IRS officials acknowledged that some conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status received inappropriate scrutiny and questioning. The events coincided with former IRS head Douglas Shulman appearing on Capitol Hill to tell the Senate Finance Committee what he knew and when.
Sult, who didn't expect to be alone – and outnumbered by the three visible security guards in the IRS parking lot, including a Homeland Security officer – cited several issues in the Obama administration for why she came out: Fast and Furious, the failed gun trafficking operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in which the agency lost track of hundreds of guns it allowed to cross the Arizona-Mexico border; the IRS controversy; appointments by Obama to the National Labor Relations Board that a second federal appeals court last week found overstepped his authority when he made them during a Senate recess; the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and two other Americans after which Obama's advisers pinned responsibility on the CIA for crafting talking points that downplayed the potential of terrorism as a the motive, despite the fact that the White House was a part of the process.
Did you catch that MAJOR typo? Can you believe that journalists in this country do not even know how many Americans were killed in Benghazi? That is what we are up against America.
On the other hand, Diane Sult sounds like a true Patriot to me. This woman is so dangerous that security outnumbered her 3 to 1. But she stood her ground and stood for America.
With so many DHS vehicles and officers in so many different locations on Tuesday it is pretty clear that The Obama Administration and Janet Napolitano are sending a message to Tea Party Patriots. There is no reason that these locations could not have been secured by local police. That's a fact.
But that simply would not send the message of intimidation that this administration wants to convey.
They are calling us out. They are taunting us and begging us to react so that they can villainize us. We must stand strong Patriots. If there is to be a fight it will be on our terms and not theirs. Do not give them what they want. They are begging us for a knee-jerk reaction. That's how I see it.