Question: Should we the people, across the broad political spectrum, be concerned about the new BOLO (‘Be On The Lookout’) target list revelations from Internal Revenue Service chief Daniel Werfel yesterday, or is he just spreading düppel?
Düppel, as explained by the American Thinker website article, is this:
“When the Luftwaffe lost so many aircraft to British-developed radar, they developed the countermeasure of spreading clouds of aluminum strips that offered multiple targets or obscured the area.” That cloud drop was called chaff, or düppel, depending on your language choice.
As a previous Examiner article pointed out, Peggy Noonan asked some important questions to those who believed the IRS scandal was about incompetence rather than political targeting:
“But why did all the incompetent workers misunderstand their jobs and their mission in exactly the same way? Wouldn’t general incompetence suggest both liberal and conservative groups would be abused more or less equally, or in proportion to the number of their applications? Wouldn’t a lot of left-wing groups have been caught in the incompetence net? Wouldn’t we now be hearing honest and aggrieved statements from indignant progressives who expected better from their government?”
A person or persons made the decision to “target, harass, delay and abuse,” Noonan believes. “Some person or persons communicated the decision.” Some are now giving more intense scrutiny to the IRS.
Eliana Johnson, in her National Review Online story, states that the IRS had an original list from November, 2010, which did contain the unredacted word “progressive,” where she reports agency screeners were instructed to treat progressive groups differently from tea-party groups. For progressive groups, agents “… were merely alerted that a designation of 501(c)(3) status ‘may not be appropriate …'” because 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from conducting any political activity. For tea-party groups, however, Johnson says agents “… were told to send applications from tea-party groups off to IRS higher-ups for further scrutiny.”
What it all looks like then, according to NRO’s work, is that the applications of progressive organizations “… could be approved by line agents on the spot, while those of tea-party groups could not.” Johnson had an additional worrisome statement though:
“Furthermore, the November 2010 list noted that tea-party cases were “currently being coordinated with EOT” — Exempt Organizations Technical, a group of tax lawyers in Washington, D.C. Those of progressive organizations were not.”
Okay, back to the düppel comparison, where perhaps someone should let Daniel Werfel know that the scandal still looks like a scandal. Yes, it looks bad to us, Mr. Werfel.
Or, as our Dutch allies in World War II might have said then:
“Ja, het ziet er slecht, Mr. Werfel.”