Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., indicated at a House committee meeting Thursday that he would like to see the Internal Revenue Service continue to use “BOLO lists,” or “Be On the Look Out for lists,” which it used in targeting conservatives seeking tax-free exempt status.
“I’m going to stop what I was going to say, except to say one thing,” he began. “I don’t think BOLO lists should be thrown out. Every time I get on a United Airlines flight to go home Seattle, before it leaves the ground, the first officer leaves the cockpit and goes down with a BOLO list. He is on the lookout for a lot of things on that plane.”
Right off the bat, it’s obvious McDermott is confusing checklists with BOLO lists. Checklists are used to make sure things have been done. BOLO lists, on the other hand, are used, generally by law enforcement, to give descriptions of individuals to be on the lookout for.
BOLO lists are the very thing that originally brought the IRS under public and congressional scrutiny. It used the lists to be on the lookout for groups with “tea party,” “912” or “patriot” in their organization’s name in order to target them for harassment.
We last heard from McDermott when he complained that the FBI’s “Faces of Global Terrorism” bus ad depicting its 16 most wanted terrorists was “offensive to Muslims and ethnic minorities” and “encourages racial and religious profiling.”
In case you’re wondering, the photos of individual terrorists on the bus ad were removed.
H/T The Weekly Standard.
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