Confused Dem congressman calls for continued IRS targeting

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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4 thoughts on “Confused Dem congressman calls for continued IRS targeting

  1. Robert says:

    At least He is honest about his feelings and agenda. Unlike Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsley Graham and the rest of the RINO's. I disagree with McDermot on almost every issue but at least He says what He belives and votes that way.. RINO's on the other hand Lie.

  2. Kat says:

    im pretty sure mcdermott was talking about the pilot looking for muslims or others that look 'suspicious' according to their personal views, not a checklist of tasks the crew needs to do before take off

    regardless, the bigger problem isn't that a bolo list existed, it's how they went about using the results of the bolo list. even if progressive groups *were* on the list, they weren't selected off the list for additional scrutiny. thats the problem and thats why this is a conservative targeting issue, not a 'unfair bolo practices' issue

  3. Joyce Wells says:

    It is such a shame that the government has turned it's back on the citizens of the United States. We are no longer united we are divided, and divided we will fall.

  4. George A says:

    Jim McDimwit is an idiot and an embarsement to the State of Washington

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