Videos surface showing IRS recruitment program for high school and college students as armed agents

The IRS’ “Adrian Project,” a Bush-era recruitment program directed at high school and college students, is coming to light as the “Inflation Reduction Act” doles out $80 billion to the agency to increase staff and hire criminal investigative agents.

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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) blasted the IRS for hiring more agents who will be armed and empowered to conduct criminal investigations and arrests. He shared a clip from the IRSCI “Adrian Project” at Dixie State University (DSU) conducted in April of 2022.

“Dixie State University students recently worked with IRS special agents in a mock scenario to gather evidence, arrest, and convict someone of tax evasion as part of the Adrian Project, a hands-on experience that provides students with a glance at the life of an IRS special agent,” the university explained.

President Biden signed the $750 billion healthcare, tax, and climate package legislation into law on Tuesday that funds the IRS with $80 billion in additional funds.

“With this law, the American people won and the special interests lost,” Biden proclaimed. “For a while, people doubted whether any of that was going to happen, but we are in a season of substance.”

Along with signing the massively expensive bill, Biden vowed that no one that makes under $400,000 would see their taxes raised. The CBO and Democrats have since reportedly walked that claim back.

The new law will ostensibly double the current IRS workforce by hiring an additional 87,000 employees. The agency already has 78,661 employees on its payroll. Recruits from the “Adrian Project” and elsewhere hired to join the IRS Criminal Investigation division (IRS-CI) will carry a firearm and must be willing to “use deadly force, if necessary.”

Other duties will include being “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”

Many contend the expanded IRS force will necessarily target small businesses and the middle class since the claim that they are going after large corporations and the wealthy simply won’t result in enough money to pay for the left’s orgiastic spending spree.

The “Adrian Project” has been around since 2002 when President Bush was in office. High school and college students are given tactical vests and fake firearms. They are then instructed to make mock arrests of individuals wanted for tax-related offenses, according to American Military News.

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“In 2002, Adrian College hosted the first-ever seminar hosted by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (IRSCI) as a co-sponsor for the event. 2012 marks the ten-year anniversary of what became nationally known as ‘The Adrian Project.’ It also marks the conclusion of the program with its final session to be held in the location of its origin March 17, 2012,” according to a news release.

“The training sessions have previously enlisted IRSCI agents in interactive engagement with students interested in pursuing a career with the IRSCI. These exploratory sessions offered a hands-on experience with realistic investigative simulations, such as money laundering, wiretapping, illegal drug busts, and tax evasion investigations. The goal was to increase student awareness of the career options available with the IRS,” Adrian College asserted.

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“The first time we offered the program, the students and the professors didn’t know what to expect. At the end of the day, many of the students commented that they had never envisioned such a career path existed,” Professor Bill Nalepka commented per the news release.

The IRS claims the project gives students a taste of a career as an IRS special agent and what a criminal investigation entails.

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“For years, IRS Criminal Investigation field offices have brought the Adrian Project to college and university campuses nationwide. How does it work? Classes participate in a day-long simulation of a mock criminal investigation. The goal is to provide students with a firsthand look at what it’s like for IRS special agents to carry out an investigation, tracking illicit money from the crime to the criminal,” the agency explained.

“Students are ‘sworn in’ as special agents in the morning and wear IRS protective vests, use handcuffs, toy guns, and radios to communicate with their counterpart agents on the case. The students sharpen their forensic accounting skills and are introduced to interviewing suspects, conducting surveillance, and document analysis. The day ends when the students solve the crime and arrest the mock offender,” the IRS noted.

(Video Credit: Purdue University)

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