The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday is the simple fact that the federal government should be transparent to American citizens. Then the government attempts to hide facts from its citizens, they must be called on it.
Judicial Watch continues to fight for freedom for all Americans. When Congress could not obtain copies of former IRS official Lois Lerner, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. As a result, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued the following order.
“In light of  the Declaration filed by the IRS, the IRS is hereby ORDERED to file a sworn Declaration, by an official with the authority to speak under oath for the Agency, by no later than August 22, 2014. In this Declaration, the IRS must: (1) provide information about its efforts, if any, to recover missing Lois Lerner emails from alternate sources (i.e., Blackberry, iPhone, iPad); (2) provide additional information explaining the IRS’s policy of tracking inventory through use of bar code property tags, including whether component parts, such as hard drives, receive a bar code tag when serviced. If individual components do not receive a bar code tag, provide information on how the IRS tracks component parts, such as hard drives, when being serviced; (3) provide information about the IRS’s policy to degauss hard drives, including whether the IRS records whose hard drive is degaussed, either by tracking the employee’s name or the particular machine with which the hard drive was associated; and (4) provide information about the outside vendor who can verify the IRS’s destruction policies concerning hard drives.”
I am grateful that someone is still on the job fighting corruption at the IRS. I hope Judicial Watch will be successful in ferreting out the information necessary to indict someone and send them to prison for targeting tea party groups. We must have a transparent federal government!