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No 960 “En mi opinión” Mayo 27, 2015

No 960   “En mi opinión”  Mayo 27, 2015

“IN GOD WE TRUST” LAZARO R GONZALEZ MIñO EDITOR

Sr. Presidente Obama:

VISITAR LA CASA DEL OPRESOR, ES JUSTIFICAR LA OPRESION. MIENTRAS QUE UN PUEBLO NO TENGA CONQUISTADOS SUS DERECHOS EL HIJO SUYO QUE PISE EN SON DE FIESTA LA CASA DE LOS QUE SE LO COLCULTAN ES ENEMIGO DE SU PUEBLO.

JOSE MARTI

 

AMENPER: El Odio de Michelle Obama a America…

Michelle Obama odia a América, lo dijo después que Barack Hussein Obama fue electo cuando confesó que por primera vez sentía amor por América.

Todavía Michelle a pesar de su vida de viajes de placer y vestidos de diseñadores, odia a lo que América representa.

En el discurso que hizo en la universidad de Tuskagee fundada por Booker T. Washington el educador negro, dijo que la Universidad había sido fundada por negros por sí sólo sin la ayuda del gobierno o donantes.

Cómo es claro que no podía ser, estuve investigando, y figuras como especialmente  Adriew Carnegie y también, John D. Rockefeller, J.P Morgan, George Eastman y otros aparecen como que contribuyeron a ayudar a Washington a la fundación de la universidad

Booker T. Washington visto desde la perspectiva de los tiempos, una persona que prueba lo que un individuo puede hacer con responsabilidad y perseverancia.  Eso es lo que Michelle debía de haber dicho, no una mentira racista.

Alguien le hubiera podido hacer notar el contraste de los líderes negros hoy en día, los  ciudadanos negros pobres tienen en efecto un tiempo más difícil que el resto de nosotros, pero es en mayor parte porque programas de bienestar social liberal y enemistad hacia la moralidad tradicional han diezmado las familias negras, y la preferencia de los demócratas a los sindicatos de maestros en las escuelas ha mantenido a muchos de los pobres en las escuelas deplorables. Tienen un momento difícil, en parte, debido a la política defendida por Michelle Obama y perseguida por su marido.

¿Qué diría Booker T. Washington sobre la decisión del Presidente de cerrar el programa de vales escolares en Washington, D.C.? Esto hubiera dado un alivio a los estudiantes en las escuelas públicas urbanas de bajo rendimiento y a sus padres desesperados

Pero volvemos al principio, para los Obama lo importante no es América como la conocemos, es la América racista como ellos la perciben,

 

 

AMENPER: El Nuevo Estilo para Cruzar el Delaware…

La campaña de Estado Hillary Clinton lanzó otro video el lunes sobre el libro “Clinton Cash” alegando que las acusaciones  no tienen “evidencias probadas” contra ella.

Observen la diferencia, cualquiera se hubiera defendido diciendo que eran mentiras sobre ella, están hablando de términos legalistas como “evidencias probadas” no sobre la verdad.

Y este parece ser la nueva moda en los Estados Unidos, no importa si eres culpable, si eres un mentiroso, si eres un ladrón, al no ser que seas de derechas, pero si eres de izquierda, no importa cuan evidente el hecho, hace falta “evidencias probadas”.

“‘Clinton Cash’ fue anunciado como una bomba antes de ser expuesto como un fracaso”, dice el video “Los medios de comunicación ha examinado las teorías de conspiración en el libro y encontró que son completamente carente de evidencias probatorias  que apoyen sus afirmaciones escandalosas”. 

Pero el libro “fracasado” se ha vendido mucho más que el de Hillary Clinton.

El libro ha ido generando olas de titulares desde el 23 de abril, cuando una serie de medios de comunicación publicaron investigaciones críticas basadas en el trabajo del autor Peter Schweizer. Schweizer acusa a Clinton de haber hecho favores cuando era secretaria  de estado favoreciendo a las personas que dieron a su fundación familiar o pagaron honorarios por discursos a ella o a su esposo, el ex Presidente Bill Clinton.

Sin embargo, Schweizer admite que no tiene “ninguna evidencia directa” de la corrupción, simplemente expone que cada vez que alguien donaba a la fundación o alguien pagaba por un discurso a Hillary, recibía un favor. El nuevo video de Clinton — titulada “Sin evidencia” — trata de desviar estos hechos y señala solamente  la falta de pruebas irrefutables detrás de los reclamos de Schweizer.

El video es parte de un nuevo esfuerzo de respuesta rápida como las de Fidel y Raul, adoptado por los Clinton contra  acusaciones cómo “Clinton Cash” y otros ataques futuros. Su equipo se comprometió a responder agresivamente a golpes partidistas contra su candidatura.

¿Qué pasa con la verdad y sólo la verdad? ¿Qué pasa con la “honestidad” que se atribuía a los patriotas como Washington y la historia de su confesión a su padre cuando cortó un árbol de lo que habían acusado a un empleado? ¿O el apodo de “Honest Abe” a Lincoln por su honestidad?

La verdad en un político, más en un aspirante a presidente tiene que estar clara como un cristal, tiene que estar en concordancia con un patrón de comportamiento,

Vemos últimamente cuando se ha acusado a personas de usar su información en la bolsa para hacer inversiones, lo que se considera fraude. Si una persona tiene acceso a una información y luego hacen una serie de inversiones oportunas, eso garantiza la investigación, no hay que presentar “evidencias probadas” de que hizo la inversión por la información.  Esto es lo mismo en el caso de Hillary.

Pero bueno, Hillary no es un corredora de bolsa, y seguro que no se parece as Lincoln o Washington, aunque está tratando de cruzar el río Delaware como Washington para llegar a la Casa Blanca, pero hay cierta diferencia en el bote y los que la acompañan..

 

AMENPER: LOS DIOSES MODERNOS

Karl Marx dijo que la religión es el opio de los pueblos.  Nadie está completamente equivocado toda su vida ni completamente acertado.  En esta declaración Marx está entre lo acertado y lo equivocado. Cuando habla de religión está refiriéndose a la conveniencia del ateísmo, o sea de la no creencia en un Dios, un ser supremo, lo cual considero absurdo y realmente imposible. Pero está usando los defectos de los dioses de este mundo que dicen representar a Dios a través de las instituciones religiosas y desde este punto de vista está en lo correcto y la idea es acertada y pude ser aceptada como una condición de la humanidad, no sólo del capitalismo.

De lo que no se daba cuenta Marx era que lo que él llama el opio, o sea una droga que entretiene a las masas está hoy en día más determinada en los que siguen sus doctrinas que en los religiosos tradicionales.

Abajo pueden encontrar un escrito de Cal Thomas que compara la adoración que a muchos nos parece imposible a dioses políticos como Hillary Clinton y Bill de Blasio, figuras desprestigiadas que en cualquier otra fracción política hubiera sido descartadas, y vemos como hay llegado a posiciones importantes y está en posición para la primera magistratura de la nación.

 

False gods of American politics.

By Cal Thomas  Published May 22, 2015

FILE — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

If you visit Mount Olympus, you will see scores of crumbling statues to false gods once worshipped by ancient Greeks. The same is true in Rome, where statues of political gods, notably those named Caesar, lay in ruins.We are more sophisticated today. Moderns don’t bow to Zeus. Many of us, though, put our faith in the false god of politics, despite its track record of not being able to achieve all of the things we project upon it.The late comedian George Carlin may have put the blame for this where it belongs: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”In order to accurately judge an idea, policy, or individual “stupid,” one must first have a standard by which stupid can be measured.

Moderns don’t bow to Zeus. Many of us, though, put our faith in the false god of politics, despite its track record of not being able to achieve all of the things we project upon it.

Now comes two far-left politicians who apparently believe their philosophy is not receiving the worship it is due, despite a track record of failure. Hillary Clinton continues to move left, jettisoning positions she once held — from support of the Iraq War, to her “evolving” stance on same-sex marriage — believing voters headed that way will put her in the White House.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has one-upped Hillary Clinton by publishing a 13-point plan he calls “The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality,” which some have compared to Newt Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract with America.” De Blasio’s proposal, though, might be likened to a contract hit on America.

As The Economist noted, de Blasio’s plan is “short on detail (such as how to pay for anything), but big on vision, it calls for raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and indexing it to inflation; bolstering unions; bringing in national paid sick and family leave and universal pre-kindergarten; ending tax breaks for firms outsourcing overseas, and closing tax loopholes for the rich.”

Where to begin? Not worrying about paying for anything is classic liberalism. If they aren’t raising taxes, they are borrowing money from China to achieve their “vision,” though it’s more like a mirage.

The minimum wage has been converted into something it was never intended to be — a permanent salary regarded as the chief support for a worker’s family long term. Instead, it should be taken for what it is, an entry-level position that gives workers an opportunity to move up to a better job at higher pay, taking full advantage of advanced training programs offered to them.

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, however, may result in robots replacing workers. Food will be ordered from a computer at your table. It’s already happening in some restaurants.

Bolstering unions means more workers paying more dues so more unions can give more money to the Democratic Party.

National paid sick leave? Why do liberals focus so much on time off instead of productivity? Such a policy would be ripe for abuse.

Pre-school, if it’s public and made mandatory by politicians, would give liberals an even earlier start at shaping young minds into their political and social image by getting kids attuned to the things liberals believe to be true. Many argue that the progressive outlook seeks to undermine the authority of parents and teach that government is good, especially when headed by Democrats.” Parents, not politicians, are the ultimate deciders on how and where their children should be educated. School choice is the answer. Providing vouchers lets parents sidestep failing public schools and the indoctrination in favor of an academic environment that offers a better education and less brainwashing.

The answer to firms that outsource jobs overseas is to reform a tax structure that has caused them to flee the country. Ditto on loopholes. A flat tax or fair tax eliminates all loopholes and most deductions and would free up capital that would produce more investment at home, leading to more jobs, more people working and more tax revenue.

Though false gods can’t deliver, stupid people still act as if they can. Republican presidential candidates must have a message that will bring Americans to their senses and remind them of economic, foreign policy and moral standards that once produced results.

Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He joined Fox News Channel in 1997 as a political contributor. His latest book is “What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America” is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.tcaeditors@tribune.com.

 

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Below, I am copying an article from John Blosser in Newsmax. 

It is about Fergurson Protesters now protesting in front of an office of MORE over not getting paid for protesting during the protests.

  MORE is an association funded by liberal billionaire George Soros. Moro accordingly with Soros means Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, for me it means a vehicle to destroy the nation MORE. Ferguson flared up was because protesters were being paid to be there. That makes you wonder how many are being paid in Baltimore? How many more will be paid in the future?” 

Ferguson Protesters Now Protesting Over Not Getting Paid

By John Blosser

At least some of the protesters who looted, rioted, burned buildings and overturned police cars in Ferguson, Missouri, last year were promised payment of up to $5,000 per month to join the protests.

However, when the Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), the successor group to the now-bankrupt St. Louis branch of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), stiffed the protesters, they launched a sit-in protest at the headquarters of MORE and created a witter page to demand their money, the Washington Times reports.

Presidential candidate and former Rep. Allen B. West, R-Fl., noted on his website, “Instead of being thankful for getting off the unemployment line for a few weeks and having a little fun protesting, the paid rioters who tore up Ferguson, MO, are protesting again.

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“First of all, can you even imagine getting paid $5,000.00 a month for running around holding a sign and burning down an occasional building? That’s around $1,250.00 per week. Try making that at McDonalds or Starbucks.”

The Kansas City Star estimates that the Ferguson riots, characterized as a spontaneous eruption of anger over the shooting of unarmed black criminal Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, cost the county $4.2 million.

Millennial Activists United (MAU) posted a letter on their website stating, “On May 14, 2015 many individuals and organizations of the protest movement that began in Ferguson, Missouri, organized a sit-in in the office of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE). The demand was simple: Cut the checks.

“Questions have been raised as to how the movement is to sustain when white non-profits are hoarding monies collected of off (sic) black bodies? When we will (sic) hold the industry of black suffering accountable? The people of the community are fed up and the accountability begins here and now,” the letter continues.

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“There is an insidious strand of racism and white supremacy that exists in this movement. This money is typically in the hands of white people who oversee the types of services that the non-profit provides, while having select token black people to spearhead the conversations within and to the community.”

MORE is funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, the Times notes, through his Open Society Foundations (OSF).

The OSF, the Times states, paid for activists from various protest groups from to travel to Ferguson and take part in the demonstrations.

Akiba Solomon of Colorlines stated, “More than 500 of us have traveled from Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Portland, Tucson, Washington, D.C., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and other cities to support the people of Ferguson and help turn a local moment into a national movement,” the Times noted. 

 

 

 

POLITICS

Cheatee Party! Spitzer’s Ex Throws Ladies Only Fundraiser For Hillary

KAITLAN COLLINS

Eliot Spitzer’s ex-wife Silda is hosting a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Manhattan, and only women will be allowed to attend the $2,700-a-ticket event.

The two-hour long fundraiser, which Silda will host along with four other women, will allow those who go to chat with Clinton on June 1. All proceeds will benefit “Hillary for America,” Page Six reports.

Silda divorced her husband Eliot Spitzer in 2014. He was the former governor of New York who resigned after being linked to a prostitution ring in 2008.(RELATED: Chelsea Clinton Is Writing The Saddest Children’s Book Ever)

During a presidential primary debate in 2008, Clinton blundered her way through a question about Spitzer’s plan to provide illegal immigrants New York driver’s licenses. At the time she made it sound like she did support the measure, with Barack Obama calling her answer “confusing,” but she later clarified that she did not.

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“As president, I will not support driver’s licenses for undocumented people and will press for comprehensive immigration reform that deals with all of the issues around illegal immigration, including border security and fixing our broken system.”

She has flip-flopped her stance on the issue and now supports issuing licenses to undocumented immigrants. (RELATED: Hillary Clinton Flip-Flops On Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Immigrants)

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Memorial Day Means Support the Troops, not their Killers

 by Bob Allen  

 

That sickening feeling you get on Memorial Day when you read about your government intentionally empowering terrorists.

Yesterday was Memorial Day, a day wherein we honor those who have demonstrated commitment, and often suffered so much in what was usually an honest attempt to serve the land they love. Many of these fellow countrymen deserve our gratitude and respect.

As for those who send them overseas at the behest of psychopaths, lobbyists, and other criminal masterminds who should never be trusted with an ounce of power, no human condemnation could ever be sufficient.

Here is a story I read on Memorial Day from Medium.com: “Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS.” The findings shouldn’t be shocking is you have read this blog or many other news sources (One example: “Radical Islamic Anti-Christian Expulsion Is 100% Made in America—a U.S. Government Creation”).

When you think of ISIS from here forward—when you consider the headless bodies of countless victims; women taken into sex slavery; peoples beyond number uprooted and forced to flee; new violations of Constitutional rights in the United States due to the “unparalleled threat” of attacks on the homeland–remember these documents outlining how high-level planners posited that ISIS should be allowed to form in order to oust an inconvenient dictator in Syria.

Yes, U.S. “defense intelligence” thought the genesis of ISIS could be useful, and so we’ve seen multitudes of actions to arm these “moderates,” which these documents demonstrate was a known lie.

“The conventional wisdom is that the US government did not retain sufficient oversight on the funding to anti-Assad rebel groups, which was supposed to be monitored and vetted to ensure that only ‘moderate’ groups were supported.

“However, the newly declassified Pentagon report proves unambiguously that years before ISIS launched its concerted offensive against Iraq, the US intelligence community was fully aware that Islamist militants constituted the core of Syria’s sectarian insurgency.”

But why? Why would “the West, Gulf countries, and Turkey” care so much about removing Syria’s Bashir Assad? What this report does not cover, but others have, is that Qatar has invested well over $50-billion in the effort to oust Assad. The reason? Turkey already has pipelines waiting for the Qatari’s abundant Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) but Saudi Arabia has steadfastly refused to let little Qatar build pipelines across their sands to reach Turkey, and the only other land route available is through… yes, Syria.

A Qatari pipeline to Turkey would open up the vastly lucrative European market to them, and break Russia’s current chokehold on the continent. Right now Europe is subject to Vladimir Putin’s threats to cut off their only current economical supplier of natural gas, should anyone there get too uppity about the Bear’s abuse of Ukraine.

Qatar, of course, is home to a couple of major U.S. military bases, making them an “important ally” in the region. What this means, in reality, is that it’s another nation where we’re willing to put up with their vast promotion of Islamic theology, just so long as major corporations in the West can make a few billion.

What are a few Christian heads bobbing in the ocean off Libya—or a multiplication of dead and maimed (physically and psychologically) U.S. servicemen—compared to billions in revenue, and a chance to continue the elite’s sick, real-life game of Risk?

“I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” – Revelation 20:4b

So many skeptics today find false rationale to impugn God’s righteousness for permitting this or that example of suffering or tragedy. Honestly, I think if we knew 1% of what really happens behind closed doors (and in dark minds) we would rightly wonder why He permits time to advance one more tick.

You and I only take another breath by the measureless mercy and grace of God. He sent the Messiah, Jesus, so that forgiveness could be given to the worst of sinners–yes, even those in DC and other places which plan all of this gamesmanship using humans as pawns. Yes, even for dark hearts like mine.

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’ The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” – Lamentations 3:22-26

Today’s leaders are a reflection of the American people and their priorities. The endless and insatiable quest to find pleasure without God proceeds apace. Soldiers, Marines, Rangers, SEALS, and innocents around the world are merely expendable pawns in the madness of the elite.

We don’t need another government program to “care” for us. We need Jesus. We certainly don’t need more machinations in high places valuing profits and power above people made in God’s image. We need a “climate change” in human hearts. We need the Creator to raise up workers for a harvest, and to bring a refreshing rain more necessary than what they could use in California.

As I remembered the sacrifices of servicemen and women in uniform yesterday I also remembered a sacrifice made outside Jerusalem nearly 2000 years ago—that freely-given life is the only reason humanity is still here. God’s mercy endures, for one more moment, and for that I am profoundly thankful.
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Revealed: Obama Admin Knows Exact Location Of ISIS Headquarters, Hasn’t Acted For One Reason

U.S. intelligence has identified seven buildings in the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa as the headquarters of ISIS.

James Beattie May 26, 2015 at 3:20pm

Even though U.S. intelligence has identified seven buildings in the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa as the headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the site has not been attacked during the 10-month air assault against the terrorist organization.

 

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The New York Times reported Tuesday that U.S. officials are loathe to attack certain ISIS targets for fear they might accidentally kill civilians, thus sparking “a major propaganda coup.” The Times reports:

But many Iraqi commanders, and even some American officers, argue that exercising such prudence is harming the coalition’s larger effort to destroy the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or Daesh, and that it illustrates the limitations of American air power in the Obama administration’s strategy.

A persistent complaint of Iraqi officials and security officers is that the United States has been too cautious in its air campaign, frequently allowing columns of Islamic State fighters essentially free movement on the battlefield.

“The international alliance is not providing enough support compared with ISIS’ capabilities on the ground in Anbar,” Maj. Muhammed al-Dulaimi, an Iraqi officer in Anbar Province, told The Times. Anbar is home to Ramadi, which fell to ISIS last week.

“The U.S. airstrikes in Anbar didn’t enable our security forces to resist and confront the ISIS attacks,” al-Dulaimi added. “We lost large territories in Anbar because of the inefficiency of the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.”

“We have not taken the fight to these guys,” the pilot of an American A-10 attack plane told the publication in an email.

We haven’t targeted their centers of gravity in Raqqa. All the roads between Syria and Iraq are still intact with trucks flowing freely.

The Times pointed out that ISIS seems to be taking advantage of the restrictions, as the terrorist group is fighting more often within the confines of civilian populations.

Civilians who now rely on the Islamic State for services often come and go from the offices, according to a middle-age real estate agent, who still lives in Raqqa and spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of the extremists.

‘The civilians like the coalition because it doesn’t hit civilians, but ISIS hates it because it targets their fighters,’ he said.

Finally, the publication noted that opponents of ISIS living in Raqqa said the terrorist group has no plans to leave the city because it has adapted to the continuous airstrikes, and no one is on the ground to challenge them.

“If they had acted when ISIS was small, they could have stopped them, but now it has settled and grown and people have gotten used to it,” an anonymous aid worker from Raqqa told The Times. “As long as there is no plan to get rid of them, they are staying, and it is clear that there is no plan.”

IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000

WASHINGTON — May 26, 2015, 10:28 PM ET

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press

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Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said.

“We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we but everybody in the financial industry are dealing with.”

Koskinen wouldn’t say whether investigators believe the criminals are based overseas — or where they obtained enough personal information about the taxpayers to access their returns. The IRS has launched a criminal investigation. The agency’s inspector general is also investigating.

Identity thieves, both foreign and domestic, have stepped up their efforts in recent years to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The agency estimates it paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds to identity thieves in 2013.

“Eighty percent of the of the identity theft we’re dealing with and refund fraud is related to organized crime here and around the world,” Koskinen said. “These are extremely sophisticated criminals with access to a tremendous amount of data.”

Congress is already pressing the IRS for information about the breach.

“That the IRS — home to highly sensitive information on every single American and every single company doing business here at home — was vulnerable to this attack is simply unacceptable,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “What’s more, this agency has been repeatedly warned by top government watchdogs that its data security systems are inadequate against the growing threat of international hackers and data thieves.”

Koskinen said the agency was alerted to the thieves when technicians noticed an increase in the number of taxpayers seeking transcripts.

The IRS said they targeted the system from February to mid-May. The service has been temporarily shut down.

Taxpayers sometimes need copies of old tax returns to apply for mortgages or college aid. While the system is shut down, taxpayers can still apply for transcripts by mail.

The IRS said its main computer system, which handles tax filing submissions, remains secure.

“In all, about 200,000 attempts were made from questionable email domains, with more than 100,000 of those attempts successfully clearing authentication hurdles,” the agency said. “During this filing season, taxpayers successfully and safely downloaded a total of approximately 23 million transcripts.”

The agency is still determining how many fraudulent tax refunds were claimed this year using information from the stolen transcripts. Koskinen provided a preliminary estimate, saying less than $50 million was successfully claimed.

Thieves can also use the information to claim fraudulent tax refunds in the future. As identity theft has exploded, the agency has added filters to its computer system to identify suspicious returns. These filters look for anomalies in the information provided by the taxpayer.

IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

Jorge A. Villalón

I wander if there is a safe place where our personal information is stored and not compromised this is embarrassing and ridiculous

 

APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves used online agency service to get access to 100,000 tax returns

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said.

“We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we but everybody in the financial industry are dealing with.”

Koskinen would not say whether investigators believe the criminals are based overseas — or where they obtained enough personal information about the taxpayers to access their returns. The IRS has launched a criminal investigation. The agency’s inspector general is also investigating.

Identity thieves, both foreign and domestic, have stepped up their efforts in recent years to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The agency estimates it paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds to identity thieves in 2013.

“Eighty percent of the of the identity theft we’re dealing with and refund fraud is related to organized crime here and around the world,” Koskinen said. “These are extremely sophisticated criminals with access to a tremendous amount of data.”

Congress is already pressing the IRS for information about the breach.

“That the IRS — home to highly sensitive information on every single American and every single company doing business here at home — was vulnerable to this attack is simply unacceptable,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “What’s more, this agency has been repeatedly warned by top government watchdogs that its data security systems are inadequate against the growing threat of international hackers and data thieves.”

Koskinen said the agency was alerted to the thieves when technicians noticed an increase in the number of taxpayers seeking transcripts.

The IRS said they targeted the system from February to mid-May. The service has been temporarily shut down.

Taxpayers sometimes need copies of old tax returns to apply for mortgages or college aid. While the system is shut down, taxpayers can still apply for transcripts by mail.

The IRS said its main computer system, which handles tax-filing submissions, remains secure.

“In all, about 200,000 attempts were made from questionable email domains, with more than 100,000 of those attempts successfully clearing authentication hurdles,” the agency said. “During this filing season, taxpayers successfully and safely downloaded a total of approximately 23 million transcripts.”

The agency is still determining how many fraudulent tax refunds were claimed this year using information from the stolen transcripts. Koskinen provided a preliminary estimate, saying less than $50 million was successfully claimed.

Thieves can also use the information to claim fraudulent tax refunds in the future. As identity theft has exploded, the agency has added filters to its computer system to identify suspicious returns. These filters look for anomalies in the information provided by the taxpayer.

Until recently, tax refund fraud has been surprisingly simple, once thieves obtain a taxpayer’s Social Security number and date of birth. Typically, thieves would file fake tax returns with made-up information early in the filing season, before the legitimate taxpayers filed their returns — and before employers and financial institutions filed wage and tax documents with the IRS.

The refunds would often be sent electronically to prepaid debit cards or bank accounts.

IRS officials say new computer filters are helping to stop many crude attempts at identity theft. This year, the IRS stopped almost 3 million suspicious returns, Koskinen said.

However, old tax returns can help thieves fill out credible-looking returns in the future, helping them get around the IRS filters.

Tax returns can include a host of personal information that can help someone steal an identity, including Social Security numbers and birthdates of dependents and spouses. The IRS said the thieves appeared to already have a lot of personal information about the victims.

The IRS said it is notifying taxpayers whose information was accessed.

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Jorge Alberto Villalón Y.

3044 S.W. 27 Ave

 

 MINORITIES DESERVE ‘SAFE SPACE’ WITHOUT WHITE PEOPLE: White Students Turned Away From ‘Journalism’ Event

Minorities need to be separated from white people according to this lady. Whatever happened to that ‘tolerance’ narrative from liberals?

By Aeman Ansari, Huffington Post

Last week The Ryersonianreported on an incident that involved two first-year journalism students who were turned away from an event organized by Racialized Students’ Collective because they are white. Since then there has been a lot of commentary on the piece and a lot of debate — a lot of the criticism is valid.

However, the point to note is not that two white students were asked to leave the event, but rather that this was a safe space and that we as a newsroom, as a campus and as a society are not as knowledgeable as we should be about what these spaces mean.

It’s not just important, but it’s essential, for marginalized groups to have safe spaces on campus to engage with people who understand what they go through. Though this group is funded by Ryerson’s student union, it works to serve a particular group and a particular purpose. Many students at Ryerson have encountered racism in their life that is impossible to forget and many are exposed to discrimination on a daily basis. This group and these sort of events allow people of colour to lay bare their experiences and to collectively combat this societal ailment. These spaces are rare places in the world not controlled by individuals who have power, who have privilege.

Read more: Huffington Post

 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Baltimore Continues to Spiral Out of Control with 27 Shot and at Least 8 Dead

The month isn’t over and yet, Baltimore has seen it’s most violent days since 1999.

Baltimore has seen 27 shootings and eight deaths so far over Memorial Day weekend, as the month of May promises to be the most violent the city has seen this century.

“It is disheartening that we are seeing such an increase in violence, especially when we think about the progress that we’ve made,” Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told WJZ. “We’ve come too far to have this type of setback.”

The sharp uptick in violence coincided with the April 12 arrest of Freddie Gray. Gray, 25, died in police custody a week later. The case sparked rioting and looting in the city and nationwide protests over police brutality. Six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport were indicted last week by a grand jury. Charges include second-degree depraved-heart murder and manslaughter.

Read more: The Daily Caller

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