EDITORIAL: The IRS and ‘suspicious activity’

Speaking of IRS arrogance, a pair of agents proved agency overreach extends all the way to Las Vegas. At last week’s Bank Secrecy Act Conference, put on by the State Bar of Nevada, Josh Bottjer and Adam Steiner ordered the media out of a conference room at Red Rock Resort. According to a person present, the men then delivered to lawyers, gaming executives and regulators a heavy-handed presentation regarding the kinds of “suspicious activities” casinos are obligated to report. Among them: any customer who expresses distrust of the government.

How would Americans develop a distrust of government? Could a certain corrupt tax collection agency that engages in political retribution have anything to do with that? Never mind the directive’s chilling ramifications for civil liberties. Why the state bar, an arm of the judiciary, would allow the expulsion of the press defies explanation.

The IRS would know a thing or two about suspicious activity. We’ll hear all about it when IRS Commisssioner John Koskinen testifies today and Monday before a pair of House committees. Perhaps he’ll even try to have the press kicked out of those meetings, too.