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“Trust Us”

Yeah, Right.

Outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller:

“I do not believe that partisanship motivated the people who engaged in the practices described in the Treasury Inspector General’s report. I’ve reviewed the Treasury Inspector General’s report and I believe its conclusions are consistent with that. I think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection. The listing described in the report, while intolerable, was a mistake, and not an act of partisanship.”

And from Fox19:

The Internal Revenue Service has pinpointed two employees at the agency’s Cincinnati office for being primarily responsible for targeting Tea Party requests for tax-exempt status, according to CNN.  Acting commissioner Steven Miller called the employees “rogue” and said they were responsible for “overly aggressive” handling of the requests over the past two years.

Susan Rice, as reported by ABC News:

“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi last week was not premeditated, directly contradicting top Libyan officials who say the attack was planned in advance.

“Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo,” Rice told me this morning on “This Week.””

And then there’s Eric Holder, as reported by Reuters:

At the May 15 hearing, Holder said he had never been involved in any decision to pursue a criminal investigation of a journalist and said it would not be “wise policy” to do so.

Last week, news outlets reported that Holder had approved a decision to seek a search warrant for Fox News email records as part of a leak investigation. Reuters later reported Holder signed off on a subpoena for telephone records as well.

Then there’s this:

The Obama administration on Tuesday defended officials’ use of private email accounts to conduct government business and denied that they were in any way “secret” — though the public faces hurdles in gaining access to that information.

The Associated Press reported earlier that some of President Obama’s political appointees were using “secret” government emails accounts — a situation that could complicate their responsibility to turn over emails under public records requests and congressional inquiries.

But now we read this:

A top official with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under investigation by Congress for allegedly using a private email address to conduct official government business will step down this week.

Region 8 Administrator James Martin plans to resign on Friday, EPA spokeswoman Alisha Johnson confirmed to

Martin, like former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, is under fire for allegedly using alias emails to communicate with employees and conduct government business. The EPA is reportedly denying that Martin’s resignation is related to the email investigation.

So when we read this:

President Barack Obama assured Americans today that the National Security Agency isn’t reading their emails, responding to reports that the NSA is tapping into the servers of nine leading Internet companies.

Or this:

Obama on NSA data-mining: ‘Nobody is listening to your telephone calls’

You would have to be pretty stupid to believe him.

My advice?  Don’t believe, without verifying, anything you hear from Washington, Trenton, Freehold, Belmar Borough Hall, or even this blog.

Trust me.

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