Radical anti-government, anti-tax protestors have lit up private message boards and e-mail lists with violent calls to action against IRS workers in response to the healthcare law, according to Fox News.
The violent messages aimed at federal workers are especially disturbing at a time when census takers will begin visiting homes nationwide, experts say.
Labeling the day the House passed the healthcare bill “Bloody Sunday,” extremists have embraced an Inforwars.com story entitled, "The Cost Of Defying Obamacare: $2,250 a Month And IRS Goons Pointing Guns At Your Family," and commented with their own threats of death and sexual violence against tax agents.
One writer described the healthcare law as heightening IRS power and “increasing militarization.” Violent comments followed:
- "Theres gonna be alot (sic) of IRS agents needing healthcare if they try to terrorize us Americans," one poster wrote.
- "They will have to hire so many IRS agents because…well, when 10 a day get killed….you do the math," wrote another. "If they actually try to do this, there is going to be a whole lot of thugs start vanishing. This is the last line in the sand. Those fools have just signed their death warrants!!!"
Other responses included graphic depictions of the best bait, weapons, and bullets to use.
Insurance analyst J.J. MacNab, who previously testified before Congress about the anti-tax movement said, "Combine this legislation with the census arriving in everyone’s mailboxes and the fact that we're heading into tax season, and this could be a really problematic month ahead. The anger and resentment within the movement towards the new healthcare is overwhelming,"
As the federal government investigates these threats, the IRS is spending upwards of $100 million in 2010 to increase office security, IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement Steven Miller told Congress. Some of the offices house daycare facilities.
Fathali Moghaddam, a Georgetown University psychology professor, told ABC news he blamed the rise in these kinds of threats on a difficult economic climate.
"There are all kinds of threats against us, and citizens have a social contract," Moghaddam said. "They ask, 'Is the government protecting us from economic downturn, from terrorism?' There is a feeling that authorities are not doing enough, that Americans are paying their tax dollars and are looking for government to do something, but they look incompetent."
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