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One-woman protest outside Fort Wayne IRS office

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 7:03 am

Diane Sult of Fort Wayne has her own acronym for the IRS: Irresponsible Regulatory Service.

That's what she'd written on the sign she held up Tuesday for several minutes outside the Internal Revenue Service office at 201 E. Rudisill Blvd. Tea party protests of the IRS also were planned in other cities across the country after IRS officials acknowledged that some conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status received inappropriate scrutiny and questioning. The events coincided with former IRS head Douglas Shulman appearing on Capitol Hill to tell the Senate Finance Committee what he knew and when.

Sult, who didn't expect to be alone – and outnumbered by the three visible security guards in the IRS parking lot, including a Homeland Security officer – cited several issues in the Obama administration for why she came out: Fast and Furious, the failed gun trafficking operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in which the agency lost track of hundreds of guns it allowed to cross the Arizona-Mexico border; the IRS controversy; appointments by Obama to the National Labor Relations Board that a second federal appeals court last week found overstepped his authority when he made them during a Senate recess; the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and two other Americans after which Obama's advisers pinned responsibility on the CIA for crafting talking points that downplayed the potential of terrorism as a the motive, despite the fact that the White House was a part of the process.

"I'm scared for all of us, actually," Sult said.

See no one else joining her and the clock striking noon, Sult bid her farewell and left to get ready for work.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.