The Nation: Keeping a Little List at the IRS

When John Dean was testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee, he mentioned that the White House had used the IRS to try to harass radical organizations. Dean knew what he was talking about: IRS snooping activities have mushroomed under the Nixon Administration.

Not that this Administration is the first to use the IRS for partisan purposes. Past Presidents have sporadically called upon the IRS to audit the income tax returns of certain political opponents or anybody else who made an undue amount of trouble for them. Usually such investigation turns up nothing. But as...

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