The Law: Blasting Facts Free

In October 1973, when Ralph Nader wanted to learn more about Internal Revenue Service investigations of "ideological, militant, subversive and radical organizations," his Tax Reform Research Group cited the Freedom of Information Act and asked to see 41 confidential IRS documents. Not a chance, said the revenue service. Nader's group responded with a suit, and the IRS reluctantly agreed to open its books. Last week Nader revealed that the service's intelligence gathering had been prompted by the Nixon White House. The 99 organizations investigated between 1969 and 1973 included

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