The Nation: Snooping on Taxes

So tangled is Washington's subterranean world of spying, intelligence gathering and undercover investigation that any abuse found in one agency seems destined to expose related illegalities in others. After pursuing the CIA for more than nine months, Democratic Senator Frank Church's Select Committee on Intelligence Activities last week shifted to the Internal Revenue Service and its harassment of citizens for political purposes. En route, the committee took potshots at the FBI as well.

Phony Letters. The trail from CIA to IRS was marked by a once secret CIA memo unearthed by Church. It related how in 1967 a CIA official...

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