[Longhorn Review] Political intelligence in the Internal Revenue Service : the Special Service Staff : a documentary analysis / prepared by the staff of the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-third Congress, second session.
By: U.S. Congress Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights
I call this "the book that doesn't exist." "Political Intelligence in the IRS.."
is actually the complete 1974 investigation report by the U.S. Congress into the
secret IRS intelligence gathering unit. Congressman Sam Ervin, Jr who directed the
investigation considered this unit the "greatest internal threat to our
This book is the only government record and acknowledgment
of the secret IRS unit called the Special Service Staff which went after U.S.
citizens because of their exercise of their 1st amendment rights. Congressman Sam
Ervin, Jr directed his committee to investigate after he found no trace of the group
listed at IRS. The same is true today because the Library of Congress does not show
that this book exists. (Good luck getting your own personal copy).
The book shows
that the Nixon White House gave the IRS the idea to use the tax agency for revenge
and retaliation based on what a citizen said. The investigation by the Subcommittee
on Constitutional Rights started about May 21, 1973 and lasted about eighteen
months. The well-written letters and summaries by the late Congressman Sam Ervin, Jr
give you a glimpse into what he considered the "perversion" of the tax agency. My
favorite is Chairman Ervin's May 13, 1974 letter (page 205) listing his reasons to
subpoena the IRS Commissioner for a lack of cooperation with the investigation.
IRS responded to the investigation by claiming the unit was disbanded. However, in 2008,
I traced the secret unit to the IRS criminal investigation division (IRS-CI) after
the 2008 death of a tax protester in Austin, Tx. This was a couple of years before
Joe Stack attacked the Austin IRS in a suicide attack. The 1974 report shows that
the FBI who worked with the IRS secret unit also absorbed their similar unit into
their criminal investigation.
Reviewer: Sara Black