ABC NEWS: IRS Has Long History Of Political Dirty Tricks

Source: Alan Farnham / ABC News

If you think the IRS’s targeting of Americans for their political views is something new, think again.

Historians, tax lawyers, civil libertarians and past victims of abuse say the practice goes back to the Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy and FDR adminstrations, all of which reportedly used the agency as a weapon against political enemies.

“We need to be careful, here,” cautions David Schuyler, professor of American Studies at Franklin & Marshall and editor of the book “Power to Destroy: The Political Uses of the IRS from Kennedy to Nixon,” written by his now-deceased fellow Franklin & Marshall professor, John Andrew.

“Nobody has shown that Obama had anything to do with this. We do not know if that’s true or not. That’s one of the mysteries that undoubtedly will come to light,” he told ABC News.

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