NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 30, 1976
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(Studio) IRS (Internal Revenue Service) files on people considered to be extremists or dissidents noted. These people got repeated audits until procedure was stopped.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Files kept on more than 8000 persons and 3000 orgs.; started by IRS special service staff formed in 1969 to gather intell. data on so-called extremists and dissidents; staff disbanded in 1973. NBC News obtained part of file of Los Angeles couple audited 5 times because of political activities. Mae Churchill is director of research organization investigating criminal justice system; Robert Churchill is producer of industry and documentary films. Details of audits given. [CHURCHILLS - read info. gained from intell. report] [Robert CHURCHILL - says didn't make film against police; made series on Bill of Rights. Says bemused to find dosier on them.] [Mae CHURCHILL - says finds it bizarre.] IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Cmsr. Don. Alexander refused interview and IRS (Internal Revenue Service) wouldn't provide comment on NBC News findings. Reporter lists names of prominent Americans in files. Deposition of files not known. Representative Bella Abzug, whose House subcommittee has been holding hearings on special service staff, wants IRS (Internal Revenue Service) to alert all listed in files. [ABZUG - says bill directing IRS (Internal Revenue Service) not to destroy files pending. Says process of notifying 770 people has begun, but says whole thing should be done.] IRS (Internal Revenue Service) says impossible to notify all and it wants to destroy files. Congress concerned about how much light would then be shed on this IRS activity.
REPORTER: Paul Attmyer