Part 5: Interal Revenue Service in the United States: IRS and Money
About the Internal Revenue Service and government taxes involving the small business and average citizen.
Let's Audit the IRS
In order to watch the taxpayer more closely, the IRS will expend vast sums of the taxpayer's own monies. The actual amount of monies spent is hard to come by, as the IRS does not release this information readily. However, take a look at The Electronic Invasion by Robert W. Brown, published by Hayden (an electronics publishing house). According to this book, the IRS spent $43,876 with Fargo Company for recorders and intelligence kits between 1962 and 1964. It also spent $85,780 with Kel Company (an electronics firm) for "equipment of undetermined nature."
If you are wondering whether the IRS may be wasting all this money by using amateur "plumbers" for their annual operations on the unsuspecting taxpayer, rest assured that they will use only the most competent talent. The Intelligence Manual, under "272.3-Recording and Listening Devices," states: "The installation and operation of these devices require a high degree of skill and experience to produce the best results. When authorized to use them it is generally the practice to utilize the services of a specialist from within the Intelligence Division or from other Treasury enforcement agencies. Arrangements for the service of these specialists can be made through the Chief, Intelligence Division, and the Assistant Regional Commissioner (Intelligence)."
The Omnibus laws of 1968 set up fairly strict guidelines for bugging American homes. Basically such activity has to be cleared through the Attorney General. However, the IRS has more power than the FBI according to "272.3"
The Intelligence Manual, under the title: "Overhearing or recording non-telephone conversations" (dated 12-12-73), states rather plainly the absolute power the IRS has over other agencies. "The use of eavesdropping devices to overhear or record any non-telephone conversation without the consent of all parties to the conversation, but with the consent of at least one, must be approved in writing by the Attorney General or his designee: except for emergency situations when an official designated by the Commissioner may grant prior approval."
Some taxpayers would rather die than give up all their monies to the IRS. The IRS has provisions for this kind of taxpayer too. Under "Use of Firearms by Special Agents (c) Firing a weapon should be with the intent of rendering the person at whom the weapon is fired incapable of continuing the activity which prompted the agent to shoot." The type of ammunition is also described; "The standard service ammunition for Intelligence will be the 38 special caliber, 110 grain jacketed hollow point." This type of bullet can blow an awfully big hole in any kind of taxpayer. In the event a special agent has to board a plane, how does he get by all that electronic stuff without being detected? This is merely alluded to in the Intelligence Manual. "9382.35-Carrying Firearms on Commercial Airplanes.......If, however, his mission would be compromised by disclosure of his identity, the armed employee will act with utmost discretion in maintaining complete concealment of the weapons he is carrying. This will prevent air carrier employees from taking drastic emergency action which they might properly consider necessary should they detect a weapon on a passenger whose authority to carry arms was not known to them."
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