In his May 1 op-ed column, “Theft by the IRS,” George F. Will wrote a critical and powerful column on the IRS, and by extension the entire government, using its powers to seize the assets of those only suspected of criminal activity, treating those affected as guilty until proven innocent. The agency justified its actions under the umbrella of the civil asset forfeiture laws. Mr. Will concluded that the IRS is engaged in theft and extortion of Americans.

I can only wish that Mr. Will had taken the time to explain that the federal law girding the IRS actions — the Comprehensive Crime Control Act — was passed by Congress in 1984 after being co-sponsored by prominent conservative senators at the time, such as Strom Thurmond and Orrin Hatch. Also, it should not be overlooked that it was signed into law by then-President Ronald Reagan.

Richard Lehman, Upper Marlboro