(originally launched into cyberspace on 09/20/2007)
Apparently the technique of "revenue via terrorism" doesn't seem to
be working out as well as the federal government would like these
days. The feds just suffered a huge loss in a tax trial against
nine defendants, with a whopping 161 charges filed. Some charges
ended in a hung jury, while some ended in acquittals, but not one
ended in conviction. Here is the story:http://www.lvrj.com/news/9893062.html
The case had nothing to do with the 861 evidence. It had something
to do with paying people in silver and gold, instead of Federal
Reserve Notes. I'm not clear on the details, nor are the details
important for the point I'm trying to make here. What struck me
about the story--and what sounded all too familiar--is that instead
of the IRS providing specific opinions on legal issues, stating
their own position clearly and concisely, and going through the
process of arguing it administratively, they chose to PROSECUTE
That being the case, the public defender for one of the defendants
said "we're not going to take someone's liberty from them, on
something that a (certified public accountant) with a master's
degree doesn't even know. That's a scary country, and I don't live
in that country." Actually, he DOES live in that country, but in
his case it turned out better than usual.
The feds' attitude is clear: Why waste time talking about law, and
having to cite stuff and make well-reasoned, supported arguments?
We can just HURT those who disagree, instead!
Well, that worked well in my case, and many others, but it doesn't
seem to be a sure bet anymore. It didn't work with Vernice Kuglin,
or Joe Banister, or Tommy Cryer, or in the case mentioned above. It
also "unworked" in a case coming from the Anderson Ark thing, in
which the convictions of two defendants were just thrown out at the
appeals level. (Who knows--maybe next week the Third Circuit will
also do the right thing, and "unconvict" me.)
Some might say that it's enough for the feds to win MOST of the
time--that that is enough to maintain their extortion machine.
Well, it's not. For bullying to work indefinitely, the bully has to
remain pretty much undefeated. If he starts losing, even if only in
a small fraction of cases, the threat of "I'll beat you
up/prosecute you!" just doesn't have the same impact. If just 1% of
the bully's victims decide to take their chances, and stand up for
justice, the bully is in BIG trouble.
While the IRS and DOJ terrorists having been going full stream
trying to demolish anyone who questions the "conventional wisdom"
about the income tax--with prosecutions, injunctions, collections,
etc.--and as a result have been looking pretty scary recently, the
fact remains that the IRS is still in serious trouble. Keep in
mind, we're in the LAST phase before the truth wins:
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being
self-evident." [Arthur Schopenhauer]
Or, if you want an extra step in there:
"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight
you, then you win." [Mahatma Gandhi]
Either way, the feds are quite obviously in the violently fighting
stage. I hope the next stage comes soon.
Past 861-related messages can be found here:http://tinyurl.com/3xvldq