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Kevin Barrett 

 As General Smedley Butler’s title put it, War is a Racket. Our monetary system is a war system. (For details, see G. Edward Griffin’s The Creature from Jekyll Island and Matthias Chang’s Brainwashed for War, Programmed to Kill.) 

By demolishing the World Trade Center and murdering 3,000 Americans (including the undocumented workers ignored in the official death count) the Masters of War declared war on the rest of us. We have no choice to fight back with every resource at our disposal—by every means necessary, as Malcolm X put it.  

If we are going to wage war on war, and defeat the war system once and for all, we need to target the warmongers’ Achilles heel: the vulnerable spots where the illusion they so carefully create can be exposed as a fraud. One such weak point is the 9/11 hoax—and the weakest point in the 9/11 hoax is WTC Building 7.  “Google Building 7” should be our mantra. To the question of planes-versus-no-planes, or thermate-versus-exotic-weaponry, the correct answer is: It’s Building 7, stupid

Another weak point in the warmakers’ carefully contrived illusion is their funny-money and the accompanying illegal income tax. Since the Federal Reserve and the illegal income tax came were imposed in 1913, military spending has grown like a fungus to engulf the rotting corpse of our no-longer-free society. Without a central bank like the Federal Reserve to print funny-money (unredeemable fiat currency), and an income tax to further fleece the people, the warmongers could not possibly pay for their wars. Under the current system, the bankers who control the world through their control of fiat currency have an irresistible incentive to create endless wars, which force governments to borrow huge sums of money at high interest rates, and then tax the people to pay off the loans and interest. All the planet’s money thus ends up in the hands of the bankers and their New World Order of global fascist tyranny. 

How to fight back? JUST SAY NO to the N-W-O! Don’t use their funny money any more than you have to. Get out of banks and use cash wherever dollar payments are necessary. Better yet, use barter, local currencies, and gold and silver as much as possible.  

And stop filing tax returns! (If, like me, you are in a position where you lose money by not filing, you’ll have to decide whether to take the money and use it to fund your battle, or to refuse to file on principle. In my case, I have to work this problem out with my pragmatist wife.) 

If you simply stop filing tax returns, the chances that you will ever face serious consequences are fairly slim, especially if you avail yourself of the services of Freedom Law School: http://www.livefreenow.org  As more and more people are realizing, thanks largely to Aaron Russo’s America: From Freedom to Fascism, there is no law forcing you to file an IRS Confession Form (tax return).   

Another approach is to withhold taxes until some semblance of legitimacy is restored. Anyone paying taxes to a government whose top officials committed high treason and mass murder on 9/11 is guilty of complicity in that act of mass murder and high treason. Below, James R. Campbell argues for tax withholding as a weapon of resistance to tyranny. 

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Tax Withholding for an End to Tyranny

James R. Campbell 

“Taxation without representation” is a good working definition of tyranny.  It is one Jefferson and the other signers of the Declaration of Independence took seriously in 1776.  And it is one we in 2006 must also measure our current political situation against. 

In recent years it has become more and more clear that our “democracy” does not work the way it purportedly does.  The values of most citizens are not reflected in the policies enacted by their representatives – but corporate values are.  The outcomes of our elections are arbitrarily adjudicated, predetermined by gerrymandering, and entrusted to virtually defenseless electronic systems with the flimsiest of oversight.  The values of “liberty and justice for all” embodied in our Constitution, and our foundational respect for the rule of law are flouted by our President – and Congress then “legalizes” his crimes of torture and surveillance retroactively.  Free and responsible disclosure of government actions is hindered in every way – while the government covertly plants propaganda in the news media.  When citizens petition for full investigation of the acts of terror that impelled us into wars of aggression, the government stonewalls any independent inquiry and feeds us an endless pablum of conflicting and impossible “explanations.” 

Because of these and other blatant and insidious abuses of power, coupled with a manifest failure to respect or enact the will of the people, there is apparently no longer any viable political means for restraining or reversing these tyrannous encroachments on our fundamental rights and liberties.  Therefore, we must begin to exercise one of the powers reserved to us under the Ninth Amendment and refuse to support the current oligarchic federal regime with our tax dollars.  To this end, payment of all non-entitlement tax money should be withheld until all the following changes take place: 

·      Recountable paper ballots with instant runoff voting in all States

·      Grand jury investigation of 9/11 -- with full subpoena powers and rights of referral to prosecutors for indictment

·      Withdrawal of troops and bases from Afghanistan and Iraq

·      Reversal of the Patriot Act, War Powers Act, and Military Commissions Act

·      Withdraw from the WTO, GATT and all “free trade” treaties that compromise national sovereignty (eg. NAFTA, CAFTA…)

·      Impeachment of Bush, Cheney et.al, followed by their prosecution in the World                Court for war crimes

·      Diversion of military budget into debt reduction, alternative energy and social service sectors

·      Convening of a truly representative constitutional convention to consider the following (and other appropriate) amendments introduced by citizens:

             No corporate personhood – limited State charters only (typically 99 years)

             No gerrymandering – non-political district boundaries (eg. watersheds)

             No electronic voting – paper ballots with instant runoff voting, counted by hand

             No privatization or delegation of public powers and functions -- powers of war and of coining
                 
                 money are inalienable

             No purely speculative markets – all holdings are investments for a year or more

             No membership in secret societies – the oath of office requires forswearing all

                 conflicting allegiances

             No clandestine operations – all foreign policy to be managed through

                 diplomatic channels subject to full disclosure and review 

In adopting this non-violent course of resistance to the present regime we must recognize the danger of open reprisals and general economic fallout:  we must therefore undertake to support with all the moral and financial means at our disposal – beginning with tax money held in escrow – all those whose liberties or livelihoods are damaged by acts of governmental retaliation or economic turbulence. 

In addition to being willing and able to support by local interventions those whose entitlements are diminished or eliminated by government reprisals, a viable tax withholding movement must also analyze and anticipate the general economic effects of gradual governmental collapse.  For instance, should the government default on all or part of its enormous foreign debt, the fiat currency of the day will become next to worthless, and will therefore need to be supplanted by locally issued notes of credit that can be used to keep local commerce and industry functioning. 

All in all, tax withholding will not be an effective response to our political dilemma unless it exhibits two key features: 

1.    It must be a truly massive and confident popular movement 

In order to be a self-confident movement, the political reasons for tax withholding must be firmly rooted in widespread ethical and religious values.  For instance, both the ethics of solidarity and of accountability condemn governmental malfeasance and should be used to motivate people to act.  Also, the tyrannous power of greed is condemned not only through the voice of the Jewish prophets,  “Ah, [woe to] you who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is room for no one but you…[for]… I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant, and lay low the insolence of tyrants.” [Is 5:8] [Is 13:11], but also by Christianity  “You can not serve God and wealth …[therefore] …do not be conformed to this world …[or] …the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people that produces fruits of the kingdom.” [Mt 6:24] [Ro 12:2] [Mt 21:43]. 

Building a critical mass of people willing to withhold (or delay payment of) taxes should probably be initiated by public discussion of the reasons for action and the options for withholding that are ready to hand, coupled with an on-line survey question taking the form “I am willing to withhold (or delay payment of) x% of my federal taxes if and when y% of taxpayers are ready to do the same.” Standard techniques for confirmation of email addresses could be used to verify the legitimacy of the data collected on-line and prevent duplications.  As results of this survey accumulate and the tallies are posted, it would soon become obvious to all what the critical mass is, and when each threshold figure is actually reached. 

2.    It must be dynamically coordinated through a network of leaders 

Coordination is possible without a command structure, given an open flow of information and general agreement on a strategy of graduated response to governmental resistance and reprisals.  Thus, if the first retaliation for a slackening of tax revenues is curtailment of entitlement funding, a graduated response would entail increasing the percentage of tax withheld (or delayed) to match the enlarged proportion in the budget of illegitimate expenditures – that is, those known to be contrary to the express will of the People, such as paying for wars of imperial domination. 

Given the known proclivity of corporate regimes for assassinating charismatic popular leaders – JFK and MLK for example – organizing for tax withholding and mutual support should always be done at the local level only.  Many tax escrow funds will be less vulnerable than one; many local organizations will be more difficult to derail than one national group.  Since most, if not all local groups will be infiltrated with covert operatives, serious members must resolve to keep their focus on the real goals of the movement, and to act in such a way that over time the hearts and minds of even the ‘agents provocateurs’ are in danger of being won over. 

The immediate goals of tax withholding have already been enumerated: the ultimate goal is restoration of a constitutionally based rule of law in the United States of America.  Only when this is done will the principles of justice, freedom and peace flourish here at home and empower us to participate in an emerging global community based on cooperation and sustainability. 

17 November 2006 


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