Monday, April 14, 2003

In Las vegas, Nevada U.S. District Court Judge Lloyd D. George extended a temporary ban on a book written by Irwin Schiff.

"The position of 'the people's' representative, Department of Justice lawyer Evan Davis: '...The First Amendment does not protect speech advocating illegal conduct..."

It seems they overlooked this:
"...Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances..." - U.S. Constitution (Amendment One)"

In it I find no exception to content, even content that advocates possibly illegal activities.

"Schiff argued back that paying federal income taxes is voluntary.
Judge George interrupted Schiff's counter saying: 'That's your opinion.'' Strangely, the same was not mentioned of the Justice Department's claim.
Schiff replied, 'It's fact. OK, it's also my opinion that 2 and 2 is 4.''

Ya can't say that Mr. Schiff can't handle himself verbally.

The ACLU has filed a brief on Mr. Schiffs behalf, but made clear it did not endorse his position on taxes.

I have read the book in question. I cannot say that I find everything Mr. Schiff believes to be acceptable to my understanding of things, but there are two points worth mentioning: !. The judge who presided over Mr. Schiff's trial is beneath contempt & 2. Mr. Schiff's main point seems to be valid, that point being that there is nothing in the IRS code that specifically states that an individual is required to pay taxes on money that is made through employment, or earning money.
To complicate matters, the IRSS has taken the position that to ask such a question is frivolous. Judges have gone along with it & those found guilty of filing frivolous claims against the IRSS are summarily punished. If Mr. Schiff's basic premise is actually wrong, wouldn't it be easier & more productive to prove it rather than trying to intimidate people into not asking the question?

The We The People organization has been attempting to obtain answers from the IRSS & the Treasury Department for some time, but with no success. They even propose that we stop paying taxes untill the questions are addressed. To date they have been refused any answers & threatened with legal action if they stop paying taxes.

Again, wouldn't it be in the governments interest to answer these questions? To ignore them implies that they have merit.

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