Why Didn’t Snowden Go through “Proper Channels” to Blow the Whistle?

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There Are NO Proper Channels a Whistleblower Can Use

Polls show that Americans know the government is spying on all of us for improper purposes … but that many Americans are unsure whether or not the whistleblowers who brought us that information should be prosecuted.

The uncertainty regarding whistleblowers stems from a misunderstanding about the options that whistleblowers have to inform the American people of illegal actions by our government.

Specifically, numerous whistleblowers have tried to go through “proper channels” to expose illegal spying by the NSA and other government agencies …but nothing changed in response to their lawful attempts.

Not only did the government do everything it could to shut them up, but it threatened, prosecuted and harassed them.

For example, when NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake tried to blow the whistle on fraud and corruption within the NSA – based upon the NSA spying on all Americans instead of targeting only suspected criminals – he was prosecuted under the Espionage Act.

Drake notes:

I differed as a whistleblower to Snowden only in this respect: in accordance with the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, I took my concerns up within the chain of command, to the very highest levels at the NSA, and then to Congress and the Department of Defense. I understand why Snowden has taken his course of action, because he’s been following this for years: he’s seen what’s happened to other whistleblowers like me.

By following protocol, you get flagged – just for raising issues. You’re identified as someone they don’t like, someone not to be trusted. I was exposed early on because I was a material witness for two 9/11 congressional investigations. In closed testimony, I told them everything I knew – about Stellar Wind, billions of dollars in fraud, waste and abuse, and the critical intelligence, which the NSA had but did not disclose to other agencies, preventing vital action against known threats. If that intelligence had been shared, it may very well have prevented 9/11.

But as I found out later, none of the material evidence I disclosed went into the official record. It became a state secret even to give information of this kind to the 9/11 investigation.

When NSA whistleblower Russel Tice (later a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping) questioned spying on innocent Americans, NSA tried to have him labeled “crazy”, and fired him.

When the head of the NSA’s global digital communications program – William Binney – disclosed the fact that the U.S. was spying on everyone in the U.S. and storing the data forever, the Feds tried to scare him into shutting up:

[Numerous] FBI officers held a gun to Binney’s head as he stepped naked from the shower. He watched with his wife and youngest son as the FBI ransacked their home. Later Binney was separated from the rest of his family, and FBI officials pressured him to implicate one of the other complainants in criminal activity. During the raid, Binney attempted to report to FBI officials the crimes he had witnessed at NSA, in particular the NSA’s violation of the constitutional rights of all Americans. However, the FBI wasn’t interested in these disclosures. Instead, FBI officials seized Binney’s private computer, which to this day has not been returned despite the fact that he has not been charged with a crime.

NSA whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe didn’t get anywhere through proper channels either.

When asked about Snowden, here is what these NSA veterans told USA Today:

[USA Today]: Did Edward Snowden do the right thing in going public?

William Binney: We tried to stay for the better part of seven years inside the government trying to get the government to recognize the unconstitutional, illegal activity that they were doing and openly admit that and devise certain ways that would be constitutionally and legally acceptable to achieve the ends they were really after. And that just failed totally because no one in Congress or — we couldn’t get anybody in the courts, and certainly the Department of Justice and inspector general’s office didn’t pay any attention to it. And all of the efforts we made just produced no change whatsoever. All it did was continue to get worse and expand.

[USA Today]: So Snowden did the right thing?

Binney: Yes, I think he did.

[USA Today]: You three wouldn’t criticize him for going public from the start?

J. Kirk Wiebe: Correct.

Binney: In fact, I think he saw and read about what our experience was, and that was part of his decision-making.

Wiebe: We failed, yes.

[Attorney for the NSA whistleblowers, who is herself a Department of Justice whistleblower] Jesselyn Radack: Not only did they go through multiple and all the proper internal channels and they failed, but more than that, it was turned against them. … The inspector general was the one who gave their names to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act. And they were all targets of a federal criminal investigation, and Tom ended up being prosecuted — and it was for blowing the whistle.

***

Wiebe: Well, I don’t want anyone to think that he had an alternative. No one should (think that). There is no path for intelligence-community whistle-blowers who know wrong is being done. There is none.

We reached out to Binney for follow-up comments, and he told us:

I heard a few interviews of Snowden and read some of the comments that he has made. And, it appears to me that he saw what had happened to US and what they tried to do to us plus what happened to Manning,  and all that told him that proper channels don’t work  [Snowden has said that he is familiar with Binney, Drake, Manning and other whistleblowers].  So, I think he made his decision on that basis.  That is, our government will attack the whistleblowers rather than address the problems they expose.

The Government Accountability Project notes:

By communicating with the press, Snowden used the safest channel available to him to inform the public of wrongdoing. Nonetheless, government officials have been critical of him for not using internal agency channels – the same channels that have repeatedly failed to protect whistleblowers from reprisal in the past. In many cases, the critics are the exact officials who acted to exclude national security employees and contractors from the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012.

Specifically:

[A]t the behest of the House Intelligence Committee, strengthened whistleblower protections for national security workers were stripped from major pieces of legislation such as the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (for federal employees) and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (for federal contractors). If those protections existed today, Snowden’s disclosures would have stood a greater chance of being addressed effectively from within the organization.

In other words, Congress has stripped whistleblower protections for those working in intelligence or defense.

But whistleblowers in other areas have received the same treatment. For example, after high-level CIA officer John Kiriakou blew the whistle on illegal CIA torture, the government prosecuted him for espionage.

And former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds – who has been deemed credible by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, several senators (free subscription required), and a coalition of prominent conservative and liberal groups, whose allegations have been confirmed by numerous Pentagon, MI6 and FBI officials, including 18-year FBI counter-intelligence expert John Cole -  has been so gagged by the government that the ACLU described her as:

The most gagged person in the history of the United States of America.

Famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says that Edmonds possesses information “far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers”, and that the government has ordered the media not to cover her statements.

Indeed, the mainstream British newspaper the Sunday Times started publishing a series of articles exposing the scandal which Edmonds had uncovered. But U.S. State Department pressure killed the series. Edmonds confirms that whistleblowers have no way to go through official channels to effect change.

Obama has gone after whistleblowers more viciously than Bush, Nixon, or any president in history. Indeed, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined.

And the government goes out of its way to smear whistleblowers and harass honest reporters.

So if Snowden had attempted to go through “proper channels”, his information regarding the mass surveillance of innocent people would never have seen the light of day … or had any chance of changing government policy.

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  • jadan

    Paul Craig Roberts seethes with outrage towards the media, the print media in particular that has a mandate to get below the sound byte level of the news. He calls them “presstitutes”. “Intelligence” is the media’s business. But due to cowardice, fear, and the need to earn a living, most reporters concede to the national security state exclusive access to whole domains of information they formerly explored in the name of the public’s right to know. The influence of the spy agencies has destroyed the profession of journalism. If the media were not run by presstitutes, the whistle blower would be an heroic figure. The presstitute hides behind a bogus notion of “objectivity”. They cannot be seen to be supporting the Constitution. That would be “biased” reporting.

  • Jay R.

    Don’t give me “we could have prevented 9/11.”

    The buildings were wired for demolition. Please address that. Barry Jennings said he was stepping over bodies in building 7 who were those people and why were they slaughtered. Were these the people that set up the demo only to be killed doing what they were told to do? Will we ever see the pictures that Kurt Sonnifield took the days following the 9/11 tragedy?

    Ignoring the crimes of 9/11 eventually becomes one.

  • gozounlimited

    And the government goes out of its way to smear whistleblowers and harass honest reporters.

    Arrogant Obama Insults Skeptics: “We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat-Earth society”
    Ironically, Obama is the one using junk science and emotion in order to further an agenda, because man-made climate change is a myth that has been disproved…… http://www.activistpost.com/2013/06/arrogant-obama-insults-skeptics-we-dont.html

  • Ojr

    1 perfect example is the 1000′s of military rape victims that did go thru the chain of command..noting to the perps and retaliation

  • 5 dancing shlomos

    snowden could have gone up the american whistleblower’s chain of command:
    local jail, county jail, state prison, fed prison, guantanamo, boiling pots of uzbekistan fertilizer for poppies in afganistan.

  • hero

    I have to admit, that not all the US-Americans are cowerts, at least there is one person with corage: His name is Snowden. Shame on the rest of the sheeple which cares only about the own advantage and gets alonge with most of the crimes of the bloodthirsty US-government. Snowden is seen in the world as the last true American hero.

  • VoxFox

    Because the ‘proper channels’ are blocked with sewage. Creeps who are “just doing their job”.

  • jenniewalsh

    When the wicked secret members of the Satanic Illuminati rule in congress, in the presidency and in every branch of government, the good people are threatened, spied on, imprisoned, robbed, “taxed” Unconstitutionally and outrageously, fined, enslaved, suffer, sent off to fight UNconstitutional and unnecessary wars, persecuted and generally destroyed. The wicked are NOW ruling in America.

    To learn to HORRIBLE TRUTH about the Satanic IRS rip-off, grand theft, fraud, extortion and invasion of privacy, type in:

    America: Freedom to Fascism and watch the entire movie by producer Aaron Russo.
    The
    IRS is an UNconstitutional, ILLEGAL, organized crime racketeering
    rip-off SCAM. The Satanic Illuminati, the Rothschild Dynasty, the
    globalist organized crime syndicate that secretly refers to themselves
    as “Us”, “Satan worshippers” and “Kingdom of Satan” set up the IRS and
    the Federal Reserve through their secret representatives in congress.
    The 16th amendment was never legally ratified by the states. The IRS is
    fraud, grand theft, extortion, invasion of privacy from beginning to
    end. None of the money collected goes for constitutional governmental
    purposes, it all goes into the pockets of the globalist organized crime
    syndicate (to “pay off” the fraudulent Federal Reserve “debt” and to
    finance their evil Satanic United Nation’s Agenda 21 treacheries
    throughout the world. I hope that it is ABOLISHED SOON to free the
    American people from the fraud, grand theft, economic dictatorship and
    tyranny that it currently has the American people subjected to.

    BOYCOTT/ABOLISH THE IRS! Free America from economic tyranny and dictatorship!

    “This is Big Brother come to life and a witch hunt to prevent
    Americans from exercising their First Amendment rights,” said Louisiana
    governor Bobby Jindal after learning that the Internal Revenue Service
    deliberately targeted and intimidated Tea Party conservatives who
    opposed the Obama administration.

    What started as an apology by an IRS official who blamed low-level
    “rogue” employees in a Cincinnati office for singling out organizations
    that had “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt
    status, quickly grew to something far more widespread … It’s now
    clear, the Obama administration used the IRS to silence YOU because of
    your political affiliation!

    Ever the socialist, Obama is employing whatever means he deems necessary to bully and silence those at odds with his agenda.

    But the scariest part of the story?

    Obama has put the scandal-riddled IRS in charge of implementing and managing ObamaCare!

    With the dust just beginning to churn on this building scandal,
    Obama has green-lighted the hiring of 16,000 additional IRS agents — to
    manage and control YOUR healthcare.

    This is the same organization that demanded Tea Party groups share
    private donor information, and Facebook posts. Even what books Tea Party
    organizers were reading and transcripts of speeches by patriot group
    leaders.

    And conservatives are to think that the IRS won’t continue their
    practices when managing ObamaCare? Is that a chance you are willing to
    take?

    Make no mistake, the IRS is a rogue organization, and it is time to “slay the beast” in the name of liberty!

    Given their power, their history of thuggish abuse and now this
    latest scandal it is obvious this is an organization that cannot be
    trusted — that must be eliminated before it can do more harm to the
    American people.

    Click below to add your name to this important grassroots petition,
    and become part of this unprecedented move to close the books on the
    IRS:

    http://www.grassfire.com/990/petition.asp

    As outrage continues to build against the IRS, these petitions will
    be rushed to Capitol Hill and presented to key members of Congress —
    demanding action!

    *******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
    Subject: ILLEGAL IRS –freeenterprisesociety.com—–2 cases— R.Lawrence and B Kuglan

    Can American citizens cut off the funding for UNconstitutional laws (like Obaminationcare) since
    congress isn’t interested in defunding UNconstitutional bureaucracies,
    agencies and programs?

    Here are two of the ways that two citizens kept the Satanic Rothschild
    Illuminati crooks (posing as official and legal government) from robbing
    them.

    There are FAKE OMB numbers (Office of Management and Budget numbers which are
    required on all government forms, according the to Paperwork Reduction Act) on the IRS forms, which could be why
    Robert Lawrence won case over IRS.

    Article from the Welcome.FreeEnterpriseSociety.com, free
    catalogue: All Charges Dismissed! On May 12, 2006 in Peoria,
    Illinois, the attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice motioned the
    court to dismiss all charges against IRS victim Robert Lawrence in
    Federal District Court. The motion for dismissal came on the heals of a
    surprise tactic by Lawrence’s defense attorney Oscar Stilley. The
    tactic threatened exposure of IRS’s on-going efforts to defraud the
    public. The move put DOJ attorney’s in an apparent predicament and with
    just days before trial filed a motion for dismissal, with prejudice.

    Sixty days earlier, the DOJ had indicted Lawrence on three counts of
    willful failure to file a 1040 form, and three felony counts of income
    tax evasion. The federal
    Judge dismissed all charges with prejudice, meaning the DOJ cannot
    charge Lawrence with those same crimes again for the same years.
    The trial was to have started on Monday morning, May 15.

    On Wednesday, May 10, Stilley mailed a set of documents to the DOJ in
    response to DOJ’s discovery demands. The documents revealed to DOJ
    that Lawrence was basing his entire defense on an act of Congress, 44
    U.S.C. 3500-3520, also known as the “Paperwork Reduction Act” (PRA).

    In Section 3512 of the Act, titled “Public Protection”, it says that no
    person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with an
    agency’s collection of information request (such as a 1040 form), if the
    request does not display a valid control number assigned by the Office
    of Management and Budget (OMB) in accordance with the requirements of
    the Act, or if the agency fails to inform the person who is to
    respond to the collection of information that he is not required to
    respond to the collection of information request unless it displays a
    valid control number.
    In Section 3512 Congress went on to
    authorize that the protection provided by Section 3512 may be raised in
    the form of a complete defense at any time during an agency’s
    administrative process (such as an IRS Tax Court or Collection Due
    Process Hearing) or during a judicial proceeding (such as Lawrence’s
    criminal trial).
    In sum, the PRA requires that all government
    agencies display valid OMB control numbers and certain disclosures
    directly on all information collection forms that the public is
    requested to file. Lawrence’s sole defense was that he was not required
    to file an IRS Form 1040 because it displays an invalid OMB control
    number.
    Government officials may have been concerned that if the
    case went to
    trial, it would expose the fraudulent, counterfeit 1040. They may also
    have been concerned that a trial would expose the ongoing conspiracy
    between OMB and IRS to publish 1040 forms each year that those agencies
    knew were in violation of the PRA.
    Any information collection
    form, such as IRS Form 1040, which lacks bona fide statutory authority
    or which conflicts with the Constitution, CANNOT BE ISSUED AN OMB
    NUMBER. If a control number were issued for such a form, the form would
    be invalid and of no force and effect.
    Under the facts and
    circumstances of the last 24 years, it is safe to say that IRS Form 1040
    is a fraudulent, counterfeit, bootleg form. Government officials
    responsible for this fraud should be investigated and face indictment
    for willfully making and sponsoring false documents.
    Robert Lawrence’s documents made
    these points quite clear:
    A) IRS Form 1040 violates the federal Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) and is therefore a legally
    invalid form.

    B) Under the Public Protection clause of the PRA, no person can be
    penalized for failing to file a 1040 if the IRS fails to fully comply
    with the PRA.
    C) The PRS statutes explicitly
    provide that a PRA challenge is a complete defense and can be raised in
    any administrative or judicial
    proceeding.
    D) The IRS Individual Form 1040 has
    not and cannot comply with the requirements of the PRA because no
    existing statute authorizes the IRS to impose or collect the federal
    income tax from individuals. That lack of bona fide authority makes it
    impossible for IRS to avoid violating the PRA.
    Since the
    case did not go forward to trial and since the DOJ is not and will not
    tell the reason for asking for a dismissal, it is impossible to
    determine, with any certainty, the actual reason for the motion to
    dismiss.
    The DOJ must have felt that going forward would result
    in a probable loss for the government. If that happened, the press and
    others would quickly spread the word. The DOJ is exercising more
    caution probably due to the
    devastating loss against former IRS special agent Joe Bannister in
    2005. That case has received a massive amount of national
    attention. The PRA is a powerful tool, and one the freedom fighters
    have used for some time. In fact Free Enterprise Society was
    instrumental in developing this issue in years past.
    Was the
    PRS the sole reason for the dismissal? I hope it was a main reason but
    we will never know. Still, IT IS A VICTORY FOR ALL AMERICANS LOOKING
    FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY.
    Congratulations to Robert Lawrence and all involved! Order his DVD #06DRL for $11.00 plus $5.00 shipping:
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    Subject: Vernice Kuglin reveals IRS’s fraud

    FexEx Pilot Beats IRS! FedEx Employee Beats IRS in Court by Kevin Smith

    (from Free Enterprise Society’s free catalogue article)

    Substantially reprinted from the New York Times article of August 12, 2003.

    FedEx pilot, Vernice Kuglin, 58, legally has NO taxes withheld from her paycheck, and the IRS, like a child denied his fifth helping of ice cream, is throwing a temper tantrum.

    After being charged with six counts of “tax evasion” and having her
    passport stolent by the IRS, Vernice was acquited by a federal jury in
    Memphis, TN. Like many other income tax cases in which the victim has
    won, Kuglin’s
    testimony was
    bolstered by a stack of letters she had written to the IRS
    asking the Internal Revenue Service to tell her the law that requires her to pay taxes.
    True to its track record, the IRS refused to respond to her repeated
    inquiries. Instead, the agency used its standard “bluff and bully”
    strategy to try and force Kuglin to pay. though many women, or men, for
    that matter, would have buckled, Vernice stood firm.

    As court documents show, the experienced pilot filed a withholding
    statement on Dec. 30, 1995, directing that no taxes be withheld from her
    pay. From 1996 through 2001 she earned $920,000 as a pilot for FedEx,
    but no taxes were withheld, she said yesterday. Had she ignorantly
    allowed withholding for the period, a total of about $250,000 would have
    been stripped from her pay and given to the IRS. Sandra
    Munoz, a company spikeswoman for FedEx, said that the shipper was complying with all IRS
    regulations on
    withholding and did not say that Kuglin had done anything wrong.
    Minoz also did not say how many employees had submitted similar
    requests via W-4 forms or otherwise, and were having no taxes withheld.
    Joe Murphy, the federal prosecutor in the case, indicated in court that
    the agency intended to find a way to take all that it can by way of a
    civil action. Mr. Murphy did not say if the actions of the IRS were lawful, choosing to dismiss the issue yesterday by saying that he was not allowed to comment on the case outside of court.

    The lead defense lawyer, Lowell H. Becraft Jr. of Huntsville Alabama, said he built the defense around the absence of response by the IRS to Ms. Kuglin’s
    letters. He said the letter showed that his client lacked a
    criminal intent to evade the tax laws and was instead operating from a
    sincere
    belief that her conduct was proper. Mr.
    Becraft, who 12 years ago was part of a team that won acquittals for 17
    defendants in another Memphis tax trial, said that jurors told him they
    had voted 7 to 5 for conviction on Thursday. They then told Judge Jon
    P. McCalla of Federal District Court that they were deadlocked. He ordered further deliberations, and the jury voted to acquit on Friday. “The whole thing could have been resolved if the government had simply answered her questions,” Mr. Becraft said. “It didn’t happen. I made an argument to the jury that an American has a right to ask the government for answers.
    A lot of people in the tax movement do not hide, they are in the face
    of the IRS and they write letters that set forth their position. And
    while a lot of them are not articulate or well grounded in legal
    positions, they have some things they want answered about their tax
    liability. But
    their questions are usually
    ignored.” Mr. Becraft also said, during an hour he spent with jurors after the verdict, their most focused comments were about the absence of a response from the IRS to Ms. Kuglin’s letters. The IRS was unable to state yesterday what policy it has on responding to letters asking it to specify the law that makes people liable for income taxes. Nancy
    Mathis, an IRS spokeswoman, quipped that the IRS had posted various
    items on its Web site and that it had issued press releases stating that
    taxes are mandatory, yet she did not cite any sections from the Internal Revenue
    Code.

    In interviews over the last nine years, scores
    of people who affirm that they are not required to pay the income tax
    have said that they had sent letters to the IRS asking what law makes
    them liable for the taxes, yet they had
    received no response.
    Ms. Kuglin said yesterday, “I believe the 16th Amendment is
    constitutional and the Internal Revenue Code is constitutional, but I
    also feel there is a gross misapplication of the individual income tax
    laws by the IRS. The questions I have asked are what
    section of the Internal Revenue code makes me liable for the individual
    income tax and what law requires me to fill out the Form 1040 tax
    return,” she said. Ms. Kuglin said she hoped to resume
    flying as soon as the government returns her passport, which was seized
    after her indictment early in the case. Congratulations, Ms. Kuglin!
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  • jenniewalsh

    When the wicked secret members of the Satanic Illuminati rule in congress, in the presidency and in every branch of government, the good people are threatened, spied on, imprisoned, robbed, “taxed” Unconstitutionally and outrageously, fined, enslaved, suffer, sent off to fight UNconstitutional and unnecessary wars, persecuted and generally destroyed. The wicked are NOW ruling in America.

    To learn to HORRIBLE TRUTH about the Satanic IRS rip-off, grand theft, fraud, extortion and invasion of privacy, type in:

    America: Freedom to Fascism and watch the entire movie by producer Aaron Russo.
    The
    IRS is an UNconstitutional, ILLEGAL, organized crime racketeering
    rip-off SCAM. The Satanic Illuminati, the Rothschild Dynasty, the
    globalist organized crime syndicate that secretly refers to themselves
    as “Us”, “Satan worshippers” and “Kingdom of Satan” set up the IRS and
    the Federal Reserve through their secret representatives in congress.
    The 16th amendment was never legally ratified by the states. The IRS is
    fraud, grand theft, extortion, invasion of privacy from beginning to
    end. None of the money collected goes for constitutional governmental
    purposes, it all goes into the pockets of the globalist organized crime
    syndicate (to “pay off” the fraudulent Federal Reserve “debt” and to
    finance their evil Satanic United Nation’s Agenda 21 treacheries
    throughout the world. I hope that it is ABOLISHED SOON to free the
    American people from the fraud, grand theft, economic dictatorship and
    tyranny that it currently has the American people subjected to.

    BOYCOTT/ABOLISH THE IRS! Free America from economic tyranny and dictatorship!

    “This is Big Brother come to life and a witch hunt to prevent
    Americans from exercising their First Amendment rights,” said Louisiana
    governor Bobby Jindal after learning that the Internal Revenue Service
    deliberately targeted and intimidated Tea Party conservatives who
    opposed the Obama administration.

    What started as an apology by an IRS official who blamed low-level
    “rogue” employees in a Cincinnati office for singling out organizations
    that had “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt
    status, quickly grew to something far more widespread … It’s now
    clear, the Obama administration used the IRS to silence YOU because of
    your political affiliation!

    Ever the socialist, Obama is employing whatever means he deems necessary to bully and silence those at odds with his agenda.

    But the scariest part of the story?

    Obama has put the scandal-riddled IRS in charge of implementing and managing ObamaCare!

    With the dust just beginning to churn on this building scandal,
    Obama has green-lighted the hiring of 16,000 additional IRS agents — to
    manage and control YOUR healthcare.

    This is the same organization that demanded Tea Party groups share
    private donor information, and Facebook posts. Even what books Tea Party
    organizers were reading and transcripts of speeches by patriot group
    leaders.

    And conservatives are to think that the IRS won’t continue their
    practices when managing ObamaCare? Is that a chance you are willing to
    take?

    Make no mistake, the IRS is a rogue organization, and it is time to “slay the beast” in the name of liberty!

    Given their power, their history of thuggish abuse and now this
    latest scandal it is obvious this is an organization that cannot be
    trusted — that must be eliminated before it can do more harm to the
    American people.

    Click below to add your name to this important grassroots petition,
    and become part of this unprecedented move to close the books on the
    IRS:

    http://www.grassfire.com/990/petition.asp

    As outrage continues to build against the IRS, these petitions will
    be rushed to Capitol Hill and presented to key members of Congress —
    demanding action!

    *******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
    Subject: ILLEGAL IRS –freeenterprisesociety.com—–2 cases— R.Lawrence and B Kuglan

    Can American citizens cut off the funding for UNconstitutional laws (like Obaminationcare) since
    congress isn’t interested in defunding UNconstitutional bureaucracies,
    agencies and programs?

    Here are two of the ways that two citizens kept the Satanic Rothschild
    Illuminati crooks (posing as official and legal government) from robbing
    them.

    There are FAKE OMB numbers (Office of Management and Budget numbers which are
    required on all government forms, according the to Paperwork Reduction Act) on the IRS forms, which could be why
    Robert Lawrence won case over IRS.

    Article from the Welcome.FreeEnterpriseSociety.com, free
    catalogue: All Charges Dismissed! On May 12, 2006 in Peoria,
    Illinois, the attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice motioned the
    court to dismiss all charges against IRS victim Robert Lawrence in
    Federal District Court. The motion for dismissal came on the heals of a
    surprise tactic by Lawrence’s defense attorney Oscar Stilley. The
    tactic threatened exposure of IRS’s on-going efforts to defraud the
    public. The move put DOJ attorney’s in an apparent predicament and with
    just days before trial filed a motion for dismissal, with prejudice.

    Sixty days earlier, the DOJ had indicted Lawrence on three counts of
    willful failure to file a 1040 form, and three felony counts of income
    tax evasion. The federal
    Judge dismissed all charges with prejudice, meaning the DOJ cannot
    charge Lawrence with those same crimes again for the same years.
    The trial was to have started on Monday morning, May 15.

    On Wednesday, May 10, Stilley mailed a set of documents to the DOJ in
    response to DOJ’s discovery demands. The documents revealed to DOJ
    that Lawrence was basing his entire defense on an act of Congress, 44
    U.S.C. 3500-3520, also known as the “Paperwork Reduction Act” (PRA).

    In Section 3512 of the Act, titled “Public Protection”, it says that no
    person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with an
    agency’s collection of information request (such as a 1040 form), if the
    request does not display a valid control number assigned by the Office
    of Management and Budget (OMB) in accordance with the requirements of
    the Act, or if the agency fails to inform the person who is to
    respond to the collection of information that he is not required to
    respond to the collection of information request unless it displays a
    valid control number.
    In Section 3512 Congress went on to
    authorize that the protection provided by Section 3512 may be raised in
    the form of a complete defense at any time during an agency’s
    administrative process (such as an IRS Tax Court or Collection Due
    Process Hearing) or during a judicial proceeding (such as Lawrence’s
    criminal trial).
    In sum, the PRA requires that all government
    agencies display valid OMB control numbers and certain disclosures
    directly on all information collection forms that the public is
    requested to file. Lawrence’s sole defense was that he was not required
    to file an IRS Form 1040 because it displays an invalid OMB control
    number.
    Government officials may have been concerned that if the
    case went to
    trial, it would expose the fraudulent, counterfeit 1040. They may also
    have been concerned that a trial would expose the ongoing conspiracy
    between OMB and IRS to publish 1040 forms each year that those agencies
    knew were in violation of the PRA.
    Any information collection
    form, such as IRS Form 1040, which lacks bona fide statutory authority
    or which conflicts with the Constitution, CANNOT BE ISSUED AN OMB
    NUMBER. If a control number were issued for such a form, the form would
    be invalid and of no force and effect.
    Under the facts and
    circumstances of the last 24 years, it is safe to say that IRS Form 1040
    is a fraudulent, counterfeit, bootleg form. Government officials
    responsible for this fraud should be investigated and face indictment
    for willfully making and sponsoring false documents.
    Robert Lawrence’s documents made
    these points quite clear:
    A) IRS Form 1040 violates the federal Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) and is therefore a legally
    invalid form.

    B) Under the Public Protection clause of the PRA, no person can be
    penalized for failing to file a 1040 if the IRS fails to fully comply
    with the PRA.
    C) The PRS statutes explicitly
    provide that a PRA challenge is a complete defense and can be raised in
    any administrative or judicial
    proceeding.
    D) The IRS Individual Form 1040 has
    not and cannot comply with the requirements of the PRA because no
    existing statute authorizes the IRS to impose or collect the federal
    income tax from individuals. That lack of bona fide authority makes it
    impossible for IRS to avoid violating the PRA.
    Since the
    case did not go forward to trial and since the DOJ is not and will not
    tell the reason for asking for a dismissal, it is impossible to
    determine, with any certainty, the actual reason for the motion to
    dismiss.
    The DOJ must have felt that going forward would result
    in a probable loss for the government. If that happened, the press and
    others would quickly spread the word. The DOJ is exercising more
    caution probably due to the
    devastating loss against former IRS special agent Joe Bannister in
    2005. That case has received a massive amount of national
    attention. The PRA is a powerful tool, and one the freedom fighters
    have used for some time. In fact Free Enterprise Society was
    instrumental in developing this issue in years past.
    Was the
    PRS the sole reason for the dismissal? I hope it was a main reason but
    we will never know. Still, IT IS A VICTORY FOR ALL AMERICANS LOOKING
    FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY.
    Congratulations to Robert Lawrence and all involved! Order his DVD #06DRL for $11.00 plus $5.00 shipping:
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    Subject: Vernice Kuglin reveals IRS’s fraud

    FexEx Pilot Beats IRS! FedEx Employee Beats IRS in Court by Kevin Smith

    (from Free Enterprise Society’s free catalogue article)

    Substantially reprinted from the New York Times article of August 12, 2003.

    FedEx pilot, Vernice Kuglin, 58, legally has NO taxes withheld from her paycheck, and the IRS, like a child denied his fifth helping of ice cream, is throwing a temper tantrum.

    After being charged with six counts of “tax evasion” and having her
    passport stolent by the IRS, Vernice was acquited by a federal jury in
    Memphis, TN. Like many other income tax cases in which the victim has
    won, Kuglin’s
    testimony was
    bolstered by a stack of letters she had written to the IRS
    asking the Internal Revenue Service to tell her the law that requires her to pay taxes.
    True to its track record, the IRS refused to respond to her repeated
    inquiries. Instead, the agency used its standard “bluff and bully”
    strategy to try and force Kuglin to pay. though many women, or men, for
    that matter, would have buckled, Vernice stood firm.

    As court documents show, the experienced pilot filed a withholding
    statement on Dec. 30, 1995, directing that no taxes be withheld from her
    pay. From 1996 through 2001 she earned $920,000 as a pilot for FedEx,
    but no taxes were withheld, she said yesterday. Had she ignorantly
    allowed withholding for the period, a total of about $250,000 would have
    been stripped from her pay and given to the IRS. Sandra
    Munoz, a company spikeswoman for FedEx, said that the shipper was complying with all IRS
    regulations on
    withholding and did not say that Kuglin had done anything wrong.
    Minoz also did not say how many employees had submitted similar
    requests via W-4 forms or otherwise, and were having no taxes withheld.
    Joe Murphy, the federal prosecutor in the case, indicated in court that
    the agency intended to find a way to take all that it can by way of a
    civil action. Mr. Murphy did not say if the actions of the IRS were lawful, choosing to dismiss the issue yesterday by saying that he was not allowed to comment on the case outside of court.

    The lead defense lawyer, Lowell H. Becraft Jr. of Huntsville Alabama, said he built the defense around the absence of response by the IRS to Ms. Kuglin’s
    letters. He said the letter showed that his client lacked a
    criminal intent to evade the tax laws and was instead operating from a
    sincere
    belief that her conduct was proper. Mr.
    Becraft, who 12 years ago was part of a team that won acquittals for 17
    defendants in another Memphis tax trial, said that jurors told him they
    had voted 7 to 5 for conviction on Thursday. They then told Judge Jon
    P. McCalla of Federal District Court that they were deadlocked. He ordered further deliberations, and the jury voted to acquit on Friday. “The whole thing could have been resolved if the government had simply answered her questions,” Mr. Becraft said. “It didn’t happen. I made an argument to the jury that an American has a right to ask the government for answers.
    A lot of people in the tax movement do not hide, they are in the face
    of the IRS and they write letters that set forth their position. And
    while a lot of them are not articulate or well grounded in legal
    positions, they have some things they want answered about their tax
    liability. But
    their questions are usually
    ignored.” Mr. Becraft also said, during an hour he spent with jurors after the verdict, their most focused comments were about the absence of a response from the IRS to Ms. Kuglin’s letters. The IRS was unable to state yesterday what policy it has on responding to letters asking it to specify the law that makes people liable for income taxes. Nancy
    Mathis, an IRS spokeswoman, quipped that the IRS had posted various
    items on its Web site and that it had issued press releases stating that
    taxes are mandatory, yet she did not cite any sections from the Internal Revenue
    Code.

    In interviews over the last nine years, scores
    of people who affirm that they are not required to pay the income tax
    have said that they had sent letters to the IRS asking what law makes
    them liable for the taxes, yet they had
    received no response.
    Ms. Kuglin said yesterday, “I believe the 16th Amendment is
    constitutional and the Internal Revenue Code is constitutional, but I
    also feel there is a gross misapplication of the individual income tax
    laws by the IRS. The questions I have asked are what
    section of the Internal Revenue code makes me liable for the individual
    income tax and what law requires me to fill out the Form 1040 tax
    return,” she said. Ms. Kuglin said she hoped to resume
    flying as soon as the government returns her passport, which was seized
    after her indictment early in the case. Congratulations, Ms. Kuglin!
    Her DVD can be ordered for $11.00 plus $5.00 shipping. Order #04DVK

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  • Edmund Druilhet

    Are we Americans being played into submission? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnRtdWWiny4

  • Edmund Druilhet

    Is Snowden a double agent? Read facts and decide yourself.
    Naomi Wolf writes about it.

  • Guest

    interested to see if my preiovious blog makes it through….Big test to see what this site is.

  • Edmund Druilhet

    A lot of good clues in this movie. See clips. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZjnlQlrxCAWJaNVPrDaPpA

  • Cleared Personnel

    It’s a little strange to read this article and these comments when you actually know how security clearances work. I mean so much of this discussion is couched in terms that imply you are discovering or disclosing something surreptitious when you are simply talking about know facts and laws. I can be a little sympathetic in some ways because there were times when I was cleared and wanted to tell everyone what I had been told because I felt it was wrong for our government to be doing certain things. But the thing is that you do sign an oath to never divulge classified info (before you know what that info might be). So, it is exactly true that there are no legal channels for whistle-blowing in this context.

    It isn’t whistle-blowing at all….you are trying to divulge secrets that the government is well aware of and you’ve sworn not to tell. So, I guess I’m trying to say that whistle blowing is not a relevant term to use in this context. I knew that if I did say what I knew (and I did consider doing so) that I would necessarily have to spend 10 years in jail for doing that. I didn’t make that choice after all but Snowden knew the price and I find it a little too complex to think of him as a hero especially since he didn’t actually stay for the jail part of the deal.

  • AlmostGone

    You can be a citizen working in an office and have your life ruined by simply trying to stop a serious crime. If it involves Federal employees violating the FARs, or it involves exports that are on a restricted list and you find out, you may end up with lying Federal investigators, making deals, supplying false information to a judge, protecting the crook because it would embarrass their agency, etc. The consequences are that the crook is no longer the focus — you will become the inconvenient person that they have to silence. Happened to me and my son, almost 20 years later, has told me I was a bad mother because his life was so impacted by these people. I was told I could be kidnapped by the investigator. I was told about dead bodies and snitches by the employer. I lived in fear for almost 2 years so I moved to another state, my son went to college and his father was also investigated which impacted his choices for college. We think our country is very different because we have a constitution. What we forget is that people with power working for the Justice Department and other agencies, do not care about your rights and with 911, it is even worse. Think of how incompetent the FBI was before the planes hit the Trade Center. Think about how data mining has made all of us the focus rather then terrorists. It is nonsense to compare our country with that of Jefferson, Paine and patriots that had an enemy like Britain — an enemy with a common ethic. I started out helping a Senate Staffer when he called me and asked me questions about foreign activities associated with my company. That individual has a good career. He turned his back on me and he has never offered any help. This is how it works. And if this story is not bad enough, read about what happened to Richard Barlow at the same time. Both our stories involve Pakistan and it is ironic that we have spent many billions on that country and still did not understand the warnings prior to 911.

  • Stefan

    Wow. What a bunch of Bullshit. Snowden a hero? You guys have no idea what a fucking hero is. MLK was a hero, and he didn’t run away like a coward.

 

 

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