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  • sandraleesmith46

    I’ll have to see how it goes, but you do need to update your AZ Congressional districts by Jan. since Gosar is district 4 Rep and it’ll sadly be Kirkpatrick in district 1 again! Also Kyl is retiring and Flake will be taking his seat.

    • http://heritageaction.com/author/nyellis/ Nathanael Yellis

      Right. You’ll continue being represented by the same people through the lame duck session (end of December). The newly elected Representatives and Senators will take office in January, and that’s when we’ll update the Dashboard pages.

  • http://twitter.com/Ramayan Jennie Walsh

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

    Here are two of the ways that two citizens kept the Satanic government crooks from robbing them.

    Fake OMB numbers on IRS forms 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:
    Free Enterprise Society, 6083 N. Figarden Drive, PMB 208, Fresno, California 93722

    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
    Free Enterprise Society, 6083 Figarden Drive PMB 208, Fresno California 93722
    http://www.welcome.freeenterprisesociety.com/ phone: 209-966-7040