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“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer


“I didn’t say it would be easy, I just said it would be the truth.”



The Rule Of Law Under Assault

A Final Escalation In The Government's Corrupt Efforts To Keep More Americans From Learning The Liberating Truth About The Income Tax


Click here for a consolidated, documented history of government efforts to suppress the liberating truth about the income tax uniquely revealed in 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America'


And if you want to drill down in depth on the "criminal" assault, and learn how you can help, read on...


In 2001, some IRS paper-pusher made the mistake of his or her career in refusing to accept the return filed by my wife and me, leading to my uncovering the liberating truth about the income tax and putting it down on paper for anyone to read and learn for themselves in 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America' (CtC).  Three months after publishing the first edition of that book, I became the first American in history to secure the return of ALL of the property that had been withheld from me and turned over to the federal government in connection with the income tax-- Social Security and Medicare "contributions" included.  This was the first of thousands of such victories in insisting on the proper application of the law by readers of CtC which continue to this day.


A year later, some higher-level IRS stooge did it again, taking me repeatedly into court in efforts to suppress my book.  These efforts revolved around purported challenges to the accuracy of what is presented in CtC.  All were defeated-- indeed, the government actually surrendered in every contest, and itself moved the courts to dismiss each assault on the book upon realizing that it couldn't make it's case. 


Two years after that, a still-higher-level thug pushed the agency and the DoJ to try to slow the spread of the truth about the tax by filing a "lawsuit" against my wife and me, in which the federal courts are asked to order us to testify to the government's specifications in order to create a pretense under which we could be held liable for taxes which even the Treasury Department's own internal records admit that we don't owe.  This has proven to be a sustained, still-ongoing embarrassment to the agency, the DoJ, and the courts (and yet another definitive affirmation of the accuracy of what is revealed in CtC).


None of these efforts to frighten me into silence, or readers of CtC into paralysis having succeeded, in 2008, another batch of these folks ratcheted up the game by producing an unsigned purported Grand Jury indictment charging me with allegedly having "Willfully [made] and [subscribed] any return, statement, or other document, which contains or is verified by a written declaration that it is made under the penalties of perjury, and which he does not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter."  (The details can be seen here.)


At bottom of course, this assault is another effort by the government to evade the plain words of the tax statutes.  As has always been the case, and as is unambiguously demonstrated by the practical record of events, I'm being attacked not because what I say is wrong, but because what I say is right.


Due process is in the crosshairs, here, too.  The awkward proposition the government is forced to embrace in this latest assault is that one can be punished criminally for simply refusing to affirmatively endorse the government's self-serving pretense about the nature of the tax.


Consider: one has always been punishable for standing silent ("failing to file") if the government has been told that "income" has been paid to one beyond the exemption amount.  (One also then faces the prospect that such allegations will be taken as true, since they are uncontested, possibly leading to the establishment of a corresponding tax liability).


These charges against me propose that one can now be punished for NOT standing silent also, if one simply fails to adopt those allegations made by others about the legal character of one's receipts (which is what those allegations really are about-- rather than simply the amount of money that changed hands-- even though those making them seldom understand this)!  The end result is the proposition that one can be punished unless one testifies to suit the government's preferences (the doing of which, not coincidentally, always results in a financial gain to the government).






"But it is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself.  Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe...  When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime."

-Thomas Paine


Imagine an America in which, say, a psychiatrist obliged to testify about someone's mental condition in a competency or commitment hearing risks prosecution for perjury if he doesn't express the opinion the government wishes to hear...  Think about testimony in parental rights hearings...  In legislative hearings...  Criminal forensics...


Nauseating thoughts, aren't they?


Now think about the doorway into that America which is opening right before your eyes, as the government makes its first attempt to get away with this kind of mind-bogglingly corrupt evasion of natural and Constitutional law, in order to compel me to endorse its claim to my property, or punish me for refusing to do so.  That's what the assault on CtC is all about.


Remember, my odyssey to uncovering the truth about the tax began with the simple proposition that I cannot be compelled to express, by way of a sworn statement on a legal document, a view that I do not actually hold.  As is discussed in the introduction to CtC, at the beginning of that odyssey I was routinely submitting tax returns of a “conventional” character, unusual only in that they contained a disclaimer by which I (and Doreen, after our marriage) declined to formally declare our earnings to be “income”, as that term is meant in the relevant law.  The government was still taking our property (and never stopped doing so throughout all of the period involved in the charges with which I am being forced to deal in this latest government struggle against the inconveniences of due process and the truth about the tax).


The IRS suddenly refused to accept our 2000 return unless we explicitly made a sworn declaration that our receipts DID qualify as “income” (after years of accepting these returns without a peep).  We refused to have that testimony dictated to us, as we did not believe it to be true.  The government’s apparent reliance on our doing so prompted my deep research into the subject, by which I learned what DOES qualify as “income”, and why the declaration sought by the government is so important to its scheme for applying the tax to receipts which DO NOT objectively qualify as “income” (obviously, in the case of receipts which DO objectively qualify as “income”, a declaration would neither be needed nor wanted).


Since then, I have merely and simply declared what I believe to be true about my receipts (which declaration necessitates rebutting contrary allegations by others of which I am put on notice by way of “information returns”-- W-2s-- lest I otherwise constructively testify to the substance of those allegations through acquiescing by silence).  The process of rebutting these allegations in a legally meaningful way involves the completion of a return, and completing a return to that effect happens to result, by a purely mechanical exercise, in a claim for the return of all withheld property.  That end result is not the purpose of the exercise, it is just a byproduct.  Speaking freely, honestly and accurately is the purpose.


What these charges are really all about is a government effort to compel me to make a declaration that I know and believe to be untrue.  Furthermore, don’t forget that I am effectively compelled to say something, since my silence (failure to file a return) in the face of allegations by others on “information returns” to the effect that I have had receipts qualifying as “income” in more than the exemption amount is treated as a criminal act (even without regard to the adverse economic effect I would be obliged to quietly abide).


This is what this outrageous case is really all about.


Of course, this case concerns the truth of the tax, as well.  The fact that tens of thousands of complete refunds of withheld, paid-in and garnisheed property, lien releases, notice of deficiency closing notices, and every other kind of concrete acknowledgement possible (along with innumerable subtler acknowledgments) from the federal and more than 35 state and local governments have been continually being issued for nearly five years now to Americans across the country when they, too, have knowledgably declined to declare their earnings to qualify as “income” is simply evidence of the fact that without that endorsing declaration, those earnings do not, in fact, qualify, and that what I know and believe to be true about the tax, and explain in 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America', IS, in fact, the truth.


(In regard to these refunds, many have involved very detailed exchanges between the tax agencies and the claimants-- sometimes going on for a year or more, as anyone following my postings these cases over the years is aware.  See the Victories Highlights page and the Every Which Way But Loose series for dozens of examples.  Be sure to click on provided links relating to each posted item on these pages to see all the material and dialogue exchanged between the claimant and the tax agency in connection to these events.)


To the government, that truth about the tax is the only thing that matters.  It wants to drive that truth out of the minds of those who have learned it, and intimidate those who have acted on their knowledge into reversing themselves, by simple, crude fear; and it wants to discourage anyone else from ever learning it in the first place.


But to the rest of us, the refunds and other victories, and even the liberating truth to which they bear witness itself, are not the core issues here-- as is made clear by the fact that some of those victories involve claims of as little as a few dollars (one is only $1.00).  Nobody who has learned that truth is invoking it for the money-- they are invoking it as an exercise of their right to speak freely, honestly, and in a legally-meaningful manner in dispute of allegations made about them by others which they know and believe to be untrue.


This case is a speech, due process, and core Rule of Law case, pure and simple-- not a “tax case”.  Bluntly put, it is a "government behaving lawlessly and abusively in service to its boundless arrogance, ambition and contempt for the Constitution" case.


All real Americans will find their stomachs roiling at this embrace of raw corruption by the state.  All real Americans should be galvanized to action, as well.


If you are,



Send word of this corrupt assault on freedom of speech, due process and the rule of law to everyone on your lists!!


Especially, ring the phones off the hooks at the Institute for Justice ((703)682-9320), the ACLU, the Rutherford Institute ((434)978-3888), the Center For Individual Rights (202)833-8400, Judicial Watch ((888)593-8442) and every other organization that fancies itself a champion of liberty and the law.


Do the same with the media-- your local outlets, the national MSM and new media like LewRockwell.com, Vdare.com, Infowars.com and so on.  You may not be aware of it, but none of these folks know anything about any of this (and some that may have heard of CtC have had their impressions tainted by folks of the sort described here, or reflexively think "Oh, it's just that "Schiff", or "Meredith" or [fill in the blank] stuff with new clothes").


You also may not understand that YOUR bearing witness to YOUR study and independent verification of what is presented in CtC, and of all that I have been posting here over the years, is FAR more influential with these folks than anything I can do to excite their interest.  YOU'VE got to do this, each and every one of you, or it just won't happen.  Share your story and your testimony with these folks, and share this file with them, too.



You can also help by making donations of financial support. Any amount you can afford will help; mail to Pete Hendrickson, 232 Oriole Rd., Commerce Twp., MI 48382.


By the way, an alternative to simple donations that has another, special virtue is to purchase copies of CtC to give to friends, family and neighbors...


As it happens, the twelfth edition of CtC is now available, and so, even if just a single book is all that you can afford, this is a perfect time to give your older edition to someone needing to learn the truth about the tax and to give yourself a new copy with all the text upgrades, additional authorities and appendix supplements included to one degree or another in every new edition.  If your budget allows for more, discounts begin with as few as six copies.  Click here for ordering and discount information.


But above all, even if helping financially is simply beyond your abilities at this time, don't let yourselves be cowed into silence.  Lies and corruption require darkness to thrive.  The light of public awareness is to them as daylight is to a vampire.


So please, stand up, loud and proud.  If you are in the media, or know anyone who is, please help see to it that informed, honest reporting is done about CtC and this current desperate, corrupt assault on the liberating truth.  And even if you're NOT in the media officially, help me get the word into the new media, which matters at least as much.


"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?  Expediency asks the question - is it politic?  Vanity asks the question - is it popular?

But conscience asks the question - is it right?  And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right."

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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