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Current Events and Continuing Education for August 31 through September 13, 2014

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


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Features in this edition:

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A bizarre effort to evade an educated filing, and some nice normal victories for the rule of law.

Every Which Way But Loose


Corruption never sleeps, but it does dream up some doozies...

Say, WHAT?!


Helping everyone to be part of the solution:

A New "Outreach" Page


This week's recommended reading:

Bombs Away Over Syria! Washington Has Gone Stark, Raving Mad


The biggest hypocrite of the week; videocams on cops, but let's not stop there; more...

On This And That...


The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

You Either Stand Up For The Truth, Or You've Surrendered To The Lie


Spotlights on the past that help bring clarity to the present:

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Got something to say?

Your Comments


...and much, much more!


My interview by Lana Lotkeff for Radio 3Fourteen can be found here.


The Fourteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

Get The Short, Easy Intro To The Liberating Truth About The Tax


Click here for the current Mid-Edition Update posts

Featured In This Update:

What Are YOU? Serf? Or Free American?


Selected Scenes From The Summer Symposium


Dear Fellow American Patriot- Part II


Cutting Some Kool-Aid


What Makes YOU A Warrior For The Truth?


Snowshoes For Texas


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


A "Pragmatic" Perspective On The Tax And The Rule Of Law


Your Comments


...and much, much more!


"There are two distinct classes of men...those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes."

- Thomas Paine


C'mon! CtC can't be right! You're crazy!

If CtC were actually right,

it would mean the government's been concealing and denying the truth for years on end,

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

(Edward Snowden, come home! It was all just a bad dream; there really is No Such Agency!)



Do you know someone truly steeped in the Kool-Aid?


 I mean someone who finds it easier to believe that the far-better-educated, far-more-suspicious-of-government Americans of a hundred years ago were complete morons who granted authority to the state to take whatever it wished from themselves and their posterity than to imagine that they themselves simply misunderstand the true nature of the income tax? Even while knowing that their beliefs about the tax are derived entirely from the representations of those who profit from those beliefs (like tax bureaucrats and "tax professionals")?


Do you know someone like that? Shake them awake with the latest (thirteenth) edition of CtC!



I'm delighted when anyone wishes to share what I have posted here with others! Sharing this page is an important means of moving toward the restoration of the rule of law-- PLEASE DO IT!! But I'd appreciate your doing so by directing your friends here themselves, rather than by copying and emailing the material.




You can't understand the present if you don't understand the past...

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 31- In 1422, Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of nine months.  In 1803, Lewis and Clark start out on their expedition across America.  In 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman begins the assault on Atlanta that would end with his troops being ordered to burn the city to the ground.  In 1897, Edison patents the movie projector.  In 1939, the Hitler regime stages a false-flag Polish attack on the Gliewitz Radio Station in order to justify Germany's intended invasion of Poland.

Anniversaries of interest for each day of this week will be found throughout the newsletter below.


"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams


Every Which Way But Loose

A bizarre effort to evade an educated filing, and some nice normal victories for the rule of law.

SO, HERE'S A QUESTION FOR YOU: If you didn't receive any "income"-- and the IRS has agreed you did not, in writing ("Adjusted gross income- Your Calculations: $0.00; IRS Calculations: $0.00. Taxable income- Your Calculations: $0.00; IRS Calculations: $0.00"), can the government still keep money that had been withheld from you and put into its hot and sweaty hands against the possibility you might be one of those "ignorance tax-payers"? The IRS wants Karen Stobbe to just say okay to this and go away...

 LAST APRIL, Karen filed a routine, educated rebuttal of "wage"-receipt allegations and concurrent claim for the return of money that had been withheld from her pay against the possibility she might engage in a taxable activity during 2013 and end up owing a tax. Her return showed no "income", and claimed the return of $6,207.80 that had been diverted from her pay as "Federal income tax withheld", Social security tax withheld" and "Medicare tax withheld".

However, rather than simply getting her refund of these "overpayments", as most do, Karen was treated to a little resistance. This took the form of an IRS "LTR 12C", on which the IRS claimed to "need more information to process [Karen's] return accurately". The letter goes on to say that the agency wants something more from Karen supporting her claim of $6,207.80 withheld.

Of course, Karen had already provided a properly-completed and signed IRS Form 4852 supporting her claim. Therefore, she wrote a polite letter in response to the "LTR 12C" pointing this out, while also offering to send the form again upon request.

Karen also suggested that the agency refer to its own records for the copy of the erroneous W-2 which her Form 4852 had rebutted and on which the withheld amounts are reported, or that it contact the creator of that W-2 for another copy if necessary, ending with, "If you need further clarification, or if I miscomprehend your request, please let me know soonest."

Here is the agency's reply (with some "contact" and duplicate header material cropped off):



 SO... Everyone agrees that Karen had no "income" and owes no tax. The service has no evidence disputing Karen's claim of $6207.80 withheld-- to which she has sworn under penalties of perjury.

Further, the IRS either has (and surely does), or can readily get, confirmation of the amounts withheld from the company that did the withholding. But instead of returning property to which it has admitted it has no claim, it just hunkers down and implies that it is going to burden Karen with the trouble and expense of suing.

I fear the folk in this agency are not America's finest... I hope Karen has a better draw when she pursues this with someone a little higher up in the agency.

P. S. Did you notice the dual column "your calculations/IRS calculations" in the "income" and "tax" part of this notice, and the absence of the "your calculations" column in the "payments and credits" part? An interesting omission.


Let me also share with you this week two much more typical responses by the government to CtC-educated filings. Both of these were recently received by (a different) K. S.-- these are the third and fourth victories for K. and her husband over the last year or so:

You'll notice that both of these victories resulted from amended returns correcting older pre-CtC-education filings; please also note that the first issued just three weeks before my wife Doreen's kangaroo gang-bang, and the other two weeks after that elaborate government effort to convince all of you that this "CtC" stuff is all just wrong and bad.

Congratulations, K.!

"Although all men are born free, slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant--they have been cheated; asleep--they have been surprised; divided--the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson?…the people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it....It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently free."

-James Madison  

QUESTION FOR YOU ALL: Why am I the only one writing this article?

Do you think that everyone else is going to suddenly "get it" and stop ruining your life with lies and misunderstandings of the tax, and stop trying to take half your hard-earned wealth, because of my feeble voice alone?


Every single one of you should be studying this material 'til you can recite it in your sleep, driving the deniers and distracters from within our ranks, and writing articles of your own and posting them everywhere you can, online and in print.


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Say WHAT?!

"Because revenue agents are responsible for conducting civil tax audits, it was entirely proper for government counsel to refer to [RA Heidi Beukema's] activities in that manner."

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THIS IS HOW US ATTORNEY MELISSA SISKIND tries to justify her deliberate misrepresentations in Doreen's trial. Attempting to falsely impeach Doreen's testimony of the previous day, Siskind described failed civil actions targeting me for an injunction ten years ago as being nothing but efforts to conduct an audit.

Siskind "reasons" that her false assertions about the actions were ok, since it was a revenue agent who initiated the injunction effort, and revenue agents do audits. This despite the fact that in its own filings in the actions the DOJ described them as meant to determine "whether [Hendrickson] can be enjoined..."

What a great standard to use for choosing the most honest way of saying something! I guess that if Siskind were an accountant and embezzled from her client, she'd just call it "bookkeeping", 'cause, you know, that's something accountants do... This corrupt rationalization is actually offered over Siskind's signature in the "government response" to the motion Doreen filed three weeks ago seeking to have her engineered contempt conviction of last month overturned.


"Clearly, nothing the defendant was ever told by a court or a government agency was going to cause her to change her mind. As the government argued in closing: that is not good faith. That is willfulness."

Gotta love that one... According to Siskind, holding firmly to your own considered and settled views, and refusing to subordinate them to what Siskind suggests are contrary opinions of  certain government officials is "willfulness"; and subordinating your views to these supposedly contrary opinions of certain government officials is "good faith". I think she's got this backwards...

Of course, Siskind never actually produced any "official opinions" contrary to Doreen's view that she was under no legal obligation to adopt government-dictated words as her own testimony. All Siskind could produce was Nancy Edmunds' corrupt orders themselves and two appellate rulings-- one which doesn't even pretend to address the question, and one which engages in an evasion.

Nor could Siskind produce any "official opinions" contrary to Doreen's view that her returns are perfectly correct.

What was produced as the supposedly contrary "official positions" on the correctness of Doreen's returns were merely an unsigned, self-declaredly-not-official IRS "examination report" concerning Doreen's and my earnings in 2002 and 2003; "findings" of disputed "facts" (including everything said on that unsigned, informal "examination report") by a district court judge who held no hearings; and an appellate court ruling that assumed these "facts" to have been properly found, and just signed off on the district court fiction in an "opinion" the court not only declined to publish but refused to publish even after the DOJ asked it to do so (all of which is detailed and documented here and here, if you're interested). It was due to this lack of actual evidence on this "willfulness" element and all the others that the government had to resort to fraud.

AS I'VE OBSERVED BEFORE: CORRUPTION, LIKE RUST, never sleeps. Siskind doubtless stayed up late producing her mendacious "response" to Doreen's pending motion to vacate her kangaroo conviction. Siskind has something personal at stake, of course, since that fraud she argues wasn't really a fraud was committed by her personally. Anyway, that response was filed last week; the reply went in Thursday.

Groan through the one, if you can stomach it; but do give the other a good read. (Hey, we were only allowed to go seven pages with this one, so it's short as well as sharp.)

"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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The Liberating Truth About The 16th Amendment

IF YOU'RE NOT SPREADING THIS LINK with every bit of energy you can, to school libraries, homeschool families and community groups, your neighbors, your family members, your pastors and co-congregationalists, journalists, lawyers, CPAs, members of congress, tax-agency workers, Wikipedia, Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Tax Foundation, everyone in the "tax honesty" movement, the 9/11 truth movement, other activist movements and everyone else, you have only yourself to blame for your troubles with the tax, and a whole lot else of which you might complain. It's on you.

WRITE A NICE, FRIENDLY AND BRIEF introductory note explaining what will be seen at the link-- cryptic is bad; excited is good-- and then send this WMI (weapon of mass instruction) far and wide.

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-Thomas Jefferson


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A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were fans of Big Government.
 Not really knowing what a Big Government fan is, but wanting to be liked by the
 teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little TJ.
 The teacher asked Little TJ why he has decided to be different...again.
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm not a fan of Big Government."
 The teacher asked, "Why aren't you a fan of Big Government?"
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm a libertarian."
 The teacher asked him why he's a libertarian.  Little TJ answered, "Well, my Dad's a libertarian and my Mom's a libertarian, so I'm a libertarian."
 Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, "If your dad were a moron and your mom were an idiot, what would that make you?"
 With a big smile, Little TJ replied, "That would make me a fan of Big Government."


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 1- In 1752, the Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia.  In 1807, former vice president (and the man who rid the world of Alexander Hamilton) Aaron Burr is acquitted of treason charges.  In 1939, Germany attacks Poland, beginning World War II.  In 1972, Bobby Fischer beats Boris Spassky to take the world chess title.  In 1985, the wreck of the Titanic is discovered.


Real Americans don't accommodate fog, lies and a sliding scale of adherence to the rule of law. Real American men and women stand up for the truth and the law, come what may, knowing that it is only by setting the bar at the top and enforcing it, come what may, that liberties are secured.


"Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

-Thomas Paine




ONLY ONE THING WILL WIN YOU YOUR LIBERTY: Spreading the truth. Accordingly, I've assembled outreach resources into a new, dedicated page. Find it here, and please, USE THESE TOOLS!! I can't do this all by myself. 

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-George Orwell


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The Honor Roll 

Do you have a victory to share?  Click here to learn how to do so.

If you're working on one, and just getting stonewalled or speed-bumped, you can still be recognized! Go here to learn what to do.


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Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!

CtC Warrior SanDiegoScott has put together a great little 20-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law regarding the United States "income" tax.  Test yourself, test your friends and family!  Test your accountant and tax attorney, and help them learn the liberating truth!!


Click here to take the test


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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


How About You?


Are You Governing Yourself?


Get The Knowledge, Reclaim Your Power, And Stand With The Founders


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Bombs Away Over Syria! Washington Has Gone Stark Raving Mad

by David Stockman

America’s spanker-in-chief is at it again—threatening to bomb Syria owing to the uncivilized actions of its inhabitants. And when it comes to Syria, Washington avers that there are punishable malefactors virtually everywhere within its borders.

Exactly one year ago Obama proposed to take Bashar Al Assad to the woodshed because he had allegedly unleashed a vicious chemical attack on his own citizens. That was all pretext, of course, because even the CIA refused to sign-off on the flimsy case for Assad’s culpability at the time—-a reluctance corroborated since then by the considerable evidence that hundreds of Syrian civilians were murdered during a false flag operation staged by the rebels with help from Turkey. The aim of the rebels, of course, was to activate American tomahawk missiles and bombers in behalf of “regime change”, which was also the stated goal of the Obama Administration.

Now the White House is threatening to bomb Syria again, but this time its “regime change” objective has been expanded to include both sides! In 12 short months what had been the allegedly heroic Sunni opposition to the “brutal rule” of the Assad/Alawite minority has transmuted into the “greatest terrorist threat ever”, according to the Secretary of Defense.

So Obama has already unleashed the drones and surveillance apparatus to identify targets of attack that will help bring down a regime in northern and eastern Syria—the so-called Islamic State—which did not even exist a year ago. And a regime that is now armed to the teeth with America’s own latest and greatest weaponry as previously supplied to the disintegrated Iraqi army and the Syrian rebels trained by the CIA in Jordan.


Click here to read the rest of this article and then ask yourself:

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE taken control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates Washington's misbehavior?!


If you haven't, what the hell is wrong with you?!


Do you not understand how IRRESPONSIBLE YOU ARE for not having done so?




Even as ardent a statist as Abraham Lincoln, in announcing his willingness to burn the Southern states to the ground in order to keep them paying the tariff for the benefit of Northern interests in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, paid at least lip service to the Founders design of leaving control over the fuel available to feed the fires Washington wants to light in the hands of the individual citizenry when he said, "Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part; and I shall perform it, unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means..."


Held over:

Disinformation-How it works

by Brandon Smith


'The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude'

by Étienne de la Boétie


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 2- In 1666, the Great Fire of London breaks out.  It will burn for three days, and destroy 10,000 buildings.  In 1789, the United States Department of the Treasury is founded.  In 1945, Vietnam declares its independence from France.  In 1969, the first ATM in the United States is installed in Rockville Centre, New York.  In 2008, America receives emergency treatment for a life-threatening political sclerosis when thousands gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Ron Paul's Rally for the Republic.


There is little more important to the long-term health of America than how our children are educated..




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This And That

The biggest hypocrite of the week; videocams on cops, but let's not stop there; more...

ON THURSDAY, BARACK OBAMA SAID RUSSIA must face consequences for the terrible act of training, arming and funding separatists in Eastern Ukraine. Unbelievable.

Obama and his war-mongering cabal must really think the American people are asleep, if not comatose. Do they think we don't know who had been-- or still is-- training, arming and funding separatists in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran and maybe Chechnya?

For that matter, do they think we don't know who trained, armed and funded the plotters of the coup in Ukraine that created the separatists that Russia may (and by all rights ought to) be helping take charge of their own circumstances in the face of the despotism in Kiev?

And yet they presume to condemn Russia for what little it may be doing to help the victims of the Washington-engineered coup protect and care for themselves.  The hypocrisy is mind-blowing.


VIDEO CAMERAS ON EVERY COP! This solution, powerfully-resisted by every bad cop and welcomed by every good one, is simple, obvious, and should be implemented right now.

The recordings should be kept in suspension except when an incident is known to have occurred, and/or when either someone is charged or an allegation of police misconduct is made. Then out it all comes for the use of both sides in the controversy. Tampering with, blocking or disabling the cameras should be a felony.

While we're at it, let's also start cashiering and barring from future service any cop who shoots, tases or beats anyone without just cause (meaning, any cop over whose actions any award is paid). Let's cashier any cop proven to have ever abused anyone.

Let's cashier any cop who busts down the wrong door. And let's be rid of police unions, whose major purpose seems to have become covering up for bad cops, just as the teachers unions do for their clients. (h/t Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Conor Friedersdorf and Scott Tillman for some of these notions.)

Easy-peasey. But short of perfect.

LET'S ALSO PUT CAMERAS on all judges and prosecutors, with the feed reviewable at the demand of anyone dealing with either. I want anyone in a controversy to be able to see all the ex parte communications; see who's really reading the briefs (or not); who's writing the rulings (and who's not); and see what lies are being told to the grand juries. Do I have a second?


SPEAKING OF THE PEOPLE SUPERVISING THEIR SERVANTS, have you ever given any thought to what will happen when 30 million other Americans-- or even just 3 million-- learn what you know about the "income" tax and begin following your example of acting to protect your own interests and uphold the law?

 Leviathan thinks about it-- a lot.

You should, too, and add vigorous outreach to your activism.

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Are You Ready For "Obamacare"? Not Unless You've Read This...


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 3- In 1783, the Paris Peace Treaty is signed, bringing the American Revolutionary War to an official end.  In 1838, Frederick Douglass makes his break for freedom from slavery in Maryland.  In 1929, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its all-time high to that date, 51 days before Black Thursday.  In 1935, an automobile cracks 300MPH for the first time.

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State??

The most important question facing Americans today

I HAD THIS QUESTION POSED TO ME BY AN EMAIL CORRESPONDENT the other day. I guess this just shows how poor a job I've done at communicating, because I have been trying to shout the answer to this one from the rooftops for a long time.

That answer is simple: The People impose restraint on the rogue state by choosing-- one by one-- to cease voluntarily turning control over their resources to the state, and choosing instead to retain control over those resources. This is done by refusing-- one by one-- to engage in "income tax" excisable activities (and refusing to blindly or fearfully allow their activities to be treated or taken as excisable activities upon which the tax arises, when they really are not).

The refusal of individual Americans to voluntarily engage in excisable activities forces the state to resort to highly-politically-accountable, highly-politically-vulnerable alternatives revenue sources. These include options like direct, apportioned taxes (which will not be tolerated by the people or approved by Congress at $multi-trillion annual volumes), and/or increased revenue tariffs (which can raise amounts adequate for legitimate state needs, but are very self-regulating, since consumers naturally choose domestic product alternatives when higher tariffs raise the prices of imports beyond a certain point).

This solution is precisely the one intended and provided for by the Founders-- who didn't impose the taxation rules in the US Constitution just so they could admire their handwriting. They put those rules in place in direct anticipation of state behavior of the sort with which we are now plagued.

 As even so odious a character as Hamilton pointed out in Federalist #21:

“Imposts, excises, and, in general, all duties upon articles of consumption, may be compared to a fluid, which will, in time, find its level with the means of paying them. The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources. ...If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them.”

What we've got today is simply the direct (and perfectly predictable) consequences of NOT adhering to the Founders' plan. As Frederick Douglass trenchantly observed,

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."

We've got plenty of injustice and wrong these days. But our fix to the problem was bought for us with blood a few hundred years ago.

All we have to do is stop playing along with the rogue state's false (and rather embarrassingly crude) paradigm  concerning who owns what, and what powers to tax have really been granted. As soon as enough of us quit endorsing that nonsense, it's all good

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Are You Ready For More Power?



"Peter Hendrickson has done it again!  'Upholding The Law' does for individual liberties what 'Cracking the Code' did for tax law compliance: exposes the reader to the unalienable truth!"

-Jesse Herron, Bill Of Rights Press, Fort Collins, Colorado



A brief look at 100 years of Fiscal Folly; and a nice confirmation of CtC scholarship using four-generation-old data from the IRS itself.


CtC-Educated Lawyers: It's Way Past Time For You All To Queue Up!


[Y]ou really need to familiarize yourself with Pete Hendrickson's absolutely magnificent work at his website and in his book(s).  He has, brilliantly and lucidly, "cracked the code" regarding the federal income EXCISE tax(es)."

-Mark C. Phillips, JD


"...I find your work fascinatingly simple to understand."

-Jerry Arnowitz, JD


"Your book is a masterpiece!"

-Michael Carver, JD


"Received your book yesterday.  Started reading at 11 PM, finished at 4 AM."  "I have 16 feet (literally 16' 4.5") of documents supporting just about everything in your book." "Your book should be required reading for every lawyer before being admitted to any Bar."  "I hope you sell a million of them." 

-John O'Neil Green, JD


“Thanks again for your efforts, Pete. They mean an awful lot to a lot of people.” “…as an attorney, I am humbled by your knowledge and ability in navigating the law.  THANK YOU for your hard work and sacrifice.”

-Eric Smithers, JD


"I am an attorney and want to give a testimonial to your book, which I find to be compelling. I am exercising these rights for myself and my adult children. I'm even considering making this my new avenue of law practice."

Nancy "Ana" Garner, JD


Learn what these colleagues already know, then step forward and become part of a coordinated, mutually-supportive squadron focused on developing strategy and deploying the law in courtrooms across the country.  There's a lot of suing that needs doing right now.


Are you ready for a challenge that'll put some real meaning behind all the effort you went through to get your credentials?  Send me an email. 


Have You Taken A Military, Law Enforcement or Public Office Oath To Uphold And Defend The Constitution?


Renew Your Promise




Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 4- In 476, the last of the Western Roman Emperors is deposed.  In 1781, Los Angeles, California is founded.  In 1884, Britain ends its policy of shipping convicts to Australia.  In 1888, George Eastman receives a patent for his roll-film camera.  In 1956, the first commercial computer using magnetic disk storage-- the IBM RAMAC 305, is introduced.  In 1957, Ford Motor Co, introduces the Edsel; and Governor Orval Faubus calls out the Arkansas National Guard to block black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.


  IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary exaction suffered out of ignorance as to its lawful objects and the means of its application by someone too lazy, frightened or misled to learn how it really works and to what it really applies.  See "Income Tax", "Social Security Tax", "Medicare Tax" and "Federal Unemployment Tax".


An Introduction To The Liberating Truth In Ten Easy Segments

Tom Bottaro, ChFC, CtCW, author of 'Secrets of the Income Tax Code- A Guide for Businessmen', has shared another fine outreach effort. Tom has been writing and sending a series of short wake-up and educational essays to friends and family, one by one, for some time. When Tom told me about this, I asked him to compile the pieces and let me post them for everyone to enjoy and share with their own people. Tom, good guy and warrior for the truth that he is, was perfectly agreeable.

Here is the compilation in printable .pdf format. I hope everyone will indeed share it widely. 


"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson





CtC Warrior David Sides says, "Bumper stickers?  Nice, but NOT BIG ENOUGH!"


(By the way, Dave's got it precisely right-- If you want your power to be secure, your neighbors have to be empowered with the same knowledge that you've acquired.  Click here for ideas about spreading the truth-- which include normal bumper stickers available for free, by the way....)




Photographed on 1-70 in Missouri




At a rally outside the Alamo




CtC Warrior Brian H. in Alaska has a great INDOOR approach to spreading the transformational truth. Here's Brian's desk at his workplace:



You notice the big glass container to the right of the CtC in the first pic above? Tasty freebies for Brian's co-workers-- candy and brain-candy all in one:



Very sweet!




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More Than Two Thirds Of The Several States That Collect "Income" Taxes Have Now Acknowledged The Truth About The Law As Revealed In CtC, And Have Issued Complete Refunds Accordingly!  See The Following Chart...



Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 5- In 1698, in an early example of "social engineering" through tax policy, Tsar Peter I imposes a tax on beards, in order to discourage their growth.  In 1774, the Continental Congress first convenes.  In 1836, Sam Houston is elected president of the Republic of Texas.  In 1969, Lt. William Calley is charged with six counts of murder in connection with the deaths of 109 Vietnamese men, women and children in the village of My Lai.


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(How our forefathers responded to arrogant "Rule of Law defiers"...)




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6,000,000 hits and 2,000,000 page views during that period!






“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


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If You're Not Standing Up, Then You're Standing Down

...and "standing down" means "going down"...


MY FRIENDS, IT IS MY SINCERE BELIEF that this community of activists has been encouraged, inspired, enlightened and expanded over the years by the steady posting here of your ongoing victories on behalf of the rule of law. Certainly, it has been my pride and my joy to help you share with the world your honorable testament to the liberating truth about the tax, widespread knowledge of which is so critical to the well-being of ourselves, our children, and our beloved America.


However, unless YOU send those victories I can't post them. Unless YOU stand up, your courage and commitment can't inspire anyone.


YOU WILL RECALL THAT FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO I've been telling you that we are in a transformational moment. Look around at what is going on today and recognize the truth of what I say.


More than half the American population views government as a threat. As mainstream a publication as Forbes magazine is posting articles about massive DHS ammunition and armored vehicle purchases. Denunciations of the NSA violations are features in every major MSM organ.


Even before Edward Snowden's documentation of particular crimes being committed against the American people the LA Times, NY Times, Washington Times and other mainstream organs were editorializing about Leviathan having grown too big, and gotten dangerously out-of-hand (see stories at each of the preceding links). In the Spring Rand Paul's filibuster denouncing the lawlessness of Mordor-on-the-Potomac prompted a major buzz across the country, and in July Justin Amash shocked Washington by very nearly defunding a huge portion of the illegal surveillance state's crimes.


Concurrently, this CtC community has been winning legal victories and refunds which are ever-more significant and telling. Consider, for instance, the victories which have qualified for the EWWBL collection. Every one of these is an especially illuminating acknowledgement of the truth about the tax, and now include a very significant two-time victory in a federal district court.


Things are happening!


HOW IT ALL SHAKES OUT is still up for grabs, though. This is not the time for either complacency or paralysis, because both of those don't amount to "doing nothing"-- instead they amount to "standing down". And standing down means conceding the fight, letting all these eleventh-hour sparks of light burn out unnurtured and the moment be a transformation for the worse.


This is not the time for standing down. This is the time for a FULL-COURT PRESS.


This is the time for educated American grown-ups to stand up tall and firm, pulling others to their feet by their very gravity. This is the time for leading the way.


STAND UP! SEND THOSE VICTORIES-- the new ones, and those of the last few years as well. Click here to learn how. Even if you don't have checks to scan, send your testimonials. Learn how to do that here.




The Willingness Of Some People To Trade Liberty For Convenience Is Without Limit

Some Observations About Current Political Efforts To Evade The Truth, Such As The "Fair Tax" Scheme


Regarding "Tax Reform"


"Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, wars are raised to carry on taxes."

-Thomas Paine


Where To Find Things On This Site


Law Professor James Duane Says: "Don't Talk To The Police.  Period."


Honest Cope Agree




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Films That Belong In Every Home Library




Ever Wonder How Much An Unrestrained FedState Would Like To Tap You For?





Warrior David Larson shares this beautiful little farce, wryly observing that, "Depositors have "..not lost one penny.." - OK we could agree on that simple statement  ..how about the purchasing power of that same penny 'not lost'?"


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 6- In 1522, the first ship to circumnavigate the world completes its historic voyage.  In 1901, President William McKinley is fatally wounded by an assassin.  In 1991, the Soviet Union recognizes the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and Leningrad is renamed St. Petersburg.


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Last Word


"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

-Samuel Adams, Architect of the First American Revolution


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About The Author


Pete Hendrickson is possibly the most effective lawyer in history, even while never having set foot in a law school, nor ever being a card-carrying member of "the bar". He is the first American in history to secure a complete refund of Social Security and Medicare ‘contributions’ withheld from his earnings (along with all other property taken for federal taxes); further, since 2003 students of his legal analyses and arguments in ‘Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America’ (CtC), and its sequel, 'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?' have been routinely retaining and recovering billions of dollars which otherwise-- wrongly, but as a matter of course-- would have gone to federal or state government treasuries. This despite concerted efforts by government to suppress his work, and in some cases vigorously oppose the claims by his students.


Hendrickson is also a widely-read essayist on matters of politics, public policy and law; many of these works are collected in his second book, ‘Upholding the Law And Other Observations’.  He is a member of Mensa; an award-winning artist; and has paid his dues as a youth soccer coach.  He is a long-time political activist as well, and has served as co-chair and platform convention delegate of Michigan’s largest county Libertarian Party organization; as a consultant to the National Right to Work Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy; as a member of the Heartland Institute; and as a member of the International Society for Individual Liberty.  He is a frequent radio-show guest on stations across the country.


Hendrickson's business career has included nearly a decade-and-a-half at the leading edge of the renewable-energy industry, both as Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and member of the R&D board at Starpak Energy Systems, the mid-west's then-largest solar heating and energy-recovery-and re-utilization company; and as founder and president of AFJ Inc., a high-efficiency lighting design, manufacture and installation firm.


Beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing for the twelve years before his present full-time focus on the restoration of the rule of law in America, Hendrickson directed purchasing activities for the $84 million-a-year multi-family-housing division of the Farmington Hills, Michigan branch of Edward Rose and Sons, with responsibility for 18,000+ apartments, direct supervision of 35 technicians and agents, and incidental authority over several hundred divisional workers.  He also ran the division's 10 cable television earth-station and distribution systems in four states, and designed and administered the company's website.


On rather the other end of the spectrum, amidst these more mundane pursuits Hendrickson co-founded and was the primary creative force behind a small board- and card-game company that enjoyed a modest success for several years.


 Hendrickson makes his home in southeast Michigan, with his wife and two children.  He is currently working on his next book.


© All written and graphic material on this page and website are copyrighted by Peter E. Hendrickson, unless otherwise attributed