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Operation Glove in Face
by Larken Rose
I recently started what I call Operation "Glove in Face," where I
publicly DARE the feds to prosecute me for not filing tax returns or
sending money to the IRS. This isn't because I think the law is
unconstitutional or invalid; it's because the LAW ITSELF shows that the
income of most Americans is not taxable. The actual challenge to the
feds can be seen here:
So here is what's been going on:
1) A few papers have refused to run the above ad (even as a normal paid
ad), but now we've gotten a few to agree to run it. I'll let you know
when and where it runs.
2) One of the subscribers on this list spent a day handing out hundreds
of print-outs of the "please prosecute me" flier to people in front of
the IRS and DOJ buildings in Washington, DC, including hundreds of IRS
and DOJ employees. Bravo!
3) The IRS is trying to figure out what to do about me sending their
paper-pushers copies of the "Theft By Deception" video. Examiners are
being told to call a certain office if they receive a copy of the video,
no doubt so the employees can be given a booster shot of extortionist
indoctrination (and I'm betting the higher-ups want to confiscate the
4) The news has been spreading that an attorney was recently convicted
of willful failure to file, after relying on the "show me where the law
makes me liable" approach. In light of that, and the ongoing We The
People publicity campaign, I feel the need yet again to point out
something that angers a lot of "patriots."
The "patriot movement," or whatever you'd like to call it, has done a
fabulous job of STRENGTHENING the incorrect conventional wisdom about
the income tax by arguing things which are irrelevant and/or incorrect,
and using techniques which give the feds a perfect opportunity to "make
an example" of them by robbing them, imprisoning them, etc. There are a
lot of well-intentioned people arguing the WRONG THING, and their good
intentions lead to really bad consequences. And the consequences are
not just for them, but for the general public who becomes MORE sure that
we all owe "income taxes" every time some "patriot" bites the dust.
For the most part I have maintained "freelance hermit" status, refusing
to make formal alliances with all the individuals and organizations out
there, including some that I often agree with. The problem is that,
just like with government politicians, agendas and deals take over, and
the truth gets lost. Unfortunately, for all the good intentions and
effort, I have to put the current efforts of "We The People" in that
Imagine there is some sleezebag in office (not hard to imagine, I know),
and you want him out because you know he's a crook. Suppose you had
proof that he embezzled a million dollars. If you go out and publicly
accuse him of murder, extortion, rape, kidnapping, and embezzlement,
when only the embezzlement charge is actually true, what would the
result be? After refuting the other claims, the sleezebag would paint
YOU as a liar who is out to get him, and tap-dance around the only issue
that was actually valid.
That is EXACTLY what the "tax protestor" movement has been doing since
before I was born, and the result is predictable. Keep in mind, I am
NOT the one who first "discovered" 861; I waded through countless
theories and arguments before I ever heard of it. I cringe when people
suggest that we should pile together every theory imaginable, to
maximize our "ammo" against the IRS. Just like with the sleezebag
scenario, that methods defeats US, not them.
NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN CONVICTED FOR RELYING ON WHAT THE LAW SAYS IS
TAXABLE (i.e. 26 USC § 861(b) and 26 CFR § 1.861-8). How many of you
knew that? Lots and lots of people HAVE been convicted for arguing
stuff that has a similar-sounding "punchline" (i.e. "I'm not required to
pay this"), but based on reasons OTHER than what the LAW ITSELF SAYS.
That alone scares a lot of people so much that they don't want to look
into the issue at all.
I hate to say it, but I am firmly convinced that right now the biggest
OBSTACLE to the truth getting out is NOT the federal government; it is
the "tax honesty movement." By confusing the public, by giving them
bogus arguments that can easily be refuted, by showing the public
countless examples of how "people who fight the IRS go to jail," the
"movement" has STRENGTHENED the conventional wisdom that says we all owe
federal income taxes, when the LAW shows otherwise.
I read the most recent issue of Media Bypass, in which an ad for the
"Theft By Deception" video appeared, and I had to shake my head. This
"movement" has to be the most self-defeating organization in history.
(It reminds me of the "crack suicide squad" in Monty Python's the Life
of Brian.) The "untax gurus" continue to harp on the provable false
notion that "getting paid for working" does not constitute "income."
How many more statutes, regulations, and court rulings have to be cited
disproving that; how many more people have to go to jail for trying it,
before people stop spreading that garbage? How much more time, effort
and money are going to be wasted arguing something that the feds can
(and do) easily squash? Not only is it wrong, but it's the perfect
thing for the feds to use to DISTRACT from what the law itself actually
And when will the "patriots" give up the 16th Amendment fetish? It's
doesn't MATTER whether it was ratified. So says the Supreme Court
(Stanton v. Baltic Mining), and the Secretary of the Treasury (Treasury
Decision 2303). And since the law ITSELF still limits the income tax to
a proper, constitutional, limited tax (primarily on international and
foreign commerce), why on earth would anyone argue about the underlying
basis of the tax, especially since the 16th Amendment is NOT the basis
of Congress' ability to tax incomes? If the ATF showed up at your door,
asking where your whiskey-distilling taxes are, which makes more sense:
challenging the validity of the tax, or explaining that you don't
distill whiskey? Why do people insist on challenging the legitimacy of
a tax that most of us don't owe?
I might as well answer the question, and make a lot of people froth at
the mouth: because people have their incomes, reputations, and agendas
built upon the argument. Just like the average CPA out there, they
REFUSE to consider something new; they REFUSE to consider whether they
might be wrong. They cannot afford, financial or psychologically, to
admit that they were DEAD WRONG about what they've been saying for a
zillion years. They cannot afford to objectively examine the evidence.
I can hear it now: "Well what makes you any different?"
I waded through all the garbage out there before I ever heard of Section
861. But ultimately, I hope you DON'T treat me any differently. I
don't want you to accept MY "theory." I want you to LOOK AT THE
EVIDENCE. If it does not match what I'm saying, then by all means,
ignore me. I don't WANT "followers" who won't make the truth their own
by putting it to the test themselves. Too many people will follow
anything that sounds nice, and in doing so march themselves and others
into big time trouble.
Don't tell me we should all get along. We should all be telling the
TRUTH. I don't particularly WANT to "get along" with people spreading a
lie, even if they THINK they're telling the truth. This may sound
harsh, but considering what we're up against (the biggest, nastiest
extortion racket in history), we don't have room to "get along" with
those shooting in the wrong damn direction.
Having someone tell you "you're wrong" feels like a personal attack, and
unfortunately hardly anyone responds rationally. They feel attacked, so
they attack back. The truth becomes a casualty in the war of "I'm gonna
win the argument."
I humbly ask each of you to try this exercise: take away the gurus, the
reports, the theories, etc. Take away everything but the LAW, and YOU.
Can you logically justify your current beliefs? If not, you're probably
shooting in the wrong direction, or at least you need to do more
Right NOW the "income tax" fraud is vulnerable, and a whole lot of
people who don't at all fit the "tax protestor" stereotype are learning
the truth and joining in the fight to end the fraud. But they have to
try to overcome all the misinformation and bogus theories that the "tax
protestors" are spreading. Do not "follow." Learn, understand, know,
and act. Too many people--often with the best of intentions--are
leading in the wrong direction. Which is more important to you:
defending what you now believe, or defending the truth? If you dare not
open your beliefs up to all the criticism you can find, it's probably
because they couldn't withstand the test.
I don't want you blindly following me, or anyone else. I don't want
followers; I want allies. Allies who understand the fraud for
themselves, and are willing to do what it takes to tear it down.
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