By Devvy Kidd

November 22, 2003

Millions of Americans have read the Joseph Banister story. For those who
may not know of this courageous individual, a short refresher is in order.
Joseph was an IRS CID agent (Criminal Investigation Division) for a little
over five years. In late 1996, he happened to hear some information about
the nature of the income tax on a radio show. After two years of trying to
prove the so-called "tax protesters" wrong regarding their beliefs, he finally
concluded that the "tax honesty" individuals were indeed correct in their
analysis of the income tax and its voluntary nature.

Joseph had no choice but to resign his job, which at that time paid
$80,000 per year. You see, this remarkable young man could no longer
perform his duties as a CID agent after he discovered the truth. He
could not look in the mirror every morning knowing that it was the
IRS, his employer, who was breaking the law and committing fraud
against the American people. How many people do you know would
give up their $80,000 a year job for something called integrity?

With no paycheck coming in, times got tough for this young man; a
husband and father of two young boys who attended private Catholic
school. However, as a college graduate with a CPA license, Joseph
began the process of building a clientele, appearing at numerous
events throughout the country and in his soft spoken manner, he
told his story and why he could no longer participate in this fraud
against his fellow Americans.

As time has gone by, the IRS attempted to silence this courageous
young man by making sure he knew a grand jury was sniffing around
him. Then the IRS began contacting Joseph's clients and scaring them
off so that his income began to once again dwindle. When that didn't
work, suddenly the State of California took an interest in him. Stepping
up this Nazi style persecution, the State of California is now attempting
to take away his CPA license. Not because he has violated any law, but
to shut up this courageous young man and deny him the right to work
in his profession - all because he told a truth which threatens the
powerful, global, banking cartel.

Joseph's "trial" is now set for December 1, 2003. His "public" trial has
shockingly has been moved to Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California
and no civilians will be allowed on this military reservation. A civil matter
regarding a CPA license will be heard in a star chamber, closed off from
any public scrutiny. The tyranny doesn't stop there. According to Joseph:

        "My requests for discovery (in other words, requests to obtain IRS
documents that might enable me to understand the allegations made against
me) have been DENIED. My request to present evidence and witnesses
that would prove the baselessness of the allegations against me have
been DENIED. As if being prevented from properly defending myself
was not enough, the IRS shockingly admitted in their own pleadings that
they used their criminal investigation component by privately conferencing
with both IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents and Department of
Justice Prosecutors to coordinate parallel civil and criminal proceedings
against me without notice.

        "The IRS admitted they conducted surveillance on my speaking
engagements and eavesdropped on my political conversations and appearances.
Recently, the IRS tapped its computer database of information from other
taxpayers, prying into private financial intimacies and private accounts
with banks and businesses, to use this information in this case. Is there
anyone who still does not understand why I confronted this agency with
their wrongdoing and resigned?"

America: This is what your fear of your own government is protecting.
And, let us not forget how much money it costs to retain a qualified criminal
defense attorney. This writer started the "Buck for Banister" campaign in
order to help this fine man pay his huge legal bills. If you wish to help, go to:

Joseph is not alone

Let us now to to Oregon in the case of Lanis Metteer vs the IRS, US District
Court for District of Oregon. In this case Judge Garr King refused to allow
four expert witnesses give testimony for Mr. Metteer before the jury. Who
were these expert witnesses? Some cammie clad "tax protesters"? No, they
were all former IRS employees; three of them resigned after they found out
the true nature of the voluntary income tax. They are: John Turner, former
IRS Revenue Officer, Sherry Jackson, former IRS forensic accountant and
Joseph Banister, former IRS CID agent. Paul Chappell who is an attorney,
before his retirement worked in the Office of the Chief Council (IRS) in
Washington, DC, writing legal opinions for 17 years.

All of these experts were at the court house awaiting their opportunity to
testify in Mr. Metteer's case. All of these expert witnesses were allowed to
present their credentials to the judge and then Judge King refused to allow
their testimony before the jury, with the exception of Paul Chappell, who
was only allowed a very limited window to discuss trusts. America: this
heinous flavor of tyranny is what you are protecting with your fear of your
own government.

Dr. Steve Roebuck is a dentist in Raleigh, North Carolina. Agents wearing
bulletproof vests and side arms raided his office and threw Dr. Roebuck in
the county jail without bail for willful failure to file an income tax return
and because he very correctly interpreted the withholding laws and stopped
withholding taxes from his employees paychecks. Judge Terrance Boyle stated
that this Christian man who never hurt a flea was "unfit the walk the streets
of their town." Did Dr. Roebuck, an educated man, just decide to stop voluntarily
filing and paying taxes without first researching the law? Hardly. He spent
eight years studying and researching the law.

On September 4, 2001, Dr. Roebuck appeared in court and entered a plea
of not guilty. The now too common kangaroo court ruled and Dr. Roebuck
went to jail for breaking not a single law. But the message the IRS sent was
very clear: question our laws and we will destroy you. America: this is what
you are protecting with your fear. In my piece IRS Makes Chilling Proclamation
I quoted a recent statement by Terry Lemons, an IRS spokes mouth who
said that the government is answering legitimate legal questions raised by
law-abiding Americans via the petition process with "enforcement actions."
America: your fear feeds this tyranny.

Sybil Ludington

Sybil Ludington was a typical 16 year old girl in 1777. She was the eldest of
12 children and was often responsible for taking care of her younger siblings.
She was putting the younger children to bed on the night of April 26, 1777,
when word reached her house that the British were burning the town of
Danbury, Connecticut, which was only 25 miles away. Her father was a
colonel in the local militia. His men were scattered over a wide area around
the Ludington house in Fredericksburg, New York (now Ludington).

Sybil convinced her father to let her ride and summon the men. She rode on
horseback over 40 miles on dark, unmarked roads to spread the alert. Her
course took her down through Carmel, on to Mahopac, and around to
Kent Cliffs and Farmers Mills and back home. She rode alone with only a
stick to prod her horse Star and to knock on the doors spreading the alert
 in time. The men whom she helped to gather arrived just in time to help
drive the British, under the command of General William Tyron (who was
also colonial governor of New York), back to their ships in Long Island Sound.
Sybil Ludington was a true American Hero. (Told by Mrs. Todd James)

Don't confuse fear with cowardice

A sixteen year old girl didn't allow her fear to turn her into a coward. In the
movie, Braveheart, William Wallace tells the "nobles" that if they don't stand
with him, then they are cowards and he's ashamed to call them his countrymen.
I am proud to call individuals like Joe Banister my fellow countryman and
I say it with pride. As the Executive Director for We the People Congress, Inc.,
I work with extraordinary people every day who don't confuse fear with
cowardice. Americans should fear these gangsters who run the IRS, but we
have no other choice except to stand and fight for freedom and for our
children's tomorrows as a free people. We refuse to allow fear of our
government to rule our lives. We will not be cowards in the face of tyranny.

However, we cannot be free as long as the yoke of tyranny rests upon our
 shoulders in the form of this immoral, progressive income tax. We cannot
be a free people while congressionally sanctioned thugs called the IRS continue
to terrorize and jail our fellow countrymen and women for nothing more than
blowing the whistle on the fraud being perpetrated upon our people. Yes, the
IRS has the power to destroy, but we the people have more power. I
respectfully encourage you to join we the people in our upcoming lawsuit
to settle a very important question on our First Amendment right to petition
 and why this is so important to your life and the future of this Republic.

All those who have gone before us felt fear, but they did not let that stop
their quest to birth this Constitutional Republic for future generations. Let
us not abandon or ignore those who are standing firm and tall against tyranny
because we feel fear. Stay the course, America.

© 2003 Devvy Kidd - All Rights Reserved

Devvy Kidd is the Executive Director of We the People Congress, Inc., based in Annapolis, Maryland; WTPC is an affiliate of We the People Foundation. Devvy is a contributing writer for  Devvy's web site is:  E-Mail: