Ed & Elaine Brown, Income Tax Refuseniks, Arrested in New Hampshire
[Editor's Note: The Associated Press article seen below is how the mainstream press will cover this story. You will notice that all of the interview elements of the story reflect a posture of legitimacy- and above all "great restraint"- in the conduct of the small army of militarized sharpshooters and high tech surveillance "teams" who surrounded the Brown's property for the past several months. No mention of cutting off the Brown's electricity and water, blaring music, etc. and no mention of the man who was walking his dog near the property and brutally attacked many weeks ago. You will notice that the "marshals" effect the arrest, through deceit, with no mention of FBI, military personnel, or BATF agents, etc working in the background. The reason for the "great restraint" was obvious: the feds didn't want to generate the negative publicity from another Ruby Ridge to explode across the internet and from alternative media outlets. For those who don't know, there is NO law - written anywhere - that says you are required to pay a federal income tax. None. The entire income tax "requirement" is a fiction from top to bottom.
Research the story of Joe Banister, a former IRS agent of 14 years, who had assumed that the "cover story" of the legitimacy of the income tax was true, until he asked his supervisors to tell him SPECIFICALLY where in the federal or state law statues he could find find the "law" or "laws" authorizing an income tax. They couldn't answer him, but they did begin to intimidate him and intimate that asking the "wrong" kind of questions could be detrimental to his career. Eventually, Joe's "questions" resulted in his being forced to resign from the IRS. Joe started to speak out on the illegitimacy of the income tax 'requirement' and then the IRS went after him with both barrels.
Read more about the phoniness of the income tax 'requirement' at the Freedom Law School.
Listen to these video tape interviews by Aaron Russo and decide for yourself the 'legetimacy' of the income tax 'reqirement'. These on-line videos include an interview with Sheldon Cohen, former commission of the IRS and author of IRS tax codes. You will be astounded at what you hear and see in these tapes.
CONCORD, N.H. - U.S. marshals posing as supporters arrested convicted tax-evaders Ed and Elaine Brown at their rural, fortress-like home, the head marshal said Friday.
"They invited us in, and we escorted them out," U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier said, releasing the first details of Thursday night's arrests.
A small team of marshals pulled off the ruse, arresting the Browns without incident on the front porch of their Plainfield home, in west-central New Hampshire, Monier said.
The arrests ended a months-long standoff that began in January, when Brown, 65, and his dentist wife, 67, walked out of their federal trial in Concord. She returned to the trial but soon joined her husband at home, where they vowed to resist violently if authorities tried to arrest them.
"We either walk out of here free or we die," Ed Brown said at the time.
At a news conference, Monier said officials found booby traps in the woods on the 100-plus-acre property and weapons, ammunition and homemade bombs inside and outside the house. He said more charges are likely.
The Browns were turned over to federal corrections officials to serve prison terms of 63 months. They were convicted in January of scheming to avoid federal income taxes by hiding $1.9 million of income between 1996 and 2003 and were sentenced in April.
The couple claims the federal income tax is not legitimate. Their argument — repeatedly rejected by courts — is that no law authorizes the federal income tax and that the 1913 constitutional amendment permitting it was never properly ratified.
Experts had praised authorities' hands-off approach before the surprise arrests, but patience had worn thin among some of Plainfield's 2,400 residents. During the summer, town selectmen asked Monier to stop the influx of militiamen and other anti-government groups to the Browns' home and to bring the couple to justice.
Last month, authorities arrested four men accused of helping obstruct justice in the Browns' case. Charges ranged from accessory after the fact to possession and use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Authorities also blocked access to a fundraising event on the Browns' property.
Earlier this year, officials cut power and telephone service in an effort to increase pressure on the couple.
The home is on an isolated dirt road and includes a turret that offers a 360-degree view of the property and a driveway that had sometimes been barricaded with sport utility vehicles.
Heavily armed police surrounded the home in June while they seized commercial property the couple owned in a neighboring town. SWAT teams, military and explosives vehicles marshaled in the tiny town and sparked rumors of a raid.
Monier said then the gathered forces were only for surveillance.
The arrests "will be a relief to everyone in the community," said state Agriculture Commissioner Stephen Taylor, a Plainfield resident. "This has been such a distraction to everybody."
A message left for Elaine Brown's son, David Hatch-Bernier of Worcester, Mass., was not returned Thursday night.
Supporters of the Browns called them leaders who were trying to protect their freedom.
"In many ways this was like a stab in the heart," said Mike Chambers, a talk show host on Republic Broadcasting Network, an Internet-based radio program based in Round Rock, Texas, that has defended the Browns in the past.
On another Web site, supporter David Ridley of Manchester said Brown supporters should take part in "peaceable protests" at places such as federal court.
Associated Press Writer Kathy McCormack contributed to this story.
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