[Editor's Note: The following is from a correspondent who
wishes to remain anonymous: "I sent James Traficant a Christmas card
a few months ago. I received this reply today". If you're unfamiliar
with the Jim Traficant story, I've posted links at the bottom of this
page to bring you up to speed...
Ken Adachi ]
By Jim Traficant
June 4, 2003
Thank you for thinking of me and my family. Life is hectic and fast-paced--
and for you to have thought of me, and then to stop and take time from
your precious life to write me-- is an honor. And once again, I thank
Most of the people who write me say they cannot understand
why the government targeted me with such a passion. Every rumor and innuendo
that any political opponent would plant and foster became public and,
before long, developed into an indictment without any physical evidence--
only the testimony of subjects who were able to avoid jail by fabricating
falsehoods about me. Lies and half-truths became 'facts'; and ultimately
became a 10 count indictment. My evidence, that would have proved they
were lying, was not allowed to be presented -- either before the Congress
or the Federal Court! However, I know why I was targeted: I was not afraid
of the government, and I had learned too much!
The U.S. Dept. of Justice & John Demanjuk
The beginning of all of this was my first trial, in 1983, when I became
the only American in history to defeat the U.S. Department of Justice
in a RICO case-- pro se (representing myself), and me not being an attorney.
They were embarrassed! The straw that broke the camel's back was when
I proved that John Demanjuk was not the infamous Ivan the Terrible of
the Treblinka death camp in Poland. The government was stunned and in
shock. The real Ivan was nine years older, taller, and had black hair
and a scar on his neck; his name was Ivan Marchenko. My investigation,
in conjunction with John Demanjuk's beautiful family, proved not only
that John was innocent, but also that the Justice Department knew he was
not guilty-- even before they took him to court! Shame, shame!! They lied
to the court-- gave false testimony and presented false witnesses-- knowing
that he would be put to death! Shame!! The Justice Department then came
after me with revenge, and a passion! I lost my respect and my faith in
our government. Because this case was 'too sensitive,' Congress would
not even hold a hearing on my evidence... Congress, all of them, at the
time-- turned their back, worried about reelection!! The Democrats were
in charge then, and they knew of my investigation in Congress... hoping
I would abandon it! I did not! I sent my findings to the Israeli Supreme
Court-- and they had no choice: They released John Demanjuk! In fact,
they delivered him to me at the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, and I personally
brought him home, along with his son, his son-in-law, and Israeli bodyguards!
I am proud of what I did. No one else, in the House or the Senate, would
even talk to the family-- afraid of media power and the vindictiveness
of the Justice Department. But even today, John Demanjuk is still being
The government agents that destroyed Demanjuk's life should be in jail!
That was just the tip of the iceberg. When people saw what I had done
for the Demanjuk family they came to me with unbelievable information.
The information is so powerful that it is hard to believe, and the government
knew I was getting sensitive information that could damage the American
people's confidence in the government. People came to me with facts about
Waco, Ruby Ridge, Pan Am Flight 103, Jimmy Hoffa, and the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy. It may all sound far-fetched, but I do know
what happened to Hoffa and J.F.K. The government knows that I know-- and
so they had to ruin my voice by destroying my credibility. I may yet divulge
this information if I can get the proper forum. As you know, I was the
dreaded enemy of the I.R.S. My legislation in the last I.R.S. Reform Bill
changed the Burden of Proof law. Before that, you had to prove you were
innocent in a tax court. The burden of proof was on the taxpayer. The
I.R.S. said you owed... but the I.R.S. did not have to prove it. Unbelievable!
Now that the I.R.S. has to prove their charges, the following statistics
tell the true story. Comparing One Year Before the changes to One Year
1. Wage Garnishments dropped from 3.1 million to 560,000;
2. Taxpayer Property Liens dropped from 680,000 to 161,000;
3. Foreclosures on individual family-owned homes dropped
from 10,063 to 57! That's right: only 57 homes in all 50 states! Fact
is, the I.R.S. was seizing our homes-- over 10,000 every year-- when they
had neither proof nor the right to do so! Congress allowed the I.R.S.
to intimidate us and frighten us. Think about it! And then maybe you can
begin to understand why I love America, but hate the Government -- and
why the Government hates me. The Justice Department had to get rid of
me, but I'll be damned if I would back down!
America is in trouble... not from without, but from within!
The Central Government has become too powerful. Citizens fear the Government.
This is wrong. This is dangerous! I know the Government covered-up and
promulgated LIES about Waco, Ruby Ridge, Pan Am Flight 103, Hoffa, and
J.F.K. The Government knew I was right when I called Janet Reno a traitor.
Janet Reno sold us out when she refused to investigate a $10-million payoff
to the Democratic Party from a general in the Red Chinese Army (no less!).
Think about it! And the Government knew that I had known why Reno was
forced to betray America! I'm proud that I tried to do something about
it! Someday the truth will come out. (I hope China never attacks us!)
Many of you have asked what you can do for me. I appreciate
this. You can help my family: Mrs. Tish Traficant 429 N. Main Street Poland,
Thank you for remembering me... for thinking of me... for
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