Oct 25, 2006

Dear Pat Fitzgerald...

Jackson writes me seeking probe
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who's mulling a bid for mayor, wants U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate the high incidence of workers compensation claims filed by city workers whose names were on the clout list kept by Mayor Daley's former patronage director.

"It's hard for me to believe that city patronage workers face a greater risk of on-the-job injury than coal miners, steelworkers, and slaughterhouse butchers,'' Jackson wrote to Fitzgerald on Tuesday. "That tells me that either the city lacks the necessary safeguards to protect staff, or that workers are filing and collecting on false claims." <more>

JJ, what is today's appointees can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude, not political gratitude, that will determine their altitude. (I think I will start paraphrasing your dad's great quotes more often).
You see I cast my bread on the waters long ago. Now it's time for you to send it back to me - toasted and buttered on both sides. ;)

16 Comments:

Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Very good PJF, you sounded like Jesse...are you taking the case?

You have to check out this ad:

Stay the Course

Go Dems...

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the cup runeth over. we need to clone fitz's ass x100. it never ceases to amaze me how some people's kids think that society owes them.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No kidding anon! Fitz is overloaded with cases and more coming in! And, that is because he is an awesome SP! :)

11:30 AM  
Blogger teak said...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
marty-kaplan/w-to-us-go-cheney-
yourse_b_32451.html

Found this on google news front page.

About Bush's news conference this morning.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FASCISMI finally received a DVD of the full length movie, and watched it last night.The short review is that if Fahrenheit 9-11 won the "Palm D-Or", then "AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FASCISM" deserves the whole tree! This is the film that F/9-11 aspired to but failed to be.Far from the extremist screed that its attackers portray it to be, "America" starts out as a genuinely objective search to find out the reality behind the claims of the Tax Honesty movement. In scene after scene, Aaron Russo tries to get the answer to one simple question; what is the law that requires American workers to pay income tax on their wages and salaries. At every turn, he is rebuffed by IRS officials, with one notable exception. Aaron did secure an interview with former IRS Commissioner Sheldon Cohen who makes the amazing statement that US Supreme Court rulings are irrelevant when it comes to interpretation and enforcement of the IRS code, and moreover chides Aaron for refusing to "believe" that he owes taxes. By this time, Aaron and the audience are convinced that the Tax Honesty people are onto something!Numerous examples are given of cases against non-filers collapsing in court when the prosecutions are unable to produce the law they supposedly are in violation of. These are juxtaposed against successful prosecutions in which the judges clearly browbeat the juries into accepting at face value what the prosecutors claim. In one frightening case, a Federal Judge rules from the bench that the government is not under any legal obligation to show any laws it claims are being broken during a trial.Russo them moves into the police state tactics used by the IRS in enforcement actions, detailing how accusation alone (in this case, false) can trigger the complete ruin of the victims' homes and businesses.Having laid the foundation that the income tax on wages may be as big a hoax as Iraq's 'nookular' bombs, Russo takes his film into the reality of life in America, where far from the freedom we are told we enjoy, one must get the government's permission to do just about anything these days, while the government watches our every move. With the planned national ID card, things are likely to get worse.This is a film that will probably give nightmares to those who have not been following the nation's devolution here on the internet for the last several years. The film is a convincer, and Russo has carefully laid out the path for his audience, who will be reluctant to see what Russo sees, to follow.This is a movie you MUST see. This is a movie the government MUST keep you from seeing. Call your local theaters and ask when it will be showing. When enough people call, the film will be booked, because after all, in America, money rules all. - M. R.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FASCISM
"FOUR STARS (Highest Rating). The scariest damn film you'll see this year. It will leave you staggering out of the theatre, slack-jawed and trembling. Makes 'Fahrenheit 9/11' look like 'Bambi.' After watching this movie, your comfy, secure notions about America -- and about what it means to be an American -- will be forever shattered. Producer/director Aaron Russo and the folks at Cinema Libre Studio deserve to be heralded as heroes of a post-modern New American Revolution. This is shocking stuff. You'll be angry, you'll be disgusted, but you may actually break out in a cold sweat and feel a sickness deep in your gut; I would advise movie theatre managers to hand out vomit bags. You may end up needing one."

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teak:

I would love to ask Dumbya if he has ever googled the word "failure"! His name is the first thing that comes up! LOLMAO!

I'm just taking a little break here...then I have several conference calls...so, I'll be off & on the blog all day. :)

11:40 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

In honor of Halloweenie...

Here is One of America's Scariest People:

The Oxycotin-Viagra Rush of 2006

He is about the lowest they come.

Michael J Fox, thank you for your commercial on stem cell research!

11:44 AM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

anon:
So how do we see/get a copy of the movie?

11:49 AM  
Anonymous e said...

"You see I cast my bread on the waters long ago. Now it's time for you to send it back to me - toasted and buttered on both sides. ;)"..


yes and you are....
" a little light in all this darkness..
a little warmth in all this cold..."

12:30 PM  
Anonymous bluedogs said...

Where is this film showing? I guess I'm out to lunch.

Where did you see it anon?

2:51 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

Patriot Girl and Bluedogs, in answer to your question, the movie can be purchased over the net at www.freedomtofascism.com/

It will also be in some major bookstores on Novem,ber 1, including Barnes and Noble, but not Borders which is owned I'm told by the neocons.

The film was shown in three (I think) major US cities in September and early October to test audience reaction, so no, bluedogs, you weren't out to lunch,
But then I guess, you were out to lunch, but that includes most of us, iclding me, until a started looking into these matters a few years ago.

In the meantime, you might like to see the videos "Loose Change" and Alex Jones' "Terrorstorm" which can be viewed free on the net (just key these names into google and you'll find them), or ordered over the net.

And please don't just dismiss Jones as some extreme right-wing nut. The issues he addresses are just so important and they affect all of us, whether you live in americas, or, as I do, the uk, or iraq.

Thanks for asking the question. Tell your friends, as I've been doing over here in the uk. I'll post more reviews.

3:42 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

Lights, Camera - Activism!

William Norman Grigg | June 12, 2006


Get Freedom to Fascism on DVD Now

Set to debut in theaters in July, the documentary America: From Freedom to Fascism recounts how our government is abandoning the constitutional framework of liberty.

Twelve-year-old Ricky Miller wasn't expecting anything dramatic when he answered the door one Saturday morning. His father Scotty Miller had just gotten into the shower. His sister Jennifer was just waking up from a slumber party with some teenage friends. By all appearances, it seemed like a typical early April morning in Virginia Beach.

This changed dramatically when Ricky opened the door and was confronted with 15 heavily armed agents from the Internal Revenue Service and state enforcement agencies. One of them threw Ricky to the floor, stuck a gun in his face, and ordered him to be quiet. The armed raiding party made its way upstairs, where it barged into the bathroom and forced Scotty out of the shower. Another small group burst in on Jennifer and her friends, who had yet to get dressed.

"There were four girls getting dressed, and these guys with guns were watching us," Jennifer recalls on-camera in the new documentary America: From Freedom to Fascism. "We tried to close the door but this guy blocked it with his foot." As the terrified screams of his daughter and her friends could be heard in the background, Scotty Miller, dressed only in a towel that was inadequate to provide him modesty, provoked a near-lethal response from the raiders when he reached toward his drawers to get a pair of underwear.

Scotty had known that there was some trouble down at "The Jewish Mother" in Virginia Beach, one of two locations of a family-owned restaurant chain. His wife Edy, who helped manage the restaurant, had called and frantically told him to come quickly.

Armed IRS-led raiding parties had descended on both locations, seizing cash registers, receipts, price lists, computers, calendars, telephones, Rolodexes - anything that could be pried from the store and carried away. Terrified staff were held at gunpoint while equally unnerved customers were forcibly evicted - some of them literally having the utensils taken from their hands as they tried to enjoy a meal.

For five months, John Colaprete, owner of the restaurant chain; the Miller family; and the chain's other employees were forced "to do business out of a shoebox," Colaprete relates on-camera in the film, while the feds held on to their property and their reputations were ravaged in the press. The store had lost as much as $20,000 on the day of the raid alone. The chain lost its liquor license, along with much of its customer base. Neither Colaprete nor Miller could figure out what, if anything, they had done to provoke a paramilitary raid on a popular and growing small business.

Five months later, they had their answers. Deborah Shofner, a bookkeeper who had been fired by the chain for embezzlement, had made false and malicious accusations against its management to the feds. When the raids failed to produce substantive evidence to corroborate Shofner's charges, the IRS returned the restaurant's property the following August, without so much as a syllable of apology.

By that time, however, "The Jewish Mother" had nearly been driven out of business. Scotty Miller, who was shunned by his friends and traumatized by the federal assault, had been hospitalized with clinical depression.

"A day doesn't go by that I don't wonder what harassment will occur next," Colaprete stated during his 1998 testimony before a Senate investigation of IRS abuses. "I would like to know why this dark entity known as the IRS has come into my life and refused to leave."

Origins of the "Dark Entity"

Colaprete's anguished complaint is echoed by thousands of other Americans whose lives have been disrupted - or ruined - by the same agency. Where did that "Dark Entity" come from? Why must we put up with it? How can we make it go away?

As Aaron Russo demonstrates in his riveting documentary - scheduled to be released in theaters on July 28 - the IRS itself is just one appendage of the "Dark Entity" that seized control over our nation in what could be called the Revolution of 1913.

For three decades prior to making his new documentary, Russo carved out a career of some distinction as a pop music impresario and movie producer (see profile on page 17). In the early 1990s he became concerned about political and social trends that he believed were carrying our once-free nation toward tyranny. Further investigation led Russo to conclude that our nation wasn't drifting toward tyranny, but rather being propelled in that direction by a powerful but dimly seen group of elitists whose handiwork includes the graduated income tax and the IRS. He made the acquaintance of several sober and responsible people willing to risk impoverishment or imprisonment on behalf of their belief that the income tax was a fraud.

But Russo's film isn't just about the "tax protest" movement.

"I set out on a journey to make a film about whether or not there was a law requiring Americans to pay an Income Tax … or was this tax a fraud," Russo explains at the outset of the film. "The process of discovery brought something much more dangerous and frightening to my attention - now I bring it to yours."

"In 1913," he narrates, "America was a free country. Then a band of powerful bankers achieved their fathers' and their great-grandfathers' goal. America has never been the same. Soon the world will not be the same."

This was the year, 1913, in which three critical structural changes - two of which are examined by Russo - grievously undermined our republican form of government. The first was creation of the Federal Reserve System, which Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) describes on-screen as an agency created to "counterfeit money." The other two radical changes were the imposition of the income tax via the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, and the 17th Amendment, which effectively destroyed the U.S. Senate as a body representing the interests of the states. Prior to 1913, money consisted of gold and silver, with paper currency serving only as receipts for the same. In that year, however, Congress abdicated its constitutional duty to "coin" money to the Federal Reserve, which arrogated to itself the right to issue "fiat" currency - paper notes not backed by precious metals, but rather by the "full faith and credit" of the federal government.

Since that time, Russo observes, the dollar has lost roughly 96 percent of its purchasing power, as the Fed - which is owned by a government-created-and-sustained private cartel of largely anonymous banking interests - has relentlessly printed "money" to loan to the U.S. government, at interest.

Although the term was not in use at the time of its creation, the word "fascist" perfectly describes the Federal Reserve System: the Fed is a cartel of private banking interests allied with the central government in a corrupt and mutually enriching entente against the public interest, backed by brute force. The creation of the Fed was thus a key turning point in America's devolution from freedom toward fascism.

From Fascism to Communism

Benito Mussolini, the founder of fascism, was a devout disciple of Karl Marx, who devised a modified form of political collectivism called the corporate state. The system that now governs America bears a much stronger resemblance to Mussolini's corporatism than the constitutional republic we inherited from our Founding Fathers.

"I find it really difficult to believe that so many people consider our nation to be the most successful example of free market capitalism," Russo commented in an interview with The New American. "The foundation of our present economic system is a Central Bank, and the graduated Income Tax - two of the planks of the Communist Manifesto. So even though we're relatively prosperous, largely because of debt, it's really dishonest to say that we're in any sense a [free market] capitalist society."

The objective of communism, according to the Manifesto, can be summarized in a single phrase: "The abolition of private property." That this is the objective of those who exercise control over the executive branch of the U.S. government under both Republican and Democrat administrations can be seen in Russo's film.

Toward the beginning of From Freedom to Fascism, Russo gives time to prominent leaders of what he identifies as the "Tax Honesty Movement," whose members include former IRS investigators like Joe Banister and Sherry Jackson. That movement is devoted to the idea that there is no specific statutory requirement that individual American wage earners file a tax return.

Is there a specific law requiring Americans to file a return? To find the answer to that question, Russo interviewed two strikingly different personalities on camera. One was Rep. Paul; the other was former IRS Commissioner and General Counsel Sheldon Cohen.

Statesman vs. Bureaucrat

"Is there a law requiring Americans to file a 1040?" Russo asked Rep. Paul point-blank.

"Not explicitly," replied the congressman, who has studied the question in depth. "But it's certainly implied.... I can't cite a law. They think it's the law, and they have all the guns."

Russo posed the same question to Cohen, only to have Cohen lead him through dense thickets of doublespeak.

"I believe that a man's labor is his private property," Russo said.

"That's your view," Cohen said with a smirk, "but it's not the law."

Contemplate that answer for a second. If your labor isn't your property, to whom or what does it belong?

The obvious answer is that it belongs to "society," which is supposedly represented by the entity that extracts, at gunpoint, as much of the proceeds of your labor as it sees fit: the federal government.

How does this state of affairs differ in principle - not in consistent practice - from Soviet communism?

"This is a waste of time," grouses Cohen as Russo politely presses his question. "Whatever I say you won't believe." At another point, when Russo highlights contradictions between IRS enforcement policies and various Supreme Court rulings, Cohen plaintively protests: "You've caught me unprepared." Finally Cohen signals for the interview to end just before issuing what Russo, who grew up as a Brooklyn-born Jewish kid in Long Island, identifies as a threat spoken in Yiddish, an expression favored by gangsters that he translated as: "Aaron, nothing can help you."

Oddly enough, Cohen - who may be the most knowledgeable person alive where it comes to the tax code - did not cite Section 6012 of Title 26 of the U.S. Code, which states: "Returns with respect to income taxes under subtitle A [governing tax computations] shall be made by the following: (1)(A) Every individual having for the taxable year gross income which equals or exceeds the exemption amount." The penalty for violation of Section 6012 can be found under Section 7203, which calls for up to a $25,000 fine and one year in prison for an individual "who willfully fails to pay such estimated tax or tax, make such return, keep such records, or supply such information."

It would be expected that a former IRS commissioner would be able to cite those provisions on demand. Yet he finds himself confused and lost amid the abstruse details of the Tax Code. How can we expect to do any better? Laws protecting lives, property, and public order are clear and easily complied with. The same cannot be said of the mare's nest of "laws" and precedents cited by the IRS to justify seizing the product of our labor at gunpoint.

Had Cohen not granted the interview, Russo points out in the closing credits, his film could not have been made. The interview itself is easily worth the price of admission. Forced from his natural habitat - the murky ambiguity favored by all corrupt governments - Cohen withers in the glare of candid inquiry like a vampire who, losing a game of "musical coffins," finds himself trapped in the pitiless advance of dawn's first light.

Americans by the millions need to see that interview. They need to look into Cohen's eyes and see the clinical indifference with which he dismisses the concept of private property, the absolute disregard he shows to the rule of law and the concept of individual liberty. A face needs to be put on the bureaucratic class that is choking our liberty, and Cohen's serves that purpose very well.

Force and Fraud

As Russo documents, the IRS embodies Lenin's definition of dictatorship: "Power without limit, resting directly on force, restrained by no laws, absolutely unrestricted by rules." Illinois resident Whitey Harrell, charged with evading federal income taxes, made a formal request for the statutory authority under which he was required to pay, promising - as any honest person would - to obey the law once it was clearly explained to him. During a videotaped tax hearing, an IRS enforcement official named Agent Craner replied: "I talked to my boss and he told me that my badge is my authority." That non-responsive answer is a pretty suitable paraphrase of Lenin's dictum.

New York Times reporter David Kay Johnston received a similar answer when he posed the same question at an IRS press conference: "Why won't the IRS answer the questions set forth in the petitions from the American people" regarding the statutory authority for collecting income taxes?" Replied IRS functionary Terry Lemons: "The government is answering the question, through our enforcement actions in the courts."

Freedom cannot exist where "laws" are too numerous to count, and too convoluted to be understood by intelligent people of good will. Yes, the IRS can cite statutory language to justify imposing and collecting income taxes, and prosecuting those who don't comply. But here's where the idea that the existing system is based on "law," in the American sense, breaks down: because of the volume, complexity, and self-contradictory nature of the tax code, many honest people - independent business owners in particular - are incapable of compliance. Taxpayers are compelled to offer evidence against themselves, and any time the IRS chooses, it can ruin Americans who have not committed any crimes against persons, property, or public order.

Compounding this outrage is the fact that income taxes are not used to pay the operating expenses of the federal government - a fact discussed by several of the experts interviewed by Russo. The 1983 Grace Commission reported that 100 percent of Income Tax revenues are used to pay interest on the national debt - which is to say that the IRS is in the business of collecting what mobsters call the "vig," or extortionate interest, on behalf of the banking syndicate that operates the Federal Reserve.

And this is made possible, Rep. Paul specifies - and Russo repeatedly emphasizes - because Congress has abdicated its constitutional responsibilities, and the electorate has permitted this to happen.

The real solution, as Russo's film demonstrates, "is not to ignore or defy bad and unjust laws that have been imposed on our nation by the forces that have seized control of our political institutions," comments Alan Scholl, Director of Mission and Campaigns for The John Birch Society. "We gain nothing if freedom-loving people become embroiled in expensive legal battles, or wind up in prison, rather than joining in an effort to restore constitutional government. That process begins with raising public awareness of the damage that's been done to our free institutions, and while our organization doesn't agree with every element of Mr. Russo's film, it has tremendous potential to rouse the American public from its lethal reverie."

Familiar Story, Told Well

Well-informed Americans will be familiar with much of the evidence Russo has capably assembled:

• The operation of a secretive power elite, most visibly represented by the Council on Foreign Relations, which seeks political and financial control of the world;

• The key disclosures made by Georgetown historian Carroll Quigley, who had access to the power elite's papers and secret records, as outlined in his book Tragedy and Hope;

• The use of perpetual war to generate public debt, and constrict individual liberties;

• The relationship between the banking cartel and corporatist trade pacts like NAFTA, GATT, and CAFTA - and how illegal immigration is being used to advance the consolidation of the Western Hemisphere into a European Union-style mega-state, which means the loss of our national identity, our prosperity, and eventually our liberty;

• The emergence of digital microchip technology portending the use of implantable IDs.

Many readers of this magazine are familiar with this story. Tens of millions of others, however, are not. Therein lies the tragedy - and the challenge.

Russo has made a tremendously informative and often entertaining movie. While not without its flaws, it must be said that, examined as a whole, the film defines the problem correctly. It also endorses the correct solution: organized, principled, peaceful citizen activism to induce Congress to reassert its constitutional authority on behalf of the sovereign people.

"Stop being good Democrats," Russo urges. "Stop being good Republicans. Start being good Americans."

In the film's final frames, Russo does invoke the concept of "civil disobedience" - which he defines to include boycotts, strikes, and passive resistance of totalitarian impositions, where necessary and possible. But he never loses sight of the fact that any worthwhile changes have to be made through Congress as a result of conscientious citizen action.

3:46 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

Variety - Aaron Russo's America: Freedom to Fascism

With: Aaron Russo; Sheldon Cohen, John Turner, Joe Banister, Sherry Jackson, Irwin Schiff, Bill Murphy, Ron Paul, Edwin Viera, C. Edward Griffin.

Variety | October 23, 2006
By LESLIE FELPERIN


Get Freedom to Fascism on DVD Now

"To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men," once wrote statesman Edmund Burke, and multi-hyphenate Aaron Russo is clearly one very displeased guy judging by "Aaron Russo's America From Freedom to Fascism." Libertarian-positioned docu argues almost persuasively that U.S. citizens are not legally required to pay federal income tax, and much less convincingly that country is becoming a police state via new identity laws. Pic should nevertheless stir interest when released domestically by indie distribs Cinema Libre, which has handled such similar dissenting, grassroots-marketed polemics as "Outfoxed" and "Embedded."

Eclectic resume of pic's writer-helmer-producer-narrator-presenter Russo includes manufacturing underwear, managing Bette Midler in her early years, producing boffo comedy "Trading Places," running for president on the Libertarian ticket in 2004, and making a melange of standup comedy and speechifying in "Aaron Russo's Mad as Hell," which was self-distributed on video.

With his warm Brooklyn accent and affectedly folksy manner, Russo has a genial-cum-pugnacious presence onscreen and a knack for boiling down complex arguments and issues into easily digestible, "Global Economics for Dummies" sound bites.

Cornerstone contention in "Freedom to Fascism" is that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never properly ratified, an argument popularized in Bill Benson's controversial book "The Law That Never Was," that's cited here. Along with the foundation of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913, introduction of federal tax system is described by Bob Schulz of the We the People Foundation, as the "greatest hoax ever perpetrated by government against the working men and women of America."

To support this point, Russo deploys interviews with former IRS agents who have joined pressure groups to fight imposition of federal tax. Other means of cinematic persuasion include cartoons, solemnly presented quotes from various illustrious (Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Goethe no less) and (in pic's view) notorious figures (banker David Rockefeller). All this is backed by ominous music, and quick inserts from popular movies to underscore points humorously. This is redolent of campaign advertising, but less convincing as journalism.One doesn't have to be a pro-Federalist to feel Russo's tendency to use shot-reverse-shots in interviews with those opposed to his view -- such as gamely participating former Tax Commissioner Sheldon Cohen --creates the impression that rhetorical sleight of hand is being used to undermine counter-argument.

However, the strong case built in pic's first half is weakened by the vaguely argued contention in the second that the land of the free is becoming anything but. Attack focuses on the Federal Reserve, the Patriot Act, the abolition of the gold standard, and not-yet-ratified plans to introduce identity chips on currency and in citizens in the future.

Film ends with rabble-rousing call to Americans to rise up through civil disobedience, refuse to vote for politicians not calling for the abolition of the Federal Reserve, resist imposition of ID cards, abolish computer voting, and don't believe the media. In short, vote Libertarian. Tech package is on a par with low-budget TV docs.

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), James Salisbury; editors, Russo, Gabe Miller; music, David Benoit; sound, Pam Hudgens; sound editor, Suren. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 22, 2006. Running time: 107 MIN.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I respect Mr. Jackson's request for Fitz but I wish he would spread the word or at lease have more elected officials step forward to support the affords of Patrick J. Fitzgerald. I don't want to sound mean but why do people only call Pat when they want something but do nothing to allow the DOJ that he is the best we have. I know I sound mad but it does get on my nerves.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Here are my comments regarding Mr. Jackson.

Fitzgerald is not the CEO of the Special Prosecutors. He is one person and he cannot take care of the world! I agree with Jackie that Jackson should be urging the elected officals. That is whom is put in the office to serve. And there are other attorneys that are talented too. Give them a chance!

12:51 PM  

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