IRS may be given the authority to restrict travel
April 07, 2012Imagine someday in the not too distant future having to apply for a government permit to sell your home and move somewhere else. Imagine that you apply for and are denied a permit to visit your grandchildren in another state.
One of the fundamental rights possessed by Americans since even before the ratification of the U. S. Constitution, or even the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, has been the right to travel, unrestricted, within the USA borders. Some would argue that this fundamental right is rooted in the early days of the country when the territory was so vast and the government so small that it could not practically restrict Americans moving from one place to another…most often, westward. There is such a long and strong tradition in America that most Americans simply take it for granted they do not need permission to travel, temporarily or permanently, from one part of the country to another except for those areas that either private ownership or government restricts specific areas, such as military bases.
And a rigorous analysis of the system of slavery extant in this country prior to the Thirteenth Amendment's adoption reveals that one of the not so obvious elements of enslavement was restricting movement by slaves. We are now faced with the specter of another attempt to "keep'em down on the plantation."
In fact, one can argue that the right to travel was so fundamental when the Bill of Rights was adopted that it was not explicitly enumerated but falls under the Ninth Amendment (The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.) as well as the Tenth Amendment (The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
However, such is not the case in many nations in the world. Of course the ultimate examples were the Berlin Wall, the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and the division between North and South Vietnam. While one can argue that those examples are related to sovereign states, there are, and have been, similar restrictions within sovereign states. China has the Hukou system of household registration. Burma/Myanmar restricts residency and travel today, as do a number of other nations in some fashion or other. While most Americans have never thought about having to get permission to move or travel within the United States they have likewise assumed they could leave the USA to travel internationally. But that may be changing.
Kurt Nimmo, writing in the 12160 Blog says:
Senator Barbara Boxer's MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) is headed to the House after clearing the Senate last month. Boxer's bill allows the federal government to revoke the passports of citizens the IRS claims owe taxes.Click here to go to the original source.
"There is no requirement that the tax payer be guilty of or even charged with tax evasion, fraud, or any criminal offense — only that the citizen is alleged to owe the IRS back taxes of $50,000 or more," reports The Daily Economist
In other words, the Fourth Amendment will become irrelevant in many taxes cases if this legislation makes it through the House. MAP-21 does, however, face opposition by some Republicans.
In order to blunt criticism, Boxer's bill is being portrayed in standard class warfare fashion – according to CBS and others, the law will be used to go after wealthy tax scofflaws who owe the IRS $50,000 or more, so the average citizen need not worry.
In fact, the IRS routinely leans on the little guy and small business owners. For instance, in 2010 the owner of a car wash in Sacramento, California, was harassed by the IRS after the government said he owed four cents in back taxes (which became $200 after three years of penalties and fees).
The IRS is also used by the establishment as a political weapon, as various Tea Party organizations around the country recently learned.
"In January and February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service began sending out letters to various local Tea Parties across the country," writes Colleen Owens. The federal wealth confiscation agency asked the political groups to identify their volunteers and donors. "What possible reason would the IRS have for Tea Parties to 'name your donors' when said donations are non-deductible?" Owens notes (most Tea Party organizations are nonprofit 501(c)(4) and donations are not deductible).
Chief Justice John Marshall once observed that "the power to tax involves the power to destroy" and that is precisely what the government often attempts to do, as former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio discovered in 2010.
The IRS is no longer strictly about taxes. "Top IRS officials have been working with Democrats on Capitol Hill to determine how the agency will enforce President Obama's new health care law. Republican lawmakers estimate the legislation will require the hiring of many thousands of new (and armed) tax enforcement agents," Fox News reported last month. "Under the new law, the IRS is required to fine taxpayers thousands of dollars if they do not purchase health insurance. In order for the government to enforce compliance, tax authorities will need information, for the first time, about people's health care. Collecting that data will require more IRS personnel."
In short, the IRS will act as an enforcer – armed to the teeth – for Obamacare, that is if it is not ruled to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in June.
The IRS is but one component of an increasingly tyrannical and militarized federal government.
"The Department of Homeland Security recently stoked concern by contracting a company to provide them with 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets. Now the federal agency is also purchasing bullet-proof checkpoint booths that include 'stop and go' lights," writes Paul Joseph Watson today. "The purpose behind the bullet proof booths is unknown, but the DHS has publicly announced that it plans to increase the number of unannounced checkpoints manned by TSA VIPR teams and other federal agents beyond the 9,300 that were set up last year alone."
The IRS move on supposed tax scofflaws by denying them the ability to travel abroad is part of a larger effort to control the movement of citizens in the same way citizens in the Soviet Union were forced under propiska laws to ask the government for permission to travel – and exiled dissidents were forced to live in isolated far-flung towns under virtual house arrest.
As we noted in 2011, an internal passport for Americans is codified under the December 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. If fully implemented, Ron Paul has warned, it will allow "the government to establish a Soviet-style internal passport system" that would subject "every citizen to surveillance and screening points" of the sort the DHS is now expanding across America.
Be aware that once they allow the IRS to block international travel is there one among us who does not believe it will then be extended to travel within the United States?
There are going to be those who will just brush the issue aside. It will thus befall the knowledgeable and concerned patriots to stop this dangerous action. Many people don't even realize that the courts have for years exempted the IRS from the restriction of the Fifth Amendment's protection from self-incrimination. The rationale for that was that collecting taxes was not a criminal matter. But there are hundreds of people sitting in Federal prison today who will contest that. Obviously there is a very thin line between civil and criminal with the IRS. And there does not appear to be anything in Sen. Boxer's bill that draws a bright line to restrict the IRS.
Not only is the IRS exempt from the Fifth Amendment, the fundamental way the IRS collects taxes violates the age old principle of the presumption of innocence until the government proves one guilty. And anyone who has ever been subject to an IRS audit knows all too well that the Rules of Evidence don't apply, much less eminent domain (seizure of private property without just compensation.)
Americans best sit up and take note of this new encroachment on our rights.
Click here to read a CBS-Los Angeles report on S 1813.
Click here to read the bill itself (all 1676 pages if you wish). Section 40304 is the relevant section.
S 1813 is now pending in the House.
We might add that S 1813 is much like ObamaCare and the Recent National Defense Authorization Act…both huge bills ostensibly designed to accomplish a laudable objective for containing Trojan Horses within which actually are insidious attacks on liberties Americans take for granted. Moreover, we would suggest that a careful analysis of S 1813 reveals its covert attempt to continue the implementation of the United Nations' Agenda 21 program.
We urge you to contact your Congressman and tell him to either vote against S 1813 or work to have it amended to remove Section 40304.
Walter B Jones' contact page is: https://jones.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
G. K. Butterfield's is: http://www.butterfield.house.gov/contact-us/
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