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April 07, 2012
Imagine 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.

"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.
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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/

To look up other members: click here.

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    IRS may be given the authority to restrict travel
    April 07, 2012 | 06:49 PM

    IRS FYI: Ask them for a creation statute...ask them for a certified copy of the lien not a notice of lien but a certified copy of a perfected lien signed by a judge. They rarely bother going to court to get an actual lien, they just send a notice of lien (a naked lien) to the county recorder and they recorded it as if the notice of lien were an actual lien. And now they will attempt to use this fraud to keep the slaves on the plantation if you let them.

    Crewton Ramone
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    Taking over a country.
    April 08, 2012 | 08:14 AM

    How many times have we seen things like this happen to other countries, when a person, or group of persons, takes over a country, nation, or teritory? Do we really think it can not happen here in the USA? Just how stupid is the American public anyhow? These things are happening right in front of us....NOT behind our backs....BUT RIGHT IN FRONT OF US....and we let it continue as if it is the right thing to do. Why do we let it happen?? All for the sake of showing the world....(our little corner anyway)...that we are not prejudiced. Can't we show that we are not prejudiced without showing the entire world just how stupid we really are?

    Clifton
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    Papers, please!
    April 08, 2012 | 05:48 PM

    Will Warren Buffett have his passport confiscated? His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owes in excess of $1,000,000,000 in back taxes.

    We can whack at the limbs or chop at the roots. This bill is full of limbs that darken the landscape and strangle liberty. There is no possible way honest legislators can give due diligence to reading and understanding a 1,676 page bill. By electing scoundrels who refuse to keep their oaths of office sacred, We the People are responsible for changing the United States into the "Police States." Ignore your responsibility as a citizen at your children's peril.

    By refusing to "bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution," (as Jefferson advised), we are binding ourselves down from liberty with the chains of tyranny.

    Jeff Lewis
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    X one more liberty
    April 08, 2012 | 08:45 PM

    Does this smack of NDAA? The Obama Administration would like the power to arrest you if they declare you a threat to the US (Meaning his US) and now we can restrict the movement of people by coercion and other devious means. Tax evasion has been used to bring down criminals that could not be convicted of their real crimes. Looks like the current administration has taken lesson from this precedent to further control the populace.

    Buzz Cayton
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    Found this link on Lucianne.com
    April 09, 2012 | 08:57 AM

    I check for news at Lucianne.com every day (except Sundays, a day I set aside the computer for higher priorities) for the latest conservative news and was delighted to see a link to the Beaufort Observer - a link to this article. It is a newsworthy article that is now getting national attention. I hope and pray the attention will make a difference.

    Comments I read lately on even liberal-leaning news sites tend to be going toward liberty nowadays.

    Surely, the only souls continuing to be willfully blind to the demise of our country are the MSM. Let's not count on it, however. It's time for the TEA Party to swing into action.

    Mattie Lawson
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    IRS may be given the authority to restrict travel
    April 09, 2012 | 09:26 AM

    Already happening in MA.

    If you are not in good stead with the state IRS (DOR) your license and car registration are suspended. And unlike an illegal alien who got their license using a fraudulent SS#, you're not even eligible for a hardship drivers license while you work things out.

    EW_3
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    Quit your complaining.
    April 09, 2012 | 09:40 AM

    Just insist you be treated like any undocumented alien.

    sarcasm/off

    Dane Wayne
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    Freedom
    April 09, 2012 | 09:42 AM

    S 1813 is one great leap backward for
    mankind !!!!! We Americans MUST get involved !!! We, at this time have a slim majority . This next election win is an absolute MUST !!! Removal
    of all Rinos in addition to the removal of liberal democrats must be accomplished !! We can win , we must win . We cannot allow this destruction of the greatest country ever , The United States of America!!

    Thank you / Charlie Lacombe

    Charlie Lacombe
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    Tyranny
    April 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM

    Are you kidding me! Hold a person's passport because they "allegedly" owe the federal government taxes"? Liberty is the right to be free from the coercive interference of other people, including the federal government. Tyranny is liberty’s biggest enemy. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The time to guard against tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us”. Unfortunately because Congress is not doing their "check and balance" job, tyranny of the Executive branch has already taken over. Now is the time to STOP tyranny and reverse its trend. Vote no on SB 1813 that is now in the House or at the very least, remove Section 40304.

    Don Budlong
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    Back in the USSR
    April 09, 2012 | 11:11 AM

    In the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics people that complained to much were examined by a government doctor, and then declared mentally ill. After that it was a short trip to the government run "wellness center" in Siberia. Children were taught in school to report any criticism of government by their parents to school officials. Even a complaint about the price of bread or fuel could bring communist authorities to your door.Then during the interview you'd be persuaded to tell government officials about any of your friends that might agree with your complaints.

    Mike
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    IRS may be given the authority to restrict travel
    April 09, 2012 | 08:22 PM

    This is an excellent article on a topic, and an agency, which should cause every American patriot to speak out on this issue, and, every tangent issue that has created a world wherein this could even be considered. Please keep up the good work. Also, thanks for the related links and comments.

    Charles Latham, Jr
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    Senate Bill 1813 includes amendment giving power to the IRS to r
    April 16, 2012 | 02:17 PM

    The USA continues to take away the freedom of Americans. This bill has already passed the senate, it is very important that you contact your representatives to oppose senate bill 1813 and request that the amendment giving new power to the IRS to revoke and suspend passports removed. It is very easy to contact your representatives by email, here is the link. https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

    Below is my draft response to my representative, it may be helpful for other people that oppose this bill and also explains my views. You are welcome to use whatever you want when you contact your representatives.

    I oppose S.1813 - Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Act of 2012. I also oppose the attached Amendment giving power to the IRS to revoke and suspend passports.

    Specifically I oppose the bill because it creates additional spending and even more important I also oppose the attached amendment giving power to the IRS to revoke or suspend or renew passports. I oppose the IRS having the power to prevent or prohibit Americans from traveling. I oppose giving the IRS any additional powers. Please do what it takes to remove the amendment from Senate bill 1813 and all other bills it may get attached to in the future.

    First of all Americans have the right to dispute an IRS claim and the amount of the dispute is unimportant. Everyone knows the exorbitant penalties and high interest can hyper-inflate any claim to a much higher figure than what is mentioned in the amendment. The politicians in the senate are obviously trying to circumvent justice and give the IRS the power to strong arm the taxpayers and take away their right to dispute an IRS claim.

    The IRS is already the most feared and ruthless collection agency in the world, politicians should be limiting the IRS powers not giving them more power. The politicians have promised to reduce the powers of the IRS many times before but instead they attempt to give the IRS more power. The hypocritical politicians need to be stopped now. Please also introduce a bill to reduce the powers of the IRS.

    It is obvious once again the politicians that authored the amendment and attached the amendment to Bill 1813 and the senators that approved this bill 1813 are not thinking correctly. As a general rule the rich and the poor do not have tax disputes with the IRS of course their are a few exceptions but not many, it is the small business owners that have the majority of tax disputes with the IRS. In addition it is the small business owners that pay the majority of the taxes to the IRS. So the stupid or ignorant politicians that authored and attached and approved the amendment giving power to the IRS to revoke or suspend passports are targeting and attacking the small business owners which pay most of the taxes in the USA, that sounds kind of stupid to me. In addition the small business owners that do international business will be affected the most, unfortunately that is the fastest growing portion of American business. Small business owners that focus on international business are the companies that are hiring many people at this time. Once again targeting and attacking the fastest growing and most vulnerable part of American Business sounds stupid to me. The amendment could obviously have a negative impact on the hiring of Americans and jeopardize desperately needed jobs. Please do everything possible to prevent bill 1813 from becoming law and remove all Amendments giving additional power to the IRS.

    If this bill 1813 with the amendment giving the IRS power to revoke passports is ever passed, soon after some ignorant congressman will attempt to take away the drivers licenses of the American people for some frivolous reason. That will accomplish nothing and further anger and polarize the American people as well as erode American values and pride as well as restrict the freedom and liberty of Americans. I assume they may soon revoke all the driving licenses of Americans that cannot afford to pay their student loans or some other asinine reason. I am sure this will happen so please be prepared and vote no for any such action. These attacks on the freedom need to stop now.

    Restricting Americans freedom to travel in order to help reduce the deficit is unconscionable and stupid.These soviet style tactics of limiting peoples freedom are going to backfire. As was in the other repressive societies in the past the wealthy and middle class people that can afford to will just leave the USA permanently and start paying their taxes to another country that does not have soviet style repression. Many wealthy and middle class people are already leaving the USA. So the end result would be that less people would be paying taxes. You already know this is already happening. This Senate Bill 1813 needs to defeated and the amendment giving power to the IRS to revoke and suspend passports needs to removed permanently from all bills. Please make sure it happens.

    Everyone knows that the true cause of huge budget deficit and the astronomical debt is overspending and over borrowing. Always keep in mind that the politicians created the huge deficit and astronomical debt. The taxpayers with IRS disputes did not create this problem. If the debt was not so large and the taxes not so high and the IRS penalties not so unreasonable there would be far less tax disputes and no need to harass American taxpayers. The politicians created all this debt so it would better if you introduced a bill that gives the IRS the power to revoke the passports of the politicians that created this huge debt and deficit problem, please do that. This repressive amendment may be a feeble attempt to cut the deficit however it appears more like a distraction designed to distraction Americans from the real problem of overspending but it will obviously not work. It is not possible to reduce the huge astronomical debt by making the USA into a debtors prison. You could take away everyone's passport and driving license and you still would not be able to fix the huge budget deficit and the astronomical debt of our country.

    The amendment that gives the IRS the power to revoke or suspend passports is extremely repressive as well offensive. It is something you expect from Russia or China, not the USA. Turning the USA into a debtors prison is something I thought could never happen in the USA. This country has gone down hill rapidly, the politicians are destroying America. The amendment attached to Senate bill 1813 giving the IRS power to revoke or suspend passports proves that the government really is turning into a repressive regime against American's right to freedom, liberty and the pursuit of justice. Already the USA has the highest percentage of it's citizens in prison, a higher percentage than any other country in the world including Iran, China, Cuba and Russia. Now the politicians want to make the entire country a debtors prison, it appears that the politicians in the Senate may be mentally ill or intentionally trying to create a repressive regime to totally control it's citizens. I value freedom and liberty above everything else as did my forefathers that founded and fought to keep this country free. The inclusion of the Amendment of giving additional power to the IRS in any bill is one step closer for the USA to becoming a police state. Please do everything possible to prevent this bill 1813 from becoming law and remove the amendment giving the IRS any additional power (including the revocation or suspension or preventing the renewal of passports).

    Even though the huge debt and budget deficit is a catastrophic problem it appears that the Senate politicians would rather spend their valuable time harassing Americans instead of trying to find ways to cut the out of control spending. The only thing that will fix the huge deficit and the astronomical debt of our country is to cut spending so I am also instructing you to reduce spending now. I oppose any additional spending, I also oppose any additional debt. I want you to cut spending. Please concentrate on the problem of overspending and prevent socialist senate politicians from passing laws that give more power to the IRS to harass and imprison American citizens in their own country. The politicians caused the huge deficit now fix it by cutting spending and cutting borrowing.

    Please vote no for all such amendments and bills that polarize the people and/or attempt to create class warfare and/or harass American citizens and/or limit Americans freedom and/or take away the rights of Americans to dispute claims with the IRS or make it more difficult to dispute claims with the IRS.

    There is an ever growing erosion of American values and pride as well as an ever increasing embarrassment of being American. Politicians that create and pass laws that limit American freedom and erode American pride are making the USA the laughing stock of the world. America is supposed to be a role model for other countries when it comes to freedom. Instead now the amendment attached to bill 1813 giving power to the IRS to revoke or suspend passports prove that the USA is one of the most repressive governments in the world.

    When I see attachments to bills like the one giving the IRS power to suspend or revoke an Americans right to travel it makes me sick. It makes me feel embarrassed to be an American. Please try to stop the other politicians from destroying our country. Can you imagine what reaction our forefathers the founders of this country would have if something like this happened 200 years ago? It is obvious that would have never happened because they understood what freedom means and fought and died for the freedom of Americans. Now politicians are trying to take away the freedom of Americans. So why is it happening now? I think you already know, this country is going bankrupt and bad politicians would rather polarize and harass American citizens than cut spending. As always politicians put their own interest in continuing their career as a politician ahead of the needs of the American people. The overspending socialist politicians are addicted to spending other peoples money (the tax payers) and borrowing more every chance they get.It is easy for them to spend other peoples money, specifically my money (Americans are responsible for the debt of their country.). That is sad and it makes me sick when politicians spend my money foolishly. I would never authorize anyone to use my money to overspend and then over borrow. I am instructing you to cut spending now and stop harassing Americans. Please oppose Senate bill 1813 and remove the amendment giving the IRS power to revoke, suspend or refuse renewal of passports.

    It is hard to believe that in the USA travel is a privilege and not a right. The USA government continues to increase control over it's citizens at an alarming rate. When the American government controls your ability to travel it is easy to see that the American government is out of control.and needs to reigned in by it's citizens. Please initiate a bill that makes Americans ability to travel freely a right and not just a privilege so other politicians will never be able to do this repressive act in the future. I don't want my government to be able to limit travel and control Americans like other repressive governments. I want Americans to be to be free and I want to be proud of my country.

    The politicians created all the problems in my country so please start fixing this country now by cutting spending, please stop spending my money without my permission, please stop borrowing without my permission. Most of all stop attempting to harass the American citizens and don't forget the taxpayers that the Senate politicians are attempting to harass pay their salaries. Please initiate a bill to reduce all congressman's salary by 50% until the astronomical government debt is zero.

    This bill is already causing stress and strife in this country. Politicians are trying to polarize the American people and imprison Americans that want to dispute IRS claims. It is a lame idea and it will not work. The whole idea of a debtors prison is archaic and repressive. It appears that the politicians that approved this bill in the senate are obviously trying to distract Americans and divert their attention from the real problem (overspending & over borrowing). You politicians need to remember that our forefathers that were rich and poor fought together to create a free country. The rich and the poor fought to keep an oppressive government from controlling their lives. It appears that once again it is time for the rich and poor to work together to change this repressive regime that you politicians call a government. It is time to vote against all the politicians that attempt to attempt to create a repressive regime that tries to control the freedom of it's citizens.

    Once again, I oppose Bill 1813 and I oppose the attached Amendment giving the IRS additional powers to revoke, suspend or refuse to renew passports. I want you to remove the Amendment giving power to the IRS to revoke, suspend or refuse to renew passports from bill 1813 and any other bill that contains similar amendments. I also oppose any bill that changes the freeways to toll roads.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Stevens
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