Guest Column: IRS wears the emperor’s new clothes

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118598920914117.jpg’, ‘Photos provided by Rick Jones’, ‘The homestead of tax protesters Ed and Elaine Brown in Plainfield, N.H. (left). Since the couple was found guilty in U.S. District Court of tax evasion, sheriff deputies and federal agents have staked out their 100-acre property, including air surveillance (top) and are threatening to seize their property by force. (Right photo) Rockford activist Rick Jones (right) meets Randy Weaver, who survived a similar confrontation at Ruby Ridge, Idaho in 1992 when Weaver’s wife, Vicki, was killed by FBI agents. (See Rick Jones’ Guest Column below).‘);

I wrote some time ago about Ed and Elaine Brown. They are the Plainfield, N.H., couple that has been found guilty in U.S. District Court of various charges, not the least of which is tax evasion. The Browns were not allowed to present evidence to prove their innocence. Without the possibility of a fair trial, they refused to return to court.

Since I wrote that article, yet another tax “evader” has been found not guilty. Tom Cryer, a Shreveport, La. attorney was allowed to prove to a jury (i.e. present his evidence) there is no constitutional basis for the income tax. Cryer was allowed to show 108 pages of well-organized exhibits. The jury must have thought his evidence was very compelling. They returned 12-0 in his favor. Tom Cryer’s web site is

The Browns and Tom Cryer hold the same view—there is no constitutional basis for an income tax, and no law that compels the average working person to pay. Yes, the Browns have much of the same evidence as Cryer presented to back their viewpoint up.

Why won’t U.S. District Court Judge Steven McAuliffe allow their evidence to be shown to a jury? Where is the accountability when a judge goes haywire? As Tom Cryer put it in a recent World Net Daily interview, “I think now people are beginning to realize that this has got to be the largest fraud, backed up by intimidation and extortion and by the sheer force of taking people’s property and hard-earned money without any lawful authorization whatsoever.”

Some friends of the Browns organized a “show of support” concert at their Plainfield, N.H. property two weeks ago. I made the 20-hour drive to attend with camera in hand. One of the high points of my trip was the proud honor to meet Randy Weaver, who lost his wife and son at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. During the course of the day and evening at the Browns, about 300 or so brave men, women and children came and went.

If it weren’t for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) helicopter circling, hovering and making simulated strafing runs at low altitudes for six hours, it would have been like any other party I have ever attended. Good food, good music, nice people. I speculated at the time that the DHS helicopter was attempting to provoke a gunfight with concert goers, so the army parked down the road could move in.

Then there were Ed and Elaine Brown. Two bright, articulate people who have an opinion. An opinion that seems to be upheld in case after case. Just not theirs. Yet.

This is the story to watch. I have a feeling it’s going to get worse before it gets better. As case after case proves, the IRS is wearing the emperor’s new clothes. You’d better hold on tight to yours. Especially the shirt on your back.

Rick Jones is a Rockford resident.

from the Aug 1-7, 2007, issue

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