March 22, 2007
Israel Lobby Targets
Tax Honesty Movement
Are Kidd, Becraft, Banister
and Schulz “Extremists”?
reported in our previous article, the upcoming Give Me
Liberty 2007 conference will examine U.S. Middle East Policy
through the prism of the U.S. Constitution. During the
conference we will examine the work of professors
Mearsheimer (University of
and Walt (Harvard University) titled, “The Israel Lobby and
U.S. Foreign Policy,” and the book by Jimmy Carter titled,
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid.
documentary evidence presented by Mearsheimer, Walt and
Carter supports the argument that the United States has
abandoned its own national interest and security to advance
the interests of Israel, that neither strategic nor moral
arguments can justify America’s unconditional support for
Israel, that the United States has become the de facto
enabler of Israel’s unlawful expansion and military
occupation of the Palestinian Territories, and that U.S.
policy in the Middle East (including giving Israel well over
$140 billion in U.S. income tax revenues) has been driven by
the activities of the “Israel Lobby.”
Their work documents how the Israeli Lobby unashamedly
boasts of its control over
domestic and foreign policy and public opinion, and attacks
any person or organization that criticizes or is perceived
to be a threat to Israel’s interests.
to Mearsheimer and Walt, “We use ‘the Lobby’ as a convenient
term for the loose coalition of individuals and
organizations who actively work to shape U.S. policy in a
pro-Israel direction…The core of the Lobby is comprised of
American Jews who make a significant effort in their daily
lives to bend U.S. foreign policy so that it advances
to them as “extremists”, the Lobby has attacked columnist
Devvy Kidd, constitutional attorney Larry Becraft, former
IRS Special Agent Joe Banister, WTP Chairman Bob Schulz and
others affiliated with the Tax Honesty Movement who have
developed a substantial body of documentary evidence that
conclusively proves the present federal income tax is an
unlawful (Constitutionally prohibited) direct,
un-apportioned tax on the labor of American citizens. See “Extremism
In America: Tax Protest Movement” on one of the
Israeli Lobby’s websites. (Don’t forget to click on UPDATE)
the Israeli Lobby’s Anti-Defamation League take such a keen
interest in defending the method by which the U.S.
Government collects its internal revenues?
the Lobby attempt to publicly demonize American citizens who
are properly exercising their Right of Free Speech and the
Right to Petition the Government for Redress of Grievances,
as expressly guaranteed by the United States Constitution
and Bill of Rights?
the Lobby concern itself with “extremists” who are
peacefully and lawfully defending America’s Constitution and
to the Lobby’s website,
“[T]he Anti-Defamation League was established in 1913 by a
lawyer and fearless visionary by the name of Sigmund
Livingston…’to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience,
and if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the
Jewish people. . . to secure justice and fair treatment to
all citizens alike. . . put an end forever to unjust and
unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or
body of citizens.” See http://www.adl.org/ADLHistory/1913_1920.asp
“The particulars may change, but the goal remains the same:
to stand up for the core values of
against those who seek to undermine them through word or
deed.” See http://www.adl.org/ADLHistory/intro.asp
“ADL fights hatred, extremism and terrorism. Our goal: to
make the world a safer place. Over the past few years, we
have expanded our expertise and capabilities to confront a
more dangerous world.
“Our three priorities are to:
analyze and disseminate intelligence on extremism and hate
enforcement’s ability to combat serious threats
assistance, support and resources on security to the Jewish
“ADL is meeting the CHALLENGE: we have a nationwide
fact-finding infrastructure. We take ACTION: bringing law
enforcement agencies together, implementing strategies to
promote security awareness, systemically monitoring hate
sites on the Internet, providing training on extremist
ideologies and building bridges between Jewish institutions
and law enforcement. In ways large and small, measurable and
not, ADL gets RESULTS. We are making this nation a safer
says its goal is “to stand up for the core values of
America.” However, the true core values and guiding
principles of America are concisely articulated in its
Founding Documents, the Declaration of Independence and the
Constitution of the
United States of America.
Israeli Lobby is intentionally misrepresenting its purpose
and objectives, or its understanding of what constitutes
America’s “core values” is immensely different than that of
our country’s Founders. There can be no other rational
explanation for why the Lobby would attempt to publicly
demonize American patriots such as Kidd, Becraft, Banister,
Schulz and others who seek only to hold the Federal
Government accountable to the U.S. Constitution and the laws
of the United States.
United States, the nation of Israel has no Constitution or
Bill of Rights that limits the power of government and
guarantees the individual Rights of its People. Israel’s
government is not subject to constitutional limits on its
power, nor does it recognize, guarantee or protect the equal
rights of every person living under its military authority
and control, including those Palestinians residing in the
Israel’s government is dominated by a class of
government-corporate-military elites who exercise complete
control over the country. This control over the Israeli and
Palestinian People would not be possible without the
powerful influence of the Israeli Lobby and the billions in
annual financial support received from the
government. This may explain the Lobby’s attack on Kidd,
Becraft, Banister, Schulz and others who objectively
criticize America’s relationship with Israel.
government, unlike Israel’s, rests upon a firm foundation of
Constitutional Law designed to secure the individual rights
and freedoms of every American. The lawful authority
exercised by our government is limited to that which is
delegated and derived from the consent of the People. In
America, the rights and freedoms come not from our servant
government, but from God. Unlike the State of Israel,
America has a form of government and system of justice that
strictly prohibit the discrimination, maltreatment and
oppression of any person or group of people based on their
ethnic origin, religion or race.
unlike Israel, we possess certain rights that cannot be
denied except by due process of law. Those rights include
the right to private property and to be secure in our homes
and possessions, the right to defend our lives and property
against aggression, and the right to live our lives
according to the dictates of personal conscience so long as
we do no harm, and respect the equal individual rights of
our fellow Americans.
Contrary to widely misinformed public opinion, Israel does
not recognize the concept of inalienable (God-given)
individual rights for every person regardless of ethnic
origin, religion or race. Israel does not share America’s
core moral values expressed in our Founding Documents.
Israel does not guarantee religious freedom to its citizens,
nor tolerate free religious expression.
Every year billions of dollars are confiscated from U.S.
taxpayers by our Federal Government and sent to
in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. This theft of
the labor of American citizens is made even more egregious
by the fact that the bulk of our foreign aid to
is used to expand and enforce its unlawful and immoral
occupation of the Palestinian Territories, and its
subjugation and long-standing oppression of the Palestinian
“core values” reflect our devotion to individual liberty,
and the right of every person to live free of arbitrary
government coercion and force. However, we cannot have
personal freedom without personal responsibility. Our
decisions and actions have consequences. Sometimes those
consequences extend far beyond what we anticipate, or can
America’s blind and unconditional support for
the past 40 years has produced catastrophic consequences for
our Country. The core values of our society and the
integrity of our government institutions have been
thoroughly corrupted by the influence of a foreign Lobby.
Jefferson, John Adams, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry and
countless American patriots over the past 230 years have
reaffirmed our nation’s core values, while warning of the
consequences of ignorance and apathy among the People.
Modern American patriots such as Kidd, Becraft, Banister and
Schulz, like our nation’s Founders, are keenly aware that
freedom cannot coexist with ignorance and apathy. Clearly,
the Israeli Lobby perceives our vigilance and love of
country to be a threat to its objectives, but why?
a desire to protect at all costs the tax revenues of the
U.S. Government (as goes the U.S. income tax, so goes U.S.
aid to Israel), we can think of no reason for the Israel
Lobby’s defamation of Kidd, Becraft, Banister, Schulz and
the others who have never defamed or threatened in any
manner the Jewish people or the state of Israel, who believe
in justice and fair treatment of all citizens alike and who
have never engaged in discrimination against or ridicule of
any sect or body of citizens.
saying goes, it would appear the Israel Lobby has gotten
“too big for its britches.”
The Israel Lobby behaves as if it can do no wrong and is
untouchable. In their paper, Mearsheimer and Walt address
the Lobby’s extraordinary efforts to bend U.S. policy in a
pro-Israel direction. They address the Lobby’s extraordinary
influence in the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Executive, its
extraordinary manipulation of America’s media and think
tanks and its growing efforts on American campuses to
perpetuate myths about and prevent criticism of
insight into the extent of the Lobby’s influence (control)
in the U.S. Congress, read the what Paul Findley, the former
congressman from Illinois reported in his article “Liberating
America From Israel.” Better yet, read his
book “They Dare to Speak Out.”
addition, read what James Abourezk, the former Senator from
South Dakota reported in his article “Support
Israel in Congress is based on fear.”
another glimpse of the Lobby’s powerful influence over
people like Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi by
reading the article by Gregory Levey titled, “Inside
America’s powerful Israel Lobby,” in which
Levey writes about his observations at the Lobby’s annual
three-day conference in Washington DC last week.
Who or what
can stop the juggernaut – this terrible, irresistible force
that is destroying Palestine, threatening the stability of
the world order and endangering the American Republic and
the Liberty of the American People?
press release issued on 15 December 2006 entitled "A letter to
Jewish citizens of
America," Carter wrote,
“ [T]he overwhelming bias for Israel comes from among
Christians like me who have been taught since childhood to
honor and protect God's chosen people from among whom came
our own savior, Jesus Christ. An additional factor,
especially in the political arena, is the powerful influence
of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which is
exercising its legitimate goal of explaining the current
policies of Israel's government and arousing maximum support
in our country. There are no significant countervailing
In Carter’s op-ed to the Los Angeles Times on
December 8, 2006 he wrote,
"For the last 30 years, I have witnessed and
experienced the severe restraints on any free and balanced
discussion of the facts."
Liberating America From Israel,
lobby's intimidation remains pervasive. It seems to reach
every government center and even houses of worship and
revered institutions of higher learning.”
a disturbing explanation for the reprehensible and
unconstitutional treatment that American citizens such as
Irwin Schiff and Dick Simkanin (and lawyers such as Becraft
and Jeff Dickstein) have received in criminal tax trials.
The Lobby’s heavy-handed demonizing and intimidation of
people for attempting to intelligently question the origin
and operation of the federal income tax system may well be
going beyond the ADL’s website, reaching into the halls of
issue with Jimmy Carter’s pessimistic assertion that there
are no countervailing voices (to counteract the Lobby’s
cacophony). Carter is wrong on this. There are
countervailing voices that speak in harmony, that are far
more powerful and carry far more weight in the day-to-day
affairs of the United States than does the Lobby or any
other special interest.
only ponder the Declaration of Independence and the
Constitution to discover these countervailing voices. Listen
and you will hear a harmony of the most powerful voices of
all mankind, those of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington,
James Madison, John and Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, Ben
Franklin and the rest of the Founding Fathers. In your
hearts, you will feel the force of Liberty.
We are not
to be intimidated by the Lobby. We are to be inspired by our
Founding Documents and their underlying essential
principles. Each generation is on call to defend them
against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
continues next week in
at GML 2007.
people we have invited to speak at the conference
(representatives from the Israel Lobby and the Governments
of Israel and the United States, and various scholars), or
anyone else can effectively deny the facts in Carter’s book
and the Paper by Mearsheimer and Walt, then we, as
responsible citizens of America have a duty to defend the
General Welfare Clause of the Constitution by petitioning
the U.S. Government to suspend all aid to Israel at least
until Israel ends is occupation of Arab land unlawfully
seized in 1967.
If ending aid to
means an end to the Police State policies and programs that
have been imposed on the People of America since 9-11, and
that have resulted in a loss of Freedom, then that is what
must be done.
anyone would ask for our opinion regarding a lasting
solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict, but if they did
we would suggest a TWO-STATE, ONE-CONSTITUTION solution,
with that Constitution protecting individual Rights, Equal
Protection under the Law and Due Process for all.
It may be
that a little “extremism” is just what the doctor ordered.
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Former U.S. Congressman Paul Findley “Liberating
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Former Gov. James Abourezk, “Support
Israel in Congress is based on fear.”
Gregory Levey titled, “Inside
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