On July 23, 2002, We The People posted an article that stated,
"All of our civil rights are under attack. No 'single issue' rights group has successfully restored any lost right or even stemmed the erosion or practical seizure of a right - including the venerable NRA. It is time for the members of these rights groups to understand the inherent limitations of 'single issue' skirmishes led by lobbying organizations."
"It is time for the People themselves to join forces and act collectively. Government, at all levels, must be forced back within the limits of the state and federal Constitutions."
We announced that we were going to develop the We The People Congress to become "the nationwide force that will institutionalize and organize citizen vigilance."
Thousands of people joined the Congress as Members. Hundreds signed on as voluntary County and State coordinators.
After two years of fits and starts and admittedly limited progress, the Congress has finally readied a bold and achievable business plan, based upon a fundamental redesign and reorganization of its core strategy and management structure. With the support of the membership, the Plan will enable the Congress to quickly "step up" and become the nationwide, organized force of Constitutional activists originally conceived.
To begin, it is time to recognize that the mission of the Congress will not, and cannot be achieved solely through volunteers -- no matter their level of commitment. Such is not in the natural order.
The battle for Freedom and Liberty with order is, in truth, an on-going struggle of major proportions, not unlike that of any war. It requires managers (i.e., "generals") and a professional organization of skilled, fully dedicated personnel to assemble and organize the available resources, plan the tactics, support the troops and execute the attacks. And as in war, the army and its operations must also be adequately financed -- ultimately by those who seek its protection.
We trust you will agree that the time has come for a significant step-change in the activities of We The People Congress, if it is to fulfill its Mission and become an instrument of the People to restore the Constitution to its rightful place of honor. With your help we will further the concept of assembling a critical mass of People, under a common, professionally managed organization, dedicated to repelling all acts that would weaken the Constitution, by institutionalizing civic education, monitoring of government, and organized resistance against unconstitutional and illegal behavior by government officials.
04/12/06 Dr. Dean was put on a bus this morning headed for the mental hospital in North Carolina. The court, at the behest of Doc's attorney, ordered a psych evaluation. We don't know how long it will take him to get there, but he should be there from 4 to 6 weeks once he arrives. After that, he will be returned for sentencing.
I have sent the following letter to Judicial Watch and others without response. After we received your email from J.A.I.L., we tried to send it to them, but it was always kicked back. Could you please forward it to them, or give us their e-mail?
Dr. Ward F. Dean is my personal physician and friend. He is an officer and a gentleman, West Point graduate, retired Navy Commander, medical doctor and a true American patriot of the first order.
Several years ago, Dr. Dean discovered the truth about the fiat money system foisted upon the American people by Congress, through the Federal Reserve, and the fraudulent administration of the income tax. After much study of Supreme Court cases, the Internal Revenue Code, historical documents, and many books, he could no longer participate in the federal tax scam in good conscience. He settled on the method of Irwin Schiff, filing a 1040 zero return with an affidavit stating why he was filing at all, why he was filing a zero return, and why he believed he had no liability for federal income taxes.
After doing this for seven years, the government began to harass him and ultimately ordered a grand jury investigation. Dr. Dean addressed all their correspondence and requested to meet with the grand jury. He also called a meeting with the IRS agent investigating him and asked to see the agent's oath of office, job description, delegation of authority from the Secretary of the Treasury to conduct the investigation and repeatedly requested to see the law that made him liable for any federal tax or imposed any duty on him to file any returns. The agent would not answer any of those concerns and got so angry that he threw a document at Dr. Dean, knocking over Dr. Dean's tape recorder.
In the end, the government ignored everything Dr. Dean presented, while stubbornly refusing to offer any substantive answers to his questions. The government finally gave a pretense of allowing Dr. Dean to testify before the grand jury, but cut him off before he had an opportunity to discuss the law. Ten minutes after leaving the federal courthouse, he was ambushed by a multi-jurisdictional task force consisting of Florida Highway Patrol, Escambia County Sheriff's deputies and IRS agents and was arrested at gun point by M-16-bearing officers.
From the arraignment by the magistrate to the end of his trial, the government never once cited the specific statute that Dr. Dean allegedly violated other than a penalty statute.
The IRS's manual requires that they submit a Form 9131 before they can legally call for a grand jury investigation. Dr. Dean submitted a FOIA request for the required Form 9131, but it was denied. He appealed and that was denied. He finally sued them and got the document, but everything on it was redacted except his name. To this date, IRS has refused to supply him with that document.
Suspecting irregularities in the selection of the petit jury and grand jury, Dr. Dean requested to inspect the grand and petit jury lists. The government finally allowed the inspection a couple days before trial. He sent two private investigators to Tallahassee, Florida. The investigators were not given a complete list of potential grand jurors. Finally, on the morning of the trial, the judge called Tallahassee. People from the clerk's office said they gave the investigators the lists, and that Dr. Dean's agents were telling a bold-faced lie. The judge had the lists e-mailed to the courthouse and they were given to Dr. Dean and his attorneys. The lists revealed that the foreperson of the grand jury who signed the indictment wasn't even on the list, and many of the questionnaires filled out by the jurors were incomplete. Some questionnaires reflected the names of persons born overseas, some did not even bear a checkmark in the citizenship box, and some did not show that the potential jurors were residents of the district long enough to qualify.
Even though there were obvious flaws in the grand jury records, the judge ignored the issue and proceeded with the trial. The lead defense attorney and the judge had some discussion about this, but when the transcript finally came out, that conversation was omitted. At the conclusion of the trial, Dr. Dean was handcuffed, shackled and dragged off to jail, while the clerk scooped up the jury records, even though the Supreme Court case of Test v. United States declared that the defendant had an "unqualified right" to inspect, copy and use those records in his defense.
The prosecution portrayed Dr. Dean as a belligerent, greedy, anti-government radical. The (now retired) IRS agent lied under oath and the DOJ and IRS knew he was lying, as they had access to the transcript of a meeting that the IRS agent lied about during his testimony. In closing arguments, the AUSA asked the jurors if they were going to believe the dedicated IRS agent, or the lying Defendant (in so many words). Moreover, they claimed that Dr. Dean promoted an illegal drug, even after Dr. Dean supplied the government with written proof that the substance was an FDA-approved Schedule III substance and was perfectly legal.
Although the judge quoted portions of the Supreme Court case of Cheek v. United States, in the Court's final jury instructions, the instructions were actually opposite to what the Cheek decision required, and came as close to a directed verdict as anything we've ever seen.
Dr. Dean was denied bond and has been in jail ever since his conviction. This case stinks to high heaven. The indictment and arrest warrant were sealed, even though Dr. Dean was open and above board from the beginning. Dr. Dean was charged with six counts of income tax evasion and one count of impeding the IRS, the first six being felonies. The last charge was particularly bizarre. The IRS issued a summons to his bank for books and records. Dr. Dean wrote a letter to the bank and told them that if they released his personal information without first making sure that the agent had the proper, legal authority to issue the summons that he would sue the bank. For writing that letter, Dr. Dean was tried and convicted of a crime. The IRS never took any positive, lawful steps by civil procedures to collect any supposed taxes owed, but went straight to criminal prosecution. No assessment was ever produced, no delinquent tax was ever verified and no law was ever quoted imposing any obligation on Dr. Dean.
We can furnish you with the full court docket (except those items that were sealed by the court), as well as the trial transcript. Attached is Dr. Dean's CV (Curriculum Vitae) to give you some indication of Dr. Dean's commitment to America. This fine man has been railroaded into jail by fraud and deception, from both the DOJ attorneys and their tag-team partner, Judge Lacey Collier.
We were hoping to find someone like J.A.I.L. who could help Dr. Dean.
From the desk of Alex Petroski, South East Regional Director
The college campus drive has begun!
St. Petersburg College has agreed for "We The People" to set up tables at all their campus's to pass out information and answer any questions the students have regarding the organization and what we do.
The Associate Provost met with the other campus Provosts last week and we recieved their permission to set up for a couple hours per day, two days a week to start off, in Pinellas County, Fl. Also we will be setting up a table at the "Bull Market" at the University of South Florida in Tampa beginning next week, Wednesday.
We are not allowed to push anything on anyone, but we are allowed to talk, pass out flyers and brochures, and we will do our best to set up chapters on each campus to teach "junior" WTP Congressmen and women.
This is also a call to action! Anyone living in the area that can spare the time to volunteer at the tables for a couple hours one or two days a week, please get in touch with me or Steve Roberts, the Education Committee chairman.
Also, anyone wishing to set up something at colleges and Universities close to you, please call Donna and she will tell you what you need to do. All I can say is, "Thanks for all those who are making the effort to stand up for our rights." We couldn't do it without you.
Things are moving along at a fast pace, considering, so let us know soon.
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We have started a yahoo group for all of you to post messages and thoughts. The mission statement of We The People is available on the Home page of the group but I thought I would share it with you now as well. Also we are asking that our members make sure you have a copy of the Constitution and amendments, as well as a copy of your own State Constitution. You can get them online or through your Secretary of State. Then Read it! Become familiar with it! You can do more knowing what your rights are and what you can stand up for!
The mission of the We The People organization is:
To protect, preserve and enhance the unalienable rights, liberties and freedoms of the people.
To teach people that under our system of governance all power comes from the people and all government is limited by our written constitutions.
To help people become better informed about the history and meaning of every provision of the Declaration of Independence and their State and federal constitutions.
To help people become better informed about what is really going on in government.
To help people become better informed about how to confront unconstitutional and illegal behavior by those wielding power in government at all levels.
To institutionalize vigilance by the ordinary, nonaligned citizen-voter-taxpayers.
Links to join and post.
Post message: email@example.com
On January 6th, the Post-Star, one of upstate New York's largest daily newspapers, published a story about Bob Schulz and We The People's battle for the First Amendment Right-to-Petition.
The story, which includes photographs, covers Schulz's ongoing, two-decade battle against Washington County for unlawfully imposing property taxes to repay bonds that were issued in violation of New York's state constitution.
In legal pleadings, the attorney for the County admitted, under oath, that the constitutionally mandated procedures for legally approving the project were not followed, thereby making the project unconstitutional.
Schulz contends that the County is legally barred from collecting and using tax money to make bond payments to finance a project that was initiated in patent violation of the law and the state Constitution.
For two years, Schulz has refused to pay his property taxes and instead, as an exercise of his Right-to-Petition, has deposited twelve thousand dollars into a trust account, naming the County as beneficiary, pending a decisive legal ruling by a state or federal court.
This past Tuesday, the County initiated foreclosure proceedings against Schulz, stating it intends to seize and auction off his unencumbered home and property to collect the unpaid taxes it claims Schulz owes.
The news story also makes significant mention of We The People's national activism, including the upcoming Right-to-Petition related "Hungering for Redress" protest hunger-strike this April in Washington, DC, which the story cites, "could be the nation's largest hunger strike ever."
In 2004, Schulz's legal fight against the trash plant project moved to the federal courts and has now reached the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan, which is considering the matter of Schulz's First Amendment Right-to-Petition and his Right to withhold taxes to secure redress, which is at the heart of Schulz's argument.
Schulz's case is only one of about a dozen such federal cases the We The People Foundation is currently litigating where the Right-to-Petition is the central issue before the court. Several of these cases are already under, or close to being appealed to their respective federal Circuit Courts. These lawsuits have already resulted in a focusing and clarification of the arguments being advanced in the primary Right-To-Petition lawsuit brought by over 1700 plaintiffs, and which itself, is currently being appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC.
More details about these Right-to-Petition related lawsuits and the compelling legal arguments being advanced, will be made available shortly, including electronic copies of the pleadings for review and use, as appropriate, by others who are acting in defense of the Constitution and the law by retaining their money until their grievances are Redressed.
Click Here to read the January 6th Post-Star story about Schulz.