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- [Moderator/Bear: I'm am approving this post in spite of numerous references to the pagan deity Fortune. If you ask, I will send you my research on this issue. I appreciate the courage Joe Bannister displays and the fact he holds fast to his integrity in the face of IRS persecutions. I encourage you to visit his websites and give him some money if you can.]
Freedom Above Fortune News
February 25, 2006 marked the 7th anniversary of my resignation from the Internal
Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. With each passing year, the
IRS intensifies its campaign of harassment against me.
In November, 2005 I informed you that the IRS had put in motion a series of
administrative steps that they hoped to use to obtain a court ordered zipper on
my lips, court ordered shut-down of my website, and ultimately a prohibition
against interacting with the public in order to inform the public about what I
know and what has happened to me. (See www.freedomabovefortune.com , click on
IRS LOCKOUT UPDATE in the center of the screen and scroll down to "Latest
Harassment The IRS Has Thrown My Way" document.) Courageous attorneys from the
Bernhoft Law Firm ( www.bernhoftlaw.com ) have stepped in once again to help me
defend against this latest IRS onslaught.
In early January, 2006, I learned that over the 7 years since my resignation the
IRS has accumulated approximately 2000 pages of documents about me, as well as
many video recordings and books that were obviously gathered during times when
the IRS was spying on me or otherwise monitoring me. (See
www.freedomabovefortune.com , click on IRS LOCKOUT UPDATE in the center of the
screen, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the "Freedom Of
Information Act Response 01/04/06" document.)
Everyone who has followed my story should find it incredibly ironic that IRS
officials have refused for 7 years to meet with me face to face to answer my
questions yet these same officials have monitored me closely enough to
accumulate 2000 pages of documents, as well as videos, DVDs, and CDs no doubt
equating to thousands more pages of documents. It is also interesting to note
that despite accumulating all of this information about me over a five to six
year period, and already having information about me derived from two federal
pre-employment background investigations in the early 1990s, the IRS and
Department of Justice could produce not one bit of evidence of wrongdoing that
could convince a jury that I had broken any laws or acted in bad faith at any
time in my life. Yet, the IRS and Department of Justice moved forward with
prosecuting me anyway in June, 2005. (See also background information at
In late January, 2006, I received notice that a "Summons" was issued to two
banks by an Internal Revenue Service Revenue Officer in Long Beach, California,
in order to gather more information about me. (See www.freedomabovefortune.com
, click on IRS LOCKOUT UPDATE in the center of the screen, then scroll down to
the bottom of the page and click on the "Summons issued 01/19/06" document.
Note that I have redacted the names of the banks since previous disclosure of
banking information led to the theft of funds from my legal defense fund account
- although the funds were eventually replenished by the bank) Attorneys at the
Bernhoft Law Firm in Milwaukee have again stepped in to help me oppose these
By now there remains no doubt that the Internal Revenue Service and the
Department of Justice will attempt any dirty trick, no matter how unjust,
immoral or illegal, to silence and/or discredit the effort to expose the
injustices of the contemporary federal income tax system. These agencies are
trying to wear me down by creating so many battlefronts that I will have no
choice but to give up. If I had relied only on myself throughout this ordeal, I
would have had to give up long ago. However, I have not relied only on myself.
I have humbly asked God to sustain me and thankfully He has sustained me. I
have humbly asked my fellow citizens to pray for me and my fellow citizens have
offered many, many prayers for me. I have humbly asked my fellow citizens to
help me shoulder the staggering costs of keeping up this battle and my fellow
citizens have come to my aid.
The campaign to destroy the effort to re-establish honesty and justice in
American taxation continues. The IRS and the Department of Justice have
attacked many who have questioned them and they continue their campaign against
me. I ask you to continue to pray for me and for all of us in this effort.
With these additional attacks in the last few months heaped on top of previous
costs incurred in defending myself before and during my June, 2005 trial, I am
VERY MUCH IN NEED of your continuing financial support.
In addition to defending against the recently instituted IRS attempts to obtain
my court-ordered silence and recently instituted summons activity, I would also
like to obtain the 2000 pages of documents that IRS spies have accumulated about
me and post those documents on my website but the bill for producing that alone
is over $6,000.
Dedicated supporters have sent small donations once per week, twice per month,
or once per month. Others have sent one-time contributions of larger
denominations. Any and all financial help is sincerely appreciated and it helps
me keep up the fight. Checks or money orders can be made payable to "Joseph
Banister Legal Defense Fund". As a reminder, money orders may provide a greater
degree of privacy to the donor than checks so use your own discretion based on
the degree of privacy you desire. You can also visit
http://www.ninehundred.net/banister/ to learn how you can receive information
about my recent trial and contribute to my legal defense fund at the same time.
Please also be aware that a "trailer" for Aaron Russo's provocative new movie
"America: From Freedom To Fascism", which explores the existence of fraud in
connection with the federal income tax system, is now available on the internet
at www.seenewfilms.com . I urge you to tell every person you know about this
-For those who have received this message as a forward from someone
else, you can sign up to receive these messages directly by visiting
www.freedomabovefortune.com and clicking on "Mailing List".
-For those who are unfamiliar with what has transpired to date in this
case, especially the recent acquittal on all charges leveled against me,
please visit http://www.ninehundred.net/banister/ ,
www.joebanister.blogspot.com and www.freedomabovefortune.com (click on
"IRS LOCKOUT UPDATE"). You can also find archives of informative radio
shows at www.hearliberty.com .
-I am still accepting contributions to my legal defense fund due to the
significant costs of defending against multiple IRS attacks. Checks or
money orders are gratefully accepted and can be made payable to "Joseph
Banister Legal Defense Fund", and mailed to P.O. Box 90239, San Jose,
California 95109-4239. Money orders may provide a greater degree of
privacy to the donor than checks so use your own discretion based on the degree
of privacy you desire. Visit http://www.ninehundred.net/banister for more
information as to how you
can obtain information about my recent trial and contribute to my legal defense
fund at the same time.
-My sincere thanks to those who have prayed for the success of our
efforts and contributed to my defense fund. Your continued financial
support is enabling me to illustrate, in detail and in a very public
manner, that the IRS does not prevail against citizens because the
agency adheres to the rule of law, but that the IRS prevails against
citizens because the agency ignores the law, twists the meaning of the
law, and overwhelms the citizen with economic and legal burdens. In a
school yard, such tactics are called "BULLYING". In a government
setting, such tactics are called "TYRANNY". This effort is the
equivalent of ganging up on the bully and sending him to reform school
where he belongs.
Joseph R. (Joe) Banister, C.P.A.
Former IRS Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent
II Chronicles 7:14:
And my people, upon whom my name is called, being converted, shall make
supplication to me, and seek out my face, and do penance for their most wicked
ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal
George Orwell, 1984:
"You are a slow learner, Winston," said O'Brien gently.
"How can I help it?" he blubbered. "How can I help seeing what is in
front of my eyes? Two and two are four."
"Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three.
Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not
easy to become sane."