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Why Bother?

(originally launched into cyberspace on 02/02/2003)

Dear List Subscriber,

So far over 100 people have sent the second letter to Pam Olson. At the
same time, a bunch of people have expressed to me their attitude about it,
which is something like: "Why bother? They'll never answer, they'll keep
saying it's frivolous, so what's the point?" If the point was to actually
get answers, I agree that it would almost certainly be a waste of time. But
that is NOT the purpose.

There are now 2,300 people on this update list, some of whom have been
fluent in the 861 evidence for several years, and some of whom don't know
what it's all about yet. And of course, there are a couple thousand
somewhere in between. (And I welcome all of them.)

For those of us who are familiar with the issue, and familiar with the
evasions, accusations, vilifications, and threats from our "public servants"
(and their nationwide campaign to censor anyone who publicly speaks of the
issue), we are about ready to strangle someone. It isn't all that
fulfilling to send out another letter which we know will either get no
response, or some worthless form letter that doesn't answer anything. "So
why bother?"

My parents have been paying close attention to this issue for at least a
couple years now, and when I recently described some of the newest tactics
of the feds, my mom (hi, mom!) was more than slightly annoyed. One example
was that if you want to take an issue to the Appeals Division of the IRS,
you will now have to do so ALONE and OFF THE RECORD. Their new "policy"
(which blatantly violates 26 USC § 7521) is to disallow witnesses and
recording devices for ANY hearing before the Appeals division, including
"Collections Due Process Hearings." What kind of "due process" is it if you
are FORBIDDEN from having any record of it, and FORBIDDEN from having
someone else even WITNESS what happens in there? (Can't you just picture
the lone wooden chair in the damp basement, the swinging light overhead, and
"Switchblade Tony" standing in the shadows?)

Many of you on this list already knew about that fascist "policy," but I bet
this is the first many of you have heard of it. To those of you who didn't
know that (and if you ask the IRS they will openly admit that that is now
the official Appeals "policy"), are you at least slightly shocked? Would
you feel comfortable meeting with the IRS in SECRET, where you will have
ZERO record of whatever they do or say--not even a witness?

I did not demand an Examination hearing to actually get due process, but to
be able to show OTHER PEOPLE the treatment we get, and what the IRS thinks
passes for due process. Here are some "educational" transcripts (from
meetings that WERE recorded... which might show you why they don't want
meetings recorded):

That is WHY I sent my recent letter to John Ashcroft: not because I thought
he would do the right thing, but so I can show OTHER PEOPLE that the
"system" doesn't care at all about the law and due process. Here is that

The reason for Operation Honest Inquiry was NOT to get answers, since many
of us know that they CANNOT answer the questions without collapsing the
biggest financial fraud in history. Again, it was to show the surreal
responses that the WHOLE SYSTEM gives in response to perfectly reasonable
questions. Here are some of the results of Operation Honest Inquiry:

And that is WHY I am asking people to send letters to people like Pam Olson,
Jim South, and others who will soon be added to the list. It is NOT because
I expect to get open, honest answers. Far from it. It is so I can show
OTHER PEOPLE that our "public servants," from the top of the system to the
bottom, are either unwilling or unable to answer simple questions about how
to figure out what we owe.

And it WORKS. I can't even count how many people were converted, not by MY
explanation of the 861 evidence, but by watching how the OTHER side responds
to it.

The people new to the issue, and the people who have not yet heard of it,
are not going to just jump on board just for the heck of it. They need to
see the EVIDENCE for themselves. They need to see how the OTHER side
responds. Yes, to those of us who have had our noses in this stuff for a
few years, we wish we could tell newcomers "it's bad, and we're right, and
just take our word for it." But of course that doesn't work, and we can't
ask people to do that. We have to PROVE it to them, one at a time, with the
actual EVIDENCE.

And we are making a pile of evidence which, when the story goes national
(not "if" it does), will sink this fraud like a ton of bricks. The day some
reporter dares to do a REAL story on the issue--not just parroting whatever
their government contacts feed them--he will have enough "meat" to do
several WEEKS' worth of stories on it.

Some of us have seen the injustice up close and personal. We feel more like
strangling someone than writing letters. But there is a purpose here beyond
the letters themselves.

Okay, I'll stop preaching at you (for now), but if you haven't yet sent the
second letter to Pam Olson, please do so (whether you sent the first one or
not). Here it is in Word format:

Some people have had problems with that file, so here it is in html format
(you can just "cut and paste" it into any word processor to print it):

If for some reason you can't do that either, here are a few people who have
volunteered to print it out for you, if you just e-mail them your name and
mailing address (they will fill that in on the letter, and send it back to
you ready for you to sign and mail):

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Once you've sent it, if you want to be on the list of those who have sent
it, send me your initials, state, and date the letter was sent, like this:

"L.R. (PA) 1/21/03"

If you look at the letter you will see that regardless of what you know
about the issue, and whether you even agree with it, the questions are
perfectly reasonable, and a refusal by the feds to answer them is perfectly
UNreasonable. For those of you chomping at the bit to do something MORE
than sending polite petitions, stay tuned. Until then, please get everyone
you can to send the thing. It WILL be worth it in the end.


Larken Rose
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