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Four Arrested for

Assisting in Browns’ Income Tax Standoff


By: David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal

photo:  Ed and Elaine Brown home ©2007 David Deschesne, click photo to enlarge.

edbrown_024_copy.jpg (830515 bytes)Four men who were assisting Ed and Elaine Brown in their stand against the U.S. government's unjust enforcement of the illegal federal Income Tax have been arrested.

U.S. Marshall, Stephen Monier said the men are Cirino "Reno" Gonzales, 30, of Alice, Texas; Daniel Riley, 40, of Albany, N.Y.; Jason Gerhard, 22, of Brookhaven, N.Y.; and Robert Wolffe, 50, of Randolph, Vt.

Officials believe that the men participated in various efforts to assist the Browns in their stand-off against the private corporation, the Internal Revenue Service and its enforcement of the fraudulent Income Tax laws. Currently, the Internal Revenue Code, found at Title 27 of the U.S. Code only allows the U.S. Government jurisdiction to collect income tax within the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

The U.S. Constitution also allows for Federal jurisdiction in federal buildings, military bases and land sold to it by individual states for U.S. government use. The Browns live in Plainfield, New Hampshire on land that is neither owned nor ceded to the U.S. Government and are therefore not subject to its legislative authority under the Constitution. Despite this fact, rogue judges have continued to enforce a law that is inapplicable to not only the Browns, but thousands of other tax researchers across the Union, many of whom have been jailed as political prisoners for attempting to hold their elected leaders responsible to the law.

Supporters from across the country have visited them at their home and offered support in the form of prayer, food, and companionship. "These men were moved by their hearts, from the very depths, to help and assist an older couple whose lives have been turned upside-down by the government's unwillingness to follow the law," said Shaun Kranish©, co-founder of  "This help might have meant bringing them food from the grocery store or candles from supporters. It might have meant spending time with them and sharing their love. It matters not how these men supported the Browns. They did it from their hearts. They did it and, to my knowledge, never hurt anyone -- including unlawful mercenaries like you. This means they are not criminals -- as they've harmed no one and violated the rights of no one.

The Browns, who were convicted in January and have refused to turn themselves in to authorities because the federal income tax is not legitimate. Earlier this year, rogue government agents cut power and telephone service in an effort to ratchet up pressure on the couple whose only intent is to force the government to follow its own laws. The Browns said they hadn't noticed the changes, they can survive on generators and they have 103 wooded acres to keep warm this winter. Their home is on an isolated road in an upscale resort-style neighborhood.

The income tax is an excise tax, or usage fee, for the use of the private paper money system as implemented by the private corporation known as the Federal Reserve, which has operated under a quasi-public/private partnership with the U.S. Congress since 1913. The fee can only be lawfully assessed and collected within the strict confines of those areas enumerated in the Constitution (noted above). Currently, there is no Constitutional provision allowing for the mandated use of said private paper money as "legal tender" in the United States and, since the 16th amendment was fraudulently ratified, no Constitutional provision allowing for a direct, unapportioned income tax on the people of the several states.

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