Interview With Police Whistleblower and Author Samuel Clark

I interviewed Samuel Clark who worked his way up from Sergeant to Lieutenant before finding himself on the wrong side of the Blue Wall after reporting various issues of police misconduct in the Newark Police Department. Will be incorporating some of this material in the upcoming book about Kai the Hitchhiker.

Mr. Clark has a new project, a docuseries related to police and political corruption that should be out soon. When that happens should have a review of that as well.

Interview with Retired FBI Agent Myron Fuller on ABSCAM & New Jersey Corruption

I reached out to retired FBI agent Myron Fuller regarding the notorious ABSCAM case involving political corruption, international money laundering and mafioso, ties between New Jersey municipal corruption and the Philly mob and more in preparation for my upcoming book about the Kai the Hitchhiker case. If you’re interested in learning more, I highly recommend checking out the interview he did with former FBI agent, podcaster, author and consultant Jerri Williams about the case that the movie American Hustle was (very, very loosely) based on.

Myron Fuller, fmr. SAC FBI Honolulu Division



Philip Fairbanks: The ABSCAM case, I assume, was considered a source of pride and a successful operation at the time, but Congress and the media seemed none too pleased. Was it frustrating seeing the operation skewered?

Myron Fuller: Among several crisis that occurred during the three years running (July 1977 – January 1980) of Abscam, the US Congress was the most threatening to the FBI’s use of Court accepted “Agent Provocateur” Undercover technique against subjects who were accused of asking or accepting large sums of money in exchange for the use of their Government position and power to benefit themselves and bypass the legal methodology of granting or supporting contracts.   

Although I did not create the Undercover operation to target Public Corruption, when we were led to that opportunity by a subject of Organized Crime with relative ease, the FBI did not hesitate to recognize and pursue corruption. Based on existing evidence, I set up Abscam to penetrate the criminal relationship between sophisticated White Collar Crime conmen and members of the Five Families of Organized Crime in the New York Metropolitan area.    I had learned that conmen and Gambino members had taken over Iverson Cycle Co. in Queens.   

When our first opportunity to meet with Public Officials was presented to myself, as undercover Myron Wagner, and Cooporative Witness Mel Weinberg, we followed the trail of evidence.    The term “predication” has always been used in the FBI to open a case.    Being in New York City, neither myself nor my superiors were discouraged by Congress nor the media, as long as what we did was within the Rule of Law.    When the media begin to attack Weinberg, our main witness, it was a huge concern because if he is impeached, then Abscam would be tainted in all of its’ 25 separate cases leading to the prosecution of more than 50 subjects from the ranks of Mafia, Conmen and Public figures in approximately a dozen Federal Districts located in 10 States.

The countries of Canada, United Kingdom and Switzerland were also in the mix, which would have felt the failures of the FBI.    As to Congress, the FBI was cleared following their Hearing on FBI Undercover Operations.    The complaint was that the FBI had commenced a “political” investigation against Congress and was targeting Democrat Representatives.    That presumption was due to a FBI Supervisor in New York that lied to FBI HQ on the mission of Abscam, falsely advising that Abscam only begin when we had the opportunity to investigate Public Officials.   

I cleared that up when I testified before the Congressional Hearing and so advised James Neal, who was leading the Hearing investigation.    I explained that Abscam was initiated against the Mafia and Conmen some eighteen months before myself and Mel met a Mafia/Conman named Bill Rosenberg in Manhattan, who led us directly to Angelo Errichetti, Mayor of Camden, NJ.    All of the Public Corruption subjects in NJ, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, North Carolina and Florida, who accepted bribes and prosecuted were linked directly back to Errichetti, either directly or through one or two other persons. While some media was critical, I gave information directly to a reporter who ran front page articles in Philadelphia and Miami, who was factual and not critical. The most threatening crisis was when the media reported that Mel had made money by peddling counterfeit bank notes to Mayor Errichetti and others.    I became embroiled in this as did the DOJ and the Federal Court in Brooklyn.    It is a long story, but it came down to my decision to not raise the matter to OPR FBI or nor DOJ, which could have sabotaged the integrity of the FBI and a US Attorney in Brooklyn.     



Philip Fairbanks: ABSCAM played a major role in the primary elections once the story broke. Was it surprising to see that Lederer and Murtha for instance managed to still win reelection despite their being embroiled in bribery and money laundering?        

Myron Fuller: I was not surprised that Lederer and Murtha were forgiven for attending a meeting in which unlawful activities were discussed, since they declined to accept the bribe.    When high ranking Public figures became subjects in Abscam, the FBI at the Headquarters, including the Director, and DOJ became the “supervisors”.      No bribe payment was made without a request made by FBI NYC, Newark, Philadelphia, et al, and approval at the Director level was confirmed by teletype, which was the immediate paper communication back then.    I did not follow the political fallout of Abscam that closely, and did not see the case as being for nor against either party.    To me they were subjects of an investigation, period.   

Philip Fairbanks: Did you see the movie American Hustle? If so, what did you think about it? Felt like a wasted opportunity personally turning such an engaging case into a highly fictionalized love triangle movie.

Myron Fuller: Regarding “American Hustle”, as a retired Agent, I was the “FBI consultant” and spent time with Asst. Producer Richard Suckle, Script Writer Eric Singer, Actors Christian Bale, Bradly Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, et al.    I read the scripts before they were decided on the final cuts.    I wanted the movie to be more accurate, but that would have presented legal problems for the Attorneys.    I agree that it wasted an opportunity to tell a “one of a kind” historic story.   

No FBI Agent(s) before Abscam and none since    have accomplished what Abscam was able to do.    I happened to be in the right place (NYC) at the right time (1977) when developing events and factors enabled myself to use informants, wire taps (Title III), undercover operation, searches, etc, as well as backstopping from a VP at Chase Manhattan Bank, a former Department of State employee, and on-demand access to $3.2 Million in cash at CMB in my undercover name.    As it turned out, the movie did quite well, making some $250Million and received 10 nominations for Emmy awards.    Hollywood knows what sells, which is usually fiction over facts.

Philip Fairbanks: How often are cases of wire fraud involving judges, politicians and other people who can trade on their positions of power a sign of bribery?

Myron Fuller: On how often do cases of wire fraud involving pubic officials become a sign of corruption, I do not know.    You might call the White Collar Crime Division at HQ for that information. In Abscam, it was the conmen frauds against US banks that led us to the involvement of the Mob, in particular members of Colombo, Gambino and Lucchese families.    The efforts by undercover Agents Jim Wedick and Jack Brennen, who developed Operation Fountain Pen investigations, came to NYC and helped us obtain probable cause for a Title III against Fred Pro and Phil Kitzer, who owned Seven Oaks Finance in London, a sham bank that was used against hundreds of banks in the US.   

I encouraged David Howard to writhe the book, “Chasing Phil”, in which Agents Wedick and Brennen are featured, along with my assistance on the NYC part. The Euro-Afro-Asiatic Trust in Liechtenstein, also a fraudulent bank, was used by Andy D’Amato to defraud the largest bank in Connecticut.    I met D’Amato in an undercover scenario and he was charged under Abscam in the SDNY, NY .    He and Donald Trump discussed purchasing the Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami, using Euro-Afro-Asiatric Turst as a source.    I interviewed Trump regarding this (see Newsweek for article), and be admitted that he had an interest, but chose not to purchase the hotel. (Trump later became a source for someone in the FBI office in NYC). Your question on fraud is a big one and covers a wide area.

Philip Fairbanks: Seems there have been multiple connections between the Philly mob and cases of New Jersey corruption, how long has this connection existed and what are some reasons for it?

Myron Fuller: You are correct on the criminal relationship between NJ and Philadelphia.    My personal knowledge is due to our encounter with Camden Mayor Errichetti.    When he saw that we were in the business of paying politicians for favors, he took us directly across the Delaware River to the ubiquitous target rich arena of Pennsylvania.    It appeared to us back in the 1970’s and ’80’s, that the corruption and Mob control from the Families of NYC, had direct ties to NJ, and that NJ had the same connections with Pennsylvania.    We saw the same connection between NYC and Connecticut.   

Apalachin meeting, November 14, 1957

This practice had historic connections by the Mob.    As you know, there was a meeting of some 70 Mob leaders in Appalachin, NY in 1957, at which they discussed how to work together when necessary across state lines. I am currently working on a matter in Louisiana and Mississippi regarding the Dixie Mafia, and it is clear that there underground connections between criminal groups that rely on other like-minded to advise and assist. One of the characters is Larry Thompson of Shreveport, Louisiana, who was hired by a insurance agent in Tom River, NJ to kill his wife in efforts to collect on a million dollar life insurance policy.    The interworking of those who with to engage a Mob to do their dirty work is usually only one or two phone calls away.

Philip Fairbanks: What can ordinary people do to combat corruption in the system?

Myron Fuller: As we see every day on the news, people tend to believe what they see and hear when it satisfies their need, comfort and often political beliefs.    Given the decades of fraud, betrayal of truths, law enforcement answers to questions on crime, public service channels on crimes against people, banks and governments, I do not know of a panacea, because the smart crooks come up with new angles to fit the connections between the desperate and the desperado.    The phrase, “a sucker is born every minute” seems to remain true.    I am not totally cynical on this matter, and I do think that most frauds could be prevented by being patient, taking the time to look vertically and horizontally and then bounce it off others, attorneys, accountants, etc, before failing to blink and taking the bait.    If people would remember that fraud is usually successful if the salesperson is likable.   

       

Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story – What They Left Out w/ William Ramsey

This weekend, I appeared on William Ramsey Investigates to discuss the new docuseries from Netflix, “Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story.” The two part series is worth a watch to hear his associates hem and haw about how they had no clue as well as for giving survivors of his abuse a chance to share their stories, but not mentioning Savile’s occult interests or friendships with notorious child killers Ian Brady and the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe were among some glaring omissions.

Had some technical issues unfortunately so I pop in a few minutes late, but apart from that, the conversation was quite enlightening . You can check out more of William Ramsey’s work from his books to his podcast at WilliamRamseyInvestigates.com and all the shows he has done that won’t get him booted from YouTube are available here.

Behind the Scenes/Writing Process: Kai the Hitchhiker Book: Part I (Patron/Reader exclusive)

Going to be releasing some exclusive patron only content here. No, don’t worry, it’s still free, I’m just adding extra here as well. The Youtube link is unlisted but feel free to share. Coming up next week a video on From the Archives series with some Dr. Louis Jolyon West files. The man who helped the False Memory Syndrome Foundation end the Satanic Panic… fueling the fires of the Satanic Panic in the 80s!



For now though here’s a peek into my notecard sheaths/stacks shared first at Patreon. I’ll be giving a peek inside the notebooks soon as well. Stay tuned, feel free to subscribe at any level $5, $1 or $0 makes no difference the extra material (some like the West files, fairly exclusive) will be at Patreon only. Some of the updates will be shared, some will not. For $1/mo. you will get email alerts and early access, otherwise, check back at

Walking the Wire Podcast Episode 1

B.Z. Douglas and I have finally released our prologue episode of Walking the Wire, our exploration of the influential series that arguably birthed “prestige tv.” This is actually part 2 of our interview. Part 1 we talked about my book Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia and in part 2 we discuss how we met, bonded over shared hassles from lawyers asking us to pull stories and interest in The Wire.

The first four episodes are already recorded and we will be bringing some incredible guests on. Release schedule should be twice a month. I’ll be embedding the videos and or podcast links here as they come out, so stay tuned!


You can also listen to the episode at Anchor FM right here and make sure to follow the podcast for updates. We will be setting up a Patreon and likely a discord server and have some bonus materials for patrons if you’re interested will update when more info is available.

Also, don’t forget to join us for the live Q&A session with me that will be at the link below.

6 Degrees between Ted Kaczynski and Jeffrey Epstein: Part 1

In 2003, writer and director Lutz Dammbeck released the German documentary Das Netz (released in the US as The Net: the Unabomber, LSD and the Internet. The film goes into some of the many stunning connections between the burgeoning technology of information theory, computers, cybernetics, mind control, the counterculture… and how all of that ties into the story of Ted Kaczynski.

In this series, we will be exploring the “six degrees of Jeffrey Epstein” that connects the disgraced pedophile, trafficker and financier to Kaczynski by way of some of the primary figures in the creation of Silicon Valley as well as the creation of the counterculture in the 1960s and beyond.

Kaczynski, as the documentary points out, was convicted of mailing bombs to universities, scientists and airports over a period of decades. In fact, Unabomber, is actually a law enforcement designated shortening of “University and Airport Bomber.” One incredibly interesting thing about the documentary that was pointed out by David Livingstone, author of Transhumanism: History of a dangerous idea is the connection between the network that Kaczynski is alleged to have attacked and Jeffrey Epstein.

“Bear in mind that Epstein was funding a lot of science long before he had a (deservedly!) bad reputation to launder. It was a prior genuine interest.” Brand, (who had been seen with “Epstein’s girls” in photos multiple times) tried to claim.

Not everyone was buying Brand’s “smokescreen” story of how and why Epstein was able to go on for so long. Someone shares a photo of Brand with two young girls purported to have been flown in on Epstein’s “Lolita Airlines.” Brand is flanked by what appears to be two teenage girls. Not just Brand but other figures tied to this same current both in science and literature, such as Marshall McLuhan, cyberneticist Gregory Bateson and others.

Dammbeck also reaches out to John Brockman himself, an important figure in the intersection of the underground worlds of both the hard science of computers and the arts. Brockman would bridge many worlds, that of Brand and his Whole Earth Catalog hippies as well as that of what would become the geek masters of the universe of Silicon Valley.

Brockman was involved in “happenings” such as those put on by Andy Warhol that resulted in the Velvet Underground. He was like a connective tissue between various subcultures spending time with scientists as well as the likes of experimental music superstar John Cage.

When multimedia art became popular he found his role as the marketer of the “digerati” quite stimulating and profitable. Considering his closeness to Edge.org the Epstein funded science publication, maybe a little too stimulating… But what does all this have to do with the Kaczynski?

Dammbeck points out that it seems that the Unabomber’s stated victims are often connected to what he terms the “Brockman network.” Of course there are the likes of Kirby Sommers, who makes unsubstantiated claims about Epstein such as his supposedly being tutored by Kaczynski at one point. Despite a minefield of disinformation, there are some rather compelling links between these various circles, this network/net, Dammbeck explores in his documentary.

Brockman in his floppy hat and crumpled overcoat looks like some self styled Indiana Jones type. His “Expanded Cinema Festival” was highly important to the rise of multimedia art that would inspire some of the zine and mail art of the 70s and “video art” of the 80s and 90s. The confluence of forces that he managed to wield and market made him an indelible fixture on multiple scenes. It was John Cage who would hand Norbert Weiner’s Cybernetics book over to Brockman, in fact.

One aim of the multimedia philosophy was “rearranging the senses” which sounds similar to the aim of Rimbaud, using drugs, alcohol and decadence to “derange the senses” to create a reality that corresponds to one’s desires and will. Brockman friend and client Stewart Brand would be tied to Ken Kesey, the “acid tests.” He also coined the term “personal computer.” LSD guru and CIA asset Dr. Timothy Leary would also heavily push the computer current in the 80s and 90s around the same time that Apple’s Steve Jobs was experimenting with psychedelics.

Brand would also be responsible for the first ever alternative computer network, separate from the military network the Arpanet, centered around nodes at various universities long known to have worked with the military-industrial complex and intelligence. “The Well” it was called. This was a time of great techno-optimism that lasted on into the early 2000s carried along by the likes of Douglas Rushkoff.

Brand, like Kesey, had military ties. He had been a Lieutenant in the US army, stationed at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. On the weekends he would head to the lower east side of New York where he spent time hanging out with artists around 1959-1960. This would eventually lead to Brockman’s involvement in USCO (US Company, a group of artists and engineers, foreshadowing the role Brand would have tying these seemingly unrelated worlds together).

An apparent coincidence or seeming synchronicity led to Brand becoming involved with Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Brand had been taking photographs at the same reservation that the chief from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was supposedly from. This, according to the tale told by Brand, is how he ended up with an in to meet Kesey via a mutual friend.

Next thing you know, Brand would be on the bus, Furthur, the iconic Merry Pranksters van was driven by arch-Beatnik Neal Cassady. The house band for the Pranksters’ “acid tests” were a little group called The Warlocks. They would later become famous as the Grateful Dead.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as the many weird and varied connections in this web of intrigue involving the world wide web, security state authoritarian tech, the rise of Silicon Valley and the Unabomber.

Stay tuned for part II.

B.Z. Listening Podcast Part I: Pedogate Primer Interview

I talked with indie journalist B.Z. Douglas recently for a two part interview. In part one we talk about my book Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia which can be purchased at major booksellers such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and a handful of shops (multiple in some countries) in Australia, Norway, UK, Poland, Holland, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Taiwan and elsewhere. I personally recommend supporting independent booksellers like Powell’s, Skylight Books or Trident’s Book Cafe. if you plan to buy it. As always if you can’t afford a copy, drop me a line at kafkaguy at gmail.com or via the contact form (if you don’t get an answer through the contact form try again with the email to be safe).

We had initially met through a mutual on Twitter who knew we were both dealing with harassment from lawyers with very vague and toothless threats trying to get us to pull factual reporting.

Right down to “false memory syndrome,” real estate fraud, corrupt officers of the court, prosecutorial misconduct, conflicts of interest and other points from each of our stories kept lining up as we became acquainted on a zoom call that morphed into the idea to collaborate on the upcoming Walking the Wire podcast. Speaking of, we have been doing aftershows via Streamyard and Twitter Spaces, our second was recently released online and can be found here.



I’ll be doing a Q/A session for B.Z.’s patreon supporters, Patreon supporters are also eligible for a free digital copy of my book as well (as always reviews always appreciated as they really help). You can also watch the above video at the B.Z. Douglas YouTube channel.

We’ll also continue doing “aftershows” at the @walkingwirepod account to discuss more about our cases as they relate to The Wire via Streamyard and Twitter spaces. Call in guests are welcome, you can see our second aftershow (first recorded) below.

Look for part 2 of this interview in a couple days. This Friday at 9pm EST B.Z. will be hosting me for a livestream Q&A.

If you’re a Patreon supporter, a PDF copy of my book is available for you at https://www.patreon.com/bzdouglas

FOOTNOTES:

Resisting the War, One 1040 at a Time (CUNY grad paper Advocate)

this article previously published in 2007 in print and on gcadvocate.org

Philip Fairbanks

Review of this article from The Picket Line: “

Philip Fairbanks, at the CUNY Graduate Center Advocate brings us an examination of war tax resistance that’s much more in-depth than what you usually see in the papers, though somewhat more sloppily-edited.

It covers the usual bases, but goes much further into the history of war tax resistance, its connection with the Nuremberg Principles, the recent convictions and imprisonments of the Restored Israel of Yahweh resisters, penalty funds, the organized and disorganized war tax resistance movement, boycotts of war profiteers, the “Peace Tax Fund” boondoggle, and my own DON Method.

If only more reporters dug this deep…”

Well researched, deep digging and awful grammar? Yup sounds about like me… Anyway, a rare one from the vaults here. Seeking scans of some of my previous print publications to add here bit by bit as well.

“Let them march all they want as long as they pay their taxes.”


Tax resisters protest outside
the IRS building in Washington, D.C.

This quote, by Alexander Haig, former U.S. Secretary of State, is found on many websites that advocate or explain the phenomenon of war protest known as tax resistance. Underscoring the truth of this is a quote by Henry David Thoreau, “If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year,that would not be as violent and bloody a measure, as it would to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood.” The war machine is hungry and depends on astronomical amounts of money to continually wage war.

Although figures from the White House Office of Management and Budget’s 2008 budget report suggest that military expenses comprise only 21% of the federal budget, the War Resister’s League, which produces it’s own annual figures, estimates that the actual figure is much closer to 51%. According to the data released by the War Resister’s League, the big difference between their budget and the federal government’s is that the White House Budget and Management Office does not discriminate between social security funds, which are collected and used separately from the rest of the budget, and federal taxes. In other words, for the federal government, the revenue generated by social security is counted as part of the over all tax, despite the fact that it is collected separately and already earmarked for social services. In addition to this, the budget office does not take into account the cost of ongoing veteran’s benefits from previous wars and the interest on the national debt from previous military spending, which, believe it or not, makes up for a full twenty percent of the annual federal budget. That means that as much as 20% of the taxes we pay each year are spent paying for the costs of previous wars alone. It is in response to figures like these, and what these figures entail — less money for education, less money for health care, etc. — that many war resisters and pacifists decide to go the extra step and become tax resisters: an illegal move that involves a huge amount of conviction and dedication, but which more and more people are choosing to do as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue unabated.

As most people know, conscientious objectors can be freed from military service if they object to the taking of human life for religious or ethical reasons. Every taxpayer, however, willingly or otherwise ends up supporting the building of missiles and bombs. For this reason, there is a long history of war tax resistance. The first official case of war tax resistance in America took place before the United States even existed. In the early 1600’s, the Algonquin Indians opposed funding a Dutch fort by refusing to pay Dutch taxes. During the American Revolution, the Quaker Society of Friends refused to pay taxes and many of them were jailed and had their property seized because of their refusal to fund the war. It is the Indochina war, however, that may be seen as the real starting point of the modern movement of War Tax Resistance. Backed by such socially concerned artists as folk singer Joan Baez, linguist and nonconformist Noam Chomsky, and “beat” legend Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the Indochina war tax resistance grew from a little more than 200 in the mid-60’s to upwards of 20,000 by the early 70’s with telephone tax resisters existing in even greater numbers. The movement became so popular that in the late 60’s, The War Resisters League, founded in 1923, had to found the National WTR, War Tax Resisters as a sister resistance group.

Further support for war tax resisters came in 1982, in the form of a new coalition of groups with common goals known as the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. The NWTRCC, pronounced “new trick” provides material and moral support for tax resisters and advice for those considering becoming tax resisters.

According to NWTRCC, there are two possible arguments you can present to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for your refusal to pay taxes on grounds of your conscience objection to war. According to Principle IV of the Nuremberg Principles: “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.” This would not only excise Mennonites and Quakers and any other genuine individuals who have a moral opposition to supporting war in any way, but would actually indemnify them for not acting in accordance to their beliefs. Another possible tax loophole is the fact that the 16th Amendment, the tax amendment, was supposedly not legally ratified and that filing the forms violates the 5th amendment right against bearing witness against yourself, not to mention the fact that the IRS is reputed to violate 4th Amendment injunctions against search and seizure as well as violating rights to due process. As sketchy as this sounds, occasionally the IRS finds it more profitable not to pursue legal recourse against such gadflies. One such objector is Bob Schulz. Mr. Schulz began a hunger strike on July 1, 2001, until the government had given him a response and redress of grievances in regards to the questionable legality of the income tax. Bob Schulz and the “We the People Project” also took out an ad in 2000 in USA Today addressing their points regarding the dubious character of the IRS. Joseph Banister, former special agent of the Criminal Investigation division of the IRS, and Mr. Schulz hand-delivered copies of the remonstrance to members of the three branches of government.

Possible penalties for this form of protest include levies, fines, audits, seizure of property, and possible prison time. During the 80’s there was a resurgence of property seizures in response to the growing numbers of war tax resisters. Since 1999, there have been no cases of property seizure, but this doesn’t mean that the IRS is just looking the other way. In December of 2004, Joe and Inge Donato and Kevin McKee were convicted of “willful evasion” of federal taxes and “conspiring to defraud the United States.” The three were business partners and members of a small Bible study community in New Jersey numbering less than 50 members known as the Restored Israel of Yaweh Bible Community. Mr. Donato and Mr. McKee were sentenced to terms of 27 and 24 months respectively and Inge was sentenced to six months in prison. The Restored Israel of Yaweh Community has a history of war tax resistance. The group was founded by Leo J. Volpe, a WWII conscientious objector and draft resister who became a pacifist religious activist. Volpe spent a four-month stint in jail for refusing to file tax returns. Since Volpe’s sentence in 1983, members of the community had not been bothered by government officials until this more recent action.

Presiding U.S. Federal District Judge, Jerome B. Simandle, recommended that the government erase the amount owed to IRS and allow them to pay an equal fine that would not go to fund any war they refused on moral grounds to materially support. The Donatos and Mr. McKee agreed to this proposition, but the IRS rejected it. “We would always have gladly paid our full share of taxes if only the government could assure us that the amount we paid would not go to fund war making,” said Joe Donato. “The lack of any provision like that forced us to either violate our religion or risk being branded as criminals. At that point, we saw no choice but to honor our beliefs.”

Founder of the National War Tax Resistance Coordination Committee, Ed Hedemann has not paid federal income taxes since 1970. He owes somewhere around $70,000 in back taxes, all of which has been relegated to causes he believes in. “I run a risk of getting in trouble for not paying my taxes, but not as big a risk as the people of Iraq will suffer if I do pay.” Hedemann receives notices often and occasionally receives personal calls from agents to his apartment. At one point he was taken by the U.S. Justice Department to Federal District Court to ask why he should not be held in contempt for not giving information to the IRS.

Hedemann refused the Vietnam draft and believed from then on that it was “inconsistent” to then pay for others to die in his place. Like most war resisters, he resists war personally and refuses either to kill or pay to have people killed in his name. “Not only do I think the military actions the U.S. is taking in Iraq and Afghanistan are criminal, but I think the U.S. has done more to increase the level of terrorism in the world than any other country, thus making the world far less safe for Americans, Afghanis, Iraqis and others.” Hedemann refuses the 3 percent federal telephone excise tax. The telephone excise tax was instated in 1898 to help fund the Spanish-American War and is a popular means of war tax protest, as the IRS usually finds it more expensive to attempt legal action so few cases are pursued. Hedemann also refuses to pay any federal income tax. According to Hedemann, it’s impossible to get a definitive count of the number of war tax resisters because many war tax resisters don’t always contact NWTRCC or other groups. But some estimate that 5,000-10,000 people are refusing to pay some or all of their federal taxes to protest the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This may be in part due to the phenomenon observed by author of “The Picket Line” blog and the DON (Don’t Owe Nothin’) method of tax resistance, David Gross. “I’ve done some work in concert with NWTRCC and with our local group (Northern California War Tax Resistance) [but overall] the tax resistance movement isn’t very tightly coordinated. It tends to attract people who have an individualistic bent (coming from antiauthoritarian dissenter churches like the Quakers, or American anarchism of the Thoreauvian mold)…and there’s a lot of ideological and tactical differences that discourage coordinated actions. Many conscientious tax resisters are content to go at it alone without ever reaching out to the community at large or organized tax resistance groups.”

In addition to groups such as The War Resisters League and NWTRCC, there are other groups, like the CMTC Escrow account, that can provide support. War tax resisters can deposit money into the escrow account where it can be later withdrawn to pay off debts. There is also the War Tax Resisters Penalty Fund, which has reimbursed over $185,000 to over 280 war tax resisters to help resisters pay for interest and fines imposed by the IRS. Presently under consideration, H.R. 2631, called the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund, would possibly give an alternative for conscientious objectors to have their taxes funneled into nonmilitary funds. The problems with the Peace Tax Fund, however, are brought up by David Gross, who says that “It’s no good in that it will not have any beneficial effects — I that is, if the bill were to become law, Congress would continue to spend tax money in the same terrible ways it would otherwise, and all taxpayers, including the ones who check the ‘peace tax’ box on their forms, would in reality be contributing to all of it just as before. In other words, the ethical cover the law gives ‘peace tax’ payers is completely phoney.”

There already are methods of legally showing solidarity to the war resistance movement financially. One method of showing financial solidarity in the war resistance movement is to boycott organizations that serve as Defense Contractors. According to the nonprofit group Center for Media and Democracy’s Source Watch there are a large number of groups, some of which include familiar names like Boeing, The Carlyle Group, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Texas Instruments, Verizon and many others, which contribute to war.

Another, perhaps more radical, and certainly more Thoreauvian, method of war tax resistance involves actually living below the taxable income level. Jessica Ramer, the author of the blog “War Tax Resistance,” chooses this method of war tax resistance. Ms. Ramer works at a non-profit group called the Kushi Institute for a modest salary plus room and board to avoid earning enough income to be taxed. Another blogger, David Gross, also came to the conclusion that it was worth quitting his job and sacrificing luxury to support his conscience.

Gross’ blog “The Picket Line” outlines the DON or “Don’t Owe Nothin'” method of war tax resistance. The method is one legal option for conscientious objectors to stop funding the military. The DON method is a non-confrontational, “by the book” method of ensuring that your money doesn’t go to fund a war you don’t believe in. The method is not for everyone and involves a lot of paperwork and complicity with the bureaucracy that some protestors may abhor more than simply handing over their dollars for guns. Information on this kind of resistance is available at a link at The Picket Line with NWTRCC’s PDF document “Low Income/Simple Living as War Tax Resistance.”

For those who feel that passive means of protest such as picket lines and letters to members of Congress is not enough, war tax resistance may be a more direct route. Whether your resistance comes in the form of refusing telephone tax, refusing a symbolic portion, or all of your federal income tax, or modifying your lifestyle to live below taxable income, it is possible to ensure congruency between your beliefs and your wallet. For those seriously considering any method of war tax resistance, a good starting point is NWTRCC’s website http://www.nwtrcc.org.

Walking the Wire Podcast Aftershow featuring Philip Fairbanks

Between next week and early April should have a 3 hour interview (possibly in two parts) coming soon from independent journalist B.Z. Douglas. First half we talk about my book. In the second we talk about how we met, our shared love of The Wire and how a Twitter mutual friend introduced us due to our both being targeted for harassment by lawyers who don’t like the factual reporting we’ve done on their clients. On our first zoom call, The Wire, the early 2000s HBO crime drama came up. We talked a lot about how the show encapsulates corruption in the system and ended up discussing the idea of doing a podcast based on The Wire from the perspective of two indie journos. Each episode we cover one of the shows with help of a special guest. Mostly people who come from one of the walks of life in the show whether that’s dock workers, union members, ex drug dealers, former prisoners, former cops or whistleblowers. We’ve already got quite a few interesting guests lined up and have recorded the first 4 episodes which we should begin releasing by April if we stay on schedule.

Meantime, we are going to be doing Twitter spaces aftershows that will be restreamed on YouTube and Facebook. Today was our second aftershow and first livestreamed video afterparty. The stream only covers the first part, a Baltimore native came on and shared some inside scoops about certain characters in the show based on real people (David Simon even used real names of Baltimore homicide detectives like Jay Lansdale and many characters are based on real people or composites of multiple people).

Once we have a schedule will be shared with the next aftershow. We welcome audience engagement and even if you haven’t seen the show or heard the podcast you’re welcome to come join us (warning, spoilers abound).

You can check out B.Z. Douglas at http://www.bzdug.com where you can also find his YouTube, Substack, Patreon and social media including his music. That’s right, both B.Z. and I are guitarists and Tom Waits fans so the first two seasons of Walking the Wire podcast just may have versions of us covering the song… To keep up to date follow @walkingwirepod on Twitter.

Don’t forget to check out the new book Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia now available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. Also available at independent booksellers like Powell’s and Skylight Bookstore if you’d rather not support Bezos and the chain stores like Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Target and Wal-Mart. It is also available from some overseas sellers in Taiwan, Poland, UK, Australia, Germany and a couple other countries.

From the Archives: Dr. Louis “Jolly” West Docs On Possession, Dissociation & Alien Abduction

CIA MK-Ultra researcher Dr. Louis Jolyon West, known to some as “Dr. Jolly” was one of the foremost figures studying mind control. Today I am going through some of the most recent documents I’ve had released from the UCLA special collections. Huge thanks to William Ramsey of William Ramsey Investigates who used alumni status to help me get some of these files released sooner.

Background music “John Carpenter style synth mix” courtesy of White Bat Audio, royalty free music.

Currently working on the Kai the Hitchhiker book and after that will get back to the “6 degrees from Ted Kaczynski to Epstein” book but I will continue to collect as much of the LJW special collections and hopefully in a couple years will be ready to start working on the first definitive biography of one of the leading CIA MK-Ultra researchers.