Bill Allows IRS to Deny Americans Right to Travel
April 5, 2012
Senator Barbara Boxer’s MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act)
is headed to the House after clearing the Senate last month. Boxer’s
bill allows the federal government to revoke the passports of citizens
the IRS claims owe taxes.
is no requirement that the tax payer be guilty of or even charged with
tax evasion, fraud, or any criminal offense — only that the citizen is
alleged to owe the IRS back taxes of $50,000 or more,” reports The Daily Economist.
In other words, the Fourth Amendment will become irrelevant in many
taxes cases if this legislation makes it through the House. MAP-21 does,
however, face opposition by some Republicans.
In order to blunt criticism, Boxer’s bill is being portrayed in standard class warfare fashion – according to CBS
and others, the law will be used to go after wealthy tax scofflaws who
owe the IRS $50,000 or more, so the average citizen need not worry.
In fact, the IRS routinely leans on the little guy and small business
owners. For instance, in 2010 the owner of a car wash in Sacramento,
California, was harassed by the IRS after the government said he owed four cents in back taxes (which became $200 after three years of penalties and fees).
The IRS is also used by the establishment as a political weapon, as
various Tea Party organizations around the country recently learned.
“In January and February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service
began sending out letters to various local Tea Parties across the
country,” writes Colleen Owens.
The federal wealth confiscation agency asked the political groups to
identify their volunteers and donors. “What possible reason would the
IRS have for Tea Parties to ‘name your donors’ when said donations are
non-deductible?” Owens notes (most Tea Party organizations are nonprofit
501(c)(4) and donations are not deductible).
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Chief Justice John Marshall
once observed that “the power to tax involves the power to destroy” and
that is precisely what the government often attempts to do, as former
Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio discovered in 2010.
The IRS is no longer strictly about taxes. “Top IRS officials have
been working with Democrats on Capitol Hill to determine how the agency
will enforce President Obama’s new health care law. Republican lawmakers
estimate the legislation will require the hiring of many thousands of
new (and armed) tax enforcement agents,” Fox News
reported last month. “Under the new law, the IRS is required to fine
taxpayers thousands of dollars if they do not purchase health insurance.
In order for the government to enforce compliance, tax authorities will
need information, for the first time, about people’s health care.
Collecting that data will require more IRS personnel.”
In short, the IRS will act as an enforcer – armed to the teeth – for
Obamacare, that is if it is not ruled to be unconstitutional by the
Supreme Court in June.
The IRS is but one component of an increasingly tyrannical and militarized federal government.
“The Department of Homeland Security recently stoked concern by
contracting a company to provide them with 450 million rounds of hollow
point bullets. Now the federal agency is also purchasing bullet-proof
checkpoint booths that include ‘stop and go’ lights,” writes Paul Joseph Watson today. “The purpose behind the bullet proof booths is unknown, but the DHS has publicly announced that it plans to increase the number of unannounced checkpoints manned by TSA VIPR teams and other federal agents beyond the 9,300 that were set up last year alone.”
The IRS move on supposed tax scofflaws by denying them the ability to
travel abroad is part of a larger effort to control the movement of
citizens in the same way citizens in the Soviet Union were forced under propiska laws to ask the government for permission to travel – and exiled dissidents were forced to live in isolated far-flung towns under virtual house arrest.
As we noted in 2011,
an internal passport for Americans is codified under the December 2004
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. If fully implemented, Ron Paul
has warned, it will allow “the government to establish a Soviet-style
internal passport system” that would subject “every citizen to
surveillance and screening points” of the sort the DHS is now expanding
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