An Aaron Russo Production 2006: Unlawful Taxation and a One World Governance…Posted: July 13, 2014
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America: Freedom to Fascism is a 2006 film by Aaron Russo, which alleges among a variety of claims that income tax is illegal.
This documentary covers many subjects, including: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the income tax, Federal Reserve System, national ID cards (REAL ID Act), human-implanted RFID tags (Spychips), Diebold electronic voting machines, globalization, Big Brother, taser weapons abuse, and the alleged use of terrorism by government as a means to diminish the citizens’ rights.
The film’s claims about the illegality of the income tax in the United States have been critiqued as factually incorrect by some reviewers. The film has, however, developed a strong following.
Federal Reserve System issues and interviews in the film
The film spends a fair amount of time examining the Federal Reserve System, including its genesis and functions. The film asserts that the Federal Reserve System is a system of privately held, for profit corporations, not a government agency, and was commissioned to print fiat money on behalf of the federal government, at a fee ultimately paid for by the personal income tax (through service on bond interest). The film also refers to the fact that the United States dollar is not backed by gold, and claims that this means the dollar has no real backing other than future income tax payments. Consequently, the film proposes, Federal Reserve Notes represent debt instead of wealth.
The preview clip for the film includes assertions contradicted by official government publications regarding the activities and nature of such institutions as the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve System
Russo’s argument using the Fifth Amendment goes as follows:
• Premise 1: The government can criminally prosecute someone and put one in jail for information one puts on one’s 1040 tax form.
• Premise 2: The fifth amendment says one does not have to do something that incriminates oneself.
• Conclusion: Since filing a 1040 incriminates oneself, filing a 1040 therefore violates one’s fifth amendment rights.
Though the second premise is not completely correct, the main source of error lies in the first premise. If one truthfully reports one’s income, one does not incriminate oneself in the commission of a crime. However, falsely reporting one’s income is itself the commission of a crime. Put another way, the fifth amendment protects one from incriminating oneself if testifying truthfully will incriminate oneself in the commission of a crime. It does not offer a provision for lying.
The fifth amendment does, however, allow oneself to withhold the source of the income if doing so will incriminate oneself in the commission of a crime. One must still truthfully report the amount of the income.
See also Tax protester constitutional arguments
The film refers to both article 1 section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which grants Congress the right to impose taxes, and disputes the legitimacy of the Sixteenth Amendment (see Tax protester Sixteenth Amendment arguments), which removes any apportionment requirement.
Other issues related to taxes
Some of the premises of the film include:
• The Federal Reserve System is unconstitutional and has maxed out the national debt and bankrupted the United States government.
• Federal income taxes were imposed in response to, or as part of, the plan implementing the Federal Reserve System.
• Federal income taxes are unconstitutional or otherwise legally invalid.
• The use of the Federal income tax to counter the economic effects of the Federal Reserve System is futile.