"Only the IRS can attach 100% of a tax debtor's wages and/or property.
Only the IRS can invade the privacy of a citizen without court process of any kind.
Only the IRS can seize property without a court order.
Only the IRS can force a citizen to try his case in a special court governed by the IRS.
Only the IRS can compel the production of documents, records, and other materials without a court case being in existence.
Only the IRS can with impunity publish the details of a citizens debt.
Only the IRS can legally, without a court order, subject citizens to electronic surveillance.
Only the IRS can force waiver of statute of limitations and other citizen's rights through the threat of Arbitrary assesment.
Only the IRS uses extralegal coercion. Threats to witnesses to examine their taxes regularly produces whatever evidence the IRS dictates.
Only the IRS is free to violate a written agreement with a citizen.
Only the IRS uses reprisals against citizen and public officials alike.
Only the IRS can take property on the basis of conjecture.
Only the IRS is free to maintain lists of citizen guilty of no crime for the purpose of harassing and monitoring them.
Only the IRS envelops all citizens.
Only the IRS publicly admits that it's purpose is to instill fear in the citizenry as a technique of performing it's function."
George V. Hansen
(1930-) US Congressman (R-ID)
To Harass Our People, by George Hansen, (August 1993)
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Extra informative. I will circulate. Thanks.
 -- WILLIAM, Lexington     
    There is no doubt that many other agencies (if not all) have learned a lot from the federals reserve's goon squad collection wing since 1913.
     -- John W Tobin, Newcastle, Wa.     
    Exactly John, The IRS is NOT part of our government which is why it is not under the purvue of our court system. It is owned and operated by the privately (foreign) owned Federal Reserve Bank which is the flag ship bank of the IMF. UnConstitutional doesn't even begin to describe it. It is government condoned extortion.
    Condoned because the government itself is bought and paid for...time for change, and NOT the Obama kind.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    A little out of date, considering the extra powers given to law enforcement and homeland security since 9/11...
    Nothing taken away form the IRS, but now we have every other state, local, and federal law enforcement agency abusing the same set of powers.
     -- TheMANwithNoName, Tampa     
    Excellent statement by former Congressman Hansen. I posted it on Facebook.
     -- Mary - MI     
    MANTampa gets it, and I'll add this to his observations: The suffocating reality portrayed by Hansen's quote isn't the IRS' or even the guv's fault. They're simply doing what humans always do: pressing their advantage until they're STOPPED. If you're a truly honest citizen of the U.S. you can join me in taking the blame - whether you want to or not. It's OUR fault because we've allowed these unreasonable, unjustifiable, Constitutionally lawless seizures to become EVER INCREASINGLY 'legal' and binding, when they're patently not! And it's because we consistently elevate the worst kind of people, the serial thieves and murderers to our highest counsels - exactly the same diseased demographic that's absolutely certain it's innately superior to the rest of us. Clean your own house America, before it cleans you out - entirely. It's well on it's way to doing just that.
     -- Mann, Kalamazoo     
    Because the IRS now has more tyrannical powers than congressman Hanson wrote years ago and, other despots exercise similar anti-law, unconstitutional, unjust, immoral, activities, why would anyone rate this with less five stars ?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Read the horrible price Hansen paid for telling the truth and exposing the corruption/tyranny:
     -- Jimi Bigbear, Libertyville, IA     
    Wow. And there you have it. They made Hansen pay a heavy price. Any ideas of just voting the IRS out of existence ain't gonna happen. States must throw the federal employees out, and send them packing to DC.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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