The State Within the State

To achieve this end, the politicians and bureaucrats of governments around the globe have gone to great lengths to stack the odds in their favor. In many tax cases, traditional ideas of justice have long since been thrown out the window. If your government thinks that you owe it money, you are guilty until proven innocent. The burden of proof in such cases rests firmly on your shoulders. It is your responsibility to prove your every word and back each and every one of them with solid paper records. Worse still, you often have to disprove what the enemy claims. You may not like it, but this is the state of affairs in the world today.
In the US, this infringement of basic human rights was brought into being by instituting a new and separate court system. Congress has authorized the IRS to set up an independent entity now known as the Tax Court. Not only will you be guilty until proven innocent in this new court system, but you must also pay the tax assessed by the IRS before you are granted the privilege of disputing it. Of course, even in the traditional court system, the IRS routinely ignored decisions that it disliked. Instead it just carried on as usual waiting for the day when Congress would change legislation to back up its claims.
These special tax courts are also not afraid of using almost barbaric means to pull the information from you that they are after. Do you think your banking records are safe because they are tucked away in some distant and secret tax haven? Think again. With little effort your government can easily arrange it so that you willingly hand over every last one of them. Yes, your government, carrying on a case against you, will expect you, the suspect, to incriminate yourself by ordering your own bank, in writing, to turn over all your records to your enemy. This is how it is done. Your files will be claimed essential to a trial. Until you turn them over you will be held in custody. Custody before trial is common practice even in non-violent cases where the crime is a white collar crime such as alleged tax evasion or insider trading. Few countries have a set time limit on how long you can be held in custody. After a year or two, chances are you will sign a release instructing your foreign bank to breach bank secrecy and open the lid.
If you still don’t give in, Big Brother has means of messing with your mind. He will put you in solitary confinement until you suffer a nervous breakdown. In western democracies this is the most common method of torture. It is ideal, the authorities believe, for breaking the will of a free spirit. I recently heard of a case in Europe where a harmless family man had spent more than a year tucked away in solitary confinement while waiting for his trial to begin. He was accused of a white collar crime, but was still locked up in spite of the fact that he had not been proven guilty of anything. His case had not even officially gone to trial. He did not have access to television, human contact or letters of any sort. His only allowed amusement was one book per week, of the Barbara Cartland variety. Like everybody else, his resistance waned and the will to fight finally broke.
If you are unfortunate enough to come up against Big Brother in a tax case today, you will undoubtedly find yourself caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. In the shadow of tall lies levied against you by government, your lawyer will tell you that in order to keep yourself out of prison you will have to grant your government access to your foreign financial records. He will tell you to write to your bank abroad giving your consent to allow third parties from your country to examine all your records. Your lawyer may be right. When you are faced with having to fight some pretty tall lies coming from the other side, you don’t have much of a choice.