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Dear Friends of Freedom:

Fred Marshall wrote:

If anyone can afford to send donations to Jeff, please do so (address below).  Jeff has handled this case almost pro bono, not even taking in enough to pay his expenses.  He is really dedicated, and needs our help.  This case represents us all.  It's time for the 95-year-old house of cards to come tumbling down, and this case would do it if the three judges were honest and would rule in accordance with the law and the Constitution.  Of course they won't because they wouldn't live to see the results.  But it will be interesting to see how they muddy the water or dodge the issues entirely.



Please make every effort to support Bill Benson's case.  And if you live within 2-3 hours of Chicago please, please make every effort to show up to support Bill in the courtroom for this historic case.

Peace and God Bless,

Fred Smart

           The 7th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral argument in the government's case against William J. Benson, author of The Law That Never Was–The Fraud of the 16th Amendment and Personal Income Tax. 
              This oral argument is set  for October 28th at 10:00 a.m. CDST in the Main Courtroom, Room 2721 of the United States Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois.
              There will be a 3 judge panel and each side will be given 20 minutes to make their argument and supplement their legal briefs already submitted.  
              Anyone can attend.   As many as possible should attend.  Courtroom decorum is expected.  
This is a great way to give your support to Bill Benson, a great patriot warrior and to one of the finest tax patriot attorneys in the country, Jeff Dickstein.  
              If you can make it,  mark your calendar.   If you can't make it, you can still help with donations.   Just go to this link:
              Note Jeff's info on the press coverage and the press release to be issued on the 27th. 
              bob minarik - rochester indiana -
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2008 5:44 PM
Subject: Benson Update
Please distribute to your mailing list
Thanks to 29 of you, $1,940 was received for a press release regarding the Bill Benson hearing before the 7th Circuit.
I retained a PR firm who will be distributing a press release on Monday morning to every major news source in the United States, as well as to several specialized sources who report on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on the Judiciary, the Joint Committee on Taxation, and in the legal arena on taxation as well as legal newspapers.
The total cost of the pr is $1,895.00.
On behalf of Bill, thank you for your support. A draft of the press release follows, subject to last minute editing and change.
Jeffrey A. Dickstein

Attorney at Law

500 W. Bradley Rd., C-208

Fox Point, WI 53217



7th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals to Hear Landmark Sixteenth Amendment (Income Tax) Case.  Court to determine whether proof of non-ratification of the Sixteen Amendment Irrelevant.

Chicago, Oct. 27.    The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral argument in the government's case against William J. Benson, author of The Law That Never Was–The Fraud of the 16th Amendment and Personal Income Tax, for Oct. 28th at 10:00 a.m. in the Main Courtroom, Room 2721 of the United States Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois.   Issues to be decided include whether the Sixteenth Amendment, which allows for the personal income tax, was actually ratified and whether evidence of such non-ratification is admissible in a court of law.

William J. Benson was charged with falsely telling the American People the Sixteenth Amendment was not ratified and therefore the income tax is unconstitutional.   The evidence of the truth of his statement was struck from the record as "irrelevant and immaterial."  The appeal before the 7th Circuit raises the question of whether American Citizens will continue to be allowed to prove their innocence in the courts of this country.

In 1895 the United States Supreme Court declared the federal income tax unconstitutional as an unapportioned direct tax. Congress proposed the Sixteenth Amendment to allow the government to impose and collect taxes on income. The proposed amendment was sent to the States for ratification. Then Secretary of State, Philander Knox, received certificates of ratification from the States which showed differences between the language proposed by Congress and what was ratified by the States. Certified documents on file in the United States National Archives establish that Knox, knowing that States cannot change the language of a proposed Constitutional amendment, relied upon a presumption that no State had done so, and declared the Sixteenth Amendment as having been properly ratified.

Benson, who once worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue, visited the National Archives in Washington, D.C., as well as the capitols of all forty-eight states. Benson obtained certified copies of the House and Senate Journals pertaining to the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment. These documents show that several states did, intentionally, modify the language proposed by Congress, proving the presumption relied upon by Secretary of State Knox was false. Benson published his findings in a two volume set of books, and sold his books and supporting documents on his website:

In 2004, the government sued Benson to enjoin him from falsely telling the American people that the Sixteenth Amendment was not ratified. In response, Benson's attorney, Jeffrey A. Dickstein of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, offered the certified documents into evidence. On motion of the government's attorney, the evidence was struck from the record as irrelevant and immaterial, and the District Court issued the injunction. The complete set of pleadings filed in the District Court are available at

The appeal before the 7th Circuit raises four fundamental questions of national significance: whether an American, charged with making a false statement, is entitled to present evidence that his statement is true; whether the injunction violates the First Amendment right to freedom of speech; whether Secretary of State Knox committed fraud in proclaiming the Sixteenth Amendment ratified; and whether the federal income tax is unconstitutional.