Joseph R. "Joe" Banister

Saturday, July 05, 2003


Banister Requesting Help For Dick Simkanin

Subj: Banister Requesting Help for Dick Simkanin
Date: 7/5/03 2:52:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: automailer@freedomabovefortune.com
Reply-to: jbanister@freedomabovefortune.com
To: jalmond2000@cs.com

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Perhaps I should apologize for sending you an email that includes a request for a contribution. If you are offended, please feel free to delete this email now. However, if you have followed my story from the beginning, you know that I resigned from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, in part, because of my concern that the agency was knowingly violating people’s rights. In order to expose such wrongdoing, I had to resign from my job, weather the financial difficulties of quitting a job “cold-turkey”, and risk my professional reputation for what I believed in. Some have told me I sacrificed a great deal. However, when I look at the sacrifices others have made to expose the wrongdoing of the IRS, I look at my sacrifices as insignificant. One such person is Dick Simkanin.

Simkanin Legal Defense Fund
Bank of Texas
6701 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75205

Routing #: 111014325
Acct #: 2880556940

As I conducted my investigation into IRS wrongdoing, I encountered numerous instances where the IRS and Department of Justice (DOJ) did their best to railroad law abiding citizens into prison simply because those citizens had learned the truth about the way the income tax was administered and decided to question IRS authority and assert their (supposedly unalienable) rights.

The IRS and DOJ have now targeted Dick Simkanin, a man who cared enough about the law to learn exactly what it required of him. When he learned that the law, as legislated, differed with the practice and expectations of the IRS and DOJ, he chose to stick with the law rather than the practice and expectations of the IRS and DOJ.

Now the IRS and DOJ are determined to seek retribution against Dick Simkanin for learning for himself what the law required and abiding by it.

Based on my interaction with the people I have met over the 4 ½ years since my resignation from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, I know that there is a sizeable segment of the population who are fearful of the IRS and, because of that fear, have not stood up to the IRS and/or asserted their rights.

Having carried a gun and badge for the IRS for 5 ½ years, I can not fault you for your fear.

However, I urge you to consider making a small donation to a man who trusted in God, quelled his fear, and stood up not just for his rights, but for the rights of all of us. If you ever wanted to do something to stop the heavy-handed tactics of the Internal Revenue Service, but you thought doing anything might cause the IRS to create misery in your life, perhaps you ought to think about contributing to Dick Simkanin’s defense.

If your conscience tells you to make a contribution but your fear still makes you hesitate, for fear the IRS will "know who you are", send a little bit of cash (rather than a check) to Dick’s defense fund. Wipe your fingerprints off the bill(s) and envelope if you have to.

If your fear is so great that that is more like terror, send the cash to me with a note that it is for Dick and I’ll send it to him (the IRS and DOJ can’t hate me any more than they already do).

My mailing address is Freedom Above Fortune, P.O. Box 90239, San Jose, California 95109.

I’ll leave you with a quote that has haunted me since my teenage years:

"In Germany, the Nazis first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, but I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me."

- Rev. Martin Neimoeller, German Lutheran Pastor.

BACKGROUND: Rev. Neimoeller was arrested by the Gestapo for opposing Hitler and was sent to Dachau in 1938. He was freed by Allied forces in 1945.)

Thank you for your patience and consideration in reading this email.

Kind Regards,

Joseph R. (Joe) Banister, C.P.A.
Former IRS Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent