Joseph R. "Joe" Banister

Friday, January 16, 2004


Dear Friends:

Last night more documents were posted to my website, specifically a letter from IRS Office of Professional Responsibility Attorney David Finz describing the status of the case an the next steps in the process, the entire transcript of the Sanction Proceeding, and the actual Sanction Order.

You can also listen to an archive of my appearance on the Geoff Metcalf show at www.hearliberty.com . Geoff's show is found evenings on the internet 5 days a week at www.geoffmetcalf.com


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

Thursday, January 15, 2004


Dear Friends:

Exciting News From We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education/We The People Congress. Please visit www.givemeliberty.org for more details:


Give Me Liberty 2004 Conference
To Be Webcast Live
GML2004 Pay-Per-View "e-Tickets" Now Available

Because of the large number of WTP supporters that have conveyed to us that they cannot, for whatever reasons, travel to Washington, DC to participate in the GML2004 conference, WTP announces that is has gone to significant expense to arrange for a professionally produced and broadcast, LIVE Internet webcast of the three day event.

Although there can be no substitute for directly experiencing a watershed event as it shapes the course of history, and mere pictures and sound can only pale in comparison with the opportunity to join the camaraderie, fellowship and voices of those that stand tall for our cause, We The People is committed to bringing our message, and our self-evident truths, to as many across our land as possible.

Beginning today, you can obtain an "e-ticket" to access the full, 3-day Internet broadcast. For a $75 dollar donation to the Foundation, you can witness the entire GML2004 conference proceedings from your home or office computer.

Please be aware that we have made a significant investment in a professional video crew and have arranged for a nationally recognized Internet streaming company to ensure that you will enjoy the best possible aspects of the Conference, without actually being there.

For those that cannot watch the event live in its totality due to work, time zone, or other schedule issues, the broadcast will be incrementally archived in "real-time" and made available, segment by segment, for "on-demand" viewing by ticket holders shortly after each major conference segment airs.

This means, for example, that even if you are on the West Coast and miss the early morning start time (i.e., 9 AM Eastern, 6 AM Pacific), you can tune in and watch it after the morning segment is archived several hours later, (i.e., around 9 AM Pacific/Noon Eastern following the beginning of the lunch break on the East Coast). If you have to miss part of the conference because of work, etc., you catch up and watch the parts you missed later that evening or even the next day.

Each conference "e-Ticket" will be good for viewing the entire length of the conference, either in a true live "as-it-happens" mode, or in a limited "on-demand" mode. You will be able to view the archived conference segments in any order once they are available.

Please also be aware that there will be some exciting, late breaking developments announced at the conference, including a just-arranged address by Texas attorney Arch McColl, who is currently defending employer Dick Simkanin.

It is important to note that because of the substantial professional labor expenses involved in creating this live production, video of the evening sessions (i.e., the Jefferson Banquet and the Operation Stop Withholding workshop) will not be broadcast. WTP intends to make videos of these limited portions of the conference available at a later date.

As you know, our organization is unique in that it actually DOES something about the injustice and abuse our nation is witnessing. This conference to publicly "unveil" the Right of Petition is but one example of those efforts. We acknowledge, and sincerely thank, the many of you that have contributed directly to support the many important initiatives our organization has accomplished to date, as well as those that are currently in progress.

Even if you cannot, or do not wish, to view the entire Internet event, please consider helping us finance this substantial undertaking by obtaining a "ticket" ASAP. Please consider donating a "ticket" to someone that cannot afford to see our event, or consider hosting a GML2004 gathering to watch the event unfold in your home, office, or local WTP Congress meeting.

Please also note - although you can obtain a conference "e-Ticket" at any time, WTP may be able to take advantage of additional price discounts if enough people sign up early enough. WTP can then utilize those saved funds to help offset the other, significant expenses related to hosting the GML2004 conference.

We Thank You, and hope you enjoy watching history being made.



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

Wednesday, January 14, 2004



On January 12th and 13th, 2004, local media outlets reported false information
concerning Joseph R. Banister, a San Jose (California) CPA. The local media
misinterpreted a misleading IRS press release concerning the IRS’ consistent
attempts to harass Banister, a former IRS special agent and whistleblower. The
media wrongly reported that Mr. Banister was “disbarred” from appearing before
the IRS. Those reports were false.

Robert Barnes of the Bernhoft Law Firm, who represents Mr. Banister, stated: “No
one has disbarred Joe from practice before the IRS. Only the Secretary of the
Treasury can do that. An administrative judge cannot. He only recommended the
agency take action against Joe, who is a former IRS whistleblower. The judge
made this decision after excluding all evidence from the trial, excluding all of
Joe’s testimony from the trial, denying Joe any discovery, and even excluding
all of those attacking Joe from testifying. In fact, this case all started
after Joe appeared on Sixty Minutes II, another fact the IRS hid from the

Barnes further noted, “This case is unprecedented. The government is using more
patriot act-type powers to harass and silence dissenters. This case is far from
over, and Joe can do as he pleases until the final decision is made.”

Finally, Banister noted he will consider “all legal options available” for the
misleading and defamatory campaign against him.


On the web:
www.freedomabovefortune.com (Click on IRS LOCKOUT UPDATE)

Robert Barnes, Bernhoft Law Firm, Attorney at Law
(414) 276-3333; rebarnes@bernhoftlaw.com