You'll notice that the name of this organization is Freedom Above Fortune, not Freedom Without Fortune or
Freedom Instead of Fortune. Rather, Freedom Above Fortune is an organization dedicated to the concept that
no amount of real or perceived economic prosperity or fortune is worth trading for your freedom. This is not
to say that pursuing economic prosperity, in and of itself, is bad. Rather, it is to say that those who are
willing to sell their freedom and their children's freedom for a few pieces of silver, as Judas did when he
betrayed Jesus Christ, are shortsighted and foolish. If you are willing to sell your freedom for short term
financial security, real or perceived, the willingness to sell your very soul can't be far behind.
Freedom Above Fortune was founded by Joseph R. (Joe) Banister, a former IRS Criminal Investigation Division
Special Agent who learned of serious constitutional questions relating to the federal income tax and the federal
banking and monetary systems. Mr. Banister's expertise in the fields of accounting, finance, taxation, and law
enforcement enabled him to not only understand these issues but realize that he could play a role in bringing
the issues into the public arena for analysis and debate.
Patriot Hero Joe Banister's Landmark IRS Trial Underway
From Carl F. Worden firstname.lastname@example.org June 20, 2005
Ladies & gentlemen -
There is a trial going on in San Jose, California right now that will directly affect more American citizens than any other trial that has ever been held anywhere in the United States at any other time in our history. The importance of the outcome of this trial to the United States Government is so great that no national news media is covering it. This trial is more important than any trial Court TV has ever covered.
The Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to silence one of its most formidable critics backfired when a jury acquitted Joe Banister, a former IRS criminal investigation division special agent and fraud expert.
On June 23, in Sacramento, Calif., a unanimous jury of 12 found Banister not guilty of three counts of assisting in preparation of false tax returns and one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.
Ex-IRS agent Joe Banister says citizens not required to pay federal levy
Joe Banister, the former IRS agent who believes citizens are not required to pay federal income taxes, will be the guest today on "Joseph Farah's WorldNetDaily RadioActive," the nationally syndicated talk program.
Former IRS Special Agent & Legal Team On Radio Thurs., Fri., Sat.
Together with attorneys Robert Bernhoft and Robert Barnes of the Bernhoft Law Firm ( www.bernhoftlaw.com ), I have been invited to appear on the following radio shows:
WorldNetDaily Editor Joseph Farah's RadioActive show at 1:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Thursday, July 21st. Visit www.goldenbroadcasters.com or www.wnd.com to listen live or to find out the radio stations that carry Mr. Farah's show.
"The Power Hour" with Dave VonKleist and Joyce Reilly at 6:00 am Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, July 22nd. Visit www.thepowerhour.com to listen live or to find out the radio stations that carry "The Power Hour".
Dave Champion's "American Radio" at 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Saturday, July 23. Visit www.americanradioshow.us to listen live or to find out the radio stations that carry "American Radio".
This report was prepared by Joseph R. Banister, who graduated in 1986 from San Jose State University with a
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. He spent three years at KPMG Peat Marwick on their professional staff as a
senior tax specialist and staff auditor. He then spent nearly two years in the venture capital industry during
which time he became a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California. Mr. Banister left
public practice as a CPA in 1993 when he accepted appointment as a Special Agent (criminal investigator) in the
Department of the Treasury, IRS Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID). Unable to resolve conflicts between
the way the IRS administered the Federal Income Tax and Mr. Banister's oath of office, he resigned from IRS-CID
on February 25, 1999.