The New Travel Ban You Didn’t Hear About Is Against U.S. Citizens

By Shaun Bradley

As emotions intensify over Trump’s recent immigration ban, the State Department and IRS have quietly used it as a smokescreen to roll out a new policy that targets U.S. citizens for unpaid taxes.

The passports of these individuals can now be revoked and their citizenship status undermined at the behest of one of the government’s most corrupt agencies. By granting the Internal Revenue Service control over passports, due process has been significantly undermined. The shield of protection that U.S. citizenship used to represent has transformed into an inescapable brand of ownership. The desperate financial condition of the federal government will only worsen in the future, forcing it to further consume its own people’s wealth in order to survive.

The new program is set to be implemented over the next few months, and currently only those with ‘seriously delinquent tax debt’ are in the crosshairs. An individual must have $50,000 worth of tax debt to be subject to revocation, but that number can easily be adjusted downward in the future. Once identified by the IRS, a certification is sent to the State Department to begin the process. The taxpayer is then informed of the action taken against them, but any recourse from there is extremely limited. This policy blatantly targets citizens living outside of the country who may not have filed with the IRS while earning an income abroad.

The United States is one of only two countries in the world that entitles itself to tax citizens while they work in other countries. These regulations were bolstered by FATCA legislation, which requires all foreign financial institutions to report account information on Americans. The additional risks that come with having to deal directly with the U.S. government have led many foreign banks to deny American clients altogether.

As society progresses into the next age of authoritarianism, it’s clear that control over travel is going to play a key role in the power structure. The National ID is just one sign of the changing tide and will require federal identification instead of a state driver’s license to travel. These new cards would establish a kind of ‘domestic passport’ system that would open the door to serious abuses against law-abiding citizens. The consolidation of authority into agencies like the TSA and IRS should act as a canary in the coal mine to those worried about the suppression of their freedom of movement.

The ACLU has come out strongly against this kind of control grid being established:

Americans have long had a visceral aversion to building a society in which the authorities could act like totalitarian sentries and demand ‘your papers please!’ And that everyday intrusiveness would be conjoined with the full power of modern computer and database technology. When a police officer or security guard scans your ID card with his pocket bar-code reader, for example, will a permanent record be created of that check, including the time and your location? How long before office buildings, doctors’ offices, gas stations, highway tolls, subways and buses incorporate the ID card into their security or payment systems for greater efficiency? The end result could be a nation where citizens’ movements inside their own country are monitored and recorded through these ‘internal passports.’

Considering all of this, the implications of Trump’s border wall should start to appear more sinister than ever to individual freedom. In the years to come, the wall could just as easily be used to keep people in rather than out.

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The pride that used to be associated with American citizenship created a country of opportunity for those willing to work hard, but now that pride has been replaced with a ball and chain that drags down the prosperity of those hindered by it. Tax evasion is seen by many as a crime deserving of severe punishment, but the hypocrisy of a nation like the United States claiming the moral high ground is laughable. Those who can distance themselves from the jurisdiction of bureaucrats in Washington should do so as soon as possible. America is starting to resemble the Titanic, and there aren’t enough lifeboats for the passengers. The objective now should be to avoid being pulled under the water when the $20 trillion debt bubble implodes.

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  • Cypher

    The US government needs the constant flow of money to power its imperialistic war machine.

  • TomToasty

    This is old news that came out at least 6 months ago.

  • Paul Panza

    Thanks goes to the republican and democratic parties for dismantling the USA. The alien/military/industrial/complex is now laughing its butt off at all the stupid citizens who voted.

      • rkhammack

        And here is the repercussions of those that don’t.

        “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
        [Rom 13:1-8]

  • Forearmed

    How far must we be drug down this road before American Citizens wake up and take back their government by force if need be. I don’t mean militarily, but by taking any and all who would try and rob us, to task personally, those politicians will soon get the message that to fuque with our citizenship may be life altering for them.

    The problem is not government ! The problem is actually human beings. Much to the chagrin of the intellectual group, humans are still animals and continue to have to contend with their most basic animal tendencies. It is called “Our Animalistic Territorial Imperatives”.

    That is when humans try and control each other to do their bidding. Another problem arises as in the movie “2000 A Space Odyssey”. When monkeys touched the monolith they soon realized that tools and group cohesiveness advancement could be used to lay claim to territory and resources by beating their adversaries to death with clubs. This is precisely where we are today. Of course we dress it up in modern intellectual accoutrements, but the fact is we have not really advance emotionally in thousands of years.

    This part and parcel to the enslavement we suffer under because we have allowed those self righteous pieces of “S” in government to use us like slaves to further their agenda of the supremacy of the Continuity of Government !!!

  • Donald

    It’s like being trapped in a big prison cell. The best way out would be to wear a veil and yell Allah Akbur and the government will let you come and go as you please with no questions asked.

  • C

    To announce this as an imminent or current surreptitious, Machiavellian shift in the law by this present administration is fear mongering at its finest. This is grossly inaccurate reporting. This was already in place in 2015 and 2016. Correct me if I am wrong.

  • Dan Smith

    Do Americans know how dangerous this is? The IRS on a WHIM can lock us all in (or out) of the country immediately without any legal recourse…

    • linda

      We already have that in the act signed by OBarfo….that allows any citizen to be locked up without due process, for an indeterminate period, on the mere thought of what that person. people may do…..

  • Leroy Mosley

    Looks like President Sump is working his way to “Make America Revolt Again” it’s time to show him he’s not a King and Kings get overthrown .

    • jjwestP07

      You forget Obama was a dictator and the murderer of thousands.He will be arrested and jailed.

      • Leroy Mosley

        What planet were you on? If they arrest former President Obama then they can arrest the former two Presidents Bushs too , they are not innocent either.

      • Johnny oneye

        Abraham Lincoln hung 38 +2. Indigenous peoples
        What prison did he serve in?
        Oh #duh. Never gonna happen.

  • Alleged Comment

    THE IRS itself is an illegal and unconstitutional agency. Along with dozens and dozens of others agencies. That is why they are doing this.

    Only an unconstitutional agency will go rogue. Like the sodomite negro who was NOT a constitutional president and explains all his treason and unconstitutional edicts and agenda.

    Tho Constitution says only CONGRESS is to collect taxes. NO OTHER entity!

    • Avedon

      You say this as if members of Congress have to personally go door to door collecting taxes themselves for a tax t be legitimate. Congress can vote to empower agencies to do its work. The IRS is that agency.

      • Alleged Comment

        Why do you write your checks to the IRS? Only Congress is to collect taxes.

        “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes,….”

        Only CONGRESS. It does not say any other entity is responsible. This is what the IRS is doing and it is ILLEGAL.

        The reason why Congress did it was to take the BLAME OFF of themselves of RAISING taxes or they would NEVER EVER get elected and would be the dire of their voters forever more. It was to save their OWN skin.

        Now you blame the IRS instead of Congress which raised the ILLEGAL tax schememe!

        This is what has enlarged your government to be an 800lb gorilla on your back. Feeding and starving its population economically and causing a financial burden.

        NO PROBLEM. Congress created another illegal entity to take care of the problem. The illegal federal reserve to print money like crazy and stay ahead of the schememe expanding the economy on your back again by creating “debt” money.

        For awhile it SHUTS you up!

        But that is why we are anywhere (according to some) between $125 to $250 trillion of debt with obligations that will never come.

        This will probably bring in the Mark of the Beast, an economic collapse, starvation, civil confusion and blame and WAR III to settle it all for the want of a horse.

        So next time keep it simple, keep it legal, keep it constitutional.

        • Avedon

          Why do you write such nonsense? The IRS is the tool that Congress uses to collect taxes, as is their job.

          • Alleged Comment

            No. It gives no authority to Congress to delegate it.

            If you wrote a contract like that say you would personally do the work and you sent another person, then you broke that contract.

            This was done to save their ass*s and yet increase your illegal taxes and enlarge government. To burden, and therefore, CONTROL you.

            That is why it was written that way by our savvy forefathers but not obeyed by our scabby Congress.

    • Bunny Brown

      Just like 43 ahead of him

      • Alleged Comment

        Maybe 41 since the internet. 🙂

      • keith

        Bunny Brown, Agreed 100% keith

  • When the only reason for living in America is because either you know you’ll just be jumping from one frying pan to another and/or because you’ve to pay to leave, you know America is headed down the wrong path.

    • keith

      For at least 116years and counting, keith

  • Johnny oneye

    In Iceland they jailed the bankers
    In America they made them government officials
    Noahs Ark
    #SWAMP LIFE

  • Doc No

    While the Donald announced that he shall abolish the Federal Reserve but he will allow IRS control of Americans travel documents? I am certain that Trump acknowledges that the IRS was branched out from the Ashkenazic Federal Reserve along with FBI as the chokehold on We the People.

    • jjwestP07

      Not True. Obama administration did this. . Its called fake news. Trump adm. had nothing to do with IRS tax travel. Its just weasel juice. More Obama regulations are even worse and will be blamed on President Trump.

  • Avedon

    If the US government is actually going to revoke passports of people who are in tax arrears, that certainly is outrageous. However, I’m concerned about citing a story that has such an erroneous understanding of the US economy and that takes Darrell Issa’s ludicrous charges about the IRS seriously.

    Issa had the IRS compile a list of right-wing groups the IRS had made to check whether they were in violation of exemption status. He specified right-wing groups only and was not interested in what left-wing/liberal groups were treated similarly. When the IRS complied, Issa made a big show of discovering that the IRS was targeting right-wing groups and implyling that leftward groups were not also investigated in exactly the same way, which of course is a complete lie. The IRS subjects left-leaning groups to precisely the same standard it does right-leaning groups, and always has done so.

    (Ironically, Issa undercut his own argument with this scam, which he was using to say that Obama was abusing his office to target political enemies. In fact, Obama did target people whose free speech he disapproved of, but not using the IRS. The whistleblowers he jailed or has attempted to take into custody are the obvious victims of his political abuses, and he is the only president ever to have declared his right to order American citizens killed without trial, which he did in the case of a citizen whose only acts were speaking and writing against US policy. This is not conspiracy theory, it’s all on the record and very real. What Issa did with the IRS scam was give Obama cover by making spurious charges everyone who knew the background knew they could ignore.)

    The United States government can not go broke. The very idea that we can do so is a scam meant to prevent government from enacting policies that serve the public. You’ll notice that deficit hawks seldom have a word to say about the cost of military action, but they are always there to explain why we can’t provide the kind of education and medical care to all citizens that the whole of western Europe manages to provide to its citzens. Even Cuba can do it, but the US is too poor? Please.

  • Ed Makan

    Its all part of what has been called MIMAC, the Military Industrial Media Academic Complex which has infested nearly every aspect of your life. The ruling elite’s ultimate goal is total control of a microchipped population.
    What can be done seems fruitless as so many of the herd has been brainwashed and indoctrinated.
    As its been said. In the short term, not much can be done and in the long term we are all dead.

  • Craig Watts

    It’s time we got rid of the IRS… the collection system of the Federal Reserve. We don’t need either one of them, as history has proven.

    • Makedah Boyce

      I agree.

  • If foreign governments banned banks from asking about people’s US citizenship, or forcing them to pay taxes according to US law when overseas (where US law isn’t law), this law would have no teeth whatever until the US citizen went to the US. It particularly concerns people with dual US citizenship they did not ask for, as when people are born overseas with one American parent, or in the US of two foreign parents. If they want to live in the US, fine. Otherwise, they should be protected by local law.

  • Alleged Comment

    I hit the nail on your head didn’t I? Too bad I missed your balls to take you out.

    And GET OUT of momma’s basement!

    • keith

      Thanks much, alledged,keith

  • whatgives?

    Awfully misleading to blame this on Trump.

  • How much do you have to make to be delinquent over 50 grand?

  • jjwestP07

    Research shows this was put in by the Obama administration. President Trump had nothing to do with it. We will see more of this type of news as the awful regulations of the Obama yrs comes out and the left never mentions they are responsible. FAKE NEWS by msm.

  • Steven Saxton

    This is not a new law. When I got my passport 2 years ago, I remember reading of this law then. #ClickBait

  • Draco

    Australia is also another country that will go to extraordinary lengths to tax citizens who live abroad.

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