Statement of Grievances and Demands for Redress
We the People of the United States, exercising our natural and
constitutional rights to assemble peaceably and to keep and bear arms, and met
as the Militia assembled, and exercising our constitutional right to petition
for grievances, do hereby present this statement of grievances and demands for
A. Federal officials have made war on the People, violated their natural
and constitutional rights, exceeded the limited powers delegated to them under
the Constitution, and betrayed their oaths to faithfully fulfill the provisions
of the Constitution and to execute just treaties, laws and contracts pursuant
1 - They have adopted and enforced statutes and regulations to
deprive the People of their arms and impair the bearing thereof in defense of
themselves and the State, they have failed to fulfill the Constitutional
requirements that the entire Militia be kept organized and trained and in a high
state of readiness, and they have persecuted constitutional militias and other
groups exercising their rights to peaceably assemble and to keep and bear arms,
and sought to prevent them from exercising their constitutional duty to organize
and train themselves.
2 - They have established a criminal Secret Government, involving a
conspiracy of key officials in all branches and levels of government, and
involving government contractors, financial institutions, business
organizations, the media, educational, religious, and charitable organizations,
labor unions, trade associations, and political action groups, to operate above
the law and in violation of the Constitution, to defraud and victimize the
People and deprive them of their lives, liberties, and property. This Secret
Government has committed high crimes and misdemeanors and conspired to conceal
them. It has injured or caused the death of persons who seek to expose its
crimes and bring their perpetrators to justice, and it has assassinated,
prosecuted, financially ruined, or discredited public officials, candidates for
public office, whistleblowers, investigators and reformers who threaten its
3 - They have adopted legislation such as an amendment to the Trading with
the Enemy Act and various Presidential directives such as the 1933 War and
Emergency Power Order which treat the People as the enemy of the Government, and
orders which illegally seek to suspend the Constitution under ill-defined "emergencies";
and made preparations to overthrow the Constitution under circumstances which
are either not true emergencies or which are contrived by a conspiracy of such
4 - They have adopted secret legislation and appropriations of funds, and
kept official activities and documents secret, ostensibly for the purpose of "national
security" but in fact often for the purpose of concealing their crimes and
preventing the prosecution thereof.
5 - They have established systems for rigging elections and have used these
systems to deprive the People of their right to choose their elected officials.
6 - They have exceeded their limited authority to regulate interstate
commerce to improperly encompass prohibition thereof, criminal prosecution for
violations, or to regulate or prohibit activities that are not commercial, or
which have not yet crossed a state boundary, or which once did but have now come
to rest, or which "affect" interstate commerce, or to entities some of
whose activities may involve interstate commerce but which are not themselves
interstate commercial transactions.
7 - They have exceeded their limited authority to impose excise and import
taxes to raise revenues, and have improperly attempted to prohibit activities by
imposing confiscatory taxes on them, treated items or activities as illegal in
themselves when in fact they have only not had taxes paid on them, and
prosecuted persons criminally for failure to pay.
8 - They have passed statutes not intended to be equally and impartially
enforced, but to be applied at the discretion of officials, which laws are all
too often applied not to their intended objects but to innocent persons who
provide easy targets, against the poor, the weak, women, and minorities.
9 - They have adopted legislation and regulations ostensibly intended to
achieve worthwhile purposes, such as public health, occupational safety,
environmental protection, or wilderness conservation, although without
constitutional authority, but which are used by corrupt officials and their
cronies to deprive persons of their property not for a public purpose and
without just compensation.
10 - They have invented and applied the legal ruse of making inanimate
objects parties to legal proceedings to seize and forfeit them, in violation of
the constitutional principle that only natural persons or aggregates thereof may
be parties to due process, and to deny those persons who are the owners of the
objects the right to defend their property rights thereto, thereby depriving
them of their property without just compensation and without having convicted
them of a crime or having properly imposed a tax or fine.
11 - They have illegally prosecuted persons under criminal statutes and
regulations, in Federal courts, for acts not committed on Federal territory,
including acts committed on State territory over which they have no
constitutional jurisdiction except in cases of treason, counterfeiting, piracies
or felonies on the high seas, or offenses against the laws of nations.
12 - They have, in violation of due process and the Constitution, allowed
judges to deny accused persons of the right to a trial by jury, and deprive such
persons of their liberty and property and the exercise of their civil rights,
through such devices as "contempt of court", the pernicious doctrine
that persons may be incarcerated for up to six months without a jury trial, and
"administrative" courts and proceedings which are declared to be "civil"
even though the penalties include the deprivation of life or liberty.
13 - They have illegally declared ratified an income tax amendment which in
fact was never ratified by the required number of states, and erected an illegal
agency on such assumed authority which illegally levies direct taxes on the
people without apportionment, illegally imposes criminal penalties for
non-payment, and which violates the rights of the People to due process, to
protection against warrantless searches, to protection against
self-incrimination, and to trial by jury.
14 - They have made instruments not backed by gold or silver legal tender
for the payment of debts, and illegally allowed the Federal Reserve, a privately
owned corporation, to control the money and credit system of the country without
being properly owned or controlled by the People.
15 - The President has, on several occasions, ordered the military to engage
in warlike activities in foreign nations without the consent of Congress or a
congressional declaration of war, and Congress has failed to impeach him
therefor, in violation of their oaths to faithfully enforce the Constitution.
16 - They have conducted dangerous experiments on persons without their
knowledge or informed consent, involving radiological, chemical, and biological
agents, and mind control devices, resulting in damage to their health and to a
shortening of their lives, they have released dangerous agents into the
environment, and they have used such methods to silence whistleblowers,
investigators, and reformers.
17 - They have, in violation of the constitutional guarantee of equal
application of the laws and the rights of States, used the threat of withholding
Federal funds from States to coerce the states to violate the rights of their
citizens by passing and enforcing legislation without the consent of their
citizens, without providing the funding to pay the costs thereof, while still
collecting the taxes from their citizens which provide the funds they threaten
18 - They have failed to guarantee to the States a republican form of
government, by failing to insist that each State Constitution explicitly
delegate all powers which that State government shall be authorized to exercise,
and allowing them to exercise powers not thus delegated.
19 - They have conducted illegal and warrantless searches of persons and
their premises, effects and vehicles, and seizures of their property, and placed
illegal obstacles to the recovery of such property improperly seized or
compensation for damage or loss.
20 - They have, under color of law and without proper presentation of
warrants of search or arrest, assaulted persons in their homes and places of
business, using excessive force, resulting in unnecessary deaths and injuries,
often to innocent persons, and failed to pay just compensation therefor or to
prosecute those responsible.
21 - They have violated the rights of Native Americans under solemn treaties
established with them, deprived them of their property and liberties, caused
their death and injury, persecuted them when they have tried to assert their
rights, and established institutions of religion which operate to suppress their
language, religion and heritage.
22 - They have corrupted the judiciary to interpret the laws in ways not
consistent with the intentions of the Framers, to deny the rights of persons
under the Constitution, including the rights of defendants in both criminal and
civil trials, to manipulate juries, and to allow officials to exercise powers
not delegated to them under the Constitution.
23 - Judges have failed to inform jurors that they have the power and duty
to judge not only the facts in the case, but the law as well.
24 - They have used the Military, in violation of the Posse Comitatus
Act, to perform police functions and keep order, instead of calling up the
25 - They have illegally and improperly entered the commercial marketplace.
They have used the assets of government agencies to acquire controlling
interests in enterprises on credit not secured by sufficient collateral, then
looted them of their assets, and declared them bankrupt, with the collusion of
corrupt judges and trustees, to conceal their manipulations. They have gained
control of enterprises, subsidizing them to put their competitors into financial
distress, then acquired those competitors and looted their assets. They have
contrived to cause the collapse of savings and loans, acquiring or allowing
their cronies to acquire the institutions and their assets at firesale prices,
and thereby deprived the original owners of a trillion dollars of their assets
and imposed a debt on future generations of taxpayers of hundreds of billions of
dollars. They have improperly brought major sectors of the economy under their
control using government assets, fraudulently acquired enormous funds held in
foreign banks, secretly and illegally, and used that control and those funds for
political purposes and to conceal their activities.
26 - They have falsely charged innocent persons with crimes, concealed,
altered, or manufactured evidence, committed or suborned perjury, and corrupted
judges and manipulated juries, to get convictions, often for no better reason
than to get promotions or to be seen as solving the case, but also to silence
whistleblowers, investigators or reformers, to cover up their crimes.
27 - They have engaged in the manufacture, import and distribution of
illegal, dangerous, addictive substances, even while pretending to conduct a "war
on drugs", both to enrich themselves personally and to raise money to
conduct unauthorized, covert, and often illegal activities by their agencies,
including the very agencies charged with enforcing the laws against such
substances, which has contributed to the injury and death of persons and to
rising rates of crime and violence.
28 - They have conspired with the legal profession to defraud the public,
imposing excessive legal costs and causing excessive costs for insurance
coverage, which has raised the prices of all goods and services and made
domestic products and services less competitive in world markets.
29 - They have established public "authorities" which control vast
assets, but which do so in ways that largely avoid accountability to the public,
and which are the sources of much corruption and abuse.
30 - They have corrupted the bankruptcy courts to deprive persons filing
under Chapter 11 of their assets at firesale prices, to the benefit of the
officials, their agencies or their cronies.
31 - They have conspired to subvert the enforcement of safety standards,
resulting in preventable accidents and the loss of health and life, and have
covered up such subversion.
32 - They have exercised unwarranted influence over public policy debate and
the news media.
33 - They have attempted to interpret treaties, which are necessarily
inferior to the Constitution, as though they were amendments to the
Constitution, in violation of Article V thereof.
B. State and local officials have failed to protect the People from abuses
by federal officials, violated their natural and constitutional rights, exceeded
the limited powers delegated to them under the Federal and State Constitutions,
and betrayed their oaths to faithfully fulfill the provisions of the Federal and
State Constitutions and to execute just compacts, laws and contracts pursuant
1 - They have placed unconstitutional restrictions on the
rights of the People to keep and bear arms and to assemble as independent
2 - They have failed to do their duty to support the organizing and training
of local militia units and keep them in a high state of readiness.
3 - They have violated rights of the People under the Federal and State
Constitutions, and exercised powers not specifically delegated to them under
4 - They have failed to protect the People against abuses of their rights by
federal officials, have failed to prosecute federal officials for crimes
committed under color of law, and have allowed the People to be prosecuted in
federal courts for crimes over which only the State has jurisdiction.
5 - They have passed statutes and ordinances not intended to be equally and
impartially enforced, but to be applied at the discretion of officials, which
laws are all too often applied not to their intended objects but to innocent
persons who provide easy targets, against the poor, the weak, women, and
6 - They have conspired with the legal profession to defraud the public,
imposing excessive legal costs and causing excessive costs for insurance
coverage, which has raised the prices of all goods and services and made
domestic products and services less competitive in world markets.
7 - They have made instruments not backed by gold or silver legal tender for
the payment of debts.
C. The news media have failed to provide the People with complete,
accurate, and timely information that they need to make important public
1 - They have failed to adequately investigate and expose
illegal or improper activities of officials and those doing business with the
2 - They have failed to provide adequate coverage of candidates for public
office and the issues, and treated election campaigns and the process of
government as entertainment or a sporting event, requiring candidates to spend
vast sums for political advertising and to become unduly dependent on
contributors representing special interests.
3 - They have failed to adequately alert the public to problems they may
face in the future, or to bring important matters to their attention.
4 - They have allowed officials and special interests to exercise undue
influence over the information provided to the public.
D. Too many of the People have failed to do their duty to preserve, protect
and defend the Federal and State Constitutions and to participate in the process
of republican government:
1 - They have too often delegated to judges, superiors, or
legal advisors their duty to independently interpret and apply the Federal and
State Constitutions and the laws pursuant thereto to all official acts which
they may be involved.
2 - They have accepted bribes from government to buy their votes, instead of
insisting that elected officials uphold the Constitutions and exercise their
responsibilities for the good of the nation as a whole, and thereby laid the
foundation for corruption throughout government and society.
3 - They have failed to demand complete, accurate, and timely information on
candidates for office and the issues, thereby compelling candidates to become
excessively dependent on contributions from special interests.
4 - They have failed to become involved in the electoral process to bring
forward persons of competence and integrity to become candidates for public
Now, therefore, we demand:
1 - That all statutes, regulations, and orders which are in violation of
their applicable constitutions be immediately repealed or amended to remove the
offending provisions, and specifically:
a · All statutes which regulate, restrict or otherwise
infringe on the right of the People to purchase, own, possess, advertise, sell,
lease, loan, manufacture, transport, or use arms and ammunition for the purposes
of defense of person, family, home, property, and liberty, for the defense and
safety of the State, for sport and recreation, or for other peaceful purposes,
especially those arms suited for militia use.
b · All statutes which restrict the right to assemble peaceably as
c · The Trading with the Enemy Act, War and Emergency Power Order, and
all presidential directives prescribing the suspension of the Constitution or
any part thereof in an emergency.
d · All federal statutes defining crimes committed on State territory
and outside of federal territory other than those of treason, counterfeiting,
piracies or felonies on the high seas, or offenses against the laws of nations,
and that all convictions under such statutes be immediately reversed.
e · All statutes based on the unratified income tax amendment to the
f · All statutes based on the interstate commerce clause of the Federal
Constitution which apply to other than commercial transactions that cross a
state border, or that impose confiscatory fines or criminal penalties for
g · All statutes based on taxing clauses of the Federal Constitution
which have a prohibitory or confiscatory effect, or which impose criminal
penalties for failure to pay.
h · All statutes that allow for the forfeiture of property except for
payment of a tax or fine judged valid by a court of competent jurisdiction.
i · All unconstitutional or unfunded mandates on state or local
2 - That where a consensus exists that a power not delegated to the
government should be exercised thereby, appropriate constitutional amendments be
proposed, debated, and perhaps adopted, and new legislation adopted based on
3 - That officials who have violated their oaths to uphold their respective
constitutions be impeached and removed from office, and specifically:
a · The President, for signing legislation containing
unconstitutional provisions, specifically the recent "Violent Crime Control
and Law Enforcement Act of 1994", and for sending U.S. troops to conduct
war in foreign lands without the consent of Congress.
b · The Attorney-General, for failing to prosecute officials
responsible for the abuse of civil rights, and specifically for the assaults and
killings of people at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Mount Carmel, Texas.
c · The Secretary of the Treasury, for the enforcement of
unconstitutional gun control legislation and for illegally expanding the
definitions of prohibited devices, and for allowing instruments not backed by
gold or silver to be used as legal tender.
4 - That an immediate audit be conducted of the Federal Reserve, that it be
prohibited from issuing notes to be used as legal tender, and that the Treasury
replace all Federal Reserve notes now outstanding with instruments backed by
gold or silver; or, if there is insufficient gold or silver to make this
possible, that the Constitution be amended to allow additional materials having
a stable value to be used to back the currency.
5 - That all secret legislation or budgets and all military or law
enforcement training exercises be fully disclosed and explained to the public,
and all government documents classified at any level of secrecy be immediately
declassified and disclosed to the public, except only those few whose disclosure
would jeopardize human intelligence assets in the field, reveal military
technology not yet in the possession of any foreign power, jeopardize criminal
investigations, or disclose private personnel information.
6 - That until such time as a foolproof method can be found for electronic
voting, all elections be conducted using paper ballots, counted by human beings.
7 - That a system of independent magistrates or prosecutors be established
to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by officials under color of law,
and that grand juries be instructed and encouraged to investigate and bring
indictments for official malfeasance.
8 - That State constitutions be amended as required to enumerate the powers
delegated to the State government by the People, and that the State be forbidden
from exercising any power not thus specifically delegated.
9 - That appropriate federal, state and local legislation be adopted to
implement the provisions of the Federal Constitution to organize and train the
entire Militia and to keep them in a high state of readiness.
10 - That federal and state laws be passed to require judges to inform
jurors that they have the power and duty to judge not only the facts in the
case, but the law, and that in criminal cases, no matter how despicable the
accused or heinous his act, they are to find the accused not guilty if the court
lacks jurisdiction or the law is unconstitutional or improperly applied, and
that a law is unconstitutional if it violates a constitutional right, exceeds
powers delegated to the government, or is excessively vague or not equally
11 - That all government agencies and public authorities be required to
divest themselves of any ownership or control over any private enterprise not
specifically authorized by law, and to return to the general fund all financial
assets not specifically authorized by law.
12 - That all public authorities and entities receiving government funds be
independently audited and the results reported to the public.
13 - That any U.S. troops assigned to serve under a foreign commander do so
only under authority delegated to that foreign commander in accordance with law
by a U.S. commander having supervisory authority over such troops, and that such
authority be subject to revocation at any time.
14 - That the traditional system of Common Law be established in all
15 - That all victims of corporate raiding, bank or savings and loan
manipulation, or bankruptcy fraud perpetrated by government officials or
agencies, be fully compensated for their losses.
16 - That all victims of government-sponsored experimentation be identified
and treated or they or their heirs be compensated.
17 - That all treaties made with Native Americans be honored, and the
ancestral lands guaranteed under such treaties and subsequently taken from them
18 - That all legislation proposed be reviewed by an independent panel of
constitutional scholars who shall advise on the constitutionality of the
provisions thereof, before it is submitted to a final vote.
19 - That the rules of court procedure be amended to provide that on any
appeal of a case in which the government is a party to a multi-judge tribunal on
constitutional grounds, the vote of only one judge is required to establish a
right of a person or to deny a power to an agency of government.
20 - That attorneys be licensed, and their practices reviewed, by state
boards composed of non- lawyers, and that no person shall be allowed to run for
elected office who has practiced law during the preceding five years, nor shall
such person, having held elected office, be permitted to practice law during his
term of office or during the five years after leaving office.
21 - That large news media conglomerates be broken up into competing outlets
having editorial independence, and charged with informing the public of what it
needs to know to make the right public decisions, including providing complete
and accurate information on candidates and issues, and alerting them to
potential problems well in advance of needing to make decisions about them.
22 - That the media open their forums to participation by more citizens and
experts, and not just professional journalists, and provide more exposure for
neglected issues and ideas.
23 - That citizens be educated from childhood to independently interpret and
apply their constitutions to all official acts with which they may be involved,
and not to delegate that responsibility to judges, superiors, or legal advisors.
24 - That citizens be educated to demand complete and accurate information
from public officials and the media on all issues, to participate in the
political process, and not to allow their votes to be bought by bribes from
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