Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry (SEDM)
Fellowship Member Agreement
Revision: 1.42, 11/24/2012
“Revenue Laws relate to taxpayers [instrumentalities, officers, employees, and elected officials of the national Government] and not to non-taxpayers [non-resident non-persons domiciled in states of the Union without the exclusive jurisdiction of the national Government]. The latter are without their scope. No procedures are prescribed for non-taxpayers and no attempt is made to annul any of their Rights or Remedies in due course of law. With them [non-taxpayers] Congress does not assume to deal and they are neither of the subject nor of the object of federal revenue laws.”
[Economy Plumbing & Heating v. U.S. , 470 F.2d, 585 (1972)]
Comes now, _________________________________________________(print your FULL legal birthname legibly), who desires to join the fellowship and the ministry of Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry (SEDM). In consideration of the valuable information offered by the Ministry, I declare my consent to abide unconditionally with this agreement by any one or more of the following means:
- Contacting us for help with their problems or questions either via email or using our Contact Us Page..
- Requesting our services through the Ministry Bookstore, such as IMF Decoding, paralegal help, etc.
- Obtain ministry materials or information offered through the Ministry Bookstore.
- Participating in the Ministry as a volunteer or agent.
- Signing this Member Agreement and submitting it to the Ministry through mail, email, fax, in person, or our forums.
- Signing up for our Member Subscriptions or availing yourself of any of its benefits.
- Downloading any of the free materials or information available on the SEDM website at http://sedm.org.
This provision EXCLUDES the Member Agreement, Form #01.001 itself.
- Making a donation to the ministry.
- Signing up to be part of our Member Forums.
- Submitting or sending any of the materials appearing on this website to any third party in any administrative or legal matter, and especially one involving any Member or Officer of this ministry.
- Using any of the materials or output of services available through this website as evidence in any legal or administrative enforcement proceeding.
- Making any commercial use whatsoever of the materials or services available through this ministry so as to benefit anyone OTHER than the ministry. This includes: 1. Trying to enjoin the materials; 2. Slandering the authors as a way to maximize revenues to a corrupted de facto government from ILLEGAL enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code; 3. Selling the materials available through this website in violation of the copyright.
- Joining our Member Emailing List that might be connected with this ministry.
- Signing up for a Member Account.
In joining the ministry by the above methods, I declare that:
- I believe in God. (see section 9 of our About Us page for details on our approach to the requirement for religious faith).
- I put service to God and His Laws (found in His Holy book) above either self or man or government.
- I consider justice and truth more important than personal profit or material wealth or personal security.
[the RIGHT to be LEFT ALONE by EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE
GOVERNMENT] is the end of government. It is the end of
civil society. It ever has been, and ever will be pursued,
until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the
Federalist No. 51 (1788), James Madison]
- I am not a "tax protester", "tax denier", "tax defier", "sovereign citizen", or any other convenient stereotype or label. Rather, I am a crime fighter who seeks to enforce the law and preserve the requirement for express, written, fully informed consent of the governed that is the origin of all of the just civil authority of government according to the Declaration of Independence.
Consensus facit legem.
Consent makes the law. A contract [or civil law] is a law between the parties, which can acquire force only by consent.
[Bouvier’s Maxims of Law, 1856;
- I am NOT ANTI-government, but rather pro SELF-government under the authority of only God's laws. I regard this as an essential element of my religious practices and beliefs.
- I am a human being and not a civil statutory "person" whose legal “domicile” is either within a de jure state of the Union and outside of federal territory, or within the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. My King, my Savior, my Lawgiver, my Judge, and my ONLY protector is God and not any vain man or earthly government. I may not bow down to nor serve any other false gods, including governments, because this is idolatry. See the link and quote below for the reasons why this is:
Why Domicile and Becoming a "Taxpayer" Require Your Consent, Form #05.002; http://sedm.org/Forms/05-MemLaw/Domicile.pdf
“You shall have no other gods [including Kings or government] before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down or serve them [governments or Kings]. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
[Exodus 20:3-6 , Bible, NKVJ]
- I am a statutory “non-resident non-person” in respect to the national but not federal government and a “transient foreigner” on the earth. This status is a product of the separation of powers between the states and the national government. See:
- I am "stateless" within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. §1332(a) immune from the jurisdiction of the federal courts, which are all Article IV, legislative, territorial courts.
- I am NOT:
9.1 A STATUTORY “U.S. Citizen” as defined by the Federal Government in 8 U.S.C. §1401, 26 U.S.C. §3121(e), or 26 C.F.R. §1.1-1(c ). Rather, I am a CONSTITUTIONAL citizen and a STATUTORY "non-resident". Click here for details on the difference between STATUTORY citizens and CONSTITUTIONAL citizens .
9.2 The statutory “citizen of the United States” described in 26 C.F.R. §1.6012-1(a), who has a requirement to file a federal income tax return. The “United States” described therein is defined in 26 U.S.C. §7701(a)(9) and (a)(10) and includes no de jure state of the Union.
9.3 A U.S. statutory “resident” (alien) as defined by the Federal Government under 26 U.S.C. §7701(b)(1)(A). All “residents” are statutory “aliens” in the I.R.C. who have selected a domicile on federal territory or who have agreed to represent an entity domiciled on federal territory as a public officer, and I do not satisfy either criteria and therefore am a transient foreigner and nonresident in relation to federal jurisdiction.
9.4 A statutory "U.S. Person" as defined in 26 U.S.C. §7701(a)(30).
9.5 A statutory “nonresident alien individual” as defined in 26 U.S.C. §7701(b)(1)(B) with any earnings from within the statutory "United States" or “effectively connected with a trade or business" in the statutory "United States” as described in 26 U.S.C. §871.
9.6 A statutory "individual" as defined in 26 C.F.R. §1.1441-1(c )(3) or a "nonresident alien individual" as defined in 26 C.F.R. §1.1441-1(c )(3)(ii). All "individuals" are public officers in the U.S. government engaged in franchises, and I am not such an entity.
9.7 Federal statutory "employee" as defined in 26 U.S.C. §3401(c), 5 U.S.C. §2105(a), or 26 C.F.R. §31.3401(c )-1.
9.8 A statutory "person" with any contracts in place, agency, or fiduciary duty with the federal government. Such contracts include but are not limited to the W-4, 1040, or SS-5 federal forms.
9.9 A "customer" or a "client", but rather a "Member". God is the only "customer" in the ministry and we all serve, worship, and subsidize ONLY Him and not any vain man or creation of men called "government".
Instead, my earnings and all of my property is a “foreign estate” as described in 26 U.S.C. §7701(a)(31) and not subject to the jurisdiction of the Internal Revenue Code. I am a Secured Party to the Constitution as I do not maintain a domicile or residence within the exclusive or general jurisdiction of the Federal Government but temporarily occupy (not “reside” or "inhabit" within) the 50 states of the Union. As such, the Special Law found in Title 26 does not apply to me, which is confirmed by the Legislative Intent of the 16th Amendment. See Federal Jurisdiction, Form #05.018 for overwhelming evidence supporting this firm conviction of mine.
- I regard any attempt by any judge or government officer to associate ANY civil statutory status, legal status, or public right with me or others in the the context of my EXCLUSIVELY PRIVATE interactions with the Ministry or any government as:
10.1 A criminal act of identity theft. See: Government Identity Theft, Form #05.046; http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm.
10.2 An attempt by a corrupted government to compel me to contract with them by making me party to a "social compact" that I want nothing to do with.
10.3 A direct interference with my unlienable right to PRIVATELY contract or NOT contract as I see fit.
10.4 An attempt to offer me "protection" that I define as an INJURY and NOT protection.
10.5 THEFT of my property and rights to property.
10.6 An act of international terrorism.
10.7 The legal equivalent of outlawing PRIVATE property and PRIVATE rights. All governments are established to PROTECT private property, not outlaw its exercise or possession by associating public statuses with it without the express consent of the owner in EACH SPECIFIC case. The ability to regulate EXCLUSIVELY PRIVATE rights is repugnant to the Constitution and I define this relationship as EXCLUSIVELY PRIVATE and therefore entirely beyond control, taxation, regulation, or protection by any government.
Such civil statuses include, but are not limited to "citizen", "resident", "person", "individual", "taxpayer", "U.S. citizen", "citizen of the United States", etc. The reasons are documented in Your Exclusive Right to Declare or Establish Your Civil Status, Form #13.008; http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm. The common law and equity ALONE administered by a jury of disinterested peers who shall judge the law AND the facts is the only vehicle available to resolve disputes among and between parties to this agreement. All government judges, all of whom have a criminal conflict of interest, are hereby FIRED entirely from any participation in such a dispute.
- I am a reasonable, responsible, patriotic, and open-minded human being but not statutory "individual" or "person" who, like the ministry, simply wants an honest and accountable government that diligently obeys and respects the Constitution, enacted positive law, and does not try to enforce that which is not enacted positive law. Every American expects and deserves a government that respects and protects the requirement for "consent" and choice in every interaction between it and its inhabitants, including in the area of taxation (see Form #05.002). The reason is that the Declaration of Independence says that all just powers of government are based on the “consent of the governed”. Where there is no explicit, written, informed consent, there is no authority and nothing but tyranny and injustice. Because it is not respecting these limits on its authority, then I cannot and will not subsidize or condone or aid any efforts which would conflict with these objectives with my earnings or my labor or my tacit consent or obedience:
“If money is wanted by Rulers who have in any manner oppressed the people, they may retain it until their grievances are redressed, and thus peaceably procure relief, without trusting to despised petitions or disturbing the public tranquility.”
[Continental Congress, 1774; Am. Pol., 233; Journals of the Continental Congress, October 26, 1774]
- If, after consenting to this agreement, I sign or submit any government form that contradicts my status as indicated in this agreement, and especially a government form signed under penalty of perjury, I further declare that all the following are true in relation to such a circumstance:
12.1 The Tax Form Attachment, Form #04.201, supersedes and controls everything on that government form and any other government form that I signed after consenting to this agreement.
12.2 I was under illegal duress which is being protected by a complicit CRIMINAL judiciary.
12.3 I was a victim of de facto officers of an organized crime "protection racket" and had no other choice but to commit perjury on a government form and contradict my statements on this form in order to procure the Constitutional right to simply be left alone and to minimize the risk to my financial health, myself, and my family.
12.4 This member agreement shall constitute a formal criminal complaint to prosecute all those engaged in said unlawful duress. I acknowledge that a willful failure or omission by any officer of any government who is party to this agreement in prosecuting and reporting all such criminal activity shall also make them an accessory after the fact to it and guilty of misprision of felony in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§3 & 4.
12.5 The nature of the duress I am under is extensively documented in:
Affidavit of Duress: Illegal Tax Enforcement by De Facto Officers, Form #02.005
I understand that it is the policy of the ministry not to provide legal advice or representation, but instead to teach and empower the sovereign people themselves to manage their own legal affairs without the involvement of either the ministry or a corrupted legal profession.
I understand that it is not the mission or goal of the ministry to make legal recommendations or judgments about my status as either a “taxpayer” or a “nontaxpayer”. The reason is explained in: Your Exclusive Right to Declare or Establish Your Civil Status, Form #13.008. http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm. Furthermore, I understand that only I, under the Internal Revenue Code, and not the IRS (see Internal Revenue Manual section 188.8.131.52.7 and 26 U.S.C. §6020(b)) nor the courts of justice (see 28 U.S.C. §2201(a)), nor anyone in government, may determine whether I as a human being and NOT a "person" am “liable” for Subtitle A income taxes under the Internal Revenue Code. This is a result of the fact that “Our tax system is based upon voluntary [self] assessment and payment, not upon distraint “, according to the U.S. Supreme Court in Flora v. United States, 362 U.S. 145 (1959).
"A reasonable construction of the taxing statutes does not include vesting any tax official with absolute power of assessment against individuals not specified in the statutes as a person liable for the tax without an opportunity for judicial review of this status before the appellation of 'taxpayer' is bestowed upon them and their property is seized..."
[Botta v. Scanlon, 288 F.2d. 504, 508 (1961)]
The main reasons I am involving the ministry is to:
- Mature and strengthen my religious faith.
- Learn how to research, explain, and enforce the law, and thereby to become a better member of whatever society I am physically situated within.
“One who turns his ear from hearing the law [God's law or man's law], even his prayer is an abomination.”
[Prov. 28:9, Bible, NKJV]
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
[Joshua 1:8-9, Bible, NKJV,
IMPLICATION: If you aren't reading and trying to obey God's law daily, then you're not doing God's will and you will not prosper]
"But this crowd that does not know [and quote and follow and use] the law is accursed.”
[John 7:49, Bible, NKJV]
"Salvation is far from the wicked, For they do not seek Your [God's] statutes."
[Psalm 119:155, Bible, NKJV]
"Every man is supposed to know the law. A party who makes a contract [or enters into a franchise, which is also a contract] with an officer [of the government] without having it reduced to writing is knowingly accessory to a violation of duty on his part. Such a party aids in the violation of the law."
[Clark v. United States, 95 U.S. 539 (1877)]
- Enhance my relationship to the Creator by learning and obeying His Holy Laws and bringing myself into complete submission exclusively to His will in every area of my life.
- Seek education and help in disconnecting completely from all government "benefits", privileges, franchises, contracts, licenses, and identifying numbers in order that I can avoid violating the commandments found in Matt. 6:24 and Luke 16:13 not to serve two masters: God and mammon, meaning government. This will ensure that I serve ONLY one sovereign, who is God. For details, see:
Government Instituted Slavery Using Franchises, Form #05.030
- Help me get educated about my God-given rights and how to defend them. The main reason I have to take personal responsibility for defending my rights in this way is because government has refused its duty under the Constitution to do so. Therefore, the Master must do what the servant is maliciously unwilling to do. Below are what a few prominent authorities say about the virtues of education, and the Constitutionally protected Free Assembly which it is based upon:
"Only the educated are free."
"A popular government without popular information [about GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION] or the means of acquiring it, is
but a Prologue to Farce, or a Tragedy, or perhaps both.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. and a people who
mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the
power which knowledge gives."
Madison; Letter from James Madison to W.T. Barry (Aug.
4, 1822), in 9 THE WRITINGS OF JAMES MADISON 103 (Gaillard
Hunt ed., 1910)]
"...the greatest menace to freedom is an inert [passive, ignorant, and uneducated] people [who refuse, as jurists and voters and active citizens, to expose and punish evil in our government]"
[Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)]
"The American people have always regarded education and acquisition of knowledge as matters of supreme importance which should be diligently promoted [in order to maintain and protect their liberty]. The Ordinance of 1787 declares: 'Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness [and liberty] of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.'"
[Meyer v. State of Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923)]
"And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws [of both God and man], and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work [of obedience to God] that they must do."
[Exodus 18:20, Bible, NKJV]
"My [God's] people are destroyed [and enslaved] for lack of knowledge [and the lack of education that produces it].”
[Hosea 4:6, Bible, NKJV]
I certify that my motivations and reasons for joining the ministry are spiritual, moral, and legal. I further certify that my reasons for joining do NOT include any of the following:
- I am not pursuing membership for financial, political, or commercial reasons. I do not seek prosperity in joining this ministry. Jesus did not have commercial motivations and neither do I. Jesus said in Matt. 6:21 and Luke 12:34 that where a man’s treasure is, there his heart will be also, and my treasure isn’t on this Earth and isn’t found in any government “benefit” or commercial franchise.
“Where do wars and fights [in the ballot box and the jury box] come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure [unearned money or "benefits" from the government] that war in your members [and your democratic SOCIALIST governments]? You lust [after other people's money] and do not have. You murder [the unborn to increase your standard of living] and covet [the unearned] and cannot obtain [except by empowering your de facto THIEF government to STEAL for you!]. You fight and war [against the rich and the nontaxpayers to subsidize your idleness and dependency with a STOLEN Social Security retirement check]. Yet you do not have because you do not ask [the Lord, but instead ask the corrupt and deceitful government]. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures ["benefits"]. Adulterers and adulteresses [harlots, Rev. 17]! Do you not know that friendship [or STATUTORY citizenship] with the world [or the governments of the world] is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend [a STATUTORY “citizen”, “resident”, or “taxpayer”] of the world [or the governments of the world] makes himself an enemy of God.”
[James 4:1-4, Bible, NKJV]
“Here I close my opinion. I could not say less in view of questions of such gravity that go down to the very foundation of the government. If the provisions of the constitution can be set aside by an act of congress, where is the course of usurpation [abuse of taxation power for THEFT and wealth transfer] to end? The present assault [WAR!] upon capital [PRIVATE property] is but the beginning. It will be but the stepping-stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests [in the jury box and the ballot box between the HAVES and the HAVE NOTS] will become a war of the poor against the rich,-a war constantly growing in intensity and bitterness. 'If the court sanctions the power of discriminating [UNEQUAL or GRADUATED] taxation, and nullifies the uniformity mandate of the constitution,' as said by one who has been all his life a student of our institutions, 'it will mark the hour when the sure decadence of our present government will commence.'”
[Pollock v. Farmers Loan and Trust Co., 157 U.S. 429 (1895)]
- I do not seek sovereignty for any of the following reasons:
2.1 As a get out of jail free card. We don’t promote or condone sovereignty as an excuse to be free from the criminal laws, for instance. EVERYONE is subject to real, de jure criminal laws and SHOULD be subject.
2.2 As an excuse to be irresponsible for any loans or commitments I previously made. Some people for instance are only interested in sovereignty so they can cancel debts or obligations they previously made. We, on the other hand, believe that one should always honor every commitment or debt they previously consented to, even if their consent at the time was not fully informed.
2.3 As an excuse to engage in violent, harmful, or criminal behavior. We believe that everyone should be accountable and responsible for the harms they cause to others under the concept of equality of all. In a civil context, that accountability is the common law and NOT the civil statutory law.
2.4. As an excuse to reject ALL man-made law and thereby be an anarchist. We think that true sovereignty can only truly exist among a people who:
2.4.1 Are accountable under God’s laws at all times.
2.4.2 Cannot pick or choose which subset of God’s laws they CONSENT to be accountable under.
2.4.3 Are accountable under the criminal laws of the country they are physically present within, regardless of their civil status or domicile.
2.4.4 Do not surrender their sovereignty by consenting to be civil statutory persons or choosing a civil domicile within the statutory jurisdiction of any government.
2.5 As a justification to call myself a “sovereign citizen” or ANY OTHER name, label, or stereotype the government might use to persecute whistleblowers that insist on an accountable, law abiding government. We are simply crime fighters who seek to enforce the sovereignty delegated to use by the only true sovereign, which is God.
2.6 As a justification to enforce superior rights or importance to myself or inferior rights to anyone else under any law. ALL are equal under REAL law. That which creates or enforces an unequal or inferior status in the eyes of the government is and must at all times be a voluntary franchise that I seek to avoid.
Rather, I simply seek to be LEFT ALONE so that I can civilly govern and support myself and my family and loved ones without any external involvement or interference from any man or vain government of men. The legal definition of "justice", in fact, is the moral habit of
simply leaving people alone and protecting their right to be left
alone. Therefore, the goal of my participation in the ministry
is "justice" as legally defined.
"The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man's spiritual nature, of his feelings and of his intellect. They knew that only a part of the pain, pleasure and satisfactions of life are to be found in material things. They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone - the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men."
[Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 478 (1928) (Brandeis, J., dissenting); see also Washington v. Harper, 494 U.S. 210 (1990)]
"With all [our] blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens--a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities."
[Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801. ME 3:320]
"Do not strive with [BOTHER] a man without cause, if he has
done you no harm."
3:30, Bible, NKJV]
"Love does no
harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."
13:10, Bible, NKJV]
I shouldn’t have to bribe a government “protection racket” or become a customer of government protection called a "resident", "citizen", or "inhabitant" to earn or deserve the right to simply be left alone, and it costs the government NOTHING to leave me alone. My rights attach to the land I stand on and not my STATUTORY CIVIL status anyway.
“It is locality that is determinative of the application of the Constitution, in such matters as judicial procedure, and not the status of the people who live in it.”
[Balzac v. Porto Rico, 258 U.S. 298 (1922)]
It's unconstitutional to convert Constitutional rights into “privileges” anyway, and the only place such a conversion can lawfully occur is on federal territory not protected by the Constitution and where PRIVATE rights don’t exist and everything is a PUBLIC PRIVILEGE. Otherwise, the Declaration of Independence says my Constitutional rights are “inalienable”, which means they are incapable of being sold, exchanged, transferred, or bargained away in relation to a REAL, de jure government by ANY means, including through any government franchise. A lawful de jure government cannot be established SOLELY to protect PRIVATE rights and at the same time:
- Make a profitable business or franchise out of DESTROYING, taxing, regulating, and compromising rights and enticing people to surrender those same inalienable rights. See:
Government Instituted Slavery Using Franchises, Form #05.030, http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm.
- Refuse to protect or even recognize the existence of private rights. This includes:
2.1. Prejudicially presuming that there are no private rights because everyone is the subject of statutory civil law. All statutory civil law regulates GOVERNMENT conduct, not private conduct. See:
Why Statutory Civil Law is Law for Government and Not Private Persons, Form #05.037, http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm.
2.2 Compelling people to engage in public franchises by forcing them to use Social Security Numbers or refusing to prosecute those who compel their use in violation of 42 U.S.C. §408(a)(8). See:
Resignation of Compelled Social Security Trustee, Form #06.002, http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm.
2.3 Presuming that all those interacting with the government are officers and employees of the government called "persons", “U.S. citizens” or “U.S. residents”, “individuals”, “taxpayers” (under the income tax franchise), “motorists” (under the drivers license franchise), “spouses” (under the marriage license Franchise), etc. The First Amendment protects our right NOT to contract or associate with such statuses and to choose any status that we want and be PROTECTED in that choice from the adverse and injurious presumptions of others. See:
Your Exclusive Right to Declare or Establish Your Civil Status, Form #13.008, http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm.
2.4. Refusing the DUTY to prosecute employers who compel completing form W-4, which is the WRONG form for most Americans.
2.5. Refusing to prosecute those who submit false information returns against people NOT engaged in public offices within the government in the District of Columbia. See:
Correcting Erroneous Information Returns, Form #04.001, http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm.
- Refuse to recognize anyone’s right and choice not to engage in franchises such as a “trade or business” or to quit any franchise they may have unknowingly signed up for.
3.1 Refusing to provide or hiding forms that allow you to quit franchises and/or telling people they can’t quit. For instance, Social Security Administration hides the form for quitting Social Security and tells people they aren’t allowed to quit. This is SLAVERY in violation of the Thirteenth Amendment.
3.2 Offering "exempt" status on tax forms but refusing to provide or even recognize a "not subject" or "nontaxpayer" option. These two statuses are completely different and mutually exclusive. See:
Flawed Tax Arguments to Avoid, Form #08.004, Section 7.12, http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm.
3.3 Refusing to file corrected information returns that zero out false reports of third parties, interfering with their filing, or not providing a form that the VICTIM, rather than the filer can use, to correct them.
3.4 Refusing to provide a definition of “trade or business” in their publication that would warn most Americans that they not only aren’t involved in it, but are committing a CRIME to get involved in it in violation of 18 U.S.C. §912.
- Deprive people of a remedy for the protection of private rights by turning all courts into administrative franchise/property courts in the Executive Branch instead of the Judicial Branch, such as Traffic Court, Family Court, Tax Court, and all federal District and Circuit Courts. See: What Happened to Justice?, Form #06.012; http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm. This forces people to fraudulently declare themselves a privileged franchisee such as a “taxpayer” before they can get a remedy. See Tax Court Rule 13(a), which says that only “taxpayers” can petition Tax Court. See also Corp. of Presiding Bishop of Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints v. Hodel, 830 F.2d 374, 385 (D.C. Cir. 1987), in which STATUTORY citizens are not entitled to Article III CONSTITUTIONAL "district courts of the United States" and can ONLY go to Executive Branch FRANCHISE courts.
- Make a profitable business out of penalizing or taxing
crime. Note that we don't object to REPARATIONS that go to
the VICTIM, but PENALTIES that go to the government. Any government that profits from crime is always
going to try to foster and promote more of it and the more
profitable it is, the more motivated they become to undertake
this kind of abuse.
This kind of CRIMINAL conflict of interest will always corrupt any
governmental system and undermine the security of private rights
that is the reason governments are created for to begin with. See:
Why the Government Needs Crime; http://famguardian.org/Subjects/LawAndGovt/LegalEthics/WhyGovernmentNeedsCrime.htm
It is precisely the above abuses by political and/or religious leaders that were the ONLY thing that Jesus ever got angry about during his short time on Earth. See Matt. 21:12-17 and Matt. 23. These passages were written by a former tax collector who quit his job in disgust when Jesus showed him the evil inherent in the above abuses. As a believer, these types of abuses make me just as angry and upset as Jesus was because of the inequality, injustice, and hypocrisy they promote and protect. Like Jesus, I call to repentence any and all in churches and or governments who engage in such despicable behavior. The behavior is so prevalent that every time Jesus used the phrase "sinners", he also preceded it with "tax collectors and", as if to imply that they are synonymous. That's why the New Testament BEGAN in the Tax Collector's office of Matthew, where the sinners he came to call to repentence could be found. See Eccl. 2:26, which indicates that those who “gather and collect” are sinners. That is also why one of the charges levied against Jesus was that he was a "tax protester" in Luke 23:2 and that his advocacy was "perverting a nation". See:
Jesus of Nazareth: Illegal Tax Protester, Ned Netterville; Link1, Link2, Link 3
REAL de jure Judges cannot serve two masters, Justice and Money/Mammon, without having a criminal conflict of interest and converting the Public Trust into a Sham Trust. Anyone who therefore claims the authority to use franchises to entice me to surrender or destroy the private rights which all just government were established ONLY to protect cannot lawfully or truthfully claim to be a “government” and is simply a de facto private corporation, a usurper, and a tyrant pretending to be a government. In fact, I believe it constitutes an "invasion" within the meaning of Article 4, Section 4 of the United States Constitution as well as an act of international terrorism for the federal government to either offer or enforce any national franchise within any constitutional state of the Union, or for any state of the Union to condone or allow such activity. See:
De Facto Government Scam, Form #05.043; http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm
My motives are not commercial, but ANTI-commercial. Black's Law Dictionary defines "commerce" as intercourse, and God’s delegation of authority order and law forbids me to fornicate or do business with, or contract with, or make or receive payments from any government, ruler, king, or potentate.
"And I heard another voice from heaven [God] saying, 'Come out of her [Babylon the Great Harlot, a democratic, rather than republican, state full of socialist non-believers], my people [Christians], lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.'"
[Revelation 18:4, Bible, NKJV]
"By the abundance of your [Satan's] trading [commerce] You became filled with violence within, And you [Satan] sinned; Therefore I [God] cast you [Satan] as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. "
[Ezekial 28:16, Bible, NKJV]
Since the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:9-10), then the only thing that commercial motivations can do is bring evil into the ministry and I am joining the ministry to AVOID and prevent evil, not to seek evil.
"For the love of money [and even government “benefits”, which are payments] is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
[1 Timothy 6:9-10, Bible, NKJV]
"Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death."
[Prov. 21:6, Bible, NKJV]
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
[Declaration of Independence]
The only thing I will use the materials, education, or information for that are provided by the ministry is to worship, serve, and glorify my Creator above every man, ruler, law, or government and to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances of wrongs against my life, liberty, property, and family that violate either the Creator’s Sovereign Laws or man’s laws. This is an exercise of my religious faith and my right to Petition the Government that is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. This is a lawful purpose so that it can never be said that either I nor the ministry are engaging in unlawful activity subject to any penalty or other unconstitutional “ Bill of Attainder”.
- I agree to follow the following procedure for restoring and defending my sovereign status:
Path to Freedom, Form #09.015
- I will not bring reproach upon this ministry by using any ministry materials or services for commercial or financial reasons. Instead, I will consistently describe my motivations as being exclusively spiritual, moral, legal, and religious. For instance, I will not use ministry materials or services in connection with any of the following:
2.1. Mortgage cancellation.
2.2. Debt cancellation.
2.3. Bills of exchange used in paying off tax debts.
2.5 Using the "straw man" commercially to benefit anyone but its owner, which is the government. The "straw man" is a creation of and property of the government, and I acknowledge that it is stealing from the government to use their property, which is public property, for my own private benefit. I seek to abandon the straw man, not hijack him to steal from the government. See:
Proof That There Is a "Straw Man", Form #05.042;http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm.
For the reasons for all the above, see:
Policy Document: UCC Redemption, Form #08.002; http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm.
- I agree and commit to diligently educate myself by regularly reading and studying the word of God.
- I agree to regularly study, learn, and obey man's law and to use that knowledge to ensure that our public servants remain accountable to us, who are the true sovereigns and “governing authorities" within our system of Republican government. I will do this by reading or vieweing the free sources of enacted law found on the ministry website and especially the Liberty University. The purpose of reading or viewing these materials is so that I can learn how to love and protect my neighbor out of obedience to the last six commandments of the Ten Commandments.
"And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws [of both God and man], and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work [of obedience to God] that they must do."
[Exodus 18:20, Bible, NKJV]
“The words 'people of the United States' and 'citizens,' are synonymous terms, and mean the same thing. They both describe the political body who, according to our republican institutions, form the sovereignty, and who hold the power and conduct the government through their representatives. They are what we familiarly call the 'sovereign people,' and every citizen is one of this people, and a constituent member of this sovereignty. ..."
[Boyd v. State of Nebraska, 143 U.S. 135 (1892)]
- I agree to help educate all the consenting people I know and come in contact with about everything that I learn by reading and studying God's laws and man's laws and participating in the ministry.
- I agree and commit to defend the credibility and integrity of the fellowship and ministry and every member by promptly contacting the ministry in writing via the Contact Us page if or when I find anything that is either erroneous or inconsistent with the law when or if I find it so that it may be promptly corrected. If I don’t, and if I am a government employee, officer, or agent, then I become a Member in Bad Standing.
- I accept my share of the obligation to financially support this religious ministry through free will offerings so that we as a fellowship may continue to glorify and serve the Lord by setting the captives everywhere free from slavery to sin using the Truth by giving them education and tools to defend the sovereignty that comes only from God.
- I will speak and act in a manner consistent with all the policy documents published by the ministry in section 1.8 of the Forms/Pubs page (http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm).
- I will stop making any and all presumptions about what the law requires and will stop believing or saying anything that I haven't proven for myself by reading the law. I will stop believing what others tell me about what the law requires and rely ONLY on legally admissible evidence in reaching my own conclusions. I recognize that this is the most important way that I can:
9.1 Protect the credibility and success of the freedom movement.
9.2 Protect the credibility and success of this ministry.
9.3 Protect my own credibility and prevent me from being called "frivolous".
9.4 Prevent the legal profession and/or the government from becoming a state-sponsored civil religion in violation of the First Amendment. See Socialism: The New American Civil Religion, Form #05.016.
For the reasons why, see: Presumption: Chief Weapon for Unlawfully Enlarging Federal Jurisdiction, Form #05.017.
I understand that if I am ever to achieve the status of being able to defend the sovereignty that God gave me when He created me, then I must be willing and able to:
- Educate myself as education is primary to understanding the law regarding the federal income tax.
- Refuse to accept the vain and self-serving edicts of a judge or lawyer [who in most cases have illegal conflicts of interest in violation of 28 U.S.C. §144, 28 U.S.C. §455, and 18 U.S.C. §208] to tell me what the law says, but instead to read it for myself and reach my own conclusions.
- Trust my own education when I am reading and researching the law for myself.
- As a free moral agent, I take complete and personal and exclusive responsibility for myself in all aspects of my conclusions and decisions as a result of my educational pursuits. I must take exclusive and personal responsibility for myself because the tyranny we face on the part of the government at present was created mainly by the government exploiting the human weakness to evade responsibility. Our public servants have invidiously and covertly corrupted the morals of the people by exploiting this human weakness.
- Apply what I have learned about the law to my specific situation and then to confidently challenge those who would question my conclusions by demanding that they prove me wrong by their presentment of Implementing Regulations published in the Federal Register to demonstrate the law and the facts properly and correctly.
- Insist that those in government service are not above the law but are mere servants to their Master, We The People. Therefore, the servants must carry the Burden of Proof and any refutable proof must be reliable, probative, and substantial which is what an Implementing Regulation published in the Federal Register accomplishes.
In the context of my relationship with this ministry and its agents, officers, and private
workers, I hereby:
- Waive and forfeit any and all rights to assert official, judicial, or sovereign immunity that might accrue to me as an officer, employee, contractor, or agency of any and all governments.
- Waive any right to seek representation or counsel from a government attorney or a private attorney paid for by the government. I agree to produce evidence when requested by the ministry that I am NOT being represented by a government attorney and that my legal counsel is NOT paid for by the government if I am involved in litigation that affects the ministry or is against the ministry or any of its officers.
Instead, I agree to act as a PRIVATE human being in equity with my own attorney that I paid for personally (if I hire one) in the context of any and all litigation or disputes arising from my relationship with the ministry as a Member.
I agree never to provide any information about SEDM or my involvement with SEDM to any government representative unless I am summonsed or subpoenaed and the summons or subpoena is signed by either a state judge or a district court judge who has demonstrated jurisdiction over the territory within which the alleged crime was committed. In the event that I am ever properly summonsed or subpoenaed in any legal proceeding to answer questions about SEDM or my involvement with SEDM, I promise to:
- Maintain a copy of this agreement.
- Present this agreement to the appropriate parties as the only evidence I have about services provided to me by ‘SEDM’ and others in affiliation with this group.
- Have the inquisitor sign the:
Deposition Agreement, Form #03.004; http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm
- Present to the inquisitor the Deposition Handout, Form #03.005 of the Forms/Pubs page.
- Require the inquisitor to answer the questions at the end of Form #05.001, 05.007, and 05.014, and 05.020 in their entirety with an Admit or Deny answer and to stipulate to admit the questions, supporting evidence, and answers into evidence in any trial involving me or the ministry.
- Have the inquisitor sign this SEDM Member Agreement prior to asking questions and to send a certified copy of the signed document to SEDM. I am not allowed to associate with and cannot be compelled to associate with anyone but an SEDM Member in the context of law or taxation. This is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- Never provide evidence or testimony unfavorable to ‘SEDM’ and others in affiliation with this group to the government or in any legal proceeding.
Instead, I will claim “Fifth Amendment” and "First Amendment" (right to NOT speak) in response to every question tendered to me about such matters. The reason that I can and must take the Fifth Amendment in answer to every question is because prior to answering such questions, I formed a sacred Contract (Member Agreement) with SEDM that I would substitute myself in any judgment against SEDM that uses adverse evidence I provided, and doing so makes me the main party of any investigation of SEDM. This Member Agreement also makes me a part of SEDM, and therefore a defendant in any such proceeding against SEDM. Since the government cannot interfere with my right to contract (see Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution of the United States), then it cannot interfere with my status as a person affected by the investigation, and therefore cannot preclude me from claiming the Fifth Amendment in answer to every question. Neither can the government claim that by doing so, I am involved in any conspiracy to willfully commit any kind of crime by making such a contract, because:
- The ministry explicitly states in its About Us page and its Articles of Mission, Form #01.004 that it cannot and does not involve itself in any unlawful activity.
- The ministry openly and frequently invites the government to rebut the overwhelming evidence of government wrongdoing (Tax Deposition Questions, Form #03.016) which is the reason for its existence and has not yet gotten anyone in the government to credibly rebut any of the evidence.
- My own personal experience and the experiences of others with whom I am in contact has consistently confirmed a willful pattern of cover-up, malice, and bad faith on the part of everyone in the government in respect to the very serious legal issues raised in the Tax Deposition Questions, Form #03.016. Consequently, I am more inclined to trust and believe the research of the ministry than to believe what appears to me to be a pack of thieves and liars running our government.
"The king establishes the land by justice; but he who receives bribes [socialist handouts or government "benefits"/franchises] overthrows it."
[Prov. 29:4, Bible, NKJV]
If questioned about my physical location during the time that I was talking with, emailing, or donating to the ministry, I will specify that all such events were conducted entirely outside of federal jurisdiction in a foreign state and are therefore irrelevant and not discoverable in any federal court. I can lawfully do this regardless of where the actual transaction occurred because this trick is also used in the Internal Revenue Code as well, in 26 U.S.C. §7701(a)(39) and 26 U.S.C. §7408(d ) and the ministry is entitled to equal protection of the laws.
I certify under penalty of perjury that if I am either presently or in the future employed with or receiving any financial or other benefit from the U.S. government, the government of any state of the Union, or any law enforcement or tax collection agency of the United States, that I will not submit any evidence, testimony, or information that might be unfavorable to ‘SEDM’ and others in affiliation with this group or any of its members to any law enforcement agency or court within the United States and that if I disregard this requirement, then I promise to be personally liable for the following:
- Pay the legal fees and personal time lost to ‘SEDM’ and others in affiliation with this group and/or any members, in defending themselves against such evidence, litigation, or testimony.
- Substitute myself as the adjudged party for any charges or criminal indictments that are based on evidence or testimony that I might provide.
I acknowledge that no secular court has jurisdiction to interfere
with the enforcement of this agreement, which governs the internal
affairs of a religious order per the U.S. Supreme Court in Serbian
E. Orthodox Diocese v. Milivojevich, 426 U.S. 696, 708–09, 724–25,
96 S.Ct. 2372, 49 L.Ed.2d. 151 (1976).
I certify that the basis for my beliefs about legal and tax liability does not include any of the flawed arguments contained in the following:
- Flawed Tax Arguments to Avoid, Form #08.004
- Policy Document: UCC Redemption, Form #08.002
- Why the Fourteenth Amendment is NOT a Threat to Your Freedom, Form #08.015
- Policy Document: Rebutted False Arguments About Sovereignty, Form #08.018
I understand that neither the ministry nor any of its officers, agents,
workers, volunteers, members, etc are authorized to:
- Guarantee or infer any specific result by virtue of using the educational materials and/or services available to its members.
- Share subjective opinions about the successfulness of using our materials or services.
The ministry makes every possible effort to ensure the accuracy, appropriateness and usefulness of its materials, processes, and services. However, it has no control over how public servants, who are carefully selected, trained, conditioned, and propagandized to ensure that they behave as malicious, malfeasant "useful idiots" not educated in the law, will respond to a petition for redress of grievances directed at remedying their illegal and injurious behavior. As a matter of fact, the minute they stop drinking the cult Kool-Aide and begin reading, learning and enforcing the law in their workplace is the minute they historically are fired, persecuted, and targeted for "selective enforcement". Any guarantees of particular results by either the ministry or any agent, officer, or employee of the ministry should be regarded as fiction, untrustworthy, and should not relied upon as a basis for belief. The ONLY reasonable basis for belief about liability in the context of federal taxation that does not involve some form of “presumption”, and therefore violation of due process, are:
- Enacted positive law from the Statutes at Large.
- The Rulings of the Supreme Court and not lower courts.
- The Constitution of the United States of America.
All forms of legal evidence other than the above are simply “prima facie” and involve compelling the defendant to “presume” something, which violates not only due process, but is a religious sin, according to Numbers 15:30, NKJV, and amounts to compelled participation in state-sponsored religion in violation of the First Amendment. See the following link for further details on why the above are the only reasonable evidentiary basis for belief about my personal federal tax liability. No other sources of reasonable belief are acceptable to me until someone with delegated authority from the government proves to me with court-admissible evidence why any part of the document below is not consistent with prevailing law:
I also understand that all information contained on the ministry website originating from OTHER than government sources and which the courts themselves recognize as admissible evidence under the rules of evidence, along with any communications with, to, or about the author(s), website administrator, and owner(s) constitute religious speech and beliefs, and not facts. As such, nothing on the ministry website originating from their own opinions, beliefs, speech, writing, or testimony is susceptible to being false, misleading, or legally "actionable" in any manner. Since materials on the site spoken by the ministry and all communications associated with, to, or about it are religious speech and beliefs, none of it is admissible in any court of law pursuant to F.R.E. 610 unless accompanied by an affidavit from a specific person attesting to its truthfulness and accuracy, and such materials are only actionable to THAT SPECIFIC PERSON and no others in such a circumstance. Nothing on the ministry site other than the governments OWN speech or publications can truthfully be classified as fact without violating the First Amendment rights of the publishers and author(s). It is provided for worship, law enforcement, education, enlightenment, and entertainment and for no other purpose. Any other use is an unauthorized use for which the author(s), website administrator(s), and owner(s) assume no responsibility or liability. Users assume full, exclusive and complete responsibility for any use beyond reading, education, and entertainment. The ministry must do it this way because this Member Agreement says that the ONLY thing readers or members can rely on as a basis for good belief is your own reading of what the law actually says.
There are only four exceptions to the above paragraph, which are that the following information are both FACT and ARE admissible as evidence in their entirety in any court of law because they must be admissible as evidence in order to protect Ministry Officers and Members from unlawful acts of persecution by a corrupted government.
- Disclaimer Page available at http://sedm.org/disclaimer.htm
- Member Agreement, Form #01.001 available at: http://sedm.org/Membership/MemberAgreement.htm
- SEDM Articles of Mission, Form #01.004 available at: http://www.sedm.org/Ministry/SEDMArticlesPublic.pdf
I agree to abide by present and future versions of the following
document in the context of all “uses” of materials or services
offered by the Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry:
The term “use” includes sending or submitting any information or
materials on our site to any government, member of the legal
profession, or court, including the output of any service.
We welcome everyone to obtain and read any of our materials or information on our website, and by doing so, they implicity consent to become Members. Anyone who lawfully obtains our information or services related to OTHER than taxes may use that information in any LAWFUL way they like as long as they respect the copyright and license.
However, those who “use” our materials or services consistent with the following shall be called "Members in Bad Standing".
- Those who violate the copyright by obtaining or using our Member Subscription content without becoming Member Subscribers.
- Those who use our materials or services in combination with arguments that have been rebutted or discredited by any of the information available through our website.
- Those who “use” our tax information or services and who do not comply fully with all the requirements for membership indicated in this agreement or with the Path to Freedom, Form #09.015. By “use”, we mean send our information or materials to any member of the legal profession or the government or use them as evidence or attach them to pleadings during litigation against the government.
Members in Bad Standing consent to be liable for THREE TIMES any monetary sums or damages owed to SEDM as a consequence of violating any provision of the Copyright/Software License Agreement in section 5
Those who have requested to terminate their Membership shall be considered Former Members. They shall continue to be bound by everything in this agreement EXCEPT the following
- Section 2.2: Tax Returns and Correspondence.
- Section 2.3: Tax Withholding and Reporting.
The above constraints on Former Members apply even if they destroy or give away the materials or information they obtained from the Ministry.
In the event that any part of this agreement is found to be unenforceable, it is my intent and the intent of ‘SEDM’ and others in affiliation with this group that all remaining provisions shall be legally binding.
I acknowledge that the obligations of this agreement are perpetual, supersede enacted law, and are superior to it. I voluntarily waive any and all benefit or immunity resulting from any statute of limitations that might limit or destroy remedies or damages that could be claimed under this agreement in any court of law.
I voluntarily declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state I am domiciled in and from without the “United States” identified in 26 U.S.C. §7701(a)(9) and (a)(10) and under 28 U.S.C. §1746(1) that the foregoing facts are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, so help me God.
(NOTE: You must use your full legal birthname in this application, and not a pseudo name. You may not sign your name with the word "Agent", "All rights reserved", "UCC 1-308", "UCC 1-207", or any combination or variation of these and if you do, your Member Agreement will become invalid and will be rejected. Consent to this agreement must be unqualified and unconditional. There are no membership fees. Membership always has been and always will be free. Please do the following:
- Print and sign the first and last page.
- Scan it in or take a high resolution picture with your digital camera or smart phone.
- Email the signed Member Agreement PDF to: MemberAgreements(AT)sedm.org. All submissions are confidential and can ONLY be read by us and no other member. Note that this email address is NOT for any use OTHER than member agreement submission. We will not respond to any inquiries at this address. Nearly all inquiries should be directed instead through our Member Forums. Our Contact Us Page is reserved ONLY for very specific purposes and you should read the following BEFORE you use it:
3.1 Important Notice to All Who Communicate with SEDM Via Phone, Email, or This Page
3.2 Guide to Asking Questions, Form #09.017
You will not receive any kind of acknowledgment back in response to submission. Submitting this Member Agreement does not in itself obtain access to our Member Subscriptions Area. You must follow the procedures on our Member Subscriptions Page (http://sedm.org/participate/member-subscriptions/) in order to gain access. Thanks!)