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  1. Matt King

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    Tax dodgers taunt police from hilltop compound

    PLAINFIELD, New Hampshire (AP) -- To avoid serving prison sentences for tax evasion, Ed Brown and his wife, Elaine, have locked themselves off from the world on their own terms.

    From behind the 8-inch concrete walls of their 110-acre hilltop compound, the couple taunt police and SWAT teams and play to reporters and government-haters with references to past standoffs that turned deadly.

    Residents want the Browns' circus to end before their small town along the Connecticut River becomes the next Ruby Ridge or Waco.

    The Browns raised the specter of the first case, the 1992 shootout at an Idaho property called Ruby Ridge, by holding a news conference Monday with Randy Weaver, whose wife and child were killed there along with a deputy U.S. marshal.

    Ed Brown warned authorities they wouldn't take him alive: "We either walk out of here free or we die." (Watch the SWAT team move in Video)

    The Browns were sentenced in absentia to 63-month prison sentences in April, after being convicted of conspiring to evade taxes on nearly $1.9 million in Elaine Brown's income and of plotting to disguise large financial transactions.

    Though they have refused to leave the compound, U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier insists he has no plans to raid it to make them serve their time and will instead seek a peaceful surrender.

    Expert observers praise the authorities' hands-off approach, but patience is wearing thin for Plainfield's 2,400 residents. Town selectmen recently asked Monier to stop the influx of militiamen and other anti-government groups to the Browns' home and to bring the couple to justice.

    "While we understand and support efforts to achieve a quiet resolution to this matter, the longer the Browns remain at large the better the chance, in our view, that our local police force will be involved in an incident with them or their group of supporters," the letter reads. "In short, we believe that it is time that definitive action be taken."

    It's a sentiment echoed throughout the town.

    "The people of Plainfield feel the whole thing has been mismanaged from the get-go," says Stephen Taylor, a Plainfield native who is state agriculture commissioner. "He's got this band of loonies up there right now. There's this constant traffic and helicopters overhead and everything. Goddamn crazies."

    The town south of bustling Lebanon has a "live-and-let-live" reputation that no one wants linked to the Browns, Taylor said.

    "Everybody feels a tiny bit of embarrassment. This is what we're going to be known for?" Taylor said. "We don't want to be known for this."

    The Browns' home on an isolated dirt roads includes a turret that offers a 360-degree view of the property and a driveway that is sometimes barricaded with SUVs.

    Ed Brown, a retired exterminator, and his wife, a dentist, have bragged that the compound is self-sufficient and capable of running entirely on solar, wind and geothermal energies.

    While saying repeatedly that he has no interest in harming the Browns or their supporters, Monier has not said what he does plan to do.

    He says the massive law enforcement turnout on June 7, complete with roadblocks and planes, was for surveillance of the compound while agents seized the Lebanon building that housed Elaine Brown's dental practice.

    But Ed Brown and many town residents believe it was a botched raid that apparently had to be called off when someone walking a dog stumbled onto federal agents in camouflage near the home.

    "We were much better off before the federal government tried to take him into custody and it didn't go well," fumed town administrator Steve Halleran. "The fervor had died down. That was one of the things we were hoping, that people would go on to other things. But that's all by the wayside."

    Weaver's news conference with the couple only added to local frustrations.

    "That must've been a first. We've never really seen convicted felons just be able to hold press conferences," Halleran said. "There has to be a restriction of access to and from their property. If people can continue to visit them, to bring them supplies, with diesel fuel and food, they can stay there for a long time."

    Brown neighbor David Grobe, a former patient of Elaine Brown, just wants the dirt road to be silent again. He said satellite news trucks parked at a softball field for Monday's news conference at the same time residents wanted to play.

    "This used to be a very quiet street," he said.

    Sitting in lawn chairs around the Browns' long gravel driveway, the couple's supporters rail against Freemasons, the Illuminati, the Federal Reserve, the Vatican and the mainstream media.

    Some defend the Browns' claim -- repeatedly rejected by courts -- that no law authorizes the federal income tax and that the 1913 constitutional amendment permitting it was never properly ratified.

    "The income tax can take more than the Mafia can with a machine gun. Believe me," said Alfred Liseo of Meriden, Connecticut.

    "The Mafia doesn't have popular support," interrupted Bill Walker. "The government has support of millions of ignorant people who have the wool pulled over their eyes. They think they need to pay. They don't."

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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    Goodbye, crazie. No one treats the feds like this and lives.

    Feds will kill him. He will die in place or die in the Bureau of Prisons.
     
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    YEAH, what were those guys in Boston thinking. You can't stand up to the King, just pay your tea tax.
     
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    Those folks might be a little wacky, but I'm on their side. Hopefully they live, and we, THE PEOPLE, support them.
     
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    Boston was about taxation without representation. We have representation.
     
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    I rather mess with the mob families than with the IRS and the police.
     
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    If the Mafia kills you, it is illegal. When the federal government kills you, it is all nice and legal.
     
  8. Lupinus

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    Thats a matter of opinion ;)
     
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    I remember "no new taxes". We got them anyway. Nice representation.
     
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    "We have representation."

    We have representation? If that's what we have now maybe it's time to go back to a King.
    Oh, excuse me - that's what Bush is trying to do, isn't it?
     
  11. Lupinus

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    the only people with representation these days seems to be the illegals and those who have no other care then their welfaircheck/getting a bigger check.
     
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    I see that now a house with a wall around it is a "compound". If it was in Martha's Vineyard or Hollywood, it would be an "estate".

    I guess it sounds better for the feds to assault and kill people that are in a "compound" rather than an "estate".
     
  13. gunsmith

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    what representation?

    Representation that wants to let illegal alien criminals become citizens
    against the clear wishes of the people that voted for them.
     
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    --"That must've been a first. We've never really seen convicted felons just be able to hold press conferences,"--

    Odd I did not know that ''Failure to Appear'' was a felony. Especially when the felony was due to the summons having the wrong court date on it.
     
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    failure to appear is not a felony. read the original news report for what they were convicted of.
     
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    Not the Browns, read who I was quoting about: Randy Weaver. He was only ever convicted of FTA and given time served. He was up there and held a press conference.

    In any case these people are goners. No way they will be allowed to rub it in and live.
     
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    A large majority of the US wants a large number of social programs and the government to be charged with a huge variety of duties. Not liking what everyone else wants isn't the same as not having fair representation.

    I wonder how much money is being spent on trying to flush these people that pose no threat of harm to others out.
     
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    That's why democracy doesn't work. Give me a king any day.


    Far more than the government says the Browns owe them, no doubt. But it's not like it's about the money.
     
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    Agreed, the only question now is how messy its going to be.

    Jefferson
     
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    Which is why we were not formed as a democracy, but a republic. There is a very big difference.
     
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    What also is load of crap is the new SHAmnesty bill says the illegal invaders will be relieved of all due taxes, without fine or imprisionment.

    And then this is how an American is treated. Yeah, they're going to die, and the JBTs will be hailed as heros doing their job, unfortunetly they had to wipe away a few peasents in the way.
     
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    It's out of their "compound", and into Uncle Sam's gated community. There was a couple in Montgomery about 15 years ago that thought they didn't have to pay income tax. They are still in prison.:fire:
     
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    I wonder what would happen if the Feds decided to move in and found their perimeter surrounded by a few thousand sympathizers...

    Just food for thought.

    Woody

    Look at your rights and freedoms as what would be required to survive and be free as if there were no government. Governments come and go, but your rights live on. If you wish to survive government, you must protect with jealous resolve all the powers that come with your rights - especially with the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Without the power of those arms, you will perish with that government - or at its hand. B.E. Wood
     
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    I Noticed A Funny Thing On The Way To The Forum...

    Know what's funny? Back when I lived in Massachusetts(1946 to 1989), the Kennedy family home was called "The Kennedy Compound". It isn't called that today. I wonder why...

    Woody

    Be careful who you choose to stand behind and support. If you are unwilling to take care of yourself, you must take what comes along. I've yet to see a flock of sheep, no matter how well cared for and tended, that doesn't get fleeced from time to time and eventually end up on the dinner table. Not many sheep die a natural death. B.E. Wood
     
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