Is Threatening a Terrorist a Crime?

by Will

Liberty Minute May 29 2014

In their candid moments, IRS officials express unalloyed contempt for the citizens whom they plunder. Former IRS revenue officer Richard Yancey recalls that his supervisors routinely employed ?the language of war? and dehumanized their victims. One of them ended a profanity-laced tirade by telling Yancey: ?Deadbeats ? if it were up to me, I?d line ?em all up against a wall and shoot them.?

Rhode Island resident Andrew Calcione expressed similar sentiments toward an IRS agent who demanded $330,000 in back taxes. In a moment of surpassing foolishness Calcione left a voicemail on the agent?s work phone threatening him and his family. He then left a second message containing something akin to an apology.

The agent, who represents an extortion syndicate, called the police. Now Calcione has been convicted of threatening a federal official and may spend twenty years in prison.

Former IRS District Chief David Patnoe observed that ?More tax is collected by fear and intimidation than by the law. People are afraid of the IRS.? Such an agency is best described as a terrorist organization. There?s no excuse for Calcione to threaten the IRS agent or his family, but his ill-considered conduct was not substantively different from what the IRS does as a matter of public policy.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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