Help keep my friend out of prison
November 3, 2011 7:56 AM Subscribe
My friend is being being influenced by internet crackpots. How can I get him to listen to reason?
posted by ambulocetus to Law & Government (42 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
These crackpots are saying that the IRS has created a "straw man" of everyone and every one has something like two million dollars in an account that can be used if you know this arcane, magical incantation; "Accepted for Value".
Some of the bizarre things he's been "learning" include- you have to write/print at a 45 degree angle (on the bill/statement that you wish paid) in BLUE only "Accepted for Value No Levy Due..." then your "account number (SSN!) in RED ink as it is the color of "blood" and that if you wrote "paid in full" on the memo line of a check, and the other party cashed it, then they were automatically agreeing that whatever amount you wrote on the check really was the full payment and they would never, ever bother you again.
Now my friend thinks that if you're on trial and the flag in the courtroom has a gold braid all you have to do is state "I refuse to accept the authority of an Admiralty Court."
I think this stuff is completely insane but he just says "I've really been researching this stuff. You just don't know. If you read the things I've read..." He thinks I'm the one who has been brainwashed and that he has discovered some secret conspiracy that "they don't want you to know about". I would prefer a gentle method of persuasion because I don't want to make him mad because he is my friend, but I don't want to see him do something stupid and go to Federal Prison. Does anybody know of an enlightening website or video I can e-mail to him to make his brain click back to the right path? Hell, I'd settle for good Zen koan. How would you handle this?