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The IRS Lets Another ISM Non-Profit Break the Law By: Lee Kaplan
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, May 07, 2007


As you write out a check to the IRS this season, you can take comfort that some non-profit organizations in the USA that are working to aid the Iraqi resistance and Palestinian terrorist groups are still operating brazenly against US IRS regulations with minimal if any consequences.

Not long ago, FPM featured an article about Scott Kennedy of the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) in Santa Cruz, California being allowed to speak to students at Diablo Valley College as part of a class presentation given by Muslim Imam Amer Araim. Araim has taught students at DVC excerpts from the Hamas Charter and the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion as being based on historical facts. Both documents describe a Jewish world conspiracy, the latter being used to foment pogroms against the Jews. Kennedy gave a presentation to students in support of Hamas.

Kennedy recently returned from Gaza where he was running around with armed Hamas terrorists and shook hands in a Kodak moment with Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority. Haniyeh has been personally involved in terrorist attacks on civilians in the past where he murdered people. Kennedy even gave a similar presentation like the one at DVC at his RCNV.

Kennedy holds a title at the Resource Center for Nonviolence as its “Middle East Coordinator” and apparently enjoys a salary from the non-profit for his diligent work in support of terrorist groups like Hamas. The RCNV holds constant ISM recruiting and “educational” events supporting the PLO and Hamas, and even some overseas groups that are killing American soldiers. Lisa Nessan, an ISM activist and trainer, holds frequent anti-Israel events at the RCNV. Ms. Nessan was recorded by me at the ISM’s last national conference at Georgetown University admitting she works with people affiliated with Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, all known terrorist groups per the US State Department.

Now comes word that the IRS has “seized” Scott Kennedy’s wages at the RCNV for not paying his taxes like the rest of us. The following communiqué was put out by the non-profit entity, the Resource Center for Nonviolence, that the rest of us support through the US tax system: 

“The Internal Revenue Service has issued a ‘Notice of Levy on Wages, Salary, and other Income’ requiring the Resource Center for Nonviolence to turn over staff member Scott Kennedy's salary. Complying with the levy, the Resource Center has paid a total of $1,548.32 including unpaid federal income taxes, interest and penalties that are demanded by the IRS for tax year 2005.

‘Speaking on behalf of the Resource Center's Steering Committee, Peter  Klotz-Chamberlin commented, ‘The Resource Center for Nonviolence supports the choice of our employee Scott Kennedy to refuse paying for war waged by the United States government. The Center supports acts of conscience seeking peace and justice by Scott Kennedy and all Americans.  Our responsibility to the ongoing work of the Resource Center, however, leads us to reluctantly comply with the IRS levy on Scott's salary.’

‘The Resource Center has complied with the IRS order by issuing a check in the full amount. The assessed amount equals approximately 6 weeks of Kennedy's salary at the Resource Center for Nonviolence. In 2004 he was the plaintiff in an unsuccessful lawsuit in the US Federal Court seeking to extend conscientious objector from war status to nonpayment of war taxes. Kennedy is a former mayor of the City of Santa Cruz and three-term council member.   

‘The two decisive powers of the government with respect to war are the power to conscript and the power to tax.’ - A.J. Muste, Executive Secretary of the national religious pacifist organization Fellowship of Reconciliation for 20 years.”

A.J. Muste, was a lifelong Marxist-Leninist who was warmly greeted by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, a man who spent most of his life agitating for pro-communist causes and who worked with former Black Panther Wendy Carson among other radicals to consistently oppose the US government and military. The   A. J. Muste Foundation currently accepts all donations in the U.S., tax- free, for the International Solidarity Movement that also supports Hamas.

Kennedy then explains his refusal to pay taxes is because of the My Lai Massacre that occurred in Vietnam almost 40 years ago and the prosecution of Angela Davis for assisting in a prison escape where people were murdered. Davis was prosecuted as an accessory then for purchasing a murder weapon. Kennedy continues by explaining his refusal to pay his taxes today are because “The US taxpayers paid for the weapons used by Lt. Calley and others to commit murders in Vietnam....” and that “as a California taxpayer, based on the Davis/Calley precedents, I could be prosecuted for the murders committed by Calley.” 

Kennedy, the intrepid 60’s revolutionary, then says, “In addition -- International Law does not just support people refusing to commit or support actions violating international law. International law requires it. So too does the law of California require me to refuse to pay taxes to commit crimes.”

Yet Kennedy doesn’t mind breaking the US law for consistently lending logistical aid to overseas terrorist groups and meeting with the likes of Haniyeh. After all, why should he if nobody at the IRS prosecutes him or the RCNV that he founded when he refuses to pay taxes? Even Al Capone couldn’t get away with that one, but apparently Kennedy can. By the way, Calley’s actions during the Vietnam War are no reason to refuse tax payments in a different war; Calley was prosecuted and sent to prison so could not be considered as acting for the US government in a legitimate manner. Equating the My Lai incident with the Angela Davis prosecution should make any jury laugh in a trial for income tax evasion. And one has to wonder just where Kennedy, a lifelong communist agitator, received his Juris Doctor and how he cites as if he were a scholar “international law” to consistently support terrorist murderers of Israelis and US soldiers. Nobody hears him refusing to pay taxes that go to the Palestinian Authority that went to pay for terrorists.

Kennedy then refers people to the website for the War Resisters League on how not to pay taxes. Yet even the pro-communist War Resisters League, a radical socialist group that opposes American military recruiters, rejects the kind of mindless anti-US sentiment that supports terrorists such as is promoted by groups like International Answer and Untied for Peace and Justice (the renamed Communist Party USA), both which work closely with Kennedy’s RCNV.

Kennedy, the self-anointed international lawyer, also shows contempt for the courts. He acknowledges he was plaintiff in a trial against the payment of taxes that might go to the war effort:

“The Northern California War Tax Resistance Network brought an unsuccessful legal challenge in the federal courts that tried to extend the protections afforded by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to conscientious objectors to war taxes. I was chosen as a person whom the government had recognized as a conscientious objector to war (during Vietnam) who was refusing to pay war taxes in the 1990s. The Federal Court in Oakland denied my claim that CO status should extend to my war tax resistance, but I still think that the argument is a compelling one.” He continues, “I'm willing to pay the same amount of taxes if the government would assure me the money won't be spent on killing. They refuse to create this option for others and me. It is REALLY important to distinguish my type of nonviolent civil disobedience against war from:  1) tax evaders -- i.e., those who avoid taxes clandestinely or without publicly accepting responsibility for their action; and 2) those who are conscientiously opposed to paying taxes per se -- usually the right-wing libertarian types. I'm not against taxes (including municipal taxes), just war taxes!”

In other words, Kennedy might respect the court had it found in his favor, but since it hasn’t, he’s just going to go on ahead and do what he wants. This includes claiming he’s against war and killing while providing support for terrorists and killers in the Middle East no matter how heinous their activities.

One has to wonder, would Kennedy be willing to refuse to pay the US tax money that went to the Hamas and the PLO that killed Israelis and even some US citizens like Daniel Wulz? Kennedy openly supports Hamas as we have seen, so paying taxes that do indeed go toward killing people is not out of the realm for Kennedy, it just depends on which people.

The IRS, by garnishing only funds Kennedy gets from the RCNV entity as a sideline really does not make Kennedy feel the sting like when the IRS levies taxes unpaid and penalties against the rest of us. His tax levies should be garnished from his personal savings, sale of his home or other sources of employment.  The RCNV will just do a fund drive and sort the funds out differently to cover what was paid, assuring he can continue his activities at the RCNV in support of terrorism and Hamas. What would be more appropriate is the IRS removing the RCNV’s tax free status for violating an IRS code  prohibiting its self-admitted unlawful activity of conducting and endorsing intentional civil disobedience, a regulation that clearly violates its non-profit status. 


Lee Kaplan is an undercover investigative journalist and a contributor to Front Page Magazine. He is also a regular columnist for the Israel National News and Canada Free Press and a senior intelligence analyst and communications director for the Northeast Intelligence Network. He heads the organizations Defending America for Knowledge and Action (DAFKA) and Stop the ISM. He has been interviewed on over one hundred nationally and internationally syndicated radio shows and been a guest on Fox Cable TV’s Dayside with Linda Vester and Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor. He is a guest every Tuesday on the Jim Kirkwood Show on Utah's K-Talk Radio am630. He is currently working on a book about America's colleges in the War on Terror and the International Solidarity Movement.


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