Most taxpayers know that evading tax is a crime, but how many of us know that paying tax, council tax, fines, PAYE, can also be a war crime?
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Labour MPs turned out in force to defend their old leader, defeating the motion, put forward by Salmond, by 439 votes to 70.
MPs from seven parties, including the SNP, had backed the debate, which called for Parliament to investigate accusations the former Prime Minister had misled the Commons.
Our campaign manager Shaughan Dolan started the evening by pointing out that the unknown consequences of armed intervention in international conflict have led to less public support for war over the years. We can see this in our recent history; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been protested in ways that would have been unimaginable a century ago.
Ruth Cadbury MP is one of two Quakers currently holding a seat in the House of Commons. She began by explaining the purpose of the Taxes for Peace Bill, as well as the significance of its timing to fit with the centenary of the Military Service Act; the first in the world to enshrine the right of conscientious objection in law. The Taxes for Peace Bill would extend that right to freedom of conscience to the tax system.
Amal Abu Saleh was sentenced to seven years and eight months in jail with a $3,000 fine, whilst Bashira Mahmoud was sentenced to 22 months in prison and fined $1,000 dollars.
According to SANA, Israeli forces arrested the two along with 24 others in June 2015, when residents of the village of Majdal Shams blocked the ambulance and prevented it from transporting two injured terrorists from Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhar al-Nusra.
Amal’s uncle, Sheikh Nazih Abu Saleh, said the court ruling was “hostile” and that it was the right of those in the Golan Heights to block terrorists being treated in Israeli hospitals.
Ahmed Sheikh Abdul Qader, the governor of the city of Quneitra in southwestern Syria, called the ruling “provocative” and spurred on human rights organizations to force the Israeli regime to release Syrians held in its prisons.
All the while that they are doing more damage than the Russians in Syria they are continually blaming Russia of war crimes, such blatant hypocrisy in trying to keep attention focused on Syria while the British and the Americans bomb the crap out of Mosul, which will leave the city of Mosul destroyed the same as they did to Fallujah.
The question has to be asked how in 2016 are the British and Americans able to suppress reporting from a war zone, and an illegal war zone at that?
The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi forces, in Iraq say the US-led coalition fired a missile at their command tent at the recently liberated Tal Afar Airport after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with commanders there.
A Bill to give further effect to the international obligations of the United Kingdom in relation to freedom of thought, conscience and religion by enabling persons liable to income tax who object, out of personal conviction, to the expenditure of tax revenues on military activity to direct that the relevant portion of the income tax for which they are liable be spent instead on the prevention and peaceful resolution of conflicts; and for connected purposes.
Be it enacted by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
Withdrawing consent to the use of taxes for the purposes of war
I am informed that it is a crime under domestic and international law to pay money (taxes) to UK public authorities if I have reasonable cause to suspect that some of the money may be used by the Government for the purposes of terrorism or war.
I am aware that Britain’s Supreme Court, in a case on the definition of terrorism, acknowledged that:
“Action outside the United Kingdom which involves the use of firearms or explosives, resulting in danger to life … is terrorism. The definition would … appear to extend to military or quasi-military activity aimed at bringing down a foreign government, even where that activity is approved … by the UK Government.”
However the EU is celebrating this victory claiming the security situation in and around Europe has worsened significantly in recent years, due to challenges like terrorism, hybrid threats or cyber and energy insecurity.
The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war was designed to “avoid blame” and reduce the risk that individuals and the government could face legal proceedings, newly released documents reveal.
The papers show the thinking and advice at “the highest level of government” prior to Gordon Brown’s announcement of an inquiry. They were disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, after the Cabinet Office lost a two-year battle during which it stated that disclosure threatened to “undermine the inquiry”. They confirm that many officials who took part in the events that the inquiry investigated, including former spy chief Sir John Scarlett, were involved in setting it up.
An extraordinary event occurred recently which requires taxpayers to withhold tax from the Government or risk going to prison. In a remarkable legal judgement[i] on the definition of terrorism in the Terrorism Act 2000, the UK Supreme Court acknowledged that the military activities of the British Government appear to be terrorism.
Tonight I want to concentrate on the legal duty to withhold tax. I will try to answer the question “when is it a crime to pay tax?”
In other words, in what particular set of circumstances are taxpayers and tax collectors duty bound by law to refuse to pay or collect tax?
We need to know when it is a crime to pay VAT, to pay education fees, to pay a parking fine, to repay a student loan or even when to deduct PAYE from a person’s salary?
Only when we know the facts and what the law requires do we have a chance of obeying the law.
Knowing the right answers will not only save you a lot of money and help us to save thousands of lives, but it will help MPs to end war and its atrocities, help police and the CPS to arrest and indict war criminals such as Bush and Blair, help military commanders to know when to follow the Commander-in-Chief’s commands and it might help judges to enforce the law and bring about permanent peace, justice and the rule of law. But currently not one of these public officials seems to know or understand the domestic and international laws of war.
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