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America: Freedom to Fascism
America Freedom to Fascism
Actors: Michael Ruppert, Sheldon Cohen, Joe Banister, Sherry Jackson
Director: Aaron Russo
Genres: Drama
NR     2006     1hr 35min

Controversial and throught-provoking are two words that describe one of the most talked-about documentaries of 2006. Determined to find the law that requries American citizens to pay income tax, producer Aaron Russo (Bette...  more »


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Actors: Michael Ruppert, Sheldon Cohen, Joe Banister, Sherry Jackson
Director: Aaron Russo
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Cinema Libre
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/12/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Tremendously scary
David Koontz | Phoenix, Az United States | 10/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary resonated with me because it seemed to echo my own thoughts and observations about our government and more importantly this war on terror. Think about all the changes made under the banner of "security" and "freedom". This film will give you that and a whole lot more to munch on but it's not all doom and gloom. There are organizations out there leading the fight against a world government and the total erosion of our liberties. A big thumbs up to Aaron Russo for putting himself out there in the public light where I am sure it is going to cause him problems."
Reformation of government. Yes!! we need it.
John Congdon | Cornville, AZ United States | 12/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Russo has done a good introduction to some of the ills that are facing this nation and the world. This documentary is a starting point for information that more people need to know, discuss and share. He has appropriately singled out the Federal Reserve as public enemy no. 1. (The other side being that we could really use a moral and spiritual re-awakening, but I count Russo and this documentary as being part of that.)

A previous reviewer has made comments about the Fed that are quite inaccurate and Russo is on the mark. The Fed did not end the "run on banks", the act creating the Federal Depository Insurance Corp did that and is totally separate from the Fed. The fact is more banks failed after the creation of the Fed than at any time previously. What the Fed did was consolidate the money creating power behind the largest banks, who own the majority of the Fed. It also gave those same banks an essential monopoly on creating money through the legal tender law. The supposed or stated purpose of the Fed was to stabilize the value of the dollar which was a false pretext as the dollar has lost 96% of its value since the creation of the Fed. Read "The Truth in Money Book" or "The Creature from Jekyll Island" to understand how the Fed and our banking system operates. Our banking system, through charging people interest on what it creates out of thin air, has a hand in everyone's pocket and we would be a much wealthier nation with a different system of creating money.

A few years back (in 2000) I did a calculation to estimate how much we were paying to the banks and other institutions for the "privilege" of our money supply through the payment of interest. It came out to $1500 per year per man, woman and child in the US. I also calculated an estimate of how much it would be if we simply did an accounting system of money creation, based on existing assets, without interest, which is entirely possible and much, much more practical. That came to approximately $150 per person. That means if we had money creation without interest (without usury) everybody in the country on average would have $1350 more money to spend every year. What would that do for our economy and standard of living especially when the multiplier effect is considered? Huh?

The vast majority of people do not understand how our monetary system and the Federal Reserve, that is fractional reserve banking, operate. It is truly the story of "The Emperor Has No Clothes". We think that we go into the bank to borrow other peoples' money and the bank makes its profit from the differential in the interest it pays to account holders and the interest it receives from borrowers. This is a fiction. The money deposited in banks is used to maintain the cash flow of demand accounts such as checking and savings. It is held as a reserve to meet current demands, i.e. withdrawals. The money that is borrowed is created by the bank , it wasn't there before. The amount of reserves limit the amount of money the bank can create. Banks can loan or create 10 times the amount of money that they have in demand deposits. For time deposits such as CDs the multiple is even much greater.

So money in our system is created through debt by borrowers. When we go to a bank and borrow, the money is only then created by a ledger entry, out of thin air, to our account. We agree to pay back the debt plus interest. That is the cost of the money supply. The big problem is that not only is it a very expensive way to create money, only the money we borrowed is created, not the interest that we have contracted to pay back. We live in a system where we never have enough money in total to pay back all the debts that have been contracted. We are always short of money unless the money supply is continually expanded, i.e. inflation. Whenever the Fed wants to get a grip on inflation or slow the expansion of money, it cuts back on the money supply by raising interest rates. This engenders even more shortages of money and a number of people are forced into default, foreclosure and bankruptcy because there simply is not enough money in the market place to cover the debts. This forced default of individuals is inherent in our monetary system. The people who loose are those who are not overly aggressive, greedy or cunning in the market place ... in addition to those who just make bad business choices. In other words, our monetary system encourages even more greed and cunning in the market place than needs to be there. There are a number of other really bad effects of this system but time and space do not allow to express all here. On the whole it really sucks, big time!!! There needs to be a good documentary about this. And then get people to watch it. We need to be more aware about what is going on, 'cause it's a lot and we are paying the price for not knowing and our children will continue to pay the price!

Russo is absolutely accurate in his assessment that we need to get rid of the Fed as the main money creator. It's unconstitutional to boot, though no one in congress or the administration care much about the constitution. After all they are the ones who have been selling us down the river for a long time now.

So it's not just the illegality of the income tax, it is even more the illegality and immorality of the fractional reserve banking system which is embodied in the Fed. We would be a LOT better off without it. Yes, it works, but it works at price where we are slowly being consumed, falling more and more into debt. Already (think national debt, social security and medicare, plus a humongous private debt), if you do accrual accounting, almost all of us are bankrupt! The ones who aren't are the ones who have their money off shore, i.e. international corporations, large banks, old money, and some forward looking individuals, etc.

This film is a good wake up call. I pray that we wake up!!!

You Must See This Film
Columcille | Mountains of Tennesee | 10/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Film
Determined to find the law that requires American citizens to pay income tax, producer Aaron Russo ("The Rose," "Trading Places") set out on a journey to find the evidence. This film which is neither left, nor right-wing is a startling examination of government. It exposes the systematic erosion of civil liberties in America since 1913 when the Federal Reserve system was fraudulently created. Through interviews with U.S. Congressmen, a former IRS Commissioner, former IRS and FBI agents and tax attorneys and authors, Russo connects the dots between money creation, federal income tax, and the national identity card which becomes law in May 2008. This ID card will use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips which are essentially homing devices used to track people. This film shows in great detail and undeniable facts that America is moving headlong into a fascist police state. Wake up!" From the Movie site...

Russo wanted to understand the law enabling the collection of the federal income tax. What he discovered will sober you and perhaps spur you to take action.

Aaron Russo is a respected Hollywood producer ("Trading Places" "The Rose") who has furthered the careers of Bette Midler and Led Zeppelin (back in the late 1960s).

In this self-narrated documentary, Russo interviews tax protestors, former IRS agents and former IRS commissioner Cohen. The latter was clearly surprised by Russo's questions and abruptly stopped the interview. The offending question? "Where is the specific law, statute that mandates individuals pay a federal income tax?" When Cohen, and other IRS agents were questioned, their answers were the same: evasive, hostile, but no concrete citation of law. There would seem to be no law.

Beyond the question of the legality of the 16th amendment and its intent, is the transfer of the government's right to coin money to a private cartel known at the Federal Reserve Board. This board is not a government agency, but a private group of bankers and investors. They are virtually anonymous and cannot be held accountable. Particulary chilling is a quote from David Rockefeller, that he and the business interests know what is 'best' for Americans.

Further interviews with Houston Congressman Ron Paul turned up other mischief on the part of government: the RFID chip and the national ID card. Have you received the email with the joke about the guy trying to order pizza, and the pizza cashier knows absolutely all his business? I just cancelled a credit card and spoke to a girl in India who had all my ID numbers, folks - all of them - including my Social Security Number - if you have an older SSN card, it clearly states: not to be used for identification purposes. Rep. Paul suggests Americans are but a few steps away from being serfs. IN May of 2008, all Americans will be required to have the National ID; plans are now being made to 'chip' all Americans with the RFID so their everymove will be known and all money will be chipped in order to 'follow' where the money goes.

You can decide Russo (and I) are nut cases; so be it. But decide that AFTER you see the film. Visit the website: , try to see the movie and decide for yourself."
"Don't Be A Good Republican, Don't Be A Good Democrat, Be A
Metallic Artist | Long Beach, CA | 12/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Before I say anything, I say this, WATCH THIS FILM BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!

Americans need to be informed about what is going on with this country, and this film shows the reality of America. Since 1913, we have been slowly becoming a police state controlled by the government. Government is the servant, not the people. This documentary shows a compelling look into the Federal Reserve system and how it is taking control of our economy and our standard of life. The Federal Reserve bank is a private bank, so none of the money is spread out among the people. Our income taxes are going nowhere. But more importantly, we are starting to slowly lose our privacy. In 2008, an ID act is going to become law and everyone is going to need a specific ID from the government in order to board planes, trains, and open bank accounts. And this ID is equipped with RFID technology which gives away signals through radio waves. Someone, somewhere, will know where you are at all times. This documentary will show the horrors of what is happening to our rights as Americans. So the real question is this, are you willing to give up your privacy to fight "terrorism?" And is it worth the price? Do you want to live in fear or do you want to live for freedom?

"A life lived in fear is a life half lived"
- Proverb"