OF THE NATION IN 2011
acts of violence
by Julian Heicklen
Delivered 1-15-11 to:
Libertarian Party of Manhattan Annual Convention
The state of the nation is perilous. The
people are restless. On February 18, 2010, Andrew Joseph Stack
III, flying his Piper Dakota, crashed into Building I of the Echelon
office complex in Austin, Texas, killing himself and Internal Revenue
Service manager Vernon Hunter. Thirteen others were
injured. This was a random act of violence against the U. S.
government that I predicted was just the first of several to follow.
The next such acts occurred on January 8 and 9,
2011. I was surprised at how much time intervened between the
airplane crashing and these events. On Friday, January 7, 2011, a
letter bomb addressed to Janet Napolitano, Head of the Department of
Homeland Security, was discovered in a post office when it started to
smoke. The following day, a political mass murder occurred in
Tucson, AZ, when,a federal judge, a 9-year old girl, and 4 others were
murdered and Representative Gabrielle Giffords was critically wounded.
These are only the beginning of the random acts of
violence. After the first act in February, the Department of
Homeland Security introduced body scanners at U. S. airports, further
angering the citizenry. Nationwide protests and boycotts were
initiated at the airports. Political acrimony increased.
After the most recent killings, the acrimony
increased by both politicians and the media. New gun restriction
legislation is being considered in Congress. It will have no
effect on random acts of violence, but it will further aggravate the
The random acts of killing will increase in
frequency. But they are only symptoms of a much worse
problem. The war in Afghanistan has gone poorly and everyone
knows it. President Obama now has committed us until 2014.
The soldiers are disillusioned. They are now trained killers
returning to an ungrateful nation, which is not providing adequate
medical care for the wounded or opportunities for them to return to
mainstream America. The families of the killed soldiers must be
resentful because of the waste of their children.
Our economy is on the verge of collapse because of
irresponsible actions on the financial industry and the fiscal
irresponsibility of the federal and state governments. To fix
this problem, the government has picked the people who destroyed
the economy to fix it. They are getting us further and further
into debt. No-one understands economics, so perhaps this is the best
economic solution. But it is the worst political solution.
It only increases the anger and despair of the population to see the
people hired to fix the problem they caused.
In addition to, or perhaps because of, the
unsustainable debt, our money is becoming worthless. We went off
the gold standard in 1971. Since then our paper money has
decreased in value by a factor of about 50 compared to gold. We
continue to borrow money to pay our bills. the U. S. government
is running the greatest Ponzi scheme in history.
Our unemployed have reached dangerous levels.
Unemployed starving people get desperate quickly. Our politics is
likewise desperate. In 2008, the Democrats increased the number
of its representatives in Congress in the greatest sweep since 1932,
only to be undone, by the greatest reversal in our history in 2010,
when the Republican sweep was even bigger. To complicate our
political system, the Tea Party has now infiltrated the Republican
Party. Congress is now paralyzed. That may be the good news.
Our news media has become more acrimonious. In
some circles, anarchy is now considered the only solution. The
number of anarchists is increasing steadily and becoming more
vocal. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number
of militias in the U.S. increased from 149 in 2008 to 512 in 2009;
nativist extremist groups, from 173 in 2009 to 309 in 2010. Hate
groups increased 54% during the last decade.
Our judiciary would make Hitler and Stalin
blush. It no longer provides any pretense of justice. It
routinely violates its own rules, accepts obvious false information
from police and prosecutors as fact, and has emasculated juries by
misinforming them of the law. Judges even refuse to read to
jurors the law which they are erroneously told to uphold. In our
courts the judges act as prosecutors. Our courts have become
courts of inquisition. That is why the so-called “land of
the free” is the number one prison state in the world. We
have 25% of the world’s prisoners, but less than 5% of the
Many of our families are poor and desperate because
the fathers are in prison. 1.6 million children in the U. S. have a
parent in prison. Our courts have trampled on the Bill of
Rights. Amendments, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 no
longer are operable in our courts.
Armed rebellion is imminent. It is due to
occur before the next national election, unless we do something about
it. Do not choose or participate in armed rebellion. It
does not work. If the government prevails, it becomes more
repressive. If the insurgency is victorious, it establishes a
dictatorship of the victors. It will not function to the
advantage of the general public. The only revolution that I know
that succeeded was the American revolution. It worked because the
people that ran the country after the revolution were the same ones who
ran it before the revolution. That is not the outcome we want now.
We must avoid armed rebellion, but still reclaim our
country, if we can. This will require massive acts of civil
disobedience. At the moment we have been provided with a real
opportunity to do so. On January 11, 2011, I was served with a
summons notifying me that I have been indicted for jury tampering,
presumably for distributing Fully Informed Jury pamphlets in front of a
U. S. District Courthouse. Apparently this act, and similar ones
by others, have effected the courts, or else it would have been ignored.
We must win this case in order to transform the
delivery of injustice by the courts to the delivery of justice by the
juries. This already has happened on December 23, 2010 in
Missoula County, MT, when the potential jurors informed the judge that
they would not convict a man for owning 1/16th of an ounce of
marijuana. The judge dismissed the case.
I am compiling a group of legal experts to help me
in my case. I will remain as lead counsel, because I can and will
say and do things that could get an attorney disbarred. There is
not much the court can do to me. My future cannot be
destroyed. I do not have one. I cannot lose my job. I
do not have one. I cannot lose my house. I do not own
one. I cannot lose my car. I do not own one. All that
they can do is send me to prison to be provided with free room, board,
medical care, and health club. Also, I will receive something I
could never afford, around the clock police protection.
My wife and children want to put me into an old home
anyway. Prison is much cheaper. It costs me nothing.
You will pay for my retirement if that happens. Besides the
people are more interesting in prison than in an old age home. My
family can visit me once a week, just like in the old age home.
Of course winning the court case will not be
easy. Both the judge and U. S. Attorney will do everything, legal
or not, to convict me. Otherwise the government loses some
control over you. Your job is to provide eternal publicity.
Notify everyone on your E-mail lists. Post the info on your
blog. Write letters to the editor and to the U. S. District Court
addressed to the Clerk of Court, U. S. District Court, Southern
District of New York, U. S. Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY
10007. In particular, we want to swamp the courthouse with mail.
Also, if you can, attend the court hearings. The more people that
are present to report on events, the more careful will be the judge and
prosecutor. An empty courthouse is an inquisition cell.
The American Jury Institute/Fully Informed Jury
Association is aiding in the defense. George Donnelly, who is the
publicity director for the “Do Not Fly” demonstrations
against the TSA airport body scanners, is coordinating and directing
publicity for the jury tampering trial. Jim Babb, who coordinated
the demonstrations against the TSA body scanners, will be organizing
demonstrations at the courthouse, including packing the courtroom, and
at other locations.
My first hearing is scheduled for January 24 at
10:00 am in courtroom 15B. I am notifying the court that I will
not appear. The court may continue the hearing without me.
In that case, it is essential that there be people there to report on
what transpires. Alternatively, the court may postpone the
hearing. Contact the Pro Se Clerk at 212-805-0136 on the morning
of the hearing to find out if the hearing will take place or be
Here is the letter of notification that I sent to
734 Rutland Avenue
Teaneck, NJ 07666
January 17, 2011
U. S. District Court
Southern District of New York
U. S. Courthouse
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007
Re: United States v. Julian Heicklen, Cr. 1154
According to U. S. C. 28 Part V §1861:
“It is the policy of the United States that all litigants in
Federal courts entitled to trial by jury shall have the right to grand
juries selected at
random from a fair cross section of the community...” I
have no evidence that there was compliance with this condition in the
selection of the grand jury which, presumably, indicted me.
Therefore, I am challenging the indictment based on U. S. C. 28 Part V
Furthermore U. S. C. 28 Part V §1862 specifies
that no citizen shall be excluded from service as a juror based on
religion. However I am a somewhat religious Jew and a strong
supporter of Israel. My family has lived in Israel. One of
my daughters has married an Israeli and lived in Israel for 15
additional years. Another daughter lived an additional year in
Israel and is married to the son of Israelis. A third daughter owns a
home in Jerusalem. A niece lives in the West Bank, and a cousin
lives in Tel Aviv.
Islam preaches death to Jews and obliteration of
Israel. This is openly acknowledged in the Koran and in many Islamic
organization charters. See “The Non-Trials” by Julian
Heicklen, Ch. II, Ishi Press (2011). Therefore, I want members of the
Islamic faith excluded from the jury. Trials are not equal opportunity
events. There are many valid reasons for excluding classes of
people from jury duty, such as young or old age, inability to speak or
understand English, certain physical disabilities, criminal record, etc.
Religion is not an allowed reason for exclusion
according to U. S. C. 28 Part V §1862. However the desire to
kill me is a reason. Furthermore, Islam is not a religion.
It is a political movement masquerading as a religion. Let me
explain why this is so. A religion tells its adherents what to
believe and how to act. A political movement tells non-adherents
what to believe and how to act. Islam is a political party.
I am requesting (demanding) that the current
indictment be quashed. A new grand jury should be impaneled
according to U. S. C. 28 Part V §1863 in my, or one of my
co-counsels, presence with the above-stated corrections.
I will not be attending the hearing of January 24,
2011, or any other hearing, until the above is done. Thank you
for your cooperation.
Counsel Pro Se
CC: Rebecca Mermelstein, Assistant United States Attorney, Southern
District of New York, U. S. Department of Justice, United states
Courthouse, 100 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
I am on trial, but this case is not about me.
I am an old man. I soon will be gone from the scene. This
case is about you and the future of your country. Your
involvement can influence the way you live the rest of your life.
If not you, then who? If not now, then when?
Yours in freedom. Good night and God bless.