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June 26, 2012 0

Suspected Pipeline Bomber Has Anti-Government Extremist Ties, Admired Joseph Stack

Anson Chi on YouTube

Anson Chi, the north Texas man author­i­ties sus­pect bombed a nat­ural gas pipeline sta­tion in Plano, Texas, on June 18, is an anti-government extrem­ist active in the tax protest move­ment.

Chi, 32, a for­mer engi­neer who claimed to have “retired” but was liv­ing with his par­ents, sup­ported many causes, includ­ing envi­ron­men­tal and ani­mal rights causes, but the con­vic­tions he expressed most strongly in on-line writ­ings were anti-government ones. He rou­tinely posted anti-government com­ments to his Face­book Wall, col­lect­ing them from both the right and left.

How­ever, state­ments by Chi in recent years reveal a strong con­nec­tion with the right-wing “patriot move­ment,” espe­cially its tax protest branch. The tax protest move­ment claims Amer­i­cans aren’t required to pay fed­eral income taxes and a gov­ern­ment con­spir­acy is hid­ing this fact. “There is no law for the aver­age Amer­i­can to pay the income tax,” Chi claimed in 2010, “as stated over and over again by the Supreme Court—case closed!”

In 2010, after fel­low tax pro­tester Joseph Andrew Stack flew his plane into an IRS build­ing in Austin, Texas, in a sui­cide attack, Chi posted a link to Stack’s sui­cide note while pro­claim­ing, “Bring down the IRS!”

Chi’s post­ings reveal famil­iar­ity with the movement’s pseudo-legal argu­ments, as well as key fig­ures. Chi eas­ily rat­tled off the names of tax protest gurus and court cases involv­ing tax pro­test­ers. Say­ing he was a “para­le­gal,” Chi claimed to be friends with tax protest move­ment attor­neys Tom Cryer and Larry Becraft, and to have attended the trial of Sherry Jack­son, a for­mer IRS employee who joined the tax protest move­ment and was con­victed in 2007 of fail­ing to file income tax returns.

Chi was also famil­iar with the pseudo-legal argu­ments of the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment, pro­claim­ing in late 2010 that he knew “all about admi­ralty mar­itime law and the straw­man the­ory.”

Chi’s other fix­a­tion was on the bank­ing sys­tem; like many anti-government extrem­ists, he was obsessed with “inter­na­tional bankers” and the Fed­eral Reserve. “Your life is under con­trol by greedy pri­vate bankers,” he told vis­i­tors to his Face­book page, “espe­cially since they print YOUR money based on noth­ing but thin air!”

Chi liked the movie Zeit­geist, as well as other recent pop­u­lar on-line movies that com­bined New World Order and Fed­eral Reserve con­spir­acy the­o­ries with New Age con­cepts. Chi’s post­ings reflected the the­o­ries advanced by such movies. “The pri­vate cen­tral bankers like the Rothschilds—changed from Jew­ish name Bauer, like Henry Kissinger changed from Heinz Loeb,” he wrote in 2010, “are…a bunch of con artists, work­ing as the finan­cial gatekeepers…for the Vatican.”

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