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Census and Your Rights

This is not legal advice. Consult an attorney if you need legal advice.

Walter E Williams on the Census 

Now here is something that is strange:
Is it not true that in order to bring a criminal charge against a citizen they must advise him that he has the right to remain silent?
How does that work when they are arresting a citizen for remaining silent?
Will they also advise you of the fact that you have a right to a trial by a jury of your peers? How many jury trials can the feds conduct?
Wikipedia says that  there are 308,858,000 of us. If 1% of us ask for a jury trial that would be 3.08 million jury trials.
Will they tell the jurors that they have the right to judge both the facts of the case and ALSO TO JUDGE THE LAW?  
VISIT The Fully Informed Jury Association
If you get to the point of a jury trial, you will have the right of "Voir Dire". Do a Google search on this term. "Voir Dire" means the you have the right to question prospective jurors.
You might want to ask the jurors if they were required to swear that they would follow the judges instructions even if they disagree with them. If jurors are required to follow the judges instructions, why is there a jury present, other than to create the illusion that there has been a jury trial?
You might want to ask the jurors if they have ever sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
If you have never sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States you might consider doing so now.
You might want to ask the jurors what they would do if the judge instructed them to violate their previous oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.  
By the way, the judge has also sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. You might need to remind him of that. You might want to think about what you will do if he violates that oath. You might need to study up on the ramifications of a judge asking someone to violate an oath. 

Census Scared Off 

Before you answer any Census Taker's questions or open your "Census" package from the mailbox, please watch this!

Posted by: capo

Tagged in: fines , constitution , census , 2010 census


Are you required by law to answer all the questions on the 2010 Census forms?  What are the potential fines if you decide not to?

Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States requires that an "enumeration" shall be conducted every ten years "in a manner as [Congress] shall by law direct."  The 14th Amendment to the Constitution states that the enumeration shall consist of "counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed."

There have been no subsequent amendments to the Constitution giving Congress the authority to require an enumeration of the number of bedrooms or toilets in your house.

The first question of the 2010 Census asks, “How many were living in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?”  For those who support and defend the Constitution of the United States this is where the census form should end.

But, what are the implications for the person who wishes to take a stand against the encroachments of his unalienable rights by the ever growing bureaucracy of our central government?  What if you refuse to fully comply?

The census form American are about to receive in the mail, or the census workers who may appear at the doors of American homes with their GPS devices, should be able to reference only the following from Title 13 the US Code:


Sec. 221. Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answers

  (a) Whoever, being over eighteen years of age, refuses or
    willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary, or by any
    other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce
    or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the
    Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his
    knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in
    connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I,
    II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title, applying to himself or to
    the family to which he belongs or is related, or to the farm or
    farms of which he or his family is the occupant, shall be fined not
    more than $100.
  (b) Whoever, when answering questions described in subsection (a)
    of this section, and under the conditions or circumstances
    described in such subsection, willfully gives any answer that is
    false, shall be fined not more than $500.
  (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, no person
    shall be compelled to disclose information relative to his
    religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body.

This is the current US Code written expressively for conducting the US Census. 

However, we are dealing with a corrupt central government that claims the prerogative to interpret the law as it wishes.  This is how we have come to live under a regime that believes it can declare anyone an enemy combatant and torture them up to and including the point of death. 

Tsars and their apparatchiks in the US Census Bureau are not immune to this tendency operate with little to no regard for what the law actually says.   The US Census Bureau has given the indication that they intend to disregard what Title 13 clearly says about limiting a person's failure to fully comply to not more than a $100 fine — a small amount to risk for many who may wish to take a stand in defense of the Constitution and the limited powers it grants to the central government.

Under the explanation of the American Community Survey (formerly the Census long form) the US Census Bureau claims the following:

"The American Community Survey is conducted under the authority of Title 13, United States Code, Sections 141 and 193, and response is mandatory. According to Section 221, persons who do not respond shall be fined not more than $100. Title 18 U.S.C. Section 3571 and Section 3559, in effect amends Title 13 U.S.C. Section 221 by changing the fine for anyone over 18 years old who refuses or willfully neglects to complete the questionnaire or answer questions posed by census takers from a fine of not more than $100 to not more than $5,000."

At the bottom of its explanation, the Census Bureau provides a link to what should be the last word on the matter; Title 13 — the specific US Code for conducting the census as referred to in Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution.

The Census Bureau does not provide a link to Title 18, the US Code for federal crimes and sentences, by which the Bureau claims the fine for incomplete census questionnaires is "in effect" amended and raised to "not more than $5,000".

(In his recent commentary on the census Congressman Ron Paul has repeated this claimed potential fine of up to $5,000.) 

Could the Census Bureau just be flaunting a potential $5,000 fine threat to scare off those contemplating acts of non-compliance on their census forms?  Here are the pertinent excerpts from Title 18, that the Census Bureau references to support its claim that Title 13 has been amended by Title 18 ?  (emphasis added):


    Sec. 3559. Sentencing classification of offenses

  (a) Classification. – An offense that is not specifically
    classified by a letter grade in the section defining it, is
    classified if the maximum term of imprisonment authorized is –     (1) life imprisonment, or if the maximum penalty is death, as a
  Class A felony;

…(9) five days or less, or if no imprisonment is authorized, as
  an infraction.

(2) Exception. – With respect to a person convicted of a
  Federal offense described in paragraph (1), the court may impose
  any lesser sentence that is authorized by law to take into
  account any substantial assistance provided by the defendant in
  the investigation or prosecution of another person who has
  committed an offense, in accordance with the Federal Sentencing
  Guidelines and the policy statements of the Federal Sentencing
  Commission pursuant to section 994(p) of title 28, or for other
  good cause.


    Sec. 3571. Sentence of fine

  (a) In General. – A defendant who has been found guilty of an
    offense may be sentenced to pay a fine.
  (b) Fines for Individuals. – Except as provided in subsection (e)
    of this section, an individual who has been found guilty of an
    offense may be fined not more than the greatest of

   (1) the amount specified in the law setting forth the offense;

…(7) for an infraction, not more than $5,000.

(e) Special Rule for Lower Fine Specified in Substantive
    Provision. – If a law setting forth an offense specifies no fine or
    a fine that is lower than the fine otherwise
applicable under this
    section and such law,
by specific reference, exempts the offense
from the applicability of the fine otherwise applicable under this
    section, the defendant may not be fined more than the amount
    specified in the law setting forth the offense.

We Hold These Truths: A Reverent Review of the U. S. Constitution 1993 Revised Edition (Paperback) by Congressman Lawrence P. McDonald 



No doubt there are more than a few federal legal counsels that will argue in favor of the Census Bureau's claim that their reading of Title 18 means that census officials can threaten Americans with up to a $5,000 fine if they refuse to answer all the bureau's prying questions.  The argument of the Census Bureau comes down to this though:   Though the rules the Census Bureau is authorized to operate under are clearly defined in Title 13 of the US Code, they believe that they can supersede the intent and will of the Congress on the grounds that a special rule applicable to sections in one Title of the US Code can be interpreted as an implied amendment to an unrelated Title of the US Code.    ("It's good to be King" is the shorter argument here.)

If the intent of Congress (not the US Census Bureau) is that Title 18 "amends" Title 13, then Congress needs to legally amend the law set forth in Title 13.   By injecting its intention to apply a section of Title 18 to override the clear statements made in sections of the unrelated Title 13, the US Census Bureau is "in effect" indicating that it intends to follow the lead of the IRS and other federal agencies to rule and intimidate the American public through their own arbitrary interpretation and enforcement of the law.

An American wishing to defend the intent of the Constitution, or simply their own privacy, against the census questionnaire should only have to be at risk of being assessed with up to  a $100 fine.   However, the Census Bureau, likely sensing growing opposition to its  extra-constitutional efforts,  is attempting to intimidate people with its contrived threat of up to a $5,000 fine.  

Are they just bluffing?  It probably depends on how many people call their bluff.

End Notes: There have been no pertinent changes to the above US Code cited since the 2000 census.  Amendments were made to Title 13 in 1976 which  struck out the provision authorizing imprisonment for not more than sixty days for refusing or willfully neglecting to answer questions and the provision for authorizing imprisonment for not more than one year for willfully giving a false answer to a question.  The last time the will of the Congress was tested then, deference was afforded to the side of the people. 

Disclaimer: This author will be answering the census the same way he did in 2000:   Question #1 only.   Though a note was attached to the partially completed census form indicating a willingness to be assessed the $100 fine, no fine was assessed

To Harass Our People the Irs and Government Abuse of Power (Paperback) ~ George Hansen


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March 13th, 2010

John Perna


3 to “Census and Your Rights”

  1. Alice Lillie says:

    I am planning on not answering *AT ALL.*
    The reason I won’t even answer question #1 is because they have the audacity to ask the other questions.
    My own calculations (probably erroneous but the general idea is right) is that each person is being forced to pay (through taxes) $30 to be forced to answer the Census. I think that the $4 billion price tag (if I remember right) may net even count the cost of sending that letter out to tell us that the form is coming.
    (I got two. Wonder if I will get two forms. So, I’ll non-comply twice.)

  2. Steve LeClaire says:

    I work for the Census Bureau, one of the few Constitutionally-mandated expenses of the Federal Government.
    People are getting all bent out of shape about this enumeration, and although I was one of them before, I’ve come to realize that my paranoia was misdirected.
    First of all, although no-one is supposed to volunteer this information, “compliance” consists of answering any 3 of the 1st 5 questions on the form (per person). This means that, for instance, if you put down ONE initial for your name, your gender, and mark that you are (or are not) a Mexican, you are considered in full compliance for the sake of the enumeration.
    Once gleaned for statistical data only, all specific and personally-identifiable information — whether the [flawed] GPS living-unit door-mapping or the information marked on these forms — will be locked up and not see the light of day for 72 years according to USC Title XIII and the Privacy Act of 1974. It will not be available to current politicians nor to future shock-troopers. ANY census worker who violates these confidentiality laws is subject to up to 5 years in prison and/or up to a $250,000 fine.
    The reason for multiple questions on each person is an attempt to guarantee everyone gets counted. This includes counting some people in places that they may not be staying regularly, and then eliminating duplicate filings — thus the need for personally-identifiable information. But once the counting is complete, that information is GONE until your great-great-grandkids get around to doing a family genealogy. You should live so long.
    Conservatives and Libertartians should spend their energy on something more worthy of their efforts & attention.

  3. oligogracy says:

    The number of representatives in the US House is determined by the results of the census. If folks in conservative states don’t include themselves in the count, they are potentially reducing conservative influence in congress.

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