Tax Resister Ed Brown in His Own Words

Jan. 21, 2007

Ed is 64 years old. His wife is a dentist. They have not filed or paid federal income taxes since 1997. Prosecutors claim (based upon arbitrary figures provided by the IRS) that the couple "owes" $625,000 in taxes. A jury agreed in court on Thursday the 18th. He expected federal agents to swarm his property soon. "Live free or die," he said, quoting Gen. John Stark and the state's motto. "What else can I say?" Brown and his on-site supporters said they will defend themselves if necessary.

While Brown will speak with the media via telephone or by standing in the doorway of his home, only ONE media contact was permitted inside, for a one-on-one exclusive interview and behind the scenes look at this high-tension conflict. NEK-TV and JOHN KLAR have done what no other national media outlet could do. This is a tribute to the fairness and balance that Community television provides.


John Stoddard Klar hails from humble roots. He has worked as a dishwasher, grocery store clerk, busboy, waiter, and cook; he has worked in factories, as a foundation laborer, a mason's tender, a landscaper, and a housepainter. He hitch-hiked across the country at the age of nineteen, and has traveled extensively in Europe, including nearly three years living in different parts of England.

John earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree with a double major in English and Political Science from the University of Connecticut. He then graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He spent three years as a tax consultant with public accountants Coopers & Lybrand, including one year in the United Kingdom. He then operated a successful law practice in Connecticut for six years as a criminal, family, and personal injury practitioner, until he became very ill with fibromyalgia syndrome. The intense and enduring pain of this condition led Mr. Klar to spiritual growth and a first-time belief in Jesus Christ. He moved to Vermont, where he and his family farmed for seven years. John learned that his illness had been caused by Lyme disease, and his health improved after four years of antibiotic therapy, which continues. The improvement in his health permitted him to research and write his popular book on the Bush presidency Christian Words, Unchristian Actions.

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