Sevierville, Tennessee: Divine Trust, 2010. Faux leather. This 35-page document, “Universal Postal Treaty for the Americas,” published by the “Office of the Postmaster General, Trustee of the Global Trust, Divine Province,” is mounted within a black leatherette portfolio. A printed letter from “James Thomas McBride Postmaster General” is laid in. The document and portfolio are in excellent shape; the letter has some minor wear. The impressive document is filled with excerpts from the Constitution, U.S. law, and court cases as well as illogical gobbledygook that purports to document that anyone can declare themselves a ‘sovereign citizen’ thus rendering themselves unaccountable to all U.S. and state laws. In his letter, McBride reports that “We are now recognized by the United Nations as a sovereign nation with the full support of the Military to bring . . . the United States of America back into Original jurisdiction. We have established a new banking system . . . established to discharge debts . . . and return the property to the people [and] discharge of all debt of the American people. . . . We [will] fund the currency . . . to be issued by the de jure Treasury . . . replacing the federal reserve Notes. . . . This summer promises to be one that will go down in history [with] the end of the Federal Reserve Banking system, the Internal Revenue Service and the income tax. . . . ”. Very good. Item #009303
The sovereign citizen movement consists of about 300,000 tax resistors, financial schemers, and anti-government activists bound by a belief that they are not subject to any federal or state statutes. They do not recognize U.S. currency and claim they are not subject to any taxes. Most consider county sheriffs to be the only legitimate legal authorities. The federal government has successfully prosecuted many for tax violations, perhaps the most notorious being the actor Wesley Snipes. McBride, a convicted cocaine dealer, discovered the movement while jailed in the 1990s and upon his release began to sell a fake Identification cards and other documents that he claimed would provide immunity to federal and state tax laws. Before he was convicted of conspiracy and impersonating a diplomat in 2012, he made over $500,000 from his scheme. A fascinating document detailing the bizarre thought process and misguided legal justification behind the sovereign citizen movement. Quite scarce. As of 2019, noting similar is for sale in the trade, nor are there any records of similar documents having been sold at auction. OCLC shows no institutional holdings of this treaty or any other similar sovereign citizen documents.