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    On the floor of the House just before they voted to expel him, Rep. James Traficant took time out from his defense to express his views on the IRS.

    He was railroaded out of the government because he was to outspoken, especially about the Chinese money donated to the Democratic Party and how Janet Reno would not investigate it.

    Beam me up!

    The outrageous never-before-told inside story of how the Justice Department, Israel lobby and mass media conspired to set up and take down Ohio’s outspoken Congressman Jim Traficant . . .

    . . . From the pen of AMERICAN FREE PRESS correspondent Michael Collins Piper—the only journalist Jim Traficant agreed to speak to from prison after being convicted on trumped-up corruption charges. Traficant wouldn’t even speak to The New York Times!

    In Target: TRAFICANT, veteran author Piper—whom Jim Traficant has said was the only journalist to tell his story truthfully and correctly from the beginning—has assembled this eye-opening and disturbing overview of the campaign by high-level forces to set up and take down the no-nonsense populist congressman.

    If you have ever had any doubts about Traficant’s integrity—doubts instilled by a long-standing media cacophony attacking Traficant—you’ll soon realize that the Traficant case represents one of the most outrageous and thoroughly illegal hit-and-run operations ever orchestrated in our “democracy.” It is perhaps all too representative of the high-level corruption for which the “Justice” Department has been found responsible time and time again.

    Piper dissects the intrigues of the DoJ and the FBI (as well as the maneuvers by the federal judge who oversaw the Traficant trial) and demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that Traficant was absolutely innocent of all of the charges on which he was convicted . . .

    Softcover, 163 pages, $25
    Introduction
    The “Crimes” of Jim Traficant

    Although there are probably dozens of members of Congress who could be indicted and convicted for major criminal offenses involving high-stakes bribery and influence peddling that is often quite open and never prosecuted, the Justice Department spent many years coming up with a handful of dubious charges against Rep. Jim Traficant.

    Ask anyone who knows how it works in official Washington and they'll privately admit that the real reason Traficant was indicted on criminal charges was simply the fact that "the powers that be" didn't like Traficant: he was just too honest and too outspoken.

    Right up front, let's lay it out. Here are some of Traficant's real "crimes" in the eyes of the elite who railroaded Jim Traficant into federal prison in 2002.

    •    Criticizing the IRS and calling for expanded protections for the rights of taxpayers under fire from IRS;

        Taking a hard-line stand against NAFTA, the World Trade Organization, and so-called "free" trade and urging protectionist measures to preserve American jobs and defend domestic industry from predatory global speculators;

    • Tackling not only corruption inside the FBI and the Justice Department, but also personally assailing the integrity of former Attorney General Janet Reno;

        Attacking Wall Street wheeling and dealing and raising questions about the enrichment of high-level financial interests through the lending practices of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund;

    • Accusing then-Vice President Al Gore of “trying to steal the election” in the midst of the long-and-drawn-out post-election debacle in 2000;

        Calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from trouble-spots around the globe and questioning constant U.S. meddling in the affairs of other nations;

    • Charging American policy-makers with treason for having given top-secret U.S. defense and nuclear technology to the butchers in Peking;

    • Coming to the defense of Ukraine-born Cleveland autoworker John Demjanjuk who was falsely charged by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations of being a “Nazi war criminal,”—only to be cleared, ironically, by an Israeli court.
    (Ultimately, with Traficant sidelined in his own federal trial, they went after Demjanjuk again on "new" charges and restarted the process of seeking to deport the beleaguered old man.)

    • Demanding that U.S. troops be sent to guard the Mexican border and prevent continuing hordes of illegal
    aliens—and potential terrorists—from entering into the United States; and—last but very far from least:

    • Challenging one-sided U.S. aid and support for Israel, saying that the biased policy was to the detriment of
    America’s security and Middle East interests.

    Traficant was the only member of Congress—the day after the Sept. 11 tragedy—to point out that U.S. support for Israel and open borders were root problems leading to the tragedy.

    While Traficant enunciated these truths, other members of Congress squirmed uneasily, sitting in silence, as Traficant spoke out—even in the face of his impending trial—never one to be cowed.


    Amazon.com review

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Beam me up, Justice Department February 9, 2009
    TARGET: TRAFICANT (2005)
    by Michael Collins Piper

    Ohio Democrat Jim Traficant's congressional career is remembered for two reasons. First, he had an unusually blunt speaking style that was not always welcome on the House floor. Second, he was expelled by his colleagues from his position following an investigation by the House ethics committee. This book by Michael Collins Piper suggests that Traficant was ousted for stepping on the wrong feet. There is also a bonus section on R. Budd Dwyer, the infamous Pennsylvania state Treasurer who committed suicide on live television.

    Before I begin, I will admit that I am a fan of Traficant although I disagree with some of his positions including the national sales tax (he is correct about the IRS however). I would have voted for him if I lived in his district.

    The best parts of the book are those where we hear directly from Traficant himself, such as his famous speeches and criticisms of the federal government. Of course much of this information is publicly available, but this book includes excerpts from an old interview and some clarification on various political positions. There is even a speech by Dr. Ron Paul stating that while he believes that Traficant is guilty of some unethical behavior, he was not given a fair trial. Only Gary Condit voted against Traficant's expulsion, but a handful of other representatives did abstain from voting on HR 495, including David Bonior, Harold Ford, Dennis Hastert, John Hostettler and Dr. Paul.

    It is clear that Traficant and the Justice Department had bad blood for years and that many of the charges against him were either exaggerated or tacked onto minor offenses to make the colorful congressman seem like a real menace. Mr. Traficant himself pointed out that congress didn't vote to expel the two representatives in the 1983 congressional page sex scandal (they were censured) and that was a much worse crime than what he was accused of.

    Michael Collins Piper does a decent job dissecting the various charges against Traficant and describing how Judge Lesley Wells and the House ethics committee never let his side be heard, but he does not really prove his central thesis which is that the central force behind Jim's removal was a "pro-Israel clique" (page 20). Piper believes that Traficant's defense of John Demjanjuk's right to a fair trial is what really got him in hot water. Piper accuses Michael Chertoff (Assistant Attourney General at the time) of Traficant's "political assassination" which is why he appears on the book's cover. Anybody who is familiar with the author knows what he's getting at, but I personally disagree with this conclusion. Traficant was not against sending aid to Israel, he was only against sending foreign aid in general when there was a budget deficit. He also said that he would kill Demjanjuk himself if he were found to be guilty. Both of these statements appear on page 78 of this book. Mr. Traficant is not the "anti-Zionist" that Piper wants him to be, but he did represent an often politically incorrect voice in the legislative branch. This probably made it much easier to expel him than a typical politician who doesn't want to rock the boat.

    I have a hard time deciding what rating to give this book. It has some good information as well as some rote editorializing. It is also the only book published about James Traficant that I know of. Check it out if you're curious about the Traficant case, but watch out for the $25 cover price!



    Who is Michael Collins Piper?


    A statement from Ryu Ohta,
    Chairman of the Tokyo, Japan-based
    Society for the Critique of Contemporary Civilization


    In a time of tsunamic ideological shifts, in which audacious propagandists are relentlessly engaged in frenzied efforts to rewrite the facts of history, to challenge these truth-twisters Michael Collins Piper arrives: the American Voltaire, an enlightened thinker and polemicist who has no fear of confronting harsh realities, doing so with elegance and verve.

    In recent years Piper has emerged as the unrivaled ambassador of the American nationalist movement to peoples all across the planet: from Moscow to Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur and on to Tokyo and Toronto and Tehran.

    In no uncertain terms, he has issued a clarion call—a rallying cry—for all of us to join together, to reclaim our heritage and to sweep away the corruption of international capital and the consequent malign force that’s come in its wake, driving our world to the brink of nuclear annihilation.

    Piper’s message is loud and clear: Real Americans do not support the Zionist scheme to exploit America’s military might to conquer the globe; that good people who oppose the Zionist Imperium must put aside differences and close ranks, united for the final battle.

    Passionate, making no pretense of being without bias, Piper identifies and savages those who manifest attitudes of open hatred for nationalism and freedom.

    Having fashioned historical writing into an art form, Piper has few peers. Nor are there many who speak truth to power as Piper does so well.

    Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center has said that, because Piper criticizes Israel, he is “anti-American.” In fact, Piper’s work proves precisely how pro-American he is.
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