We have all heard the story many, many times over of the Chicago gangsters of the ’20s and ’30s. There was the liquor running, the machine guns and the Fedoras. This period in American History captures the imagination of the masses like few others. Gangsters roaming the streets in pinstriped suits, gambling in hidden casinos and talking with strange accents ruled the city and skirted the law. So many movies and television shows have been dedicated to this era, they are far too numerous to list. At the center of it all, Al Capone remains one of the most fabled characters in history.
As the story goes, Al Capone was the leader of an infamous gang of thugs in the early part of the 20th century. He supposedly had his hand in all sorts of crimes like extortion, theft, murder and racketeering. As it turns out, he had bribed most of the local politicians and authorities so that they would look the other way and ignore his activities. After the locals proved inept at stopping him, the federal government took over the investigation and arrested, charged and convicted him with a tax evasion charge that sent him to prison, effectively ending his reign as a mob boss. That’s the official story anyway.
After thinking about it, I began to question the official account of events. What the government wants me to believe that Al Capone committed essentially thousands of crimes, big and small, and all the federal government could convict him of was tax evasion? Think of it this way, every citizen is innocent until proven guilty. Capone was never proven guilty of any other crimes; therefore, he was innocent of them. Instead of doing a little more police work and proving these offenses, the feds used the IRS to harass an innocent man. I’m quite certain that they went over Capone’s tax records with a fine toothed comb until they turned up a few discrepancies in tax returns. Without any other convictions, are we sure that Capone was committing these crimes at all? Who says that he was? The government?
Picture this; somebody in the government decides that they have an ax to grind with you. This individual hurls accusations around that you are a criminal and launches a huge investigation against you. After months or years of looking, the government finds no evidence of wrongdoing by you at all. The IRS is called in to pick through your tax returns for the last several years. I would imagine that if the IRS looks hard enough at just about anybody’s tax returns, sooner or later, they will find a problem. Inevitably, they find an issue and convict you of tax evasion and put you in prison.
Is this the kind of thing that should be allowed to occur in the United States? Remember, our constitution grants us with several rights that shouldn’t allow this sort of persecution. The IRS can be, and has been, used as a tool to destroy innocent people’s lives. Keep in mind, Capone was never convicted of any crimes other than tax evasion, making him an innocent man. You, of course, can counter with the stories of all of his wrongdoing, but if he really was committing all of these crimes, shouldn’t even one cop have caught him? The government tells you he was a criminal; the question is, do you believe them? What if they one day call you a criminal? Will others believe them?