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Saturday, September 30, 2006

AFTF's Premier in Denver A Total Blow Out Success

A first for AFTF, Peter Boyle interviewed Aaron Russo on the local Denver public TV broadcasting channel 12, KBDI.

According to local AFTF Colorado coordinator, Tom Hemingway, Aaron "hit the ball out of the park" in this interview. It was an amazing one hour of energy, information and call-in feedback from viewers who were extremely interested in Aaron, AFTF and the subject matter of his movie.

The next morning Aaron Russo was invited to be the main guest on Peter Boyle's local talk radio show, "Colorado Inside Out", on KHOW 630 AM.

Michal Corbin at KHNC 1360 AM, THE LION, interviewed Aaron yesterday morning.

Here's a link to a YouTube video of Aaron's Q & A session after one of the Denver screenings yesterday.

Here's the actual video - above

Originally, the Denver Regency Theatre had two screenings scheduled for last night. The first prime-time evening showing at 7:30 pm was sold out in advance so they decided to add a second prime-time screening which, too, became sold out. In addition they had a late evening screening which was very well attended. Indications earlier this evenings had two additional prime-time evening screenings this evening, 9/30, sold out.

Portland Oregon's Alex Ansary Interviews Aaron Russo

Alex Ansary's popular Portland Oregon area local public cable access program plugs AFTF:

"Journey into the shady world of the private Federal Reserve with Hollywood producer and film maker, Aaron Russo as he discusses his new ... all » film, Freedom to Fascism. Aaron and I also discussed the Real ID ACT of 2008 and RFID technology. This is a must see edition of Outside the Box."

Click here to review the program which was instrumental to insuring a sold-out premier of AFTF in Portland last night.

Special thanks to AFTF Portland Coordinator, Dede Farrell, for all her hard work in coordinating this special interview.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Chicago Birth of AFTF Slogan/Motto

On Saturday, September 23rd, Aaron Russo, AFTF volunteers and members of the Lone Lantern Society (LLS) met at the LLS meeting in a Lincoln Park coffee shop where this motto was formally reiterated for the second time in public:


The birth of this slogan can be credited to "Ja Far" and his partner Rashid Akbar who are the organizers of the ICE Theatre screening of AFTF here in Chicago.

Here's the video clip.... Please repeat after Rashid, Aaron and Ja Far:


The original feeling behind this slogan came from deep within the heart of the black community here in Chicago. The first public utterance of this slogan came at the private meeting Aaron had on Friday, 9/22, with some of the leading ministers and pastors - including one of the most famous Catholic priests in the world - in the black community here in Chicago. The organizers of this meeting even made a cake for Aaron to show their sincere gratitude for what he has done in bring the truth about modern slavery back into the public consciousness of our world.

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NOTE: the editor of this blog is big into the significance of numbers - their prime roots and cycles as these perfect patterns manifest throughout history. The day of this incredibly powerful and emotional "meeting and screening with the ministers" in Chicago's black community just "happened to be" the 144th anniversary of the first official utterance of Abraham Lincoln's most famous official public document - ie. The Emancipation Proclamation.

Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

"That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

The image of the original Emancipation Proclamation document

144 Year Bookends:

1862 Emancipation Proclamation ---------- 2006 Emancipation Proclamation

Both proclamations were given birth from this great Land of Lincoln during a time when our nation was/is greatly divided.

And may the restoration of our Constitutional Republic begin in earnest!


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Final Note: today's date, 9/29 (929) is prime number that corresponds to this phrase, "Free From Fear" as follows:

Free (6955) From (6964) Fear (6519) = 20438 = 929 prime X 22

Thursday, September 28, 2006

First Week of Chicago ICE Theatre Run of AFTF Ends Tonight

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Aaron speaking during the Q & A session at the opening on Monday

Post screening commentary....

More post screening commentary....

More post screening commentary....

AFTF Screening in Sioux Falls SD To Benefit Amendment E

Five screenings of AFTF are scheduled on Friday October 27, 2006 and Saturday the 28th at The Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, SD. These screenings will benefit AFTF and Amendment E.

What is Amendment E?

Last summer and fall, some 46,800 South Dakotans signed the Judicial Accountability Amendment petition. You may have been one of them. If so, thank you for helping to get the Amendment on the November 2006 ballot as Amendment E!

Basically what Amendment E will do is create a "citizen's oversight committee" with the sole purpose of hearing complaints against judges alleging judicial misconduct.

Click here for more information about Amendment E.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Aaron & AFTF Volunteers Meet At Lone Lantern Society's Meeting in Chicago

The Lone Lantern Group Snapshot

Aaron Russo spoke at a local meeting of the Lone Lantern Society (LLS) last night. I and many other local Chicago AFTF volunteers are either members of LLS or have worked closely with other LLS members on various projects such at the conference in Chicago last June. LLS members have been very active and supportive in our quest to distribute AFTF flyers and promotion DVDs at various meetings and events around Chicago. Special thanks to LLS Founder, Gary Franchi, for inviting Aaron to another great meeting.

Chaplain Akbar, Gary Franchi, Aaron Russo and Ja Far

Chaplain Akbar and Ja Far are the organizers behind the ICE Theatre screening of AFTF to benefit inner city kids scholarship programs.

LLS Founder, Gary Franchi, with Aaron Russo

LLS "9/11 We Fight For You" Video Presentation

Click here for more information about LLS.

WING-TV "Give Two Thumbs Up" To AFTF

Victor: "When it comes to Freedom To Fascism....Lisa?"

Lisa: "I give it a two thumbs up."

Lisa: "I thought the whole film was excellent."

Victor: "Absolutely. Myself I agree completely. We were very, very very impressed with what Aaron Russo did."

Go to the link for FRIDAY ~ September 22nd

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Aaron Russo Live in Studio WLS 890 AM 1 PM Today 9/23, Deborah Rowe Show

Aaron Russo will be LIVE in the studio on the Deborah Rowe Show on WLS 890 AM Radio out of Chicago at 1 PM CST Today 9/23 discussing AFTF!

Listen here.

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Thanks to a link from

Freedom to Fascism on IMAX
Great storms announce themselves with a gentle breeze. - M. R.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

9/26 AFTF Screening To Benefit Bill "Dock" Wall's Mayoral Campaign

Come Out & Meet Aaron Russo

Are you aware by May of 2008 the law will require you to carry a national identification card?

Are you aware the Supreme Court has ruled that the government has no authority to impose a direct unapportioned tax on the labor of the American people, and the 16th Amendment does not give the government that power?

Are you aware that computer voting machines can be rigged and there is no way to ensure that your vote is counted?

Aaron Russo is proud to announce the opening of "America: Freedom to Fascism" in theaters around the country. Tell your friends, family and co-workers - Everyone must see this film! Please forward this email to everyone you know!

Friends of Bill “Dock” Walls
Dinner & Movie Screening
Hosted by Aaron Russo
Producer of “Trading Places” with Eddie Murphy and “The Rose” with Bette Midler among other movies.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006,
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Captain Hardtimes Dining
436 E. 79th Street, Chicago, Illinois
H Tel: 773- 487- 2900

Donations should be made payable ($50 per person) to
“Friends of Bill ‘Dock‘ Walls”
47 W. Polk Street, STE 100-255,
Chicago, Illinois 60605

To order tickets or for more informa tion call Beatrice at 312-735-1867
“A copy of our report with the state board of elections is/or will be available for purchase from the state board of elections, Springfield, Illinois”
# Click Here To See Movie Clips

Aaron Russo To Meet With Key Black Ministers/Pastors Tomorrow

Much planning has gone into organizing a key meeting/screening that will involve many of the key religious leaders within the black community here in Chicago. Special thanks to the leadership committee at the Chicago Arts Initiative for putting this together.

More to follow... Navy Pier Chicago NIMAX Screening Of AFTF A BIG Success!

The local managers and editors of Chicago's Conscious Choice Magazine went out on a financial-political limb to organize this screening. It required a great leap of faith and empowering vision to make this happen here in the heart of the midwest, but with some 75-80% seats in the 441 seat theatre sold on a Thurday workday evening everyone was thrilled with the turnout.

Aaron did a wonderful job with the Q & A which followed the screening. He got the usual standing ovation. This was not your typical patriot-liberty crowd. There were many unwashed US Citizens who were exposed to the truth of fascism in our midst for the first time. Hushed cries and comments under the breath evoking a mix of horror and wonder could be heard in the audience throughout the movie.

The only suprise, which I missed, was the extraordinary heavy local Chicago police and security detail that were combing the plazas of the lower level of Navy Pier. Charles Shaw, the local editor of Chicago's Conscious Choice Magazine commented after the screening that someone had called what turned out to be a bogus report that there would be acts of violence sometime prior/during/after the screening of AFTF.

Nothing but peaceful and postive vibes of concerned citizens could be found. One fellow by the name of "Sam" drove all the way from Houston, Texas. He was thrilled to meet Aaron and I put him in touch with Troy, our lead AFTF volunteer coordinator for Houston.

One of our local AFTF volunteers came up to me after the screening to announce that he is planning to "make a six figure donation" to AFTF in the next month. Many of our local volunteers where there passing out flyers for the upcoming ICE Theatre AFTF screening which will begin on 9/25 which will benefit inner city youth scholarship programs for Chicago youth.

Fred Smart, reporting.

Aaron Was on Mancow for TWO (2) Hours!!!

I just heard word that the interview was a blow out success! They did not want to let him go. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

We will have more to share later.

9/22 Update: A significant portion of the interview can be downloaded from the AFTF "Official Blog"

Aaron Russo is LIVE on Mancow NOW!!

From 8-9 am CDT today, 9/21

Go to this link

Friday, September 15, 2006

Aaron Russo on KPFK 90.7 Divine Forces Radio in Los Angeles Tonight

Our AFTF LA Coordinator posted the following:

Aaron Russo is scheduled to be on 90.7 fm KPFK tonight, promoting "America: Freedom to Fascism". The name of the radio show is "Divine Forces Radio", it is an underground hip-hop show and it's on every friday from 10pm-1am. Aaron should be on about 10:30pm (maybe sooner) tonight. That's 90.7fm KPFK tonight. Tune in ......


Thursday, September 14, 2006

Common Dreams Newswire Highlights AFTF Press Release

As ‘Fascism’ Enters Lexicon of Bush Administration, “America: Freedom to Fascism” Comes to Theaters Film Will Open Across the Country Beginning September 29

LOS ANGELES - September 13 - ‘Fascism’ has become the new catchphrase in the war on terror. In August, Bush coined the term “Islamo-fascism” to refer to the ideology of terrorists. Recently, Donald Rumsfeld compared critics of the Bush administration to those who tried to appease the Nazis before World War II, saying the country is facing “a new type of fascism.” Aaron Russo’s timely documentary, “America: Freedom to Fascism,” posits the idea that it is actually the U.S. government that is going down the road to fascism.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Conscious Choice Magazine Reviews AFTF

Conscious Choice Web Exclusive
The Patriots and the Pernicious Paymasters
By Charles Shaw

An Essay on America: From Freedom to Fascism
A Documentary Film by Aaron Russo

"Here’s all you need to take away from this. Despite how “affluent” we believe we are as a culture, in reality the dollar is only worth $.04. What keeps its value propped up is its near-exclusive relationship with oil transactions and other nation’s treasury reserves (the dollar having replaced gold as the backing) and some 10,000 nuclear weapons. If you looked deeply at the reasons for our most recent military campaigns, and the economic and diplomatic warfare we are conducting on nations like Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea, you’d fast come to understand that these nations, like Iraq before it in 2000, decided to stop using the dollar as their reserve currency, or to buy oil. If our dollar ceases to hold value…you do the math.

All of this is to say that the extended wardrobe of Fascism contains business suits as well as jackboots and swastikas."

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AFTF Supports Chicago & Nationwide Inner City Scholarship Program


We would like to thank God and all the people
around the nation who have joined us to provide
educational and financial assistance to our youth.
Many didn’t think this could happen, our lack of
understanding of the responsibility we all have in
providing an educational opportunity for our youth
has hurt us enormously in the past, and will continue
to devastate our communities if we don’t improve
our commitment to our youth. We must realize that
youth education is the responsibility of the parent
first then the community, and not the government.

Click here for more details

Download the flyer for these screenings in Chicago: 9/25-28 click here.

To purchase tickets for the AFTF screening in Chicago which will be supporting this program click here.

Upcoming Aaron Russo AFTF Interviews 9/13-9/21

Wednesday Sept 13 12 noon-2 pm PST Aaron Russo AFTF interview w/Dr. Bill Deagle's Internet radio internet show

Friday, Sept 15 10:30 am -11:00 am PST Aaron Russo AFTF interview w/WING-TV Victor Thorn and Lisa Guilliani; Internet radio show

Tuesday, Sept 19 2:08 PST Aaron Russo AFTF interview w/National Intel Report, John Stadtmiller

Thursday, Sept 21 Chicago Navy Pier IMAX opens AFTF, Aaron will do a LIVE Q & A following the movie - click here.

8 a.m.-9 a.m. CST Aaron Russo AFTF interview w/Erich "Mancow" Muller, *LIVE in studio*

The Randi Rhodes Show

Folks I just got through watch a movie called: America:Freedom to Fascism .... it will make you extremely uncomfortable but it a must see movie. It starts out showing about federal income tax and how there is no law requiring any american to file a tax return, how intimitation and force is use .... how the federal reserve bank is a private bank ... then it go on to show how the New World Order plans to take over.

I'm thinking even some of the bushies are going to be distrubed by this film.

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Shelley The Republican Calls AFTF "Liberal Hatespeech"

America : Freedom to Fascism? Liberal Hatespeech!

June 26th, 2006

Dear Friends

Only Liberals can take something wonderful and beautiful like America and the American society and claim it would be something ugly and dangerous. Now they actually complain that they have to pay taxes! Can you believe it? We always knew that liberals are cowards and slackers, they have proven this to us over and over again. They want to cut and run in Iraq, they don’t want to fight against terrorism and crime, don’t want to fight against drugs and poverty and now this?

America : Freedom to Fascism

Please watch this movie trailer and see for yourself.

It is just shameful. I am a very proud American but the thought that people like this also claim to be American makes me sick. They are not American, they are something else. The movie company “Cinema Libre Studio” has strong ties to the Venezuelan government. I believe they are directly funded by Hugo Chavez!

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NOTE: This was shared with Aaron and the folks over at Cinema Libre yesterday. Aaron got quite a laugh out of is and it brought this comment from one of Cinema Libre's associates:

"What I assume are comments from people on her list towards the bottom of this email chain are great...actually very supportive of the film...and free speech especially since she's muddled her facts terribly! It looks like more people will go see the film due to her attempt at censorship.

For the record, we aren't funded by Hugo Chavez. Now that's comedy.

I haven't laughed that hard in awhile."

Monday, September 11, 2006

AFTF Volunteers Visit Camp Democracy in DC

Encouraged yesterday by a promise - ie. "a very good chance" - to show AFTF, Art Pollock, his son, Allen Pollock and David Noe - along with other AFTF volunteers, Steven, et. al. visited Camp Democracy which bills itself as "a non-partisan camp for peace, democracy, and the restoration of the rule of law." Camp Democracy originated with Cindy Sheehans's Camp Casey moved from Crawford, Texas, to Washington, D.C., to create a larger camp focused not only on ending the war but also on righting injustices here at home and on holding accountable the Bush Administration and Congress.

Art wrote:

"Well, even though we we're double crossed and not allowed to show the film
as promised. We still brought awareness of the film to quite a few people from our trip to the nations capitol."

AFTF volunteers, Allen and Art Pollock, in front of the radio broadcast crew.

The radio show crew

Although they weren't able to screen AFTF, Art, Allen, et. al were invited back next weekend to setup a table to hand out flyers and dvd's, with the POSSIBILITY to show the film.

AFTF Volunteer, David Noe, with Barrie Schwortz, Editor and Publisher of

Friday, September 08, 2006 Reviews AFTF

September 08, 2006

I finally received a DVD of the full length movie, and watched it last night.

The short review is that if Fahrenheit 9-11 won the "Palm D-Or", then "AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FASCISM" deserves the whole tree! This is the film that F/9-11 aspired to but failed to be.

Far from the extremist screed that its attackers portray it to be, "America" starts out as a genuinely objective search to find out the reality behind the claims of the Tax Honesty movement. In scene after scene, Aaron Russo tries to get the answer to one simple question; what is the law that requires American workers to pay income tax on their wages and salaries. At every turn, he is rebuffed by IRS officials, with one notable exception. Aaron did secure an interview with former IRS Commissioner Sheldon Cohen who makes the amazing statement that US Supreme Court rulings are irrelevant when it comes to interpretation and enforcement of the IRS code, and moreover chides Aaron for refusing to "believe" that he owes taxes. By this time, Aaron and the audience are convinced that the Tax Honesty people are onto something!

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Friday, September 01, 2006

JBO's New American Blog Reviews AFTF

This review is from quite a while ago...

From Freedom to Fascism

Thursday, May 4, 2006, 02:00 PM
“This is a waste of time,” grouses former IRS Commissioner Sheldon Cohen during the key interview in Aaron Russo's amazing documentary America: From Freedom to Fascism. “Whatever I say you won't believe.”

Cohen, who is now General Counsel to the IRS, had been pinned down by Russo's polite but persistent cross-examination regarding The Question That Must Not Be Answered: What is the specific, explicit statute that requires Americans to pay taxes on their labor and earnings?

Russo, like any rational being who believes in individual freedom, is not inclined to believe unsupported assertions of power from government functionaries. Like any patriotic American, Russo is prepared to obey the law, however onerous or objectionable, as long as it can be clearly explained to him.

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Tampa AFTF Volunteer Bob Rometo Shares A Great Idea

While he was travelling through Chicago on July 28th he attended the premier of Aaron's movie in one of the far west suburbs and since he was alone he decided to buy two tickets and give them up to two total strangers who, after the movie, sought him out and thanked him profusely.

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Memories of The AFTF San Francisco Screening Earlier This Year

AFTF vounteer Gregor Keller shares two images of the standing room only crowd that attended the "free" public screening of Aaron's movie earlier this year.

Aaron can be seen to the left...

Crowds lined up around the block...

Ludwig Von Mises Institute Covers AFTF

August 25, 2006, by Justin Ptak
"Since V for Vendetta garnered much interest on this site, I thought people would be interested in Aaron "Hollywood" Russo's new documentary: America: Freedom to Fascism.

Readers of Murray Rothbard's History of Money and Banking in the United States, and his What Has Government Done to Our Money? will be familiar with some of the material. Even the Mises Institute's DVD release Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve covers much of the material in great depth.

Still, Russo is crisscrossing America with his documentary trying to raise awareness of the destructive role the Fed, the income tax, and the latest police measures are playing in the lives of American citizens ."

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