Forgotten Idaho Hero
By Susan Steffen-Kraft
At the direction of an out of control, power hungry Judge Lodge specifically, and an irresponsible political system in a "cover your ass" mode generally, Congressman Hansen was subject to some of the most heinous and barbaric torture known to humanity such as " diesel therapy." "Why did Judge Lodge, whose personal reasons for needing to keep the well documented criminal nature of the banking industry below public scrutiny, with the help of the Idaho Department of Finance, trump up a bank fraud conviction"?
He denied the admission of exonerating evidence in court! Could it be that this was in order to throw Hansen in prison and to punish Mr. Hanson with that diesel therapy?
Below is a picture of the corrupt Judge Lodge who was part and parcel of this heinous deed!
Once done the prisoner can barely move. The nerves are pinched and restrict the flow of blood because of the tightened manacles. This causes severe pain and swelling. The feet and toenails become damaged because of the legs swelling from the blood. Blood blisters form due to the pressure and if they press up against shoes for long periods of time can they cause such excruciating pain that they require surgery or the pulling out of the toenails by the roots. George Hansen had to take his own toenails out himself because he was in such pain. The only solace he had was that he could roam freely among the other prisoners as they knew he was a champion of the people. His cruel treatment came from the hands of the guards!
Now you may not know how the term " diesel therapy " originated. It is not for the bondage part but for being forced into bus after bus and plane after plane and shackled as described above and being shuttled from one prison to another for weeks on end, 20 hours per day in chains to cause pain and suffering and to "send a message"! Judge Lodge furthermore saw to it that Congressman Hanson received diesel therapy coming and going to prison from the Judges' court and I might add, at great expense to the government.
For a month he disappeared and his wife and family did not know if he was dead or alive nor did his allies in Congress! After four years of imprisonment and ten years of being persecuted and, to top it off ruined professionally and personally, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated his sentence for bank fraud in Dec. 1995. This all due to the fact that in May 1995 the Supreme Court had ruled that his previous conviction as a member of Congress had been overturned. The worse part was he was physically damaged permanently. He was America's most famous political prisoner. And what did he do to deserve all of this?
Congressman Hansen was the prime architect of the Congressional Accountability Project which was being launched by Hansen and a group of investors interested in good government. CAP was going to utilize nation-wide television and a national 900 number to make congresspersons instantaneously accountable to the American people for their votes on the House and Senate floors".
"This was a project which would, in my opinion, have had a major impact on the votes of congressmen since it would have made them instantaneously responsible to the people by making their votes known immediately after being cast," commented journalist John Voss.
Congressman Hansen and his allies in Congress were on the brink of making CAP operational and accessible to the American public. Unfortunately, the government through the Idaho Department of Finance and the help of former IRS agents who were acting illegally by the way; and in conjunction with a revengeful Justice Department and a corrupt Judge Lodge all in league with each other, manufactured bank fraud charges against him.
Retired Congressman Tom Kindness (R-Ohio) stated, "I believe that George's recent trial and conviction on charges of "bank fraud" was the direct result of a campaign by various members of the bureaucracy to stop the CAP."
"Every attorney who has read the court transcripts is concerned and confounded as to how George could have been convicted on bank fraud charges when the supervising bank officers were not only acutely aware of his financial operation and transactions but were actively assisting him in his efforts for over ten years! "George defrauded no one and we can prove it," stated Congressman Kindness.
Do you see why this might happen? He had to be stopped because members of congress would be instantly accountable to the American people for their votes and that would not be so good in the eyes of many so he now had become the enemy and a target! Anybody who has the accomplishments of Congressman Hansen as described below and wanted to pass this sort of legislation had the political will and muscle to do it.
George Hansen was the author of the book To Harass Our People, an indictment of the IRS, where he demanded its dismantling.
George Hansen was the congressman who was so outraged by what he discovered about the IRS while researching his book that he wrote and helped to pass the Taxpayers Bill of Rights
He was the only member of Congress who pulled the strings necessary to the Iranian hostages in 1979 and exposed the big-bank scam behind that crises. He wrote the book To Harass Our People where he exposed the IRS and demanded it be dismantled.
George Hansen was the first man to propose the flat tax as a damage control alternative to protect the people from IRS abuses. Hansen was the man who took on OSHA, WPPSS, and the INS.
The power of the IRS is still in place and have committed many crimes against the American people. It is time to thoroughly investigate them because they have this attitude of superiority that brings on crime, corruption and scandal.
George Hansen was the man who fearlessly and continually made public his findings when investigations turned up government corruption by the billions of dollars and citizen abuse. The "system" decided it had to teach Congressman Hansen a lesson because, had he been allowed to continue serving on Capitol Hill, it is likely he would have become the chairman of the House Banking Committee which was very powerful. History has shown that would have happened in 1995.
Like the signers of the Constitution, he lost his reputation, fortune as he was forced to sell his houses to survive to pay his fines and attorney. Most everything he and his wife had was gone. Indeed, he knew what it was like to walk in our forefathers steps by sacrificing all. George Hansen was a hero and a statesman.
People have protested the inhumane treatment of prisoners of war but overlook something like this and people have decried the things that go on in China and other places yet allowed this in America. If you think it can't happen here in this country, think again! Bury your head in the sand and do nothing and see what happens.
We need to restore accountability to this nation. We need to have answers as to why our politicians do things and why they vote the way they do. No more hiding, no more pussyfooting around and no more excuses! Corruption abounds and we say nothing? Your government is encroaching on your life and is full to the brim with corruption. Speak up or there will come a time when you cannot! Someday they may have a place on one of those busses for you if you are labeled a troublemaker or a dissenter.