Notorious anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed fighting in Iraq, is being sued by the federal government on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service for openly refusing to pay taxes since 2004. She responded to the charges by claiming to be a “conscientious tax objector” because the money is being used to wage “illegal and immoral” wars.
“It’s not a secret, and hasn’t been one for about 8 years now, that I am a conscientious tax objector,” Sheehan wrote in a recent opinion piece, blasting President Obama. “My son was killed in this bloody Empire’s illegal and immoral war in Iraq: I made a moral decision to refuse to fund the Empire’s crimes, tortures and wars. I have not been hiding from anybody and am fully accessible and easy to find.”
Rather than expressing concern about being hauled into federal court, Sheehan seemed thrilled after learning about the IRS action from a reporter, calling the case an “opportunity.” The longtime anti-war crusader also emphasized that she was not afraid of the federal government or what it might do to her.
“When those papers were filed against me — the Feds did something that I have been trying to do for years — put its evil, illegal, and immoral wars on trial,” she wrote. “The Feds have thrown down the gauntlet against someone who has absolutely not one ounce of fear of them, and when it’s over, they’ll know they have been in a fight.”
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Photo of Cindy Sheehan: AP Images