Some people are directed by their conscience not to pay for war. They find that paying taxes for military purposes deeply and painfully affronts their conscience and who, in order to honour that conscience, want to withhold or redirect that part of their taxes that fund war or preparations for war. The Peace Tax Seven are a group of high-principled British citizens who have taken the stand of withholding that portion of their taxes that is spent on military funding. Their legal case has progressed through the courts to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Unsurprisingly the case of The Peace Tax Seven and the Peace Tax Campaign is suffering a mainstream media blackout. This is definitely a response that governments are keen to suppress.
Those doubting the existence of a policy of selective information suppression in the mainstream media should consider the account of what police called “the largest amount of chemical explosives of this type [bomb making] ever found in this country [Britain]” in September 2006. Very few people heard about it because of suppression by the mainstream media. Find out more in the articles ‘The terror plot that didn’t fit’ and ‘The racist ‘War on Terror.’’
Conscience, The Peace Tax Campaign, campaigns for the legal right for those who have a conscientious objection to war to have the military part of their taxes spent on peace-building initiatives.
“The only place a very powerful nation can be stopped is from within.”
- Noam Chomsky