Donít talk to a federal investigator, ever, about anything. ...it is best for every citizen not to
speak to a federal investigator about anything, ever.
This treatise is in no way meant as a criticism of Larken Rose or his
legal position on the Tax Code. But it is an excellent example of why a
citizen of today should not cooperate in any way with law enforcement
officers of any kind, and in particular, with federal agents. It
doesnít matter if they are asking for your help as a possible witness
or just for information ó or they consider you a suspect of some kind.
Because so many people try to talk their way out of an initial law
enforcement contact situation, they go to prison. Most cops will admit
that 70% of the people in prison today wouldnít be there if theyíd just
kept their mouths shut.
Best example: Martha Stewart. Stewart was not convicted of stock
trading fraud; she was convicted of lying to a federal investigator ó
which is a federal crime.
How do you avoid such a charge? Donít talk to a federal investigator
of any kind, for any reason, ever, on or off the record. Itís always on
the record. Wordenís Rule 1: Stick your tongue between your teeth and
bite down until the blood flows. Do not admit to anything. Especially,
do not deny anything. Remain mute, no matter how long they try to drag
the interview out. Even if an attorney representing you is present, say
nothing unless in the privacy of his/her office.
They will show you evidence that you did something. You will be
tempted beyond most human ability to resist to explain that evidence
away. Donít do it. Donít agree to any kind of test, be it polygraph,
blood test or even taking your fingerprints unless they force it upon
you, but through it all, remain silent.
They will tell you somebody said something incriminating about you,
or that you were somewhere or that they said you were doing something
or did something. Remain silent. Do not admit to or deny anything. If
they ask you how youíre feeling, say nothing. If they ask you if itís
raining and you know it is coming down like Noahís Flood, say nothing.
Wordenís Rule 2: Force the law enforcement agents to work only with
the evidence they have. Do not allow your attorney or yourself to
provide them with any defense you plan to use if you are charged with a
crime unless and until you are in court and testifying to a jury ó if
that is necessary or wise at all. That way, they have to guess what
defense you plan to use, which makes it much more difficult for a
prosecutor to prepare the case they have against you.
Never speak to anyone, especially a cellmate in jail, about your
case and how innocent or guilty you are. Remain absolutely silent on
the matter, and especially during telephone conversations. Law
enforcement officers largely depend on suspects to try to talk their
way out of a situation so they donít have to spend time in jail. When
they do talk, everything they say gives the law enforcement agent
places to go, places to look, people to talk to, etc., and that
additional input often is what lands the suspect in prison, guilty or
not. Law enforcement agents will tell you they are only trying to
eliminate you as a suspect. You will be tempted to help them. Donít do
it. Stay absolutely silent no matter how guilty they will say it makes
Wordens Rule 3: If you are charged with a crime, the only time it
counts for you to offer an explanation is in front of the judge or jury
hearing your case ó and in most cases like that, it is still better you
donít testify at all because when you do you can be cross-examined by
Wordenís Rule 4: Never allow your attorney or yourself to waive your
right to a speedy trial. Prosecutors and investigators use the time you
are waiting for trial to develop more evidence against you. By
demanding your constitutional right to a speedy trial, you shorten the
time they have to build a stronger case against you. You reduce the
time a witness might be identified or located to testify against you.
If they proceed with prosecuting you with the shoddy evidence they have
and you are acquitted, they cannot try you again for the same crime,
even if you walk out of the courthouse after an acquittal and admit to
the press you did it!
Look at what happened to Scott Peterson. Not only did he talk to the
Modesto cops, he allowed interviews with reporters that were later used
to paint him a liar. Had Peterson remained absolutely silent, no matter
how guilty it might have made him look, a lot of the ďliarĒ evidence
used to convict him would never have been made available to the
prosecution and the jury. Getting back to the feds: The federal
government made it a crime to merely lie to a federal investigator.
For that reason and that reason alone, donít talk to a federal
investigator, ever, about anything. They enacted and enforce that law,
so it is best for every citizen not to speak to a federal investigator
about anything, ever. They canít charge you with lying to them if you
havenít spoken to them.