Here’s an article in The Daily Beast about a “growing movement of defense attorneys, tax dodgers, and legal scholars in Hawaii” who dismiss the idea that we are part of the United States but rather an occupied kingdom.

“In the past couple years they’ve been daring D.C. to prove them wrong — calling any attempt to collect taxes from them ‘war crimes’ and challenging the feds in courts around the globe,” the article says.

It’s written by M.L. Nestel, who recently penned a Daily Beast piece on whether Hawaii has hate crimes.

Iolani Palace. 28 jan 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Iolani Palace.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As in the earlier article, Nestle quotes Keanu Sai — identified by Nestel as an attorney — who argues that the federal and state governments are receiving “stolen money” from those who pay them taxes — hence the “war crimes” charge.

Williamson Chang, a law professor at the University of Hawaii, is also a supporter of the kingdom legal theory.

Nestel makes reference to the CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamana‘o Crabbe, who caused a headache for some trustees with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs last year when he sought an opinion from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893.

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