American Anti War Protestor Renounces U.S. Citizenship At Rajghat, Delhi

24 June 2009 by Mike Gogulski
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Congratulations, Jeff! Gimme a call some time 🙂

Via MMD Newswire:

(MMD Newswire) June 22, 2009 — This evening in Delhi, former Alaska, USA resident, Jeff Knaebel renounced his US citizenship at the Mahatma Gandhi national monument in a demonstration of non-violent resistance.

Shredding his US passport and placing the pieces upon the monument, Knaebel declared his independence from not only the American government, but all governments, renouncing his birth certificate as well, stating that citizenship must either be voluntary, or be considered forced slavery.

Upon entering the premises about 1900, Knaebel circled the central monument, laying pieces of his torn passport upon its corners, then began reading his declaration aloud. Within minutes, guards attempted to persuade him to leave the central portion of the monument, but his refusal forced them to physically carry him to the outer walkway, where they allowed him to continue delivering his declaration. Local police escorted Knaebel to the street, where they spoke to him for about a half hour, eventually directing him to turn himself in to the local station. He walked about three blocks to the local station, where he informed them of his tresspassing crime and of his current status of having no passport.

Currently, Knaebel’s status is unknown.

To editors: please find attached an abridged version of the declaration Knaebel distributed at the site, and a full downloadable pdf version may be downloaded at final.rtf

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Declaration of Renunciation and Severance of U.S. Citizenship
by Jeff Knaebel, Sovereign Individual of the Earth

This Declaration, made at New Delhi, India on 19 June 2009, WITNESSETH:

To the people of this Earth, my fellow human beings, my brothers and sisters, with special respect to the Grandmothers and Elders of all indigenous communities, and in memory of Black Elk and Chief Joseph,

I, Jeff Knaebel, hereby make this Declaration of Severance and Dissolution of all bonds between myself and the Government of the United States of America. I renounce my birth certificate – I renounce my citizenship – and reject all claims of whatsoever nature made by the United States against me. The United States does not own me. I am not a citizen of any Government. I renounce all of them.

I hereby destroy my United States passport by which the United States government claims control of my movement upon this earth, and thus lays claim upon my right to exist. I will place the shredded remains of my passport upon the monument of Mahatma Gandhi. I have chosen this monument because it is a symbol that all mankind can recognize: of nonviolent resistance to immoral, corrupt, and violent Governments.

By this deliberate act of rebellion and sedition, I hope to free myself and alert mankind to the dangers it has created by obeying Governments of the world. My refusal to remain a tax-compliant accomplice to State murder will be considered treason against the United States…

No permission is required to renounce that which I never sought, for which I never entered a contract, and which is imposed upon me against my will. Having declared myself not a citizen, I am therefore not a citizen. Citizenship is either voluntary, or it is forcible slavery.

The United States government is incomprehensibly malevolent and destructive. It takes our money, our identities, and our lives. It gives us back corruption, war, heinous crime, and lies. It has no moral right to exist. It ought to be abolished without further human bloodshed.

The Nation State is a criminal organization which must be opposed in its very concept…

The State represents a terminal disease of human consciousness that is anti-life, anti-ethics, and suicidal…

Blind obedience to incompetent, violent and morally depraved authority is a clear case of mental disease…

All political authority is arbitrary: arbitrary as to the form it takes; arbitrary as to the boundaries it establishes; arbitrary as to the limits of its jurisdiction; and arbitrary as to the taxation it collects…

Even in its most equitable form, it is impossible for government to disassociate itself from evil…

From the most democratic to the most totalitarian form of government there is ultimately no difference among the powers they exercise… Everything it has, the State has stolen or plundered…

The United States government is a stain upon humanity. It is a grotesque distortion of the human conscience… Only its end product speaks clearly for what it is and what it does… children’s blood flowing in the streets… I love life too much to be forced to participate in its murder.

The laws of the Great Spirit, the five precepts of the Buddha are morally and practically superior to political laws. We must not kill. We all must love our neighbors as we love ourselves…

It is up to the individual to discern his duty to his fellowmen and to act accordingly… The first duty of love is not to kill, to do no harm…

What do you do when you awaken to the awfulness of the lies of the State and the State of the lie? How does one negotiate with pathological liars?

Against whom, then, shall I commit treason? The brotherhood of man? My rational mind and common sense? My moral conscience? Or the United States government?

The shredding of my government permission-to-exist documents is offered as a prayer that the government of the United States may be without bloodshed dissolved and abolished from this earth forever.

I no longer have a Government name; I have no country, no travel papers, no passport, and no Government identification. Under the law of every Government, I am an illegal human being…

What man can declare another to be “illegal?” We are insane to submit to rule by the depraved…

If deported to the United States, the Government will subject me to draconian penalties…

Remember my message: Awaken from your slumber… You can withdraw your consent…

There comes a time when the abuses are so great, the mindless destruction so wanton, the suffering so stupidly unnecessary, that one must resist the Power of rulership with his life. I love Life too much to participate in its murder.

I bid you farewell, those who would remain in voluntary bondage. Go about your life peacefully, respecting yourself, all others, and the earth upon which we live…

My prayer is to love and to serve. From my heart I seek to act in a good way, in a sacred way, for the benefit of many, in support of life, that the seventh generation of children may yet live and be happy. We must recover Respect — for life, and for each other.

The “why” of what I do is put completely to rest by the statement, “I love.” The final answer to any question about my actions is “I love.” What is the value of human life — this is the real question.

Executed at New Delhi this 19th day of June 2009

Jeff Knaebel

  1. 20 Responses to “American Anti War Protestor Renounces U.S. Citizenship At Rajghat, Delhi”

  2. By The New Anarchist on 24 June 2009

    What gets me is that, even though I strongly disagree with his underlying morality tale, I have to concede that he’s spot on about everything else. This is the Declaration of Jeff Knaebel and his right not to be fucked by an entity to which he claims no voluntary ties.

  3. By LudicrousDuality on 24 June 2009

    Completely agreed New.

  4. By Ivan on 24 June 2009

    The same goes for governments everywhere. I would like to rework his document into a universal declaration of individual rights, that would allow us to to be governed by consent, rather than by force.

  5. By Mike Gogulski on 24 June 2009

    @Ivan: Go for it. Can I refuse to consent, no matter what your declaration states?

  6. By NickyTheHeel on 25 June 2009

    Had Mr. Knaebel ever consulted you for advice or anything, Mike?

  7. By musings on 25 June 2009

    I do not know the background to his decision. But his writing is articulate and in the spirit of nonviolent protest, without self-destruction. He is basically saying that what he destroys is not himself, not his body, but the fetters with which his government has chosen to bind him, a government which was once said to be “with the consent of the governed” (though in its day did not include slaves, Indians or women of any race).

    The complexity which has grown in the transition from republic to empire (even while maintaining the precarious forms of tradition), gives the US more and more the complexion of Rome, but with unique features of a global hi-tech version.

    For this man, already an Alaskan, a state which has seriously considered secession, the choice is simple. For the world where people might emulate him, and tear up their own passports, it could be a refugee crisis of mammoth proportions. If there is ever a draft (and I can think of a simple scenario which would force it, particularly under a President Biden), this could easily come about for ex-pats unwilling to participate in another essentially world war for oil. His declaration is simple, but the implementation is not. The pressure on the governments hosting such Americans could become intolerable to them. Canada is no longer draft dodger heaven as it was.

    But simply to examine the premises of this act is to agree to the truth that one’s own society has become a source of toxic waste in the world (not to say that others are not). There is a war which began on false premises and terrifying propaganda. The public has been repeatedly whipped up to fear and a desire for revenge, and combined with bad economic fortunes, this has led to an intractable situation in the middle east, not to speak of atrocities at home (Hurricane Katrina showed the ugly face of indifference to poverty).

    Would I do what he did? Would I place myself at the mercy of yet another corrupt government somewhere else in the world, by this public act? No. But then he and Cindy Sheehan are made of sterner stuff, apparently, than I.

  8. By ShadesOfKnight on 25 June 2009

    Problem here is: It doesn’t matter what he says. It doesn’t matter that he tore up his passport.

    The US Government owns him. They even have the bill of sale (signed by his parents at birth) And they will keep him if they want to. If he doesn’t submit, they will simply make his life miserable (or end it); it will not harm them at all to lose him.

    He could be (and I believe that he is) 100% right… and it still wouldn’t matter. When the government can make certain that you cannot survive without their permission (and they can), it really doesn’t matter what you say.

    In today’s world, Ghandi would be a lost voice, a “lone nut” who would quickly and thoroughly be put down, eliminated, and forgotten.

    People like Ghandi (and this man) are doomed to failure. We don’t need people like that anymore; we are sadly very much past that point. What we need are more people like the Punisher.

  9. By musings on 25 June 2009

    I don’t know who the Punisher is. But I know that Ghandi did not do his thing alone. He led a strike and a march. I saw Martin Luther King emulate him. It depends on the numbers of those who agree with the action. As I said, this could create a refugee crisis. That is a spanner in the works.

    I don’t like the name Punisher. But the truth is that both Ghandi and King were eventually cut down by assassins. However their work retained its significance.

    The idea that some age has passed in which the actions of human beings are too puny to change things, is just plain wrong. To begin to think of yourself as that small shows the conditioning by the tyrant. It isn’t true. As one physicist observed, in an expanding universe, each of us is at the center. It’s a concept which they try to train out of you, but some aspect always remains.

    I walked along the former Berlin Wall two summers again. It must have looked like some hateful thing that would always be to those who remembered those shot there. It was just a wall, and it came down. The government people get is not the same thing as the spirit of the people. It is always a poor and unfaithful copy of what they intended. But the intent to live in freedom is always real.

  10. By Mike Gogulski on 25 June 2009

    @Nick: No, he hasn’t, but I’ve tried to open contact via his PR agent.

    I’d seen his site before, though.

    More to others later.

  11. By Sooriamoorthy on 25 June 2009

    I’m truly overwhelmed with admiration.And , believe it or not, I’m not inclined to be easily inclined to admiration.This man is absolutely remarkable.I wouldn’t think he’d have any time for that, but I’d tremendously appreciate an e-mail from him.

  12. By Nathan Snail on 25 June 2009

    you can download the forms and do this on us soil as well.

    they of course tell you that you must renounce elsewhere, but this is bullshit.

    you can do it at home. just requires notarized documents that then get sent to the U.S. Dept. of Snakes for their filing.

    and then you’re FREE!

  13. By Andrew Milner on 26 June 2009

    At least someone has a conscience and a spark of humanity. Hate it and leave it.

  14. By autorun on 26 June 2009

    With that pious intention, he shred his passport in the wrong country!! Yes, currently Indian government is carrying out a harsh military offensive against Maoist communist in its own land.
    Jeff, I feel sorry for You! You should have chosen Switzerland to shred you passport.

  15. By Nicolae on 26 June 2009

    In 1492, Chemor, chief Rabbi of Spain, wrote to the Grand Sanhedrin, which had its seat in Constantinople, for advice, when a Spanish law threatened expulsion.2 This was the reply:

    ” Beloved brethren in Moses, we have received your letter in which you tell us of the anxieties and misfortunes which you are enduring. We are pierced by as great pain to hear it as yourselves.

    The advice of the Grand Satraps and Rabbis is the following:

    1. As for what you say that the King of Spain obliges you to become Christians: do it, since you cannot do otherwise.

    2. As for what you say about the command to despoil you of your property: make your sons merchants that they may despoil, little by little, the Christians of theirs.

    3. As for what you say about making attempts on your lives: make your sons doctors and apothecaries, that they may take away Christians’ lives.

    4. As for what you say of their destroying your synagogues: make your sons canons and clerics in order that they may destroy their churches. [Emphasis mine]

    5. As for the many other vexations you complain of: arrange that your sons become advocates and lawyers, and see that they always mix in affairs of State, that by putting Christians under your yoke you may dominate the world and be avenged on them.

    6. Do not swerve from this order that we give you, because you will find by experience that, humiliated as you are, you will reach the actuality of power.


    2. The reply is found in the sixteenth century Spanish book, La Silva Curiosa, by Julio-Iniguez de Medrano (Paris, Orry, 1608), on pages 156 and 157, with the following explanation: “This letter following was found in the archives of Toledo by the Hermit of Salamanca, (while) searching the ancient records of the kingdoms of Spain; and, as it is expressive and remarkable, I wish to write it here.” — vide, photostat facing page 80.

    ~ The above was quoted from Waters Flowing Eastward by Paquita de Shishmareff, pp. 73-74

  16. By George Donnelly on 27 June 2009


    But why do it in Asia?

    A birth certificate is a bill of sale? Where can I find more information on this line of reasoning?

  17. By Seth on 30 June 2009

    I know of Jeff via his articles on He writes some pretty good stuff, and of course I am 100% behind anyone with the balls and determination to renounce their submitizen slavery-ship.

    I’m not really down with all the Kumbaya B.S. though.

  18. By Dave on 3 July 2009

    I was with Jeff in Delhi when he did this, and have news on what happened next. The police agreed with his declaration, applauded his “action that followed belief,” and let him go, stating that he could now wander freely throughout India without papers. The next day, he went back to “get that in writing,” though they said that wouldn’t happen, they’d gladly help him if he ever got in trouble. I called the embassy, and they were unconcerned, as was the Inidan office of foreign affairs, similar to the Imigration Dept. in the U.S. Later that evening, we was interviewed for the evening news on TotalTV in Delhi. He is now writing and directing a couple of websites that further his ideas. See the video clip at – I’ll gladly answer any questions directly at

  19. By Ethan Lee Vita on 6 July 2009

    “The complexity which has grown in the transition from republic to empire (even while maintaining the precarious forms of tradition), gives the US more and more the complexion of Rome, but with unique features of a global hi-tech version.”

    Rome was considered global and hi-tech in its own day.

  20. By Libby on 7 July 2009

    Jeff called into Free Talk Live on July 4 and gave an update on how he’s doing. Here’s the excerpt:

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