United States Citizenship
August 26, 1982
To: The Secretary of State of the United States
I hereby resign from membership in The United States,
I thank you and. all other public officers for the services
you have provided while I have been a citizen.
This termination of citizenship does not diminish the esteem and friendly feelings which I will always have for the people of America.
November 4, 1982
(From the Chief, African Division, Office of Citizens Consular Services)
Your letter of August 26 to the Secretary of State was referred to this office as it concerns loss of United States citizenship.
Formal renunciation of United States citizenship is provided for in Section 349(a) (5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under this section of law, renunciation can be effected only by appearing before a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States in a foreign state. Renunciation is effective upon completion of the appropriate forms, which are available at United States embassies and consulates abroad. United States citizenship cannot be renounced while a person is physically present in the United States, except in time of war. A copy of the Department’s circular setting forth the provisions of law for loss of U.S. nationality is enclosed for your information. Section 351(a) of the Act provides that a person who performs most statutory acts of expatriation in the United States shall only lose U.S. citizenship upon taking up a residence outside this country. As these statutes make clear, it is impossible for a person in the United States to lose United States citizenship except in time of war.
You should be aware that a person who renounces or otherwise relinquishes United States citizenship and does not possess any other nationality will become a stateless person. Stateless persons often encounter unusual difficulties securing entry into and employment in another country and in obtaining the protection which a government normally affords its citizens. If the person later wishes to reenter the United States, he or she may do so only as an alien and must fulfill all the requirements for aliens coming into this country. If the person does not meet those requirements, he or she may be barred permanently from reentering the United States.
If you wish to renounce your United States citizenship in
the manner prescribed by law, you should contact the embassies of any countries to which you desire to travel in order to obtain information on their visa laws and any other requirements for entry of aliens.
I hope this information will be helpful.
November 19, 1982
This letter is sent in response to your letter of November 4, 1982.
As I live in the community where the Creator first gave me life, I do not acknowledge any perpetual authority over me except that of Almighty God and His Son, the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I will always be subject to the laws of God, the one lawmaker and judge. His laws always have been the foundation for orderly and productive human life.
The laws of a human state apply only to the component subjects of the state, its citizens or members, and others who voluntarily give the state specified powers over them. I have resigned my membership or citizenship in the United States. I deny that membership in a human state is an irrevocable, life-time commitment. I deny that a state may make emigration from the land of one’s birth a condition for the termination of citizenship. God prefers that His people be free from servitude to others so that they may serve Him alone. I appeal to Him alone as my judge in this matter.
My Creator is the God of peace. His Son is the Prince of Peace.
I pray that I may live in peace with the people of the United States.
Citizenship in the State of Iowa
August 26, 1982
To: The Secretary of the State of Iowa
I hereby resign from membership in The State of Iowa,
I thank you and, all other public officers for the
services you have provided while I have been a citizen.
This termination of citizenship does not diminish the esteem and friendly feelings which I will always have for the people of Iowa.
August 27, 1982
(From an Administrative Secretary)
Thank you for notifying our office regarding your plans of moving from the State of Iowa.
We are forwarding your letter to the Department
of Revenue for their information.
Social Security Administration
November 19, 1982
To: Social Security Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services
In past years I paid taxes (“contributions”) for Social Security using file number (xx). Please note for your records that I have discontinued the use of this number. If I ever “had” a “Social Security number”, I no longer have one.
I hereby release the Social Security administration of the United States from any and all obligations, arising in any way whatsoever, now or in the future, to me, my dependents, and my heirs.
This termination of my association with, and participation in, the Social Security system, is effective immediately. Please tell me if you would like any further information to complete your records.
December 15, 1982
(From an Acting District Manager)
Your letter to Baltimore stating your intent to withdraw from participation in Social Security has been forwarded to our office for reply.
The Social Security Act does not make any provision for withdrawing from participation. If you work for wages in a job covered by Social Security or if you operate a business which shows a profit of $400.00 or more in a year, you must pay the Social Security contributions.
I would suggest that you retain your Social Security number since you must have it when you file your income tax returns and for some other documents.
If you have any questions I can answer for you, please feel free to contact me.
December 8, 1982
This is sent in response to your letter of December 15, 1982. Thank you for your reply and suggestions.
Your statement, that the Social Security act does not make any provision for withdrawing from participation, does not change my position. Withdrawal from any arrangement entered voluntarily is a natural right. Never did I agree to an interminable association or participation.
I do not have a Social Security number and do not intend to reclaim any such number. I hereby reaffirm the termination of my association with, and participation in, the Social Security system.