Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In 1983, agents of the U.S. government, with the cooperation of local law enforcement officials, surrounded the house of tax rebel Gordon Kahl, a former war hero, and engaged him in a shootout to the death. This documentary explores the rebel's background and actions which led up to the climactic shootout, and discusses the legitimacy of his views. Interviews with many of those involved flesh out his story. Among his other offenses, the principled protestor urged citizens to form non tax-paying govermental units, which he called "township governments." Clips from a 1991 made-for-television drama about the shootout are also shown.