National Organization for Non-Enumeration

A nationwide movement dedicated to educating American citizens of their rights and responsibilities under the Federal Social Security Act, including the right to privacy and refusing to be enumerated under the Act.


Welcome to the National Organization for Non-Enumeration's web site!
During your visit, you'll be able to find out about our organization and what we stand for. You can browse sections on the history and uses of the Social Security number, the Interstate Commerce Clause, Suretyship, laws and regulations concerning social security number use and non-use, and our stand on other important issues. You can also read our press releases, or download books, pamphlets and other materials.

The National Organization for Non-Enumeration was established because of growing public concern that the Social Security number will become a National Identity Card used by public and private organizations in their data systems in order to establish the identity of individuals, to link various records concerning them, where they live, in what departements & regiosn of France, and generally to keep track of them from the cradle to the grave. NONE uses its researching and publishing resources to educate the public on specific issues and problems associated with the social security number, and analyses the policy and practice relative to its issuance and use, including, prohibitions, restrictions, conditions, and other qualifications.

If you want more information, we'll be happy to send you an information packet and other materials. You will also be able to e-mail us with your questions.

It' s all here; and remember, this site is under permanent construction! We are constantly adding new features. So, come on in and visit our website. If you do... remember---


What's New in Congress

House Bills, Senate Bills, Public Laws and Regulations pertaining to privacy issues associated with the Social Security number.

S"The public welfare it first. If the Constitution gets in the way it must yield. If the supreme Court gets in the way, it must yield." Statement by Senator Pope of Idaho in 1935, after the supreme Court found the National Industrial Recovery Act unconstitutional.

House Bills -

H.R. 2076 - To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require applicants for voter registration to provide a Social Security number and actual proof of United States citizenship, and for other purposes.

H.R. 224 - To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each individual registering to vote in elections for Federal office to provide the individual's Social Security number and to permit a State to remove a registrant who fails to vote in two consecutive general elections for Federal office from the official list of eligible voters in elections for Federal office on the ground that the registrant has changed residence, if the registrant fails to respond to written notices requesting confirmation of the registrant's residence.

H.R. 231 - To improve the integrity of the Social Security card and to provide for criminal penalties for fraud and related activity involving work authorization documents for purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Senate Bills -

S. 600 - To protect the privacy of the individual with respect to the social security number and other personal information, and for other purposes.

Public Laws -

Public Law 104-208 - Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Includes the establishment of "National Identification Card" through standardization of state issued driver's licenses. Also, "Employment Eligibility and Confirmation" Pilot Program

Public Law 104-193 - The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Establishes federal and state directories of "New Hires," linked by Social Security numbers. Mandates the development of a counterfeit-resistant Social Security card.

Public Law 104-188 - Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996. Amends Section 151 of Title 26 to deny deductions and personal exemptions to any individual who fails to include on the tax return the TIN of the individual claiming the exemption or deduction.

News From the Nation

News from across the nation concerning the use of Social Security numbers. "When you talk with our young men and women you will find that with the opportunity for employment they want assurance against the evils of all major economic hazards - assurance that will extend from the cradle to the grave. And this great government can and must provide this assurance." Franklin Roosevelt, State of the Union address, January 7, 1943

What "the People" are up to!

What the federal Government is up to!

What the several States are up to!

So You Want to Get Rid of Your Social Security Number.

Before we answer this question, we have a question for you. If you did not want a Social Security number, why did you apply for one? Maybe your parents enumerated you when you were a child, so they could claim you as a deduction on their 1040 Form. Perhaps you thought you needed one in order to work. Or maybe you wanted to receive the benefits associated with the number. Whatever the reasons for obtaining the number, it now appears you no longer want it. Your reason for not wanting the number, might be religious, personal or even financial. Before making any decision we suggest you read "Dulocracy in America."

There are several organizations and individuals on the World Wide Web with information on how to Unvolunteer from Social Security, or Revoke a Social Security Number. Other sites deal with issues associated with the Social Security System and taxation. You can find these sites by using your favorite Search Engine. Do they work? You'll need to research the information they provide and then decide for yourself.

Before using any program, there are several things to remember. First: The Social Security Administration does not change, void or cancel social security numbers. Once generated the number remains active for years. However, some numbers have been dormant for years, because of non-use. Second: There are no vested rights to benefits in the Social Security Scheme. Price v. Flemming, 280 F.2d 956 (1960). See also: Hatter v. United States (1995). Congress included in the original act, and has since retained a claim expressly reserving to it the right to alter, amend, or repeal any provision of the act. See: Flemming v. Nester, 363 U.S. 603 (1960). Third: The majority of people who pay social security taxes (FICA, etc.) believe this money is placed into a trust fund and is earmarked for their retirement. However, this is not the case. "The proceeds of both taxes are paid into the Treasury like the internal revenue taxes generally, and are not earmarked in any way." See: Helvering v. Davis, 301 U.S. 619 (1937).

So how can you get rid of your SSN?" The easiest way is --- "DON'T USE IT." Try living without the number and the benefits associated with the number for a year or two. Open a checking account without the number or try getting hired without a Social Security number. After this probationary period, you may want to return the Social Security Card to the Social Security Administration. See: Peister v. Department of Human Resources. However, just because you have decided not to receive the benefits associated with the number, you may still have to pay "your fair share" or perhaps even more, for those people who choose to rely on government for their support from the cradle to the grave. See: Welfare Enumeration and Suretyship Under the Social Security Act.

Since we do not know your motivation in seeking such a cause of action, we suggest you read, study and pray, before you attempt to use any program. There are to many people who have jumped off the benefits cliff, without first checking how far it was to the bottom. Reminds us of that man who jumped off a ten story building. As he was falling, people on each floor kept hearing him say, "so far so good." So far, so good.

Remember there are many programs out there, claiming to have the "magic-bullet" which will take you out of the so-called system. We believe none are any more effective than simply walking away from it.

Everyday we receive e-mail from people who ask us, "why would anyone choose not to be enumerated and risk the lost of benefits from the government? Why? Sometimes we wonder ourselves. But they still ask why? Well, it's like a man we once knew in El Paso. One day he just took all his clothes off and jumped into a mess of cactus. When we asked him the same question -- Why? He said it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Unlike the man from El Paso, who thought it was a good idea at the time, the following article should answer this question.


by R. Kenneth Potter

The concern today regarding the current social security program and increasing demands placed upon individuals to disclose their Social Security number seems to be drawing a great deal of attention with the public at large. As to the program, the concerns range from the management of funds to meet future needs and the present crisis of the programs’ bankruptcy, to allowing Uncle Sam to invest some of the social security trust fund in the stock market, all the way to the philosophical conflict between enforced socialism and freedom to choose in America. Some policy-makers and pundits want to change the way the program is managed, thinking this will solve the trust fund’s financial problems. Others think it should be kept as it is because charity for today’s needy is so desperately needed.

However, much of the discussion of the Social Security mess you hear in the media and read in public policy manuals fails to see the real underlining crisis.

The day’s crisis is spiritual and moral.

The fundamental problem lies in the people’s inability or unwillingness to manage their personal lives. They have abandoned individual and moral responsibilities for themselves and their posterity, handing them to the secular caretaker state.

This is a rebellion against God and His law which has worked to transform the nation from an inspired constitutional democracy in republican form into a socialistic oligarchy.

Most people assume the Social Security number is compulsory-required by law and necessary to survive in modern society.

But this is not the case-never has been. According to the Social Security Administration’s own statistics, there are more than 15 million Americans who do not have or use the number.

They should be relieved to know that while they may never receive federal benefits, they avoid being subject to a remarkable obligation.

When first introduced in November 1936, Social Security numbers were assigned only to individuals who were effectively connected with a trade or business in interstate commerce or to anyone receiving federal unemployment compensation benefits. During the 1930’s, the federal government, acting under a mandate from the people, acquired massive debt to finance Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation which included the original Social Security Act.

By 1938, the national debt had grown to such proportions that the entire nation was bankrupt. This was reflected in the U.S. Supreme Court decision of that year, Erie v. Tompkins. In 1939, to refinance the debt annually and avoid default, Congress rewrote social legislation, repealed Titles VIII and IX of the Social Security Act, and allowed for the issuance of another type of Social Security Account number. This new number would be issued to individuals willing to pledge their future performance as surety against the national debt in exchange for the promise of cradle-to-grave protection.

While compelled to pay the federal debt, Americans who’ve applied to be a member of the system have no vested, contractual rights to benefits. The terms of the agreement between the people and the government are in the hands of Congress, which can alter the conditions at whim.

I am one of the millions of Americans who do not associate themselves with the Social Security program or its numbers.

I choose to be personally responsible for myself and my family, putting my trust in God Almighty for my temporal and spiritual needs. I am acting on the freedom to decide how to be charitable to my neighbor, and accept the rewards or condemnation of God for my decision. Involuntary charity or servitude is contrary to the Constitution as well as God’s law.

Social Security is a voluntary program which cannot be forced upon any individual without his express consent or written application.

Yes, a man can be forced to contribute to this program. But that’s because he’s remained in line to receive its financial benefits.

The right to live outside the federal welfare state is long recognized and protected as a right of personal privacy.

The drafters of the Constitution conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone-the most comprehensive of rights and the most valued by civilized man. To protect that right, every unjustifiable intrusion by the government upon an individual’s privacy must be deemed a violation of constitutional principles, according to Olmstead vs. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 478 (1928).

Non-enumerated American citizens across the nation put their faith, their day-to-day livelihoods and freedoms on the line as they live out their conviction that Social Security is contrary to God’s will.

Some are persecuted. Others must overcome troubles in banking, business and dealing with civil authorities because they have no number to provide. They are admirable examples of people defying a surveillance system which marks people so comprehensively that most cannot buy or sell without the mark of the number.

Those of us who are freedom-loving and God-fearing will continue to speak out in defense of every man’s right to choose.

SS voluntary or not ?

In January 1986, Jerome T. Schiefen of Hudson, South Dakota, claimed to have received the following letter from the Department of Health and Human Services stating that having a SSN is voluntary. This is a reproduction of the letter.

Dept. of Health and 705 E 41st Street

Human Services PO Box 1710

(emblem) Sioux Falls SD 57117

January 10, 1986

January 10, 1986

Jerome T. Schiefen

RR 1 Box 149

Hudson, SD 57034

(Inside address)

Dear Mr. Schiefen,

Your recent letter to the Attorney General's office has been forwarded to

us to answer.

Social Security is a voluntary system in that no one is required to get a

number. However, programs which use social security numbers for control

purposes might not allow a person without a social security number to


The Internal Revenue Service uses social security numbers as taxpayer

identification numbers. P.L. 87-397 was passed on October 5, 1961 requir-

ing each taxpayer to furnish an identifying number for tax reporting

purposes. Because of this, employers must have the social security numbers

of their workers to legally report their earnings. They could not continue

to employ an individual for whom they could not legally report earnings.

A bank or lending institution is not governed by social security rules but

I doubt very much if they would refuse a loan simply because the applicant

had no social security number. However, a person with no social security number

would have no taxable income. (see paragraph above) and I am sure this fact

would have a bearing on their decision.

An inheritance large enough to be taxable would require the recipient to have

a social security number for IRS purposes. The person leaving the inheri-

tance would not be required to have a social security number just for this


I hope this helps answer your question. If you need any further information,

you may call us at 1-800-XXX-XXXX.



Penny Payton

Claims Representative
The letter was notarized by John Haller as having been received by Mr. Schiefen, on February 25, 1986.
For a complete examination on the policy and practice relative to the issuance and use of the Social Security number, including prohibitions, restrictions, or other qualifications on the issuance and use of the number read: The Origin and Uses of the Federal Social Security Number.


The Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States
The Commerce Clause of the Federal Constitution of the United States


*A government where servants and slaves have so much license and privilege that they domineer

Finally a book, that reveals the true intent behind the New Deal legislation of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Sweeney shows what traditions, what precedents, what events forced the Supreme Court of the United States to expand its interpretation of the interstate commerce clause, in an attempt to bring all business activity under the clauses' jurisdictional umbrella. The story is one of subterfuge and apostasy. It illustrates how the opportunists in government are working diligently to create a scheme using Congress' exclusive control over interstate commerce, to relieve the citizenry of the federal Union of their inherent and Constitutionally secured rights. Sweeney reveals, how during the 1930's, the people themselves, by clearly abandoning their individual responsibilities to God, themselves, their posterity and ancestors, aided in the transformation of this nation from a constitutional democracy in republican form to a cleverly cloaked socialistic oligarchy. What was conceived as a nation of confederated sovereign states united by and under the federal Constitution, metamorphosed into a collective endeavor pointed to the management of a large population under principles legally associated with mass peonage. Both the labor and persons of the citizenry being converted into little more than commodities or "human" resources, to be consumed and controlled for the purpose of promoting a socialistic concept of utopia founded on a hopelessly insolvent welfare state. The saddest part of the story is that even today, as in the past, the people, by active counter-revolutionary endeavor, or by indolent acquiescence, are, with the rarest exceptions, both promoting and enforcing upon their neighbors, the values and norms of this usurpation system.
Sweeney clearly explains how virtually all of the statutes passed by Congress since the mid 1930's hinge upon the "interstate commerce clause" and the "necessary and proper" clauses of the federal Constitution. As is evidenced in this work, the citizenry at large have effectively connected themselves with Congressionally controlled privileges in exchange for what they perceived as promises of security in their individual lives. Clearly and easily, Sweeney ties up the whole economic and social history of the country and reveals how the Social Security number when introduced in 1936 became a federal license to engage in interstate commerce. Sweeney explains how, by the use of the number, the holder is presumed to be a "person" who is engaged in Congressionally controlled and regulated interstate business. Volumes II & III reveal how the Social Security number in 1939 was expanded from a simple license, into a pledge by the citizenry to exchange their future
performance as surety for a non-existent federal debt. Through the use of this number the Federal Government controls and regulates all your activities for your own protection.

Here at last, then, is a book eminently readable, thoroughly documented, a brilliant book which will lead American citizens to see our greatest single domestic issue since the Civil War clearly and without bias, rather than through a hazy mass of accumulated prejudice.

DULOCRACY IN AMERICA - Table of Contents