US Code defines ‘citizen of the United States’ as a corporation

The US Code, under the Transportation section, defines ‘citizen of the United States‘ as a corporation!

For context, the corporation is the entity created after I was born and evidenced by the short-form birth certificate stating ‘JOHN S. SMITH’.

Here’s the code:

49 U.S. Code § 40102 – Definitions

(15)citizen of the United States” means—

(A) an individual who is a citizen of the United States;

(B) a partnership each of whose partners is an individual who is a citizen of the United States; or

(C) a corporation or association organized under the laws of the United States or a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States, of which the president and at least two-thirds of the board of directors and other managing officers are citizens of the United States, which is under the actual control of citizens of the United States, and in which at least 75 percent of the voting interest is owned or controlled by persons that are citizens of the United States.

Earlier on the page, they define “air carrier“:

(2) “air carrier” means a citizen of the United States undertaking by any means, directly or indirectly, to provide air transportation. (source)

Now that we know ‘citizen of the United States’ is a corporation, partnership or individual sole-proprietor-ship, the above definition makes sense. Only a corporation could provide air transportation. A man, for the most part, could not.

For more about the term “individual”, we might look at 5 USC 552a:

(2) the term “individual” means a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence; (source)

When someone goes through TSA, they are being treated as U.S. corporation organized under the laws of the United States (the govt or it’s municipal corporation), meaning under federal jurisdiction). Travelers are not being treated as a man or as a state national.

I for one plan to rebut the TSA’s claim for jurisdiction to interview and search me, a state national, not engaged in interstate commerce.

I see a lot of parallels with the traveling vs driving topic. This video shows state nationals do not need license or tagged cars to use the roads. Similarly, state nationals do not need to allow the federation’s TSA to search them in order to board a plane.

‘Gitizen of the United States’ is a word trap, one of many. I just say I’m a state national or a native of my state. I’m no longer using the word citizen.

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2 comments on “US Code defines ‘citizen of the United States’ as a corporation

  1. Can someone please explain to me how to get a COLB? I have attempted through vital statistics and I just checked the link you have attached to the email for Vital checks …..and all I see is the option to order a Birth Certificate but I don’t see anything about the COLB. I have no way of finding what hospital I was born at in Adana, Turkey. Both of my parents were in the U S Air Force and were stationed there when I was born. I have been attempting to obtain my COLB for over a year but I cannot get anyone who seems to have the answer. I even contact the US Embassy in Turkey about the situation and they sent me to a website that explains how to obtain a Consular Report Of Birth Abroad. That’s all.

      • The COLB is often called the ‘long-form’ certificate or the ‘worksheet’. Look far that option when ordering from Vital Chek.
      • If born within Turkey, then I don’t know how they handle certifying the birth at the hospital. If it was a military hospital, then maybe there is the COLB or possibly something called the worksheet.
      • Don’t stress. The key is STOP USING the short-form birth certificate which is for the U.S. Person/Ship/Franchise.
      • Instead, create a packet to prove thy status as a state national. (1) some type of prove of baby born within Turkey to mom and dad (2) write out a declaration stating the facts that mom and dad were not u.s. citizens, that thou was born within Turkey while they were stationed abroad, and that thou is a state national. Let them rebut it!
      • Vital Chek may or may not have what thou needs because thou was born within Turkey.

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