From the Publisher's Desk
- It's Springtime for The Terrocrats and Amerika!
(sung to the tune of "It's springtime for Hilter, and Germany" from the movie "The Producer!")
Going Offshore Is Not Evil
Dr. Seymour Samson Reports
Date: Summer 2001
New "doors" have opened in recent weeks. A probing interview explaining current options is enclosed and encompasses this entire newsletter. In view of our past conversations, I think what the good doctor has to say may be of great interest to you. Read on.
PT Shamrock - Q - It's been a while since we last spoke. When was that?
Dr. S Samson - A Yes it's been a while, something like 3 years now. Time flies when you're having fun.
Q You're on an extended around the world, privacy fact-finding trip. Bring us up to date on what's happening around the world regarding privacy?
A Well I'm not one for scare mongering, but the privacy situation has gotten very much worse over the past several years, especially during the last few months, with the US being the worse offender. New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK are following the US' lead, though they are lagging behind.
Q - For example?
A - In addition to the existing privacy stealing technology like Echelon, CCTV's, carnivore (now called something less scary,) RIP in the UK, plus similar Internet privacy stealing tools in EVERY western country in the world; governments have gotten to the point of being derisory in their quest for eroding your privacy and freedoms. For example recently:
- In Australia (Oz) they are prosecuting and sentencing hacker's the same as terrorists. That's shameful.
- The UK is doing their best to erode its "double jeopardy" laws, i.e. one cannot be tried for the same crime a second-time. Seems they don't like the fact if they can't get a conviction the first time, they can keep on trying someone until they get a conviction. How many times do they want to take someone to trial, two, three four times?
- The UK is also doing its best to do away with trial by juries and replace them with trial by `friendly' judges!
- In addition the UK terrocrats are undermining the presumption of innocence by creating a system in which mere police accusations will force people to disclose all their financial affairs. Bye-bye civil liberties when they start chipping away at the above basic rights and laws.
- Tiny surveillance cameras have been placed in buses and taxis in Oz at the government's instructions and record every detail of every passenger. The data is stored indefinitely. Why? When I complained to the taxi driver about the tiny camera he said there was nothing he could do about it because it's the law! That of course is pure bull s**t. The US, Canada and the UK are following Oz's lead with this technology and mindset.
- Similar cameras are being placed on commercial airlines in the US. This is done under the pretence of deterring terrorists and air rage. What a joke. There hasn't been a hijacking on a US airliner for years and there is only one air rage incident per every few million passengers. In essence the terrocrats are taking away the privacy of millions of innocent air travellers in the hopes of catching ONE air rage incident on camera. Who is kidding whom with this? Worse the data is being stored INDEFINITELY by the terrocrats. Why? When I inquired as to whether or not there was any camera's on the US flights I was taking, the check-in clerks looked at me like I was an alien from outer space. Most didn't have a clue, though one senior service manager knew all about them and in fact was quite friendly and helpful answering my questions about the little cameras. Unfortunately she only confirmed my suspicions.
- Watch out for the next generation mobile phones, the G3's or GPR's. They have built in clipper chips that can pinpoint your exact location anytime, anywhere within a few meters. EVEN IF THE PHONES ARE OFF, (they have to have and target your mobile number.) Now that scares the hell out of me! Fortunately this doesn't include Japan's new i-mode mobiles from NTT DoCoMo. When I saw 75 year-old grandmothers using them on the Tokyo and Osaka subways browsing the web, checking e-mail, etc., I knew they were onto something. But obtaining this goody is not easy for foreigners, especially without ID, though I managed to get my hands on one. [Editor's note - Presently these i-mode NTT DoCoMo's mobile's work only on Japan's mobile network but are certain to be seen throughout Europe later this year.]
- Biometrics is coming on strong, especially in America. Look for increased use of biometrics when dealing with ATM machines in the near future, e.g. iris and finger/thumb print scans, etc. In addition they are starting to use finger/thumb print technology to `check-in passengers' at US domestic airports. They're testing this under the guise of so-called "frequent flyer programs." I actually saw it being done and overheard the check-in counter clerk telling the frequent flyer that she would get "bonus" miles for this NEW improved service. How anyone could be so obtuse as to give away his or her privacy (thumb print) for a few bonus miles is beyond me.
- Nearly 100 countries have signed on to a United Nations Statute for an ICC, (International Crime Commission). This basically gives up their citizen's sovereignty, i.e. rights and hands them over to the jurisdiction of the United Nations, even if ones country hasn't signed on for this UN Statute. This makes great cannon fodder for the one-world order theorists. Former US president Clinton signed the USA on just prior to his departure from office. This was done, once again, with little or no debate and without the general public being informed. If the public knew the true facts behind this ploy there would have been an uproar not seen since the Boston tea party.
- The European Union is standardising all passports, so there will no longer be a UK, French or Italian passport. Rather there will be a European Union document. In addition a European Union wide tax ID card/number, (similar to the US's social security number) is being talked about in Brussels in the strongest terms. So much for individual national sovereignty in Europe.
The list could go on and on, but I think you get the point. The terrocrats are ramming these things down the people's throat. Privacy as we knew it no longer exists. The really sad part about all of this is that the general public knows little to nothing about what's happening to their privacy and freedoms. Worse if they do, they seem to care less. What a travesty.
Q - What can one do to protect their privacy today? Is it too late?
A It's never too late.... unless you're dead. You really need to be an "Offshore Guerrilla" today to stay ahead of the terrocrats. I'm not talking about hurting people and property, that's reprehensible and should never be condoned. What I mean by being an "Offshore Guerrilla" is someone who is an independent thinker, armed with the right structures and privacy tools and able to resist the repression coming from the terrocrats.
America won its war for independence from Britain by using guerrilla tactics. They never would have won using conventional warfare. The same holds true today. If you use conventional methods with the terrocrats, you lose! An "Offshore Guerrilla's" arsenal should include, but not be limited to:
- A good visa free travel document (2nd passport) from a respectable country, preferably with a legal name change. I am not talking about some 5th world document either. I am talking about a respectable legally issued travel document that won't raise any red flags, i.e. one that is low profile. Expect to pay US$25,000 and up depending on the country.
- A good percentage of your liquid assets should be out of the reach of the terrocrats, in an AAA offshore bank. Most important this should be in an account that you and ONLY YOU have signatory control over. Not some trust company that can hold your money to ransom for whatever reason.
- In addition have a small apartment or getaway that you have set-up abroad that you could go to in time of an emergency, or to take a stress free break from every day life when needed. Preferably have it in a country that doesn't place any entry or exit stamp in your passport and where you can access easily from a third country. For example depart home (Canada) for Italy. Then take a train (or plane) with a roundtrip ticket purchased in cash in Italy to Switzerland or France, etc. Do the reverse when returning home. Basically make it a traceless route for yourself. So long as you do NOT use any domestic credit cards that are traceable to you, you'll be okay and you aren't breaking any laws. And don't bring any receipts from your little hide away back home with you.
- Most important, keep your mouth shut and don't tell anyone about your personal affairs, especially the safe haven and you're mother load (capital). This includes family members, especially your spouse. What they don't know won't hurt them, but what they DO know could ruin you! You never know a woman (or anybody) until you see them in court! Never forget, loose lips ship big ships. The infamous Bill Hill had a severe case of diarrhoea of the mouth that got him into deep doo doo and cost him millions plus nearly his freedom. And don't leave sensitive documents, statements, etc. lying around your house or office.
- Of course all of the above is in addition to having several mail drops, using an alias and using an anonymous e-mail address, anonymous mobile phone and credit cards, etc. That goes (or should go) without saying. I reiterate this because you'd be surprised how many so-called privacy seekers or wannabe's are scared and haven't taken that first step towards true personal sovereignty. I hope this interview helps to motivate people to get off their duffs and get started before their ass and assets belongs to the terrocrats. The loss of privacy and freedoms is accelerating at a fearsome rate.
Q Any other recommendations?
A Yes if one can afford to, I'd suggest taking an extended three-month trip abroad to various countries that spark your interest. If you do it right and stay away from expensive hotels, one can accomplish this rather inexpensively. Try to get a feel for how things are abroad and see if you like it. Perhaps you'll locate that little getaway. It may be great for some, but for others they may not enjoy being abroad and away from their creature comforts. But anyone seriously considering protecting their privacy should go abroad by taking that preliminary step and get a feel for it to see if it is for them or not. You never know when you may need to leave suddenly, so it's always best to prepare thoroughly!
Q- People say that if you have nothing to hide, you won't need to take all those precautions. What are your feelings on that?
A I say bullshit! Everyone has something to protect they're privacy! It's no ones business what, when, why and how you elect to conduct your affairs. In the US all some idiot needs to do is get hold of your social security number and they can ruin you. Identify theft is one of the top crimes in the US today. So don't tell me one shouldn't have anything to hide! That's nothing but pure government hyperbole to extract control over you.
Q Becoming an "Offshore Guerrilla" brings a couple of thoughts to mind, so here's two questions rolled into one:
First it sounds like this is for high net worth individuals. What about the average working Joe? Is there something that they can do?
Second, if an American (or Canadian) has their funds offshore and they have sole signatory control over the account, don't they have to report that on their income tax form?
A - To answer the first part of your question let me submit this analogy. A person earning a million dollars per year needs a life insurance policy that would, in the event of their sudden demise, provide for his/her family in a manner that they are accustomed to, i.e. a several million-dollar life insurance policy pay out.
On the other hand an individual with a family earning $75,000 per year requires a lot less life insurance than the person earning a million dollars. The same applies to the privacy seeker. The financial amount may differ, but the principal remains the same, i.e. both require a life insurance policy. Isn't that the prudent thing to do?
If you can't afford a second passport, go for a legal residency program for a lot less money, which will lead to a legitimate nationality and passport in a few years. But start the clock ticking now.
- Editor's Note - See http://www.ptshamrock.com/2pp.html
Then scroll down to "residency programs."
As to an American having funds offshore and America's arcane reporting requirements, there are legal ways to avoid this filing requirement. By the way the US and Canada are the only two western countries that requires the reporting of overseas accounts under penalty of prison. So far.
For example having an offshore account/s with an aggregate amount LESS than US$10,000 is NOT reportable. Offshore whole life insurance policies in any amount are NOT reportable to the American or Canadian authorities as of this date. Further you can have an anonymous company name only offshore credit card in your wallet that is loaded with 100 grand on it. Offshore credit cards NOT attached to any bank account are NOT a reportable requisite as of this date. So basically you can walk around with 10, 50, 100 or even 250 grand in your wallet with that little piece of plastic. And the loot's offshore! Isn't that beautiful! The key is to get the right card from the right source. Avoid the Caribbean area credit cards or any Trust Company credit cards, i.e. cards that are controlled by someone else's signature. That's a sure way to see your money grow wings and fly away!
Further there are ways to have an AAA offshore bank account earning an excellent return that legally avoids current American and Canadian reporting requirements.
Q How does an American or Canadian do that?
A That secret is for my private clients only!
Q Sounds like you are really down on trust companies?
A I am. Never allow anyone signatory control over your mother load (capital.) If you do it right and legally, you don't have to. Heck trust companies and those of similar ilk charge outrageous fees offer lousy returns and service in most cases. Besides if one isn't careful whom they pick, you'll likely never see your capital again. I can't be more emphatic than that.
Q Which countries offers the least and the most privacy?
A Well you're asking for my opinion so I'll give it to you based on my experience so far during this sojourn. Some of your readers may not agree with my opinion but you asked, so here's an earful.
Prior to this trip I hadn't been to the states for more than a decade. Though I thoroughly enjoyed myself, things have certainly changed during that period and not necessarily for the better. I attended a trade show and the technology at that electronic trade show was truly frightening. If they are offering that kind of privacy stealing tech to the public, what do you think the terrocrats have? That's a sobering thought!
I understand from an old pal who was in intelligence that a major company that owns a well-known encryption method "MIGHT" use a back door in their next program update release due to pressure from the terrocrats. I understand that the author of that particular program has left the company and is broken hearted about the terrocratic goings on. There goes the neighbourhood!
In addition nearly everywhere in America you are asked for ID for one thing or another. People love to ask for a social security number too. Most states insist on a social security number in order to acquire a driver's license. The same applies when applying for credit or credit cards. Those old enough might remember the old social security cards having, "NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES," printed on them. What happened? It really has gotten out of hand.
Further ID is required when checking baggage curb side (for domestic flights) then again at the check-in counter. A little over kill if you ask me. Even hotels at check-in demand ID (a credit card alone will not do.) Then they demand your passport, a social security number and a thumbprint if you try to pay your hotel bill with traveller's cheques! Several hotel clerks had difficulty understanding that a non-American does NOT have a social security number and therefore cannot provide him/her with one! Try paying by cash and they think you are a Columbian drug lord. Paying by cash for anything in America today seems to be a no-no. I saw people paying for their groceries (just a few dollars) with cheques and providing thumbprints, etc. It's a truly sad state of affairs.
I made the mistake off walking into a bank and asking for a US$1,000 bankers draft wishing to pay for it in cash. I was given the third degree and finally walked out in discuss. Basically most of the banks I went to wanted to deal with existing customers only. Apparently it is easier to "keep an eye on them" that way. Finally I got some money orders at a 7-Eleven store, which worked just as well. Mail Box Etc. outlets offers American Express money orders, but there is a small limit. I understand that most super markets offer money orders, though in smaller denominations and the amount is limited to a thousand dollars more or less. I'm sure you're American readers are more familiar with this than I am. But for someone experiencing this after an absence of 11-years plus, I was quite taken back.
From my understanding of current American law the problem is if you purchase $5,000 or $6,000 in money orders from several different places, that is considered "structuring", a very serious felony offence with a 5 to 10 year prison sentence to back it up! Who needs that? I read an article in the paper stateside where one person's "OUTGOING" mail to Latvia was opened. Inside was found $7,500 in money orders of various denominations purchased within a period of a fortnight from various grocery stores. The sender was indicted and sentenced to three-years in jail because what he did was "structuring!" And this was that person's first offence. He didn't have so much as a traffic ticket previously.
I doubt most of your American readers realise they are breaking current laws when they purchase money orders from different locations within a 30 day period; at least if it exceeds a thousand dollars and is intended for the same recipient. If you happen to be the poor bastard whose mail is opened, bye-bye ass and assets! And US mail "IS" being opened on a random basis, at least mail coming and going to and from "targeted" areas. Ditto for outbound mail from New Zealand. Which areas are "targeted" is your guess as good as mine. But Latvia is certainly one and probably the Caribbean plus other areas as well. Where does it end?
Even having an E-Gold account is to be counted towards the US$10,000 filing requirement for Americans. How the authorities can track those accounts I don't know. I doubt seriously they could. But that's not the point. The point is many American's knowingly or unknowingly are breaking current US laws due to arcane laws and filing requirements. The terrocrats love one word, COMPLIANCE!
There is NO banking privacy in the United States, unless you are willing to break laws and be subject to a severe prison sentence. Privacy is no longer available in America. What happens in America, the rest of the world soon follows. That's sad but true.
The good news is that are many legal ways to avoid these government traps. For instance with a good accent and a British Hong Kong camouflage passport and drivers license, I never once had to show any real ID, other than when entering US immigration. Everyone without exception accepted my camouflage ID. No one bothered to look to see if there was an entry visa stamped into the camouflage document, which naturally there wasn't. Whether or not someone with an American accent could pull that off is anyone's guess.
Sadly I sensed something in America that was hard to put my finger on. The only way to describe it is to say that the Americans I met seemed to be missing something. They seemed less friendly, even rude, very much more pushy than I recall. I take that back, not so much rude or pushy, rather keeping to themselves like a kind of meltdown is in progress. I asked for directions in several cities (no not in New York) and people ignored me all together like I was going to kill them or something. Mind you, not everyone, but more so than previously.
Q Please elaborate
A - Most seemed worried about making money and paying bills. Nothing wrong with making money, but there's more to life than money. How about enjoying your money and life and not worrying about it? What's more important than your family, loved ones, your health and freedom?
Many complained of working from pay-check to pay-check and didn't seem to be getting ahead or much out of life. A lot, to my surprise, complained openly about taxes being too high. This really surprised me because American taxation isn't nearly as high as many other nations. Sit in a Starbuck coffee house for an hour in any town USA and you'll get an earful for sure.
I guess I could sum it up by saying that the American's I met this trip could be placed in two camps. The first group in the, "better dead than red" or "America love it or leave it" category. The other in the "I love America but I've lost faith in the leaders" camp, with the later having grown significantly during the past decade.
Q - Was there anything you liked about the states?
A Of course plenty of things. It's a marvellous place. America has the best (and worse) of everything. American's can be the friendliest and most hospitable people in the world. But that wasn't your question. You asked which countries offered the most and the least privacy. The US certainly hasn't provided any additional privacy for its citizens over the past ten years has it?
Q Any surprises?
A - There were a lot of surprises. I read the latest US census report and discovered that 50% of Americans don't pay income taxes, that the 1% of the wealthiest pay 30% of all income taxes. That means 49% percentage of the population is paying 70% of the income taxes. Think about that! Also that African Americans are no longer the largest minority group in America. Hispanics have replaced them, having increased 62% since the previous census! That really surprised me.
I had a hard time locating anyone who spoke English in Southern California. In numerous petrol stations when I stopped for petrol (gasoline) or asked for directions, NO ONE spoke nor could help me in English. Thank goodness for my rudimentary Spanish! Ditto at 7-Eleven's and similar shops and coffee houses. I understand that in Southern California less than 40% of the population speaks English. That also surprised me. Seems like I had a hard time locating that 40%!
Another major change I noticed was at petrol stations and convenience stores. They have bulletproof glass enclosures for the attendant. You also have to pay for petrol in ADVANCE in America then top her up. I guess that's a sign of the times with the terrible crime and murder rates in the US and fear for the attendants being shot for a few lousy dollars. That was particularly distressing for me.
Many monetary transactions one could do legally in America ten years ago are now a felony crime. As a result today one is subject to a 5, 10 or even a 15-year prison sentence for money laundering, structuring and only the good Lord knows what other laws you could be imprisoned for unknowingly. Even bank tellers (they get financial rewards) report unbeknownst to long time depositors, anything the tellers "feel" is suspicious about one's banking activity. Is that any way for a democracy to behave?
One US mail drop provider, a very nice chap indeed, said that there is a 5-year sentence for using a false name and address when filling out new forms that the post office insists mail drop operator's use, thanks to new postal laws. That was a new one for me!
I also read statistics, which stated that the US prison population has doubled in the last 10 years; That today the US has more persons incarcerated than any other country in the world, including red China and Russia. That's appalling. Worse most of those incarcerated are for drug related crimes, i.e. drug use; That Afro Americans represent a huge majority of the prison population, way out of proportion to their overall population base (33%.) That tells you something doesn't it?
So to answer the first part of your question, I regrettably have to say that in my humble opinion America has seen the greatest loss of privacy and freedom's during the last decade. Other than non-western countries like North Korea, red China, Iraq, Iran and the like, I'm afraid I'd have to place America at the top of the least privacy and most terrocratic list with the greatest loss of privacy, personal and financial freedoms. Add their draconian laws and severe penalties and its very distressing having witnessed this take-hold in this once great nation.
The UK takes a distance second place, with a tie for third between Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Q - What about the most privacy?
A There are several countries. My personal favourite's I'll not mention for obvious reasons.
However in most of Western Europe (and parts of Asia) there is greater freedom of movement than ever before. Other than the UK and Switzerland one can cross most boarders without passport control. Again excluding the UK, most European countries don't place an entry or exit stamp in your passport including Switzerland. That's very nice for the privacy seeker. Cash is readily accepted everywhere, even the UK. Other than France, you don't have to report large sums of cash being brought into the country. In most countries one doesn't need to show a passport or ID for hardly anything so long as you are or remain a tourist. In fact many hotels don't ask for your credit card until you check out. How refreshing.
Now that's not to say that if stopped at customs and they find US$250,000 in cash on you they'll not ask you any questions or do a background check. You better have a damn good reason for carrying that amount of cash and have a clean bill of health!
One client was stopped by customs in Switzerland with that kind of money. The customs official asked him how much money he had on him and the client told the official the truth, US$250,000 in cash believing that the official was going to check in any event. Then the official asked him what he was going to do with the money and the client replied, "Deposit it into my bank account." He was waived on through without hindrance.
Try that in America and you'll lose your cash 100% for sure and probably end up in the hoosegow with very serious problems.
[Editor's note - Today Swiss banks legally have to limit cash deposits to US$25,000 or the Swiss Franc equivalent.]
Q Any other areas of the world that you like?
A I enjoy many other areas. I very much like Central and South America. However as much as I love the area, other than Paraguay, for long-term stays I'd avoid them. There is too much violent crime and kidnappings for my liking, even though I thoroughly enjoy myself while there. They have many pluses, but visiting on holiday and passing through is one thing, staying for an extended stay and having digs (a place to hang out) is a horse of a different colour.
Q What about Asia?
A Who wouldn't love Asia? Thailand and the Philippines are excellent areas IMO, at least the areas outside the polluted, traffic-plagued cities like Bangkok and Manila. The cost of living is exceedingly low and the life style is excellent in spite of petty crime. One can have a high standard of living for a small amount of money in those countries. Besides there are plenty of young lovelies for old farts like me!
Vietnam is interesting to visit, but not for any long-term stay. Ditto for Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh. They are heavy duty third-world and have a long way to go before they get up to snuff! In one of the street markets in Dhaka (Bangladesh) I saw someone selling USED DISHWATER. Why? Because it still had soap in it and the soap is reusable and therefore valuable. Now that's what I call poverty!
India and China are budding economic powers and India was surprisingly IT. They'll become giant economic powers one day. Maybe not in our lifetime, but it's going to happen. Both are wonderful places to visit but forget about living in either place on any long-term basis.
Sadly I see Taiwan merging a la Hong Kong style with mainland (red) China. I'm afraid that's inevitable and I sense that the people in Taiwan realise this, thought they don't want to talk about it. Some of the expat's I met swear by Taiwan and the lifestyle it offers, but it's not for me and I've spent a good bit of time in Formosa, i.e. The Republic of Taiwan.
Hong Kong is unique and I love the place, thought it certainly isn't cheap any longer. However for a good visit it offers you the best of everything. I was very surprised at how IT Hong Kong has become right up there at or near the top in Asia with broadband readily available, even at the hotels. You can rent a local ISP (pop3 and smtp) for a few dollars per day, which is very convenient. There are FREE Internet PC's (and Macs) for use in the shopping centres so you can send e-mail and browse the web. Not at just a few places, they are all over Hong Kong. That's a very nice touch.
Singapore is very clean and a nice place to visit, for a while. But it's too sterile for me if you know what I mean. My friend at Expat World is there and loves it. He has his own groove going along with his lovely significant other. So he is set-up real nice. He does a good bit of travelling as well so it really isn't a problem for him. But for me there doesn't seem to be any soul in Singapore nowadays. Its very terrocratic and they have a declining population. That should tell you something. The dictators thought they got everything right with the planning of their city-country, but they didn't get it when it came to the young people. People want freedom and there is very little freedom in Singapore if you are a resident or a Singapore national. Say the wrong thing and you are sued for liable by the elected dictators. Who needs that?
Japan is truly a great country, but too expensive and very bureaucratic. Other than Bali, Indonesia has a few pluses but there is trouble brewing. Malaysia is okay but they have their problems too. I don't use drugs, but I don't like countries where there is the DEATH penalty for smoking pot! Singapore and Malaysia fall in that category.
I believe that another (small) financial bubble will burst in Asia within the next few years, perhaps within the next 18 months. Japan can't continue with its 10 yearlong recession without something happening. Most Japanese don't trust their banks and politicians today, which is a huge change of thinking in that country and causing considerable consternation. If and when the bubble bursts, it'll definitely have repercussions elsewhere in Asia, if not the entire western world like it did in 1997. It could be the US stock market taking a dive that precipitates this too. If the US catches a cold, Asia gets pneumonia.
Q - What do you predict for the Asian currencies?
A I'm no George Soros so your guess is as good as mine. But for the mid to long-term currency markets in Asia, I'd be short over the next few years, maybe even the next 12 to 18 months, especially the Philippine peso and the Japanese yen. I believe that by the end of 2001 the Philippine peso could be around P60 to US$1 down from its current 47.50P to US$1. That's a big drop for the peso. But it already hit 55 to 1 just before former president Estrada was booted out. Now it has risen to around 47.50ish, so anything is possible.
Look for the Thai Baht in similar free fall. It hit 60 to $1 in 1997 and I see no reason why it wouldn't reach that again or even lower should the bubble burst.
For the Japanese yen, it has been trading around 114-117 yen to US$1. I see it dropping to 120/125 possibly 136 yen to a US dollar if things don't get better. When you go to the Akihabara area of Tokyo (the electronic goods area) in the late afternoon and you walk into a large electronic shop and purchase something; then are told by the salesman that you were the first customer who bought something that day, that's NOT a very good sign is it?
Naturally the other Asian currencies, with the possible exception of Singapore and Hong Kong will be hurt too. This includes the Malaysia ringgitt, Korean won and the Indonesian rupee.
As for the US stock market, I don't see it staying in the ten thousands for long, though I hope I am wrong.
[Editor's note - since this interview the Japanese yen dropped sharply as well as the US stock market took a nose dive.]
Q - Any places you wouldn't go back to?
A Yes, Myanmar (Burma), Iran and most of West Africa. Straight lousy and not my cup of tea, thank you. The repression was stifling.
In Nigeria, if you ever go and don't go, take plenty of US one dollar bills with you. You'll need them to pay the police bribes at the numerous road stops as you proceed from the airport into the city in a taxi or hired car. Then there are more bribes at the most expensive hotel in the world (US$500 per night PLUS bribes) for a standard room at a major international hotel chain. At the hotel(s) in Lagos where you thought you had a confirmation (and do have a confirmation in writing), rooms go to the highest bidder (largest bribe) in addition to the overpriced room rate.
After being relieved of many more dollar bills to get a room that I already had confirmed, I woke early in the morning from jet lag. Looking out the window I saw hundreds of people squatting on the beach. At first I thought they were praying, but I really couldn't figure out what the hell they were doing until the light started getting brighter. All were defecating on the beach. I stuck to the hotel swimming pool and got the hell out of town as fast as I could finish my business.
Q What about Australia and New Zealand?
A - They are both such lovely places. I really enjoyed my time there and look forward to returning. A 3 to 6 month (tourist) stay in each country is a must do for every privacy seeker. I purchased an automobile in Oz then sold it for nearly what I paid for it after many months use. I drove all over the place and had a ball meeting with clients and I made a lot of new friends and associates. So travelling there, as a tourist, is a must. Sorry I can't say the same about being a resident in either country. Unfortunately there is such a small population base the terrocratic control is frightening. You'd be surprised how much freedom has been stolen in those two beautiful countries in the last few years.
Be warned, they use face recognition big time in Oz. I read nearly once a week in the paper that such and such illegal alien or wanted person was caught at various airports throughout Oz, not just Sydney either!
Q Where do you see this heading?
A Certainly within the next 25 years, there will be ID tracking from cradle to grave worldwide, for that I am certain. How that tracking will be achieved is the question. DNA? A chip implanted inside ones skin? A standardised international biometric ID card? Biometric and or DNA passports? Today babies in the US are given social security numbers at birth. Why? In the UK it's an offence if you don't register a newborn within a fortnight of its birth. Ditto in most other western countries. Why?
If the lost of privacy and personal freedom continues during the next 25 years at the rate it has during the past ten (in fact it's increasing), we are in very serious trouble indeed. That should put things into better perspective for you.
Q What about the PT movement? It's being attacked, like all PT's are crooks!
A The original PT movement is dead! It has gone underground thanks to the terrocrats. The terrocrats and their pit bulls have been very successful in crushing the physical PT movement. Besides the Internet has changed the whole ballgame for privacy seekers. In fact the word is spreading even faster today than when the movement started 15 years ago, but it is being done underground via the net, anonymous e-mails, chat groups, etc. not through written books, newsletters and live conferences like before.
As far as "ALL" PT's being called crooks what do you expect the terrocratic backed media and newsletters to say? That PT's are good guys and are helpful to the government? They have to use as much hyperbole as possible, trash the movement, newsletters and offshore providers, scare people and lump PT's into the same category as money launderers, drug dealers and paedophiles. That's how big brother operates. Intimidate, trash and or throw people in jail if they resist, grind them up into a fine powder and blow them away.
The fact of the matter is that more and more middleclass, average working folks around the world (especially in the US) are voting with their pocketbooks and are going offshore. Do you mean to categorise and call all those average Joe's PT's, i.e. money launderers, drug dealers and paedophiles? Hardly! In Germany there are roadblocks on the roads leading to Luxembourg. Automobiles are stopped and if cash is found it's confiscated and a very serious tax investigation starts. Why, because the ordinary (not high income) person in Germany is sick and tired of high taxation. They are voting with their pocketbook and taking their capital elsewhere, i.e. offshore, in the German example, Luxembourg. That's only the tip of a very huge iceberg worldwide! People are voting with their pocketbooks and the tax people around the world don't like it because they have lost control.
Q The PT movement dead? Please explain.
A That's easy. Most PT friendly providers or newsletters with a physical address associated with the PT movement have been attacked, shut down, raided or all of the above. For instance Scope Publishing, who first started publishing the PT books, was sold some years back and the new owners started using a UK drop shipper to fulfil orders. For previous shenanigans at Scope, a serious branch of government raided their UK drop shipper. He had NOTHING to do with any of Scope's former dealings. However as a result of that debacle, the poor bastard's hair turned white overnight! Now Scope publishing is history and out of business.
Today the grandfather of PT, Harry Schultz's newsletter is about as much PT as Good Housekeeping is. The Freedom, Wealth and Privacy newsletter ceased publishing due to terrocratic pressure and the publisher retired. Several major PT style web sites including Tax-Bomber, are history, jailed or put out of business by the local terrocrats. Ditto for several offshore providers. Former PT friendly mail drops have been shut down, gone into exile or forced to do big brothers dirty work for them in order to avoid prison sentences. Ditto for several so-called privacy friendly newsletters. Bill Hill retired for good years ago after being incarnated and nearly extradited to his former homeland. Only a huge bride got him off the hook.
US based privacy newsletters have either gone out of, or have been put out of business, or they have toned down to a softer whisper of their former self. Ditto for so-called offshore providers in the states. Much the same can be said of hard-core anti-big brother newsletters and service providers offshore.
It's nearly tax time so just read some of the headlines coming out of America.
- The IRS arrests a nationwide group of tax resisters or such and such offshore provider(s) helping others `illegally' evade taxes and launder money.
- The US, along with local terrocrats raids a US offshore operator based "IN" Costa Rica. Now the IRS is raiding OVERSEAS offshore operators, i.e. those in countries other than the US. Interesting isn't it?
- During worship services, armed terrocrats seized a church to satisfy an alleged tax debt and forcibly removed parishioners and clergy in the US. Was that really necessary?
It's just standard operating procedure this time of the year for the terrocrats, being a month away from US tax filing time.
Further there hasn't been a real PT stylebook written and published in more than 4 years. Previous to that most were poorly updated versions of the Hill titles penned by a board of writers. The original PT books (published by Scope) haven't been updated for 5 years and from what I understand, won't be either! Game over!
Any real PT (and I'm not talking about some wannabe PT or someone who THINKS they are a PT,) keeps their mouth shut and leads a very low profile life. They don't go bragging on some PT chat group on the Internet that is watched closely by the terrocrats. They don't go to conferences or seminars and if they have any brains at all, they'll NEVER use a tax planner or offshore provider that is connected in any way, shape or form with the US or wherever their home is located.
Q Those are pretty harsh words, aren't they?
A Yes but it's the truth. Come on admit it, even PT Shamrock has toned down over the past few years. Ditto for the very few other honest and reliable providers and newsletters left. One PT friendly web site was brought up in a US Congressional hearing recently and attacked. Most of these are small sites with a few thousand hits per month. They are just a tiny light in the wilderness, yet the US Congress and the terrocrats attack them! You know the terrocrats are paranoid when they attack these tiny pro-freedom, pro-privacy Internet sites. That's very sad indeed isn't it?
Q - Why?
A - Because truth and individual freedom is always a threat to the authorities. They're perceived a threat and considered dangerous to the health of the status quo. The terrocrats do their best to eliminate them because it's a threat to their power structure. That's been true throughout history hasn't it? If only 5% of the American people paying taxes stopped, the whole tax system would collapse. And with more than 50% of the worlds capital offshore the tax authorities are getting ever more desperate in their attempt to stop the flood of capital leaving. But the terrocrats still don't get it. It's their own laws and polices that is causing the flight of money offshore, nothing else. If they were a little more understanding, listen to and tax their citizens less, people around the world wouldn't resort to expatriating their capital offshore. Let the people keep most of what they earn and money won't go offshore. It's really that simple.
I read in the papers while I was in the states that some poor bastard got 15 years for tax evasion. FIFTEEN YEARS! That's crazy. Murderers get less time than that. Instead of copping a plea bargain he decided to fight it out in court and lost. Anyone in the US today is subject to waking up in the morning being a felon and face similar sentences for failure to comply with esoteric laws. The US tax code is more than SIX INCHES thick! Who the hell can read and understand all that crap? The answer is that the terrocrats DON'T want you to understand it so they can interpret it anyway THEY want.
Read all of the Clinton pardons, not just Marc Rich's. I read all of them and one good thing I discovered was that Clinton commuted some poor bastards 30-year sentence to time already served, (8-years.) What was this person's crime? Throwing a firecracker (cherry bomb) at a courthouse in protest. It was his first offence, yet they sentenced him as a terrorist and to 30-years in the pokey! Where's the justice in that? You mean to tell me you can't protest in the US any longer without threat of getting ground up into a fine powder and being blown away for the rest of your life? It's getting very bad indeed with this kind of mindset and prison sentencing. I have the strongest objurgation at this kind of severe sentencing. It's going to come back to haunt the authorities one day.
Q What can/should one do about it?
A Pay all the taxes the IRS says you owe and you'll never have a problem with the IRS!
Q Seriously, what can/should one do?
A Look everyone is an individual and should be treated individually. That's one of my pet peeves with offshore providers, with a few exceptions, you (PT Shamrock) being one of the exceptions. Most offshore providers have their own, what I call, cookie cutter approach. One structure fits all. That's a very wrong approach IMO. It's sort of like making cookies during the holidays when you were a kid. Mom would roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter over and over to cut out the cookies. Then she would place them in the oven to bake. You got a lot of cookies in a short amount of time that way.
Heck that's what most offshore providers do; bang out structures to produce the greatest income for them, not the client. That is a disastrous approach in my opinion for everyone. Maybe that makes the most money for the offshore provider, but in my experience assisting many clients, it caused them many problems that had to be rectified.
Q - So what you are saying is to get professional advice before taking action?
A Exactly but make sure it is from an independent source that is NOT tied in with any offshore provider, i.e. trust company or similar. Each client MUST and I am adamant about this, MUST be treated based on his or her individual needs, requirements and circumstances. That should go without saying.
Q Why do you insist on a two-year unlimited, but reasonable, consultation service?
A I don't insist on it, I offer it. There is a difference. Now hold on tight to your wallet folks, because here comes the sales pitch!
Unlike others I make my money on the consultation, not the products. I offer superior, unbiased advice and recommendations that way. The client is free to choose what, if any products they require and where they purchase them. If they choose to acquire them through me, they save big bucks and the savings, which is passed onto them, pays their two-year fee so everyone is happy.
People either realise the value for my services, can't afford them or they feel they can do it themselves and save the fee. God bless them and I wish them well. But the serious player knows the value of good, sound, professional advice and realise one gets what they pay for. Don't be penny wise and pound-foolish when it comes to your personal freedom and financial health.
Q - Words well spoken. What about the person that can't afford the ten grand?
A - I offer an initial or preliminary consultation to see whether or not the client feels, or I feel that I can help them and whether they should go offshore; and if so how best to proceed. Not everyone should go offshore!
Q How much is that preliminary consultation?
A It's a thousand dollars and I apply it towards my two-year fee should the client desire that service.
Q What do they get for the $1,000 and the $10,000 consultation?
A With the preliminary consultation we find out what the client's situation is, why they think they need/want to go offshore, what problems if any they have, what taxes if any can be saved by going offshore, what his or her goals and objectives are and what options are opened to them and how best for them to proceed, if in fact they should. As I said previously not everyone should or is able to go offshore.
Q And you're two-year service?
A - We place the client into action, hold them by the hand, get them started and recommend various structures, banks, etc. They are free to obtain their own products and structures from whomever they wish. On the other hand, if they obtain them through me, there is a sizeable discount, which beats most providers' prices. I encourage clients to check around and see what structures, etc. cost. Always investigate before you invest. The savings I offer pays for my fee in a short period of time, if you are a serious player.
More important they'll receive honest, unbiased advice that they likely not receive elsewhere. That's important! The advice could very well save the client many times that amount legally in taxes or by helping them avoid doing something wrong. Besides if I were to show you a way in which to obtain a good managed account from an AAA offshore bank earning 15% (plus or minus) annually, how much is that worth?
Look brain surgeons don't do brain surgery on themselves. A do it yourself going offshore approach is probably NOT in the best interest of most privacy seekers. Maybe some folk's can/should do it, but certainly not most. Remember, a wise man learns from their-own mistakes, a genius learns from the mistakes of others.
Q A 15% return isn't that great over the last few years, is it?
A Look Santa Claus doesn't come every year to the stock market like it has in the recent pass. Like I said previously, I don't see the stock market at current levels much longer. The once throw caution to the wind approach for the dot coms, has come crashing down to earth. What I am talking about is a SAFE, AAA bank with a well-managed account that will earn you on average 15% per annum over an extended period of time. Some years it may be lower, some years higher. As with all things in life except death and taxes, there are no guarantees. However these AAA banks haven't been around for hundreds of years because they lose their clients money! They are the very best at managing ones capital, bar none. You are the only one with signatory authority over the account. That's a safe and prudent approach. If you want to throw caution to the wind to earn a higher return, be my guess. Place your money in derivates, but I'm not interested.
Q - Why a two-year consultation?
A It really takes one or two years to sort one out. Most people have jobs, families, property, etc. and can't drop what they are doing overnight. Besides it takes time and careful planning to do things correctly and legally. Many people are scared and I hold them by the hand along the way. More important, doing things correctly and not rushing is a must. A helter-skelter approach is not recommended. One must get good advice. Then and only then can one make an intelligent decision as to how to proceed, if at all.
Q How much does one need to get started?
A I hate to generalise these things and it really depends on what one is trying to accomplish. I am seeing more moderate-income folks, i.e. those earning $35,000 to $75,000 per annum, even less, going offshore. Some clients, after the preliminary consultation, thanked me for advising them NOT to go offshore. They realised the thousand dollars invested in our consultation saved them many times that amount. On the other hand if someone wants to stash away a little nest egg offshore, heck they can get a NON-reportable company name only credit card for a few hundred dollars and safely tuck away a little dinero for a rainy day.
- Editor's note - See http://www.ptshamrock.com/auto/noidcompany.htm
Alternatively anyone with liquid assets of a hundred grand plus should seriously consider moving some of their assets offshore and become a serious player, i.e. an "Offshore Guerrilla". So long as you don't break any laws, I don't see anything wrong with that thinking.
Banking offshore is NOT evil or illegal in spite of all-the hyperbole and scare mongering from the terrocrats. Just do it right and do it legally.
Q Any new products and services available?
A As you know I don't deal direct with the public. I don't write books and don't speak at conferences, nor do I have a web site. Once in a while I'll get the calling and write an article for a privacy newsletter. Overall I try to remain low profile. However during this trip I just had to speak out about the horrific loss of privacy and the new privacy stealing technology worldwide. So I am granting this interview and a few others, in hopes of broadening awareness of the problem.
I work strictly on a referral basis, which works just fine for me and my clients. I offer my products and services strictly to long time, trusted providers like you, a few others and my two-year clients. In fact I see you have started advertising a few of my new products already! Look for more goodies in the future as well as several newsletter interviews with other trusted offshore providers.
Q - In closing if there was one thing to impress upon our readers, what would that be?
A Be aware of the loss of personal and financial freedoms that are intentionally being stolen from you. Don't do anything that you'll lose sleep over. Before taking any action, think clearly, logically and be realistic. And don't break any laws, especially when you can accomplish what you want to legally. If you plan carefully, get expert advice; make logical and rational decisions based on various opinions from experts, you can decide what is best for you. Once you make a decision, go for it. Don't dilly-dally around get started right away! The opportunity may not be there tomorrow. Get started and do what's right for you and your loved ones, not what's right for anyone else, especially the terrocrats.
And never forget:
Rule number one: if you are successful or a high-income earner, 100% for sure you'll be sued or attacked by the terrocrats at sometime in the future, if you haven't already!
Rule number two: never trust your government, they're liars and deceivers and act in their own best interest, not yours or your families.
Rule number three: don't forget rules one and two so become an "Offshore Guerrilla."
Life is not a rehearsal; it's the real thing, so do it right!
Q Doc thanks for your time. It has been a very comprehensive interview indeed.
A - My pleasure. Can't wait until we do it again!
- Editor's Note -
Dr. Samson is a world authority on beating the bureaucracy, living a life free of Terrocratic interference. Formerly Dr. Samson provided high net worth individuals a full service expatriation assistant program. Now he can offer even more to the moderate-income privacy seeker. In fact, practically any service the customer desires can be arranged. These include expatriation, re-invoicing, research, credit cards, anonymous safe deposit boxes, Liechtenstein Ansalt's and anonymous bearer share nominee corporate directors. He has a special relationship with several Banks and provides introductions for confidential banking relationships. Further he can help with visa, documents, 2nd passports and travel services-anything you can imagine and a few new wrinkles you haven't even thought of. Naturally, he can't service enterprises engaged in criminal activity under local Law.
Dr. Samson is converse with US, Canadian and European laws. For the serious player Dr. Samson offers his 2 year unlimited (but reasonable) consultation service. His fee, US$10,000, pays for itself in a short period of time with discounted products for his clients. A preliminary consultation may be arranged, subject to his schedule, for just US$1,000. He has agreed to apply this towards his two-year fee should the client elect to proceed on that basis.
If you are or want to be a serious player, get started with your preliminary consultation with Dr. Seymour Samson. E-mail and place "Doctor" in the subject heading for pay in details.
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