From the Publisher's Desk
February 1st, 2005
"My God, what have we done?"
- Captain Robert A. Lewis, as written in his logbook, co-pilot of Enola Gay, the B29 Superfortress that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.
Do you need a second passport?
Page 2, continuation of Part II, Doctor Seymour Samson January 2005 interview.
PT Shamrock = PTS
Doctor Seymour Samson = DSS
PTS - How is that? I mean why is it not practical after 9/11?
DSS - Do I really need to answer that question? Perhaps it's okay if you are a European Union national and you travel a few months here and there within the EU, and have a bank account OUTSIDE the EU. But for an American, Aussie or the EU national travelling elsewhere, forget about it. Going to North America will place you on dozens of databases and worse, have you fingerprinted, a digital picture taken and God knows what else. Who the hell wants to go to a place that like? Reminds me of what my parents told me about Nazi Germany when I was a kid.
PTS - Go on.
DSS - If you're an American you can really have it shoved up you're backside with a four by four. For example, you make your exodus from America and live abroad for ten years. It comes time to renew your US passport. If you haven't filed tax returns or used your social
security number on your passport renewal forms, you'll be denied a passport renewal. What does that tell you if you're an American?
PTS - Get a second passport.
DSS - Exactly. And mind you now. This is not only happening to our Yankee friends, but to many other nationalities as well. It's the modern day version of "debtor's prison."
In the US as usual, it's particularly bad. Fail to pay alimony and especially child support, regardless of any legitimate reason; you'll have not only your driver license taken away, but your passport will not be renewed or issued in the first case.
In fact fail to pay your taxes or any similar "fines" and you'll not see a passport that's needed nor will anyone be issued.
You could read some of the mails I still get in spite of my being retired. If I've gotten one, I've gotten a hundred like this one.
"Dear Doc, I owe US$5,000 in child support and the government will NOT renew/issue me a passport, etc."
The moral of the story is, if you don't have a passport from your home country, get one now. If it has less than 5 year's validity on it, get it renewed for ten years. Ten years can buy you a lot of time.
PTS - What can one do in the event one can not obtain a passport from their home country or can't afford one from elsewhere?
DSS - PT, be prepared thoroughly. If you ever have even the least faint idea that you may have something happen to you that would jeopardize you, then act BEFORE that happens to secure and maintain your freedom.
Like I said previously, if you're an American get a passport RIGHT NOW. Alternatively if your passport is due to expire within a few years, get it renewed NOW! Ten years can buy you a lot of time.
Marry a foreigner, live in his or her country and get a passport from their country via marriage!
I'd don't know if you recall, but unless I am mistaken about ten or eleven years ago when we first met, PT Shamrock interviewed me for the first time.
PTS - Yes I remember that very well indeed.
DSS - I recall saying you that the government (US) had programs and technology already on board that would greatly take away one's privacy and civil liberties. Mind you now, we're talking circa 1993. Unless I read you wrong, you were highly skeptical of my saying those things.
PTS - Indeed that's true.
DSS - Well fast forward and here we are... 1984 just twenty years late, that's all.
PTS - Can't deny that. But what about the next ten years?
DSS - Answering that could be very depressing, so I'd rather not go into that as it's really speculation on my part. Suffice that said, take a good hard look at the last few years, then increase the magnitude of the thief of your civil liberties ten fold and you'll have a pretty damn good idea what the enemy, your government, has in store for you.
PTS - Jeez, that bad?
DSS - Yes indeed, that bad. Look at what's happening in the US. First time offenders in white collar crime are being sentenced to 20 - 25 years in jail at hard time. That's crazy. Murderers and rapist get less than half that time, on their second and third offence!
That's not to say that I condone crime and say they shouldn't be punished, but 25 years for stealing some company's money?
No need to beat a dead elephant to death, but the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world with nearly 3 million people in jail and or on parole. Five out of every ten black males over 21 years of age (50 percent,) has been or will be in jail at sometime during their life.
Drug related incarceration has become ridiculous. The cost to arrest and put drug users and addicts in prison runs into the billions. Spend a fraction of that amount on rehabilitating drugs users and you'll save a fortune, help tens of thousands of druggies and more important reduce the crime rate dramatically.
But maybe the government doesn't want to reduce drug use?
PTS - Really?
DSS - Yes, really! Think about that for a minute. The criminal justice system in the US is America's second largest employer. It costs and is earning the government tens of billion so dollars. So why change it?
PTS - Okay, but what does that have to do with one's privacy?
DSS - Oh, you didn't allow me to continue my thoughts. Now if you recall Trickie Dick Nixon declared war on drugs nearly 37 years ago. I remember that quite clearly with all the bro ha ha and hyper bole the government was spewing out at the time. I also recall thinking they could never win the war on drugs.
Fast forward thirty seven years and see what the war on drugs has gotten you? Ten times the number of people in jail, budget increases in the criminal justice system of more than one thousand percent, at tens of billions per year, crime rates sky rocketing, etc. and so forth, get it?
PTS - Got it and another very good point indeed.
DSS - Yes, but allow me to continue. Now you have a war on terrorism. All the technology was in place LONG before 9/11/2001. Maybe 9/11 was by terrorist and maybe it wasn't. But that's not what we're here for. I'll leave that to those who believe in conspiracy theories.
Along comes 9/11 and that gives the enemy (government,) Carte Blanche to implement all the privacy stealing laws, regulations and technology they can muster. Throw in such Draconian laws like the Patriot Acts I and II, plus Homeland Security (think Drug Czar and the drug enforcement agency,) and America has come full circle again.
One of my favorite quotes, which you published at your web site is the one by Hermann Goering, Hitler's number two man; the one statement he made at the Nuremberg trials.
"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
- Hermann Goering
If you think about that statement, it is very true and frightening at the same time. To think who said it and how it stills relates to today's world can get one to thinking and lose a good night sleep.
DSS - At the end of the day, all governments, especially the United States, wants to control everyone, their movements, money and then be able to tax them to the point that they squeak and them some.
If you are willing to live that way, under a regime that lies and deceives you and your loved ones, that can and will confiscate all of your worldly possessions at their whim if you don't tow the line, then God Bless You, you're a better person than I.
PTS - What are the alternatives?
DSS - That's easy, leave!
PTS - But what if one can't? What can they do?
DSS - Look, we've been over this a dozen times. Either play by their rules and suffer the consequence, or make you're own rules and win. To live safe and free playing by your own rules, you'll have to leave where you are now or face the consequence. It's really that simple.
Unfortunately most people don't leave unless and until they are forced by unwanted circumstances.
PTS - Can you expand on that for our readers?
DSS - Sure. In the many years I've been consulting, I'd venture a guess that less than twenty percent of my clients came to me BEFORE they had a problem. Those that did, are happy, living a greater and richer life with more after tax income than they ever thought possible. They return home to visit friends and love, don't have to look over their shoulders and don't owe the government a penny in tax.
PTS - So what you're saying is for people to leave before they have a problem and there's no hope for those persons who do have a problem?
DSS - Now don't go putting words into my mouth. I didn't say that! What I am trying to say is in fact simple. Prepare yourself, so that in the event you may have to make an exodus someday, you have all your marbles ready to put in place.
If you do have a problem, of course it makes things more difficult and expensive, but matters can still be sorted in most, but certainly not all cases. But that's the price one pays for not taking preventive action now before anything negative happens.
What everyone can do is to get themselves, even if it's part time, a laptop or portable business that they can operate from a laptop from anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection. You'd be amazed how easy it is to generate an income. But it takes time to build up to a decent income. Remember Rome wasn't build in a day. Figure on a couple of years.
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