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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke"
"Knowledge is power and understanding that knowledge gives you absolute power over those who wish you didn't learn the truth."
- Dr. Walter Belford – December 2006
Part II - The Thief of Privacy - Doctor Walter Belford © 2006-2007 - All Rights Reserved.
Dr. Chapter XII - Hung, Drawn and Quartered
"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."
- Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Judge, in American Communications Association v. Douds, May 1950
To be hung, drawn, and quartered was the penalty once ordained in England for treason. It is considered by many to be the epitome of "cruel" punishment, and was reserved for the crime of treason, which was deemed more heinous than murder and other capital crimes. It was only applied to male criminals. Women found guilty of treason in England were burnt at the stake, a punishment which was abolished in 1790. Today there is a modern day version of being Hung, Drawn and Quartered for all of us and it's called Tangram.
Tangram and other horrors
In the aftermath of 9/11, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) developed a tracking system called "Total Information Awareness" (TIA), which was intended to detect terrorists through analyzing troves of information. The system, developed under the direction of John Poindexter, then-director of DARPA's Information Awareness Office, was envisioned to give law enforcement access to private data without suspicion of wrongdoing or a warrant. Everyone would be included, period. No exceptions.
The public found it so abhorrent and objected so forcefully, that Congress killed funding for the program in September 2003.
I didn't believe for a moment that would be the end of TIA only that it would morph into some other program with another name. Well that's exactly what happened. The program is now called Tangram, and yes . it is classified. In other words we'll NEVER find out what and or who the hell is being spied on and what information or misinformation it is gathering on us!
The only way we learnt about Tangram came from a government document looking for contractors to help design and build the system.
Those government documents revealed that government's top intelligence agencies are building a computerized system to search very large stores of information for patterns of activity that look like terrorist planning. The system, which is run by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is in the early research phases and is being tested, in part, with government intelligence that may likely contain information on all U.S. citizens and non US citizens already, residing, visiting or planning to visit America.
It encompasses existing profiling and detection systems, including those that create "suspicion scores" for suspected terrorists by analyzing very large databases of government intelligence, as well as records of individuals' private communications, financial transactions, and other everyday activities.
Do you see similarities with Tangram and J. Edgar Hoover's list of "spies" circa 1917-1972? I believe that Tangram and other similar government privacy destroying technologies are tantamount to our being considered as treasonous, i.e. our being hung, drawn and quartered.
Biometrics is entering every day life
Even George Orwell's Big Brother - 1984 would be pleased with this one. Today in the UK hiring a car now means leaving a fingerprint. And check-out staff are scanning the customers as well as the shopping. Getting your fingerprints taken would once have meant only one thing. You were helping the police with their inquiries. Now such "biometric" identification is entering the mainstream of every day life.
If you want to hire a car at the UK's Stansted Airport, you now need to give a fingerprint. This scheme started with Essex police and car hire firms, and it's not voluntary. Every car rental customer must take part. These prints and scans are stored by the hire firms - and are handed over to the police. If you protest you may be arrested, on some unfathomable suspicion, and conveyed to a police station where your fingerprints, photograph and DNA are taken. Expect to see this "policy" spread worldwide, especially in the USA.
This is a very frightening aspect that's entering everyday life. If the public stopped renting automobiles from the companies demanding such nonsense, then these demands for fingerprints would stop so fast the automobile rental companies wouldn't know what hit them.
Unfortunately I haven't heard of nor read about the slightest protest from British nationals regarding such intrusive matters as being required to give their fingerprints taken in order to hire an automobile. You can be sure to see biometrics entering every day life as with the above and spread worldwide. Once again the public gives it up, i.e. their privacy like lambs being led to slaughter without so much as a single protest that I am aware of.
Biometrics is not just about crime or fighting terrorism. Biometric recognition is also being pitched as more convenient for shoppers. Pay By Touch allows customers to settle their supermarket bill with a fingerprint rather than a credit card. With three million customers and growing in the United States, this payment system is now being tested in the UK, in three Co-op supermarkets in Oxfordshire. See http://www.paybytouch.com/
Mobiles & Laptops
Speaking of giving it up, in the good ole US of A, US citizens face the danger of their smart phones being confiscated ad infinitum according to a report in the New York Times last November. That report revealed that laptop computers are currently seized on a completely ad hoc basis from US citizens on re-entry into the US without "probably cause, reasonable suspicion or warrant." Therefore US citizens and visitors alike face the prospect of their mobile phones not making it past baggage check as mobiles, PDA's, notebooks, etc. store lots of information as do laptops!
Chapter XIII - Who knows what tomorrow may bring?
"Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist."
- John Adams
From my perspective, tomorrow offers a bleak future as far as our privacy and civil liberties are concerned unless we take immediate action to reserve this trend. All US and UK residents and citizens can expect ever more intrusive technologies and programs to control, monitor, record and watch over you in the future. It's highly unlikely that the governments' privacy destroying technologies will cease or be rescinded, or for that matter be curtailed anytime in the foreseeable future. Hence total surveillance is upon us! Do you remember Total Information Awareness? As I mentioned earlier it is now called Tangram.
Total Information Awareness" (TIA), which was intended to detect terrorists through analyzing troves of information. The system, developed under the direction of John Poindexter, then-director of DARPA's Information Awareness Office, was envisioned to give law enforcement access to private data without suspicion of wrongdoing or a warrant. As you are aware today warrant less searches are now routine in the united States and the UK.
In any event TIA purported to capture the "information signature" of people so that the government could track potential terrorists and criminals involved in "low-intensity/low-density" forms of warfare and crime. The goal was to track individuals through collecting as much information about them as possible and using computer algorithms and human analysis to detect potential activity.
The project called for the development of "revolutionary technology for ultra-large all-source information repositories," which would contain information from multiple sources to create a "virtual, centralized, grand database." This database would be populated by transaction data contained in current databases such as financial records, medical records, communication records, and travel records as well as new sources of information. Also fed into the database would be intelligence data.
The public found it so abhorrent, and objected so forcefully, that
Congress killed funding for the program in September 2003.
Well, TIA has morphed (what else is new?) and is now called Tangram, and it is classified as I mentioned earlier.
The government's top secrecy intelligence agency, the NSA, has encompassed existing profiling and detection systems, including those that create "suspicion scores" for suspected terrorists by analyzing very large databases of government intelligence, as well as records of individuals' private communications, financial transactions, and other everyday activities.
The Tangram program, describes other, existing profiling and detection systems that haven't moved beyond so-called "guilt-by-association models," which link suspected terrorists to potential associates, but apparently don't tell analysts much about why those links are significant. Tangram wants to improve upon these methods, as well as investigate the effectiveness of other detection links such as "collective inferencing," which attempt to create suspicion scores of entire networks of people simultaneously.
Data mining for terrorists has always been a dumb idea. And with the existence of Tangram illustrates the problem with Congress trying to stop a program by killing its funding; it just morphs and comes back under a different name.
Naturally these types of programs monitor more than just terrorist. They monitor all Americans and Brits, whilst trying to adjust your behavior and personal day to day habits.
If you were to think about it, Tangram and other similar government monitoring programs, and that's what they really are, monitoring programs, are much like the movie "Minority Report" (circa 2002).... staring Tom Cruise as Detective John Anderton.
Anderton's job along with the help of a secret government program using "precogs," was to predict who would commit a crime BEFORE the crime actually happened so Anderton and other government agents could arrest the person and prevent the crime from happening in the first place. Of course in the flick Officer Anderton (Tom Cruise) becomes a criminal before he commits his crime, and Cruise tries his best to prove his innocence by preventing his 'crime,' before it happens.
Hollywood movie and precogs aside, Tangram and other similar government monitoring programs are real and are now being used full tilt watching and monitoring you and you're loved ones every move, whilst having the effect of modifying ones behavior.
The government and others using these monitoring and profiling programs attempt to construct personal profiles in order to predict dangerous or antisocial activities before they happen. That was the premise of the movie "Minority Report," and that is exactly what is happening today in the real world with all the government monitoring and profiling programs being used with one name or another! Don't believe me? Then I suggest you read http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35991
If you know you are going to be monitored with consequence by conducting yourself in a particular manner whatever that may be, then it is highly probable you will cease to conduct yourself as you previously and normally would have. For instance it could be withdrawing cash from your favorite ATM till, traveling a particular route, chucking your chewing gum on the ground, throwing a cigarette butt on the sidewalk, kissing your spouse or girlfriend on the street corner or whatever. Just knowing that you are being monitored may very well stop you from doing what you'd normally do. The effect would be that your behavior has been modified by government surveillance just being there! And that is exactly what the government wants; to monitor and control your personal and financial movements, whilst modifying your "politically incorrect" behavior, whatever they (government) defines "politically incorrect" as being at the time.
Chapter XIV - Papers Please!
"The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society."
- Thomas Jefferson to P. Dupont, 1816.
On December 7th, 2004 the US Congress passed the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (S.2845) also known as the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. What this amounts to is an INTERNAL passport requirement much like Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union used to crush and control their citizens. In other words in the USA, you will be required to have on your person at all times government issued ID with biometric features, which can and will be demanded at anytime by any government official, officer, agent, etc. at various 'check points' across Amerika, including random road stops! You are now being tracked from cradle to grave.
On September 26th 2005, Deborah Davis was reading a book on a Denver bus when a guard of a nearby federal building got on board and demanded everyone show their ID. Davis refused, leading the guard to call on federal cops, i.e. Homeland Security, who then dragged Ms. Davis off a public bus, handcuffed her, shoved her into the back seat of a police car and drove off to a police station within the Federal Center. See http://www.papersplease.org/davis/facts.html
On November 14th, 2006 a cell phone captured video of a 23-year-old Iranian-American student brutally and repeatedly abused by UCLA police using a tazer gun administering multiple tazer shocks. What was the students' crime? The student, who was in the library reading, refused to show his ID to the campus police when asked! See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3GstYOIc0I&eurl=
With the above and hundreds of more examples, the authorities are evermore asking for ID without probable cause on demand anywhere and everywhere. There is, IMHO, every indication that there are moves afoot to implement these and even more severe measures on every major street corner and transport system in the US and not so Great Britain.
The "Tokku" are alive and well throughout the world. They're called "Tokku" in Japan, KGB in Russia, the Gestapo in Nazi Germany, Homeland Security/FBI, etc, in the states, but they all add up to the same thing, Terrocrats!
[Editor's note: The "Tokku", or The Japanese Thought Police as they were known, were the equivalent of Hitler's Gestapo. In the early 1930's before WW2, the Tokku welcomed secret communications from its citizens about other citizens. They encouraged citizens to spy on each other. A web search for "Tokku" at GOOGLE will give you a lot of interesting info about the Tokku.]
About a year ago Federal air marshals were to expand their work beyond airplanes, launching counter-terror surveillance at train stations and other mass transit facilities. So called "Visible Intermodal Protection and Response" teams - or VIPER teams, will soon be permanently deployed to check ID's under the banner of counter-terrorism. See http://www.house.gov/list/press/pa13_schwartz/TSAVIPERProgram.html
Least one forgets the UK is not without blood on its hands. Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, a legal Brazilian immigrant, who had spent three years of his five-year visa working in London as an electrician, was brutally and in cold-blood, murdered in an act of mindless criminal negligence by the London police with 5 bullets to the head all shot at close range. De Menezes was totally innocent and the London police never so such as apologized to de Menezes family. De Menezes crime? The police thought he was a suicide bomber. They were 100 percent wrong. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/attackonlondon/story/0,16132,1550565,00.html
Rex 84 and the "ADEX" list
Did you realize that there are over 600 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners? They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) in association with 34 other federal civil departments and agencies should Martial Law need to be implemented in the United States. All it would take is a presidential signature on a proclamation and the attorney general's signature on a warrant to which a list of names is attached.
Maybe you don't think that could ever happen in the united States. I suggest you think again. A recent example was the mandatory relocation of tens of thousands of New Orleans residents in interment camps like the Super Dome in New Orleans as well as in Utah, Texas, Louisiana and several other areas, as a result of hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in 2005.
The Rex 84 Program was established on the reasoning that if a "mass exodus" of illegal aliens crossed the Mexican/US border, they would be quickly rounded up and detained in detention centers by FEMA. Rex 84 allowed many military bases to be closed down and to be turned into prisons.
Exercises similar to Rex 84 happen periodically. Plans for roundups of persons in the United States in times of crisis are constructed during periods of increased political repression such as the Palmer Raids and the McCarthy Period. For example, from 1967 to 1971 the FBI kept a list of persons to be rounded up as subversive, dubbed the "ADEX" list.
The existence of a master military contingency plan, "Garden Plot" and a similar earlier exercise, "Lantern Spike" were originally revealed by journalist Ron Ridenhour, who summarized his findings in his revealing report/book, "Garden Plot and the New Action Army."
The move towards these kinds of database state in the US and the UK, where every offence is arrestable and DNA records of every suspect, even if later proven innocent, are permanently kept on record, is the only tool necessary to create a master list of 'subversives' that would be subject to internment in a manufactured time of national emergency.
Chapter XV - The Pink Triangles
"Ambiguously-worded laws can be used against the innocent any time."
- Greg Perry
Today's national ID card is also intended to be used for this purpose, just as the Nazis used early IBM computer punch card technology to catalogue lists of homosexuals, gypsies and Jews, better known as "enemies of the state," before the round-ups began.
History has a funny habit of repeating itself. Study World War II closely on how IBM backed the Nazi Regime utilizing the Hollerith Machine. The Hollerith Machine was a punch card system that aided in cataloguing the population. This IBM technology gave the fascist, totalitarian state the much needed technology boost to increase its rate of human data processing. The goal was simple, extreme nationalism which called for the unification of all German-speaking peoples and eradicating the enemies of the state namely the Jews and other non-compliant races including gypsies and homosexuals amongst other 'enemies'.
Most people today know of or about the holocaust the Nazi's created during the Second World War. The Jews of Europe were the primary targets. However it wasn't just the Jews and Gypsies that Nazi Germany wanted to ID and eventually eliminate.
The Nazi amendments to Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code, dating back to 1871, turned homosexuality from a minor offense into a felony and remained intact after the Second World War for a further 24 years.
Nazi IBM computer punch cards were first used to identify gay males who were then forced to wear what was to become known as "The Pink Triangles." This was the Nazi symbol of an inverted pink triangle used exclusively to denote and "identify" male homosexuals. Once identified by the computer punch cards, those so denoted, both gays and non-gays, innocent or guilty, were forced to wear and display The Pink Triangle. Between 1933 and 1945, 100,000 men were arrested under Paragraph 175. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. Only about 4,000 survived the war.
Fast forward to the year 2006 and you have IBM funding the parent company of the Verichip namely Applied Digital Solutions [ADSX]. The VeriChip Corporation is both FDA approved and patented with the owner of patent (#6,400,338) granted recently to VeriChip's manufacturer, Digital Angel Corporation, with worldwide patents pending. Read more about the Verichip in Chapter XVI following.
Section 44 of the Terrorism Act in Britain enables police to obtain the name and address details of anyone they choose, whether they are acting suspiciously or not. Those details remain on a database forever. To date, 119,000 names of political activists have been taken and this is a figure that will skyrocket once the post 7/7 figures are taken into account.
At the height of the Iraq war protests in the UK, around a million people marched across the country. However, most of these people were taking part in a political protest for the first time and as a one off. Even if we take a figure of half, 500,000 people being politically active in Britain that means that the government has already registered around a quarter of political activists in the UK.
So ask yourself do you really want to be on, or are you already on any government list? What are the lists for? What will the government do with those lists? Is history about to repeat itself? Or will governments turn to a different, yet perhaps more terrifying, direction in the future? Then ask yourself why are there numerous, yet empty prisons built and continuing to be built across America? - See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_84
Chapter XVI - 2007 and beyond!
"Man is not free unless government is limited."
- Ronald Reagan: Farewell Speech, 1988
It is my opinion that some of today's big issues concerning all of us is our freedom of movement both personally and financially, survival in our home or resident country, mass murder in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan under false pretense, the bankrupting and deindustrialization of the U.S. and UK economies, the destruction of American constitutional and British democracy as well as the reversal of America's 231 year history of expanding liberty.
I'm no soothsayer or clairvoyant, however the prospect for regaining or at least halting any further erosion of our stolen freedoms and civil liberties appears dim if not doubtful unless drastic action is taken immediately. As I said earlier, the thief of your privacy has just begun.
We are still in the early days of data mining, consumer profiling, and DNA databasing. However the cumulative and accelerating effect of these developments will transform modern life in all industrialized countries during the coming decade, unless we do something to stop it now.
Today if you go to a part of town where your kind isn't thought to belong, you'll end up on a list somewhere. Attend a political meeting and end up on another list. Walk into a swanky boutique and the clerk will have your credit report and purchase history before even saying hello. . . . The whole culture will undergo convulsions as taken-for-granted assumptions about the construction of personal identity in public places suddenly become radically false.
And that's just the start. Wait a little while, and a market will arise in "spottings." For example if I want to know where you've been, I'll have my laptop put out a call on the Internet to find out who has spotted you.
Spottings will be bought and sold in automated auctions, so that I can build the kind of spotting history I need for the lowest cost. Entrepreneurs will purchase spottings in bulk to synthesize spotting histories for paying customers. Your daily routine will be known to anyone who wants to pay a fiver for it, and your movement history will determine your fate just as much as your credit history does now. . . .
Then things will really get bad. Personal movement records will be subpoenaed, irregularly at first, just when someone has been kidnapped, but then routinely, as every divorce lawyer in the country reasons that subpoenas are cheap and not filing them is basically malpractice.
Unless change comes soon, it is conceivable that there will be no place on earth where an ordinary person will be able to avoid surveillance. Public places will be watched by terrestrial cameras and even by satellites. Facial and voice recognition software, mobile phone position monitoring, smart transport, and other science-fiction like developments will together provide full and perhaps real time information on everyone's location. Homes and bodies will be subject to sense-enhanced viewing. All communications, with the possible exception of encrypted messages, will be scannable and sortable.
Clearly biometrics is entering mainstream and daily life. I'd expect to see biometric iris scans, digit pictures and fingerprints required for entry into most countries worldwide for all travelers regardless of nationality, during the coming decade. Japan has already started using biometric entry requirements much like their bigger cousin, America does.
Brazil retaliated against America's forcing Brazilians to have their digital pictures, fingerprints taken and iris scanned by Brazil doing likewise. However the fact of the matter is that the US government loved the idea and is requesting, off the record, copies of all Americans details that the Brazilian authorities are collecting.
Therefore it would appear to be a logical conclusion that sooner or later there will be worldwide databases swapping the biometric particulars of each and every world traveler regardless of nationality, between all countries.
Internal passports better known as national ID biometric cards will also proliferate. They are already in use in Malaysia, Singapore, all of Western Europe, and soon to be in Japan, Hong Kong, China, India and South America. Even Australia and New Zealand are brewing it's own home grown version for implementation in the near future.
Biometric passports are to continue to proliferate in spite of the fact that government issued biometric passports (and soon to arrive ID cards,) are not secure. So-called fully secured biometric UK passports have been compromised with all details of the holders revealed by a young man in the UK using a GBP 175 (US$330) mircochip reader.
More than 3 million Brits face having their 'secure' GBP 66 biometric passports compromised. It cost the UK government untold tens of millions of pounds to develop these biometric passports, yet they continually refused to listen to independent parties who kept telling them that they were insecure during development!
Gus Hosein, an expert in information systems at the London School of Economics, said: "This is stupid technology. If chips can be cloned they will be used in counterfeit passports." See http://www.guardian.co.uk/idcards/story/0,,1950229,00.html
As we move onto other matters, I'd expect biometric visas will be required for everyone, EU nationals, etc. for entry between all western countries, including all of the European Union, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Possibly the single greatest danger to our privacy and freedom of movement in the future may very well be radio frequency identification chips, better known as RFID chips. RFID chips are becoming so cheap to manufacture, their proliferation is bound to see their use everywhere; in food, books, paper money, passports, credit cards, shoes, clothing, luggage and even in the human body as is happening today.
VeriChip Corporation Chairman Scott Silverman, alarmed civil libertarians by promoting the company's subcutaneous human tracking device as a way to identify immigrants and guest workers in the US. He appeared on the Fox News Channel in May 2006, the morning after President Bush called for high-tech measures to clamp down on Mexican immigrants.
Privacy advocates are warning that a government-sanctioned chipping program such as that suggested by Silverman could quickly be expanded to include U.S. citizens, as well.
The VeriChip is a glass encapsulated Radio Frequency Identification tag that is injected into the flesh to uniquely number and identify people. The tag can be read silently and invisibly by radio waves right through clothing. The highly controversial device is also being marketed as a way to access secure areas, link to medical records, and serve as a payment device when associated with a credit card.
I believe the implanting of RFID chips in humans and the subsequent human tracking thereof, will become commonplace sometime in the not too distant future, perhaps within 10 to 15 years. In fact I believe it's inevitable and simply a matter of time. All it will take is another 'disaster' of sorts to scare the hell out of the Yankees and Brits into inserting them voluntary, naturally, at first, then the implanting into humans will become mandatory as with all government programs and polices that morph as such.
Another intrusive program, which requires an RFID chip inside the soon to be issued ID cards, was passed into law in May 2005 and is called The Real ID Act.
Staring May 11th, 2008 if you live or work in the United States, you'll need a federally approved ID card to travel on an airplane, open or retain a bank account, collect Social Security payments, or take advantage of nearly any government service. Practically speaking, your driver's license likely will have to be reissued to meet federal standards.
The real ID Act is basically a (US) national ID card. It has an RFID requirement for all US drivers license. This federal law is 'voluntary' for all states. However failure for any state to comply with The Real ID Act and that state or states will cease to receive any federal aid.
The "Real ID" Act requires states to issue federally approved driver's licenses or identification (ID) cards to those who live and work in the United States. REAL ID requires that driver's licenses contain actual addresses, and no post office boxes. There are no exceptions made for judges or police. even undercover police officers.
It will be nearly impossible for Americans to live without such an ID card. That creates a huge incentive for citizens and residents to get IDs and for states to comply with this unfunded mandate: If they didn't, their citizens and residents wouldn't be able to get access to any of the services or benefits Uncle Sam offers. Estimates of the cost of compliance range from $80 to $100 million, and IMO probably much more. Though initially states are to pay for this program, the cost, naturally, will eventually be passed onto the citizens, who, after all,, at the end of the day, pay for everything!
To get a new approved license, or to conform an old license to Real ID, people will have to produce several types of documentation. Those records must prove their name, date of birth, Social Security number; principal residence and prove that they are lawfully in the United States.
Chapter XVII - Hello, we're from the government and we're here to help you!
"The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes."
- Thomas Paine
Military weapons may not be considered, by some, to be privacy stealing technology. However I for one believe that newly developed military weapons can, will and are being tested by governments in order to control crowds, i.e. those citizens who wish to exhibit their right to peaceful assembly and protest.
It took a group using the Freedom of Information Act to delve into the darker corners of military research to discover some alarming "weapons" the military has and is using. There were 14 documents - eight are available for download (see below,) and as you progress through them you can see how the Air Force's testing involved from simple experiments on a few square inches of skin into fully fledged war games. Also, the cautious approach of early tests is gradually relaxed as experimenters gain confidence in the system's supposed safety.
The group requested all testing protocols for nonlethal weapons that involved humans, and they all related to the Air Force's Active Denial System, better known as "ADS."
Take a peek at what lays in store for Americans and Brits at home in the not too distant future if you happen to be on the unwelcome end of a protest. After all, hasn't the military ALWAYS tested their latest weapons in wars like Vietnam, Desert Storm One, and now in Iraq?
Booze and ADS Don't Mix
The experiments get more bizarre as they progress. One of the experiments involved giving the subjects carefully measured doses of vodka to see if it helped them withstand the pain. See: http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon3.pdf (1.4MB PDF).
ADS and Dogs
One test exposed military dog teams to the ADS' effects, apparently based on the idea that if the device is used for tasks like perimeter security, then there is a real risk of 'friendly fire' on dogs as well as humans. See: http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon6.pdf (2.7MB PDF).
The testing gets serious with an assessment of ADS in an urban environment, in which a whole range of scenarios are described. These typically involve a security force dealing with a red force of aggressors and a number of noncombatant bystanders. There's a traffic control point set up, route clearance and search and rescue, all of which give some idea of what the ADS is expected to achieve. See: http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon7.pdf (5.4MB PDF).
Sunblock Won't Block ADS
Sometimes it's the incidental detail which makes fascinating reading -- like the line in FWR-2006-001-H Military Utility Assessment of the ADS in a Maritime Environment which tells volunteers to wear sunblock. It won't have any effect on the ADS, but it should stop the volunteers from blaming their sunburn on the beam's effects the next day. It also mentions that the software used for modeling the pattern of the ADS beam was originally used for checking mobile phone coverage. More importantly, it tells us the safety factor for the ADS: A dangerous dose is approximately four times what anyone can stand. (Which is fine so long as you can get out of the beam: The test protocols specifies that the beam has to be turned off if anyone ends up in the water, as combined beam reflections off the water and the hull could otherwise be dangerous). See http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon8.pdf (8.5MB PDF).
Dodge the Beam -- Win a Blender!
The most surprising setup is the one described in F-BR-2006-0018-H Effects of exposure to 400-W 95-GHz Millimetre Wave Energy on Non-Stationary Humans - it's practically a future reality game show, in which the contestants have 3 minutes to cross a 'maze-like' course and get through a combination-locked gate to escape while multiple ADS beams are used to drive them back. See: http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon2.pdf (7.9MB PDF)
The ADS testing is certainly thorough. But is it enough? Here are eight of the documents obtained by Wired News that describe human testing of the ADS. Decide for yourself.
Human Experiments of a Nonlethal Weapon: The Documents
Protocol F-BR-2005-0057-H: Thermal Effects of Exposure to 400 W, 95 GHz, Millimeter Wave Energy http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon1.pdf (17.8MB PDF)
Protocol F-BR-2006-0018-H (#NHRC.2005.0016): Effects of Exposure to 400-W, 95-GHz Millimeter Wave Energy on Non-Stationary Humans http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon2.pdf (7.9MB PDF)
Protocol F-WR-2002-0024-H: Effects of Ethanol on Millimeter-Wave-Induced Pain http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon3.pdf (1.4MB PDF)
Protocol FWR-2002-0046-H: Perceptual and Thermal Effects of Millimeter Waves http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon4.pdf (2.2MB PDF)
Protocol FWR-2003-03-31 -H, Limited Military Utility Assessment of the Active Denial System http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon5.pdf (4.2MB PDF)
Protocol FWR-2004-0029-H: Effects of Active Denial System Exposures on the Performance of Military Working Dog Teams http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon6.pdf (2.7MB PDF)
Protocol FWR-2005-0037-H, Military Utility Assessment of the Active Denial System (ADS) in an Urban Environment http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon7.pdf (5.4MB PDF)
Protocol FWR-2006-0001-H, Military Utility Assessment of the Active Denial System (ADS) in a Maritime Environment http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/files/weapon8.pdf (8.5MB PDF)
Source - http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,72236-0.html?tw=wn_index_2
Chapter XVIII - Total Surveillance Society
[The purpose of the Constitution is to] "keep the government off the backs of people."
- Justice William O. Douglas
The first phrase in a Total Surveillance Society, I believe, would be mandatory RFID use for criminals in jail and or on parole. As this is already being tested in several US Federal prisons, I believe we have already arrived at this stage. Then of course sex offenders would be next in line to have mandatory chips inserted in them so they can be monitored at all times. Note that I didn't say pedophiles, I said sex offenders, which could mean anyone "accused" of masturbating in an X rated movie theater, [think Pee Wee Herman,] to being "accused" of stalking their ex.
Then the next logical phase would be RFID implantation into children. Of course it will be for your children's own safety, as you will read
in a moment. That is standard government hyperbole.
The fingerprinting of children starting at birth, or at the very least, upon entering public school (age 4 or 5?) is also highly probable in the US, as it has begun elsewhere. The next obvious step would be to insert an RFID chip in your infant, child, etc. in order to protect your child from potential pedophiles, a disgruntled spouse 'kidnapping' your child, or whatever. That would certainly be a logical move on the part of the governments brainwashing apparatus in order to promote the use of RFID chips implantation for human tracking.
Now if you don't believe this is possible, may I suggest you think again because the total surveillance and tracking of children has begun and is full steam ahead as far as the government is concerned.
In Maine, USA, elementary school children have already begun having their irises scanned in order to 'protect' them (as I mentioned earlier.) See http://www.bangordailynews.com/news/t/news.aspx?articleid=143451&zoneid=500
UK's Socialist government led by Tony Blair, has invested GBP 224 million in a database containing the details of every child in the United Kingdom. See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=HQT5HKNRY0KRTQFIQMGCFGGAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2005/12/09/nchild09.xml
This database - officially called the Children's Index - follows the horrific death of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie in 2000. She was tortured and starved by her aunt and her aunt's partner both of whom were later jailed for life.
It is hoped by the UK authorities that the index, which is due to be operational by 2008, will sound an early warning in such cases by recording health and other developmental information about all children.
The index - or those computer systems [think data bases] linked to it - will carry details of everything from vaccinations to whether a child is eating enough fruit and vegetables, or is struggling in the classroom.
This compulsory collation of such a plethora of information violates British and EU data protection and human rights law. The IT systems are also not secure, and 400,000 civil and public servants will have access to your child's and all children's information. Therefore UK ministers cannot possibly claim the gigantic database will be totally confidential. If any parent believes otherwise, I have a London bridge I can sell them!
This is an absolutely despicable program and runs adherent to everything I believe in regarding protecting ones privacy, especially children's privacy. I blame the parents and ALL adults for allowing this unabated assault, and that is exactly what it is an assault, against innocent children's privacy. Parents have once again handed over their own responsibly to the nanny state socialist/Marxist UK government and their stinking thinking bureaucrats and less than worthless leaders. You can be sure it is only a matter of time before such "indexing" of children starts in the united States.
I also believe strongly that biometric ID for all public school children will become mandatory in the very near future, both in the UK and the US. This has already been tested in both the UK and US and appears to be expanding. Governments realize that if they can brainwash the children as they are starting to, into believing this biometric ID card business and RFID chips are good for them, then all the government has to do is wait for a single generation to pass and voila, there you are; a total surveillance society without hassle.
An excellent book about RFID chips is called; "Spychips: How Major Corporations Plan to Track your Every Move with RFID." Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht are the authors. They did an excellent job drawing on patent documents, corporate source materials, conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing - and frightening - picture of the privacy threat posed by RFID technology.
DNA, the last frontier
DNA is probably the last frontier for the tracking of everyone's daily lives. It is a particularly powerful identifier. It is almost unique and (so far) impossible to change. A number of state and federal databases already collect and keep DNA data on felons and others.
The US government wants a DNA sample collected from every person arrested in the United States. Under this proposal, which I believe will become law sometime in the near future, DNA information would become part of a permanent, and sizable, national database. The FBI estimated that, in 2005, law enforcement agencies nationwide made about 14.1 million arrests. Remember 1 in 20 Americans will serve time in prison during their lifetime. Many more will be arrested!
Such a plan is far from unthinkable. The Icelandic government is considering a bill to compile a database containing medical records, genetic information, and genealogical information for all Icelanders.
In the UK the police are now taking DNA from everyone, guilty or not, arrested or brought in for questioning. This DNA information will NEVER be deleted from UK government databases. Once again the UK has the dubious honor of the UK police having more DNA samples than any other country. Over 5% of the UK's population is on the National DNA database compared to Austria, which has the 2nd largest proportion of the population on its police database at just over 1%. See http://www.genewatch.org/sub.shtml?als%5Bcid%5D=539478
Even children 12 years old or younger in the UK are having their DNA taken against their or their parents consent. See http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=397240&in_page_id=1766&in_page_id=1766&expand=true
Even if found innocent in the UK, your DNA is kept forever. See http://www.privacyinternational.org/article.shtml?cmd%5B347%5D=x-347-528475&als%5Btheme%5D=UK%20DNA%20Policy
Chapter XIX - Privacy's epitaph
"Knowledge is power and understanding that knowledge gives you absolute power over those who wish you didn't learn the truth."
- Dr. Walter Belford – Conversations December 2006
In December 2005 I wrote in my article, "The 13th Hour," "The time has come to draw a line in the sand and cross over to freedom or become a slave to the state forever." The 13th hour has come and gone. Today the sand in the hourglass is nearly depleted. Time is of the essence. Privacy's epitaph is being written by those who take it from you as you read these words. More and more people are becoming, unbeknownst to them, slaves to the state. After May 11th, 2008 millions more will become unwilling victims of a Terrocratic state. What are you going to do about it? That is the 64 thousand pound question, isn't it? What are you going to do about it?
Once again the futures outlook, as far as privacy is concerned, appears dismal if we don't act and act fast. I believe one needs to prepare themselves with the knowledge of what these programs really are, what they do, how they are afflicting us and our loved ones. Then and only then can we best determine a course of action, proceed and act accordingly.
I'm often asked for recommendations that I would make for the aspiring privacy seeker. My thoughts on this matter haven't changed much for some years, except today, time is rapidity running out for those who haven't gotten started in sorting themselves.
Privacy products, services and suppliers continue to dwindle, as the effort and costs to obtain, sustain and regain privacy become greater. With that in mind here are ten recommendations, not in any particular order of importance, I trust might guide and assist you:
1. Lower your profile. Conduct yourself in an impeccable manner. Don't conduct your affairs in a manner that will bring unwanted attention to yourself.
2. Don't do, or stop doing anything naughty.
3. Be fair and always leave something on the table for the other person. In other words don't be greedy.
4. Be squeaky clean in everything you do. In other words conduct yourself and act as if you were running for Prime Minister or president everyday.
5. Get a second passport, and try to make it a world class document if at all possible. Failing that, obtain a legal residency that will lead to a second nationality or marry a person that can offer you a second nationality via marriage to a citizenship of another country.
6. Get or start a portable trade that you can operate from anywhere in the world from a laptop computer with an internet connection.
7. Depart the country you currently reside, especially if you live in America and the UK. However do so by not breaking any laws. In this manner you will never have to look over your shoulder for the rest of your life and you'll be able to return to your original country to visit friends and relatives every year or so.
8. Financial - Be or become debt free and don't owe anyone money. Get rid of all credit card debt. Interest rates for credit cards are very high indeed, i.e. 10 to 20 percent interest per annum. Paying off your credit cards can offer you a good rate of return for your capital. Not easy to make a 10 or 20 percent return nowadays safely is it?
8a. Save 25% to 50% of everything you earn.
9. Always met your obligations on time and never make enemies if at all possible.
10. Last but not least be happy and healthy. In the event you are half as lucky as I am with a loyal, loving partner and family, you'll be the luckiest person around.
Chapter XX - The Times They Are a Changin'
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedoms of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
- James Madison
Ask yourself; are the government protections that we (allegedly) are receiving from these invasive programs and technologies, i.e. sniffers, whiffers, databases ad infinitum, worth the total lost of privacy and our liberties? I for one do not believe they are worth that horrific cost. Here's one very good reason why I believe these programs aren't worth that price.
In late November (2006) 33,000 airline passengers were caught in a radiation panic after Alexander Litvinenko, a lieutenant-colonel in the Russian secret police and a fierce critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, died from radiation poisoning in London. Litvinenko's wife and an Italian associate he met earlier the day Litvinenko was taken ill, were also found contaminated with radioactive poisoning.
Significant amounts of radioactive polonium 210 were found in his body. The 43-year-old became ill on 1 November after meeting two Russian friends at a central London hotel. Up to 33,000 British Airways passengers are being told to seek immediate medical advice after the investigation into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko uncovered traces of radiation on two commercial planes. Source - http://news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=1774162006
It is unconscionable that with today's intrusive
technology, radioactive material could be smuggled onboard an international flight and into London of all places! Heads should roll and we, the citizens, should NOT be the ones to suffer any additional lost to our rights as a result of gross government incompetence in this matter. Clearly, in spite of government best efforts (?), these programs are not working and we suffer accordingly. Lord only knows what new actions against our liberties will be taken as a result of this government debacle.
The times they are a changin'
Since 9/11/2001 Americans have not only seen their freedoms taken from them in a dreadful manner, but Americans have also experienced an unprecedented devaluation of their US dollar by a whopping 35% in just five years time! Worse, all that while the united States has been handing over to communist China in excess of one trillion USD in hard currency reserves, an astounding and IMO, an unsustainable amount of money. This trend is likely to continue according to the former World Bank chief James Wolfensohn.
During a Wallace Wurth Memorial Lecture at the University of New South Wales, Australia, Wolfensohn warned that Western nations must prepare for a future dominated by China and India, whose rapid economic rise will soon fundamentally alter the balance of power. According to Wolfensohn, within 25 years the combined gross domestic products of China and India would exceed those of the Group of Seven wealthy nations.
China is to become the world's largest economic entity by 2030, that's just 23 years from now! By 2050, China's current two trillion US dollar GDP is set to balloon to 48.6 trillion, while that of India, whose economy weighs in at under a trillion dollars, would hit 27 trillion, he said, citing projections by investment bank Goldman Sachs.
In comparison, the US's 13 trillion dollar income would expand to only 37 trillion - 10 trillion behind China.
"You will have in the growth of these countries a 22 times growth between now and the year 2050 and the current rich countries will grow maybe 2.5 times." - James Wolfensohn
History reveals that governments and their programs mushroom balloon and expand exponentially at the expense of the citizens. Clearly this is what's happening in America today as reflected in Wolfensohn's predictions above.
America's policies regarding its war on terror, drugs, immigration and crime have seen, and will continue to see America's wealth transferred to Red China and elsewhere. That wealth is your wealth and your children's children wealth too!
I believe that future US dollar depreciations greater than the past five years 35% USD devaluation are forthcoming. Do govern yourself accordingly my American readers! Learning to speak Chinese and buying gold might be good bets if you wish to preserve your capital and prosper during the next 23 years.
Remember that owning and holding physical gold offshore is NOT (currently) reportable to the US authorities!
Chapter XXI - Identity Thief
"Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order, to efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and the like."
- William O. Douglas - October 16, 1898 - January 19, 1980
The Thief of Privacy is not about identity thief. However any report regarding privacy would be incomplete without at least mentioning identity thief. The first thing we need to realize is that identity thief is a direct result of the big business and big brother programs, laws and technology written about herein.
In the united States [correct spelling] the fastest growing crime is identity thief. Nearly 1 in 20 persons have had their names stolen and the number is likely to increase dramatically as the laws, programs and technology mentioned in this report kick-in and expands [think REAL I.D. Act – May 11th, 2008.] That's what the authorities don't get; the more intrusive the gathering of your details are, the more revealing their programs, laws and technology become. As a result it will become exceedingly easier for naughty persons to steal even more identities and personal information. As there is no shortage of crooks in this world, this is certainly another reason why one should act accordingly and take the proper actions to guard and protect their privacy, or what's left of it.
Unlike in Frederick Forsyth's book and the original 1973 movie, "The Day of the Jackal," where the Jackal steals the identity of a deceased child in order to obtain a passport (in the dead infant's name,) most identity thief today is related to credit card fraud with the average lost being approximately USD 2,500. Trying to fix the problem with credit bureaus, etc. once it's occurred, is both tedious, stressful and time consuming. There is no shortage of horror stories regarding the hapless victims of identity thief.
In the UK the problem is not nearly as bad as credit bureaus and intrusive tracking is not yet as severe as in the states. at least so far. Therefore the numbers, percentage wise, of stolen identities in the UK are not nearly as appalling as in the US but are still causing considerable consternation amongst the UK authorities.
There are some interesting books about identity thief and disappearing, most of which are US orientated. However the majority of the techniques mentioned in those types of books can be thrown out with the bath water come May 11th, 2008, less than 16 months from now. That's when the REAL I.D. Act takes effect and the social security number will be mandatory for all state drivers' licenses.
For instance Arizona currently allows a person to keep their drivers license until age 65 without having to renew it. Arizona's expiration date at age 65 will be rescinded after May 11th, 2008 when Arizona will be forced to conform to the REAL I.D. Act and all previous drivers licenses that expire at age 65, will have to be reissued under the new REAL I.D. Act guidelines, i.e. DL's expiring in 5 years, etc.
So far the old style (non picture) UK driver's license are still valid for persons up until age 70 before renewal is required. However sooner or later a new UK law will be enacted forcing such DL's to be turned in for the newer picture, biometric type driver's license that currently expires in ten years!
I believe it is very dangerous for Americans to follow some of the advice and techniques espoused by such HOW TO prevent identity thief or disappear type books.
Under new or pending laws, John Doe warrants can and in fact have been issued for private storage lockers and private safe deposit box type businesses. These types of businesses normally do not require ID (or will accept camouflage ID,) to open a storage locker or safe deposit box and can be accessed via a code or pin number entered into a security box at the entrance of the establishment. [Note 7]
In fact and here's what those establishments don't tell you, in the past certain governmental alphabet agencies have issued John Doe warrants for various privacy safe deposit box and storage locker businesses in the US. ALL safe deposit boxes and storage lockers were opened and the contents photographed, listed on an inventory sheet and or confiscated without the owners (mostly) being informed. Pity the poor SOB who stashed their valuables and very private papers in such places thinking they were safe!
So the bottom line is that in spite of thinking such businesses can still offer privacy in America, you are sadly mistaken. There is NO more privacy in America, period.
Going offshore personally and with your valuables and personal papers may be the safest route to go if you wish to obtain or maintain true privacy. You can do it 100% legally without any current US reporting requirements and you won't have to waste your time playing games in America using or trying to use revocable or irrevocable trusts and or a Nevada Limited Liability Company (LLC) to "hide" assets, etc., all of which can be pierced by the authorities at their whim.
Remember going offshore for Americans can mean going to Canada where opening a safe deposit box at a major Canadian bank requires a passport copy only and NOT the disclosure of your social security number! But that is for a safe deposit box only. A SS number is required for Americans in order to open a bank account in Canada. Do govern yourself accordingly.
The bottom line is that in those types of HOW TO books they fail to mention the laws and subsequent consequences of Patriot Acts I and II (with III on the way.) That's a terrible oversight IMO which can greatly affect the reader. I've spent a great deal of time reading these new laws and believe I understand the consequences in the event one runs foul of them.
Such laws mandate, amongst other matters, that the "Opening, operating or use of ANY government service (and think of the thousands of government services you use in everyday life,) with NON US government issued ID is a (very serious) felony," and as such under Patriot Act I and II subjects one up to 25 years in the pokey for their first offense!
Under Patriot Act I and II it is a very serious felony in the USA to manufacture and sell non US governmental ID. In the event you are an unfortunate victim caught up in some "sting" operation in the states regarding alternate ID, then you could face serious criminal charges. Never mind that thousands of college age students use false ID, the fact of the matter is that it is against the law and they have broken it by purchasing it WITHIN the USA. It is, however, NOT currently against any existing laws to purchase alternative ID OUTSIDE the USA!
So do be very careful indeed when pursuing such ideas and so-called techniques in such "How To" books. They might sound great on paper, but in real life one may end up in very serious trouble as a result.
As the age old adage says, investigate before you invest is very good advice indeed! Remember a person can learn from their own mistakes, but a genius learns from the mistakes of others! Learning from a mistake of this potential magnitude, can avoid disastrous consequences.
Chapter XXII - Conclusion
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke
As a result of my research for this report, I have concluded that unless matters change drastically and very soon, all freedom loving persons especially Americans, who wish to preserve their liberties, should expatriate from America and possibly elsewhere before May 11th, 2008. Though the Americans and Brits bear the brunt of attacks on privacy and civil liberties, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, Western Europeans and the Japanese are also experiencing grave threats to theirs as well. Remember whatever happens first in America, is soon to be followed elsewhere in the world!
Those so inclined should become, at the very minimum, legal residents of a country other than where they currently reside. That's not to say you can never return to your home country. However you shouldn't return as a resident of your home country after that date and after expatriating.
May 11th, 2008 is the date when The Real ID Act becomes law and the subsequent US biometric ID cards, in the form of state issued driver licenses, will start being issued and become commonplace. After that date your biometric details [think iris, fingerprints, digital pictures and eventually your DNA,] will be required for all American's soon to be ID cards (driver's license) and recorded on countless databases. American's will be required to produce this biometric ID card in order to conduct themselves in their day to day affairs.
Life will never be the same for American's after May 11th, 2008. Your details will never be deleted from those databases and Americans will be tracked everywhere in the world from May 11th, 2008 onwards. forever. Even non Americans are and will continue to be affected by The Real ID Act and America's other tracking programs. You will be required to produce this ID card in order to prove who you are, in order to receive any government benefit or service, to open or keep a bank account and in order to get a job amongst other demands. The list goes on and on.
Do yourself a favor and invest ten minutes of your time viewing a revealing, tell all video called "Papers Please." "Papers Please" can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCLu83rppmA
I believe the crux of the matter is that we need to understand and realize that governments do not really change policies. Governments are not going to do anything to help you. They are going to maintain and expand these programs at your expense. They have their own agenda and damn
the torpedo's, its full steam ahead when it comes time to implementing and continuing their agendas. In spite of the fact citizens simply don't want the ID cards in the UK or in the US; they are being rammed down your throat. At the end of the day you are going to be forced to use ID cards and pay for their horrific cost to boot with no say in the matter. Every poll taken, very interview given to the man on the street, reveals the over whelming majority of the public dislikes and distrusts these government ID cards. This is not the way a democracy is suppose to work, is it?
Nor are governments likely to put a stop to, or rescind the many intrusive programs that are afflicting us in more ways than one, i.e. a loss of 35% in the value of the USD since 2001, as well as the horrific capitulation of our freedoms. Therefore, it would be a logical conclusion that if we are to protect our savings, lives and freedoms it is we who must change, as clearly your government will not.
At the end of the day, the good news is that one can still live a life free of government interference, control and monitoring. You can be happy, make money tax free and live life to the fullest, whilst staying off big brothers radar screen. I concede that it's certainly not as easy as before. Nor is it as effortless as we'd like, but it can still be achieved. if you take action sooner rather than later by structuring yourself legally and properly. Unless you surrender to the government and are willing to become its slave, what alternative is there other than to leave? Remember there is no gain without a little pain!
For some this might require having radical like surgery performed as I mentioned in the preface. That could entail moving your ass and assets along with your loved ones from where you live and work now, and relocate to another country. Eventually that will result with another citizenship and a 2nd or 3rd passport, whilst affording you the opportunity of being able to stick two fingers at your former authorities.
For some Americans and Canadians it might mean adjusting their present lifestyle and lowering their profile considerably, financially and otherwise. Alternatively it might require that they expatriate from where they currently reside. They could become a legal resident elsewhere by obtaining legal residency in a nearby country. For example Americans can become resident in Canada, Mexico or the Dominican Republic; Canadians may gain residency in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay or elsewhere, etc. and so forth.
Remember becoming a legal resident in any particular country does not mean you have to stay in that country 365 days a year! I believe that point is missed by many a person. Being resident requires that you reside in that country so many days per year period and abide by those countries laws. On the other hand, if you wish your time in country as a resident to count towards naturalization, then time in country each year is naturally of importance. How much time in country each year that eventually leads to naturalization will depend on the country concerned.
If you wish to remain in the united States after May 11th, 2008, so long as you do not drive an automobile, travel by bus, train or airplane, open or retain a bank account, need a job, social security, a passport or drivers license or any and all other government services, then you might stand a semblance of a chance and be able to avoid having to get Americans soon to be Real ID Act biometric ID card. After all you can always take a taxi if you need to get here and there and can afford them. That said with tongue in cheek, after May 11th, 2008 and without a Real ID Act biometric ID card, it will likely make living ones life exceedingly difficult in America. After all, isn't that the point? The government wants to make life so difficult for you, that you'll be happy to comply with the Real ID Act in order to maintain the status quo and live life as you use to, or thought you use to. Basically what the government is saying is; "Go along and get along, or suffer the severe consequence!"
Further another important point to ponder that may help you ease into expatriating is to realize that one is unlikely to get ahead working for anyone else. Therefore starting your own portable business [think laptop computer operated business,] could be a top priority for many. What kind of business that might be is not the subject of this report. However there are numerous books on the subject, some of which can be located online at http://www.edenpress.com/category.asp?index=1
Why Go Offshore?
There is a litany of reasons to go offshore. However if there is any one outstanding reason to go offshore (in addition to The Real ID Act,) it certainly WOULD be taxes!
If you are successful in business, have substantial financial assets, are high profile and or well know in your community, you are a target to your government, period. I once met a former US IRS "special agent". During the course of our conversation he revealed that he went driving around town and randomly wrote down the license plate numbers of high priced luxury vehicles and other vehicles of "interest." Then he'd return to his office and proceed with a fishing exhibition. He'd check on the owner of the automobile. First he'd see if they had in fact filed a TAX return. Then he'd see if they were current and whether or not they owed the IRS money in back taxes. Then he'd delve into how much money they declared as income and if in fact the income on their tax returns (signed under penalty mind you,) could justify the cost of a luxury automobile as he originally spotted, which caused the fishing exhibition in the first place. Pity the unlucky bastard who happens to be or have been "caught" in this fishing exhibition.
The former "special agent" also stated that this type of fishing exhibition was standard operating procedure for the IRS' special agents. [Note 6.]
The tax authorities in the UK, Australian, New Zealand, and of course Canada, are no better than the tax bandits in the US. They too surreptitiously go on uncalled for fishing exhibitions and you could be the target!
Assuming you have or can obtain a decent income from a portable trade operated via a laptop anywhere in the world with an internet connection, it could be of great benefit to yourself if you were to remove you and your assets to an offshore locale. My clients have successfully conducted business via the internet in Katmandu, Ulaanbaatar [think Mongolia,] Siberia Russia and some really out of the way and in the boon dock locales in China, in addition to numerous other off the beaten path cities around the world over the years.
In the event you could earn 25% to 35% LESS offshore than you do presently, you would still be way ahead financially. And that doesn't include the added benefit of saving your ass, assets and freedoms that being offshore offers. For instance, as an American, Canadian, Brit, Australian, New Zealand or European Union national, you would immediately save (in most cases,) a minimum of 33 percent of your current income in tax savings alone.
[Authors Note: For the sake of brevity in this section, I am calling the currency mentioned hereafter ZORDS! In other words instead of my writing US$, CN$, NZ$, EUR or GBP 1,000, I will write 1,000 ZORDS, etc. Zords equals whatever currency you use where you are.
I owe the word "Zords" to my young grandson. Whilst traveling with us on a world tour and trying his best to learn what currency we were using in that particular country that day, plus trying to figure out the exchange rate, he just started calling the local money "Zords." "How many Zords to a Euro is there Granddad?" he would ask me! I really liked that word Zords, and have been using it ever since.]
Let's say you currently earn 50,000 Zords per year. In most cases a minimum of 33% of your income is loss to taxes of one sort or another. By expatriating you'd legally save up to 16,667 Zords in taxes alone. That's a considerable savings if I say so myself. Therefore earning just 33,333 Zords offshore, the result would amount to you experiencing the same NET income you currently enjoy where you work and reside now! Toss in a higher standard of living offshore, at a LOWER cost of living than you're paying now, and clearly you can see that you would be way ahead of where you are now. assuming you made the move offshore!
If you're current income is 100,000 Zords, then double the savings, etc. The higher your income and assets, then the greater the benefits in tax savings you'll reap. Brits, European Union nationals, Australians and New Zealanders would experience even greater tax saving benefits as they are taxed at rates higher than 33%.
Americans have what is called The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Basically that law allows Americans to earn up to 80,000 Zords offshore without having to pay taxes on that amount. For a couple it is 160,000 Zords annually, quite a bit of earned income annually if I don't say so myself.
Amounts over those limits can avoid taxes being accessed if Americans structure themselves properly, i.e. having a bearer share company for amounts in excess of 80,000 Zords earned offshore per taxpayer.
Guilty of being rich and famous - the victimization of high profile people
I'd suggest in the strongest possible terms that you do not try to play games with the tax authorities, whilst you remain in your home country. The authorities are not stupid.
A recent example is Hollywood movie star Wesley Snipes. Snipes is in deep doo doo as he has been charged with tax fraud for not filing his income tax returns from 1999 to 2004 and conspiring with two other people to file two amended returns that claimed tax refunds of almost $12 million. If he is found guilty, Snipes faces up to five years in prison and a $200,000 fine per offense. That adds up to a possible 25 year sentence for Blade! See http://www.federalcrimesblog.com/2006/10/tax-fraudwesley-snipes.html
Wesley Snipes is just one of many high profile persons that the tax bandits have hounded, persecuted and crucified publicly in order to scare the public into paying their 'fair share' of taxes. Others in the past include:
Nicknamed the "Red-headed Stranger," country singer and actor Willie Nelson became friends with the IRS in 1993 when he settled a $16 million delinquent tax bill. The tax evasion nightmare began in 1990 for Nelson, which cost him nearly all of his personal belongings (which fans bought at auctions and gave back to him). Nelson also released the album "The IRS Tapes: Who Will Buy My Memories," and its profits were directed to the IRS.
In the late '60s jazz great Woody Herman's manager gambled away the band's income tax money. Herman told Artie Shaw, 'I'm going to be on the road for the rest of my life.' The IRS persecuted him to the point of selling his home in a tax foreclosure sale after Herman became an invalid after suffering an incapacitating stroke and was unable to continue working and therefore pay taxes any longer. However as a truly great jazz artist and human being, along with much integrity, Herman never complained and never held a grudge.
The IRS 'seized' his home and sold it for a fraction of its true worth at an IRS tax foreclosure sale, whilst Herman sat helplessly in his wheelchair watching. Herman died not long afterwards, homeless as well as penniless as a result of the IRS selling his home of 45 years.
That was the reward his government gave Herman, one of America's greatest artists and good will ambassadors.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In February of 1960, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested on charges of tax evasion for allegedly falsifying his income tax returns. He was acquitted in May with the support of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy.
Boxing promoter Don King was charged with tax evasion in 1991, but a mistrial was declared after one of the jurors admitted to reading an article about possible jail time for such an offense. He was later charged with nine counts of insurance fraud, of which he was acquitted.
Comedic Actor Richard Pryor tumultuous career included an arrest for tax evasion in June 1974. He served ten days in the Los Angeles County Jail for the offense, and teamed with comedian Flip Wilson to throw a benefit concert for the jail's 300 inmates soon after.
Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, co-owners of Studio 54, New York's most popular club in the 1970's, were found guilty of tax evasion in 1979. They served over a year in federal prison after admitting that they kept thousand of dollars in club revenue hidden. Mike Myers played Rubell in the 1998 movie "54."
World famous Tenor Luciano Pavoratti was convicted of tax evasion in 1999, and ordered to pay $11 million to the Italian Courts. He was again accused of tax evasion by his hometown of Modena in 2001. The opera star was acquitted of the charges and spared what would have been an $18 million fine. All of the above charges were brought against Pavoratti in spite of the fact that Pavoratti had legal residence, as well as a very expensive villa in Monaco, a tax haven.
Failure to pay four years worth of taxes left gangster Al Capone with multiple felony charges. In 1930, Capone was the first person prosecuted and convicted of income evasion in the USA. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison and an $80,000 bill. The conviction was seen as a means to charge Capone with crime since he managed to escape other charges.
Singer-songwriter Chuck Berry was charged with tax evasion in 1979. He pled guilty and was ordered to perform 1,000 hours worth of benefit shows after serving four months in prison.
Disc jockey Alan Freed, who coined the phrase "rock & roll," faced charges of tax evasion and commercial bribery in 1962 after accepting money from musicians in exchange for airtime. His suspended sentence of six months and a $300 fine would mark the end of his career. The side effects of negative publicity were such that no prestigious station would employ him ever again. He died aged 43, penniless and before seeing that he was elected into Rock & Rolls Hall of Fame.
After being charged with tax evasion in 1982, actress Sophia Loren spent 18 days in an Italian prison. Apparently, her husband's bets at sporting events weren't very profitable; he was also jailed.
Not wanting to be one of "the little people" who pay taxes, billionaire Leona Helmsley and her husband withheld millions in tax revenue. She was sentenced to almost two years in prison along with a $7 million fine in 1990. Rumor indicates that she had money smuggled into prison for the purpose of paying an inmate to be her servant.
In 1983, a then unknown Federal prosecutor at the time was Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani III. I recall vividly when Giuliani indicted financiers Marc Rich and Pincus Green on charges of tax evasion and making illegal oil deals with Iran during the hostage crisis, in one of the first cases in which the RICO Act was employed in a non-organized crime case. Rich and Green fled the United States to avoid prosecution; both were controversially pardoned by the executive order of President Bill Clinton in 2001.
Like Giuliani Federal prosecutors went after the Helmsley' with a vengeance that I hadn't seen in a long time. I remember thinking at the time," those prosecutor dudes are out to get themselves elected some public office at the expense of the poor bastards they're after.
Two esteemed attorneys, Alan Dershowitz and Robert Bork worked on Helmsley's appeal and in fact proved her innocence though the government didn't reverse the original guilty verdict. So much for justice in America! See http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_n22_v45/ai_14667462/pg_2 for more regarding this particular case.
U.S. Rep. James Traficant was convicted for, among other acts, racketeering and tax evasion. He was sentenced to 8 years in the pokey and is due to be released in 2010. He should consider himself a very lucky man indeed. He originally faced up to 63 years in prison. Upon release of such a sentence, Traficant would be 124 years old. Many unknown and low profile citizens face such horrendous long term prison sentences in the land of the not so free.
Spiro T. Agnew
Vice President from 1969-1973, Spiro T. Agnew pled no contest to one count of tax evasion in October of 1973. He received three years probation and a $10,000 fine to go along with his decision to resign. I meet one of the federal attorneys involved in Agnew's tax case. He confirmed that they didn't want Agnew as President in the event that Nixon was forced to resign, which was the driving force in getting rid of Agnew
Jerry Lee Lewis
Rock and Roller Jerry Lee Lewis fought the IRS over unpaid taxes, with tax agents even showing up at concerts to seize his pay, which he preferred in cash.
The above and countless other celebrities, who had the money and the very best tax attorneys to help them, didn't make out as perhaps they thought in their tax ordeal. So think about the poor bastards that didn't have the money to fight the tax sharks! They didn't stand a change and those already convicted of "tax crimes" are likely rotting in jail as you read these words.
So the point of the above is, do not try to be funny and play games with the authorities, whilst you remain in their jurisdiction. Remember, so long as you pay all the taxes the government says you owe, and comply with all the government laws, you shouldn't have any problem. And always remember that if you play by the governments rules, you're going to lose. Make you own rules by moving offshore, and you'll win!
In reference to ones finances and expatriation, there are several factors that you should be made aware of prior to moving offshore and expatriating:
1. If you're income and or total assets are 100,000 Zords or less per annum currently, think long and hard about earning 66% of your current income offshore and how you propose to earn it.
2. I would think that a current income of 50,000 Zords would be the minimum to seriously consider any move offshore. In other words an offshore income of at least 33,333 Zords would be required to maintain your current standard of living. That's about 2,775 Zords per month NET income, more than adequate for living a decent lifestyle abroad in most countries.
In fact I have numerous American clients receiving between 1,200 to 1,700 Zords per month in social security benefits and they are far
better off being offshore than when they lived in America. They have a higher standard of living than the same money would afford them in their home country, with a pocket full of Zords left over at the end of the month to travel hither and yonder! One has a new bride, 30 years his junior and another is having the time of his life chasing after lovely young lovelies!
By becoming a legal resident in a country other than your current country of residence and domicile, you could always return home to visit friends and relatives. This can be accomplished above board; all visits home could be conducted legally as a non resident for a maximum visit each year of approximately 90-179 days in most cases. This period of time varies and depends on your nationality and current country of residence. Be very mindful of time in (home) country when returning for a visit. Over stay by one day and you face losing your non resident status and be subject to taxation and worse.
You will also need to be quite careful about where you are domiciled. I suggest you conduct a search on the web for a clear understanding of what "DOMICILE" is, and what the difference between residency and domicile is. This can be a tricky question and could lead to potential problems in the future if you fail to structure yourself properly.
In essence, one needs to apply them self, have a logical plan of action and make realistic goals, then go for it. Yes you may have to make some tuff life adjustments, there's no question about that. But what price are you willing to pay to be free? More important, what is the alternative if you do nothing and continue living where you are with all the pending laws and technologies soon to be heaped upon you?
It's big world out there. Unless you get out there and explore it, you'll never know what you're missing. Nearly every one of my many consulting clients over the years that made the move offshore, are far better off today. They are happier with either a new partner, or have a much better relationship with their partner from their old world; have many new mates and new business associates; their finances are better due to little or no taxes and filing requirements. Plus an extra bonus is they are enjoying a higher standard of living than they ever thought possible or experienced in their old world. It took them time, effort and a little money, but they did it and you can too!
As Mark Twain said: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
There are a cornucopia of privacy products and services available from trusted providers like the publishers of this report. Today opportunities are still available, though admittedly decreasing as I write these words.
Traveling and investing your time and efforts in a country other than your own, or where you reside now, could end up being one of your better investments. Legal residency in an offshore locale offers you the prospect of legal naturalization and citizenship, i.e. a second passport in a few years time. Throw in saving thousands of Zords in taxes, meeting new friends, having the opportunity of a fresh start plus the possibility of meeting a new partner or even marriage (fast track to residency and a second nationality,) and you have an opportunity that very few others realize.
Why Offshore Residency?
There is a litany of reasons to become legally resident outside your home country;
- Have a second home overseas in a tropical country where they can live at or visit.
- Have a "safe haven" to escape to in the event of war or any type of civil unrest that may threaten their family.
- Actually live in another country permanently, perhaps after retirement.
- Relocate to a tropical, stable, safe country where it is very economical to live in comparison with most other developed countries such as the US , Canada , Europe , etc.
- Relocate to a more "tax friendly" country where foreign earned income, capital gains, and interest income is not taxed.
- Relocate to a country where frivolous lawsuits are not recognized by courts, and assets can be truly protected through a corporate shield, without the risks of "piercing the corporate veil".
- Relocate to a country where one can begin business operations economically, and without heavy restrictions, regulations, or taxes that hinder the growth of the business.
- Relocate to a country where real estate is still affordable for purchasing homes in the city or land at the beaches, mountains, lakes, etc.
- Wish to purchase a yacht in a tax haven and have your resident country become the "base" for the yacht while otherwise living aboard and sailing the yacht to wherever you desire. The purchase of the yacht in most instances would be sufficient to qualify for residency leading to citizenship.
For instance Canadians and Americans can obtain legal residence leading to naturalization in the nearby Dominican Republic. And DR residency is quite affordable I might add! DR residency goes through faster (say 6 months) and naturalization is easier. Little of your physical presence or time in country is required in the DR! I have some good contacts there now who are very reliable and get the job done in a timely and professional manner. The country is getting better, the economy is doing well and the whole place has been cleaned up substantially from just a few years ago. I also believe that the DR passport will soon become harder to obtain and more expensive in the near future. And by purchasing property in the DR, it can expedite citizenship matters to a great extent.
Though the DR passport is not the greatest for visa free travel, visas to Schengen, etc. are no problem to obtain if you have a few thousand Zords in the bank. In the case of Dominicans, visa regulations are mainly to keep out hookers and illegal job seekers. I believe I can offer a better level of service for residency in the Dominican Republic and access to it is much easier from North America and Europe. There are many direct low-cost flights from both European and North American countries and are available at knock down prices. One such carrier is called Condor. See http://www11.condor.com/tcf-us/index.jsp
Europeans can easily obtain residency in Portugal, as Portugal offers the easiest residency to naturalization program in the Western European Union. Five years residency along with learning enough Portuguese to answer a judge's questions when it comes time to become naturalized is all that is required. Naturalization in Portugal leads to a world class, worldwide visa free travel passport, one of the best passports in the world, bar none.
Portugal is also flexible as to the amount of time in country you are required to stay that leads towards Portuguese naturalization. Portugal also offers a high standard of living with possibly the least expensive living costs of all Western European Union countries. The world famous Algarve has beautiful white sand with some of the best beaches in Western Europe. The Algarve offers world class flats, condominiums, villas and estates for sale or rent. It is just a hop, skip and a jump to and from Spain from the Algarve.
Though prices in the Algarve area are not what they were a few years ago, other areas of Portugal are still offering real bargains in real estate properties.
Spain is another option as well. However Spanish law requires ten years residency before being able to qualify for naturalization. That's way too long IMHO.
Also please don't get caught with the misconception that by purchasing a Guatemalan or other former Spanish colonial country passport, that will guarantee you instant Spanish residency and eventually a Spanish Passport. That is a blatant falsehood and anyone offering such documents with that misleading information isn't very well informed.
The fact of the matter is that Spanish law dictates that a person MUST have been born in a former Spanish colony and NOT naturalized in one in order to qualify. Therefore anyone buying such instant passports is likely to get themselves into deep doo doo. Most such documents, at least that I am aware of, are made via the midnight shift method, [think after hours.] In other words a backhander (bribe) was involved with a government employee. Though such 'instant' passports might be registered on computers, they are not 100% legally issued.
In the event a blue eyed Gringo traveling on a Guatemalan or similar travel document, is stopped and questioned by immigration in Western Europe (or anywhere for that matter,) and they can't read, write or speak Spanish, an in depth investigation and calls to the host passport country would certainly be forthcoming.
Such a call to the host country would see government officials there verifying the passport holder's immigration file. What probably would be revealed in such an immigration file is that in lieu of the standard five years worth of paper normally required during residency (leading to naturalization,) only a few pieces of paper would be on file. Naturally the game is up at that point, and the passport holder would be arrested and all sorts of very serious charges could be brought against that person, including possible terrorist charges. Caveat Emptor!
France offers the best real estate bargains in Western Europe. Five years residency in France leads to naturalization and French citizenship, with probably the best or one of the best passports anywhere.
A proliferation of low cost airlines throughout Europe has been taking place over the past few years, so now one can fly to and from most any country in Western Europe in 2 to 3 hours for a hundred Zords or even much less, if you're flexible as to depart and arrival times and using out of the way airports. Easy Jet http://www.easyjet.com/EN/Book/ and Ryan Air http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/ are just two of numerous low cost carriers available in Europe today. Monarch Airlines offers low cost airfares to and from the Algarve. See http://www.flymonarch.com/cnt/destinations/algarve-flights.asp
Canadians, Brit's Australians and to a lesser extent New Zealanders, should seriously consider expatriation. Brit's Australians and New Zealanders can easily relocate to Asia. Though obtaining a second passport (legally) from an Asia country is neither easy nor recommended other than for banking purposes [think banking passport,] Asia offers a cornucopia of opportunity for long term residency or just an enjoyable 3 month visit once a year or so.
Central and South America
I've never been crazy about living in Central or South America , though admittedly I enjoy a visit every once and a while. That said probably most readers may be aware that Panama , Costa Rica , Paraguay and Brazil , amongst other countries in the region, offer fairly easy residency and thereafter, naturalization and passports. The cost of living in the region is modest though speaking the local lingo would be necessary in most instances.
In all the years I've been in the offshore business, I have never met, known or heard of a single legal resident in Costa Rica who eventually became naturalization, and thus became a CR citizen and received a legal CR passport.
Retiring in Costa Rica - Pensionado and Rentista Residency
If you are planning to retire, Costa Rica might be for you. If you have a pension of at least US$600 per month or an investment income of at least US$1,000 or more and or a similar retirement income then you may qualify for either RENTISTA RESIDENCY or PENSION RESIDENCY. This program is governed by Law No. 4812
Check with your nearest Costa Rican consulate for the latest particulars and requirements.
The Panamanian government has created several laws which enable foreigners to obtain legal Panama passports and residency. Most of these laws have been created to promote foreign investment in the country which benefits the local environment or local economy of the Republic of Panama .
Below I have briefly listed several immigration programs which offer permanent residency leading to passports, as well as several that are designed as work visas only.
Immediate Panamanian Passport Program
This program allows foreigners to obtain immediate Panamanian
Passport under the condition that they make a 5 year time deposit (certificate of deposit - "CD"), at the Banco Nacional de Panama, which earns a minimum of US$750 per month in interest income.
Tourist Pensioner Visa - Turista Pensionado
This visa is designed for persons whose pension from a Government entity or private corporation is $500 or more ($600 or more for a couple).
It is granted indefinitely and includes benefits such as a one-time exemption of duties for the importation of household goods (up to $10,000) and an exemption every two years of duties for the importation of a car.
Private Income Retiree Visa - Rentista Retirado
This visa is for persons who despite not receiving a monthly pension, are no longer working and have a lump sum which may be deposited on a 5-year Certificate of Deposit with the National Bank of Panama, yielding at least $750 a month (at current rates approximately $225,000).
The visa is renewable every five years, so long as the Certificate of Deposit keeps being renewed.
The Private Income Retiree Visa includes such benefits as a traveling Panamanian passport (does NOT grant nationality); a one-time exemption of duties for the importation of household goods (up to $10,000) and an exemption every two years of duties for the importation of a car. The passport needs to be renewed every five years.
For more information regarding Panama residency programs, contact the publisher at email@example.com
A lot of good things can be said about Brazil . It is the regions leading economic power and there are hundreds of millions of people there. The cost of living is reasonable and outside the filthy and overcrowded large cities one can have a decent life style.
There is no shortage of lovely young lovelies in Brazil, albeit unless you speak decent Portuguese communicating can be testing and stressful at times. Living in Brazil might not be for everyone and in general not recommended. Petty crime is out of control and the kidnapping of foreigners, as well as elsewhere in the region, has become a common source of income for organized gangs.
The above said, a passport from Brazil offers an excellent low profile traveling vehicle from a respectable country. Once you obtain Brazilian residency you do NOT need to remain 24/7, 365 days per year in country. In and out traveling is quite flexible but a Brazilian citizenship at US$100,000 might be beyond the reach of many persons.
I think that the Paraguay South American OPTION is something worth considering. Compared to a hundred grand for Brazil , Paraguay is a bargain.
The legal fees for a single residency in Paraguay are Eur 25,000. Husband and wife are Eur 40,000. For very large families after the second document, the price for children is less. Unfortunately children of any age must have their own passports and may not be included on parents' documents. Costs are somewhat more expensive for Asian and Middle Eastern nationals.
Paraguay Passport by Residence Program
Passport is good for travel to Central and South America and all of Europe visa free.
- No personal income tax!!
- Free exchange of currency--can have U.S. dollar accounts
- Cheap land and a beautiful country
- Only 3 years to apply for Citizenship and Passport and on first visit down can get Cedula, Permanent Resident Card valid ten years and a Drivers license.
- Good foreign banks that with an account you can get a visa card and US dollar accounts
- Part of Mercosur, so free trade and travel to Brazil , Argentina , Uruguay and Associate members Chile and Bolivia
- Medical Certificate
- Police Certificate
- Marriage documents
- Copies of passport
# 2, 3, 4 and 5 you will need notarized and then a notary flag from the courthouse.
If # 4 is certified you don't need the notary. Then all documents are sent to the Paraguayan consulate to be legalized.
There is no shortage of decent countries to select from in Asia. Previously Thailand was a top choice for my clients. However recently immigration laws changed which now limit foreigners from staying in country for more than 90 days at a shot. Previously one could take a boat across the Mekong River into Vientiane, Laos for a few minutes or a night, then turn around and go back into Thailand for another 90 or 180 days, then repeat the process, etc. etc. and so forth.
However today, Thailand's new immigration law dictates that a foreigner, after staying 90 days aggregate in country, is not allowed back into Thailand for another six months. In other words you can stay in Thailand for 90 days (without a residency permit or a marriage visa through a Thai spouse.) However after staying 90 days, you have to depart the country and stay out of Thailand for six months before returning to Thailand for another 90 days.
You can thank John Mark Karr for those recent Thai immigration law changes. Karr, who claimed he murdered six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey but didn't, had been staying in Thailand easily for some years. As a result of all the negative publicity Karr brought about Thailand, i.e. how easy it was to stay in Thailand, naturally the Thai government "had to do something." That something was the above immigration law changes.
Malaysia might be a good bet for some. It has a laid back population with very favorable residency laws and offers excellent infrastructure. There are several cyber (internet) cities throughout Malaysia and starting a business is not much of a hassle. There are plenty of lovely beaches and though the country is predominately Muslim, they are very moderate and highly tolerant of Westerns. Foreigners are welcomed with open arms and wallets. The cost of living in Malaysia is quite affordable and the bigger cities offer a respectable standard of living.
Malaysia offers an excellent 5 year residency visa called "My Second Home." The Malaysian Government welcomes foreign nationals (except Israel, Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro,) to stay in Malaysia on a long term Social Visit Pass under the "MALAYSIA - MY SECOND HOME PROGRAMME" and the duration of stay is for a period of five (5) years with a Multiple Entry Visa.
If you place a 5 year deposit that earns interest of approximately US$28,000 or 100,000 Malaysian Ringgits, voila you're Second Home free!
The requirements for this 5 year visa are easy to meet. In fact you can even apply online for this residency visa at http://ivisa.imi.gov.my/my2home/My2Home.jsp
The one drawback, as with ALL legal residency programs, is that the government issues an ID card for its non citizen residents. To the best of my knowledge the residency programs I mention in this report, as of this writing, are NOT forwarding such ID cards details back to the individual's home country. However as with all government policies, they are always subject to change.
For full particulars on the My Second Home 5 year visa program see MY Second Home
Though Singapore is clean and modern, it is too sterile IMO for anything other than a 30 day visit or so. That said Singapore is bringing to town gambling casinos a la Las Vegas style, which are bound to change that tiny city/nation state. The cost of living is certainly not as inexpensive as other Asia cities, but it is still affordable IMO, at the upper end of the cost of living scale.
Like other countries, Singapore has a residency program. See http://www.mfa.gov.sg/content/mfa/index.html
Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong are even more expensive than Singapore. As with Singapore, the average PT
might find it difficult in those societies to be as free as they'd like to. Other than Hong Kong and Singapore, English is no longer as widely spoken as in years pass in those countries.
Other than Bali, the rest of Indonesia is not so Western friendly, though westerns are tolerated. The cost of living is fairly reasonable but becoming resident is not recommended. Anyone considering living long term in Indonesia, unless it's in the Bali beach area, should visit and rent a place for six months before making any permanent move. The infrastructure is getting better but it is still not up to first world standards.
The Philippines offers some advantages, especially there being no shortage of lovely young lovelies readily available looking for a way out of persistent poverty. The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. That said not everyone speaks English fluently, but at least you will be able to communicate with the general population without too much stress.
Around the former Subic (US) naval base area, you can meet many former and now retired GI's. The infrastructure in Olongapo City, where Subic is located, is acceptable. Olongapo City is approximately 127 kilometers North of Manila, or at least 2 to 3 hours drive time depending on traffic, which IMO is terrible with only Bangkok traffic being worse. Manila, Olongapo City and a rare few other major cities in the Philippines offer excellent services for expats. However the rest of the Philippines in general suffers from infrastructure problems as well as having been left behind economically as other Asian nations have surged ahead financially over the last 35 years.
Millions of Filipino's, about ten percent of the population, are what is called Overseas Workers, working everywhere from the USA, to Saudi Arabia Dubai and are even maids in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Korea.
My how times change. Forty years ago the Philippines was the second wealthiest nation in Asia, with only Japan ahead of them economically. Fast forward 40 years and now the Philippines is the second poorest nation in Asia with Bangladesh having the dubious honor of being the poorest!
In spite of all of the above, don't be put off visiting the Philippines as the country certainly merits a visit or possibly more! The Philippines, like most other countries, has a residency program called, "The SPECIAL RESIDENT RETIREE'S VISA (SRRV)." For full particulars see http://www.immigration.gov.ph/srrv_info.php
Basically if you deposit US$50,000 into a Philippine government approved bank account, you'll earn some (small) interest on your money during your residency in country. The funds can also be invested into a locally approved government program, should one wish to take on the risk such an adventure in the Philippines offers.
Compared to Malaysia's $28,000 residency deposit requirement, I personally feel that The Philippine government is asking way too much money for their residency requirement deposit. That said some of my clients have informed me that one may not need to become a legal resident there. They have informed me that one can stay up to one year in The Philippines, subject to having their visas extended every 30 to 60 days or so. Visa extensions can be handled via most local travel agencies for a fee of around US$50 to $75 per extension. If you plan on visiting this marvelous country consisting of 7,107 islands, be sure to obtain a 59 day tourist visa before departing home base. Otherwise you are only granted a measly 21 day stay upon arrival and extensions can become expensive and stressful after a while.
South Africa was formerly my favorite play ground. However crime is a real problem today and prices have risen considerably these past years. Therefore I regrettably have to say that a visit of up to three months can only be recommended (per year,) though owning a flat, apartment or condominium in Cape Town or Durban might not be a bad investment, especially if you are an avid golfer!
Though South Africa has a residency visa program, (see http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/services_foreigners.asp?topic=permanent) it is not recommended as staying for three months at a shot is as good as it gets there nowadays.
Some associates rave about the Baltic States, for instance Latvia or Estonia, etc. Though there are more than plenty of lovely young lovelies there, communicating in English is experienced with great difficulty and can be exasperating to say the least.
Turkey and other countries in that region, including Croatia, offer some real estate bargains with excellent villas on or near the water. However for me the language barrier and trying to get anything accomplished can be very stressful and, drawn from my own experience, mostly a waste of time. For my two euros worth, I'd rather visit those countries for a few weeks or months at a time and rent a place or stay in a luxury hotel and be looked after properly rather than committing myself to some long term and perhaps undesirable real estate investment problems. Legal residency is not recommended unless you marry a local.
No discussion regarding residency would be complete without mentioning Dubai. Probably one of the, if not the best bet today for legal residency would be Dubai. Dubai has more construction going on than any other city in the world. There are more apartments, condominiums and houses being built than you can shake a stick at. The infrastructure is world class and Dubai offers a relaxed, laid back city with a culture that includes hundreds of thousands of foreigners.
Though obtaining or wanting a passport from this Emirate is extremely difficult if not impossible to obtain for a foreigner, even if they are married to a UAE national, residency is easily obtainable. Starting with as an investment of US$19,000, you can be guaranteed legal TAX FREE residency status in a remarkably short period of time. Starting a business is a piece of cake and opportunities are bountiful.
A visit to Dubai is a must for any PT or wannabe PT. An excellent report about Dubai is called "The Dubai - Tax Free Residency Report". See http://www.ptshamrock.com/dubai.htm for full particulars.
Citizenship via ancestry or marriage
Don't forget about the possibility of citizenship via ancestry or marriage. If you are married to or get married to a foreign national and reside in his or her home country, the naturalization process is, in many cases, speeded up and somewhat faster than the regular residency leading to naturalization timeframe. For instance, if married to a British national, naturalization could come in as little as 3 to 4 years, subject to how many are in line in front of you. France may be a better bet, as unlike their soon to arrive British ID card, France's ID card is really voluntary and offers probably one of the best if not the best passport in the world.
Citizenship via ancestry is an excellent vehicle for acquiring a second nationality and a valuable 2nd or 3rd passport. If you or your spouses parents, and in some cases grandparents, were born in Ireland or possibly a few other Western European nations, you might be able to obtain citizenship via ancestry. Ditto if you happen to be Jewish. Check with you're nearest consulate or embassy of the country in question for their current naturalization via ancestry, religion or marriage requirements. More information about citizenship via ancestry or marriage can be found at http://www.ptshamrock.com/auto/passport.html
Diplomatic Appointment & Passport
As to passports for sale, there are, to the best of my knowledge, only two countries offering a truly legitimate diplomatic appointment and passport. And that includes diplomatic passports and license tags for your immediate family as well!
Both countries are located in the Southern African region, but they are NOT South Africa . You are expected to assist the host country by promoting it and offering services. For example host a trade booth at a travel trade fair in Frankfurt , Germany ; use your home or apartment as a local consulate, and host visiting dignitaries, etc. A personal visit to meet the head of state is mandatory as the head of state and only the head of state grants any appointment. Bear in mind that this is the real McCoy, so if you want a diplomatic appointment and passport, you must be willing to give something in return for an appointment.
FYI here is the final protocol and procedure for these diplomatic honours.
1. Client pays non-refundable deposit and submits his motivation
2. Government checks docs and confirms they can do.
3. Client visits country for personal meetings and interviews
4. Government confirms appointment but does not issue
5. Documents are forwarded to client's country of residence for acceptance by that gov.
6. Resident country confirms their acceptance of client to issuing country
7. Issuing government issues official appointment to client
8. Client meets residence government and receives exequatur documentation
So if you are ready, able and willing to do something for one of these countries and are in a position to pony up Eur65,000 plus travel expenses to and from the host country, a diplomatic appointment and passport could be a very serious and profitable undertaking that could reap huge benefits for the serious player!
Cards and such
An anonymous ATM card or two came in very handy for me during my questioning from the "men in the crew cuts, i.e. the HS thugs as previously mentioned. Ditto for having an anonymous mobile phone and anonymous offshore sim chip, i.e. telephone number. Therefore you might want to think about acquiring these privacy type products as they are certainly worth their weight in gold.
A couple of trusted mail drops in several different cities and countries would be of great use for most privacy seekers. A Panama or other bearer share company can also come in handy for banking purposes. Americans may be able to get around filing requirements by using a banking passport for offshore banking purposes along with a decent bearer share company and offshore bank account with internet banking facilities.
Remember an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Don't be like so many who will wait until the doo doo hits the fan when it will be too late to act. They aren't "PT'ing", i.e. preparing themselves and it will simply be too late to save their arse. Subsequently they will suffer the consequence for their failure to PT, prepare thoroughly.
I have a little analogy about privacy, freedomand taxes that I like to use especially for Americans and Brits. It's sort of like the greatest ship of it's time, the Titanic. There were clear warnings of icebergs to the captain and the crew (think elected government officials). Yet the captain (leaders) ignored the warnings and it was full steam ahead.
Then the ship hit an iceberg and most of the people were misled or lied to about the danger because there weren't enough lifeboats for everyone. Most went down with the ship or froze to death in the icy waters, which turned out to be the greatest maritime disaster of its time.
However those that took heed of the danger EARLY enough to get their loved ones and themselves onto a lifeboat survived and went on to prosper.
I believe the same holds true today with one's loss of privacy, freedoms and devastating taxes. Those who are obtuse about what is happening to their freedoms will go down with the ship, and it will go down one day. Sooner or later, just like every other great civilization, America will cease to be the great power it is today.
I would like to leave you with the following thought challenging quote. Considering it was made nearly 170 years ago, it is more than adjuratory to heed its advice.
"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government."
- Andrew Jackson: Farewell Address, March 4, 1837
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- In 1938 the united States supreme Court ruled that the "Common Law" was now "statutorized," and no longer existed as a separate system of law (that's why they'll not accept any legal precedent that predates 1938). As a result, when you appear in a " Merchant Law Court " the U.S. Constitution has no effect, and you have NO Rights! You are now under the jurisdiction of the Uniform Commercial Code! See http://www.worldnewsstand.net/freedom/ucc1.htm
- The united States of America is the correct spelling and that united is not spelled with a capital "U". See http://www.maildropnet.com/products/yourcitz.html
- The IRS has the power to gain full access to your bank account at any time, without your permission, knowledge or a legal warrant. See http://www.maildropnet.com/products/buck.html
- The US flag with the gold trim seen at US federal court's, federal offices and federally funded schools, is NOT old glory, rather it's an admiralty flag. To see old glory, the real American flag, visit http://www.maildropnet.com/products/notamericanflag.html
- Every U.S. ATM, credit card and cash transaction is being monitored by Echelon, FinCEN and other government authorities. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_Crimes_Enforcement_Network
- The IRS is only an administrative agency and has no legal enforcement power and that there is NO legislative regulation making personal income taxes mandatory. Source
- According to in-house memos now circulating, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued orders to banks across America which announce to them that "under the Patriot Act" the DHS has the absolute right to seize, without any warrant whatsoever, any and all customer bank accounts, to make "periodic and unannounced" visits to any bank to open and inspect the contents of "selected safe deposit boxes." Source - http://www.laborlawtalk.com/showthread.php?t=100405
- In most but not all instances, the author has indicated links to the appropriate source for reference to the point made or written about herein.
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