Current Shamrock Missive

From the Publisher's Desk
February 2010

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person
doing it."
- Ancient Wisdom


Your right to travel may soon be impeded!

PT Shamrock presents Part II, the conclusion of this first time interview with Dr. Freeman.

London born Charles Freeman spent much of his twenties backpacking his way around the world seeking adventure. By age 29 he had been employed in over 40 jobs including factory work, English language teacher, night club bouncer, salesman, perfume dealer, writer and running his own picture framing business.

Starting in 1991, and with minimal capital, he began dealing in property. Within just 6 years he had built up a multi million pound property empire. He became a self made millionaire with homes in Spain, South Africa, Thailand and a fourth undisclosed locale. Dr. Freeman retired from the property business and became involved in the second nationality/passport business by fluke.

As the former publisher and editor of THE FREEDOM, WEALTH AND PRIVACY REPORT, a newsletter for millionaires both current and prospective, Dr. Freeman enjoys helping others achieve wealth and freedom. Dr. Freeman is the author of the best selling and recently revised "How to Obtain a Legal Second Passport." He is currently traveling the world looking for new opportunities during this financial downturn, whilst assisting a select few consulting clients.

PTS = PT Shamrock
DCF = Dr. Charles Freeman

DCF - That was a lovely lunch Shamrock. Thank you.

PTS - Our pleasure. Please bring our readers up to date on the privacy situation around the world as you see it.

DCF - It's very distressing to say the least. Since 9/11/2001 the UK has become a police state with the United States very close behind. Both the UK and US are becoming more like the former USSR regarding privacy or rather the lack thereof, every day. The latest egregious assaults on the Constitution in America, particularly the complete evisceration of the Fourth Amendment, should cause considerable consternation to every American, US resident's and all freedom loving peoples that care or should care about their civil liberties and right to privacy.

Clearly every aspect of the unfolding police state in the UK and America is exfoliating before our very eyes. If one can't see this happening, then they should stop reading this interview and visit here!

I recently read where one American, security expert Roger Thompson, whilst traveling abroad discovered that he had to talk to his bank's credit card security department at the time of checking out of a hotel. The credit card issuing bank declined his card charges overseas as the card holder failed to advise them he was going abroad.
To his great dismay, not only did the card holder have to answer the normal date of birth, mother's maiden name and similar questions, but he also had to answer some very delicate questions about his relatives, information of which the card holder never placed on his application form at time of application for this credit card.

To make a long story short, that credit card company as well as many other companies in the United States, are tracking and cross data basing card and customers using information obtained via FaceBook, MySpace and other similar social-networking sites, hence putting together a horrendous amount of personal material for each person in
the United States on dozens, if not hundreds of data bases, easily available to nearly anyone in the USA or around the world!

Frankly if you live in the UK or the USA today, you should have no expectations of privacy. Privacy as we knew it, no longer exists in America or the United Kingdom! It's very sad for me to have to say that, but it's the truth and sometimes the true hurts.

[Editor's note: That article is located at
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142265/Bank_s_antifraud_tactics_stun_security_expert?taxonomyId=17
[***begin article***

Whilst security expert Roger Thompson was checking out of a Hilton hotel in London, he was informed that his Visa card had been declined due to suspicions it was stolen. That situation got more disconcerting when he learned the bank that issued the card had more personal information on him and his family members than he ever imagined.

In a tale he relates in his blog, Thompson, chief research officer at AVG, said he was compelled to answer questions on the phone from a Wachovia Bank representative in its fraud-prevention division to prove he was really Roger Thompson and not a credit-card thief checking out of the London hotel.

It turns out Thompson's Visa card was flagged and suspended because he hadn't told the bank he was traveling overseas, a requirement he didn't know the bank had. But the "scary bit" about it all, he says, is that the bank fraud-prevention representative didn't just ask him to give the correct answers to questions such as his mother's maiden name, which he had provided to the bank for fraud detection purposes, but also a host of other questions about his daughter-in-law that he had no idea it knew.

"I was in shock," Thompson says about what he found out that Wachovia Bank had stored "at their fingertips" related to his daughter-in-law -- information Thompson thinks the bank may have found out through Facebook. "They used her maiden name, they knew she was my daughter in-law, they wanted me to best describe the age range for this person," Thompson says, adding that he was in "shock and indignation" about how they would know all this, including how long she was married.

The bank fraud-prevention representative indicated it was all "publicly available information," he says. At the hotel on the phone, Thompson answered the questions about his daughter-in-law, the bank lifted the suspension on his credit card, and he paid his bill and left for the airport.

Thompson says he wracked his brain to figure out where the bank may have gotten this information about his daughter-in-law but he could only reason it was from Facebook, where she's a friend.

Thompson, a security expert with decades of experience in identifying malware, fraud and hacker exploits of social-networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, says he doesn't see this as an issue around Facebook per se. Rather, this is about what kind of data that corporations may be collecting from Facebook or other social-networking sites -- if they are. He adds this strikes him as a serious data-privacy issue, and he notes that if a bank has this kind
of database information on him, "they probably have it on you, too."

Wachovia, now owned by Wells Fargo, wasn't immediately available for comment on whether they do harvest information from social-networking sites for purposes of fraud detection or where they are obtaining personal information of this type not voluntarily provided by a customer. ***end article***]

PTS - Yes it's very sad indeed. But most important what can our readers do to retain or regain their privacy and civil liberties?

DCF - If they're happy with their lives, happy to have given up their civil liberties and freedoms in exchange for their government's "protection" against terrorist and all the bad guys your government says there are; if you like where you're living and not willing to give up some of your creature comforts; are willing to comply with each and every law and pay all the taxes their governments say they owe, then they should continue living where and how they are.

On the other hand if they don't like what's going on in their country then they should leave. It's really that simple. Excuses simply don't cut it anymore as time is running out rapidity for privacy seekers around the world. The authorities in the US, UK and most other western nations have seen to it that there are no gray areas any longer regarding privacy, period. And that's an understatement too!

If one does make an exodus, family can always visit you abroad can't they? If you don't break any laws you can leave legally now and one can always return to their former homeland to visit friends and loved ones can't they?

PTS - Yes of course they could. What tools or products could one obtain and use to protect them?

DCF - I don't think you need to be a rocket scientist to realize most of these things. An offshore bank account in multiple currencies is a must, even if it's reportable to your government so you remain totally legit. Your capital will be elsewhere out of the control of your home government and in theory safe. Having a reasonable amount of one's assets in gold isn't a bad idea. The long term trend for gold if up, whilst the long term trend for currencies is down.

Of course a second nationality and possibility even a third nationality, is ones best insurance policy... just in case! A second nationality, especially for Americans, can open investment and many other opportunities previously unavailable to them, whilst providing a legal safety net and escape vehicle to another life and freedom elsewhere other than their homeland.

Use pgp encrypted email for secure email communications. Don't make any sensitive calls to/from your home or mobile phone. An offshore credit card can come in handy, especially when one travels outside their home country as in the case of security expert Roger Thompson previously mentioned.

For private web or internet browsing an anonymous proxy works best. Tor (www.torproject.org) is free and an excellent product. There are other similar products but they usually have a cost to them. That said I do suggest that any of your readers who do download and use Tor to make a small donation for this excellent product at Tor's organization site.

Use cash, money orders, cashier cheque's, postal orders and or prepaid credit/debit cards for sensitive purchases. Understand that every move you make personally, financially and especially whilst communicating, is being recorded and placed on dozens, perhaps hundreds of databases. Therefore one really needs to act accordingly in order to protect themselves and their day to day dealings.

PTS - Well if you're not doing anything illegal, then why should one have to worry about such things?

DCF - There's an old government cliche, "Well, if you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about?" Plenty I tell you, plenty! Here's one of my favourite quotes, which speaks for itself on this subject:

"There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live-did live, from habit that became instinct-in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized." - George Orwell

Least we forget 1984 was published in 1949, more than 60 sixty years ago! I wonder what George Orwell would think today?

PTS - Indeed those words were very prolific.

DCF - Yes they were and remain so.

That quote aside, the answer to this question might best be answered if your readers were to read a few books or reports that I'd recommend. The report "Bye Bye Privacy" makes for an excellent read and explains in baby talk why privacy is essential to everyone. The report is free, very informative and contains a great deal of useful information. Therefore I recommend anyone reading this interview who hasn't already, obtain a copy of "Bye Bye Privacy" and read it. [Editor's note: You can download this free report at http://www.ptshamrock.com/secret/byebyeprivacy.html

Although Michael Hyatt's "Invasion of Privacy" was published some years back, it's an excellent read offering valuable information and very good insight on how governments and others operate relating to privacy.

PTS - Where might one obtain a copy of "Invasion of Privacy"?

DCF - More likely than not via Amazon.com or any similar online book store for around twenty US dollars.

PTS- Any other important privacy information our readers should be alerted to?

DCF - The answers to that question would take several interviews. However just recently signed into law, and very alarming to say the least, Executive Order 12425 has some very disturbing consequences. In a nut shell Executive Order 12425, signed into law by US President Barack Hussein Obama on December 17th, 2009, placed the United States of America under the authority of the international police organization known as Interpol, granting the organization full immunity to operate within the United States.

What exactly does this mean? It means that Interpol now has the full authority to conduct investigations and other law enforcement activities on U.S. soil, with full immunity from U.S. laws such as the Freedom of Information Act and with complete independence from oversight from the FBI. In short, a global law enforcement entity now has full law-enforcement authority in the U.S. without any check on its power afforded by U.S. law and U.S. law enforcement agencies.

PTS - I didn't know that. That's quite shocking!

DCF - It is, but its true.

Every American should start asking a lot of questions starting with why would the US elevate an international police force above American law? Why would the US immunize an international police force from the limitations that constrain the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies? Why is it suddenly necessary to have, within the US Justice Department, a repository for stashing government files which, therefore, will be beyond the ability of Congress, American law-enforcement, the media, and the American people to scrutinize?

Americans and Brit's better wake up in a hurry, before it's too late! And its getting very late as we speak.

PTS - It's getting very scary out there.

DCF - It really is and lays the groundwork for a one world government
that owns, controls and dictates to everyone!

UK Telecoms firms recently accused the Government of acting like the East German Stasi over plans to force them to store the details of every phone call for at least a year. Under the proposals, the details of every email sent and website visited will also be recorded to help the police and security services fight crime and terrorism.

Mobile phone companies have attacked the plans as a massive assault on privacy and warned it could be the first step towards a centralised 'Big Brother' database.

PTS - That's shocking. We've been warning readers about these matters for years now.

DCF - Good for you. Indeed it is shocking, but that's not the worse of it.

To anyone traveling to the United States, I feel sorry for them. Airline passengers headed there face tighter security measures after some idiot recently attempted to blow up a U.S. jet bound for Detroit. This additional scrutiny will include pat-downs, body scanner searches and an order to stay seated during the last hour of flight, airlines and security officials said. Best to bring along your own pee bottle if you have to travel to that country!

350 UK professional and amateur photographers signed a letter, published in The Sunday Telegraph recently, calling on ministers and the police halt the practice of them being stopped and searched while they are taking images in public places. Clearly with these items and many, many others, one can see a terrible erosion of our rights and civil liberties.

Here's another newspaper clipping for you that should cause considerable consternation for your readers: ***begin article*** "The 20,000 snooper army: Vast number of town hall bureaucrats get power to enter your home without a warrant - UK Daily Mail

As many as 20,000 town hall snoopers have assumed powers to enter people's homes without a warrant and search for information, a survey revealed last night.

The research details for the first time how a raft of intrusive laws has allowed council staff to barge into homes and businesses uninvited.

The bureaucrats are benefiting from the 1,043 state powers of entry in primary and secondary legislation, more than 400 of which have been created by Labour.

These include checking for fridges which do not have the correct eco-friendly energy rating, making sure a hedge is not too high and inspecting a property to ensure 'illegal or unregulated hypnotism' is not taking place.

Alex Deane, director of Big Brother Watch, which carried out the research, said: 'Once, a man's home was his castle. Today, the Big Brother state wants to inspect, regulate and standardize the inside of our homes." ***end article***

And here's a recent and partially ugly law: The recently placed into law Brussels agreement allows the USA access to any and all bank records of any bank account in any EU country. This law comes into force early this year (2010.)

The 27 EU countries have to grant this access to the US under the terrorist finance-tracking program contained in the Brussels Agreement and its a done deal. The USA is allowed to keep the bank records for five years. The privacy invasive scheme uses the SWIFT system to scan for transactions they deem suspicious and then they request individual bank records. The US can request general data sets, which are commonly referred to as a fishing expedition.

So if you're European and thought that the US authorities couldn't access your financial details... WRONG! Big brother's tentacles are far reaching and spreading ever larger. So much for financial privacy in the US and EU!

These kinds of laws are very alarming and go against our basic rights, the right to privacy as well as our civil liberties. They have been and continue to be eroded at a shocking rate in the US, UK and most other western countries. I truly believe that the US and UK have reached, and perhaps exceeded, the former USSR pertaining to privacy and citizens rights. The rest of the European Union is close behind.

PTS - Is there any good news?

DCF - Yes. Ohio USA police officers must now obtain a search warrant before snooping through the contents of a person's cell phone, Ohio's supreme court ruled recently. This is very good news on the privacy front.

Here's another article I chipped for you from the (UK) Daily Telegraph.

"Conflicts with EU free movement rules have thrown the UK's GBP1.2 billion electronic borders program into disarray.

The e-borders scheme is designed to collect the personal data of every passenger traveling into and out of Britain. This means, for example, that someone flying from the UK to Spain needs to submit their name, date of birth and passport details ahead of a flight and well before they got to the airport, or face the risk of being prevented from boarding.

Passenger data was checked against terrorist watch lists and used for immigration controls. However concerns have arisen that the mandatory controls violate EU rules on free movement. That means that passengers are no longer obliged to hand over travel credential information in the days running up to their flight while airlines are freed of the obligation to refuse to carry passengers that decline to pass over their details. Instead the UK Border Agency (UKBA) will check passengers once they arrive. Refusing to provide travel credential details will no longer become sufficient reasons to refuse entry, to EU citizens at least." ***end article***

On the other hand if you stop for a minute and think about how an uninvited couple could gain access to a US President's State dinner without an invitation and shake hands with the President and his wife; plus with the fact how a potential terrorist's father had been uncomfortable with his son's "extreme religious views" and reported him to the U.S. embassy in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, as well as to security agencies, and that person was able to board a US bound flight, shouldn't endear the US government's security programs to its citizens, should it? Security measures are rapidity approaching the degree where suffocating security paranoia will be implemented so that
bathroom visits on a plane, and elsewhere, are now considered potential terrorism.

In fact all this business makes me wonder why there have been so many arcane and intrusive "security" programs and laws in place and these programs still have glaring problems. These, and many other incidents, reveal serious deficiencies in the "system." Or will these turn out to be an excuse for even more intrusive programs and technologies thrust upon us? Part of this effort will be expanding the so-called "terror watch lists" that now contain the names of millions of innocent Americans. You can also expect full body scan machines worldwide in the very near future, especially in the US and Western Europe.

PTS - Is there any one technology or law that stands out against privacy?

DCF - Not to minimise the terrible tragedy of 9/11/2001, however the passage of the US PATRIOT Act partially overnight, with members of the US Congress not being afforded time to read it, certainly paved the way for the years since of freedom stripping government legislation and technology.

PTS - On another note, with all this brouhaha about the Swiss Bank UBS and its American clients being given up to the US tax authorities, are there still ways for Americans, as well as others, to legally avoid taxes or at least minimize them?

DCF - Absolutely. Take a look at this newspaper article I brought for you titled: "Google: Do no evil, pay no tax, well not much, anyway." The UK Register

***Begin article*** "Google has been accused of swerving UK tax on the GBP1.6bn it makes in Britain.

To be fair, Google does pay some tax - about GBP140,000 on interest on cash in the bank held here. But its offshore status means it, quite legally, avoids paying GBP450m in corporation tax.

Lib Dem deputy leader Vince Cable accused Google of not playing fair. He said the firm was ducking its social responsibilities, especially in a time of recession.

The search giant employs 770 people in the UK and makes 13 per cent of its revenues here, the Sunday Times reports.

UK revenues are funneled through Google's European headquarters in Dublin, where corporation tax is lower. The company has faced down critics on this issue in the past, and its close links with the Tory Party mean a change of government is unlikely to change its tax status.

The paper also found Google UK makes limited charitable donations, for a company which makes so much of its humanitarian values.

The firm gave GBP5,662 to charity last year. Its average UK worker earned over GBP90,000 and its best-paid director trousered GBP1.1m." ***end article***

PTS - Appears Google is a bit of a Scrooge humbug when it comes to giving to charity?

DCF - It does appear that way. However they seem to be quite generous as to their employee pay cheque's! That said I ask you my good friend, if Google, one of the largest companies in the United States, if not the world, can earn more than US$2Bbil (GBP1.6bil) and legally avoid paying GBP 450m (USD 725mil) in corporate taxes, why shouldn't you, me and your readers be able to do so legally?

PTS - Yes we should. But how?

DCF - It's really not so difficult. By structuring one properly, and operating in the same manner as Google does, i.e. legally, one can greatly reduce and minimize an otherwise onerous amount of taxes. Alternatively become one of my consulting clients!

[Much laughter!]

PTS - What about the economy? How do you see that?

DCF - As we enter 2010 the world's still in a serious recession in spite of all the hyperbole to the contrary. Asia appears to be recovering somewhat. The Asian markets had its best year since 2003 and with the revision of China's 2008 GDP to $4.5 trillion, China is now poised to overtake Japan as the world's second largest economy. With 8 percent growth forecast for 2009 and Japan's economy, which stood at $4.9 trillion last year, emerging from its worst recession since World War II, economists predict, and I concur, that China soon will stand second only to the United States in total economic output.

However one needs to remember that the average Chinese income in 2008 was $3,200, compared to $38,000 in Japan.

I believe the US dollar is somewhat undervalued as we speak, but it has recovered during the last few weeks of 2009. However in the long term I believe the dollar will continue a steady depreciation. The fact that the US government has basically taken over GMAC after pouring in billions of dollars in it's so called "rescue/bailout plan"
last year, and more recently threw in another 3.8 billion, shows that the US economy is still in very serious trouble. The US housing market has foreclosures by the thousands, the worse in decades. So all isn't rosy in the USA these days.

Gold is always a safe bet and should be a part of every investor's portfolio, albeit it has dropped a few percentage points during the last week of 2009. One might consider holding the majority of their capital in a basket of currencies, especially out of the US dollar or having a small percentage based in US dollar assets. Not having done
so has been a tragic mistake for most Americans as they've lost 50 percent of their US dollar assets over the past few years with the dollar nose diving. Most Americans don't even realize this until and unless they travel abroad. When they do, they are in for major sticker shock.

PTS - If you were reading this interview, and many thousands will, and you're serious about expatriating, what would you do and how would you get started?

DCF - Plan properly for everything. I can't be more emphatic than that. Make sure you have sufficient funds for your exodus and or have an internet based and movable business that you can operate anywhere in the world where there's an internet connection.

If you haven't traveled much, do so now. Because of the recession/depression traveling these days can be quite a bargain if I say so myself.

Spend six months, a year is better, traveling hither and yonder in different parts of the world until you find two or three locales that you like, feel comfortable in and where you can really enjoy yourself. Then spend six months in each of those two or three locales until you decide which place is best for you. If one of those locales offers a
residency to nationality opportunity, that's a big bonus which you should take advantage of.

PTS - You have four homes, in four different countries don't you? Do you have a favourite?

DCF - Yes I do have four lovely and comfortable homes in four different countries. I enjoy each place for and on its own at different times of the year. Remember during this time of the year (Christmas and New Year,) in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand its summer time, whilst in Europe and North America it's freezing and a snowy winter time!

I love each home very much and immensity enjoy my time in each country. I also continue to travel to new places every year and find traveling exhilarating. I truly love traveling, meeting new people and helping my clients.

PTS - Do you have multi-passports from your four home countries?

DCF - That's a private matter. However suffice it to say I practice what I preach!

PTS - Do you have any closing comments, suggestions and recommendations for our readers?

DCF - Yes. Stay young and healthy. Maintain your health and exercise your body and mind regularly. Most important enjoy your loved ones and family, especially your children and grandchildren.

Don't break any laws. If so inclined, make your exodus from your home country legally so you can always return to your original homeland if you desire.

Get a second nationality, or third if need be, and keep your mouth shut. Your personal and financial affairs are yours alone and should remain that way, private. Remember loose lips sink big ships. A bad case of diarrhoea of the mouth has cost many a bundle of money and big troubles to boot!

PTS - On behalf of our readers thank you Dr. Freeman. We truly appreciate your time for this very informative interview.

DCF - Shamrock you're the best. It's been my pleasure.

Editor's note: Dr. Freeman's "How To Legally Obtain a 2nd Passport" - Updated & Revised 2009 Edition is available at http://www.ptshamrock.com/pass2.html

Should you wish to consult with Dr. Freeman, prepare a full written statement of your background, approximate net worth, goals, objectives and ambitions, plus [IMPORTANT!] a statement that you are seeking information from him for your own personal use (not for publication) and are neither a journalist, government employee, nor an agent for
any undisclosed person.

Then list how you think Dr. Freeman could help you. He doesn't have to know your real name or ACTUAL ADDRESS! But for you to get your money's worth out of a consultation he must have good input. So change your name if you wish; conceal your address and identity with an anonymous e-mail address. But if you want good advice, give Dr.
Freeman all the FACTS!

Upon receipt of you're briefing via email, we've forward same to Dr. Freeman. If after Dr. Freeman peruses your briefing and agrees to take you on as a consulting client, his fee of Euro 1,750 is then payable.

See you next issue

Shamrock

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784

To access our past missives just click here.

Click here to subscribe to our FREE privacy newsletter, PTBuzz.