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September 2018

Time To Awake!

"This US law, already passed and active, allows the U.S. Secretary of State the unchecked authority to prohibit individuals from traveling internationally."
-- Dr. Charles Freeman, offshore guru and second passport expert.

Dr. Charles Freeman Interview August 2018 - Part I

We are extremely privileged to have been able to interview Dr. Charles Freeman recently. This interview, we believe, is extraordinary in the sense that the good doctor lays it all out in plain English what and how our personal and financial privacy is intentionally being eroded in today's less than friendly privacy world.

More important, the doctor maps out clear, concise and easy plans with great
ideas and suggestions for one to achieve a freer and more private life.

Offshore guru and second passport expert Dr. Charles Freeman is the author of numerous newsletters and reports, namely the former Freedom, Wealth & Privacy Reports, and his bestselling "How to Legally Obtain a 2nd Passport."

Dr. Freeman's "What It Was Was Freedom" report, circa 2012 - is probably the most downloaded privacy report at our web site. It's a staggering 53 pages of alarming and still relevant must-read information in today's world and is certainly in the best of Freeman's vernacular of special reports.

The following interview took place over several days, at a lovely beach resort, one of many the good doctor frequents.

We trust you'll find this interview contains new, interesting and discerning information with antidotes to help one sort today's privacy concerns.

Do enjoy.

PT Shamrock - August 2018

DCF = Dr. Charles Freeman
PTS = PT Shamrock

PTS - Doctor, what a pleasure to see you again after all these years. Thank you so much for granting us your time for this interview.

DCF - PT, it's always my pleasure to see and visit with you, although we've both gotten a wee bit older since the last time we visited one another. At least we're growing older gracefully.

PTS - Indeed we are, thank you. So, let's get right into it then. Will you bring us up to date with what's happened in the past few years regarding one's privacy and financial concerns?

DCF - PT I don't think we have enough time and you enough tape to record and cover everything that's happened and continues happening in that regard. That said, I'll do my best to cover the most important albeit frightening privacy matters these days that should be brought to the attention of your readers, so at least they'll have a heads up on these matters.

The deliberate eroding of one's personal and financial privacy has and continues to grow exponentially, I am sad to say. For example, if you look at China's Social Credit System, which forces and places its people under pressure to be model citizens and toe the line or else, this gives one a pretty good idea the direction which the western world is heading within the next few years. In fact, it's already started. Don't believe me? Social media (SM,) with Facebook being the worst offender, is a perfect example. Their using algorithms plain out censor and censure you just like the Chinese's Social Credit System. Any writings that 'they,' whoever the heck 'they' are, doesn't conform to their algorithms liking, will find you and your beliefs blocked, censored and you demonized. Bye Bye free speech! Bye bye the right and freedom to travel. That's happening at a frightening rate today.

Facebook, as well as most other SM apps, without your permission, record, track then sell everything you read, say, view, write and or purchase online. Amazon's Echo, Alexa, Google Home, Siri and Cortana record what you say in your own home. Talk about an invasion of privacy! But what happens to that data? Even TV's in homes are recording and reporting what you're doing. Smart meters report you to the local authorities so in the event you're use too much power, water, gas, etc. you'll receive a notice, and likely a fine, from the meter police. So, America and Europe are well on their way and right behind China in this regard. Some of these giant tech companies and their apps are so insecure I wouldn't trust them with my grandchild's soiled nappies (diapers,) let alone people willing giving away their very personal life history and details.

To understand the history of all this, with China's Social Credit System; the word "credit" in Chinese - xinyong - is a core tenet of traditional Confucian ethics, which can be traced back to the late 4th century BC. In its original context, xinyong is a moral concept that indicates one's honesty and trustworthiness. In the past few decades, its meaning has been extended to include financial creditworthiness. So, what does "credit" mean in the Social Credit System? It's a question the Chinese authorities have been exploring for more than a decade. When the plan of constructing a Social Credit System was first proposed in 2007, the primary goal was to restore market order by leveraging the financial creditworthiness of businesses and individuals.

Gradually the scope of the project is infiltrating nearly every aspect of one's daily life. In other words, you are an unwilling participant in perhaps the greatest invasion of privacy the world is going to see.

Actions that can now harm one's personal credit record include not showing up to a restaurant without having canceled the reservation, cheating in online games, leaving false product reviews, and even jaywalking. The fact of the matter is that China's dystopian social credit system is a harbinger of the global age of the algorithm. In a nut shell, today we're being ruled by algorithms. Experiments repeatedly confirm that data and algorithms are as biased as society is and reproduce real life segmentation and inequality. In her book the Weapons of Math Destruction, American mathematician Cathy O'Neil warned that we need algorithmic audits, an excellent idea but liking will be ignored.

Algorithms that measure social credit and trustworthiness could theoretically be fair - but those in positions of power may well find a way to circumnavigate them and probably will. And even though social credit schemes are supposed to extend access to financial resources to previously excluded populations, it's likely that credit solutions driven by big data will exacerbate existing social divides. In the US, for example, 45m Americans do not have a credit score because they lack a credit history and minority groups and low-income neighborhoods have a disproportionately high rate of credit invisibility. For China, it's likely something similar could emerge.

Social credit has the potential to cement and exacerbate existent power imbalances in societies, while simultaneously closing down spaces of resistance. The social credit system in development in China is a phenomenon that belongs to a global trend with a transformative potential that is just as threatening in Western democracies. It is but one harbinger of a likely common digital future marked by a shift away from the rule of law and towards rule by algorithms as created by the powers to be, that is the authorities.

If one doesn't fit in or score high on the Social Credit System, one can and likely will be denied travel by automobile, trains, buses and airplanes amongst other punishments for not toeing the line. Simply put, you'll become an unwilling participant in such a system without the right or recourse to travel outside your area.

Don't believe this can or will happen, even in the US? Well PT, don't believe me, read the recent article by Forbes magazine "China Will Block Travel for Those With Bad 'Social Credit' "- Then check out H.R. 237, the "FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization) Passport Revocation Act of 2015." This US law, already passed and active, allows the U.S. Secretary of State the unchecked authority to prohibit individuals from traveling internationally. According to the bill, the Secretary may unilaterally revoke (or refuse to issue) a passport from "any individual whom the Secretary has determined has aided, assisted, abetted, or otherwise helped an organization the Secretary has designated as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189)." There is absolutely no recourse once a passport has been revoked!

The Real ID Act, courtesy of America's Homeland Security Department, is another very controlling law, that can and does limit Americans right to travel. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft and other means of transportation. In other words, no Real ID driver's license, no right to travel. This act was surreptitiously enacted back in 2005 and is now in full force. Once again, there is no recourse for Americans. Use it or lose it is what I say.

And I promise you all of the above and more has started to happen already in the US and Europe as we speak. That's why social media and the authorities are using, algorithms so they can track your every move and change and control your thinking and actions. It doesn't paint a pretty picture does it?

PTS - Oh dear that scares the bejesus out of me.

DCF - It should scare you and everyone reading this interview. Unfortunately, it gets worse. Assuming you're 'granted' the right to travel, not only flying is no longer fun, it has become an awful burden for travelers with airlines reducing, no you haven't put on a few pounds, the already small size of their toilets. Airlines are also adding an unreasonable number of extra seats on planes squeezing as many passengers into places with knee bashing reductions to leg and elbow crunching cuts to seat sizes, creating a travel climate so unpleasant one almost dreads flying.

I call it torture class or cattle class. They stuff as much cattle (people) into the seats that they can, as well as using other well-known costing cutting tactics so in essence the passengers are literally being tortured… and we, the traveling public, are paying for the privilege! Traveling internationally has become a very unpleasant experience today.

Business class isn't much better. Long gone are the days of dining with china and fine silver, good service, food, relaxation, comfort and luxurious amenity kits. Today, at least with many of the business class flights I've taken, you no longer dine, you're fed on long haul flights. Many times, the limited food options are so poor, I can't and don't eat any of the entrées. And I'm not talking about Mongolian Airlines either. I'm talking about the well know major airlines. What a shame.

If you're unlucky, as I have of late, to pay a premium to fly business class, and there are children behind or beside you that are screaming and hollering for a 12-hour long haul flight, then you are SOL. Even my very expensive noise canceling headphones doesn't stop such 'noise' in many cases.

I make it a habit that in the event I have a flight of three hours or less, I travel torture class. Three hours or longer, then its business class, so I know the differences and have experienced the differences recently.

Look at what's happening in the world today; One of my formerly all-time favorite cities, San Francisco, has turned into a third world country with trash, used dirty drug needles, human feces spewed all over the streets. Homeless people are camped out in the major Park and other very touristy locations throughout the city. It's a disgrace what's happened to that once lovely city. I wouldn't go back there if I were given free first-class tickets with top 5-star accommodations it's become that bad.

Then take London, which isn't any better, perhaps worse; random snatch and grab by criminals on mopes are such common place experiences today they're averaging well over 400 per week. A tiny fraction is even being investigated and even less are ever caught. Knife stabbings and killings have overtaken New York in the number of murders per annum. It's simply disgraceful what the mayors and council people of these cities have allowed to happen.

The UK's former ambassador to the US, 74-year-old Christopher Meyer, was beaten so badly at London's Victoria underground station in broad daylight, he suffered a broken nose and had to have his eye reset back in its socket. A couple of punks, a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy were arrested for that heinous crime.

Paris, Berlin, Sweden and most other major cities and countries of the world are experiencing such criminal phenomena. How terribly shocking and appalling all of this is. Today it's a much more dangerous and different world traveling than the one I grew up in.

PTS - Amen to that!

DCF - Now it's very important to understand PT that nearly all governments state that travel is a privilege, not a RIGHT! There's a very big distinction between a "privilege" and the right to travel freely. A privilege can be revoked at any time and for any reason. Those in power, at the whiff of any perceived reason, just or otherwise, can withdraw your privilege to travel. That's a sobering thought to contemplate isn't it?

PTS - It 'tis indeed!

DCF - Worse, assuming you've been granted the privilege to travel, when you arrive (and depart) at your destination, you're subject to being finger printed like a common criminal without any recourse or being able to do anything about that very intrusive and unwelcome compliance requirement; other than not traveling to that country in the first place. Since there are nearly a hundred plus countries using biometrics today, you are very limited in traveling should you wish to avoid such intrusions.

So, there's another restriction on one's freedom and the "right" to travel freely. Ask yourself this question; are you really free when you are finger printed, photographed and your biometrics stored in data centres never to be deleted and for who knows what purposes?

There are many dozens of countries around the world that mandate biometric finger printing, with almost ALL countries taking biometric pictures of you with or without your knowledge and permission upon arrival and departure. Naturally the US tops the list of offenders in this regard, as well as most of central and South America now requiring biometric finger printing, as does most of Asia and Africa.

It's gotten so intrusive I wouldn't be surprised if the United States starts asking for a stool sample and butt scan to enter that country!

[Much laughs from PTS and DCF.]

The worrisome part of collecting all this biometric data is what do they do with it? I can tell you that they certainly don't delete it after any period of time.

So, what do they do with all that biometric data? I'll allow you to ponder that question for a bit. Personally, I believe that ALL biometric data taken from the millions of innocent travelers should automatically be deleted and wiped from all government data systems, which I believe would be a reasonable, legitimate and fair way to deal with this very intrusive business. Regrettably not a single country does so.

Thankfully the UK and EU, haven't started finger printing persons upon arrival or departure, at least not yet. However, IMO it's simply a matter of time before the European Union and the United Kingdom start implementing finger printing and other biometrics for everyone. With the soon to be implemented EU doctrine where 200 million additional illegal migrants are to be allowed to flood the Europe Union and the soon to be non-EU UK by 2050 according to EU doctrine, it's a certainty. That will an untenable problem that's not going to be solved by opening all EU and other borders. Sooner or later, and its likely to be sooner, the doo doo is going to hit the fan and you can bet your bottom pound, dollar or Euro that the result is going to greatly impact each-and-everyone of us in a very negative manner regardless of your nationality and where you live.

At the end of the day, it's bad enough that travelers are subject to violence, crime, finger printing and other misdemeanors whilst traveling today, but fliers just loss any recourse recovering damages suffered due to invasive TSA screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints. A recent federal appeals court recently ruled TSA screeners are immune from claims and lawsuits under a federal law governing assaults, false arrests and other abuses. Talk about an invasion of privacy!

PTS - Well that's a lot to think about. How else are we being tracked?

DCF - PT, I'm just preaching to the choir telling you this. However for the benefit of your readers how about their everyday moments, personally and financially? In nearly every major city, and many small towns as well, there are hundreds if not thousands of CVTV cameras recording you and your every move. In fact, many CVTV's have listening abilities, where they can and do record persons talking with one another. Welcome to 1984!

Then you hop into your automobile, bus or underground (subway) and go to work or shopping. Once again, you're being tracked and listened to every metre of your journey. Even in taxis there's no longer privacy. Formerly London taxi drivers were not allowed to install rear view mirrors for fear of infringing on the Privacy Rights of passengers. Today London taxis not only have rear view mirrors, but video tape and record you and all your conversations whilst riding in a taxi! What a reversal of privacy in the UK and the world!

Then when you need a wee bit of cash, you hit the nearest till (ATM machine,) for a few quid (money.) Not only is your face and transaction recorded, but if you withdraw too much cash within a certain time frame, which is unknown by me now, you and your card details are flagged and brought to the attention of your banker, who may or may not report you to the financial police. Now that's a sobering thought! Of course, this isn't new, but withdraw more than 3,000 in dollars, pounds or euros from your bank in cash and presto, and you're automatically flagged and reported to the financial police for a good going over, most likely without your knowledge.

PTS -All that information doctor is a lot to digest for today. I suggest we call it a day. Don't forget, we'll meet you for dinner tonight.

DCF - Yes PT, I'll see you and the missus at 7:30pm.

End of PART I - Dr. Charles Freeman Interview August 2018

Part II of Dr. Charles Freeman's Interview will appear in our September 2018 newsletter issue.

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