Publisher Monthly Missive

From the Publisher's Desk
Spring 2003

"A people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives." – James Madison - US President

"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever!"

The most chilling sentence in George Orwell's - 1984!

"The time to act is NOW!"
- PT Shamrock 2003

US Commits Homicide

Perhaps it just happened to 'slip' pass you in the US mainstream press, but we didn't miss here!

Last December 2002, two al queda detainees under American control, were tortured so badly that they had heart attacks and died. The US pathologist conducting the autopsies declared that they were both homicides, as the bruises on both of them, on one's legs and the others chest, were so massive that the beatings caused their deaths.

This was done during interrogations by the Yankees. Whilst this torture was/is technically legal since the 'enemy combatants' weren't wearing military uniforms at the time of their capture and therefore didn't come under the Geneva Convention of protection, we deplore these brutal tactics. What message does this show the world? Not a positive one that's for sure.

At the end of the Second World War, UK's Winston Churchill wanted the head Nazi's summarily executed. Truman, then US president, insisted on the Nuremberg trials, and he was right to do so. It gave the US great credibility to the world, placing a defeated nation's leaders on trial with a good legal defense for a sense of fairness. Most were convicted and executed. Others served long prison sentences; one, Hermann Goering, committed suicide, whilst others were found innocent and released. This showed the world what a great country America was ... fair and civil.

Not so today. The message the US is sending around the world is that of an unfair bully, a tyrant, the exact type of government the US fought against during the cold war for more than 40 years, i.e. the former Soviet Union. Shame on America's government. America needs to return to the values and traditions that made it the once greatest country in the world.

With the invasion of Iraq upon us, we trust that Amerika's failure to secure a UN mandate will NOT have the disastrous consequences we believe it will.

Looks like camouflage passports and camouflage drivers licenses will be back on-line around the time you read this. After the s in the US closing down numerous providers of IDP's, better known as international driving permits, the original provider of the famous camouflage passports sold his business to a long time, well known and trusted offshore provider who is up and running the documents again outside US jurisdiction. That's good news for privacy seekers. Check here at camouflage passports for the latest offerings, prices and conditions.

In addition the FTC, i.e. US Federal Trade Commission, one of the most inept bureaucratic agencies in the USA, apparently doesn't like offshore providers selling University degrees. The FTC claims that the degrees sold over the Internet are a scam and can be used as back-up ID in conjunction with drivers licenses, etc. Please note the last part of the last sentence. What they are really saying is that they don't want anything that can be used as alternative ID available to any Americans. The want you to be enumerated, ID'ed and tracked at all times. Nice work if you let them!

PT Shamrock continues to sell our degrees which have helped numerous satisfied customers with their educational needs, thank you!

Update on the War On Privacy
Doctor Walter Belford provided a rare and scary preview into the not too distant privacy future awaiting us in his January 2003 interview. In a very short period of time his worse predictions are sadly coming to rapid fruition.

As the creator of PGP, Pretty Good Privacy, Philip Zimmerman said in his famous 1991 quote: "If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy!" Truer words have never been spoken.

One doesn't have to wait long to read or hear on the news about another 'new' law to save us from ourselves. Thanks but no thanks. I don't need to be saved. With new 'laws' like the Total Information Awareness System, Patriot Act I and now the recent "Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003," Americans and others freedoms and privacy are at an all time historic low.

This new law, which some are calling "Patriot Act II", is even more Draconian that the current Patriot Act, and will drastically expand government police powers to the point of becoming the most abusive advocate to your Constitutional rights in the history of the united States, [correct spelling.] The insider source close to the situation stated: "If the law is enacted as I understand it, America will basically become a police state!"

One section of the 'law' will allow the government to grab American citizens and others secretly, anywhere in the world for the mere suspicion of a crime, take their citizenship away and extradite them to the US or any friendly foreign country for imprisonment, torture, or even execution.

The new law will make the current illegal process of apprehending its citizens abroad look like kindergarten play.

In today's post 9/11 world the legal means of extradition between governments can take months if not years. In order to get around this extradition time frame, governments simply cancel the person's passport; thereby making the person in question an illegal alien in the country they are currently present and therefore "persona non grata" subjecting them to immediate deportation. Even if the countries involved do not have an extradition treaty, the person is shipped home in shackles within days, if not hours, thereby avoiding the LEGAL extradition process.

The 'new' Act will bypass this method altogether and simply grab the person secretly for whatever disposal the government wishes.

Some of the key provision of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 include:

Section 201, "Prohibition of Disclosure of Terrorism Investigation Detainee Information":

Safeguarding the dissemination of information related to national security has been a hallmark of Ashcroft's first two years in office, and the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 follows in the footsteps of his October 2001 directive to carefully consider such interest when granting Freedom of Information Act requests. While the October memo simply encouraged FOIA officers to take national security, "protecting sensitive business information and, not least, preserving personal privacy" into account while deciding on requests, the proposed legislation would enhance the department's ability to deny releasing material on suspected terrorists in government custody through FOIA.

Section 202, "Distribution of 'Worst Case Scenario' Information":

This would introduce new FOIA restrictions with regard to the Environmental Protection Agency. As provided for in the Clean Air Act, the EPA requires private companies that use potentially dangerous chemicals must produce a "worst case scenario" report detailing the effect that the release of these controlled substances would have on the surrounding community.

Section 202 of this Act would, however, restrict FOIA requests to these reports, which the bill's drafters refer to as "a roadmap for terrorists." By reducing public access to "read-only" methods for only those persons "who live and work in the geographical area likely to be affected by a worst-case scenario," this subtitle would obfuscate an established level of transparency between private industry and the public.

Section 301-306, "Terrorist Identification Database":

These sections would authorize creation of a DNA database on "suspected terrorists," expansively defined to include association with suspected terrorist groups, and non citizens suspected of certain crimes or of having supported any group designated as terrorist.

Section 312, "Appropriate Remedies with Respect to Law Enforcement Surveillance Activities":

This section would terminate all state law enforcement consent decrees before Sept. 11, 2001, not related to racial profiling or other civil rights violations, that limit such agencies from gathering information about individuals and organizations. The authors of this statute claim that these consent orders, which were passed as a result of police spying abuses, could impede current terrorism investigations. It would also place substantial restrictions on future court injunctions.

Section 405, "Presumption for Pretrial Detention in Cases Involving Terrorism":

While many people charged with drug offenses punishable by prison terms of 10 years or more are held before their trial without bail, this provision would create a comparable statute for those suspected of terrorist activity. The reasons for presumptively holding suspected terrorists before trial, the Justice Department summary memo states, are clear. "This presumption is warranted because of the unparalleled magnitude of the danger to the United States and its people posed by acts of terrorism, and because terrorism is typically engaged in by groups - many with international connections - that are often in a position to help their members flee or go into hiding."

Section 501, "Expatriation of Terrorists":

This provision, the drafters say, would establish that an American citizen could be expatriated "if, with the intent to relinquish his nationality, he becomes a member of, or provides material support to, a group that the United Stated has designated as a 'terrorist organization'." But whereas a citizen formerly had to state his intent to relinquish his citizenship, the new law affirms that his intent can be "inferred from conduct." Thus, engaging in the lawful activities of a group designated as a "terrorist organization" by the Attorney General could be presumptive grounds for expatriation.

The Domestic Security Enhancement Act is the latest development in an 18-month trend in which the Bush Administration has sought expanded powers and responsibilities for law enforcement bodies to help counter the threat of terrorism.

The USA Patriot Act, signed into law by President Bush on Oct. 26, 2001, gave law enforcement officials broader authority to conduct electronic surveillance and wiretaps, and gives the president the authority, when the nation is under attack, to confiscate any property within U.S. jurisdiction of anyone believed to be engaging in such attacks. The measure also tightened oversight of financial activities to prevent money laundering and diminish bank secrecy in an effort to disrupt terrorist finances.

PT Shamrock, as non-Americans, non-residents, greatly resent having become an unwilling participant in Amerika's war on privacy. We don't like it and will continue to speak out about these abuses and outright stealing of your freedoms and privacy.

In a recent 2003 survey the US placed nearly last amongst the top ten freest nations, down four slots from last year. [Source]. In addition the world human rights commission has once again condemned Amerika for its human rights violations on its Afro American prisoners and others, which is way out of proportion to the number of Afro Americans and others in the mainstream US population . So those of our Yankee friends and browsers, think again if you really believe you live in the land of the free!

We have in the past repeatedly urged our readers to support the honest offshore providers by purchasing goods and services from them. Regardless if that provider is PT Shamrock or someone else, support them. Some folks complain about the cost of certain goods and services offered by ourselves and others. But what difference will the price make when the products and services are no longer available and there isn't anyone left to supply the privacy products?

Help keep the fight alive. PT Shamrock challenges you to support your offshore provider by purchasing a book, report or product within the next 24 hours, even its only a $10 report.

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Keep the torch shinning, faint as it may be getting!
Privacy as we knew it, no longer exists. Long live freedom.

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"Mick" Adams,
Publisher, PT Shamrock

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