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BERMUDA BANKS UNFAZED BY IRS CREDIT CARD HUNT
HAMILTON: Little impact seen on island's banks.More on this story here.
Which business records the IRS wants for offshore credit card use: links here and here.
F.A.T.F. MONEY LAUNDERING BLACKLIST MAY END
LONDON: Internal disputes between the OECD's Financial Action Task Force and its IMF partners may mean an end to the hated FATF blacklist.More on this story here.
ANOTHER REASON AMERICAN CORPORATIONS GO OFFSHORE
Stock market tank gives rise to class actions lawsuits aimed at assets.More on this story here.
Securities Class Action Clearinghouse site here.
GOVERNMENTS EXPLOIT 9-11, ASSAULT LIBERTY
The Economist gives a chilling world roundup of rampant government curtailment of citizens' freedoms with the anti-terrorism excuse.More on this story here.
WHAT IS LIBERTARIANISM?
Sovereign Society Council of Experts member, Pierre Lemieux explains the philosophical meaning in practical terms.More on this story here.
THE SOVEREIGN INDIVIDUAL
What is a sovereign individual?More on this story here.
THE UNITED STATES IN DECLINE?
Thoughtful historical and current analysis of the economic and political position of the U.S. in the world.More on this story here.
US AND EU IN SECRET TREATY NEGOTIATIONS TO EXPAND POLICE POWERS
Secret Europe-US terror treaty plan raises rights fears.More on this story here and here.
Protest to your Senator, Representative, the White House, and the European Union.
MORE PROOF TAX HAVENS ARE NOT A TERRORIST THREAT
The Washington Post has led the way in exposing how terrorism really is financed and here's the latest example: Sudan gold shipments.More on this story here.
WHAT IF THE F.A.T.F. BLACKLIST DIES?
LONDON: One view of the possible death of the notorious OECD Financial Action Task Force tax haven blacklist.More on this story here.
DOES ANYONE IN THE BUSH GOVERNMENT CARE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION?
WASHINGTON: Military trials of civilians, indefinite detention, secret deportation hearings, prisoners in isolation, attorneys denied access.More on this story here.
GENERAL ASHCROFT'S DETENTION CAMPS
Nat Hentoff says the AG's latest outrage calls for his resignation.More on this story here.
THE SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY; WHO'S WATCHING YOU?
Wherever we go, there they are ... tracking us.More on this story here.
SECURITY VS. FREEDOM
The Cato Institute: Society of Suspects: The War on Drugs & Civil Liberties. Link here.
Radio Free Europe: Crackdown Provokes Debate Over Civil Liberties. Link here.
Boston Herald: Half of Americans anticipate trading freedoms for security. Link here.
BUSH ADMINISTRATION I.R.S. BATTLE CONTINUES
If these guys at the US Treasury really are “conservatives”, why are they arguing over the EU's high tax directive? Just say NO!More on this story here.
A HISTORIAN LOOKS AT TAX HAVENS
From the Old Testament to Hawaiian kings, places of safe refuge always beckon.More on this story here.
U.S. BANKS OBJECT TO PATRIOT RULES
WASHINGTON: Impossible to track correspondent accounts.More on this story here.
RON PAUL ON BUSH II'S IRAQ WAR II
The Texas US congressman asks the right questions.More on this story here.
HOW F.A.T.F. DESTROYS FINANCIAL PRIVACY
Monetary expert Richard Rhan exposes the FATF gang.More on this story here.
A PEAN TO GOLD
He likes it; we like it; you like it; we all like gold.More on this story here.
9/11 ONE YEAR AFTER
Alexander Cockburn has his typically caustic-but-interesting say!More on this story here.
U.S. CIVIL LIBERTIES 9/11 CASUALTY
Are we really defending freedoms or are we losing them?More on this story here.
FBI WANTS YOUR FINANCIAL RECORDS
Commercial databases now used to spy on you.More on this story here.
HAVEN EXPERT URGES LEGAL RESISTANCE
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Bruce Zagaris says take the US to court.More on this story here.
U.S. GOVERNMENT WAR ON PROPERTY
A government that can jail the rich and well known at will and confiscate their assets can do the same thing to “ordinary” people.More on this story here.
AMERICAN TAXES DRIVE OUT BUSINESS
Without major tax reform, the US will no longer attract business.More on this story here.
ONE YEAR LATER -- THE 9-11 AFTERMATH
The War on Civil Liberties. Even the New York Times is alarmed. More on this story here.
Americans surrendered civil liberties quietly after September 11. More on this story here.
Group ignorance becomes the norm. More on this story here.
Reason Magazine: Recommended: Trading Less Safety for More Freedom. More on this story here and here.
Secret courts and government wiretaps. More on this story here.
US Dept. of Justice Top 10 List of Lost Liberties. More on this story here.
ONE OPINION ON THE TRUE MEANING OF PATRIOTISMLink here.
AMERICANS SKEPTICAL OF GOVERNMENT OVERREACHINGMore on this story here.
U.S. TREASURY EYES OFFSHORE INSURANCE
WASHINGTON: Perpetually tax hungry IRS eyes legal hedge fund and life insurance wrappers as offshore tax avoidance targets.More on this story here.
U.S. FINES BANK FOR MONEY LAUNDERING VIOLATIONS
MIAMI: A case study of what client conduct banks must watch for and report to the Feds as potential money laundering.More on this story here.
MORE ABOUT US-EU SECRET NEGOTIATIONS
BRUSSELS: Ashcroft, EU officials confer on joint police powers.More on this story here, here, and here.
SILENCE ABOUT SECRECY
Politicians (and most American citizens) stay mum as rights are taken away.More on this story here.
EUROPEAN UNION USES ANTI-TERROR TO CURB DISSENT
LONDON: EU's year long “war on freedom and democracy”.More on this story here.
SWISS SILENCE IS STILL GOLDEN
Time Europe looks at the state of Switzerland's bank secrecy.More on this story here.
US-Swiss anti-terror cooperation increasing.More on this story here.
I.R.S. ABUSE, OPPRESSION FORGOTTEN
Agency reverts to brutal enforcer as politicians suffer from amnesia.More on this story here.
BUSH I.R.S. TAKES AIM AT THE RICH
Lame duck IRS commissioner targets high income Americans.More on this story here and here.
I.R.S. WANTS TO LAY LOW THE RICH
Tart commentary by Lew Rockwell on the US Tax Code.More on this story here.
OFFSHORE INVESTMENT IS NOW THE PLACE TO BE
It looks good, says Business Week.More on this story here.
WORLD INSURANCE INDUSTRY PUSHED TO THE LIMIT
9/11 claims processing and payouts have wrecked profitability study says.More on this story here.
Insurance rates and premiums are skyrocketing.More on this story here.
REP. RON PAUL (AGAIN) SAYS ABOLISH THE FED
The Texas congressman says end the Fed, goodbye Greenspan.More on this story here.
AMERICANS DIVIDED ON RIGHTS VS. SECURITYMore on this story here.
We are all in Danger says Nat Hentoff of The Village VoiceMore on this story here.
O.B.N.R. OFFSHORE SCAM SEMINAR
MIAMI: Offshore Alert's 1st Due Diligence & Asset Recovery Symposium targets fraudulent offshore investments, banking.More on this story here.
Conference agenda here.
THE MESS AT THE U.S. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
Split personality US politicians rail against IRS thuggery but demand stricter tax enforcement, cut budgets but demand more work. [In other news, US politicians demand hamburger for all, but that no cattle shall be slaughtered.]More on this story here.
So why not go ahead and repeal US corporate taxes?More on this story here.
IS THE GOLD STANDARD HISTORY?
Lew Rockwell looks at public ignorance and US monetary policy.More on this story here.
MONEY LAUNDERING UPDATE
A review of what “money laundering” means in the law now.More on this story here.
40,000 politicians under suspicion of dirty cash dealing.More on this story here.
INSIDE LOOK AT THE F.B.I. ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING WORLD
A revealing interview with a leading FBI anti-money laundering agent gives a rare look at how the money cops think and act.More on this story here.
MORE U.S.A. PATRIOT ACT MONEY LAUNDERING RULES
WASHINGTON: American business, financial community forced to spy and report “suspicious transactions”, from casinos to hedge funds to life insurance, everybody is a suspected money launderer.More on this story here, here, and here.
WHAT A NATIONAL I.D. CARD MAY LOOK LIKE
Read this and shudder for personal privacy and individual freedom.More on this story here.
COULD YOU BE HELD IN SECRET WITHOUT CHARGES?
Yes, if you get caught in the Bush-Ashcroft snatch & jail raids.More on this story here.
SWISS VOTERS REJECT GOVERNMENT GOLD GIVEAWAY
ZURICH: Having authorized the sale and/or reduction of Swiss gold reserves, voters say no to a proposed gold giveaway plan.More on this story here.
U.S. STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA MAY ADOPT NULLIFICATION
November referendum would allow juries to acquit if law is unfair. [Note: It is highly instructive to read about who opposes the referendum.]More on this story here.
CIVIL LIBERTIES MAJOR TERROR WAR CASUALTY
USA Patriot Act abridges liberties, rights.More on this story here.
FBI secretly looks at library and book check out records.More on this story here.
SEN. BYRD SAYS SECURITY PLANS THREATEN FREEDOM
“An excuse to ignore constitutional liberties behind closed doors.”More on this story here.
SUPREME COURT OMINOUS VIEW ON WARTIME FREEDOM
Chief Justice Rehnquist's disturbing history of restrictions during war.More on this story here.
OFFSHORE COMPANIES HIRE WASHINGTON LOBBYISTS
Major US corporations that have moved offshore fight congressional tax curbs with high powered DC lobbyists.More on this story here.
NEW REPORT SHOWS O.E.C.D. HURTS SMALL NATIONS
Large nations help themselves commercially with rules aimed at tax havens and that supposedly fight corporate crime.More on this story here and here.
USA PATRIOT RULES BURDEN VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS
Investors must be fully vetted to find who they are.More on this story here.
HEDGE FUNDS PATRIOT RULES LESS RESTRICTIVE
More narrowly defined US Treasury Dept. rules issued.More on this story here.
US Treasury singles out hedge funds for scrutiny.More on this story here.
U.S. ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX HITS MILLIONS
36 million Americans may be hit by anti-wealth tax.More on this story here.
ASHCROFT INSPIRES UNUSUAL ALLIANCE
Anti-rights decisions cloaked in anti-terrorism create an unlikely coalition of American conservatives and liberals.More on this story here.
AREA CODE “809” TELEPHONE SCAMS
Do not respond to e-mails, phone calls, or web pages that tell you to call an “809” phone number.More info from AT&T here; other information here.
TAX HAVENS CHARGE BIG NATION CORRUPTION
Haven group says hypocritical high tax countries allow corruption.More on this story here.
F.A.T.F. ABANDONS NATIONS BLACKLIST
Financial Action Task Force (FATF) suspends self-appointed role as dirty money judge, ends country blacklisting.More on this story here.
I.R.S. CLAIMS WIDESPREAD U.S. TAX EVASION
WASHINGTON: Agency head claims IRS cannot keep up with evasion.More on this story here and here.
U.S. PROSECUTORS WANT TO SEIZE CORPORATE OFFICIALS ASSETS
WASHINGTON: Drug civil forfeiture laws to be used on business crooks.More on this story here.
REP. RON PAUL PUTS OUR SITUATION IN CONTEXT
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex) describes the world and US predicament in stark, honest terms. Who wants to add a war to all this?More on this story here.
DOMINICA BOOSTS ECONOMIC CITIZENSHIP FEES
ROSEAU: One of only two nations selling fast track economic citizenship raises its investment fees from $35,000 to $150,000 +.More on this story here.
ST. KITTS-NEVIS, the only other nation selling ECs, now is a much better bargain, says Henley & Partner of Zurich.Link here.
WEEP FOR THE POOR OLD I.R.S.
The Washington Post gets out the crying towel for the supposedly beleaguered bureaucrats at the Internal Revenue Service.More on this story here.
US SUES “TAX CONSULTANT”
TAMPA: Florida man sued by the US DoJ for promoting tax evasion.More on this story here.
IRS CHANGES "S" CORP VALUATION RULE
Reversal hits taxpayers with huge tax liability.More on this story here.
PROTECT YOUR ASSETS: GO OFFSHORE
George Will explains how Americans are getting sued to death.More on this story here.
ADVICE FOR OFFSHORE EXPATS
Getting your credit ratings in good order.Link here.
The best way to get your mail from back home in the USA.Advice here.
WHY AND HOW THE RICH USE TAX HAVENS
The Guardian offers an interesting catalogue of offshore possibilities.More on this story here.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: USA PATRIOT ACT DRIVES HEDGES OFFSHORE
WASHINGTON: Hedge funds are moving offshore to escape rules.More on this story here.
G-7 BACKS F.A.T.F. ASSET FREEZE PLANS
Anti-terrorism justifies just about anything these days.More on this story here.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CLUELESS
ABC Poll: Only 1 in 5 thinks massive curbs on liberties affect them.More on this story here.
HIGH TAX POLICIES DRIVE CAPITAL OFFSHORE
The Trend Toward Totalitarian Government - provocative exposition that highlights how far along the road to serfdom we actually are. Check out the latest proposals from the world government pontificators.More on this story here.
OFFSHORE PROFESSIONALS ATTACK O.E.C.D. STAND
LONDON: 8500 member Society of Trust & Estates Practitioners (STEP) challenge OECD claims against offshore tax havens.More on this story here.
U.S. WEAKENS OFFSHORE INVESTOR PROTECTION
Law change cuts protection against foreign expropriation.More on this story here.
IRS EMPLOYEE IMPRISONED FOR IDENTITY THEFT
Who can you trust? Not the IRS!More on this story here.
GOVERNMENT WEALTH CONFISCATION
It is what governments do and always have done, say Thomas Sowell.More on this story here.
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