Pre-September 11th, 2001Dear Readers, I had the rare opportunity to catch up with one of the most well informed sources on privacy matters in the world today, Dr. Seymour Samson. I literally stopped the presses to substitute this interview with our usual informative articles and comment.
Please enjoy this unique edition of our newsletter.
Privacy World Presents
Dr. Samson, one of the world's leading offshore experts, is on an extended around the world privacy fact-finding tour. We caught up with him and this informative interview is the result.
A One-On-One Interview
Dr. Seymour Samson
March 2001 The Offshore Guerrilla
PrivacyWorld- (Question) - From what we gather, it seems that the average citizen has unknowingly given up all forms of privacy. Our readers are acutely aware of the privacy issues and (hopefully) taken steps to protect their privacy. With all the technological advances available to Big Brother, do our readers still have a fighting chance to maintain their privacy?
Dr. Seymour Samson- (Answer) - The public hasn't given up their privacy, its been stolen from them intentionally by the terrocrats. The problem is that most don't realise this or if they do, they seem to care less. However there are still ways to protect ones privacy. So long as your readers are aware of their privacy being stolen and are prepared to act to protect what's left, one can remain or become a sovereign individual. Knowledge is power, so keeping informed and being aware of what's happening around the world, not just in your homeland, is a must. I recently attended a tradeshow in the US. The technology at that electronic trade show was frightening. If they have that kind of privacy stealing technology available to the public, what do you think the terrocrats have? That's a sobering thought isn't it?
PrivacyWorld- Why does Big Brother and all governments have such an interest in our personal affairs. Why such the expense spent tracking our movements (physical, morally and monetarily)?
Dr. Seymour Samson- Truth and individual freedoms are a threat to the terrocratic power structure. Any perceived threat must be acted against. Morally, at least to the terrocrats, being politically "incorrect" is a perceived threat too. This has been true throughout history. With 50% of the world's capital offshore, the terrocrats are more desperate than ever to stop the flood of capital leaving their control. We're not talking about high-income earners getting their money out of their reach either. Rather it's the average working person today, who is going offshore, i.e. those in the US$35,000 to US$75,000 income bracket. People around the world are sick and tired of high taxation, over regulation and ever more compliance filling out inscrutable forms and reports. Even the so-called 1040A easy tax form (in the US) is eleven pages plus. How is the average person expected to deal with that kind of mind-set?
Governments are paranoid about losing control and, as a result, make new draconian laws and even harsher prison sentences. What they don't realise is that its their own laws which are motivating people to go offshore. Stop taxing people at exorbitant rates and money will remain onshore. It's just that simple.
PrivacyWorld - Go on!Dr. Seymour Samson - Just ten years ago one could do much more with their money and assets. Today, those actions are a serious felony offense. Why? One is subject to waking up in the US today and being a felon for some ludicrous law. I read an article stateside that said some poor bastard got a 15-year sentence for tax evasion. FIFTEEN YEARS! That's more than murderers get! And it was his first offence. He said he was innocence, fought it out in court and lost. Who needs that?
Around this time of the year you read all kinds of terrocratic goings on with the IRS raiding this group and such. It's just standard operating hyperbole for the IRS. It's not just the US either. For instance:
- Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK are chipping away at your basic rights and freedoms to a horrific degree.
- In the UK they are trying their best to do away with their double jeopardy laws, i.e. you cannot be tried for the same crime twice.
- In Australia they are sentencing hackers as terrorist handing out 25-year prison sentences like its an after school snack.
- OUTBOUND mail to 'targeted' areas from New Zealand and especially the US is being opened.
- Tiny cameras are placed in taxis, buses and airplanes spying on and recording innocent travellers every move. Worse the data is stored indefinitely. Why?
- Countries spy on neighbouring countries citizens then swap the information for that of their own citizens. Sounds like it could be Afghanistan or Iraq doesn't it? Wrong, it's the US and Canada doing this. Since it would be against current law to spy on its own citizens, (they do it anyway) they have their neighbour's do it for them, then trade the info! Is that any way for democracies to behave?
- Even the European Union is enacting privacy stealing laws and regulations that a decade ago would have been unthought of. It is really most worrisome.
PrivacyWorld- Continuing with the line of thought from the first question; we read that Swiss Banking privacy is a thing of the past. Are there still opportunities for our readers to achieve "true" banking privacy?
Dr. Seymour Samson- Swiss banking still offers the best banking today, bar none; if you get the right bank, which is the key. Naturally any bank, anywhere in the world, should they receive a proper court order from within its country, MUST by law turn over any details, contained in the court order, for the account in question. In today's world if you are an America resident or citizen, then its bye-bye privacy and most freedoms. No offshore bank is going to risk their asset base for any American. So pay all the money the IRS says you owe and you'll never have a problem with the IRS.
Alternatively change nationality or get a second one, or risk having your mother-load being seized by the terrocrats. If you are a high-income earner or are successful, sooner or later you'll have problems with the terrocrats, if you haven't already. The good news is that there are still LEGAL ways for Americans and Canadians to legally avoid arcane filing requirements and to obtain true banking privacy.
Don't break any laws, especially when you can accomplish what you want legally. So yes, one can achieve privacy with a AAA rated bank that you have sole signatory control over and can LEGALLY avoid offshore filing requirements.
PrivacyWorld- How does one do that?
Dr. Seymour Samson- That secret is for my clients only! (Much Laughter)
PrivacyWorld- You would think reading the papers that the USA has every bank in the world reporting back to them on every US citizen that holds an account. Is this true?
Dr. Seymour Samson- I seriously doubt that. Unless you are already targeted or become a target, there's no spy in the sky tracking you on a daily basis in spite on what they'd like you to believe. So don't believe all the hyperbole coming from the terrocratic pit bull media. The terrocrats operate much like the casinos do. When someone wins a huge jackpot in Nevada or Atlantic City, all the lights, bells and whistles go off so everyone knows someone won that big jackpot! Does the casino set off the bells and whistles when someone loses all their money? Of course not! Ditto with the terrocrats.
You only read about who the IRS nails to make headlines, not what a problem they are having getting people to 'comply' with their so-called 'voluntary' tax system. If the American tax system is truly voluntary, why does one end up in jail and have all their assets seized if they don't pay? Because the terrocrats realise that if only 5% of those paying taxes today stopped paying, the whole tax system would collapse.
The key is to remember is that there are numerous ways to legally avoid US and Canadian filing requirements.
PrivacyWorld- Such as?
Dr. Seymour Samson- Such as having an offshore bank account/s with an aggregate amount LESS than US$10,000. There is no filing requirement for an account/s with an aggregate amount totalling less than ten grand in any tax year. Whole life insurance policies, even if they are ten or fifteen million-dollar policies, are not (as of this date) a reporting requirement. My personal favourite is the anonymous no ID company credit card. Just make sure it's not from the Caribbean area! So long as the credit card is NOT tied into an account, there is no current US filing requirement.
So one can walk around with 5, 10, 20 even 50 grand on that little piece of plastic and the loot is safely stashed away offshore ready to be withdrawn from a hole in the wall (ATM machine) anywhere in the world, 100% legal. For a few hundred dollars that offers a great deal of protection. (Publishers comment: Click HERE for details on obtaining an anonymous credit card.)
PrivacyWorld - Can the average citizen conduct their daily lives and affairs in privacy? Would an alternate identity be of use to the average citizen?
Dr. Seymour Samson - Privacy as we knew it no longer exists. I really hate to generalise. Everyone is an individual and his or her requirements are special. It also depends on where one lives! If you are under the control of the Taliban in Afghanistan, you better get your ass out of town in a hurry. However I'd suspect that the majority of your readers are based in the western world.
Having an alternate walking around ID for the "average" person just isn't practical. In fact, it would probably get them into more trouble at home than help. Using one abroad is another matter. Just conduct your affairs at home in a low profile, legal manner and you shouldn't have a problem. If you are doing something naughty, then be prepared for the consequence. However for the privacy seeker with reasonable assets, getting a portion of your assets offshore is prudent. Having a legal second passport should be a part of one's long-term life insurance policy and for privacy reasons. So long as you do everything legally I see nothing wrong with that thinking. Just keep your big mouth shut about your private affairs. Loose lips sink big ships.
You never know a woman (or anyone) until you see them in court!
So what they don't know won't hurt them. In spite of all the scare tactics coming from the terrocrats, it is NOT against the law to for an American or Canadian to have a second nationality or second passport, even with a legal name change! Nor is it illegal to have an offshore bank account. It is a reporting requirement for American's and Canadians if the aggregate amount exceeds US$10,000 in any single year, that's the catch.
As I said there are legal ways around this. Having a second passport with a legal name change is a must. If one can't afford a second passport, then get a legal western European residency for a lot less money, which will lead to a legal 2nd passport in a few years.
(Publishers comment: Click HERE for details on obtaining the residency program)
But whatever you do, do it! Don't fool around because the opportunity may not be there tomorrow. One or the other or both should be part of a life insurance program that all privacy seekers have or should have. Like all life insurance, one hopes they'll never need it, but its there just in case. At home common sense should prevail. If fact common sense should prevail at all times. First don't break any laws.
Keep a low profile and blend in with the crowd. For sensitive calls and communications, use a pay phone or an anonymous mobile phone. Be careful of the new third generation mobiles. They have clipper chips built in for all US models, which can track you, anywhere, even if you're mobile is off. They have to be targeting a particular mobile number in order to accomplish that, but the technology is in place.
The same holds true in US homes and offices. The terrocrats can listen to your conversations through your telephone, even with the phone on the hook. They'd had and been using this technology for six or seven years now. They are supposed to get a court order for this, but that is simply a matter of filing some paper with a friendly judge.
So they don't even have to place a bug in your home anymore. All they have to do is flip a switch at the telephone company and viola, they are listening to every word spoke. You can defeat this by disconnecting the telephone cord from the wall to the phone, so be warned
Use mail drops both offshore and onshore. Also use an alias. There is no law that says one can't use an alias so long as you do not intend to defraud anyone using it. Have offshore banks hold mail and NOT send to your home country. Use heavy-duty encryption when sending email.
Use a web based e-mail account from a cyber café for really sensitive communications. Hushmail at
The real problem is if you do everything by the book, follow all laws, rules and regulations, just when you are ready to go for the winning touch down, the terrocrats change the rules and move the goal post. They have done this repeatedly over the years and I don't see them changing.
The accountants, lawyers and others of such ilk just love it when the terrocrats change the rules in the middle of the game. Why? Because it creates more work for them, new structures, more billing time, etc. What you need to realise is all of them are a part of the system. Hell the US tax code is more than 6 inches thick. How can anyone understand and comply with all that?
Remember if you play by the terrocrats rules eventually you'll lose! As a tourist abroad, YOU make your own rules. He who makes the rules wins!
PrivacyWorld- I have noticed that when reading articles and publications discussing privacy, Big Brother and protecting one's assets, there is a disclaimer or special information for US citizens. Why do US citizens differ from the rest of the world when considering privacy matters?
Dr. Seymour Samson- Because the US passport is the most expensive document in the world. The US, Canada and the Philippines are the only countries in the world that tax its citizens and residents on their worldwide income under (excluding the Philippines) penalty of prison.
The US is an enormous country. It has the best (and worst) of everything. As THE great power, regrettably the US uses bully tactics on smaller nations dependent on US aid, etc. So the US exerts its power for US banking policy worldwide in that fashion. Most major banks and countries have to go along with the program, if they want US aid and to use the US banking system, which naturally every major bank does. No bank is going to risk having their entire assets subject to being frozen in New York if they don't comply with US regulators wanting information about your little half million or million dollars sitting in their bank offshore, are they?
PrivacyWorld- In conversations with Privacy World's US readers, they all seem have a deathly fear of the IRS and their power to do what they please. Is their fear warranted or do they just have a good Public Relations division?
Dr. Seymour Samson- You bet it's justified. I don't call them terrocrats for nothing! If you happen to be the poor bastard that's caught up in an IRS audit or criminal investigation, bye-bye ass and assets! Like I said, don't break any laws when you can accomplish what you want legally. That's the prudent approach. Today you really need to be an "Offshore Guerrilla," i.e. independent, armed and resistant, in order to win. What I mean by this is to be an independent thinker, armed with the right structures and privacy tools and able to resist the repression coming from the terrocrats. That's the way to win and keep your personal and financial freedom. PW. Please continue! DSS - Well America won the war for independence from the British by using guerrilla tactics. The communist Vietnamese defeated both France and the US by using guerrilla tactics as well. There was no way they could have won using "conventional " warfare. Ditto for the privacy seeker.
If you want to maintain your personal and financial freedoms, you'll have to do the same, i.e. become an "Offshore Guerrilla." Now I'm not talking about becoming a terrorist, hurting other people, property or such non-sense. I am not advocating that in any way. I do not condone such activities. In fact I find them reprehensible in the strongest possible terms. I am, however, talking about becoming an offshore guerrilla in the sense of being an "independent thinker", "armed" with the right structures and privacy tools and prepared and able to "resist" the repression, which is getting worse.
PrivacyWorld- Next to the legendary W. G. Hill, you have probably been in this business the longest. I understand you primarily offer private consultancy services to "special needs" clients. What is the typical situation you find your clients in these days and has it changed over the years?
Dr. Seymour Samson- Hill retired long ago. His ego and big mouth ended his career. He's damn lucky he wasn't extradited to his old world. Only a huge bribe saved him. And yes, I have been around for a good while. But I try to keep a fairly low profile. I don't write books, I don't give lectures and I don't have a web site. Once in a blue moon I write an article for various privacy newsletters, but I can't remember the last time I did so. I work strictly through referrals from reliable and trusted sources. However during this trip I came across such reprehensible privacy and freedom stealing technology and issues, I had to speak out. So I am doing this interview and several others, in hopes of making freedom lovers aware of what's really happening to their privacy around the world.
PrivacyWorld- What about your services?
Dr. Seymour Samson- My services are not for everyone. There is no typical situation. Everyone is an individual and I treat each that way. Whether or not a reader uses my services is not the point. They need a reality check-up from the head-up.
If they are seriously considering moving some of their assets offshore they should get the advice of a professional. In fact getting the advice of several professionals, before taking any action, is the best advice I can give anyone. Just make sure that person is not tied into any one trust company or based in one's home country for privacy concerns.
Times change and people change. And the way the terrocrats feel about freedom seekers has changed too. It's gotten worse, very much worse! If you see your privacy being stolen, do something about it. If you feel threaten by terrocratic actions, take the necessary steps to protect yourself.
People need help. I offer unbiased, sound, practical advice so people can act in a legal manner to help themselves become or remain a sovereign individual. Contrary to others, I make my money on the consultation fee, not by selling products so there is no hidden agenda.
If the client gets a product or structure from someone else, I don't have a problem with that. On the other hand if they retain my services, I offer huge discounts passed onto my clients. For the serious player the savings pays for my fee in a short period of time. As to my clients I help position them to legally save on their taxes. I seem to spend a good bit of time undoing things and structures that they did wrong previously, or did in such a way as to bring eventual trouble. Like I've said previously, don't break any laws when you can do things legally! No need for that when you do things right.
If one has a family, it makes it exceedingly difficult to physically move offshore. Not impossible, just more difficult. Women seem to have a particularly hard time adjusting to being an expatriate. What they don't realise is that it could be the greatest gift they give their children, growing up abroad. But moving offshore is certainly not for everyone. It must be thought through long and hard, carefully, logically and everyone involved must be realistic.
The wants and needs of your family should outweigh anything else IMO, other than your personal health and freedom. If one is single, then the process becomes a whole lot easier. Having a decent net worth and or a portable trade comes in handy too. The Internet today offers worldwide business opportunities anywhere in the world at the touch of a keyboard. So you could be sitting on the beach in Bali (Indonesia) or Phuket (Thailand) conducting your worldwide business.
PrivacyWorld- As a seasoned P.T., what advice do you have for someone considering this lifestyle?
Dr. Seymour Samson- Well it all depends what you mean by being a PT! My definition may be very much different than that of your readers. But for the privacy seeker I'd suggest some or all of the following: As I said previously, get the advise of several experts. Know what it is that you are trying to accomplish.
Going offshore for being offshore sake is not recommended. Think clearly, logically and rationally. Don't break any laws. Don't do anything that you'll lose sleep over. Take a trip of at least three months abroad to see if moving offshore is your cup of tea. Not everyone is willing to trade his or her creature comforts for that of an expatriate, though it has been my experience and that of my clients, ones lifestyle improves greatly as well as ones after tax income increasing.
Do things in such a manner that in the event you do not like living abroad, you can return home legally and safely. An important thing to know for Americans: If you stay abroad for 18 months at one shot you get an exemption on earned income up to $70,000 more or less. You still have to file tax returns, but for a couple that means US$140,000 plus of tax exempt income annually. If you can't live on $140,000 per year, then you're doing something wrong. More importantly after you put in your 18 months abroad and obtain that tax-exempt status, you can return to the states for limited periods of time while still maintaining the tax-exempt status.
That's very important to know. Most important live free, be happy, healthy and enjoy your loved ones. Do what's best for you and your loved ones, not the terrocrats.
PrivacyWorld- Thank you doctor.
Dr. Seymour Samson- You're welcome. The pleasure has been all mine.
PrivacyWorld- Formerly Dr. Samson provided high net worth individuals a full service expatriation service. Now he offers even more to the moderate-income privacy seeker.
In fact, practically any service the customer desires can be arranged. These include expatriation, re-invoicing, research, credit cards, anonymous safe deposit boxes, Liechtenstein Ansalt's and anonymous bearer share nominee corporate directors. He has a special relationship with several Banks and provides introductions for confidential banking relationships. Further he can help with visa, documents, 2nd passport and travel services-anything you can imagine and a few new wrinkles you haven't even thought of.
Naturally, he can't service enterprises engaged in criminal activity under local law. Dr. Samson is converse with US, Canadian and European laws. For the serious player Dr. Samson offers his 2 year unlimited (but reasonable) consultation service.
His fee, US$10,000, pays for itself in a short period of time with discounted products for his clients.
A preliminary consultation may be arranged for just US$1,000. He agrees to apply this towards his two-year fee should the client select that service.
If you are a serious player, get your preliminary consultation with Dr. Seymour Samson.