What If Releasing The Panama Papers Was All About Attacking American Privacy Rights

When a coordinated release of the so called “Panama Papers,” really just a few files leaked (stolen, actually, most likely hacked) from a law firm in Panama known as Mossack Fonseca, happened in early April, the initial response somewhat resembled the one that followed the release of information Edward Snowden provided to the Guardian a few years ago.  SCANDAL!  Look what the people in power and who have big money are up to!  There’s one set of rules for the powerful and another for us!  And how much of that money was made in illegal business?

These were the memes that were pushed, and swallowed hook, line and sinker by people all over the world – including at least one world leader who resigned in embarrassment for having been mentioned in the cache.  Here’s the rub, though, while the Snowden leak involved information owned by a government, the Panama Papers are documents that were held PRIVATELY by a law firm for business entities and individuals.  It isn’t this way everywhere in the world, but in Panama, and THE UNITED STATES, we have privacy rights.  And in the U.S., in the case of legal documents and speech between an individual and his or her lawyer, that information is considered privileged.  No government can compel a lawyer to give up what a client told him or her in a private conversation.

The same goes for banking transactions and accounts in the U.S.  Without probable cause, government has no rights to violate an individual’s privacy, or any rights to this information.

For the globalists, and the one world sorts, these rights to privacy are a pretty big inconvenience.  They are one of many rights that we have in the United States that next to no one else has: free speech, right to bear arms, religion, peaceful assembly, right to not incriminate oneself, etc.  For globalists to really take control, those rights need to disappear, and that includes the right to privacy.  When the documents from his law firm were revealed in this way, Ramon Fonseca, the managing partner, immediately made the connection:

“We believe there’s an international campaign against privacy,” Fonseca was quoted as saying. “Privacy is a sacred human right (but) there are people in the world who do not understand that and we definitely believe in privacy and will continue working so that legal privacy can work.”

And the real target of this attack – or jihad as The New American put it – may well be the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Amidst the calls from every leftist government shill who could find a microphone in the last week calling for tighter tax evasion nets, international cooperation to catch those who move to keep their money away from thieving governments, and the proponents of an international tax scheme, was a little nugget of information that many of us who don’t have assets to hide did not realize:

Stefanie Ostfeld, the acting head of the U.S. office of the anti-corruption group Global Witness. [said,]”What’s lesser known, is the U.S. is just as big a secrecy jurisdiction as so many of these Caribbean countries and Panama. We should not want to be the playground for the world’s dirty money, which is what we are right now.”

Advisers around the world are increasingly using the U.S. resistance to the OECD’s standards as a marketing tool — attracting overseas money to U.S. state-level tax and secrecy havens like Nevada and South Dakota, potentially keeping it hidden from their home governments.

The “OECD Standards” refer to:

In an effort to catch tax dodgers, almost 100 countries and other jurisdictions have agreed since 2014 to impose new disclosure requirements for bank accounts, trusts and some other investments held by international customers — standards issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a government-funded international policy group.

So far, the United States has not signed on – probably because it violates our sovereign laws and inalienable rights, but that might be generous to the Obama regime – and due to that, the U.S. has become the world’s tax haven since within the country, our government will go after our own people for tax evasion, but not foreigners for other governments, a fact that none other than Rothschild exploits:

Rothschild, the centuries-old European financial institution, has opened a trust company in Reno, Nev., a few blocks from the Harrah’s and Eldorado casinos. It is now moving the fortunes of wealthy foreign clients out of offshore havens such as Bermuda, subject to the new international disclosure requirements, and into Rothschild-run trusts in Nevada, which are exempt….

For financial advisers, the current state of play is simply a good business opportunity. In a draft of his San Francisco presentation, Rothschild’s Penney wrote that the U.S. “is effectively the biggest tax haven in the world.” The U.S., he added in language later excised from his prepared remarks, lacks “the resources to enforce foreign tax laws and has little appetite to do so.”

We may have little appetite for it, but rest assured if we did, the resources would be there.

It was noted, exhaustively, that no Americans appeared in the first release of documents.  There could be any number of reasons for this starting with truly big named people don’t use that law firm to set up off-shore shell companies, but having a couple states actually being tax havens may yield a smaller number, anyway.  That is what is curious about these documents released, a SMALL fraction of over 11 million know to be in the possession of Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the group that helped German journalists sift through them for the last two years AFTER a source The Washington Post calls John Doe anonymously turned over the files.  Surely more than just a person connected to Hillary Clinton is named somewhere in there.  We may never know, though.  See, the ICIJ – another organization that counts George Soros as a major contributor – won’t be releasing much else.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which receives its funding from the CIA-connected U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ford Foundation, as well as George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, has “shown its slip” by declaring that it will not make available the entire cache of hacked documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca public.

Instead, ICIJ maintains that it does not want to expose “sensitive information of innocent private individuals along with the public figures.”

Well, isn’t that convenient.  So, maybe the point wasn’t actually to embarrass the rich and powerful and make them bow to confiscatory tax levels.  That makes the scenario as described by Ramon Fonseca all the more plausible.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.