Posted March 5, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“Taxation without representation is tyranny.”
– James Otis (1725-1783)
Looking to find out if a particular world politician or transnational corporation, a particular business tycoon or Hollywood icon, or your local drug smuggler is using a tax haven? Perhaps you just have a hunch about a person, or persons, or company – that they are probably using a secretive tax scheme to hide money from their government to avoid paying their share of taxes.
Now you have an internet website with a tax haven database to search/check for yourself.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (icij.org) has established a place for any man or woman in the world to go for information on tax havens, where users are able to search by nation, corporation, or individual. This is an historic accomplishment that holds out great promise for the people of the world. Why? Because, as ICIJ’s Gerald Rye points out in the following film by his ICIJ organization, 1/3 of the wealth in the entire world is parked in tax havens. Because, as Mr. Rye also points out, 1/2 of the entire world’s trade flows through tax havens.
The ICIJ tax haven database website (offshoreleaks.icij.org) gives men and woman from every nation on Earth the ability to report what they know about people, corporations, and other tax haven users to ICIJ, in effect the ability to report tips on illegal tax avoidance activities. If people are concerned about the hundreds of billions, trillions, of dollars of uncollected tax revenues because of the existence of tax havens – and have the desire to expose tax cheats – there is now a place to get involved and make a real difference.
Not only is it important that this database website is available for computer owners around the Earth because it offers real potential to end tax evasion, it also allows people around the Earth to investigate a massive, secretive industry that has been operating for decades, known only to those who have reached a certain level of wealth accumulation. Frankly, the scene in the film with Britain’s David Cameron and America’s Barack Obama – because both Cameron and Obama are well aware that tax havens are a huge, multi-decade industry enabled by the largest accounting, banking, and legal firms in the world – where Mr. Cameron speaks about his “great concern” regarding tax havens, is almost laughable.
The rich and powerful on Earth have been using tax evasion schemes for decades, and this includes terrorist organizations, drug cartel operators, arms smugglers, sanctions breakers, and the whole vast array of criminal actors with wealth. ICIJ’s exposure of this, what may be the greatest scandal in the history of this world, will blow the lid off decades-old secretive actions that have been immense in their consequences for humanity.
For those men and women who have asked themselves how 85 people could have accumulated personal wealth that is equal to the combined wealth of 3.5 billions human beings, ICIJ’s database points them to the most logical source for the real answers.
After reconsideration of the absolutely immense implications surrounding this multi-trillion dollar, decades-long, immeasurably large hoodwink, perhaps one has the responsibility to reconsider the extent and all-encompassing scandalous nature of this historic activity that has directly affected the lives of every man, woman, and child on this Earth. With an amount of focus, thought, and reflection, it is safe to say with all certainty:
Tax havens are the greatest scandal in the history of this world.
In the year 2014, it is essential that every man and woman becomes aware of the greatest scandal in the history of this world. Please pass this most important information on to your family, friends, news organizations, political representatives, and religious organizations. The sooner everyone knows what has been occurring, the sooner steps will be taken to correct a monumental series of historic and criminal human events.
Please visit: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, icij.org
(Thank you to TheICIJ @ YouTube)