“Panama Papers” Tax Evasion Expose’ Forces Presidential Response.

By Jerry Alatalo

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Alphabet After the largest release of secret financial records of tax evasion in history, the “Panama Papers”, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have no choice but to share their views with the American people and fully address the issue – like Bernie Sanders. Sanders alone among the remaining major-party presidential contenders has spoken to crowds across the nation about the global industry of tax havens/evasion.

Given the worldwide press coverage of the “Panama Papers”, the American people will surely be interested in what Clinton, Trump, Cruz and Kasich have to say on this major news bombshell – of historic dimension and consequence.

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The men and women at the Tax Justice Network have worked relentlessly for many years reporting on the worldwide tax evasion industry, now estimated to cost $1 trillion in lost tax revenues for national governments. The group issued a press release today on their website:

Press Release:  Tax Justice Network

The Enablers Of Financial Secrecy Know  What They Are Doing

For immediate release

Contact: John Christensen, Director of the Tax Justice Network +44 7979 868302

Law firms like Mossack Fonseca know exactly what they are doing when they set up secret offshore companies. Lawyers operate in a privileged environment. Although they have a duty of confidentiality to their clients, that duty does not override their obligation to uphold the law. This means performing adequate due diligence on their clients and informing the relevant authorities when they come across suspicious activity.

However, far too many offshore lawyers, accountants and bankers see it as their role to shield their clients from financial regulations designed to prevent money laundering, tax evasion and corruption.

The Tax Justice Network has for many years highlighted the role Panama has played in the global offshore industry. Our Financial Secrecy Index, the benchmark for assessing the secrecy of financial centres, assigns Panama with one of the highest secrecy scores in the world.

The kind of financial secrecy practised by Panama is designed specifically to avoid global regulations requiring the disclosure of assets. In many cases this secrecy is established for the sole purpose of hiding criminal or corrupt transactions.

For years we have called on governments around the world to implement the policies required to stamp out tax evasion, corruption and criminality, yet we have seen little progress. We note that today’s latest leak from the ICIJ highlights yet again how financial secrecy permeates the global political and business elite; many of whom are responsible for designing the rules on the global economy.

What is needed now is a commitment to end financial secrecy, tax havens and the offshore financial system. We are unaware of any legitimate reason as to why individuals need to incorporate companies in secrecy jurisdictions. It is now time for that practice to end.

Commenting specifically on today’s allegations,

John Christensen, Director of the Tax Justice Network said:

“Mossack Fonseca has been one of the giants of the offshore world for decades. They had a reputation for extreme secrecy and discretion on their clients’ behalf, which needless to say was attractive to many clients engaged in tax evasion, fraud, hiding conflicts of interest, and other white collar crimes.

It is important to recognise that offshore law firms like Mossack Fonseca do not operate in isolation; they rely on intermediaries, often other law firms or banks, to pass on clients and to provide support for the sophisticated cross-border structures needed by politically exposed clients or other members of the global financial elite who want to hide their corrupt and criminal activities”

Alex Cobham, Director of Research for the TJN said:

“The Tax Justice Network’s Financial Secrecy Index has for a long time listed Panama as one of the most secretive jurisdictions in the world. In the most recent index we identified Panama as a jurisdiction of ‘extreme concern’. But the international community, despite talking a good game, has done little to compel improvements either from Panama or the many other jurisdictions working to promote secrecy, including the British tax haven network.

This global inaction has allowed places like Panama to cause huge damage to the global economy, facilitating tax avoidance and evasion that not only eliminates government revenues to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars a year, but also the corruption that undermines democratic government and elite accountability.”

Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands, a book about tax havens, said:

 “While the focus is currently on Panama, one of the world’s sleaziest tax havens, it is important not to forget that it is just part of a bigger global system. The United States is a big player in the game, hosting vast sums in foreign-owned assets in conditions of strong secrecy. The United Kingdom runs a global network of Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies that includes some of the world’s biggest tax havens — including Cayman, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Jersey.

In a little over two months’ time UK Prime Minister David Cameron will hold a global anti-corruption summit in London. If the UK government is serious about taking on corruption and money laundering, then it needs to take action on the British territories, many of which are used by companies such as Mossack Fonseca to hide their clients’ wealth.”

Notes

  1. The Tax Justice Network’s Financial Secrecy Index can be accessed here: http://www.financialsecrecyindex.com/introduction/fsi-2015-results. Panama receives a secrecy score of 72 out of 100 on the index.
  2. The Financial Secrecy Index narrative report on Panama can be found here: http://www.financialsecrecyindex.com/PDF/Panama.pdf
  3. We recently wrote on how Panama’s history as a tax haven. Which can be accessed here: http://www.taxjustice.net/2016/03/30/panama-the-making-of-a-tax-haven-and-rogue-state/
  4. The Tax Justice Network is a research organisation focusing on the offshore economy – To find out more about the TJN, visit taxjustice.net

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Along with TJN’s website, those interested in learning more about the issue of tax havens and tax evasion can visit Tax Justice Network’s YouTube channel and listen to dozens of archived, highly informative, fact-filled podcasts:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TackleTaxHavens

The presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders should receive a tremendous surge of support after the release of the “Panama Papers”, especially when Americans learn he’s been the only candidate of the two major parties addressing the extremely important issue of massive, global tax evasion.

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September 11, 2001: “Taboo” In 2016 Election.

By Jerry Alatalo

Suits 1Alphabet Chicago, Illinois native and investigative journalist Christopher Bollyn now resides in Europe. He has toured the United States for many months recently giving his presentation “Solving 9/11 Ends the War”. After sharing Luke Rudkowski’s astonishing encounter with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, it seemed fitting to follow-up with part of one of Mr. Bollyn’s powerful talks. It’s strongly suggested that Americans become aware of this major issue by finding Mr. Bollyn’s many full lectures, some over 2-hours long, posted on YouTube.

This writer believes Christopher Bollyn is a man of rare true morality and integrity, one who has made the conscious decision to speak the truth about 9/11 in the face of profound personal risk, and that his message imploring the American people to rise up with enough power to manifest prosecution of criminals behind the greatest false-flag operation in history is vital.

Since September 11. 2001, anyone paying the slightest bit of attention knows the tremendous amount of information and facts provided by men and women researchers around the Earth has achieved, indeed far surpassed, the legal term “reasonable doubt” on the official government 9/11 Commission Report.

Now, the question becomes: “Will any popular or well-known, highly respected men or women of stature in the world have the moral courage to speak out on this tragedy of epic proportions?” One has to wonder why, especially now when more than half the people of the United States disbelieve the official government narrative, the issue – the impossible-to-measure “elephant in the room” – of September 11, 2001 has never been discussed or debated during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Fourteen years of intentional avoidance and cowardly inaction/silence, persisting civilization-wide nightmare consequences of the lie, and the visible, incalculably massive injustice – the coverup of 9/11 – is enough. The criminals must become apprehended and imprisoned; this cancerous, deceitful, dangerous condition must become extracted from the collective body of humanity – now and forever.

(Thank you to Empire of Lies at YouTube)