What happens if you cannot travel freely?

What happens in the future if we travel bloggers cannot travel freely?

This may sound a bit far-fetched, but a paradigm shift has occurred since the financial crisis started 4 years ago.

You may ask,”How could US citizens not be allowed to travel freely?”

In an earlier post I discussed the new passport applications for US citizens (click here to read the post) that are being presented for review. The form’s been changed to include questions about the doctor who helped in your birth, your families history, and many other more “intrusive” questions.

I received a few comments that the form would be almost impossible to fill out properly.

What instigated this post was the latest action by The Federal Reserve Bank (The FED) to begin monitoring social media sites. What they’re interested in is who is talking about the The FED and what they are saying.

I’m 59 yrs. old, and I have never seen a government action where the desire is to find out who’s talking about whom, and then invite them for a friendly chat over a cup of coffee and talk about “things”

When governments take actions like this, it is to control what’s being said and punish those who do not “toe the line”. Punishment could be the inability to leave the country.

(The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters. – The Wall Street Journal)

If you look at the actions by the US government since 9/11, it is more to control the citizens of the US. than it is the terrorists

There is the “Patriot Act“.

This vastly increased the scope of monitoring of US citizens. Not only through wiretaps, but also financial transactions – both domestic and foreign – and the use of the US Military in domestic affairs. (All the government needs to do is accuse someone of “international terror” and the military steps in and due diligence is thrown out the window)

(In some cases, the government appears to be engaged in deception. The Boston Globe recently quoted a Massachusetts district attorney as saying that some police officers were going undercover on Facebook as part of their investigations.)

The new TSA organization of the US government has had it’s fair share of unkind news. It is more difficult to re-enter the USA than it has ever been. And really, it is more difficult to leave!

(Wired magazine reported last month that In-Q-Tel, an investment arm of the Central Intelligence Agency, has put money into Visible Technologies, a software company that crawls across blogs, online forums, and open networks like Twitter and YouTube to monitor what is being said.)

There is the new “currency controls” that go into effect in 2012 – if you ain’t got the money honey, it sure is tough to travel.

This is what the “currency controls” state – “Any funds transferred from the US to any overseas account are subject to a new tax equal to 30 percent of the total amount of the payment – unless the payment is sent to a foreign bank that has agreed to report all American-owned accounts automatically and electronically to the US government.”

Of course the foreign banks are up in arms about this. The kicker is that if they do not toe the line with the IRS, then The FED cuts of the flow of funds that it has sent out over the last 4 years. (Yup, the US sends financial support to foreign banks) (IE – the banks of the world are broke!)

These controls are infringing on US citizens freedoms and movement of assets. You can bet in Europe and other areas there are similar laws on the books, or governments are ready to enact them. The paradigm shift is “how to control citizens and currency”.

(Remember what happened after 9/11 – you could not get a flight to go anywhere)

To avoid having any of this interfere with your travels, I suggest 3 actions:

1) Open an offshore bank account

2) Establish an offshore entity

3) Obtain a second passport

If I am wrong on this “traveling freely”, and citizens are not limited in going in and out of their home countries, you have lost nothing – might have even gained some in your foreign bank account or offshore entity.

If I am right, and you do something about it now, then this will allow you to move more freely throughout the world – to such places as your offshore entity.

You’ll also have money outside your home country to support your travels and lifestyle with your offshore bank account.

Cheers for now

PS – Follow the actions in Europe with Greece, Spain, Italy and even France. These countries are all on the verge of default. (As is the USA) This was “supposedly” resolved last summer with the Greek debt – guess not!

As Europe Union struggles with the debt of its members, the controls will increase on the average citizen – they cannot have money moving out of the countries.

“Protection” of borders may arise making it impossible to travel into a country.

Visa costs may increase (The US increased visa costs to fund the border fence with Mexico) and there maybe entrance/exit fees established.

Again, if I am wrong, you’ve lost nothing but some time.

If I am right, you gain much more freedom than those that did not take action.

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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8 Responses to What happens if you cannot travel freely?

  1. stevie says:

    Great post John. A little scary, but that’s not your fault. Better to be aware than not. Growing up, I remember reading 1984 and Brave New World, and thinking how terrifying in would be to live in those kinds of worlds, and now….well, Big Brother is Watching.

  2. John Wilson says:

    Hi Stevie,
    Kind of a bit off the normal stuff from travelers, this post.
    I remember sitting on the rooftop of my house and watching downtown Detroit burn from riots, as people were really frustrated.
    I do not believe we are too far from that now.
    Just reading about the “occupy wall street” group, which wants to shut down the big banks and end the oligarchy in the US
    Big shift since 9/11 – something that travelers should pay attention too.
    Big brother watches, not to help but to control and manipulate.
    Be safe in your travels, you two.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  3. Silverboom says:

    Timely post, bud. Getting these things in place can take more than time…there is usually some money involved, sometimes some serious money. But then, if freedom is not worth it…

  4. John Wilson says:

    Yeah Silverboom,
    I am reading folks who are making $5,000 per month on their blog/network – so yeah would be good to have at least two banks accounts to have access to the money.
    Since border crossings are a chore with the world some what functioning normally, when the S**t hits the fan, a second passport may become as good as gold.
    Very few will head the advice – most think the world will never dramatically change – like WWII, like Nixon axing the Brenton Woods agreement, wage and price controls, etc.
    Thought it was timely, considering theEuropean Union is coming to a close.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  5. DOug Dawson says:

    You are providing a great service by informing people of such things. Many are so mirred in day to day survival here in the USA that these issues go unnoticed by the masses. What’s happening here is very scary indeed. Cameras on every corner, taxes and fees to pay for them and penalties for just about everything.
    Great article, I think your on the money John, no pun intended!

  6. John Wilson says:

    Thanks Doug,
    I appreciate your comment, a lot.
    I’ll be in touch with an idea I think you might be interested in.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  7. DOug Dawson says:

    Sounds good John, I always keep an open mind. All the best…

  8. John Wilson says:

    Hi Doug,
    Just some ideas outside the “box”.
    When economies get trashed, governments go into defensive mode – protect borders and movement.
    Something to consider when traveling!
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

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