ABS! ABOLISH BANK SECRECY to eradicate Global Corruption!


OPEN SUGGESTION to all NGOs, Foundations and Movements:
include the claim to "Abolish Bank $ecrecy! - AB$!" in your statutes and ALL communications and actions to increase social awareness and put more pressure on the authorities.

BANK SECRECY and Tax Havens finance, allow, maintain and stimulate Global Corruption: the single one cause of all serious world problems: war, terrorism, organized crime, violation of human rights, poverty, destruction of the planet and society.

(we DO have enough examples to be sure of that now, don't we?)

This does not mean that these organizations have to set aside any of their own specific claims, but simply that all of them always additionally include the demand to eradicate Tax Havens, to turn this into a collective and constant clamor, delivering unceasing pressure on the global authorities and elites, increasing at the same time the social awareness of this fundamental global problem and main collective enemy of the 99%. In fact, we'd suggest all Movements and Organizations to make it your nº1 demand, to emphasize its importance and because it always, directly or indirectly, affects your specific mission.

Also see: Scotland Independent: start of the end of BANK SECRECY?

WHY bring down Bank Secrecy and Tax Havens?

    Greed will always dominate the lesser human beings.
    However, if that kind of people would not have a secret place to hide their money many politicians, bankers, drug dealers and other criminals, would loose most of the incentive to be corrupt or criminal.
  2. BANK SECRECY induces poverty by hiding 30% of all global wealth
    There is no crisis, it's simply BANK SECRECY that works like a black hole. Anything that disappears in it, will never come back.
    About one third of all global wealth is hidden on Offshore 'banks' (this is an extrapolation of a Tax Justice Network 2010 estimation).
    Getting this hidden capital back in the official, legal, transparent global money flow would solve almost of all countries' financial problems and allow for true democracy and Human Progress to flourish.

Some References

Global super-rich has between $21 and $32 trillion hidden in secret tax havens (Tax Justice Network - 2010)

Wealth doesn't trickle down, it just flows offshore (the Guardian - 2012)

Tax havens hold $7.6 trillion; 8% of world's total wealth (BoingBoing 1/1/2016)

How ISDS threatens tax justice

This facebook post asks the people one question:

"If you could get rid the world of ONE THING, what would it be?"
GREED is a very frequent answer.
Our view is that: Most probably you cannot just get "greed" out of this world, unfortunately it is part of human nature. But we CAN do the next best thing: take away the greatest incentive of that greed (on large scale) Abolish Bank Secrecy!


WHO use tax havens

  1. BANKS, practically all - UBS, Clariden, Deutsche Bank, ING or ABN-Amro to name some
  2. Large corporations, Wall Street and other stock exchange basically all those where you get roughly 90% of what you're tought to consume: Microsoft, Google, Apple, Starbuck, Ebay, Vodafone, to just name some of the biggest and most sounding ones.
    ("Multinational corporations such as Google, Amazon and Starbucks don’t even try to hide their greed.")
  3. Speculators - simply the worst race of humanity, generating capital from capital without producing a minimum of added value for society, on the contrary, only draining capital out of society to those Treasure Islands, frequently leaving the most important or the most needed without resources at all.
  4. Corrupt politicians and other authorities
    Unfortunately those who should wake over society are at the same time those who most frequently are bribed.
  5. Organized crime - trafficking of weapons, drugs, people and animals
    the 'classic' maffia or terrorist integrants, many of which are, at the same time, fully integrated in one of the other groups.
  6. Wealthy individuals - take an hour off, go to www.icij.org/offshore/who-uses-offshore-world and enjoy, better and more real than any 'reality' show!
  7. And not to be forgotten: most probably even most Governments themselves will have a considerable amount of secret money stashed away on the Treasure Islands. Including those who publicly say they want to end their existence. Additionally, current (old) world order's logic makes it more than probable that countries' military and secret services will have their own share of secret accounts too. 




Consequences of Corruption as stimulated by BANK SECRECY

All the serious global problems that NGOs or movements want to solve or reduce, find their origins in this Large Scale Corruption and other Crime that is only maintained and stimulated by the existence of Bank Secrecy. For this reason alone Bank Secrecy in itself should actually be considered a major crime, at the same level as genocide:

  1. War and terrorism are being fought for one reason only: ultimately someone is making huge profit out of it. A profit which is managed through hidden bank accounts. At the same time they financed through black money, again, from hidden bank accounts.
    All other, supposedly idealistic, arguments for war are just false excuses to gain the support and implication of greater parts of the population. Most tipically these false excuses are 
    religious, nationalistic, political because through them it is so easey to blindly arouse the masses.
  2. Violation of human rights
    Generally occur in situations of war or under dictatorial, non-democratic regimes and under the same false excuses as above.
  3. Organized Crime
    Obviously large scale, organized crime is (one of) the first and biggest client(s) of Bank Secrecy and Offshore "banking", to hide their criminal profit from trafficking of arms, drugs, people or animals, additionally to the lesser, ordinary crimes like robbery.
  4. Destruction of nature and planet.
    Great deal of environmental crimes like illegal discharge of toxic waste or other contamination, deforestation or poaching of wild animals have but one reason... again, the hidden bank account of some person(s) without any scruples.

Western leaders look at Africa and blame their leaders for corruption but they don’t recognise that the systems we’ve put in place – above all the tax havens jurisdiction economy – are an open invitation to criminal behaviour, fraud, tax evasion, embezzlement, and non-disclosure. John Christensen, director of the Tax Justice Network

Some random links of millions of cases all over the world:


Not just stop 'tax evation', (the lesser of the crimes allowed)
but full abolition of Bank Secrecy and any place to HIDE money from society!

Most probably it can be stated that true eradication of Tax Havens will not be a real fact until specifically Switserland and England (+ colonies), mother and father of all Treasure Islands, definitely abandon Bank Secrecy.

Note that Independency Project is addressing full dismantling and disappearence of Bank Secrecy, Tax Havens, Offshore (Off Record!) Banking and all the like, for society and humanity to experience true transparancy of global finance and thus, maybe, a first glimpse of true democracy as well. Just avoiding or reducing tax evasion is not the point, only full eradication is! 

Even so, tax evasion is indeed a rather easy (thank you Offshore Leaks) and valid enough starting point.


Specific Tax Evasion references

  1. UK Tax Avoidance: Top 10 Giant Companies Dodging Corporation Tax
  2. Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite
  3. The 10 biggest Tax Havens in the World


Further reading and references:

Something going the right way?