Rudolf Elmer spoke at the Occupy gathering in Zurich September 22, 2011. Although attended by 800, media generally ignored it. Please distribute it widely at Occupy gatherings and on your blogs/websites to spread the word about tax evasion.
The speech addresses:
Without SOCIAL COURAGE one cannot save people – hence, without social courage nothing will happen!
Most want fair play in sports. Why do we allow those managers to ignore the concept of fair play in the financial world? For the sake of fairness and to save people, clear and competent knowledge is required to understand how abuse works in the financial world and how to fight it.
These are powerful institutions and positions which undermine democracy – a network of lobby groups set up to handle profitable deals or to better hide their rogue deals.
The means to get it back are simple:
Abuse is based on:
Much happens under the cover of SECRECY. Only bank insiders will be in a position to bring light into the darkness.
If somebody like me dares to publicly disclose abuse as a WHISTLEBLOWER, then hell breaks out in the financial havens.
They will say “It’s bad manners to give away secrets“ and "for years, you benefited from it.“ Yes, this time was necessary to be able to look behind the scenes, connect the dots and understand the global issue. Only afterward could I disclose, in the interest of the public, how banks, multinational corporations and certain super rich people abuse the state.
Privacy has limits where
Many managers and big banks have lost their social conscience and hence their sense of responsibility vis-à-vis the state and democracy.
Since spotlighting this eight years ago, I have been defamed, portrayed as pathological, accused of crimes and put in prison twice totaling seven months. I have been pressured, isolated, threatened. The sole aim was to destroy my credibility and silence me. A witness protection program was never considered. Everything was staged, mainly because I had disclosed to tax authorities how tax defrauders, drug and arms dealers, mass murderers as well as insider trading works.
These were the same banks which had the arrogance to pretend that they were "too big to fail.“
In other words, "too big to be allowed to exist in the first place." Their business models – investment banking, hedge funds, offshore structures – have undermined democracy and put states in jeopardy. Politicians, governments and the people must strip the banks of their power. This means recognizing that since the beginning of the financial crisis, unbridled creation of money by tax haven underground banking systems brought about by deregulation in the 90s has led to many banks having to be saved by tax payers. The unlimited creation of money by banks constitutes a big part of their power.
Furthermore, if one takes a close look at the WITHHOLDING TAX agreements between Switzerland on one hand and Germany and England on the other, one will find loopholes larger than a barn door, for the Swiss and in particular for foreign tax defrauders!
If one also thinks about the U.S. measures against Swiss banks and considers the amazing rewards for disclosing tax defrauders (Birkenfeld’s claim is estimated worth USD 560 million), the incentive program to uncover defrauders and criminal bankers, then America, and Germany, too, have created a "business model" which in my view needs to be abolished quickly. On one hand, it creates long investigative procedures for the state, but also a lot of tax revenues. On the other hand, this destroys trust in society, in the state and in human beings. In this way, frustrated bankers, for instance, could turn into information gatherers and make money out of it. A new criminal business model is born which could lead to economic warfare!
Obviously, disclosing insider information about criminal dealings or to expose one of the large Swiss banks to criminal investigation must not be allowed. This would be detrimental to the financial marketplace. So the financial marketplace becomes a state political objective along with protecting tax defrauders. Many bankers have enormous insider knowledge concerning abuses, but they are obliged to keep silent. When they speak, prosecutors' huge discretionary and arbitrary powers are used (in my case, the federal court blamed judicial authorities in Zurich for their arbitrariness). At this point, the capital-driven media come into the play. Prosecutors and the capital-driven media show whistleblowers who the boss is! Everything is lawful, of course, but not legitimate! The whistleblower is convicted, the bank protected.
Occupy Paradeplatz should aim to show alternatives – for instance, plain money reform, the dual banking system, limitating bank proprietary trading and more responsibilities for auditors examinating banks and multinational corporations. However, the latter together with their tax advisory units are part of the system and hugely benefit from it. I therefore dare to doubt that they are independent. Why are these audit firms located in tax havens, and why did they not detect the UBS risk management problems?
Finally, I would like to put on record that the issue here is justice and stopping abuse – NOT the whistleblower, Elmer, although my case is a striking example of how the system reacts.
Therefore: Save the people and not the banks!
Thank you very much!
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