From Phiip N Ledoux
November 3, 2006
You Need Permission to Leave the Country?
Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 11:06 AM
Subject: A-Letter: You Need Permission to Leave the Country?
Thursday, November 2, 2006
Vol. 8 No. 219
In Today's Letter:
Comment: Permission to Leave the U.S.?
Sovereignty: The Fences Between Us
Wealth: Con Artists At the Central Banks
Now You Need Permission to
Exit or Enter the Country?
Today's comment is by Mark Nestmann, our Wealth Preservation & Tax Consultant and
President of The Nestmann Group.
Dear A-Letter Reader:
Forget no-fly lists. If Uncle Sam gets its way, beginning on Jan. 14, 2007, we'll
all be on no-fly lists, unless the government gives us permission to leave-or
re-enter-the United States.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (HSA) has proposed that all airlines,
cruise lines-even fishing boats-be required to obtain clearance for each passenger
they propose taking into or out of the United States.
It doesn't matter if you have a U.S. passport-a "travel document" that now, absent a
court order to the contrary, gives you a virtually unqualified right to enter or
leave the United States, any time you want. When the DHS system comes into effect
next January, if the agency says "no" to a clearance request, or doesn't answer the
request at all, you won't be permitted to enter-or leave-the United States.
Consider what might happen if you're a U.S. passport holder on assignment in a
country like Saudi Arabia. Your visa is about to expire, so you board your flight
back to the United States. But wait! You can't get on, because you don't have
permission from the HSA. Saudi immigration officials are on hand to escort you to a
squalid detention center, where you and others who are now effectively ?stateless
persons? are detained, potentially indefinitely, until their immigration status is
Why might the HSA deny you permission to leave-or enter-the United States? No one
knows, because the entire clearance procedure would be an administrative
determination made secretly, with no right of appeal. Naturally, the decision would
be made without a warrant, without probable cause and without even any particular
degree of suspicion. Basically, if the HSA decides it doesn't like you, you're a
prisoner-either outside, or inside, the United States, whether or not you hold a
The U.S. Supreme Court has long recognized there is a constitutional right to travel
internationally. Indeed, it has declared that the right to travel is "a virtually
unconditional personal right." The United States has also signed treaties
guaranteeing ?freedom of travel.? So if these regulations do go into effect, you can
expect a lengthy court battle, both nationally and internationally.
Think this can't happen? Think again?it's ALREADY happening. Earlier this year, HSA
forbade airlines from transporting an 18-year-old native-born U.S. citizen, back to
the United States. The prohibition lasted nearly six months until it was finally
lifted a few weeks ago.
Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union are two countries in recent history that didn't
allow their citizens to travel abroad without permission. If these regulations go
into effect, you can add the United States to this list.
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the opinion of the author and is provided for educational purposes only.
It is not to be construed as medical advice. Only a licensed medical doctor
can legally offer medical advice in the United States. Consult the healer
of your choice for medical care and advice.