RTS Radio Interview dated 8 August 2012: http://www.rts.ch/audio/la-1ere/programmes/forum/4170924-qui-defend-encore-les-banques-suisses-08-08-2012.html
Interviewed were Antoine Spilmann, Member of the Committee of Swiss Respect (http://www.swissrespect.ch/index.php?id=21) as well as Charles Adams (Corporate Lawyer).
The header for the interview on the RTS website contained the following (quick human translation by me from the French in italics below):
Qui défend encore les banques suisses?
Who still defends Swiss banks?
A l’occasion de son bilan intermédiaire à la présidence de la Confédération, Eveline Widmer Schlumpf a été confrontée à de nombreuses questions concernant l’autorisation accordée à plusieurs banques de transmettre aux autorités américaines des documents où figurent des noms de collaborateurs.
At the same time as her mid-term report as President of the Swiss Confederation, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf has been confronted with numerous questions concerning the permission given to several banks to transmit documents containing the names of their employees to US authorities.
If you can understand French, I would highly recommend listening to the interview HERE. One quick paraphrase into English from the interview: “…less than 2 percent of undeclared US holdings are in Switzerland; how would the US like the disclosure to Brazil of the accounts of South Americans held in Delaware??”
The site of Swiss Respect is definitely worth a visit. There is some information in English, and I find the English text on the page (http://www.swissrespect.ch/index.php?id=21) quite refreshing, for example:
Our authorities meekly bow to foreign pressure instead of employing the tools they have: sovereignty and law. What is worse, they repeatedly and systematically violate the law, putting the citizens of our country and the economy as a whole at risk. It would appear that neither reciprocity nor equal treatment is either requested or achieved. This trend must be halted as rapidly as possible.
Ill-considered decisions dictated by fear have led our authorities to adopt restrictive provisions which frequently go beyond what our “economic partners” have called for (the famous “Swiss finish”). We sign agreements and approve texts which our competitors do not implement themselves and would never accept in their own countries. This is seriously undermining our economic and legal framework, and will soon impact on the real economy and the tax revenues from which the entire population benefits.
The Swiss Federal Council has, without any legal basis, supported providing the USA with the names of thousands of clients and employees of Swiss banks and access to other information (telephone calls, e-mails, etc.)
Switzerland is giving in without a fight. These abuses of power and illegal decisions on the part of the highest federal authorities are extremely difficult to swallow. It would be suicide for Switzerland to go it alone on fiscal self-declaration or a code of conduct, for there are as yet no international standards. Switzerland’s reputation for legal protection, privacy and the protection of private property has been seriously damaged.
Finally there appears to be a group in Switzerland who wants to put an end to the madness.
Are there other country-specific organizations in other countries trying to accomplish the same goals?
Neither Switzerland nor any other democratic country should have such a fear of the US that it allows its own sovereignty to be violated.