I found some interesting photos of a big FATCA compliance conference in Europe where as Steve Mopsick says all the best and brightest were sharpening their steakknives. However, apparently there was a “special” guest in the form of Member of European of Parliament Sophia In’t Veld a noted privacy rights activist in Europe(more like privacy rights pitbull). Now I have no idea what was discussed by any of the participants including Ms. In’t Veld however, in my opinion the pictures told a 1000 words. I will also acknowledge that I have direct knowledge of Ms In’t Veld’s concerns on FATCA and she could emmerge to be the EU’s Elizabeth May on this issue. Take a look at the pictures though:
Notice the physical distance between Ms. In’t Veld(with the curly hair to the left) and the three best and brightest FATCA compliance consulants to the right. Also note the male FCC consulant is not making eye contact despite the fact Ms. In’t Veld is trying to talk towards him.
Now you might say well this is just one angle. Well here is another.
There is definately a gap.
And notice when she is sitting it is to the side and at an angle and away from all the FCC consultants.
I would actually like her to say “I hate your damned country as well as your over-reaching,invasive foreign policies and how it is affecting my family. I hope to hell your country goes down the tubes.” That might end up getting her incarcerated as there is no way to say it diplomatically.
When I renounced, I didn’t give any written reason, nor was I even asked by the Consul who administered my expatriating oath. I just instinctively sensed that it was better and safer not to say anything more than absolutely necessary.
I got the distinct impression though that they’re already well aware of why most of are are renouncing. Nothing was ever implied but it was in how they all had such quietly compassionate eyes; I could look them straight in the eye.
Look them in the eye unlike our FCC co-conspirators in these photos.
The are a few choice things I’d like to say upon renunciation, but I am worried they’d use it against me at some point.
@Bubble, exactly why I thought it safer not to include a written statement… can’t now recall who it was, but someone here suggested it would probably be better not to include a statement. I was concerned it could be used against me too…