May Be a Suspicious Hotel Guest
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Do you routinely
put the do not disturb sign on your hotel room door?
If you do, you may fit the profile of a suspected terrorist, and
the FBI and Homeland Security Administration want to know about
The FBI and
HSA have released a joint bulletin to hotels throughout the world
alerting them to potentially suspicious activities by hotel guests
representing potential indicators of terrorist activity.
behaviors by guests include:
questions typically asked of hotel registrants
a specific room or floor at the hotel
- Using payphones
for outgoing calls
- Use of
Internet cafes when Internet is available in the hotel
that their registration at the hotel not be divulged
hotel staff, including refusal of housekeeping services
for extended periods
through a third party
and leaving the hotel using entrances and exits other than the
unattended vehicles near the hotel building
with other hotel policies
list, its obvious that Im a terrorist. Lets review
a typical hotel stay, say, in Zurich.
questions. After a long flight, I check into my hotel. At
the registration desk, I refuse to provide my email address to
a specific floor. I prefer a quiet room on a higher floor
and ask for it when I register. Terrorists like peace and quiet,
too, at least until its time to go boom.
cash. Since my credit card charges a 3% fee for overseas transactions,
I often pay in cash.
payphones. Foreign hotels typically charge $3 or more per
minute for outgoing calls to the USA. So, I often purchase a prepaid
phone card and make the calls for 1/10 the typical in-room rate
from a pay phone.
Internet cafes. After one hotel stay in Zurich, at checkout
I received a bill for SFr 200 for Internet use in my room. The
hotel billed by the minute rather than a flat daily fee. My mistake
for not asking, but I would have happily used an Internet cafe
had I known in advance.
hotel staff. I often work from my room, and restrict access
to it for security and to avoid possible theft. Sometimes I sleep
on the same sheets and use the same towels for two or three days.
I always thought I was just a slob, but now I know that Im
a terrorist as well.
the lobby. I will enter and leave a hotel through whatever
entrance or exit is most convenient to my room. Obviously, that
makes me a terrorist.
unattended vehicles near the hotel. I dont usually have
a vehicle with me when I travel internationally, but when I do
I park near the hotel, generally in the hotel parking lot. Once
I park the vehicle, its unattended. After all, its
a bit hard to take it into the room with me.
with other hotel policies. Im notorious for such nefarious
actions as storing food or drink in the min-bar refrigerator,
even if the refrigerator is reserved for mini-bar items. Sometimes
I even take an apple from the breakfast buffet to snack on later.
Yes, that unshaven,
white, middle-aged guy with the receding hairline slithering out
the side exit to the Internet cafe might just be the next Osama
bin Laden. Hes carrying a laptop and looks a little confused.
Stop him now and send him to Guantanamo Bay for waterboarding. You
never know, he just might confess to inappropriate use of a hotel
mini-bar. Not to mention being a known or suspected breakfast buffer
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is a journalist with more than 20 years of investigative experience
and is a charter member of The
Sovereign Societyís Council of Experts. He has authored over
a dozen books and many additional reports on wealth preservation,
privacy and offshore investing. Mark serves as president of his
own international consulting firm, The
Nestmann Group, Ltd. The Nestmann Group provides international
wealth preservation services for high-net worth individuals. Mark
is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (member of
subcommittee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers, Committee
on Taxation) and member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2005, he was awarded a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree in international
tax law at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business
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