Ten Years Later
Nestmann Group, Ltd.
by P. T. Freeman: USA:
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of 9/11/2001 found me in Roseau, the capital of the Commonwealth
of Dominica. I happened to be staying at the Fort Young Hotel on
On my way to
the business centre to check my emails, a clerk said: The
World Trade Center in New York is on fire. I immediately sat
at the computer and Yahoo! News was reporting that two aircraft
struck the World Trade Center. I immediately returned to my room
and telephoned some members of my family to see where they were
and if they were OK. Thank God they were.
Dominica was one of shock and anger. Prime Minister Pierre Charles,
now deceased, expressed his disbelief and outrage. Callers to local
radio expressed incomprehension, anger, but also a good deal of
The next day,
I had a conversation with my friend and future business partner
Mark Nestmann. He told me, This is the end of civil liberties
in the United States. I also had a conversation with Jack
Pugsley, the late chairman of the Sovereign Society. He also expressed
grave concern for civil liberties in the and felt the hysteria would
be the cause that those in government would use to extinguish many
of those liberties.
both Mark and Jack proved to be correct. The Homeland Security Administration
was created, U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service was dissolved,
the USA PATRIOT Act was passed in record time, just to name only
a few of the major changes that took place.
changes successful? I suppose it depends on who you ask, but I think
the real loser was the American public. Only in a society where
fear is pervasive are people willing to give up civil rights in
exchange for security. As Padme Amidala said in the film Revenge
of the Sith, Thats how liberty dies; not by
the barrel of a gun, but with thunderous applause.
At that time,
I had only recently relinquished my U.S .citizenship, after acquiring
a passport from Dominica. When I foresaw what was coming , I knew
immediately after 9/11 that I done the right thing. I am thankful
that in the intervening decade, I have found both happiness and
greater freedom living offshore than in the United States.
with permission from The
Nestmann Group, Ltd.
Freeman is a friend, business partner, and former U.S. citizen who
now resides in the Caribbean.
© 2011 Mark