Searchable ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database

dbase 2013-6-16 16 32 24Do  you have a couple of hours to kill today?

If so,  you might want to peruse  the International Consortium of investigative Journalists Offshore Leaks Database

Anal sphyncters everywhere  will be quivering because the names  and other details  of  people named in the ICIJ off-shore  tax  haven  scandal  are now  available  in a fully searchable database.

Names such as  senator  Pana Merchant   (Yes, another Canadian senator  up to no good) and her husband Tony,  and  Vancouver dry waller Greg Cyr, one of 450 Canadians named in the ICIJ off-shore  tax  haven  scandal.

More than 100,000 offshore entities in tax havens and the networks around them  are  now available for all to see.

“They sought the utmost secrecy in offshore tax havens,” said the CBC  recently, going on:.

“But now some of the world’s wealthiest citizens are having their undisclosed financial records laid bare.

Now, see for yourself  if someone you’ve  long suspected  is in the  downloadable database.

Says the consortium »»»

When Bernard Madoff built his $65 billion house of cards; when food distributors passed off horsemeat as beef lasagna in Europe; and when Apple, Google and other American companies set up structures to channel their profits through Ireland — they all used tax havens.

They bought secrecy, minimal or zero taxes and legal insulation, the distinctive products that tax havens market and that allow companies to operate in a fiscal and regulatory vacuum.

Using the offshore economy is akin to acquiring your own island where the rules that most citizens follow don’t apply.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists publishes today a database that, for the first time in history, will help begin to strip away this secrecy across 10 offshore jurisdictions.

The Offshore Leaks Database allows users to search through more than 100,000 secret companies, trusts and funds created in offshore locales such as the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands and Singapore. The Offshore Leaks web app, developed by La Nación newspaper in Costa Rica for ICIJ, displays graphic visualizations of offshore entities and the networks around them, including, when possible, the company’s true owners.

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