Skip to comments.Man detained and harassed at airport for carrying CASH!
Posted on 04/02/2009 10:04:55 AM PDT by Errant
Must see video... Know your rights!
I’m lazy. how much was he/she carrying?
This is nuts. An outrage. Why is it the gov’s business why he has money? Out of control idiot thugs. Wake up, folks
Thanks for posting video.
Don’t sweat it. He justs explains it and moves on.
Ha! Probably the profits he made on a shipload of cocaine or something /sarcasm
$4700, well within the legal limit you don’t have to declare it. I believe $10k is the current minimum you have to declare.
Wow..just simply wow. How in the world did we get to this point? Do we have to carry our lawyers around with us now? FReeping unreal.
He’s too rich! Too much money ON him... sarc
I think the Patriot Act requires reporting anything over $5,000.
I appreciate posts like this because it furthers my education in how to deal with government thugs....
add this to list of things that just piss you off......
The wrong way to handle a traffic stop:
The correct way to handle a traffic stop:
Know your rights!
Something similar happened to my husband when we lived in Michigan. We were flying out to England and some thug agents stopped my husband, told me to stand back while they asked him some questions, like if he was carrying $10,000.
Lucky his $$$ wasn’t confiscated under the rico act as have been many cases on the nations hiways and byeways!
I think the Patriot Act requires reporting anything over $5,000.
What is the world coming to?
My daughter went to buy a new house and I went to help her with the down. The bank had an affidavit I needed to sign stating under oath the money I provided was not drug money.
I wanted them to do the same for their portion.
My wife talked me out of it.
But you agree, of course, that he ought to be able to move on whether he chose to explain it or not, right?
He was carrying $4700 in proceeds from book t-shirt and merchandise sales from a libertarian political rally in St. Louis. His fear was that Missouri had published guidelines that included Ron Paul supporters as profiled domestic terrorists. The TSA dudes had also seen and read political literature he had in his posession and knew his political affiliation. The harassment stopped when an FBI agent stepped in and whispered to the TSA agents to let him go. They did.
$4,700 or so. Gee could have been winnings from a casino!
I’m sure this happens to Soros all the time.S/
The same thing happens if you try to cash a check for 10k or more.
The Fed now has the right to track everyone with 10k in cash. Where you got it, and what you spend it on!
$4700 isn’t that much money.
This was a brave man. With five men questioning him, cursing, and being abrasive, it is a wonder he held his temper. This was outrageous, they had no right to hold him and question why he had that money. It wasn't their business - they had no cause to know as thre was no prior connection with drug running or anything. Even if he told them, they probably would not have believed them and kept holding him until that FBI guy told them to let him go. Meanwhile, probably other thugs passed by who they should have been worried about.
Typical police attitude and actions. Nothing to see here, move along.
“I believe $10k is the current minimum you have to declare.”
Only if you are leaving the country.
I took over 10 times that when I flew to Phoenix to pay the balance and pick up an airplane I bought.
Land of the free indeed.
I like this version - NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR KIDS
Its Chris Rock
Coulda been drugs, surprised they didn’t confiscate it.
Look up laws on structured transactions or "smurfing." It's completely Orwellian. The Bank Secrecy Act requires banking institutions to report (to the fedgov) transactions over $10,000 through a CTR or currency transaction report. On the flip side of that coin, they are also required to report the suspicion of transactions that appear to be structured to avoid the reports...so if you're providing a goods or services that result in repeated transactions of $9K or so, you will be reported for suspicion of attempts to avoid the $10,000 reporting threshold!
You’re lucky you weren’t stopped for carrying drug money. You’d still be trying to prove your innocence to get your money back.
It's not. But, that's the unintended (or perhaps intended) war on drugs has left us with. I'm not one for legalizing or even decriminalizing drugs, but some of these laws that have been passed to fight drug trafficking only hamper honest citizens who are engaging in no criminal activity.
In some states, transporting large sums of cash can be used as prima fascia evidence of a drug transaction - just cash, no drugs. And as such, the money can be confiscated and the car impounded as part the "forfeiture" laws. It then becomes the citizens obligation to prove the money isn't dirty, rather than the other way around. How this isn't unconstitutional, I have no idea.
another thing to piss me off......
If I had the nerve this guy did, I would have tried to determine the IDs of the people holding him and then sue them under all the Civil Liberties laws that the left uses to imprison us all.
Take a look at this BS.
Not at all, I would just tell them to call my bank since I had withdrawn it that morning from my checking account.
It’s a lot of money to me, but I don’t see the relevance of that.
When he refused to answer questions about the money, he was not free to go. Does that seem right to you?
When he asked the agents to inform him of his rights, they refused to do so. Does that seem right to you?
“Not at all, I would just tell them to call my bank since I had withdrawn it that morning from my checking account.”
Yes you withdrew it for a drug transaction. (their position)
You would be required to prove it was not drug related in a court of law. The standard is pretty darn high since a high percentage of the money is kept by the dept confiscating the money.
I called the timber buyer and told him to bring me the cash in $50’s $100’s or stay off my property.
I had the lean green the next morning! ( No fed forms either)
I saw someone win $1500 on a slot at the MGM in Vegas. They will pay out, usually in a check, not cash for larger amounts like that. First you have to sign tax forms for the $, so the IRS knows. If you are a foreign visitor, the casino will take out the taxes first.
I doubt it. Maybe if you want to leave the country. What do you think happens at McCarran?
“When he refused to answer questions about the money, he was not free to go. Does that seem right to you?”
Not for $4700. That’s chump change.
well they also need to know what charities you donate to on your tax form. What interest you pay on your house, what kind of car you drive to depreciate it and if you are blind... It's their business to know... if you aint doing anything wrong then...
$4700 isnt that much money.
Speak for yourself. That’s very arrogant on your part.
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