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Article posted Jan 26 2014, 9:37 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: The Daily Sheeple Print

Revenue Generators: Feds Steal $27K from Traveler and Keep It Forever, Even Though No Charges Were Filed

Kimberly Paxton

The Feds have a great little business going. At this rate, it’s beyond me how we have any money problems.

US Customs and Border Patrol confiscate money like it’s their job.

That’s because, well…it is.

You know how you hear those stories about shifty Customs agents in dark Third World airports, rifling through luggage, stealing things from innocent travelers, and setting them up for crimes? Well, as it turns out, they’ve got nothing on the good old USA. Billions are “generated” every year as Customs taxes and/or steals from those entering the country.

A couple visiting the US from Ghana had an encounter with Customs officers at the Philadelphia International Airport that they won’t soon forget.

The couple failed to report the full amount of cash they were bringing into the country. Upon a search of their baggage, it was discovered that they had $27,431.30  in different currencies, as opposed to $16,000 as the man had reported.

Customs seized the money but was kind enough to return $500 for “humanitarian purposes.” That was big of them, wasn’t it?

In a statement, Tarance Draft, US Customs and Border Patrol port director for the area port of Philadelphia expressed his great sadness at what the officers were forced to do.
"CBP derives no great pleasure from seizing travelers' currency. However, there are consequences for failing to comply with U.S. currency reporting laws." (source)
I’m sure that Draft and his friends at CPB were really broken up over the theft…um…confiscation.

It’s interesting to note that the US Customs and Border Patrol steals…oops, that word again….seizes…over $30 billion dollars annually. By their own admission, Customs has a big role in “strengthening the economy.” On a typical day, they collect $105 million in fees, duties, and tariffs -- equalling over $38 billion last year.

Somehow I think that tempers their regret at confiscating nearly $27,000…but that’s just me.
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Kimberly Paxton, a staff writer for The Daily Sheeple, is based out of upstate New York. You can follow Kimberly on Facebook and Twitter.





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Posted: Jan 26 2014, 10:26 PM

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98198 Only the foolish and ignorant come to visit the USA. I'm looking for a way to get the fuck out.
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Posted: Jan 27 2014, 7:51 AM

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69209 This is quite shortsighted to imply that this is unique to USA. USA only complies with the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (http://www.fatf-gafi.org/topics/fatfrecommendations/) , an international organization. For example, New Zealand also had to strengthen their anti-money-laundering measures recently in order to comply with them.
The author might want to do a little research and compare the practices of US customs with those in other countries. Chances are, he would find that we are still on the "liberal" side.
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Posted: Jan 27 2014, 3:12 PM

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20410 No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


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