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Comment Re: They don't have to let you in (Score 1) 212

Nope, try again, A US Citizen has an absolute right to re-enter the US. Lyttle v US, Fikre v FBI, and other cases uphold this. They can detain you, they can make life difficult, but if you're a US citizen, they *cannot* send you back.

Can't they send the US citizen to another part of the world that is under US jurisdiction, like Guantanamo bay? Or some military facility? That way you have been allowed to re-enter the US, just a part of the US where they can then control your movements.

Comment Re:Don't take anything electronic into the USA (Score 3, Insightful) 212

Americans, why are you putting up with this? By passively accepting these acts, you are letting your government slowly turn your once-great nation into a totalitarian police state. It brings to mind the speech from V For Vendetta:

"I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the high chancellors, Clinton, Bush, and Obama. They promised you order, they promised you peace, and all they demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent."

Why do you think there are Libertarians in North America and practically nowhere else?

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 2) 212

Incorrect. Prolonged (non-routine) detentions must be based on reasonable suspicion. Even then, the duration of the detention must be limited to the time necessary to confirm or dispel that suspicion. And even if there is reasonable suspicion, under no circumstances can the duration exceed 48 hours without a judicial hearing.

You honestly believe TSA have ever read that or care about it?

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 2) 212

Keep your phone encrypted and always power it off when crossing the border. They can seize your phone but can't compel you to decrypt it.

They can keep you in detention on the border until you do decrypt it. You have no rights at all on the border. You can be detained indefinitely. International travel is inherently unsafe.

Comment Re:Where did the money come from? (Score 1) 159

The problem is that they feel the need to investigate.

Its none of their business.

That's right. Crime is none of the justice department's business.


The government gets to define crime so hey, they can bust you for whatever they like!

Depositing money can be a crime in itself? Rubbish. No wonder you have libertarians in north america, they are practically encouraged by the rampant interferance in daily life from the government.

Comment Re:VP's CEO's need to due hardtime and not hide un (Score 2) 65

On the contrary. Civil asset forfeiture, as evil as it is, would have a much greater effect. In fact, this is exactly the kind of thing it is supposed to be used for. Tattooing "I am a thief" on their foreheads would be a nice supplementary measure to make sure that nobody forgets. Let's save the prison space for the button men and truly violent people who present a real danger to the public.

Most cops seem to think civil asset forfeiture is for taking small change from out of town folks driving through in their cars!

Comment Re: Where did the money come from? (Score 1) 159

Well, having a small enough amount of money that you're worried about if it is near $10k or not is definitely suspicious. Where did this poor schmuck get this pittance, anyways? And why is he paranoid just over people knowing that he has it?

Oh of course, I forgot; if you did nothing wrong you shouldn't be worried about privacy.

Comment Re:Where did the money come from? (Score 1) 159

It's not illegal to deposit a big chunk of money, you just have to fill out a form explaining how you got it. Trying to avoid the form by splitting up the deposit is what gets you in trouble, but the trouble is just "gotta fill out the form". If you can't fill it out or you lie on it then you can find yourself in real trouble.

That kind of nosiness is the kind of thing that causes libertarianism... Please, get rid of the Nanny state and we won't have libertarians any more...

Comment Re: Where did the money come from? (Score 1) 159

Yep. When I worked in the industry ALL suspicious transactions that were over a certain amount were transmitted to FDIC / OTS. Suspicious could be whatever the compliance officer wanted to capture. Not sure how it was processed by the Feds but they had the data if they ever wanted to investigate.

HAVING money is suspicious!

Comment Re:Where did the money come from? (Score 1) 159

It's really really simple.

Money laundering is the crime of hiding where the money came from.

Now, all the regulations may be screwed about it are screwed up and complicated. But the crime itself is simple.

Just because regulations about a crime are poorly written does not mean the crime is poorly defined.

And its not just money laundering thats illegal!!!

If you happen to have just $9999 to deposit into your bank account THATS ILLEGAL TOO! (because its 'structuring').

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