Analysis American shakedown:

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Analysis American shakedown:

Analysis American shakedown: Police won't charge you, but they'll grab your money

On its official website, the Canadian government informs its citizens that “there is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the United States.” Nonetheless, it adds, banking in the U.S. can be difficult for non-residents, so Canadians shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash.

That last bit is excellent advice, but for an entirely different reason than the one Ottawa cites.

There’s a shakedown going on in the U.S., and the perps are in uniform.

Across America, law enforcement officers — from federal agents to state troopers right down to sheriffs in one-street backwaters — are operating a vast, co-ordinated scheme to grab as much of the public’s cash as they can; “hand over fist,” to use the words of one police trainer.

Roadside seizure

It usually starts on the road somewhere. An officer pulls you over for some minor infraction — changing lanes without proper signalling, following the car ahead too closely, straddling lanes. The offence is irrelevant.

Then the police officer wants to chat, asking questions about where you’re going, or where you came from, and why. He’ll peer into your car, then perhaps ask permission to search it, citing the need for vigilance against terrorist weaponry or drugs.

What he’s really looking for, though, is money.

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Mike Travers
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Rebecca, I've been beating

Rebecca, I've been beating this particular drum for decades without gaining any traction. One of the news shows, I think 60 Minutes, did a report on this several decades ago. A particularly lucrative area is the highway going through Louisiana. 2 major targets are expensive luxury cars and "Driving While Hispanic". 60 Minutes had a luxury car equipped with many cameras inside and out. They were pulled over for "Going over the line" a certain number of time in a certain distance, which their cameras proved was obviously a lie. Interviewed victims of police theft confirmed that that was the excuse offered to them for their stops.
The reason for targeting Hispanics is that they are frequently migrant fruit pickers returning to their families in Mexico with their entire seasons wages in cash, ripe for the seizing.
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So long as an economy

So long as an economy operates on paper currency backed by anything but a reproducible commodity someone will find a way to steal it, legally or illegally. It is why there is really only one rule that needs to be obeyed and that is "Thou shalt not steal" and since people will, we establish a government and give them police power to catch and punish thieves and make the punishment severe enough to discourage people from giving in to the temptation.

Mike Travers
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When it's the police and the

When it's the police and the courts who are committing the thievery, the only thing being discouraged is respect for police and the law.

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