In case you were not aware of it, carrying cash is now a suspicious activity. You are legally permitted to travel with any amount of money domestically without notifying anyone, having any documentation or justification. However the TSA has now determined that carrying $10,000 is considered carrying contraband just like carrying illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.Don't believe me? Check directly with the TSA here and look for Discovery of Contraband During the Screening Process OD-400-54-2 May 9, 2005 towards the end of the page:http://www.tsa.gov/blog/2008/11/blogger-roundtable-at-tsa-hq...Now fast-forward nearly 4 years from this document to the present day. Start with Steve Bierfeldt, a campaign staffer from the Ron Paul campaign flying out from St. Louis back to Washington after a fund-raising trip with $4,700 in cash in a metal strongbox. As you attempt to pass through the TSA checkpoint it appears this amount of cash sets off a rogue TSA goon who calls more goons for back-up who apparently also call in a varying number of power-mad local law enforcement agents. Now mix in an audio recording of the encounter thanks to the staffer's smartphone and you end up with this:You can download the entire recording here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/gm11wt or pull up a number of exerpts via Youtube. Just search for "TSA St. Louis Cash".You can read the news story here:http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/06/tsa-detains-offi...Here is an excerpt:Mr. Bierfeldt was attending his organization's regional conference in St. Louis and said he was keenly aware, as the situation unfolded March 29, of a controversial report issued to Missouri law enforcement officials intended to identify members of radical militia members. "Militia members most commonly associate with third-party political groups," said the report, issued Feb. 20 by the Missouri Information Analysis Center. "It is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitution Party, Campaign for Liberty or Libertarian material. These members are usually supporters of former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr."Mr. Bierfeldt was carrying Campaign for Liberty bumper stickers and other campaign literature, and was interrogated by TSA screeners and airport police at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for nearly a half-hour before being allowed on his flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The money he was carrying, more than $4,700, was in the form of cash and checks received from ticket sales, bumper stickers, books and other conference-related items. Mr. Bierfeldt recorded the event on his iPhone, and provided a copy to The Washington Times for review. (Click here to listen to the audio) On the tape, Mr. Bierfeldt is asked repeatedly where he works, where he obtained the money and why he was in St. Louis. In each instance, Mr. Bierfeldt asked whether he was required by law to answer the questions. "You want to play smartass, and I'm not going to play your f--ing game," the TSA official said. In case you think Mr. Bierfeldt brought this on himself, consider the following implications:You have the right to travel with any amount of money domestically.Last I checked you can't blow up a plane with a roll of $100 bills, which is supposedly what the TSA is protecting us from.Carrying cash = carrying illegal drugs according to the TSA. So now instead of searching for explosives the TSA is looking for your cash.You must now justify why you are carrying any amount of money since $4,700 > $10,000 per the TSA goons in St. Louis.As aptly demonstrated by the TSA goon caught on tape, the continued lack of accountability, transparency or oversight leads to this type of behavior. Who knows how many more people have been harrassed and were not fortunate enough to work for a Congressman and have been aware enough to record their encounter?But fear not, the TSA spin patrol/damage control posse is hot on the case here: http://www.tsa.gov/blog/2009/04/incident-at-st-louis-interna...The terrorists need not lift one finger more to damage the US, we're doing it to ourselves day by day.
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