Citizens are warned that, south of the border, police are committing robbery. Canadians must be careful!
How many of us are used to warnings about the police in other countries—like Mexico—who will pull you over, and shake you down for a bribe?
Now read this major news article from Canada. And come to grips with the fact that other nations are feeling the need to warn their own citizens about that exact kind of criminal behavior by law enforcement… in the United States!
From CBCNews: “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.
It usually starts on the road somewhere. An officer pulls you over for some minor infraction — changing lanes without proper signaling, 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.
And if you were foolish (or intimidated) enough to have consented to the search, and you’re carrying any significant amount of cash, you are now likely to lose it.
The officer will probably produce a waiver, saying that if you just sign over the money then the whole matter will just disappear, and you’ll be able to go on your way.
Does it make you sad? It does me!
Does is make you mad? If I were in law enforcement as one of the “good guys” it definitely would!
Both citizens and law enforcement need to stand up together—with one voice—and say that this must end. Now! This is nothing more than theft by people wearing badges and carrying guns.