(EN) SCANNING OF PAYMENT CARDS AT BORDERS AND AIRPORTS
SCANNING OF PAYMENT CARDS AT BORDERS AND AIRPORTS
Under a proposed amendment to the Bank Secrecy Act, FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network), the Department of Homeland Security has proposed that it will begin requiring travelers to declare the value of prepaid cards that they are carrying. It is common for travelers to carry these kind of debit cards so that if they lose they cards, they will not be exposed at risk.
Now without the use of these cards Americans are at a higher risk of being kidnaped and exhorted to continue to use credit cards and debit cards with higher limits for more money . An innocent traveler could be forced to surrender his prepaid cards, making further international travel, impossible. No surprise, this project is the darling of the Department of Homeland Security.
Curiously, even though these new regulations target only prepaid cards, U.S Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) has begun developing advanced handheld machines that can determine whether a traveler is carrying a credit card, a debit card, or prepaid card. What does the federal government have in store for us next? Reviewing the limits on our credit cards before we leave the country? Viewing our credit card purchases when we either leave or return to the United States?
As one blogger put it, “When will you all learn that we live in the largest minimum security prison in the world, ]The United States of America]” Another commentator remarked “the problem with a situation like this is that enforcement (or harassment) becomes discretionary.”
Money laundering is a significant problem. But there are other ways to combat it than to seize, inconvenience, harass, and invade the privacy of the majority of Americans who work hard for their earnings. People in all free countries have the right to spend their money in the way they want and where they want so long as they are not funding illegal activities. These new regulations are a sad commentary on the state of freedom in this country.
At the Law Offices of Russell S. Babcock, we abhor such Orwellian and Big Brother tactics. As criminal defense attorneys, we are the ultimate bastion of freedom against the government, that increasingly every day encroaches on all of our liberties.
If you are any loved one has ever run afoul of the myriad unintelligible , nonsensical, and oppressive regulations of the Feds, call us for your free consultations. We have tried many white collar and financial crimes and are not afraid to go to bat for you when Big Brother comes knocking at your door-step.
Call certified criminal law specialist Russell Babcock today even before criminal charges are filed because many times we are able to avoid the filing of federal charges against you.