It’s been said The Libertarian Party (big L) was started by a number of folks in Colorado in 1971, who were having a political discussion regarding the downfall of The Republic.
Because President Nixon had instituted wage and price controls! (And took us off the gold standard, furthered the Vietnam War, the draft, and started the EPA?- Guffaw)
Fast-forward to today, wherein Rand Paul is waging a largely one man battle against The Fed™, and now this…
(courtesy of Irish)
This story has been floating around for a few days, now, but I don’t see much coverage of it. According to The Sovereign Man blog by Simon Black, the DOJ has instituted cash controls that require banks to notify them if anyone withdraws as little as $5000 cash in one transaction.
Assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell gave a speech in which he urged banks to “alert law enforcement authorities about the problem” so that police can “seize the funds” or at least “initiate an investigation”.
As Black highlights, according to the handbook for the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council, such suspicious activity includes, “Transactions conducted or attempted by, at, or through the bank (or an affiliate) and aggregating $5,000 or more…”
Imagine going to your local bank to get some cash; for a specific purchase or just because you want to have some cash on hand. You tell the teller that you’d like to withdraw $5,000 from your account. She hesitates nervously and wants to know why.
You try to politely let her know that that’s none of the bank’s business as it’s your money.
The teller disappears for a few minutes, leaving you waiting.
When she returns she tells you that you can collect your money in a few days as they don’t have it on hand at the moment.
Slightly irritated because of the inconvenience, you head home.
But as you pull into your driveway later there’s an unexpected surprise waiting for you: two police officers would like to have a word with you about your intended withdrawal earlier…
How do you know you live in a police state? That’s a pretty good working definition right there.
MORE AT SILICONGRAYBEARD
for more information here are some additional links provided by blog buddy Leigh
In the interest of fairness, one of my jobs during my 21+ year tenure at TMCCC was to research and complete SARs (Suspicious Activity Reports) as part of financial institution law.
These are the reports regarding ‘suspicious’ financial transactions taking place at federally-licensed/insured financial institutions. At the time, based on a floor of $10K.
This meant if you did a number of financial transactions involving moving funds around, or large credit card purchases totaling 10K, you would probably appear on the institution’s radar. And some functionary (like me) would review your accounts, and prepare a report, if warranted.
Of course, 10K (or more) meant a report would be prepared, regardless. (We did catch some bad guys this way!)
And you and your transactions were duly reported to The United States Treasury Department for further investigation.
Wouldn’t want any money-laundering or tax evasion amongst our citizens, would we?
And now the floor is 5K. In this economy.
Can’t have the citizenry moving their money around all willy-nilly, now can we? Because, whose money IS it, anyway?
Or on your physician’s computer…
The Weekly Standard shared with us the following, in part:
“This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which details the efforts of some 35 departments and agencies of the federal government and their roles in the plan to ‘advance the collection, sharing, and use of electronic health information to improve health care, individual and community health, and research.’” [emphasis added]
What departments and agencies?
Check out this list:
- Administration for Children & Families
- Administration for Community Living
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Defense
- Department of Education
- Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons
- Department of Labor
- Department of Veteran Affairs
- Federal Communications Commission
- Federal Health Architecture
- Federal Trade Commission
- Food and Drug Administration
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- HHS Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources
- HHS (Health and Human Services) Assistant Secretary for Health
- HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation
- HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
- HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
- HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
- HHS Office for Civil Rights
- HHS Office of the Chief Information Officer
- HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer
- HHS Office of the General Counsel
- HHS Office of Minority Health
- HHS Office of the Secretary
- Indian Health Services
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- National Institutes of Health
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
- National Science Foundation
- Networking and Information Technology Research and Development
- Office of Personnel Management
- Social Security Administration
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(from Rob Douglas) As an information security expert, I can tell you that there is no way – NO WAY – that the feds will be able to keep your health records secure with that many federal agencies having some type of access.
HIPAA be damned (apparently)! And what do 90% of these agencies have to do with my (or your) personal health!? Not to mention them sharing information with the FBI and BATFE (through the DOJ).
Don’t fear the government – fear the power of unfettered bureaucracy. – Guffaw
Well, not ALL…
From Say Uncle:
ATF making up crimes
Nothing new. They’ve done it quite a lot. But a judge is bringing the heat:
“Society does not win when the government stoops to the same level as the defendants it seeks to prosecute,” he wrote. “Especially when the government has acted solely to achieve a conviction for a made-up crime.”
Also, I liked this:
But for the undercover agent’s imagination in this case there would be no crime.
Can we get an AMEN!? – Guffaw
“Nothing up my sleeve – PRESTO!” – Bullwinkle
“Wrong hat!” – Rocky
“I wear a seven and a half.” – Bullwinkle
FBI Director James B. Comey made some kind of pronouncement a couple of weeks ago, regarding your rights and mine. Something of a positive, pro-rights nature. I took notice, and thought to myself “Gee, I should post this on the blog, it’s unusual for this, or any federal administration!”
Then, last week he flushed it all away when he announced:
Nice upholding your oath there, Mr. Director!
Thank the heavens above that the position of FBI Director is now federally-limited to ten years. Of course, with whom will he be replaced? Another nazi or soviet…?
h/t Motherboard, Joel
They’re with the missing IRS emails! :-)
DC forcing people to reregister and re-finger print gun owners, new fees
DC claims that it lost all the finger prints of everyone who has registered their guns in DC.
Emily Miller has the story available here
I’m reminded of the old ‘Lost Our Lease’ sales of yesteryear. A big window banner says Lost Our Lease. The small print says ‘it was in the top drawer of the desk, yesterday!’
Particularly nice, not only are they ‘required’ to re-register, but they get to pay the fees again. Inefficient AND punitive!
Government at it’s best!
h/t John Lott, Emily Miller
Another (how many in the Administration?) to go!
Attorney General Eric Holder will announce later today his plans to step down, FoxNews.com has confirmed.
One hopes he steps down into a courtroom preparatory to his trial, but I doubt it!
Remember the (infamous) FBI shootout, wherein a number of agents died and the end result was the agency adopting the 10 mm? Which became the .40 S&W (because some agents couldn’t handle 10 mm). Then some specialized units of the FBI adopted the 1911, in .45 ACP?
Well, it’s time for gun/ammo roulette once again, folks!
THE FBI IS ADOPTING A 9MM SIDEARM
Because 9mm has been shown to be so effective in the street.
I see this as a combination of federal agencies employing physically smaller persons (some minorities, women) and those folks being unable to handle (or perhaps not being properly trained to handle) firearms in a major caliber.
Or, perhaps it’s just because they bought a boatload of 9mm…
h/t Maddened Fowl
I’m one of those old coots who think the 16th Amendment (the federal income tax) amendment and the IRS should be abolished immediately! And, of course, we should abolish the 17th Amendment, as well, and go back to State Governors appointing of U.S. Senators.
Funny how both these amendments came about during the progressive administration of Woodrow Wilson, one of the most evil men to ever hold the office of president.
And more power was usurped by the federal government.
PS – for once, I’m NOT a last-minute Louie ™ !
I completed and submitted my federally-mandated tax forms on April 9! The good news is I didn’t have to pay. The bad news is my meager refund was eaten up by the electronic-send-in-the-forms thing.
It appears that despite the judge granting the TRO on Wednesday, yesterday the ATF went to the judge ex parte (meaning without the other side, in this case Ares, being present), and got a “clarification” of the prior TRO. This “clarification” seems to give them the green light to apply for a “lawful search”.
IMHO, in order to have a change between Wednesday when the original TRO was granted, the ATF would have had to have alleged Ares was about to get rid of records and that they, the ATF had emergent reasons for going in now rather than waiting till the full hearing that was scheduled for March 20.
Here are the prosecutor’s allegations behind the ex parte allegation.
-They materially misrepresent the lower receivers as “firearms”.
-they essentially argue “how dare Ares use the law to get a TRO against us”, that somehow that was a “trick” on Ares part not to provide the “firearms” as per agreement. But if they had the TRO, they were not required to turn over the weapons.
HT: Moderno, Bearing Arms
Yes, my friends, it appears, in spite of a court order, ‘clarification’ was obtained and the BATFE was able to ‘legally’ raid ARES ARMS and search for customer information!
God forbid a firearms business operate under all the rules and laws – they will get raided, anyway!
Of course, persons performing their business in a legal manner rarely shoot back!
h/t Weasel Zippers, Free North Carolina
This just in – MORE, from David Codrea!!
or rather (oops, my mistake), by the dealer’s government agency watchdog…
Impressive FOIA results.
“It is clear that agency rules were not followed in many of the incidents, which show at least 49 guns were lost or stolen nationwide between 2009 and 2013.”
“The newly released ATF reports show that between 2009 and 2013, agents lost their guns or had them stolen in at least 45 incidents — with a couple of the cases involving the loss of three firearms.
It is unclear if the records include “missing” guns, a separate category used by the agency.
Most of the lost weapons were handguns, but there also were at least two assault rifles stolen. Typically the reports do not indicate what happened to the unrecovered guns. However, in a November 2008 incident, the gun may have wound up in Mexico, according to the report.”
“The report cited examples similar to those in the documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel, with agents leaving weapons in public bathrooms, atop their vehicles, on an airplane and one in a shopping cart.”
Via Katie Pavlich
I sit here wondering how this compares with licensed firearms dealer records, and, of course, the whole Fast & Furious debacle. And wonder if any of the BATFE missing arms are responsible for crimes or even murders?
Inquiring minds want to know.
h/t David Hardy