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DHS and Safe Deposit Boxes

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by melbo, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

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    According to in-house memos now circulating, the DHS has issued orders to banks across America which announce to them that “under the Patriot Act” (whatever that crap means) the DHS has the absolute right to seize, without any warrant whatsoever, any and all customer bank accounts, to make “periodic and unannounced” visits to any bank to open and inspect the contents of “selected safe deposit boxes.” Further, these boxes, taken from a DHS list of people who are considered “hostile to the present government, citizens who have visited outside the United States before or after 9/11 to countries now considered to be hostile to this country…” “ :Russia, Peoples Republic of China, Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, Italy, Egypt, France, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Turkey or the Sudan…” or any citizen who has a bank account in any of those listed countries are considered to be of legitimate interest in the “ongoing investigations into foreign and domestic terrorism.”

    Further, the DHA “shall, at the discretion of the agent supervising the search, remove, photograph or seize as evidence…” any of the following items…”bar gold, gold coins, firearms of any kind unless manufactured prior to 1878, documents such as passports or foreign bank account records, pornography or any material that, in the opinion of the agent, shall be deemed of to be of a contraband nature.”

    DHS memos also state that banks are informed that any bank employee, on any level, that releases “improper” “classified DHS Security information” to any member of the public, to include the customers whose boxes have been clandestinely opened and inspected and “any other party, to include members of the media” and further “that the posting of any such information on the internet will be grounds for the immediate termination of the said employee or employees and their prosecution under the Patriot Act.”
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Fireproof steel box in the basement, well anchored to the foundation looks pretty good just about now. I haven't heard the banking industry raising cain yet. Security is one of the things that banks used to sell, and if they cannot guarantee that, what have they got besides a book keeping system?

    What's next? Warrantless searches of homes?
  3. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I wouldn't doubt it. And they wonder why people are paranoid....
  4. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    cash [winkthumb]
  5. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    What's news about that? We have had no rights to privacy since 9/11; in fact, we have had absolutely no rights at all since the so-called "Patriots Act" was rammed down our throat. I feel so much safer now. :evil:
  6. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

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