SHELL GAME: This Is Why Michael Hastings Was Murdered And Eric Holder Stepped Down [Video]

“19,000 Swiss Bank Accounts fund Terrorism.

Part of the reason behind Eric Holder’s immediate retirement.”

Discussion of the book SHELL GAME: A Military Whistleblowing Report to the U.S. Congress Exposing the Betrayal and Cover-Up by the U.S. Government of the Union Bank of Switzerland-Terrorist Threat Finance Connection to Booz Allen Hamilton and U.S. Central Command ~ 2LT Scott Bennett 11th Psychological Operations Battalion (retired)

Background: Scott Bennett is a U.S. Army Special Operations Officer (11th Psychological Operations Battalion, Civil Affairs-Psychological Operations Command), and a global psychological warfare-counterterrorism analyst, formerly with defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.

He received a Direct Commission as an Officer, held a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) security clearance, and worked in the highest levels of international counterterrorism in Washington DC and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. He has worked at U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command, the State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and other government agencies. He served in the G.W. Bush Administration from 2003 to 2008, and was a Social Science Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. His writings and lectures seek to enhance global awareness and understanding of modern psychological warfare, the international intelligence.

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Alien Agenda VI: The Worm Has Turned (Soft Disclosure)

This is a great article about Disclosure, the alien agenda, 9/11, and Sandy Hook. -LW

The Coming Exposure, Containment and Deconstruction of the Illuminati

by Preston James

 

Note: This article is written for retired military and Intel with advanced knowledge of Secret Space War matters. Its purpose is to provide information about a certain group of notably evil Alien ET visitors who formed a long-term association with Super-elite criminally-insane Psychopaths who hijacked America in 1913. These super-elite Deviants were given incredible power and authority in exchange for enacting the evil Agenda of this Alien ET group best described as Cosmic Parasites. This group of super-elite Deviants is best referred to as the Ruling Crime Cabal (RCC) AKA the “Illuminati”.

If you are not aware of the background information and evidence that is available about this ongoing Secret Space War, you are probably wasting your time reading this and it won’t fit into your mind.

The Ruling Crime Cabal (RCC) has done their best to keep you from knowing about Secret Space War matters. There has been a long term energetic effort to keep this information from “We the People” as well as anyone including the High Military Command who does not have what they define as an “absolute need to know”.

Recently during the last several years Majestic-12 (AKA MAJIC), the Secret Group that has maintained authority over all Alien ET matters since it was created by President Truman in 1947, has apparently voted to allow public disclosure.

The Ruling Crime Cabal (RCC) is comprised of a Working Alliance between the Bush Crime Cabal (BCC) and the International Zionist Crime Syndicate (IZCS). This Ruling Crime Cabal/Coalition is best described as the Illuminati because that is what they call themselves and prefer to be called by Insiders.

This RCC gained power in three major Coup d’ Etats, the first in 1913 with the illegal, Unconstitutional passage of the Federal Reserve Act, the second with the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the third with the deployment of a Gladio-style, False-Flag Inside-job Nuclear Attack on America on 9/11/01. It was during this time that Israel used nuclear blackmail to coerce the US Administration and top USG officials to allow the creation of Homeland Security (DHS).

The creation of Israeli-controlled Homeland security (DHS) provided an illegal, Unconstitutional consolidation of all American Alphabets, Law Enforcement and most Intel into one large, easy to control Israeli occupying Police State Army inside America.

This article will claim that the “Worm has Turned” at a very high level and the RCC is now being contained, dis-empowered and deconstructed piece by piece due to an interesting convergence of various forces and entities including the US High Military Command. Because this article contains information leaked by insiders and as well as numerous speculations, use your own judgment to evaluate what is presented and come to your own conclusions.

Be aware that many good individuals have been seriously harassed, stalked, threatened and even murdered to bring you this kind of information because the Ruling Criminal Cabal (RCC) does not want you to have any of this information about Secret Space Wars or Alien Agenda matters. The reason? This will be explained in the article and is best summarized that full public disclosure will likely result in a major immediate loss of power for the RCC at every level and will create a complete disruption of the Alien Agenda they are working so hard to fulfill which is about as anti-American and anti-human as possible.

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Chris Powell: U.S. government’s having authorized itself to rig all markets secretly.

The game is rigged, but not for much longer. Stock markets, futures markets, and especially gold markets. Gold futures are part of the scam. There is not enough gold on the planet to match all of the “paper gold” that has been sold. Typical Rothschild tactic: use paper because it is easily counterfeited. -LW

Among the aspects discussed are the U.S. government’s having authorized itself to rig all markets secretly, the U.S. government documents recently disclosed showing that central banks are trading secretly in all major U.S. futures markets, the other documents GATA has compiled proving the gold price suppression scheme, why the gold mining industry refuses to do anything about it, why the scheme will keep succeeding until gold investors shun “paper gold,” and the treason of the central bankers in developing countries.

The interview being so comprehensive, it would be an especially good one for gold investors and anti-imperialists to recommend to government officials, financial journalists, and gold and silver company executives.

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UK Govt. covert vote fraud denying Scotland Independence is a quantum worse than 2000 U.S. Supreme Court fraud in Bush v. Gore making Bush US President & What to do about it! – BREAKING NEWS

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The ITCCS verdict is referenced. This is amazing! -LW

By Alfred Lambremont Webre

VANCOUVER, BC – This article is not about EU, finance, banking, retirement, social welfare or petroleum, and whether it is better for Scotland to have stayed within the UK or not on public policy grounds.

This article is about prima facie evidence of systemic large scale vote-counting fraud in the counting of the YES and NO paper ballots that could only have occurred under a concerted high-level order within the UK government and Vote-Counting administration to find a NO result whatever the cost.

“The darkest wrong in Scottish history”

My legal analysis is that “the darkest wrong in its history has just been done to the Scottish people.”  Because Scotland’s collective free will to become an independent nation by a fair, free vote has been thwarted by systemic fraud ordered by what can only be the highest levels of the political, financial, intelligence, and Monarchical plausible-deniability hierarchy in England, the basic social contract between Scotland and England was broken. At the very least, Scotland is entitled by law to a Recount, or to a Revote (because of the likelihood that existing ballots have been destroyed).

Setting up the Referendum Vote Sting

The following is prima facie evidence of the elements of the covert UK systemic program to sabotage the September 18, 2014 Independence Referendum and secure a fraudulent NO vote.

1. Prohibition of a National Vote Recount – The availability of regulatory or statutory provisions for a vote recount in the case of demonstrations of vote fraud, mishap, close vote, etc. is fundamental to the democratic voting process and is present in any standard democratic voting process anywhere in the world.

Yet, although the UK and Scotland consider themselves among the world’s leading democracies, on the day of the referendum, the legislation governing the referendum stipulated that “In addition, no recount can be ordered in a particular area after its result has been declared.”

On Sept 18, 2014, the UK Telegraph reported, “”No national recount was allowed for independence referendum. The chief counting officer has permitted recounts at a local level in Scotland’s 32 council areas but a national one will not happen even if the result is close.  The chief counting officer for the Scottish independence referendum has confirmed there can be no national recount even if the result is close.

“Mary Pitcaithly has said that local counting officers in each of Scotland’s 32 councils can consider “reasonable” requests for recounts in their respective areas where genuine concerns have been raised.

“All votes are counted locally and concerns about the count must be resolved locally. In addition, no recount can be ordered in a particular area after its result has been declared.”[1]

HOW SCOTLAND VOTE FRAUD WAS DONE: By eliminating the possibility of a recount, the UK government controllers of Scottish referendum ensured the conditions for a covert operation in which vote counters would be ordered to switch YES ballots to NO stacks and do other “dirty tricks” that ensured a NO result, with no legal recourse of a recount.

2. Scottish Referendum Vote Counters ordered to commit massive vote fraud – A second key element of the Scottish Referendum vote fraud are systematic orders from higher ups within the UK Government and vote counting administration to vote counters to engage in a variety of “dirty tricks” that switched YES ballots to be counted as NO ballots, leading to a NO result.

Prima facie evidence of this systematic practice includes the following:

A. International accredited election observers finding of (1) vote counting irregularities and (2) that Scottish Referendum does not meet international standards.  On Sept. 19, 2014, The Guardian reported that “Russia has said the conduct of the Scottish referendum “did not meet international standards”, with its observers complaining the count took place in rooms that were too big and that the procedure was badly flawed….”

“The team from Moscow’s Public Institute of Suffrage watched voting take place in the Scottish capital and the surrounding area. It also met with Scottish politicians, voters and representatives from non-governmental organisations, Ria said.

“Borisov said he was unimpressed by what he saw. He said the room where he watched the count on Thursday night was a cavernous ‘aircraft hangar’ next to an airfield. It was difficult to see what was going on, he said, adding: ‘The hangar is approximately 100m by 300m. There are tables, with voting papers stacked upon them, but the observers are stuck around the perimeter. Even if you want to, it’s impossible to tell what’s happening. It’s also unclear where the boxes with ballot papers come from.’”[2]

B. Prima facie video evidence exists of blatant examples of the systemic vote counting fraud ordered by higher ups within the vote counting administration.

One video example only is contained in this video, which is part of a petition that now has over 70,000 supporters.

WATCH ON YOU TUBE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUR-HgAtwtg&feature=youtu.be

Petition for revote with Counting Safeguards

This petition, which more than 70,000 people have signed, supports a Scottish referendum revote with Vote Counting Safeguards as follows:

Countless evidences of fraud during the recent Scottish Referendum have come to light, including two counts of votes being moved in bulk into a No pile, Yes votes clearly being seen in no piles and strange occurences [sic] with dual fire alarms and clear cut fraud in Glasgow. We demand a revote be taken of said referendum, where each vote shall be counted by two individuals, one of whom should be an international impartial party without a stake in the vote.[3]

What remedies do the defrauded Scottish people have now?

When the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2000 case Gore v. Bush[4] fraudulently awarded the U.S. Presidency to George W. Bush even though Al Gore had won the democratic vote, not only the American people were the losers, but the world at large were losers, including the UK.

Governmental fraud has tragic consequences. As a former Judge on the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, we found former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, former U.S. President George W. Bush (and later Bush’s cabinet of Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld et alios) guilty of the Nuremberg-level war crimes of aggressive war and genocide for the illegal invasion and war in Iraq continues to spin off its genocidal industries.[5]

The UK Government vote fraud has a cost both to the Scottish people (who have voted for their Independence as the prima facie evidence of vote count fraud shows) and to the people of the world who now will continue with the unabated, criminally corrupt organization known as the UK Crown, found by the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels guilty of child genocide.[6]

What remedies do the Scottish people have now when a diabolically plotted referendum vote fraud by the UK Government’s highest level’s have eliminated recount from the very legislation authorizing the referendum?

There are many remedies, depending on Political Will!

Assuming that there is political will to have a proper and fair recount or revote, there are many parties that have legal standing to go forward and legally secure a Recount or Revote:

1. Scottish Parliament – http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/

2. Citizens of Scotland (individually or in groups)

A. Remedies available Scottish Parliament (Scottish citizens need to apply political pressure to the Scottish Parliament showing massive vote fraud)

1. Scottish Parliament Files Emergency Motion with UK Parliament demanding Recount or Revote (Preferred) on basis of Fraud

2. If UK Parliament denies Emergency Motion, Scottish Parliament to Hold Independence Referendum under Auspices of Scottish Parliament.

  • Present YES result to UK Parliament and hold 18 month Separation Negotiation
  • Simultaneously apply to international bodies and nation states [UN, EU, Organization of American States] for nation-state recognition
  • Seek advice of nations like Iceland that are thriving and independent and have thrown off IMF-Bankers’ grid.

B. Remedies available to Scottish citizens (Individuals and groups)

1. Seek Writ of Mandamus in Scottish or British Courts ordering officials to a Recount or Revote on the grounds of Fraud.

2. Bring powerful community and grass roots support to the Scottish Parliament to strengthen its political spine and political will to either file an Emergency Writ demanding a Recount or Revote (#1 above), or to hold an Independence Referendum of its own (#2 above).

3. If the current Scottish Parliament fails to take action upon being shown evidence of the Scottish referendum vote fraud scheme, then bring community pressure to call a new election and elect a Scottish Parliament that will hold a Scottish Independence Referendum and declare Scotland an Independent nation and takes all necessary actions to secure international recognition of its sovereignty and cooperation with similar nations like Iceland that have recently thrown over the yoke of covert banking rule.

Contact: peace@peaceinspace.org

 


REFERENCES

[1] Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor, “No national recount allowed for independence referendum, Sept. 18, 2014, UK Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scottish-independence/11107061/No-national-recount-allowed-for-independence-referendum.html

[2] Luke Harding, “Russia cries foul over Scottish independence vote: Russian observers say referendum count took place in rooms that were too big and did not meet international standards”, The Guardian, Sept. 19, 2014, http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/sep/19/russia-calls-foul-scottish-referendum

[3] Charlotte Meredith, “Scottish Independence Petition Demanding Referendum Be Re-Held Because It Was Rigged Reaches 70,000″, The Huffington Post UK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/20/scottish-referendum-rigged-petition_n_5854016.html

[5] Bush, Blair found guilty of war crimes in Malaysia tribunal/ Judgment of the Court (PDF) November 22, 2011

http://exopolitics.blogs.com/breaking_news/2011/11/bush-blair-found-guilty-of-war-crimes-in-malaysia-tribunal-judgment-of-the-court-pdf.html

[6] ICLCJ v Elizabeth Windsor et. al, Case No. 1, Genocide in Canada, http://itccs.org/the-international-common-law-court-of-justice-case-no-1-genocide-in-canada/

World’s Largest Oil Field NOT Found – The Mystery Surrounding the Prime Ministers Shetland Visit

http://www.oilandgaspeople.com/news/987/worlds-largest-oil-field-not-found-the-mystery-surrounding-the-prime-ministers-shetland-visit/

UK Govt. covert vote fraud denying Scotland Independence is a quantum worse than 2000 U.S. Supreme Court fraud in Bush v. Gore making Bush US President & What to do about it!

By Alfred Lambremont Webre

http://exopolitics.blogs.com/breaking_news/2014/09/uk-govt-covert-vote-fraud-denying-scotland-independence-is-a-quantum-worse-than-2000-us-supreme-court-fraud-in-bush-v-gor.html

 

Benjamin Fulford – Surrender of the Cabal?

benjamin_fulford_smile_smirk79Thanks, Galactic Human! This is one of Ben’s more inspirational updates. About halfway down, he itemizes half a dozen items that a post-cabal Japan could look like. I don’t know about you, but to me, it sounds an awful lot like NESARA/GESARA. If it’s true, this is very exciting! -LW

Anybody who understands finance and geopolitics can now see clearly the Nazi/Zionist cabal faces the mathematical certainty of defeat. It is also very clear the United States is on the brink of revolution. That is why cabal representatives have begun negotiating surrender with the White Dragon Society and their allies.

The surrender terms being offered by the WDS will be detailed below but first let us review the latest indications of cabal defeat.

First of all the deaths of, and attacks on, senior cabalists continue. Nazi/Zionist banker Emilio Botin, Chairman of Santander Bank, the second biggest bank in the Euro area, died suddenly on September 9th or 10th (see MI5 comments about him at end of article). Also the King of Sweden, one of the last cabal monarchs to cling to his throne, nearly died last week in an automobile “accident.”

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Then Skull and Bones murderer and US corporate government Secretary of State John Kerry was ridiculed on live TV about ISIS while insulting signs were held up behind him.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/09/17/Corker-Slams-Obama-Kerry-for-Exercising-The-Worst-Judgment-Possible-on-ISIS

This was followed by cabal propaganda outlet the New York Times putting out a story saying that ISIS was a creation of the CIA. Then armed intruders broke into the White House twice last week. None of these events could have taken place without senior agency and Pentagon backing.

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That is probably why representatives of the Rothschild family, the North Koreans, Japanese politicians, and the US military industrial complex all contacted the White Dragon Society last week. Although they each raised separate issues, they all wanted to know what sort of post-cabal regime to expect. The representatives of the Rothschilds, the North Koreans and the Japanese politicians offered to help with the creation of a post-Abe regime in Japan. They were told the Japanese Revolutionary Party, with which this writer is affiliated, has the following agenda:

First, nationalize the Bank of Japan and start issuing government currency to replace BOJ debt notes.
Second, stage a jubilee to write off all debts, public and private.

Third, redistribute wealth by giving all people who live in rental units ownership of those properties. Landlords would continue receiving the equivalent of their rental income in the form of government money. Also, all Japanese assets fraudulently obtained by cabalists would be nationalized and put in a fund to be managed on behalf of the Japanese people

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Fourth, Japan would stop financing cabal controlled institutions like the UN, the World Bank and the IMF until they were either totally revamped or replaced with truly representative institutions.

Fifth, Japan would continue to finance the US military and agencies but only on the condition they helped preside over the bankruptcy and restructuring of the corporate government in the United States. This would include presiding over a transition of the military industrial complex into a life affirming benevolent entity.

Sixth, a truth commission will be established to uncover the crimes, including 311, carried out against the Japanese people by the US post-war occupation government.

The Military Industrial complex representative was also interested in what the WDS had to say about disclosure concerning extra-terrestrial contact. They were told the WDS agreed there was overwhelming evidence some sort of civilization with superior technology was watching over this planet. However, since the current leadership of the West consists of mass murderers, it is obvious any superior civilization would put this planet under quarantine. The WDS believes open contact with off-world civilization will begin when the genocidal cabal has been neutralized.

They were also told that what was going on in this planet was very much like a giant mathematical calculation where plus and minus elements were cancelling each other out. This can be taken either literally or, as a metaphor of the changing power balance on this planet.

From this perspective, the negative side murdered hundreds of millions of people during the 20th century through war, disease and starvation. However, in the 21st century a far lower number of one or two million was killed in Iraq. Also, attempts to kill 90% of the world’s population through starvation and pandemics by the post-911 US fascist Nazionist regime have failed. More recently, the failed effort to start World War 3 in the Ukraine resulted in “only” a few thousand deaths. The ebola bio-weapons and fear mongering campaign being pushed by cabal institutions like the UN, the World Health Organization and the World Bank is producing at the most hundreds of deaths if that.

On the starvation front, while close to one billion people are malnourished, there have been no famines since 2012 and developing countries are thriving.

It is clear the positive side is winning but that the final moment, when the equal button is pushed and a massive campaign to end poverty, stop environmental destruction and start an age of unprecedented prosperity and progress, has not yet been reached.

This depends on the ongoing financial war. On that front, the demise of the Cabal petro-dollar is becoming increasingly obvious. First of all, none of the oil producing countries in the Middle East supports the Obama governments’ bizarre ISIS campaign. This means the oil producing countries of the Middle East no longer support the Federal Reserve Board cabals’ petro-dollar or the Obama regime. This is most likely why The Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced last week they were getting out of the oil business and into renewable energy.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/us/heirs-to-an-oil-fortune-join-the-divestment-drive.html?_r=0

It may also be why a French bank issued a report last week saying $100 billion invested in renewable energy would produce four times more energy than the same amount of money invested in oil.

http://www.impactlab.net/2014/09/18/100b-invested-in-wind-or-solar-will-produce-more-energy-than-oil/

It seems the rats are bailing out of the petro-dollar ship.

Also last week the French government joined the Germans and the British in setting up Chinese yuan based trading in their own financial markets.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-09/15/c_133644738.htm

Furthermore, China set up a Yuan based gold futures trading market that will be open to foreigners and restricted to physical gold. Since China accounts for one third of world physical gold demand, and Asia two thirds, this market has a good chance of taking over price setting for gold from exchanges in the US and London. Sister markets will soon start in Hong Kong and Singapore as well. This move comes as the Rothschild family has already quit the gold business and the London gold market is under investigation for price fixing.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-09-18/news/54068363_1_shanghai-gold-exchange-gold-contracts-pricing-power

However, the Chinese are not going to use a gold backed Yuan to replace the petro-dollar but will instead link their currency to a basket of commodities and other national currencies, Chinese government officials say.

Although many in the West are impatient for a big sudden change, the Chinese know that time is on their side. All they have to do is make sure nobody is fooled into starting a planet destroying war and wait for their strength to increase while that of the West withers away. Unless the West acts decisively on its own to reboot their economic and political systems, they will just continue to watch helplessly as the BRICS inexorably leave them behind.

However, if the West reboots itself, it will benefit from an age of exponential progress that will make the agricultural and industrial revolutions seem like the first tentative steps taken by a toddler. What are we waiting for?

Note on fascist financier Emilio Botin and Bank Santandar by MI5 official:

The passing of Emilio Botin, Executive Chairman of Santander Bank Group is interesting. He is variously reported to have died on the 9th or 10th September, unexpectedly of a heart attack. His profile is of the classic second generation Nazi banker with links to the Vatican, right-wing post war leaders and rapid growth in South America. Santander is the tenth largest bank in the world, the second largest in Europe and half of its’ earnings come from South America. But somehow, Botin evaded the spotlight.

The bank was originally a small regional operation for traders in Santander, a port on the northern coast in the region of Cantabria, Spain. It expanded rapidly in the 1960’s and 1970’s in South America; Argentina and Brazil especially. In fact, the bank did so well under the fascists Peron in Argentina and Franco in Spain that it emerged from the 1970’s financial crisis with a business model of expansion by predatory acquisition. It took maximum advantage of its EU membership in the process. The Botin family held secret accounts in Switzerland opened in 1937 and discovered by the authorities in 2010. The family also used a settlement of 200 million Euros to appease the Spanish tax authorities.

Santander was the scene of much Nazi activity during and post WWII, including submarine trips from the coast between Vigo and Santander for Nazi VIP’s in the “ratlines” operations running to Argentina. The WWII chief of MI6, Sir Stewart Menzies, is known to have met Admiral Canaris, chief of the Nazi underground, in Santander during the war in a hotel which Botin subsequently purchased, the Hotel Real. Santander bank financed the growing Gladio (false flag) operations. The Gladio training was organized by senior Nazi leader Otto Skorzeny and his Palladin group in Alicante, Spain starting in the 1970’s.

Truth Call With Daryl Frech: NESARA Farm Claims Education

Originally posted on Our New World:

Today, it seems that NESARA followers are sensing the beginning is near . . . -LW

The beginnings of NESARA takes us back to the early 1970′s when the banks where foreclosing on farmers mortgages all over the United States. The Willie Nelson “Live Aid” concerts were one of the fund raisers that helped these farmers. The farmers realized the banks where not only charging exorbitant and illegal amounts of interest, but they were illegally foreclosing on their homes.

When these farmers began to seek legal action against the banks they soon realized that the government and banks where working in collusion with each other. In the early 1990′s, they sought the help of the Farmers Union and did in depth research on all the banks illegal activities. A series of lawsuits where initiated against the banks and the government.

Over 336,000 Farm Claims filed for fraud against the U.S…

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American shakedown: Police won’t charge you, but they’ll grab your money

U.S. police are operating a co-ordinated scheme to seize as much of the public’s cash as they can

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: Sep 11, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014 5:00 AM ET

In the U.S., a cash-grab by police and government is dressed up in terms like “interdiction and forfeiture,” or “the equitable sharing program.” (CBC)

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.

Roadside seizure

It usually starts on the road somewhere. An officer pulls you over for some minor infraction — changing lanes without proper signalling, 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.

Refuse to sign it, and he may take the cash anyway, proclaiming it the probable proceeds of drugs or some other crime.

Either way, you almost certainly won’t be charged with anything; the objective is to take your money, not burden the system.

You’ll have the right to seek its return in court, but of course that will mean big lawyer’s fees, and legally documenting exactly where the money came from. You will need to prove you are not a drug dealer or a terrorist.

It might take a year or two. And several trips back to the jurisdiction where you were pulled over. Sorry.

In places like Tijuana, police don’t make any pretense about this sort of thing. Here in the U.S., though, it’s dressed up in terms like “interdiction and forfeiture,” or “the equitable sharing program.”

Authorities claim it’s legal, but some prosecutors and judges have called it what it is: abuse.

In any case, it’s a nasty American reality.

Powers and justifications

Seizing suspected drug money has been legal here for decades, but after 9/11 police acquired a whole new set of powers and justifications. And they set about using them for profit.

‘The Washington Post this week reported that in the past 13 years, there have been 61,998 cash seizures on roadways and elsewhere without use of search warrants. The total haul: $2.5 billion.’

The total haul: $2.5 billion, divided pretty much equally between the U.S. government and state and local authorities (hence the Kafkaesque “equitable sharing” euphemism).

Half of the seizures, according to the Post, were below $8,800. Only a sixth of those who had money taken from them pursued its return.

Some, no doubt, were indeed drug dealers or money launderers and just walked away from the money. Others just couldn’t spare the expense and time of going to court.

Of those who did, though, nearly half got their money back, a statistic that fairly screams about the legitimacy of the seizures.

So does another fact: In many cases, authorities offer half the money back – money they’d claimed was proceeds of crime. And when they do issue a cheque, they almost always insist their victim sign a legal release promising never to sue.

It would also appear police like to target minorities, who tend to be cooperative and less likely to hire a lawyer.

Civil rights advocates have documented all sorts of outright legal theft:

  • The (minority) businessman from Georgia who was relieved of $75,000 he’d raised from relatives to buy a restaurant in Louisiana.
  • The (minority) church leaders who were carrying nearly $30,000 from their Baltimore parishioners to carry out church activities in North Carolina and El Salvador.
  • The young college grad with no criminal record on his way to a job interview out West who was relieved of $2,500 lent to him by his dad for the trip.

News outlets here have reported many such abuses over the years. But the Washington Post’s latest investigation exposes money-grabbing as big business.

It involves a nationwide network of enforcement agencies (except in the few states that have banned it) that operates with the help of a vast private intelligence service called “Black Asphalt” (police forces pay an enrolment fee of $19.95). The network uses consultants and trainers who either charge fees or operate on contingency, keeping a percentage of cash seized by their police pupils.

Police forces use the money to finance their departmental budgets, sometimes spending it on luxury vehicles, first-class tickets to conferences, and lavish quarters. They regard the money as rightfully theirs. One prosecutor used seized cash to defend herself against a lawsuit brought by people whose cash she seized.

It’s just human nature, really.

Give police the legal ability to take someone’s money, and to claim it’s in the national interest, and then tell them they can keep a nice chunk of it, and what other result could there be?

Travel advice

So, for any law-abiding Canadian thinking about an American road trip, here’s some non-official advice:

Avoid long chats if you’re pulled over. Answer questions politely and concisely, then persistently ask if you are free to go.

Don’t leave litter on the vehicle floor, especially energy drink cans.

Don’t use air or breath fresheners; they could be interpreted as an attempt to mask the smell of drugs.

Don’t be too talkative. Don’t be too quiet. Try not to wear expensive designer clothes. Don’t have tinted windows.

And for heaven’s sake, don’t consent to a search if you are carrying a big roll of legitimate cash.

As the Canadian government notes, there is no law against carrying it here or any legal limit on how much you can carry. But if you’re on an American roadway with a full wallet, in the eyes of thousands of cash-hungry cops you’re a rolling ATM.