Canada Warns Its Citizens Not To Take Cash To The USA

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Martin Armstrong via Armstrong Economics,

The Canadian government has had to warn its citizens not to carry cash to the USA because the USA does not presume innocence but guilt when it comes to money. Over $2.5 billion has been confiscated from Canadians traveling to the USA, funding the police who grab it.

If you are bringing cash to the land of the free, you will find that that saying really means they are FREE to seize all your money under the pretense you are engaged in drugs with no evidence or other charges.

It costs more money in legal fees to try to get it back so it is a boom business for unethical lawyers to such an extent than only one in sixth people ever try to get their money back and the cops just pocket it. That’s right. Money confiscated is usually allowed to be kept by the department who confiscated it.

This is strangely working its way into funding police and pensions.

This is identical to the very issue that resulted in the final collapse of Rome when the armies began to sack cities to pay for their pensions. We are at that level now with respect to seizing whatever they want knowing you will have to spend more in legal fees to assert your rights that do not really exist.

Those trying to flee tyranny elsewhere can not bring money with them for the police get to take it on this end.

This pretend war on terrorism is really a wholesale war against the people. It serves as the justification to seize whatever they desire ever since 9/11 as reported by the Washington Post.

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remain calm's picture

They should trick the government and bring gold.

clooney_art's picture

The "Land of the Free" is a nice concept but it is mostly symbolic in USA these days.

There are free-er countries in the world.

The good old USA has become a police state.

Xibalba's picture

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ACP's picture

Ha, a travel warning to the US, which is supposedly the jewel of civil rights. Classic.

So...just cross the southern border with cash...or drugs...or underage girls. No one would bat an eyelash.

Richard Chesler's picture

Armstrong is an ass yet,

A new conservative school board majority here in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise and to guard against educational materials that “encourage or condone civil disorder.” In response, hundreds of students, teachers and parents gave the board their own lesson in civil disobedience.

On Tuesday, hundreds of students from high schools across the Jefferson County school district, the second largest in Colorado, streamed out of school and along busy thoroughfares, waving signs and championing the value of learning about the fractious and tumultuous chapters of American history.

“It’s gotten bad,” said Griffin Guttormsson, a junior at Arvada High School who wants to become a teacher and spent the school day soliciting honks from passing cars. “The school board is insane. You can’t erase our history. It’s not patriotic. It’s stupid.”

UP Forester's picture

Pretty good timing on this story, like most, only took a couple weeks to post it here.

0b1knob's picture

Its not safe for Americans to visit Canada either.  Besides the obvious danger of hypothermia, Eskimo attacks and being eaten by a rabid bear there are other dangers.

The Canadian border patrol will confiscate your car if you have a US porn tape in it.   Seriously.   Porn legal in the US is illegal in Canada.

Dakota Kid's picture

Canadian border people have been dicks for at least 40 years.

A friend of mine had a pack of gum on the dash of his car and they asked him what was in the gum package. My friend said gum. After removing the gum and not finding anything illegal, they were annoyed and searched the car for about 10 minutes and finally said you can go.                  

Royal Canadian Mounted Dickheads.

quasimodo's picture

Correctomundo. Have crossed many times in WA state.....there are three crossings in particular near Lynden. Royal assholes every time. I would say about 8 times out of 10 when returning to the states I get the straightforward but civil treatment. 


old naughty's picture

Ha, that would teach them canucks should have bought bitcoins, no?

The Doofus's picture

Canadians are the biggest ass-clowns on the planet.  They should all be thrown in jail.  Then we can make them listen to Alex Jones all day.  If they refuse, the CIA can torture them.

Skateboarder's picture

The word "Canada" does not appear in the Washington Post article.

What the fuck kind of reporting is this?

gold-is-not-dead's picture

This is where bitcoin makes custom officer poor.

SWRichmond's picture

South Carolina Police Officer shoots unarmed man who was responding to his "orders":

It is time to disarm all police.  I want privately held guns to be the only guns on the street, the police have proven time and again they cannot be trusted with them.

I am contacting my state and local representatives (as if they give a fuck) to demand they introduce and pass legislation to disarm the corporate police entities.  We will call it the "Mayberry RFD Bill".

Trucker Glock's picture

Scary and sickening shit.  I'm sure the cop will be exonerated and the taxpayers will foot the bill for a hefty settlement. 

SamAdams's picture

I've also been pulled aside for "further screening" while flying into Canada.  It was more of an interrogation than body check.  Yes, make them listen to Alex Jones.  That's worse than Chinese water torture!

Richard Chesler's picture

Biggest asshole I ever met in my life was a tempered USSA customs official stationed in Montreal.

That SOB and his whole family deserve to be put to sleep. Motherfucker.


Barry McBear's picture

Me too, only time in my life I crossed there (where the 55 meets the 91), the fuckin guy tore apart everything in my trunk, didn't bother putting it back together, just left it all a complete mess.  Then when he didn't find anything, instead of acting normal and wishing me a nice trip or something, he just scowled and acted like he knew I was smuggling shit that he couldn't find.  It pissed me off so much I actually cut my trip short.  Why put money into a country like that?  Clearly I wasn't welcome.  So I went home and bought a large screen TV with the money I saved.


Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

The Canadians are huge assholes at International Falls crossing in Minnesota.  Consistently, for no reason. And Canada has gone Nazi about taking a few filets of fish across a border.  Just plain bizarre.

frankly scarlet's picture

Seems if you're an American crossing to Canada you get the royal treatment while the reverse is true, as I have so often found out. I am too often treated like a smuggler of people , drugs , or contraband. Too often pulled from my vehicle while one guard holds us and another searches, often lasting an hour from time of entry to time of release. Must be my reading here that alerts the American authorities that I am privy to information considered restricted to a need to know basis only.

Oldrepublic's picture

It was lucky that you friend did not take gum to Singapore. Now that place is a real police state!

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

I was crossing the Canadian border frequently in the mid-80s by flying into Syracuse and driving a rental car across. The reason was to troubleshoot a Nylon process that a Canadian subsidiary couldn't get working right. This involved me being in the process areas taking data with lab grade equipment I shipped up there (all while wearing a tucked-in necktie, safety glasses and ear protection).

Crossing the border was tricky. After saying I was entering their country on business, I was supposed to lie and say I was attending meetings only, not doing any actual work. I had to get up there quick and there was no time to get the work permits. Eventually, somebody working at the plant ratted me out and I was detained at the border for 20 hours with no food until they got the word from somewhere to let me go.

They had impounded the rental car so I paid a tour bus operator $50 to take me with his tour group back to Syracuse where I got a cab to the airport. I don't think the customs pricks ever figured out how I got back home. National Car Rental handled getting their car out of hock. They said this had happened before when the Canadian government wanted to send a message to a corporation (Give us money or we'll take it out on your employees!!).

Lore's picture

So what you were doing was illegal, and you knew it.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Yes. The corporate management on both sides of the border knew what was going on and the Canadians wanted me to go up there and solve their problem. We did it this way for several years until this incident.

COSMOS's picture

WHat the heck is a 'Nylon Process'?

TheMeatTrapper's picture

"So what you were doing was illegal, and you knew it."

Spoken like a true FedGov dick sucker. 

I've got an idea, why don't you lecture the government tyrants who confiscate the wealth that others have produced and deliberately throw roadblocks in the way of citizens rather than lecturing a man who was earning an honest, productive living. 


JLee2027's picture

"protect and serve" has become "detain and steal".

Socratic Dog's picture

This Lore seems to be a total dickbrain.  So you admit you were doing something illegal.  Yeah, being productive.  Producing wealth for the state to leech on. Must be stopped at all costs.

Fuck off Lore.  You need a punch in the head.

Lore's picture

I understand your perspective, lame as it is: "I'm coming into your country to do what I want, fuck your rules, and fuck you if you try to hold me accountable." It's the essence of American foreign policy. 

Dakota Kid's picture

And F you too Lore.


collon88's picture

I believe it was Emerson who wrote, "A good man does not obey the law too well". 


Or to update that a bit, "Some rules need to be fucked".

PT's picture

It was a computer game that really drove the message home to me.  You could choose characteristics of your character, good and evil being amongst the choices, and sub-choices further dividing into Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil and Chaotic Evil and, of course:

Lawful Good
Neutral Good
Chaotic Good

Had a good little think about those choices.
(No, I can't remember the name of the computer game and I never worked out how the choices affected game play.)

Cloud9.5's picture

In 1940 it was legal for German police to shoot Jews in the back of the head for the crime of being Jews.  Just saying.

COSMOS's picture

Totally agree, if we would just limit it to dual citizens this country would be better off.  Loyalty should be to only one flag.  The problem with the Islamists and the Jewish religions is that they will have a higher loyalty to a pancaliphate or a Jewish state rather than to the USA.  A Christian on the other hand would always choose the country he was born in.

donsluck's picture

What are you talking about? The Catholic church was held above nations for hundreds of years before Joan of Arc invented nationalism. The One Flag theory falls apart when it's your family. I think it odd that you think you speak for all of Christiandom.


I fucking hate religion. Truly.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Thanks but I don't listen to lectures unless the speaker and his subject matter are interesting. Lore is as interesting as the customs droids at the border so his phillippics and vociferations fall on deaf ears. I was glad to break the law in this case and I was well compensated. I also drove my car up there one time and took advantage of the FX and drove home with four new radial tires that I didn't declare. I was such a rebel then.

Lore's picture

Next time you come, give a shout and I'll treat you to some Canadian beer.

Dakota Kid's picture

I wouldn't take a beer from you if you paid me, especially if I had to sit at the same table with you.

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

I'm Canadian too.  I wouldn't serve you beer but i'd serve you my piss still steaming hot!  How dare you!!

Dakota Kid's picture

To: TheMeatTrapper

You are so right on with your comment.

Lore above you sounds like/is a total asshole. Most laws are only enforced on the peons. If you are extremely wealthy, you write the laws and exempt yourself from them. He isn't bright enough to understand that. There are so many laws that whore, I mean Lore, is probably breaking some laws right now and doesn't even know it.
Lore's picture

I understand more than you know. The other guy just annoyed me with his ego dump, so I played devil's advocate for a while and got his goat. <g>

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Fail. Still have my goat.

X-defiler's picture

Lore and Leonardo - so why is the Canadian government worried about the US forfeiture LAWS if your Canadian? according to you, its the LAW and if you aren't doing anything wrong, a lawyer will get your money back, 12 to 24 months from the time of forfeture. Its the LAW, right? So bring all them maple leafs and some Canadian dollars. Your safe. Why let your governement scare you about our LAWS. Its the LAW! You know, I've worked with Canadians alot. The thing about Canucks is that their Pavlovian like conditioning to a good governement assfucking is confused with politeness. They are not polite. They are just good lap dogs. Its in their history from the beginning. They could of chosen independence but just didn't know what that was so they stayed the subject of the Queenie. What a bunch of tit sucking pussies. The cowrdess is bred into them from birth. Not a man in that country except for the foreigner.

frankly scarlet's picture

I'm a Canadian and to a large extent I agree with your comment. It must be that many Anglos in Eastern Canada have retained the United Empire Loyalist bent of unquestioning servitude to Queen and Country.  The rest of your comment is just meant to inflame and will be reguarded as the usual hubris and self importance Americans manifest and which leads them to obey their corporate masters in serving as cannon fodder for Corporate interests. So we are all suckers to a greater or lesser extent to the storied propaganada lines we are fed by our respective rulers.

Lore's picture

Well said.  There's a different flavour of Kool-Aid for the chumps of every nation. Don't look to me for monarchism. "House of Windsor," indeed!  The same bunch is leading us all to ruin. It's their pedigree.

Abaco's picture

Perhaps illegal.  Perfectly lawful.

Abbie Normal's picture

So if a Mexican crosses the border and does work in Texas, that's okay as long as he lies and says he's only attending a meeting?  If only the US could keep its own borders as secure as the one between NY and Ontario.