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You Won’t Believe This Stupid New Law Against Cash and Bitcoin

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:11
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This one is almost too ridiculous to believe.

Recently a new bill was introduced on the floor of the US Senate entitled, pleasantly,

“Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017.”

You can probably already guess its contents.

Cash is evil.

Bitcoin is evil.

Now they’ve gone so far to include prepaid mobile phones, retail gift vouchers, or even electronic coupons. Evil, evil, and evil.

These people are certifiably insane.

Among the bill’s sweeping provisions, the government aims to greatly extend its authority to seize your assets through “Civil Asset Forfeiture”.

Civil Asset Forfeiture rules allow the government to take whatever they want from you, without a trial or any due process.

This new bill adds a laundry list of offenses for which they can legally seize your assets… all of which pertain to money laundering and other financial crimes.

Here’s the thing, though: they’ve also vastly expanded on the definition of such ‘financial crimes’, including failure to fill out a form if you happen to be transporting more than $10,000 worth of ‘monetary instruments’.

Have too much cash? You’d better tell the government.

If not, they’re authorizing themselves in this bill to seize not just the money you didn’t report, but ALL of your assets and bank accounts.

They even go so far as to specifically name “safety deposit boxes” among the various assets that they can seize if you don’t fill out the form.

(Yet another reason to consider storing cash, gold, and silver in an overseas safety deposit box.)

This is unbelievable on so many levels.

It’s crazy to begin with that these people are so consumed by the fact that someone has $10,000 in cash.

But it’s even crazier that they’re threatening to take EVERYTHING that you own merely for not filling out a piece of paper, without any due process whatsoever.

Oh, and on top of civil asset forfeiture penalties, there are also criminal penalties.

Right now according to current law they can imprison you for up to FIVE YEARS for not filling out the form. Five years.

But apparently that doesn’t go far enough to protect us against evil men in caves.

So this bill aims to double the criminal penalty to TEN years in prison.

And if that weren’t enough, this bill also gives them with new authority to engage in surveillance and wiretapping (including phone, email, etc.) if they have even a hint of suspicion that you might be transporting excess ‘monetary instruments’.

Usually wiretapping authority is reserved for major crimes like kidnapping, human trafficking, felony fraud, etc.

Now we can add cash to that list.

It’s not just government spy agencies to worry about, either.

Banks in the US are already unpaid government spies, required by law to fill out suspicious activity reports on their customers.

Then Congress started expanding those requirements to include other businesses and industries that might come into contact with cash.

Stock brokers. Casinos. Currency exchanges. Precious metals dealers. Pawnbrokers. The Post Office.

According to the law (section 5312 of US Code Title 31), those industries are also required to spy on their customers for the government.

But under this new bill, they want to forcibly recruit even more unpaid spies, including any business which issues or redeems ANYTHING that’s prepaid.

Prepaid credit cards. Prepaid phones. Prepaid retail gift cards. Prepaid coupons.

So, Amazon.com, which issues and redeems prepaid gift cards, will be required under this bill to file reports to the government.

For that matter, TGI Fridays and Chuckee Cheese will also become unpaid government spies since they both issue and redeem prepaid vouchers.

Truly these Senators have figured out how to strike at the heart of ISIS.

Further, their bill wants to pull any business which “issues” cryptocurrency under the anti-money laundering regulatory umbrella.

Here’s where these people demonstrate that they have no idea what they’re talking about.

No one “issues” Bitcoin. There’s no Bitcoin central bank. There’s no Chairman of Bitcoin who decides on a whim to increase the supply.

Bitcoin is created automatically amounts that are pre-determined by its code. It’s software.

So the Senate is essentially trying to force the Bitcoin core software to comply with money laundering regulations.

How pathetically clueless.

The bill also attempts to drop a major bomb on Bitcoin by including it in the list of monetary instruments that must be reported when entering or leaving the US.

So theoretically if you leave the US with more than $10,000 in Bitcoin or Ether, you’d have to confess this fact to the authorities or otherwise face the aforementioned penalties, i.e. prison time, civil asset forfeiture, etc.

HOORAY FREEDOM!

As you can see, this bill criminalizes or delegitimizes the most mundane and harmless financial activities, all under the guise of keeping us safe.

Of course nothing in this bill is about keeping people safe.

ISIS couldn’t care less about forms and penalties.

This bill is nothing more than another weapon in their ongoing War on Cash… and now cryptocurrency too.

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  • Maxwell

    You Won’t Believe This Stupid New Law Against Cash and Bitcoin —

    Well thank God we are free at last?????

  • Man

    bitcoin? who uses that?

  • Morgana Le Fay

    But nevermind the elephant in the room of the “money laundering”, corporate patronage, insider trading, and bribery that goes on in Congress.

  • True News

    The real money laundry is done at the central banking level where of course, they don’t have any laws against it.

    • harry

      Now this is a fact!

  • Josie

    Did you really believe the government would let the people getaway with Bitcoin. The government want absolute control over everything especially anything pertaining to money…

  • Jeffery Pritchett

    You understand bitcoins are generated out of thin air as well right?

    They’re literally a created rarity.

    They’re hard to get by design, and are worth money because someone said they should be.

    It’s the most hilarious scam I’ve ever seen.

    And now that Bitcoin mining has gotten so advanced, who’s doing it the most?

    OH THAT’S RIGHT! Huge mega corporations that can afford gigantic server farms, running bit miners 24/7, using the money top fund anything and everything, including their Big Bank accounts.

  • Redlist Renegade

    And when they come a knockin’ let your Bullets do the Talkin’ !!! Abolish REAL organized crime The Overly GREEDY Overreaching Government and the Highly Irresponsible Revenue Service !!! The only REAL solution is REVOLUTION to put them in their “place” good and HARD !!!

    • Jeffery Pritchett

      Revolutions usually involve hundreds of thousands of deadly casualties.

      Ready to watch family members die so easily?

      • Redlist Renegade

        If things keep going the way that they’re headed we may not have a choice ! By the way I see that you’ve changed your screen name Again !

        • Jeffery Pritchett

          Yup, yet some how you saw through my clever disguise!

  • harry

    This is a bill that gives the government total government control. If yu have no cash – you have no control of your money. The bank will experience no bank runs as there is no cash to be withdrawn. They can limit what you can spend, they can withhold your money for the IRS, they can take your credits to pay fictionary bank fees, they can just do about what they want as they will have you by the balls guys. Better call your senator.

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