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The TSA “saw” my Bitcoin and wanted to count it
I was majorly harassed by the TSA after opting out with Bill Buppert from ZeroGov.com, even after I’d already been cleared by security. I was given the standard blue glove pat down, so was Bill, and then a second agent searched my bag because all my lapel pins looked suspicious in the x-ray machine. I sold metallic lapel pins from ShinyBadges.com at the conference. She unpacked my bag and ran all my lapel pins separately. That was the first indication of something strange.
After she cleared me and I was free to leave I was approached and questioned by two supervisors in dress shirts and ties because they said they “saw” Bitcoin in my bag. This is, of course, absurd. They asked me about international travel. They asked to search my bag again. They evaded my questions, and ultimately threatened to arrest me when I said, “Do you have a superior officer, because I don’t think you know what you’re talking about.”
The issue was about international travel carrying over $10,000. I think what happened is that they saw my Bitcoin Not Bombs hoodie, then all the metal lapel pins, and they thought they hit the jackpot on a stockpile of Casascius coins. For the record I was sold out of Bitcoin pins, and out of Bitcoin flyers. The only Bitcoin logos on my person were my Bitcoin Not Bombs hoodie and a Blockchain.info logo that I drew on a plastic case in my bag.
As soon as they discovered I was not traveling internationally they disappeared as quickly as they appeared.
It was scary. I was shaking. Immediately afterward I made a voice recording with Bill to record all the facts as we observed them while the experience was fresh.
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Patrick M. Wood is editor of The August Forecast and The August Review. The August Forecast provides a succinct look forward to analyze trends relating to markets, economics, politics and finance; The August Review is an historical review of global elitism, its players and policies.
He founded The August Corporation on October 11, 1975. As a registered investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company initially offered portfolio management services to investors in the United States until 1980.
In 1978, Wood commenced publication of The Trilateral Observer (TO), to specifically track and document the activities of The Trilateral Commission, which was then seen to be the very core of elitism and multi-nationalism in the United States and abroad. TO was co-edited by Professor Antony Sutton, formerly a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution for War, Peace and Revolution at Stanford University.
Wood and Sutton co-authored two successive book volumes, Trilaterals Over Washington — Volume I and Trilaterals Over Washington — Volume II.