Short Course In Clearing Customs
by Doug Casey
on Bitcoin and Currencies
the most hateful things about America are the petty bureaucrats.
Even the police in America have become the enemy of the people.
In this article Doug Casey looks at the bureaucratic numbskulls
who clear us through customs. What are they looking for?
of us know that the tiny strips inside the new U.S. currency can
be read by sensing devices that are discretely situated in the customs
areas of most airports?
customs agents looking for bombs, or escaping loot? Whatever they're
looking for, they are looking rudely.
article Doug Casey corners the soul of the customs agent and finds
I suspect many,
even most, people resent being herded like cattle into lines in
order to be interrogated, have their baggage rifled and have their
government-issued papers stamped. But, in years of watching my fellow
citizens being processed, I find it rare that any have other than
an ingratiating smile for the agent.
Americans are whipped dogs, ready and willing to have a cavity search
performed on their person if some nothing-nobody in a uniform sends
them to a back room.
of a general process causing Americans to lose whatever self-respect
and individuality they might still have-which was the main thing
thats always distinguished them from nationals of other countries,
most of whom are inured to acting like sheep.
I suggest you
study your body language, and that of others, when next you clear
customs. Here are a few practical suggestions. Do these, and youll
feel better about yourself:
cringe and supplicate. Stand tall, look the agent straight in the
eye and, under no circumstances, smile. Your demeanor should not
be, like most, that of a child, afraid to be scolded. It should
be that of an objective scientist studying a familiar but unappealing
insect. Answer questions curtly, with a single word. Dont
volunteer anything. Dont make small talk. Dont make
pleasant conversation like all the whipped dogs around you.
If the agent
proves inquisitive, ask, in a firm and business-like way, exactly
why hes asking. If you get an unsatisfactory brushoff, ask
to see the regulation authorizing them to ask you that specific
question. Never lose your temper or cool. Dont adopt an attitude,
or be a hard case; youre not looking for trouble. You simply
want to maintain your space and integrity in a nonaggressive manner,
which is quite enough to come out way on top. Never lie, or say
anything from which youll have to backpedal. You dont
want to give them an opening to go on the offensive. Its imperative
to maintain the high moral and psychological ground.
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