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Old January 17th, 2015, 04:13 PM
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Help me understand...I'm just a simple accountant.

This is just a "policy" change made by a political appointee right?
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Old January 17th, 2015, 04:32 PM
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Help me understand...I'm just a simple accountant. This is just a "policy" change made by a political appointee right?
It's meant to curb what has happened where government agencies have gone from supplementing their income with the proceeds of forfeitures to depending on it as part of their fiscal budgets. When a government agency needs forfeiture proceeds in order to survive, then suddenly all forfeitures become "warranted"....and there are many cases where seizures and forfeitures should never have happened.
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Old January 17th, 2015, 05:05 PM
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Old January 17th, 2015, 05:14 PM
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Long article, I never understood how an object could commit a crime......down towards the bottom of the article it states the some $3 billion of the $5.3 billion was not shared with the Feds.....what's that tell you about your local/state LEO's?

Not to blame the LEO's I should have said agencies
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Old January 17th, 2015, 05:14 PM
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Legalese aside, this is a major action of "fear culture" that continues to perpetuate through American society. Even though many owners have received their trucks back that was not the news story. The news story was "it doesn't matter whether you're rich and white, Uncle Sam will take what someones (LRNA) paying him to take from you". What this does is create a space in the minds of Americans to be scared away from entrepreneurial or hobbist interests when it comes to importing vehicles or anything for that matter.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 08:25 AM
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Saw this article today

http://www.cbp.gov/frontline/2015/01...de-enforcement
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 08:39 AM
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That's it then. We have to buy our own freighter, paint it black and run it in to the beach at Buxton on a moonless night if we want a knackered 200 Tdi short block from the UK.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 08:55 AM
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Hence a Mini Cooper with a 2003 chassis and a 1999 engine may have a 1988 VIN plate under the hood. The older VIN gives the appearance the vehicle is more than 25 years old and legal for import.
This statement really makes them sound like morons.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 09:09 AM
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"“They’re very attractive and valuable cars to be brought into the U.S., but we’re seeing a lot of problems with them.”

Really? What are the problems we are "seeing?"

"The U.S. and U.K. agencies are educating the car buff communities about the dangers of these vehicles."

Really? How are they doing that?

“We’ve worked closely with our colleagues at the Department of Transportation as well as colleagues from overseas in the U.K.,” said Smith, who are “ensuring that vehicles leaving their country and coming to the U.S. are safe for American citizens.”

They are? Are they really concerned for our safety? Then why wouldn't they let us have the newest vehicles?

"CSI personnel identify containers that pose a potential terrorism risk. They then alert British authorities, who inspect the vehicles and vet the VINs through U.K. and European stolen-vehicle databases before they are placed on U.S.-bound vessels. "

What does that have to do with terrorism?

"but we have to do all we can to protect the U.S. economy"

Bingo.

Wish I could write that much bullshit about what I do for a living and get away with it. Hmmm...





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Old January 22nd, 2015, 09:21 AM
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I knew the word terrorism would be in there somewhere.

------ Follow up post added January 22nd, 2015 10:22 AM ------

Oh and drugs too!
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 09:24 AM
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Terrorists only use Toyotas. They really should ban the import of Landcruisers.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 09:26 AM
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I don't understand how they can unilaterally say that importing parts is illegal. They might suspect there is illegal activity associated with it, but they can not make the accusation blindly. If I legally purchase two 110's, take them apart, ship them to the USA, and then those parts are sold/distributed amoungs ten other 110s... what imaginary law would they cite as being broken?
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 09:53 AM
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I knew the word terrorism would be in there somewhere.

------ Follow up post added January 22nd, 2015 10:22 AM ------

Oh and drugs too!
I lost a jar of Marmite thanks to the British customs folks at Heathrow. Wouldn't allow it in hand luggage, but apparently in checked bags its ok.

Its all about Terrorism...
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I dunno, after reading this statement; "In its 10 months in action, Operation Atlantic’s binational working relationships have stopped criminal activity in both countries."

I have to rethink,,,if the policy is that good and all crime was stopped for 10 months....I hadn't noticed that effect around here seems the paper was still filled with crimes,,hmmm maybe they just missed the reports from ALL THE LEO'S, or they are morons....I'll go with the latter.....

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Well it does sound like thermite...
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I lost a jar of Marmite thanks to the British customs folks at Heathrow. Wouldn't allow it in hand luggage, but apparently in checked bags its ok.

Its all about Terrorism...
Marmite could be considered a dangerous substance. And I guess technically it is a liquid or paste so they frown upon that. Were you going to eat it on the plane?
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 10:28 AM
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I don't get the CBP assertion that the newer cars are more dangerous ?

I got an email yesterday from some guy in NYC telling me he'd bought a $20k 110 and was going to ship it via a 20ft container to Elizabeth NJ and asked that since he had all of the shipment details worked out if I would handle the entry for him. I sent him a 5 paragraph response as to all the reasons why I wouldn't get involved and what a field day they are going to have with him. Perhaps I should send him this link.

Seems like I'm telling more people no these days than I end up working with. I can't stop them from their folly but they aren't doing the import climate any good for the rest of us. I do explain why I refuse to get involved and the usual cavalier response is that they have it on good authority from some forum research that I'm wrong.

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I don't get the CBP assertion that the newer cars are more dangerous ?
Newer cars = more money/profits for the criminals who will use it to fund terrorism, and to sell drugs to our children.

Or maybe it's because they are faster and more comfortable, people might be tempted to drive them more, and more driving = more potential for injury.

I can't figure it out either. But I know that if you tell people that you're looking out for public safety, then it makes your job seem more important.
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Wait, are you guys suggesting the CBP is *not* successfully educating enthusiasts as they suggest?
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 10:57 AM
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Using the safety and terrorism cards keeps the sheeple from questioning their actions. It is sad that government agencies are not held to any standards of honesty. If a private citizen made public statements that were grossly and knowingly incorrect, they could be held liable. These agencies are above the law.
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