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Man Carrying Cash Threatened with Possible Arrest at US Airport? Hear What John Stossel Called “Evil” -- Then Let Us Know Your Thoughts!


In this video from Freedom Watch on Fox, you’ll hear a man, Steve Bierfeldt of the Campaign for Liberty, being rudely berated and harassed by Transportation Security Administration officials at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

His crime? Carrying $4,700 in checks and cash from a Campaign for Liberty conference (for selling materials at the conference), along with various other materials, such as bumper stickers, from the conference.

Is it illegal to carry $4,700 with you in an airport? No. So why was Mr. Bierfeldt detained? Good question, one that brings up unsettling thoughts about what’s happening to freedom and liberty in the United States.

As written by Anthony Gregory, editor in chief for the Campaign for Liberty and a consultant for the organization:

“My guess is it indeed had to do with the money, not the literature [from the Campaign for Liberty]. Ever since the drug war really picked up steam a couple decades back, the government has tried to criminalize the carrying of "suspicious" amounts of cash. For years, average Americans, often minorities, have been shaken down for having too much money and some of the seized dough has even ended up in the hands of those who confiscated it.

It's already illegal to carry beyond a certain amount out of the country. And the war on terror and economic recession have further made it taboo to carry money around. But Steve broke no laws here and perhaps this was just an example of selective harassment.

Either way, whether it was the literature, the cash, or they just didn't like the look of Steve, none of it bodes well for a country that sees itself as a free society. In a free America, carrying literature of any type of cash of any amount would be just another peaceful activity fully tolerated by law. This kind of screening in our airports goes beyond demanding, "Your Papers, Please." Steve already showed his papers when he went through security.”

The video above has become a viral Web sensation, with plenty of opinions offered on both sides of the fence. What do you think? Was the TSA simply doing their job to protect air travel … or were they overstepping their bounds and threatening a man’s freedom?

Please Let Us Know What YOU Think!

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