Another victim of Homeland Security financial snoops
Last week’s story about a retired Texas school teacher who came under
Homeland Security’s microscope for paying off a $6,522 credit card debt
has been trumped by a similar case involving an amount of just $650.
Previously, Walter Soehnge made
national headlines when he attempted to pay off debt on his MasterCard.
The payment was rejected and automatically triggered an investigation by Homeland
Now we have the story of Edie Booth, a community college professor
in East Texas.
Trying to pay off her February credit card bill, Booth found her funds short
and so asked to borrow $650 from her sister to avoid an interest overcharge
Booth made a $3,500 payment from her own account and then sent the other $650
with permission from her sister’s electronic account.
I watched the status of these two payments on line, since I am not the 'trusting'
type, when it comes either to banks, credit card companies, OR government,”
“The $650 was pending one day and then showed funded the next. All seemed
fine. However, I continued to check the status on-line for the next 5 days.
“On the 6th day I found the extra $650 payment CANCELLED.”
Upon calling the credit card company, Booth was told that Homeland Security
would not allow her to make two payments from two different sources in the same
Booth was then slapped with the $140 overcharge for causing the hard working boys
at Homeland so much inconvenience.
This is a monumental waste of time and if there were any real terrorists out
there Homeland Security is more interested in your spending habits than Al-Qaeda.
As Edie Booth points out, this is “such insanity, I mean, if you are
paying your credit card, you have already obtained the explosives or whatever
some time before."
“Where is the leadership? When will we get some relief from these morons?”
The very individuals that used 9/11 to force layer upon layer of increased
state surveillance and big government bureaucracy upon us are the ones in business
with Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. And yet it is law-abiding citizens that
get hassled for the simple desire to pay off some debt.
Homeland Security targets toy
store owners, t-shirt
sellers and kindergartners
while hiring former East
German Stasi heads to spy on Americans and recruiting tattle-tale squads
Watch’ – a program that encourages truckers, toll takers, road
crews and bus drivers to watch their fellow citizens and report suspicious activity.
It seems painfully obvious that the people trying to take away our
freedoms are not wearing turbans and shouting Allah Akbar, but that the enemy
is within the gates.