I have warned that when I am traveling these days, the question always posed is – “How much cash do you have?”Even traveling to Warsaw, there are big signs saying you may not have more than €10,000 in “value” on your person. In Italy, if it looks like you have a lot of jewelry, they weight it. The hunt for money by governments is getting desperate. They use terrorism and the drug trade as the excuse. Granted, there may be cash being smuggled into Mexico like the latest catch of $3 million in the trunk of a car at San Diego. But the problem becomes, we are all now suspects without doing anything.
What is the importance of such seizures to our liberty? Granted, the drug trade may have a bunch of cash. But unless you actually prove they were drug dealers, what they are calling this is “money smuggling” not “money laundering” or even “drug money” these days. That means they claim the right to just take whatever cash a person has without proving that it is the proceeds of a crime. That means, you have no right to travel with your own money.