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Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, lives near Seattle and bought a boat there. He ordered it from a company based near him, but across the border in Canada. Yesterday, the company tried to deliver it to him, and it had to clear customs. An agent for the Department of Homeland Security asked him to sign a form. The form contained information about the bought, including its cost. The price was correct, but it was in U.S. dollars rather than Canadian dollars. Since the form contained legal warnings about making sure everything on it is true and accurate, Arrington suggested to the agent that they correct the error. She responded by seizing the boat. 'As in, demanded that we get off the boat, demanded the keys and took physical control of it. What struck me the most about the situation is how excited she got about seizing the boat. Like she was just itching for something like this to happen. This was a very happy day for her. ... A person with a gun and a government badge asked me to swear in writing that a lie was true today. And when I didn’t do what she wanted she simply took my boat and asked me to leave.'"
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That's government for you (1)

mi (197448) | about a year and a half ago | (#42978727)

Can't wait for the same wise, cheerful, and benevolent folks to get in full charge of my health care.

Just a warmup (1)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | about a year and a half ago | (#42979619)

There was an old joke back in the early Nixon days of the War on (Some) Drugs. The Coast Guard was being asked to do more and more, especially in searching boats for drugs, but not given any more budget. Someone started the idea that the Coast Guard should search an aircraft carrier for drugs, find one seed, and confiscate it to sell at auction. Budget problem solved!

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