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The Day US Customs Found a Bullet in My Pocket

The Day US Customs Found a Bullet in My Pocket

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Old Nov 1, 10, 5:01 pm
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The Day US Customs Found a Bullet in My Pocket

Interesting read.

The Immigration Officer swiped my passport, glanced at his computer screen and almost immediately stamped me back into the country. But just before I started to walk away he asked, “So you went to Afghanistan and Pakistan. How was it?” The only reply that I could muster up was a quiet, “Very interesting.”

He then called the next person in line and I turned away, relieved beyond belief at how well that had gone. Of course, that relief lasted a mere six seconds, right until the moment when a Customs Officer approached and asked me to step over to one of the inspection tables.

The following hour and a half of my life is a period of time that I will never forget and truthfully, never really want to endure ever again.
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Old Nov 1, 10, 6:06 pm
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Very interesting.. I wonder if the CBP Officer would have reacted the same if he was not carrying the candy and books.
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Old Nov 1, 10, 6:27 pm
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It doesn't surprise me at all. I have been similarly "detained" for my various Middle Eastern travels and residency... and for Arab contacts in my mobile phone. The FBI wouldn't be able to tap my home phone tho - I don't have one.
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Old Nov 1, 10, 9:19 pm
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Old Nov 1, 10, 9:32 pm
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What a depressing, albeit wholly unsurprising (which makes it even more depressing), story.

A box of "Super Osama bin Laden Kulfa Balls" would be a fantastic souvenir (so long as neither he or henchmen get royalties).
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Old Nov 2, 10, 1:12 am
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What a depressing, albeit wholly unsurprising (which makes it even more depressing), story.

A box of "Super Osama bin Laden Kulfa Balls" would be a fantastic souvenir (so long as neither he or henchmen get royalties).
Yeah I would definitely buy those! Seems like the guy should have used his Fifth Amendment rights. They probably would've given up more quickly if he didn't participate in their game.
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Old Nov 2, 10, 10:31 am
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I was able to load it last night, but not now.

The blogger mentioned Customs found a "bullet". I'm going to assume this refers to the inert projectile itself, not a complete cartridge with primer and powder.
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Old Nov 2, 10, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by N965VJ View Post
I was able to load it last night, but not now.

The blogger mentioned Customs found a "bullet". I'm going to assume this refers to the inert projectile itself, not a complete cartridge with primer and powder.
My reading of the story makes it seem like it is the full primer and powder, which if true makes the poster naive at best. If I misunderstand, and it is just a spent shell casing, that is not as bad. If it really was a live unspent round, what did the guy expect, that is an explosive.
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Old Nov 2, 10, 10:39 am
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My reading of the story makes it seem like it is the full primer and powder
This was my understanding too. A live round given as a souvenir. In it's self, not really a problem. Bullets become dangerous when they are introduced into firearms.
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This was my understanding too. A live round given as a souvenir. In it's self, not really a problem. Bullets become dangerous when they are introduced into firearms.
In some places, like Mexico, just having the bullet can be a big problem. Souvenir or not, I cannot fathom why one would just carry a bullet in the pocket or backpack Barney Fife style, and not expect someone to notice, especially security.
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There was a bit more to the story than "just a bullet". There were trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Osama Bin Laden candies (really!!), a bunch of religious books and an overzalous customs agent.

There is not much story to this, just an agent who put 1 and 1 together, and came to 3, which to him automatically meant "terrorist". After an interview, the guy was allowed to go.

In the rest of his story he then said his phone was tapped and he constantly got secondaries at the airport.

I'm a little hesitant to believe the FBI/phone tap part of the story, but it certaibly did make for a good read.
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I'm a little hesitant to believe the FBI/phone tap part of the story, but it certaibly did make for a good read.

Dude, long before the current climate of paranoia and unfettered FBI harassment, I was active in multiple leftist organisations, all of whose members were continuously wiretapped by the FBI (indeed, one of these organisations was formally classified as a 'terrorist' organisation despite our charter, which committed us to achieving our goals through creative non-violent resistance as promoted by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.). If they were doing that then, we can only imagine what sort of abuse they believe they can get away with now. Don't be naïve -- the FBI is an evil, abusive organisation that recognises no constraints on their behaviour.
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