Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Conspiracy of the Day

DHS is coming to loot your safe deposit box

Conspiracy of the Day

Because of my job, I am located at the intersection of Insanity and Reality, getting a torrent of stuff from a wide collection of people.

Among them are the conspiracy theorists (of the Right and the Left).

I can't promise to do this daily, but I'll try: The day's best conspiracy theory.

Here's the text of today's email:

According to in-house memos now circulating, the DHS has issued orders to banks across America which announce to them that “under the Patriot Act” the DHS has the absolute right to seize, without any warrant whatsoever, any and all customer bank accounts, to make “periodic and unannounced” visits to any bank to open and inspect the contents of “selected safe deposit boxes.”

Further, the DHS “shall, at the discretion of the agent supervising the search, remove, photograph or seize as evidence” any of the following items “bar gold, gold coins, firearms of any kind unless manufactured prior to 1878, documents such as passports or foreign bank account records, pornography or any material that, in the opinion of the agent, shall be deemed of to be of a contraband nature.”

Well, first thing I did was call my bank, which has received nothing of the sort from DHS. But maybe they're out of the loop.

Then the Snopes, which checked a related theory and found it FALSE. Snopes.com checks out wild-ass rumors. You might to take a look at Snopes before forwarding weird crap, or just for the fun of seeing what's out there.

Oh, yeah: Snopes has been accused of being a liberal outlet. That's not true. It debunks both right and left -- OR verifies stuff when it's true.

Stu Bykofsky Daily News Columnist
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Stu Bykofsky has been a columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News since 1987. Prior to the column, his assignments included theater critic, TV critic, copy editor, general assignment features reporter. He supports civil-rights and animal causes, he opposes political correctness, bicycles on the sidewalk and most other forms of selfishness and stupidity.
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