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A History of Asset Forfeiture | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on March 1, 2019

Get pulled over with what some armed government employee considers too much cash and you can say good bye.

Legalized theft just like taxes only you don’t have to fill out a form, except NO refunds.

https://mises.org/wire/history-asset-forfeiture

In 1991, Maui police officers showed up at the home of Frances and Joseph Lopes. One officer showed his badge and said, “Let’s go into the house, and we will explain things to you.” Once he was inside, the explanation was simple: “We’re taking the house.”

The Lopses were far from wealthy. They worked on a sugar plantation for nearly fifty years, living in camp housing, to save up enough money to buy a modest, middle-class home. But in 1987, their son Thomas was caught with marijuana. He was twenty-eight, and he suffered from mental health issues. He grew the marijuana in the backyard of his parents’ home, but every time they tried to cut it down, Thomas threatened suicide. When he was arrested, he pled guilty, was given probation since it was his first offense, and he was ordered to see a psychologist once a week. Frances and Joseph were elated. Their son got better, he stopped smoking marijuana, and the episode was behind them.

But when the police showed up and told them that their house was being seized, they learned that the episode was not behind them. That statute of limitations for civil asset forfeiture was five years. It had only been four. Legally, the police could seize any property connected to the marijuana plant from 1987. They had resurrected the Lopes case during a department-wide search through old cases looking for property they could legally confiscate. Read the rest of this entry »

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George H.W. Bush was Trump before we had Trump

Posted by M. C. on December 7, 2018

Walsh denounced the pardons as part of a cover-up and said that they undermined his investigation of possible criminal conduct by Bush himself. Walsh also reported that the president’s pardons prevented Bush from having to testify in court and face “searching questions” on his own conduct.

Just another Foggy Bottom swamp rat. I was reminded George H.W. was a regular at David Rockefellers’s Tri-Lateral Commission meetings.

Presidential eulogies, the original fake news.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/04/george-h-w-bush-trump-before-we-had-trump-column/2184857002/

James Bovard

Those who laud President Bush forget he limited trade, escalated our drug war, and obstructed a special counsel.

…But for all the differences of style between Donald Trump and the first president Bush, the two men have more in common than we’d like to remember.

Bush was the most protectionist president since Herbert Hoover. Like Trump, he spoke of the need for level playing fields and fair trade. But Bush-style fairness gave federal bureaucrats practically endless vetoes over Americans’ freedom to choose foreign goods. Bush’s Commerce Department ravaged importers with one bureaucratic scam after another, using the dumping law to convict 97 percent of imports investigated, claiming that their prices were unfairly low to American producers (not consumers).

Bush also ordered the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate after ice cream imports threatened to exceed one percent of the U.S. market. And he perpetuated import quotas on steel and machine tools.

Bush implemented restrictive trade quotas

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The Rutherford Institute :: Policing for Profit: Jeff Sessions & Co.’s Thinly Veiled Plot to Rob Us Blind

Posted by M. C. on July 25, 2017

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/policing_for_profit_jeff_sessions_co.s_thinly_veiled_plot_to_rob_us_blind

Despite the fact that 80 percent of these asset forfeiture cases result in no charge against the property owner, challenging these “takings” in court can cost the owner more than the value of the confiscated property itself. As a result, most property owners either give up the fight or chalk the confiscation up to government corruption, leaving the police and other government officials to reap the benefits.

Incredibly, these asset forfeiture scams have become so profitable for the government that, according to The Washington Post, “in 2014, law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did.” As the Post notes, “the Treasury and Justice departments deposited more than $5 billion into their respective asset forfeiture funds. That same year, the FBI reports that burglary losses topped out at $3.5 billion.”

Americans no longer have to be guilty to be stripped of their property, rights and liberties. All you have to be is in possession of something the government wants. And if you happen to have something the government wants badly enough, trust me, their agents will go to any lengths to get it.

Carry a lot of cash, transport a box of sudafed over state lines, sell crack, it is all the same to them. Whatever it takes to get arrest numbers and conviction rates up and make some loot at the same time.

Just another reminder it is not YOUR welfare that is of primary concern.

As in all war the civilians suffer the most casualties. The failed drug war is no different.

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Official Robbery – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on March 24, 2017

https://lewrockwell.com/2017/03/john-w-whitehead/official-robbery/

Unlike criminal forfeiture, where property is taken after its owner has been found guilty in a court of law, with civil forfeiture, owners need not be charged with or convicted of a crime to lose homes, cars, cash or other property. Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns that principle on its head.  With civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent.”—“ Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture,” Institute for Justice
The drug war, how government pays for it and pays itself is worse than the original crime.

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Rule by Thieves – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on March 15, 2017

https://lewrockwell.com/2017/03/john-w-whitehead/rule-thieves/

Case in point: in the same week that Wikileaks dropped its bombshell about the CIA’s use of spy tools to subject law-abiding Americans to all manner of government surveillance and hacking—a revelation that caused barely a ripple of concern among the citizenry—the government quietly and with little fanfare continued to wage its devastating, stomach-churning, debilitating war on the American people.

Incredibly, hardly anyone noticed.

It is up to us to make people notice.

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Asset Forfeiture and RICO-A Refresher

Posted by M. C. on July 23, 2013

About fifteen years ago I first learned of asset forfeiture.  It never has been in the MSM news.  Big surprise.

One instance was I believe in Louisiana where an individual was stopped for driving while Hispanic.  The unfortunate soul had three or four hundred dollars in his wallet.  Obviously only a drug dealer would be carrying that kind of moola.  There was nothing the individual could be charged with but his money was taken as proceeds of a crime. Read the rest of this entry »

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