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  • The cash smelled like pot, so the feds kept it

    06/03/2014 2:23:21 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 52 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 06/03/2014 | James Eli Shiffer
    Someone had tipped off federal agents that a California man with a large quantity of drug money would soon be boarding a flight from Minnesota to Arizona. They spotted him at gate H-7 in the Humphrey Terminal of Minneapolis-St. Paul International and let loose a "certified narcotics dog." The dog showed strong olfactory interest in two of the man's three pieces of luggage. So the feds seized those two bags and let the man get on the plane to Phoenix. They knew what they might find in the two bags because the man had already told them that he had...
  • 3 women arrested after twerking in Beaverton

    04/29/2014 10:07:58 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 54 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 29, 2014 8:27am
    <p>BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Three women were arrested after twerking at an impromptu dance party in the Beaverton City Hall parking lot.</p>
  • Minnesota Supreme Court forfeiture case could affect 'policing for profit'

    05/12/2014 12:11:35 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-12-14 | Hal Davis
    To the trial judge, the case of Daniel Garcia-Mendoza seemed to be a police stop based on "driving while Latino." Plymouth police officer Ryan Peterson said he was suspicious because "the driver had both hands on the steering wheel and was looking straight ahead." What's more, neither driver nor passenger "were looking at me." Checking the license plate, Peterson learned there was no driver's license listed for the car's owner. Peterson pulled over the 2003 Chevy Tahoe on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis on March 19, 2012. "Luckily for Peterson, perhaps," neither Garcia-Mendoza nor his passenger had a driver's license, the...
  • FBI seizes trove of cultural artifacts at 91-year-old Indiana man's home

    04/03/2014 6:31:41 AM PDT · by alancarp · 66 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/3/2014 | Foxnews.com
    INDIANAPOLIS – FBI agents have seized thousands of artifacts from Native Americans, Russia, China, and other nations from a 91-year-old man's private collection in rural central Indiana. The items, which also came from Haiti, Australia, New Guinea and Peru, were collected by Donald Miller of Waldron over eight decades, FBI Special Agent Robert Jones said at a news conference. "The cultural value of these artifacts is immeasurable," Jones said while refusing to disclose details of any of the individual items taken from Miller's property. Some items were acquired improperly, but Miller, who traveled extensively, obtained others legally or before laws...
  • Authorities: 19 Charged In Largest Gun Bust In NYC’s History

    08/19/2013 6:49:26 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 28 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 08/19/13 | Unknown
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A pair of gunrunners smuggled firearms into New York City by hiding them in luggage they carried on discount buses offering cheap fares and lesser odds of getting caught, authorities said Monday. The men were captured in a police sting that netted 254 weapons in 45 transactions since last year – the largest total from a gun case in recent memory. The alleged smugglers, Walter Walker and Earl Campbell, were among 19 people arrested in New York, North Carolina and South Carolina as the result of a 10-month investigation.
  • Why A Cyprus-Like Seizure Of Your Money Could Happen Here

    04/08/2013 10:43:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 25, 2013 | Steve Forbes
    Don’t put it past our politicians to try it in a financial emergency. The breaking of contracts by the U.S. government, unfortunately, has happened before, and what’s under way in Cyprus shows that feckless politicos will continue to try such things. In 1933–34, amid the depths of the Great Depression, the U.S. government seized the American people’s gold holdings. From that point, until 1975, it was illegal for Americans to own gold, other than in some forms of jewelry or collectors’ coins. In the panic of the Depression years the courts upheld this unconstitutional confiscation. Yes, people received dollars in...
  • The Pokémon Plot: How One Cartoon Inspired the Army to Dream Up a Seizure Gun

    09/26/2012 2:11:14 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 26, 2012 | Spencer Ackerman - Danger Room
    The Pokémon Plot: How One Cartoon Inspired the Army to Dream Up a Seizure Gun In 1998, a secret Army intelligence analysis suggested a new way to take out enemies: blast them with electromagnetic energy until their brains overload and they start to convulse. Amazingly, it was an idea inspired by a Pokemon episode. Application of "electromagnetic pulses" could force neurons to all fire at once, causing a "disruption of voluntary muscle control," reads a description of a proposed seizure weapon, contained in a declassified document from the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center. "It is thought by using a method...
  • GHEI: ATF’s latest gun grab (Getting crafty)

    09/07/2012 1:44:42 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 13 replies
    Wahingto Times ^ | 9/6/2012 | Wash Times
    The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process. In a final rule published last week, the Justice Department granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authority to “seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled-substance abuses.” That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any crime. It’s a dangerous extension of the civil-forfeiture doctrine, a surreal legal fiction in which the seized property — not a person — is put on trial....
  • Asset Seizure and Forfeiture – The State’s (Often Wrong) Rationale for Seizing Currency

    08/08/2012 10:26:36 AM PDT · by Altariel · 4 replies
    Forfeiture Reform ^ | August 8, 2012 | Eapen Thampy
    This article is written by Charles B. Frye, Attorney at Law, Houston, Texas.What are the risks of transporting large sums of cash when you’re traveling?  Obviously, you could get robbed or get involved in an accident and lose the money.  Your car could catch on fire while you’re buying gas and your currency could go up in smoke.  A number of bad things could happen if you carry a large amount of cash on you when you travel.  But, one risk that many folks never consider is that a law enforcement officer could decide to seize your cash, even if...
  • Victims of Metro Gang Strike Force awarded $840,000

    07/24/2012 10:08:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    star tribune ^ | 7-23-12 | RANDY FURST
    More than $840,000 was awarded Monday to 96 victims of illegal searches, seizures and use of excessive force by the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force, including a dozen juveniles who were targeted by a Brooklyn Park police officer. The scandal-ridden gang unit, shut down by the Department of Public Safety three years ago this month, broke through people's doors without justification, seized property without authorization and injured people who were not suspects, according to reports by Mark Gehan, a St. Paul attorney appointed as special master in the case.
  • Roberts Facing Medical Option on 2nd Seizure (2007)

    06/28/2012 7:06:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    NYT ^ | August 1, 2007 | DENISE GRADY and LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    Despite his quick recovery from the seizure he suffered on Monday, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. faces a complex diagnosis and a difficult decision. Because the seizure was his second — he had a similar one in 1993 — he meets the criteria for epilepsy, and he and his doctors will have to decide whether he should take medication to prevent further seizures, said neurologists not involved in his care. (Neither the chief justice nor his doctors would comment yesterday.) The decision will involve weighing the risk of more seizures against the risk of side effects from the drugs....
  • Commerce Secretary Bryson Resigns

    06/21/2012 11:57:46 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 32 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 21, 2012 | Jim Puzzanghera
    WASHINGTON -- Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned, saying the seizure that he suffered on June 9 that led to two San Gabriel Valley hit-and-run accidents could be a distraction in the job. "I have concluded that the seizure I suffered on June 9th could be a distraction from my performance as Secretary and that our country would be better served by a change in leadership of the Department," Bryson wrote to President Obama in a letter dated Wednesday.
  • Commerce Secretary John Bryson, accused of hit-and-run, takes medical leave

    06/12/2012 8:02:01 AM PDT · by libstripper · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 11, 2012 | Ed O’Keefe & David A. Fahrenthold
    Commerce Secretary John Bryson said Monday night that he is taking an indefinite leave of absence to deal with health problems, after officials said the Cabinet member had a seizure while driving Saturday and was involved in three traffic collisions.
  • New Epilepsy Tactic: Fight Inflammation

    06/06/2012 8:41:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 4, 2012 | ALASTAIR GEE
    In November 2008, when he was just 6, William Moller had his first epileptic seizure, during a reading class at school. For about 20 seconds, he simply froze in place, as if someone had pressed a pause button. He could not respond to his teacher. This is known as an absence seizure, and over the next year William, now 10, who lives with his family in Brooklyn, went from having one or two a day to suffering constant seizures. Not all were absence seizures; others were frightening tonic-clonics, also known as grand mals, during which he lost consciousness and convulsed....
  • Crony Capitalist Land Grab in California

    04/07/2012 6:57:09 AM PDT · by Law is not justice but process · 13 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 6, 2012 | Alec Rawls
    In 2006 California’s Senate Bill 107 codified a requirement that by 2010 all electricity retailers in the state were to procure 20% of their electricity from “renewables.” That same year L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich established Nuisance Abatement Teams that started combing the Mojave desert hitting isolated residents with ever-expanding lists of code violations, imposing whatever it took to drive residents out, and they made their intentions perfectly clear . . . . . . Apparently it is not enough that our green crony capitalists are getting billions in taxpayer subsidies, or that that rate-payers are forced to buy their...
  • 2 charged in death of Ala girl forced to run

    02/23/2012 12:22:09 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/23/2012 | JAY REEVES
    Roger Simpson said he looked down the road and saw a little girl running outside her home but didn't give it another thought. Police, however, said the man witnessed a murder in progress. Authorities say 9-year-old Savannah Hardin died after being forced to run for three hours as punishment for having lied to her grandmother about eating candy bars. Severely dehydrated, the girl had a seizure and died days later. Now, her grandmother and stepmother who police say meted out the punishment were taken to jail Wednesday and face murder charges. Witnesses told deputies Savannah was told to run and...
  • Megaupload file seizure shows why many cautious about the cloud

    01/27/2012 12:31:08 PM PST · by dickmc · 15 replies · 1+ views
    It Business (Ca) ^ | 1/21/2012 | Ian Paul
    The takedown of the file-sharing site over copyright violations provides a warning about being careful where you store stuff. Megaupload file seizure shows why many cautious about the cloud Megaupload users are crying foul after their personal files, not necessarily copyright-infringing material, stored with the file-sharing service was seized on Thursday along with a trove of illegally distributed copyrighted works. Some of those users took to Twitter complaining about the loss of their files, as first reported by TorrentFreak. "I had files up there...gone forever..and they were personal recordings! No copyright infringement!" said Twitter user J. Amir. Another user complained...
  • Man catches 881-pound tuna, seized by feds

    11/22/2011 1:31:09 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2011 11 22 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A Massachusetts fisherman pulled in an 881-pound tuna this week only to have the federal authorities take it away. It sounds like a libertarian twist on the classic novella by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, but for Carlos Rafael, the saga is completely true.
  • Lawsuit: LA County Deputies Wrongly Seized $7M In Private Property

    11/09/2011 11:26:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    CBS) ^ | November 9, 2011 7:48 AM
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department unlawfully seized up to $7 million worth of property from a Santa Clarita landowner, according to a lawsuit filed in a federal court. Attorney Richard Gibson of Woodland Hills represents the owners of the property that was seized on a 20-acre site near Magic Mountain. Deputies allegedly seized tractors, trailers, boats and cargo containers after discovering a reportedly stolen skiploader that Gibson said was abandoned on the site without the landowners’ knowledge. “For many years, my client has stored a great deal of stuff on the property,” said Gibson. “One of [the owners] had...
  • Mo. residents upset by order to move lake homes

    11/06/2011 7:02:06 PM PST · by PENANCE · 19 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 6 | Chris Blank
    CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) -- Nearly every year, Patsy Riley has gotten unsolicited offers for her house on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks with its spectacular views of tree-lined bluffs and its ample shoreline, but she never wanted to leave. Now, she and hundreds of her neighbors wonder what will become of their homes after a federal agency declared that many structures built close to the lake may have to go. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, citing restrictions on private developments around dams, says thousands of residences, decks, patios and boathouses appear to encroach on land belonging to the hydroelectric project...
  • Simultaneous raids in northern Honduras (is Mr. Lobo serious about controlling Drugs?)

    10/24/2011 6:07:28 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    El Heraldo ^ | 10/24/11 | redaccion
    Tegucigalpa, Honduras A series of simultaneous raids were conducted on Monday in different parts of Honduras by members of the Public Prosecutor elements, Directorate for Combating Drug Trafficking, the Army and National Police. This is the first action that is made ​​pursuant to the Act Deprivation of assets of illicit origin , in force since July 2010 and applies through the creation of the post of judge with national jurisdiction. The raid was carried out operating in La Ceiba, Roatan and San Pedro Sula, towns where the nine homes that were deprived by the authorities. Also checks should be made...
  • Student Says She Was Forced To Drop Class After Seizure

    09/30/2011 2:53:05 PM PDT · by rawhide · 51 replies
    cbs denver 4 ^ | September 29, 2011 2:55 PM
    ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A former student at Colorado Mountain College says she was forced to drop a class because she had a seizure. Channing Seideman was in the middle of an emergency medical technician class when she had an epileptic seizure. She said faculty members asked her to drop the class, saying the episode was too distracting to other students and there could be more. Seideman said it was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and she’s filed a complaint against the school. She doesn’t want other people to experience the same thing. “They’re allowed to have...
  • Senator Wyden Asks WTF Is Up With Homeland Security Domain Seizures

    02/03/2011 2:02:33 PM PST · by Smogger · 64 replies
    TorrentFreak ^ | 2/3/2011 | Ernesto
    Following on from news of the third phase of ‘piracy’ and counterfeit related domain seizures in 7 months, US Senator Ron Wyden has asked the director of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to clarify some of the most pressing questions. If the domain seizures are to continue, the Obama administration has to be more open about the need for them and the process involved, he argues. Earlier this week we broke the news that US authorities had started a third round of domain seizures. This time, it turned out that the actions were aimed at sports streaming sites....
  • European nations begin seizing private pensions

    01/04/2011 5:57:40 AM PST · by Main Street · 24 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | Jan. 2, 2011 | Jan Iwanik, guest blogger
    People’s retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don’t want to reduce spending or make privatizations. As most pension schemes in Europe are organised by the state, European ministers of finance have a facilitated access to the savings accumulated there, and it is only logical that they try to get a hold of this money for their own ends. In recent weeks I have noted five such attempts: Three situations concern private personal savings; two others refer to national funds. .The most striking example is Hungary, where last month the government made the citizens an offer...
  • American Retirement Funds at Serious Risk of Being Seized

    12/09/2010 9:40:45 AM PST · by FromLori · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Market Oracle ^ | 12/7/2010 | Jeb_Handwerger
    The news of Hungary effectively seizing private pension fund assets to pay for the debt obligations of the state last week should come as yet another reminder of the urgent need to get tax-sheltered retirement savings away from the clutches of the state before it's too late. Hungary is just the latest country to decide that it's citizens retirement savings are the property of the state. The last major country to use similar tactics was Argentina who confiscated about $3.2 billion of pension savings in 2001 before the country stopped servicing its debt and then nationalized the $24 billion industry...
  • FBI Investigation of Home on Douglas Road (Hazmat Seizure)

    10/27/2010 12:14:48 PM PDT · by Paved Paradise · 27 replies
    Toledo, OH (WTVG) -- Some parts of the Safety Building downtown were under quarantine Tuesday evening as several police officers underwent decontamination by hazmat crews. It began as a domestic violence 911 call to the 4700 block of Douglas. Responding officers found some highly toxic chemicals inside the home. Toledo police say officers seized mushrooms and a cultivation of castor beans, used to make the chemical ricin. Hazmat was called. As a precaution, the half dozen officers exposed to the chemical underwent a decontamination process. None exhibited any signs of abnormalities. FBI agents from Detroit are on the scene and...
  • New Lame Duck Threat to Bailout Union Pensions

    10/11/2010 5:02:03 PM PDT · by 4buttons · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/8/10 | Connie Hair
    In a nutshell, under the GRA system government would seize private 401(k) accounts, setting up an additional 5% mandatory payroll tax to dole out a "fair" pension to everyone using that confiscated money coupled with the mandated contributions. This would, of course, be a sister government ponzi scheme working in tandem with Social Security, the primary purpose being to give big government politicians additional taxpayer funds to raid to pay for their out-of-control spending.
  • NRA-Backed "Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2010" Passes U.S. House

    07/29/2010 12:00:08 AM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | July 28, 2010 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683 NRA-Backed "Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2010" Passes U.S. House Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Fairfax, Va. -- Today, by a margin of 307-113, a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to amend the federal definition of protected “household goods” to include firearms on the list of items that cannot be seized by creditors in a bankruptcy proceeding. NRA-supported H.R. 5827, offered by U.S. Representative John Boccieri (OH-16), would ensure that a person who files for bankruptcy would not lose the constitutionally- protected means of protecting themselves and...
  • DOE's Search and Seizure

    04/12/2010 10:59:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies · 1,219+ views
    american thinker ^ | 4/12/10 | Louis Case
    he feds are coming to inspect your home if you want to sell it, according to regulations buried in cap-and-trade legislation and standards decreed by the Secretary of Energy. But there are numerous legal difficulties inherent in DOE "inspections." Here are a few: First, the regulations purportedly require homeowners to submit to a warrantless search of their property. The result of this inspection ("looking in") of their home would be to condemn real property (fixtures and things attached to the land are real estate in many states) and/or personal property.
  • Bank seizes money from school districts embroiled in risky investments

    03/24/2010 5:32:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 655+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentine ^ | 03/24/10 | By Amy Hetzner
    Bank seizes money from school districts embroiled in risky investments By Amy Hetzner of the Journal Sentinel Posted: March 24, 2010 7:06 p.m. |(1) Comments A European bank that loaned money to five Wisconsin school districts that made risky investments has seized $5.6 million from district-controlled trusts to try to compel district officials to repay the debt. DEPFA Bank took the action earlier this week after a year of fruitless efforts to work out a restructuring of $165 million worth of loans to the district trusts that have been in technical default for more than two years. "We are taking...
  • Shelby County collector frustrated as 1952 war plane remains in custody of federal officials

    12/26/2009 9:15:32 AM PST · by Clioman · 59 replies · 3,179+ views
    Birmingham (AL) News ^ | December 26, 2009 | Anita Debro
    More than six months after government officials seized his rare vintage military aircraft, Claude Hendrickson said he is still in the dark about why the airplane was confiscated and when and if it will be returned to him. Until the 1952 airplane -- believed to be one of only a handful of Douglas AD-4N Skyraiders in the U.S. -- is released from federal custody, Hendrickson said the aircraft will slowly deteriorate because he can't maintain it. ---- Virginia Dabbs, spokeswoman for Customs and Border Patrol, said she could not comment on Hendrickson's claims. "We don't harass people," Dabbs said.
  • LSU board approves seizing land for new teaching hospital

    12/12/2009 7:27:35 AM PST · by chemicalman · 18 replies · 793+ views
    WWL TV ^ | 12/11/09 | WWL TV
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's governing board has agreed to the expropriation of property to build a new public teaching hospital in New Orleans and a nearby new veterans hospital. Without objection Friday, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved the use of expropriation. The resolution allows state officials working on the projects to seek a court order to seize private property if the owners refuse to sell. A judge would decide the purchase price the state must pay. More than 450 separately-owned parcels of land are located in the footprint of the planned U.S. Veterans Affairs' hospital and the $1.2...
  • Israel views arms shipment as card against Iran

    11/05/2009 6:41:23 AM PST · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 654+ views
    AFP (hosted on Google) ^ | November 5, 2009
    Hezbollah will underscore its case against Tehran in the international community, observers said Thursday. "Officials in Jerusalem had not dared even to dream of better timing for the capture of the vessel carrying so much arms and ammunition bound for Hezbollah," an editorial in Israel's Maariv newspaper said. "The capture of the ship was, for Israel, like a gift from heaven." The Israeli navy on Wednesday seized a ship carrying what it described as "hundreds of tonnes" of weapons, including rockets, grenades and ammunition, that it said was sent from Iran to the Lebanese Hezbollah militia. A UN Security Council...
  • Proven guilty

    10/25/2009 4:18:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 1,161+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2009 | Paul Jacob
    The “innocent until proven guilty” concept is at the very heart of our legal system. Government ought not be able to exact punishment for a crime until proof has been established, beyond a reasonable doubt, by a jury of one’s peers.But this foundational principle of justice has been tossed out the window in recent years, at least in one realm, that of civil or asset forfeiture. Civil forfeiture allows police to seize more than $1 billion worth of property each year — cash, cars, boats, etc. — that is alleged to have been used in the furtherance of a crime.The...
  • Memo from CBO Director Elmendorf to Rep. Hoyer discussing PAYGO Asset seizure plans (FR Exclusive)

    07/23/2009 6:54:40 PM PDT · by bamahead · 32 replies · 2,069+ views
    Congressional Budget Office ^ | July 22, 2009 | Douglas W. Elmendorf - CBO Director
    CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director U.S. Congress Washington, DC 20515 July 22, 2009 Honorable Steny M. Hoyer Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Mr. Leader: This letter responds to your request that we review an amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 2920, the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2009 (the amendment), provided to CBO on July 21, 2009. On July 14, 2009, CBO provided an analysis of the version of H.R. 2920 that was introduced on June 17, 2009, which would establish new statutory pay-asyou- go (PAYGO) requirements and authorize the Administration...
  • Obama to propose strict new regulation of financial industry (new powers of Gov't Seizure)

    06/16/2009 3:50:33 PM PDT · by pissant · 34 replies · 2,295+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/16/09 | Jim Puzzanghera
    The plan would give the government new powers to seize key companies whose failure jeopardizes the financial system, as well as creation of a watchdog agency to look out for consumers' interests. Reporting from Washington -- The Obama administration this week will propose the most significant new regulation of the financial industry since the Great Depression, including a new watchdog agency to look out for consumers' interests. But critics say the easing of the financial crisis that gripped the country last year appears to have reduced the momentum for some of the most far-reaching proposals, such as merging several banking...
  • Feds seize Madoff's mansion, yacht, small boat

    04/01/2009 10:36:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 1,709+ views
    AP ^ | BRIAN SKOLOFF and By TAMARA LUSH
    Feds seize Madoff's mansion, yacht, small boat By BRIAN SKOLOFF and By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press Writers 1 hr 1 min ago PALM BEACH, Fla. – Federal authorities seized disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's Palm Beach mansion, his vintage yacht and a smaller boat Wednesday, part of an effort to recoup assets to pay back investors he swindled. Barry Golden, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said about five marshals arrived at the 8,753-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion late Wednesday afternoon, hours after the boats were seized.
  • Alternate Reality 2

    03/24/2009 3:31:43 PM PDT · by NEWSHOUND · 7 replies · 429+ views
    Econ 101 Blog ^ | 3-24-09 | Newshound
    I cant' escape it. No matter where I turn I see news that makes no sense and has only a minimal attachment to reality - at least my reality. By that I mean the reality that I grew up with. The reality where America - the place I was born and raised - was a constitutional republic with a capitalist economic system. That's where I came from. That's my comfort zone. But now I'm not even sure we still have a constitution. If we do it must be in tatters. Today I read that my President is about to hand...
  • U.S. goes after Madoffs homes, boats, piano (total of $100+ million)

    03/16/2009 9:26:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 1,004+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/16/09 | Grant McCool
    U.S. goes after Madoffs homes, boats, piano By Grant McCool NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors want swindler Bernard Madoff and his wife Ruth to forfeit more than $100 million worth of homes, cars, boats, securities, silverware and a piano following his March 12 guilty plea, according to court papers. Homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach, Florida, Cap d'Antibes, France and on New York's Long Island, valued at a total of $22 million, $17 million in a bank account and at least $45 million in COHMAD Securities Corp, a brokerage part-owned by Bernard Madoff, are on the government's list seen on...
  • Laptop searches at border might get restricted

    12/08/2008 11:22:09 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 594+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | December 08, 2008 | Joelle Tessler
    Mohamed Shommo, an engineer for Cisco Systems Inc., travels overseas several times a year for work, so he is accustomed to opening his bags for border inspections upon returning to the U.S. But in recent years, these inspections have gone much deeper than his luggage. Border agents have scrutinized family pictures on Shommo's digital camera, examined Koranic verses and other audio files on his iPod and even looked up Google keyword searches he had typed into his company laptop. "They literally searched everywhere and every device they could," said Shommo, who now minimizes what he takes on international trips and...
  • Dems Target Private Retirement Accounts

    11/09/2008 12:58:49 PM PST · by 4buttons · 266 replies · 1,644+ views
    carolinajournal.com ^ | 11/4/08 | Karen McMahan
    RALEIGH — Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers’ personal retirement accounts — including 401(k)s and IRAs — and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration. Triggered by the financial crisis the past two months, the hearings reportedly were meant to stem losses incurred by many workers and retirees whose 401(k) and IRA balances have been shrinking rapidly. The testimony of Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York, in hearings Oct. 7 drew the most attention and criticism. Testifying for...
  • Judge Sides with Billionaire Drug-Running Suspect

    10/08/2008 5:37:30 PM PDT · by Ace's Dad · 11 replies · 578+ views
    Aero-News.Net ^ | October 10, 2008 | AZero-News.Net
    Nicholas May Soon Fly on Gulfstream G-IV In a decision which could have wide-ranging implications for US law enforcement at all levels, US District Judge Cormac Carney told prosecutors pursuing drug and investment charges against Broadcom executive Henry T Nichols III that they went too far in seizing his Gulfstream G-IV and threatening to impound it indefinitely.As ANN reported last week, the California businessman asked the court's permission for his family to continue flying the bizjet...The 1993 Gulfstream, registry N2107Z, was seized in a July 16 raid at John Wayne Airport. The FBI asserts Nicholas "...distributed ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine and...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il Experiencing Intermittent Irregular Seizure from Stroke

    09/11/2008 6:39:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies · 323+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/12/08 | Park Seung-joon
    /begin my translation Kim Jong-il Experiencing Intermittent Irregular Seizure from Stroke Chinese Intelligence, "Will have long-term effect on his rule" Park Seung-joon, Beijing N. Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who is said to be recovering from stroke, is experiencing intermittent and irregular seizure, which is why he could not attend the 60th anniversary celebration of N. Korean state's founding on Sept. 9, a reliable diplomatic source on N. Korea in Beijing said on Sept. 11. The source said that a senior Chinese official visited Pyongyang a few days before the anniversary and did meet Kim Jong-il, and he reported (his findings)...
  • FBI says Idaho graduate student tried gaining access to lab with radioactive material

    12/07/2003 7:51:57 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 52 replies · 1,109+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 07, 2003
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- A University of Idaho graduate student who is under investigation for suspected terrorism ties obtained unauthorized access to a campus lab containing radioactive material, court documents allege. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a Saudi national working on his computer science doctoral degree, quietly moved his student office from the Computer Science Department into the school's engineering isotope lab, apparently without his adviser's knowledge, according to the documents. "The investigation of Sami Al-Hussayen has, from its outset, been focused on suspected material support to terrorism, particularly to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network," FBI agent Michael Gnecknow said in the...
  • Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border

    08/02/2008 5:13:13 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 6 replies · 232+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, August 1, 2008 | Ellen Nakashima
    Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed.
  • FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center

    06/21/2008 8:29:57 AM PDT · by Peace4EarthNow · 38 replies · 536+ views
    Today, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Marshals seized various animal food products stored under unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center located in Joliet, Ill., pursuant to a warrant issued by the United States District Court in Chicago. U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated animal food susceptible to rodent and pest contamination. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because it was alleged in a case filed by the United States Attorney that they were being held under unsanitary conditions. (The Act uses the term "insanitary" to describe...
  • World's Biggest Drug Seizure In Afghanistan (Ł200 million)

    06/11/2008 8:50:38 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 203+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-12-2008 | David Blair
    World's biggest drug seizure in Afghanistan By David Blair, Diplomatic Editor Last Updated: 12:38AM BST 12/06/2008 Afghanistan's police claim to have made the largest drugs seizure in history after they discovered hashish worth at least Ł200 million. Afghan counter narcotics officials uncovered 260 tons of hashish hidden in 6-foot-deep trenches in southern Afghanistan About 260 tons of narcotics were found in trenches and bunkers in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. No previous haul comes close to matching this find, which weighed roughly the same as 30 double-decker buses. The previous record was set by Colombia's security forces when they uncovered...
  • Length of Kennedy hospital stay raises questions

    05/19/2008 10:46:54 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 121 replies · 833+ views
    AP/Google ^ | 05/19/2008 | Glen Johnson
    BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's hospitalization after a seizure stretched to a third day Monday, raising questions about the severity of his illness. The senator's office announced that he is not expected to return to Washington this week, and a spokeswoman said the Massachusetts Democrat had not been available to take a call from President Bush earlier in the day. "Take care of my friend," the president told Vicki Kennedy, who answered the call from the White House to Massachusetts General Hospital, according to Kennedy spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. There was no word on how long Kennedy, 76, would...
  • Image of Taser use lingers (was epileptic teen tasered 12 times by cops?)

    05/19/2008 3:00:25 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies · 484+ views
    Denton Record-Chronicle ^ | 5/18/08 | Donna Fielder
    ‘Blake is having a seizure, and they’re hurting him’Blake Dwyer remembers pain: The agonizing burn of electrical shock. And shouting. And fear. “I thought a swarm of wasps was after me,” the 17-year-old Guyer High School athlete said. “I was trying to fight them off.” He doesn’t remember the epileptic seizure he suffered July 18, 2007, when he was 16. He doesn’t remember fighting to keep from being tied to a stretcher or hitting a paramedic. His brother, Travis Baker, 17, remembers all of it. He recalls screaming at Corinth police to stop shocking Blake with a Taser. His mother,...
  • Spokeswoman: Sen. Kennedy conscious (talking) after seizure (rein in the emotions, folks, Please.)

    05/17/2008 2:32:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 1,503+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/17/08 | Glen Johnson - ap
    BOSTON - A spokeswoman for Sen. Edward Kennedy says he is conscious and talking to family after he suffered a seizure in his Cape Cod home and was flown to a Boston hospital. The 76-year-old Massachusetts Democrat fell ill at his home Saturday morning and was rushed to a local hospital. He later was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital to determine the cause of the seizure. Spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said he is "conscious, talking, joking with family." His wife, children and niece Caroline Kennedy are among those with him at the hospital. The second longest serving member of the Senate...