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  • FBI Seized $86 Million In Raid On Innocent Americans’ Safe Boxes After Duping Judge For Warrant

    09/27/2022 8:42:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 | Evita Duffy
    ‘The government’s theory is that having cash makes you a presumptive criminal, and I think every American should be worried about that.’ There is no denying anymore that our federal agencies have weaponized their power against the political adversaries of the left. But if you think the feds’ abandonment of all standards only affects outspoken critics of the regime, think again. More allegations of FBI corruption and hubris are coming to light after a lawsuit last week revealed FBI agents misled a judge so they could illegally seize and withhold property from innocent American citizens. Agents took more than $86...
  • “Our globalist overlords will use ‘Russian oligarchs’ as pretext to cancel our remaining rights”

    03/05/2022 9:59:47 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    Steve Bannon's War Room ^ | March 4, 2022 | Ben Harnwell
    Paraphrased: Emergency Measures take precedence over the "Rule of Law"?
  • The government can take your stuff [civil asset forfeiture]

    11/07/2021 4:54:07 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/7/2021 | Kevin Wagner
    Q: Can the government take your property without a conviction? How is that legal? Civil forfeiture is when the government seizes the money, homes and cars of people engaged in criminal activity. The money is mostly used to boost the budget of law enforcement agencies. Historically, civil forfeiture was used infrequently until it was developed as a tool in the war on drugs in the 1980s. It expanded in use to seizing the cars of intoxicated drivers, or the proceeds from activities ranging from illegal gambling to securities fraud. The reason this is legal is that, while people have constitutional...
  • Asset Seizure: Policing for Profit

    11/04/2021 8:48:55 AM PDT · by dmam2011 · 7 replies
    The Clarksvillian ^ | November 4, 2021 | Dave McGuire
    One of government’s most shocking powers is civil asset forfeiture or seizure. This power occurs when law enforcement confiscates private property with or without charging the owner with a crime. In Tennessee, the betting odds say it is more likely personal property will be taken by law enforcement than through a robbery. Scary, isn't it? Going back slightly more than a decade you will find Tennessee law enforcement has taken more than $150 million in cash and personal property – without criminal charges or legal accusations of criminal activity. The proceeds from these types of seizures are generally applied to...
  • The FBI Seized Heirlooms, Coins, and Cash From Hundreds of Safe Deposit Boxes in Beverly Hills, Despite Knowing 'Some' Belonged to 'Honest Citizens'

    05/11/2021 10:53:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 114 replies ^ | ERIC BOEHM | 5.10.2021 10:15 AM
    Victims of the FBI's constitutionally dubious raid say they've been told to come forward and identify themselves if they want their stuff back. Dagny discovered that the FBI had seized the contents of her safe deposit box—about $100,000 in gold and silver coins, some family heirlooms like a diamond necklace inherited from her late grandmother, and an engagement ring she'd promised to pass down to her daughter—almost by accident. She'd been asked by a friend to recommend a convenient and secure location for keeping some valuables. Dagny searched Yelp to find the phone number for U.S. Private Vaults, a Beverly...
  • Executive Order Canceling the Constitution

    04/21/2021 10:47:38 AM PDT · by EBH · 31 replies
    AmericanThinker ^ | 04/20/21 | Lee Goldstein
    On April 15, Preident Biden signed an Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation. Contrary to its title, this EO is not about Russia. It is designed to allow the Biden administration to deprive American citizens and organizations of their rights and property by arbitrarily linking those persons to real, imagined, or vaguely defined activities of the Russian government. The Biden administration unilaterally makes the determination and requires neither criminal acts nor intent. The punishment is blocking assets and a prohibition on any dealing with the accused person....
  • Police, Prosecutors Oppose Proposed Nevada Bill Changing Asset Forfeiture for Low-Level Drug Crimes

    04/19/2021 3:16:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Carson Now ^ | 4/6/2021 | Bill Dentzer
    Between July 2019 and June 2020, Nevada police reported seizing more than $4 million worth of personal property, ultimately holding on to more than $3 million worth of cash, vehicles and jewelry involved in criminal activity. Law enforcement agencies do this through a process called civil asset forfeiture, in which police take possession of ill-gotten money or property that may have been involved in a crime. The idea is to thwart criminal organizations and help fund police activity, but a broad range of interest groups have expressed concern in past years that the system easily leads to abuse and the...
  • Homeland Security Seized $2 Billion in Cash From Travelers at U.S. Airports

    07/31/2020 8:15:03 AM PDT · by RandFan · 42 replies
    Reason ^ | July 30th | C.J. CIARAMELLA
    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other Department of Homeland Security agents seized more than $2 billion in cash from travelers in U.S. airports between 2000 and 2016, according to a new report by the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm. The institute's report is the first to comprehensively analyze the use of civil asset forfeiture by federal law enforcement in airports, where multiple news investigations have revealed horror stories of passengers having their money taken even though they weren't ever charged with a crime. Take a case that Reason covered: Rustem Kazazi, a U.S. citizen who...
  • Think twice before heading to the airport with that huge wad of cash

    07/29/2020 7:04:40 AM PDT · by edwinland · 69 replies
    Buffalo News ^ | July 26, 2020 | Matthew Spina
    When he heads to airports now, Samuel Haile thinks of that day at Buffalo's airport a few years ago. The government took $12,000 from his carry-on and wouldn't give it back. Haile was not charged with a crime ... Dozens of passengers have suffered such a loss in recent years in Buffalo. With an X-ray machine, a screener spots a dense mass in a piece of luggage. If it's an unusually large sum of cash, the government takes it on the suspicion that it's drug money. At Buffalo and every other airport in the country, the TSA screens bags and...
  • Why Did Arizona Democrats Kill a Bill Protecting Citizens From Police Overreach?

    05/24/2020 12:07:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Reason ^ | 5.22.2020 | SCOTT SHACKFORD
    It’s all about the revenue. Civil forfeiture brings in money, and lawmakers are more worried about their budgets than residents’ due process and property rights. An Arizona bill requiring police and prosecutors to get a criminal conviction before they could attempt to force defendants to forfeit their assets died Thursday at the hands of a bloc of mostly Democrat lawmakers. Civil asset forfeiture is a mechanism that lets law enforcement seize and keep the assets of people believed to have committed crimes. Many states do not require defendants to actually be convicted — or sometimes even charged — with a...
  • DEA Will Return $82K Life Savings It Seized From an Elderly Pittsburgh Man and His Daughter

    03/05/2020 11:14:10 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 97 replies
    Reason ^ | 3.4.2020 | C.J. CIARAMELLA
    Neither Terry Rolin or his daughter were ever charged with a crime, but that didn't stop the DEA from trying to seize more than $82,000 from them through civil asset forfeiture.The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will return more than $82,000 that it seized from an elderly Pittsburgh man and his daughter after a federal class-action lawsuit was filed on their behalf last month. The Institute for Justice, the libertarian-leaning public interest law firm that filed the lawsuit, announced today that the DEA will return $82,373 that it seized from Rebecca Brown six months ago at a Pittsburgh airport. The money...
  • Speaking Out: Asset Forfeiture Should Only Follow Conviction

    02/19/2020 3:23:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    If you regularly read my columns, you have probably figured out by now that I am a strong advocate of law and order. That brings me to three items I would like to discuss related to law enforcement that I believe should be changed or abolished. The first is civil asset forfeiture or civil judicial forfeiture, and it is a procedure in which police agencies and the government can legally confiscate property from a person they suspect of criminal or illegal activity without charging them with a crime. This can be in the form of cash, or a house, or...
  • Hawaii's New Asset Forfeiture Rules Take Effect Jan. 17

    01/28/2020 12:47:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New requirements will apply to local enforcement authorities in seizing cars and other property of criminals under long-awaited asset forfeiture rules issued by the Hawaii attorney general on Dec. 31. The rules take effect Jan. 17 and require county prosecutors to describe the crimes that justify the seizure of private property under state statutes and to petition the attorney general for approval. The seizure program, known as civil asset forfeiture, is used in all 50 states to confiscate financial and other property of criminals. Some states require a criminal conviction before the property can be taken but most jurisdictions, including...
  • Man, daughter suing after $82K life savings seized at Pittsburgh International Airport

    01/16/2020 4:05:18 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 153 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 16, 2020
    SOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A local man’s life savings of more than $82,000 was seized at Pittsburgh International Airport in August, and now he and his daughter are suing, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported. Rebecca Brown, 54, of Lowell, Mass., told TribLIVE her 79-year-old retired father, Terry Rolin, of South Fayette Township, asked her to help manage the cash he and his late parents had hidden in hiding spots throughout the family home. “It was late Saturday night after the banks closed when he gave me the money, and I had an early (Monday) morning flight...
  • Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Mandating Comprehensive Disclosure and Transparency Requirements for Civil Asset Forfeiture

    01/13/2020 11:09:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    INSIDER NJ ^ | January 13, 2020
    Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation (S1963) mandating comprehensive disclosure and transparency requirements for the system of civil asset forfeiture. “New Jersey law enforcement agencies currently have no permanent statutory requirement to disclose civil asset forfeitures,” said Governor Murphy. “This legislation would boost confidence in our justice system by requiring county prosecutors to track and report data on this practice. Allowing the public to understand how assets are being seized, where seized funds go, and where forfeited property is going is a huge step forward for transparency and accountability.” Under the bill, county prosecutors would submit quarterly reports to the...
  • Cops arrested a drug dealer and took his money. N.J. court said they went too far.

    01/08/2020 5:30:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies ^ | 1/8 | S.P. Sullivan
    When police arrested Luis Melendez on drug charges, they found $2,928 in cash alongside drugs and weapons in his bedroom. The drugs and weapons became evidence in his criminal case, but prosecutors also went after the money in civil court using a common but little-understood practice called civil asset forfeiture. When Melendez fought to keep the money, they used his statements against him in his criminal case. New Jersey’s highest court on Wednesday declared this practice an abuse of power, though the ruling upheld Melendez’s conviction based on the other evidence against him. The decision places additional limits on New...
  • US Embassy [Obama] pressed Ukraine to drop probe of George Soros group during 2016 election

    07/27/2019 4:37:47 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 22 replies
    thehill ^ | 03/26/19 | JOHN SOLOMON
    While the 2016 presidential race was raging in America, Ukrainian prosecutors ran into some unexpectedly strong headwinds as they pursued an investigation into the activities of a nonprofit in their homeland known as the Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC). The focus on AntAC — whose youthful street activists famously wore “Ukraine F*&k Corruption” T-shirts — was part of a larger probe by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office into whether $4.4 million in U.S. funds to fight corruption inside the former Soviet republic had been improperly diverted. The prosecutors soon would learn the resistance they faced was blowing directly from the U.S. Embassy...
  • Major U.S. city faces claims from 35,000 for confiscating cars, land, homes without reason

    10/27/2019 3:04:07 PM PDT · by cowpoke · 39 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/27/2019 | WDN staff
    A compensation plan has been developed for victims of a program established by Philadelphia that confiscated homes, cars and money without reason. The Institute for Justice sued the city and announced a year ago a settlement was being developed. Some 35,000 notices have been sent to victims, but they need to confirm their participation in the settlement, the organization explained. "Innocent Philadelphians who unjustly lost homes, money and cars to the city's forfeiture machine are able to get every penny back but they need to apply before the deadline," said Darpana Sheth, lead counsel for plaintiffs and director of the...
  • S.C. Judge: Unconstitutional for Police to Seize Property Without Proving Crimes

    10/26/2019 12:09:08 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 56 replies
    reason ^ | 10.23.2019 | SCOTT SHACKFORD
    Thanks to chronic abuse and misuse by local police departments, the days may be numbered for South Carolina's forfeiture system that allows cops to seize and keep cash and property of the people they arrest in order to fund their own departments. Circuit Judge Steven H. John has ruled that the South Carolina's civil asset forfeiture regulations violate the Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights of the citizens. Civil asset forfeiture has been in the crosshairs across the country for years now because it allows police and prosecutors to declare that any money or property owned by a suspect is...
  • Supreme Court Puts Limits on Police Power to Seize Private Property (8-0 w/ Thomas concurring)

    02/20/2019 10:16:32 AM PST · by NRx · 134 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09-20-2019 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — Siding with a small time drug offender in Indiana whose $42,000 Land Rover was seized by law enforcement officials, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the Constitution places limits on civil forfeiture laws that allow states and localities to take and keep private property used to commit crimes. Civil forfeiture is a popular way to raise revenue, and its use has been the subject of widespread criticism across the political spectrum. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Eighth Amendment, which bars “excessive fines,” limits the ability of the federal government to seize property. On Wednesday, the...