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Civil Asset Forfeiture

A good short video on forfeiture from the Institute for Justice.

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13 comments to Civil Asset Forfeiture

  • Steve

    Ugh. It is utterly depressing how this stuff happens in the United States.

  • Bruce

    The ba$tards have poisoned Canada too. Its why I sold my plane. Its why I drive a beater. Its why I took a bayonet and practiced with it on a Mannequin until my arm was sore. Its why I switched to the other arm and did the same thing. Its why I took sniper training at an early age. Can’t say we were not warned.
    An elastic can be stretched a surprising amount, but, there is always the inevitable…
    SNAP
    Time to replace lady Liberty’s torch with one of those Viking spiked balls swung on a chain. What useful work have the fattenned Nazis ever performed, besides sucking the oxygen out of any room they enter. Time to send them back home at gunpoint to help their mom with the dishes and learn a few manners.

  • Paul

    Nice video.

  • DavesNotHere

    Brought to you by George W. Bush and his Republican Party, and equally by Barack Obama and his Democratic Party.

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

    We can have these rights back, but we are going to have to take them from the Democrats and Republicans.

    It is good to see folks like the Institute for Justice speaking truth to power against our two barbaric political parties and their enablers.

  • Scott

    When will “We the people” finally put a stop to the clear public servant revolution that has gradually eroded the power limitations implicitly defined in our Constitution to prevent the abuse of power in the public sector?

    Power abuse in the private sector does not warrant a shift of power into the public sector, where such power still ends up being abused (as history clearly shows).

    The demonizing of the private sector is no different than the demonizing of drug use, and neither are the results:

    A blanket policy that adversely affects the majority of people who do nothing but conduct their business (be it drug use or an actual business) properly.

    Liberty, by law (amendment 9 in our Constitution), is self-evidently a naturally-given and unalienable right.

    That implementation of liberty should not only be the essence of our nation, but the focal point in defining our nation’s future, because:

    1. Liberty is your greatest asset.
    2. Liberty as a self-evidently naturally-given and unalienable right is undeniably optimal liberty in a civilized society.

    Liberty, as supposed to be realized in the U.S., is the most brilliant social construct ever conceived given those two points, a tool in part to help minorities overcome oppression without requiring violence.

    However, that tool can only be effective when the public majority passionately supports it, understanding that to selectively oppose such liberty is to firmly oppose it (e.g. if you can oppose it just once, why not just twice, and so on down the slippery slope).

    I’m tired of the hypocrisy spanning the full political spectrum resulting from many such oppositions against true liberty, giving us not a naturally-given right, but a public majority given one instead (an unlawful, self-serving, multi-directional power struggle that sadly really defines liberty in the U.S.)

    The U.S. is the only nation with liberty legally implemented in this brilliant form, and “We the people” are effectively standing by (sometimes pulling levers for blue or red) watching it fade away more and more, waiting for the oppression to grow into an unstable form igniting another revolution by some generation within posterity.

    It is like Paul Revere is riding through the streets and too many Americans are going back to sleep. I would love to take positive action, but I am only one, apparently often-ignored man who must be at least missing something.

    I don’t want to end on a negative note. I will never stop doing my best to help restore this country to the true liberty-embracing nation it is supposed to be, and I hope you all will be there with me. We can do it. We must do it. We will do it.

  • Just me

    I’ve said it many times and wil say it again. Greed and corruption is killing this country and those in power dont give a damn.

  • claygooding

    A little off topic but,,,,Pete,you made the DEA blog site.
    http://home.pacbell.net/amerhero/daily.htm

  • claygooding

    Our whole sense of privacy and security disappeared when our police went from “To Protect and Serve” too “Search and Seize”.

    PSPete’s link is in the related news list at the lower end of the page at the DEA blog site. This is a very good site to see how the DEA thinks. They definitly don’t like Michelle.

    • Drug WarRant recently made the jump to being included in Google News. Because of that, posts here are getting picked up in more places than before, including DEA Watch (which picks up much of their list of news items from Google News).

      As a side note, it’s also, by the way, the reason I’m no longer titling my open threads “Open Threads,” and instead coming up with something creative or goofy as the title. I just felt that “Open Thread” wasn’t a very useful headline in Google News.

  • kaptinemo

    “Drug WarRant recently made the jump to being included in Google News. Because of that, posts here are getting picked up in more places than before, including DEA Watch (which picks up much of their list of news items from Google News).

    (Chuckling) Won’t that make their day. Now they’ll have this site’s name stuck in their face on the news feeds. Salt in the eyes. Mighty iritatin’, huh?

  • claygooding

    Did anyone goto the site and read what the DEA thinks of Michelle Leonhardt?

  • claygooding

    oops,should have said DEA field agents.

  • Yeah, Clay…they hate her and most of the other supervisors in the Agency. They think she is only interested in PC diversity (having visible female supervisors and agents) and that the agency is soft, effeminate and ineffective. Here’s a typical discussion comparing the DEA to the “feebs” (FBI):

    Someone wrote: “Mega kudos to the feebs for their ability to infiltrate criminal organizations and take them down. How many criminal orgs does our agency infiltrate? ZERO!… because 90% of our agents never leave the office…”

    I don’t remember the date but I do remember that it was sometime back in 1996 shortly after DEA Watch began that I read something about our agency having lost its nerve after Camarena’s torture and death, and since his death we have been too gutless to send anymore of our agents inside a cartel.

    Very sad and pathetic.

    The truth is we have not sent any of our agents into prisons, jails, businesses… or even health clubs when illegal drugs pass hands like candy on Halloween. We don’t have stones, we have almonds. Geeziz! Even the feeb female agents do hardtime UC. Our females do fingernail polish.

    And…
    The feebs were 100% correct back in 2002 when they said they did not want to turn their big drug cases over to our agency so that they could devote more time to anti-terrorist cases because our agency would do one of two things with their drug hand-me-downs: 1) Nothing, or 2) F**k them up.