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May 21, 2012


The cops see a car they like. The red and blue lights flash, the police cruiser pulls snug behind the desired vehicle and the officer approaches. 

According to the officer the interior of the car smells of marijuana. The vehicle then becomes prey for forfeiture. That is, in some states property that is suspected of being used for criminal purposes can be snatched. 

There is no jury and no trial; no facing one's accuser.

• Snatching Momma's disability check

Suppose the cops need money.

Beverly Greer of Brown County, Wisconsin, needed cash to bail her son out of jail. She funded the bail money with her disability payment and tax return. Her daughter-in-law contributed to the bail as did other family members. Once the $7,500 was raised, Greer took the cash to the cops to bail out her son. 

Greer was not allowed to pay by check, credit card or cashier's check. The cops insisted it be cash.

Once the cash was turned over to the cops, they claimed their narcotics-sniffing dog told them the cash was tainted with drugs and, therefore, would be subjected to forfeiture laws. In other words, the cops kept it. Bail was not met. [source]

• Impounding one's business and retirement

While Greer and her kin were out a few thousand bucks, Russell Caswell had his retirement snatched away by authorities. 

Caswell owns a local motel in Massachusetts that has been in the family since his father built it in 1955. It's his sole source of income and his only hope for retirement. 

Authorities determined that past guests used the motel to facilitate a crime. That is, they may have smoked a joint or, worse yet, used their rooms for illegal narcotic transactions. Caswell invested in security cameras, verified the identities of all guests, and took down license plate numbers; all of which was turned over to the cops. 

It didn't matter. Caswell owns a mortgage-free property that can easily converted to cash by the authorities, and that's exactly what they plan to do. [source]

• Research before it happens

What property do you own?

Authorities can take it away. All they need is the word of a drug-sniffing cop or the testimony of Scooby Doo and your assets will be transferred to the government. It happens all the time.

The Institute for Justice published an online reference summarizing forfeiture laws in every state. You may review that publication here: "Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture". 

• Immoral compass

The problem is compounded by the fact that the moral compass that once nudged law enforcement towards fair play is increasingly compromised by Affirmative Action. Specifically, recent years have seen a dumbing down of entrance exams allowing an influx of law enforcement officials who may have an embedded chip on their collective shoulders called 'social justice.'

The cop's logic flows in this direction: "This guy's ancestors owned my ancestors. In lieu of reparations, I'll attach his property using civil asset forfeiture laws."

Be alert. Be vigilant. Be prepared.

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  1. Its just like the TSA rifling through bags and taking whatever they want, but I don't think they morally justify themselves with ancestors and notions of reparations. I also think they know they are wrong. Let me elaborate:

    When I was a teenager, there was a period where I hung out with friends and we were all thiefs. Our attitude was such that we had items stolen from us, so we stole from others. It was indeed sort of a way to justify our crimes, but it was a very selfish view that we held, making up for wrongs done specifically to us. Then after a while we just did it because we could, and we started justifying it as the fault of the victims for not protecting their possessions adequately. If somebody said 'Hey you can say you are righting the wrongs done to your ancestors' we probably would have SAID that, but that would not have been the reason for doing it. Most thiefs are just too self-centered to actually reason that way.

    I have long since converted to a benevolent outlook on life, but I still remember how all of us were aware of our immorality, yet tried to justify our evil deeds in different ways. One could conceivably run out of faulty justifications and latch on to social justice or some other lie, but in the end, they all know it is for personal gain... or just the thrill and risk of it all.