The Justice Department just shut down a huge asset forfeiture program

I’m amazed at how we, the American People have allowed the lying snakes, err honorable elected representatives of Wall Street the citizens of this country to convince us to give up the enumerated rights guaranteed us in the Constitution of this great country.

I’m not embarrassed to say I was a hippie back when I was young.  I’ve always been a freedom outlaw and have rarely believed in the rule by coercion that seems so commonly accepted by so many.

A week or so ago I watched Ken  Burns documentary on Prohibition.  Prohibition was an ill conceived attempt by the government to enforce by intimidation something that should be an individual’s personal choice.

The War on Drugs or Prohibition Redux has been an unmitigated disaster leading to all sorts of violations of people’s rights..

The Asset Forfeiture Laws have been among the most egregious violations of the Fourth Amendment to ever be foisted upon the citizens of this country.

From The Washington Post:

December 23, 2015

The Department of Justice announced this week that it’s suspending a controversial program that allows local police departments to keep a large portion of assets seized from citizens under federal law and funnel it into their own coffers.

The “equitable-sharing” program gives police the option of prosecuting asset forfeiture cases under federal instead of state law. Federal forfeiture policies are more permissive than many state policies, allowing police to keep up to 80 percent of assets they seize — even if the people they took from are never charged with a crime.

The DOJ is suspending payments under this program due to budget cuts included in the recent spending bill.

“While we had hoped to minimize any adverse impact on state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, the Department is deferring for the time being any equitable sharing payments from the Program,” M. Kendall Day, chief of the asset forfeiture and money laundering section, wrote in a letter to state and local law enforcement agencies.

In addition to budget cuts last year, the program has lost $1.2 billion, according to Day’s letter. “The Department does not take this step lightly,” he wrote. “We explored every conceivable option that would have enabled us to preserve some form of meaningful equitable sharing. … Unfortunately, the combined effect of the two reductions totaling $1.2 billion made that impossible.”

Asset forfeiture has become an increasingly contentious practice in recent years. It lets police seize and keep cash and property from people who are never convicted — and in many cases, never charged — with wrongdoing. Recent reports have found that the use of the practice has exploded in recent years, prompting concern that, in some cases, police are motivated more by profits and less by justice.

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