By Doug Book, editor
Thirty years ago, the practice of Civil Asset Forfeiture was implemented by the federal government as a means of confiscating cash and assets, principally from drug dealers. But since 9/11, this method of punishing criminals has been used to literally steal billions in legally owned wealth from law abiding Americans.
In 2008, the Department of Justice began emphasis on that part of the Asset Forfeiture law called Equitable Sharing, a scheme whereby money confiscated from citizens–usually by police–would be divided between state and federal governments. Legal permission for this extraordinary method of “profit sharing” was provided in the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984. And there has been a great deal to share as “thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion.”
But on Friday of last week, this despicable, government approved scheme of stealing wealth from the American people apparently came to an end as Attorney General Eric Holder “barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges.”
Coach is Right published the article which follows in September of last year. It explains Equitable Sharing and the methods of those who took full advantage of its terms.
Police steal $100’s of Millions from innocent Americans in “Stop and Seize” scams
September 16, 2014
By Doug Book, editor
After 9/11, the federal government “…called on police to become the eyes and ears of homeland security on America’s highways.” But as this new, more aggressive agenda of seeking out suspicious individuals was embraced by officers as part of their interdiction training by the federal government, their policing behavior turned out to be worlds removed from the historically reassuring promise to “protect and serve” the American public.
For law enforcement officers throughout the nation were eagerly learning and practicing the fine art of “policing for profit,” that is, the method of questionable legality by which money and assets are stolen from generally guileless American citizens taught since childhood that police may be trusted.
In 2008, the Department of Justice decided to expand civil asset forfeiture with a program known as “Equitable Sharing.” Though originally used to separate drug dealers from their assets and cash, since 2001, Equitable Sharing has been employed by the nation’s police to score $2.5 Billion in cash and assets from citizens “who were not charged with a crime and without a warrant being issued.” It is a high-dollar confiscation scam which is painfully easy to operate and, to ensure the successful practice of which, law enforcement has been dealt every trump. How can billions be confiscated, in large part, from law abiding drivers?
Police are instructed to pull over a car for any violation, real or imagined. While issuing a warning or a ticket, the officer is directed to “study [the driver or passengers] for signs of nervousness, including…clenched jaws or perspiration.” Police are then taught to look for “supposed indicators of criminal activity, which can include such things as trash on the floor of a vehicle, abundant energy drinks or air fresheners hanging from rear view mirrors.” Unbelievable.
It will be after the reading of these meaningless indicators of guilt that the officer will ask permission to search the vehicle. A refusal by the driver may cause drug sniffing dogs to be summoned, a thoroughly illegal use of the driver’s time as has already been determined by the Supreme Court. But how many Americans will be aware of such legal decisions guaranteeing their rights?
Drivers across the nation have been found in possession of thousands of dollars in cash. It’s their own money, lawfully acquired, but police immediately conclude that it represents the ill-gotten gains of a drug sale. The money is confiscated on the spot and the driver must now prove that the cash was acquired in a legal manner should he ever wish to enjoy its return.
For being a Civil rather than Criminal procedure, no charges need be brought, no warrants issued and no evidence of guilt compiled by police. And as the victims of such robberies will not have their day in court to prove their innocence, the only resort left to them is to prove the money theirs, lawfully owned and lawfully earned.
Unfortunately, given the cost of hiring attorneys to fight Big Brother, over 60% of victims of these crimes will never retrieve their money. And for those who choose to fight, it is usually mandatory that they sign away their right to sue!
And now the question becomes, Why? Why would the most corrupt Attorney General in the nation’s history put an apparent end to such a lucrative scheme? How does it benefit Holder and how does it benefit his boss in the White House?