There was an incident that happened in February of this year that needs to be explored. A group of Christian musicians were touring in a foreign country to raise money for an orphanage and a hospital. They collected donated money as cash. The police pulled their car over because a tail light was broken, trumped up a bogus drug charge, searched the car, and found their cash. It was $53,000 dollars. The car driver was arrested and the cash was seized by the cops. However, the cops found no drugs on the driver nor in the car. They did not find any drug paraphernalia. They did not smell any drugs. Guess which country this incident happened?
In most states in the US, police can seize property from citizens without proving that a crime was committed. This is known as ‘civil forfeiture’. All the police need is ‘probable cause’ that such assets were used in the commission of a crime. On a federal level, this is known as ‘equitable sharing’. That allows local cops to keep 80% of everything they seize. If a citizen has property seized, they can launch a court challenge that can be both expensive and lengthy. And, the citizen must be innocent of any crime. In the past, I highlighted the story of a college kid who attempted to board a plane to return home after graduation. He was carrying $11,000 dollars in cash that he had saved working part-time jobs while attending college. The gestapo claimed his bags smelled like marijuana. He admitted to smoking marijuana before he got to the airport. He was searched. No marijuana was found. The gestapo still stole the kid’s $11,000.
To date, cops have robbed citizens of over $2 billion dollars in civil forfeitures.
Obama’s attorney general ruled in December that this process was indeed unconstitutional and illegal. She move to halt civil forfeitures. But we all know our fascist. Mr. Obama loves the process of the government confiscating assets from citizens. He overruled his own attorney general and ordered the confiscation to resume in April. America will remain in tyranny.
We should all remember the country we used to live in had a Constitution document that served as the foundation of law. The current regime either hates this document or chooses to subvert it at every turn.
The Fourth Amendment reads: ‘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.’
Once property is seized, it is nearly impossible to recover.
The Fifth Amendment reads that no person… ‘be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.’
And for those who still think Reagan was a good president, the civil forfeiture started under his regime.
That country in which the $53,000 dollars was seized from a Christian band (from Burma) was of course none other than the ‘land of the free and home of the brave’ - the USA. The terrorists were sheriff’s deputies in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They claimed that a drug dog picked up a scent of drugs in the car. Of course, the truth is that the drug dog is simply a ruse that allows ‘probable cause’ for a search and seizure event. I must assume that the driver that was arrested for drugs he did not possess was not wearing an expensive pair of Jordan sneakers. Otherwise, had they been in the deputy’s size, they too would have been ‘confiscated’.
It is clear that the obama regime is based in tyranny and fascism. They ignore laws and rights with which they do not like. They change other laws to restrict individual rights and liberties. They continue to remake the country into some kind of dictatorial banana republic of which they so obviously admire. So for us oafs who have the loathsome misfortune of living under an obama rule, which laws should we obey and which laws should we just ignore? What do the rulers even call this country any more? It certainly is not ‘America’.
I now know how Michelle Obama used to feel back when she was defrauding other hospitals in the Chicago area by arranging for all the ambulances to ferry patients to the most expensive hospital in the area of which she ran. She said back in 2008 that for the first time in her life, she was ‘proud’ of her country. Well, good for her. None of the rest of us find much to be proud about any more now that even basic liberties have been rescinded. And, it’s not just us. While Mr. Obama is on his ‘stay in the EU’ lecture tour, the Brits are tolerating him like a foul odor expelled in a crowded elevator headed to the penthouse. One writer opined that the world ‘mercifully’ only had a few months left of obama’s regime. Amen!
Of course, the current regime would no doubt require permits to expel odors just like they require for every other act, movement, or expression. Witness the following.
A youth group visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York broke out into an impromptu version of the Star Spangled Banner. They were quickly interrupted by security who informed the students that they needed to cease and desist from such action as a permit is needed for such a thing. At least I think this incident happened in New York. Maybe it was Moscow. Maybe Shanghai. Maybe it was Havana. What difference does it make? America is certainly no longer ‘exceptional’.
This makes me wonder. If entertainers and purveyors of tripe like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam refuse to tap dance in North Carolina because of perceived discrimination of transexual restroom visitation, will they also boycott Oklahoma and every other state of the union where civil forfeitures are the norm? What about the civil rights of citizens who have lost billions in illegal seizures? What about the NBA threatening to boycott North Carolina by moving the all-star game to another state because of the transexual bathroom law? Do they just pick and choose which acts of discrimination are offensive to them? How is it that these organ grinder monkeys are offended when transexuals are obliged to visit a bathroom that coincides with their birth certificate gender but they are not offended when law enforcement steals $53,000 dollars from a Christian band from Burma raising money for an orphanage?
In the end, a judge ruled that the search and seizure was after all illegal and the money was returned to the band. Did anything really change? Did anybody go to jail for originally stealing the money? Next time, the terrorists will simply ‘plant’ some drugs in the car. This is america, right? Carry on.
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