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Civil Forfeiture, or Why Keeping Cash in a Shoebox is Good Idea

The Growing Problem of Civil Forfeiture Abuse

Spirit Lake, Iowa:  Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Food has been owned and operated for 38 years by Carole Hinders.  Carole has always preferred to accept only cash payments, so frequent bank deposits were necessary in order to keep from having too much cash on hand at her restaurant.   One day in August 2013, the IRS unexpectedly seized her entire bank account, totaling just shy of $33,000.  It was a clear-cut case of civil forfeiture abuse.  Read more about it at Breitbart.

Long Island, New York:  Bi-County Distributors has been owned by brothers Mitch and Richard Hirsch for 27 years. Their business distributes candy and snacks and other small food items to a number of convenience stores in their area.  Many of their clients pay cash on delivery, so that means that they need to make frequent bank deposits for their own safety.  Then one day in May, 2012, federal agents seized their entire business bank account, which contained a balance of around $446,000.  The federal abuse of civil forfeiture laws was once again the root cause of the near ruination of yet another successful and legitimate family business.

 Abusive Federal Authority Again

Those are just two of numerous examples of a growing form of abuse of federal authority.  These two cases involved the confiscation of cash assets. Numerous other cases involve the confiscation of property in all forms.

If the term Civil Forfeiture means nothing to you yet, you had better start learning about it fast, especially if you operate business which accepts a significant amount of payment in cash.  The IRS is on a mission to find any excuse they can to literally rob you of your hard earned money.

What is Civil Forfeiture?

Civil forfeiture is the act of government confiscation of your property with no accountability whatsoever on their part.  All that’s necessary to trigger it is someone in a law enforcement agency who claims suspicion of a victim’s criminal involvement.  Your property can be taken without you even being charged with any crime.  Depending on conditions of the situation, your vehicle, your home, or all of the cash from your bank accounts could be taken.

Worse yet, because you have not been charged with a crime, civil forfeiture leaves you without the legal protection you would have enjoyed if you really were a criminal!  Neither do any rules exist to control what the confiscating law enforcement agencies may do with the stolen, er, I mean, confiscated property.

One might reasonably expect your confiscated property to go into some kind of protected escrow status. But in fact, in 42 states, confiscating agencies simply keep what they have confiscated and use it as their own.  No law regulates them. It makes no difference if it is cash, vehicles, real estate, or anything else.

Such a rule of law, if it can be called that, provides law enforcement agencies with an incentive to falsely seize as much property as they possibly can.  And they do!

 On what basis are bank account assets seized?

Federal law now requires that banks notify federal agencies whenever a cash sum totaling over $10,000 is made into any bank account.  Such reporting is designed to tip off authorities to the possibility of illegal business acivity.  The war on drugs has contributed to the motivation for such law and invasion of privacy.  As invasive as that law is on personal business, did you know that your deposits may be under continual scrutiny by the IRS, whether or not you make deposits over $10k?

If you happen to have a business which generates a lot of income on a cash basis, you can be accused of “structuring” your deposits by consistently keeping them under $10k.  There do not seem to be any guidelines for federal agents to use to define what constitutes “structuring”.  If you make a series of large deposits of less than $10k, you might be accused of “structuring” your deposits to avoid IRS scrutiny.

In the act of IRS monitoring of your perfectly legal activity of depositing cash sums of several thousand dollars, you have already been scrutinized.  In fact it seems perfectly logical that if you were already aware of the $10k trigger value, you might very well for your own good be attempting to structure your deposits to avoid being targeted as a possible illegal operation.  Who wouldn’t want to avoid being targeted as an illegal operation, especially if you are really 100% legitimate?

Property owners who find themselves caught up in the forfeiture abuse system often spend weeks, months, sometimes years, without having an opportunity to appear before a judge. Too many victims are compelled to simply give up.  They never did anything wrong, but it’s just too pointless and too expensive to continue fighting.
In one well documented analysis of federal civil forfeiture cases, it has been shown that 80 percent of those whose property the federal government seized were not charged with any crime.  This is no better than legalized theft!

Make the federal government accountable, and stop the war on drugs

In order to stop the abuse of civil forfeiture, we clearly have two choices. The practice of civil forfeiture must either be totally abolished, or it must be carried out with accountability.

This abuse of property rights could easily be reduced by 80% by making the legitimate criminal arrest of every victim a prerequisite to property seizure.

“Legitimate” is a key word, and that’s why I lean towards its total abolition. Most cases of legally valid civil forfeiture revolve around illegal and victimless drug crimes.  The legalization of drugs would result in the elimination of a vast part of the underground syndicate. Grounds would then no longer exist to prosecute the greater portion of the remaining 20% of civil forfeiture cases.

Then the federal government  wouldn’t even need to take property away from people anymore, would it?  Or did they ever really need to? Liberty makes life so much simpler.

 

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Officers in Unwarranted No Knock Raid Terrorize Family and Murder Child

Civil Rights Violations by Unwarranted No Knock Raid a Growing Police Problem

The frequency of civil rights violations carried out daily across this nation by out of control police departments is as alarming as is their sickening and shocking natures, but unwarranted no knock raids are the worst kind.  Just over four years ago an innocent seven year old girl was shot in the head and killed by an over-zealous SWAT team officer in an out of control no-knock raid  carried out on the wrong address in Detroit, MI.

Here’s what happened on May 16, 2010 in Detroit.  A “Special Response Team”, or SRT in police lingo (don’t you love the official sounding names?)  had prepared to carry out a surprise no-knock raid on a wanted man. It had been determined he was living in one half of a duplex rental unit in a Detroit neighborhood.  Another family lived in the other half of the duplex.

The SWAT Team had obtained a warrant for the unit in which they had determined the wanted man was living.  The big mistake the team made in their midnight raid was to raid both sides of the duplex.  They did have a warrant for the address of the wanted man, but not for the innocent family who lived in the other half of the duplex.

Officers arrived in armored vehicles armed with automatic rifles and battered down the doors on both sides of the duplex.  A neighbor who was outside walking his dog when the police arrived tried to warn the cops that there were children and innocent people inside the second residence the cops were about to mistakenly raid.  The children’s toys all over the yard should have tipped them off too, but that neighbor was pinned to the ground and restrained by other officers while the unjust raid proceeded.

What they found inside the residence they had no authority to enter was a sleeping family – Mom, Dad, Grandma, and four young children.  Grandma was asleep on the couch with her 7 year old granddaughter.  The raid began and ended in tragedy in less than 30 seconds. One officer broke a window and tossed a percussion grenade inside, while others rammed the front door open. In the next 6 seconds of total confusion, the SWAT team leader, Joseph Weekley, shot and killed an innocent child.

What is worse, several hours more of mayhem and abuse ensued.  Aiyana Jones, 7, was dead.  Cops restrained her distraught grandmother  on the floor in handcuffs and forced her to lie in the child’s blood and the broken glass from the window that has been shattered.  Further abuses not only to the grandmother, but to both of the murdered child’s parents occurred over the next several hours.

Aiyana’s father was also required to lie face down in a pool of his daughter’s blood, while he pleaded for some kind of explanation for what had just happened.  He was given none.  Aiyana’s grieving and frightened mother was detained for several hours, forced to stay sitting sitting on the couch in the blood of their murdered daughter, after which she was transported to a facility where she was forced to undergo — a drug test!

Police at first claimed they had a rightful warrant.  They can apparently do no wrong.

The suspect that the police had sought was arrested and taken into custody in the raid.  He was in the other duplex unit, the side for which the police had initially obtained a signed warrant.  As soon as police realized the error they had made, the police chief took action to get a CYA warrant for the second residence – after it was broken into and Aiyana was killed.

Shouldn’t we expect some admission of error from someone on the part of the police department, and not just a massive cover up of a blunder that resulted in the death of an innocent child?  Shouldn’t we expect to see some kind of admission of error on the part of the officer who pulled the trigger and put a bullet through seven year old Aiyana’s brain?  Shouldn’t we expect remorse from the trigger man?

Apparently, every action taken by a police raid is infallible and justified.

Four years and two mistrials later, the gunman is held unaccountable

Prior to this incident, Joseph Weekley, the officer who pulled the trigger on Aiyana, had 14 years of law enforcement experience.  In 2007 he was under investigation as a member of another police raid team in which guns were pointed at children, and two family pets were shot.

Weekley also aspires to be a hero in the SWAT team raid business.  A&E’s pro-police-state reality show, “The First 48”, glorifies the aggressive use of police power.  The team of which Weekley was the leader in this particular raid was accompanied by a full TV crew from the show.  Their video illustrates just how hyped the team was when the shooting occurred.  They were in full aggression mode. Their macho police raid was, after all, going to be on TV, and they were going to be the stars!

Even more sickening is the involvement of the Chief of Police of Detroit, Warren Evans.  Evans had been positioning himself to be featured in the A&E program as the lead police officer, directing cops to take back the streets of Detroit.  Evans’ self aggrandizing plans backfired on May 16, 2010.

Weekley is Free.  Why?

Weekly was tried in June 2013 on a charge of manslaughter.  A mistrial was declared due to a hung jury.  In September 2014 ,Weekley stood trial once again.  The charge was reduced from manslaughter to reckless firing of a weapon causing death.  Conviction would have carried a possible 2 year sentence. It didn’t matter.  The jury was hung again, and another mistrial was declared.  According to the system, that’s the end of legal proceedings against Weekley for this crime.

If you’re not familiar with this case, here are several relevant links filled with greater detail to build and justify your outrage.  This case was big enough to be summarized in Wikipedia already.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Aiyana_Jones

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2014/10/06/joseph-weekley-aiyana-stanley-jones-appeals-court/16803207/

http://new.livestream.com/wildabouttrial/events/3402923

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/06/grandmother_testifies_aiyana_j.html

That’s plenty to keep your blood boiling, I’m sure.

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UK Authorities Ignore 1,400 Non-Muslim Children Repeatedly Attacked By Muslim Rape Gangs

Saudi writer Abdulah Mohammad Al Dawood urges followers to sexually molest women for working at public places

A chilling report has emerged that details the atrocities that at least 1,400 non-Muslim children faced at the hands of Muslims for 16 years in Great Britain because authorities feared they would be viewed as racist.

BBC reports that children as young as 11 were beaten, trafficked and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, according to a review into child protective services. The worst part is that over a third of the cases were known by authorities, who were afraid to speak up because of the ethnic and religious backgrounds of the attackers.

“Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist,” according to the report’s author, Professor Alexis Jay.

Jay blamed the “blatant” collective failures of the council’s leadership and concluded that “It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered.”

Authorities Ignore 1,400 Non-Muslim Children Repeatedly Attacked By Muslim Rape Gangs

The chilling details of Jay’s report revealed:

Victims were doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, terrorized with guns, made to witness brutally-violent rapes and told they would be the next if they spoke out.

They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten and intimidated.

One victim described gang rape as “a way of life”

Police “regarded many child victims with contempt”

Some fathers tried to rescue their children from abuse but were arrested themselves;
The approximate figure of 1,400 abuse victims is likely to be a conservative estimate of the true scale of abuse.

The majority of the perpetrators were Pakistani, according to Jay’s report. Because of this, others wouldn’t report alleged abuses out of fear they’d be labeled as racist.

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One of the victims said that “gang rape” became a way of life for some of the girls who grew up in Rotherham with her. Fathers would also try to track down their daughters to remove them from the homes where they were abused only to be arrested after the police were called to the scene.

According to Jay, the systematic failures within CPS happened despite three reports between 2002 and 2006, that both the council and police were aware of, “which could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham.”

Jay says that the first of the reports were “effectively suppressed” because senior officials denied the data was true, and the other two reports were just flat out ignored. Councillors seemed to dismiss the reports as isolated incidents even though they documented widespread abuse.

“Others remembered clear direction from their managers not to [acknowledge the reports],” according to Jay.

Many of the victims believed that the perpetrators were their boyfriends who would shower them with gifts, drugs and alcohol. Some of them still don’t even believe that they were victims of abuse and groomed for sexual pleasure.

Some of the victims had serious mental issues and others from broken homes. Almost all of them had dysfunctional families with parents that suffered from addiction, sexually abused or would beat them.

The girls were eventually rescued by police and taken out of the abusive homes after being monitored by CPS, but it was too little too late.

“I was a child and they should have stepped in,” one of the victims said.

“No matter what’s done now… it’s not going to change that it was too late, it should have been stopped and prevented.”

You can read the full report here.

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