DUBUQUE, IA — A widow’s bank account was seized by the IRS and she now faces criminal charges for depositing her legal inheritance money in lumps instead of all together.
ALBANY, GA — Police raided an elderly woman’s home because they suspected that she was allowing people to play cards and bet money inside without government permission — an “illegal gambling house.”
ARNOLDS PARK, IOWA — A woman’s entire bank account was seized by the Internal Revenue Service — without even a criminal charge — because the agency claimed she deposited money “suspiciously.”
BECKLEY, WV — Prohibitionists are boasting about arresting a number of people for harvesting ginseng plants before the government-sanctioned “ginseng season” had officially begun.
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A couple and their two daughters were booted from their home without warning following their son’s first-time arrest over $40 worth of drugs. The homeowners were never accused of wrongdoing or charged with a crime.
DETROIT, MI — Federal agents seized thousands of dollars from a woman at an airport because she didn’t tell them how much she had. Now the government seeks to keep the seizure, without placing a criminal charge against the woman.
Senator Rand Paul offers a rare opportunity to reduce the federal government’s ability to steal your stuff.
ST. PAUL, MN — A SWAT team left a family traumatized and mourning the loss of two beloved family pets that were abruptly gunned down in their living room during a surprise raid.
SPARTANBURG, SC — A surprise annual enforcement blitz in Spartanburg County is largely about stealing cash from harmless motorists, an analysis shows.
WINNEMUCCA, NV — After a successful run at the casinos in Las Vegas, a man carrying a large sum of cash fell victim to a thieving police officer on his way back to California. Without charging him with a crime or even giving him a speeding ticket, the cop seized 50,000 and let him go. This practice of highway robbery is perfectly legal.
I got to thinking about the great gulf that separates the law enforcement profession that I knew as compared to the one that exists today. I never thought I’d be one of those geezers that says, “I just don’t understand this younger generation today!” But the fact is, I am, and I don’t. I offer this retrospective and comparison:
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has, since 2001, doubled the amount of assets it confiscates from people via civil asset forfeiture, according to Ray Downs of WSFA. The reason for this dramatic expansion is not that the agency became twice as savvy at violating the 5th amendment. It is due to the fact that since 2001, the War on Terror has ushered in a new era of domestic spying programs in the United States; programs like the National Security Agency’s (NSA) ability to read innocent people’s emails, text messages, and phone conversations without a warrant. With the power to spy on Americans and seize money at will, the Feds have developed an efficient system of 21st century highway robbery.