The Biggest Crooks In America Are Now The Cops

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Submitted by Bill Bonner via Bonner & Partners,

The TSA Is a Complete Waste of Time

Today, we continue our series “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” As you’ll recall, our premise is that in a world where everyone is a lawbreaker, it’s hard to spot the real criminals.

Below, we turn to the bad …

Last week came a report proving that the TSA has been wasting our time and shamelessly bullying us all for years. There was always a surreal and even cruel quality to airport security checks.

We recall how we stood in line, as the TSA agents forced a frail, old lady, well into her 90s, to get up from her wheelchair… painfully shuffle into the body scanner… stand with her hands over her head… and totter out the other side.



An image from the curiously aptly named “Rapiscan” full body scanner employed by the TSA. University researchers set out to prove that the scanners are completely worthless – and prove it they did. What you can obviously not see above is that the man undergoing the scan is actually concealing a gun. In fact, one can get “anything” through these scanners undetected.

Image credit: USENIX / Keaton Mowery, University of California



She could barely stand… but the scan proved inconclusive. We looked on in disbelief as the TSA agent forced her to repeat the exercise. Did anyone believe the frail woman posed a threat to airline safety? The TSA agents? The people lined up, waiting to go through the same routine? Of course not…

But no one objected – not even her son, your editor. We have all been trained to keep our mouths shut, even when we are subjected to senseless inconveniences and indignities. To what end?

A study done by the TSA found travelers were easily able to smuggle mock weapons and fake explosives past the screeners. In 67 out of 70 cases, TSA agents missed the banned items and let the passenger go by. If they had been real terrorists, Washington might be a smoking ruin by now. Two questions arise: Why bother? And why haven’t there been more terrorist attacks?


Scaring, Bullying, and Stealing

The first is easily answered: The security checks could be stopped immediately with no appreciable loss in real safety. The second question is easily answered, too: There aren’t any terrorists. Or there are so few, it is not worth worrying about them.

Yes, the Department of Homeland Security is just an excuse to scare people, boss them around, and take their money. Wait, you might say… If we send the TSA packing, terrorists may take it as a green light to go on the offense. But what difference would it make?

Nine out of ten of them would glide through the checkpoints anyway. Also in the news is the Export-Import Bank. It helps American companies sell their products overseas by financing and subsidizing the purchases for foreign buyers.

This costs U.S. taxpayers money – about $2 billion over the next 10 years. But it boosts the profits of the companies involved. It is nothing but legalized larceny. It takes money from some people against their will and gives it to others. Most favored is Boeing.

A small group in Congress has been trying to get rid of the Export-Import Bank for decades. But it is an uphill battle. Naturally, the cronies want to keep this zombie institution alive. And the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – a nest of cronyism – has launched a $1-million campaign to save it.

The Chamber of Commerce had an ad campaign a few years ago called “Save Free Enterprise.” But who wants to save free enterprise? Not the Chamber of Commerce – it wants to save free money, not free enterprise.

 imex scam

A giant crony capitalist corporate welfare scam: the Import-Export Bank. See this nauseating example presented by Dan Mitchell of how this corrupt cronyism institution works.

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When the Crooks Are the Cops

Here’s another candidate for the “bad” category: DEA agents and local police deserve a good whack with a hard stick. Thanks to the Department of Justice’s “civil asset forfeiture” program, they’ve been helping themselves to other people’s money by pretending the money has done something wrong.

Normally, a civil – as opposed to a criminal – procedure involves a dispute between two private citizens. But in the case of civil asset forfeiture, the dispute is between the cops and a thing – cash … gold … a house … or a nice new yacht – they suspect has been involved in a crime.

No due process is needed. The owners of the disputed items are guilty until proven innocent. Often, of course, the supposedly “ill-gotten gains” are not ill-gotten at all – until the cops get their hands on them. All over the country – and in Canada, too – police are turning into crooks… taking money that doesn’t belong to them.

In one recent instance, a young man called Joseph Rivers was taking the train from Detroit to California, hoping to start a new music video company. He took with him his life savings – $16,000, in cash.

But the lucre was just too filthy for the DEA to resist. After boarding Rivers’ train at the Albuquerque Amtrak station, searching its passengers, and discovering the cash in his bag, they simply took it from him.

The Washington Post covered the story:

“The agents found nothing in Rivers’ belongings that indicated that he was involved with the drug trade: no drugs, no guns. They didn’t arrest him or charge him with a crime. But they took his cash anyway, every last cent, under the authority of the Justice Department’s civil asset forfeiture program.”


Joseph Rivers had his life saving confiscated on a train, as far as we could ascertain mainly for the crime of being black and because the opportunity presented itself. That the people doing the confiscating work for something called “the department of justice” is more proof that we have well and truly arrived in Orwell’s dystopia.

Photo credit: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images


Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Once the cops have seized your property, the burden of proof falls on you to get it back – even if the cops never charge you with a crime. “We don’t have to prove that the person is guilty,” an Albuquerque DEA agent told the Washington Post.

In another case, a couple had $118,000 seized from their bank account. Their crime? None. They were merely the targets of money-hungry agents from the U.S. Secret Service because their small business required them to make many cash transactions.

The agents took the money under the civil asset forfeiture rules, which empower government employees to take first and ask questions later. The couple spent years battling to get their money back. By the time the courts finally ordered the feds to hand back the cash, the couple had spent $25,000 on lawyers – money the feds refused to reimburse.

Want more bad guys? The woods are full of them. How about the bums at the Federal Reserve? How about the entire “security” industry? How about the zombies on the government dole? How about the drug industry? Or take Congress… Please.

Up next … the ugly. Stay tuned.



Tom and Marla Bednar of North Carolina, small shop owners who had their money seized although they committed no crime. There are many heart-breaking stories of small business owners getting shafted by assorted government minions abusing civil forfeiture laws. These laws were originally introduced to better combat drug dealers, but have in the meantime mutated into grotesque shake-downs of law-abiding citizens.

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90's Child's picture

No, I'd go with Bankers, the fed, and the government.

813kml's picture

Was it really necessary to show Hillary's body scan?


Oh regional Indian's picture

Makes me not want to fly back in at all (and some might say good riddance), but I wonder how I'd react if a TSA douchetard tried to fondle me.

I'd probably kick him in the nuts and be put in prison.

No doubt though, they are making it more and more uncomfortabel to come in and leave the USSA.

Boiling from amigoes, boiling frogs.....


nuubee's picture

What's with the chain between the belly ring and the cock ring in the second pic? That dude's hardcore.

JohnG's picture



"These laws were originally introduced to better combat drug dealers..."

Nope.   These are ancient laws originally introduced to fight PIRACY.


zhandax's picture

Doesn't piracy fall under Admiralty law?

cossack55's picture

NDAA established the US as a battlefield. Guess who the enemy is.

THE 4th Quadrant's picture

The ridiculous thing about TSA is that they know who you are before you even get to the airport so WTF so we need these cock-gobbling faggots racking our balls for?

End this federal gov NOW!

MonetaryApostate's picture

Enjoy your police state pussies...

oldmanofthesee's picture

Well, if "her son, your editor" is such a pussy as to stand idly by, didn't bother to read the rest of this tripe.

Fun Facts's picture

The PNAC revolutionary police state has been established to usher in the potent ZWO divide and conquer tactic of the police vs the people. US police forces are being trained in Israel as an occupation army.

This is why there is an IQ cap on police new hires. They want dim people who will accept their training for war with the American public, and who won't think for themselves.

The worst nightmare of our overlords is that the people band together and focus on the real problem, which is the handful of ziobankster oligarchs turning the western world into a financial dictatorship.

pertinent protocols :

2 Start fights between different races, classes and religions

3 Use bribery, threats, blackmail, lies and deception to get our way

6 Appoint puppet leaders who can be controlled by blackmail

7 Replace royal rule with socialist rule, then communism, then despotism

8 Abolish all rights and freedoms, except the right of force by us

11 Control the education system to spread deception and destroy intellect

12 Rewrite history to our benefit

13 Use our media to create entertaining distractions

14 Corrupt minds with filth and perversion

15 Encourage people to spy on one another

16 Keep the masses in poverty and perpetual labor

17 Take possession of all wealth, property and [especially] gold

disabledvet's picture

You forgot "liberate the women by allowing abortion on demand." Zio-nazi' they come any other way?

Never forget to listen to your spiritual leaders. Their voices are barely discernible in the scrum but they are trying to say something. You"son, what would your mom think about you wearing those teeth around your neck?" kinda stuff.

The Jews have lost all sense of humanity..along with many others of course.

Still...that's a fine Holocaust MUSEUM that has been bequeathed to the American people.

The folks who were actually liquidated en masse never forgot who had to remind the world this is a legal say the least.

Not that anyone was listening at the time...

tonyw's picture

Sounds just like North Korea, cult of the great leader ...

Meyer Blinder's picture

It's Mooches chastity lock, only BO and Reggie have the key.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

That's his clever homage on the phrase "ball-and-chain".

Dubaibanker's picture


Kick in the nuts reminded me of this video released from Dover, Delaware in the US last month after 1 year. Unfortunately, not the only incident of its kind in the USSA. And we think Russia is a bad place! lol. I haven't seen much videos from China or least not with such ferocity and frequency as that coming from the good ol' democracy called USSA.

Its a kick in the jaw by a cop and broke the jaw of a person who was kneeled down......

dover video charges delaware

Oh regional Indian's picture

DBanker, I cannot even get myself to watch....beyond the pale, what is happening int he US, a descent into madness if you tie the dots together.

Tch.....the USSA is headed to a very BAD place...

Abitdodgie's picture

In the old days they used to say "starnd and Deliver " and if they got cought they would be hanged by the neck untill dead. but that was when America had real men ,how things have gone soft.

WTFUD's picture

I thought it was Munchelle.

Jumbotron's picture

Keep up with the Criminal Cops and their Fascist Overlords here.



ACP's picture

"No, I'd go with Bankers, the fed, and the government."

Exactly right. If the cops weren't purposely ENABLED to break the law and indiscriminately kill people, they wouldn't be doing it.

Antifaschistische's picture

I'm an old school American idealist.  Where, in America you have the right to hate and love whatever you chose.

I'm assuming the "cop haters, all cops are the biggest criminal" crowd....would never dial 911 if their house was being broken into...because, they believe that the police will come rob them too.

Now...if I'm wrong, and you 'cop haters' WOULD acually dial 911 then you're hypocrites.  Which, in also have the right to be.


chubbar's picture

False premise. This is about corrupt cops, ones that are unable to control their emotions or are sociopaths. This isn't about "hating" cops. No, I don't want a sociopath showing up at my house for any fucking reason. Mainly because I would have no idea what he may do to harm myself or family member.

Also, I live in a state (on purpose) that has both open carry and concealed carry. I do both but not all the time. I'm in charge of protecting myself, belongings and family, not the state. I'll call the cops to come write the report of some dude breaking into my house and being shot if they insist on documenting that.

I'm all for the concept of having a police force. Right now though, with the exception of small town forces, you have folks that show up to write a report 60 minutes after being called AND if they do happen to stumble across a crime in progress they proceed to shoot first and maybe ask questions later. 


Billy the Poet's picture

"I'm assuming the "cop haters, all cops are the biggest criminal" crowd....would never dial 911"



  1. Never Call the Cops for Help –

  2. Llewellyn Rockwell 

    Jun 6, 2015 - You're never too old to be killed by an interaction with a police officer in the United States: though the Guardian's analysis of every police killing ...

  3. Never, Ever Call the Cops –
  4. Llewellyn Rockwell 

    May 20, 2014 - HOUSTON, TX –A family received more than they bargained for when they requested the help of local police in dealing with a mentally ill family ...

  5. why-did-you-call-the-police-they-dont-help-you
  6. Llewellyn Rockwell 

    Jul 24, 2013 - In May of last year, Los Angeles resident Veronica Cornejo called 911 to report that her mentally disturbed brother was agitated and could be ...

  7. Yet Again: DON'T Call 911, And DON'T “Help” the Police ...
  8. Llewellyn Rockwell 

    Jan 7, 2010 - Yet Again: DON'T Call 911, And DON'T “Help” the Police ... despite the fact that he had never been notified that he was subject to a lifetime ban .

WeeWilly's picture

Fuck the cops, yeah! Screw the fucking cops, woohoo!! Feel better now, numbnuts? Most of you are thoughtless chattel who refuse to look more than 1 mm deep into an issue or learn more about who the great majority of men and women in law enforcement actually represent. Thank goodness they ignore you. Damn those damnable pigs! Yeah!!!

TheFutureReset's picture

Oh, that's so cute. Name calling with no actual info other than blind faith in some deeper understanding. The idea of cops having a higher purpose is so tired it's cliché nonsense. Your programming is showing.  

WeeWilly's picture

Like "actual info" matters to much of the crowd here? I was a cop for over 30 years and personally know literally hundreds of cops. Were there bad eggs? Sure. just like there are bad priests, teachers and ZHers. The problem is there are about 800,000 law enforcement officers in the US. Be generous to me and say 5% are dickheads. That's still 40,000 bad cops which is horrific. So paint with a broad brush about all bad cops and mindless programmed robots. Most people on here have had no actual experience on which to base a valid opinion. I've got a graduate degree and spent my career in the trenches, trying to make the institution of law enforcement better. When I read on here the anti-cop diatribes it used to make me mad. Now I find it more funny. ZHers who can't wait for a cop article to come up so they can blast all 800,000 are the mindless uninformed robots, not the overwhelming majority of ethical men and women who are protecting us.

Billy the Poet's picture

Free individuals have a right to chose their own security services. It's not the need for protection that's at issue, it's the fact that the state imposes a set of laws and a security apparatus upon supposedly free people.  Like any other "solution" proposed from the top down this is an unworkable system. The people who receive the "service" don't have the ability to freely change providers when they are dissatisfied with that service. So there is little motivation for the police to improve their services from the consumer's point of view.

Consider this. Pizza is good and sometimes it's really good. That's because we still have a free market in pizza. The guy who makes crappy pies goes out of business while the guy who makes good pies increases his sales. Imagine what the state of pizza would be if we all had to pitch into a government pizza fund and we all received something resembling a pizza at intervals convenient to the bureaucrats operating the system. That would kill the utility of pizza because those who pay for the pizza have no say in what they get or when then get it. The very simple market mechanism of "that which is good sells while that which is bad does not" no longer applies. That would be a tragedy in the realm of pizzas but the concept is that much more importantly applied to security services as the safety of one's family is paramount.

Thing is, if you're as good of a security expert as you claim to be you'd likely profit greatly from working in a free market security service as opposed to a compulsory service. The rewards for both you and those you serve could be immense.


Here's an example of free market cops. It works:





"How would things be different,” muses Dale Brown of the Detroit-based Threat Management Center,if police officers were given financial rewards and commendations for resolving dangerous situations peacefully, rather than for using force in situations where it’s neither justified nor effective?”  


Brown’s approach to public safety is “precisely the opposite of what police are trained and expected to do,” says the 44-year-old entrepreneur.  The TMC eschews the “prosecutorial philosophy of applied violence” and the officer safety uber alles mindset that characterize government law enforcement agencies. This is because his very successful private security company has an entirely different mission – the protection of persons and property, rather than enforcing the will of the political class.  Those contrasting approaches are displayed to great advantage in proto-dystopian Detroit.

“We’ve been hired by three of the most upscale neighborhoods in Detroit to provide 24/7 security services,” Brown proudly informed me during a telephone interview. “People who are well-off are very willing to pay for Lamborghini-quality security services, which means that our profit margin allows us to provide free services to people who are poor, threatened, and desperate for the kind of help the police won’t provide.”

“Unlike the police, we don’t respond after a crime has been committed to conduct an investigation and – some of the time, at least – arrest a suspect,” Brown elaborates. “Our approach is based on deterrence and prevention. Where prevention fails, our personnel are trained in a variety of skills – both psychological and physical – to dominate aggressors without killing them.”

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gladius17 (not verified) WeeWilly Jun 14, 2015 9:02 PM

You have your numbers reversed, fuckwit. It's more like 95% bad cops, and 5% good ones.


Yes, I speak from personal experience. 12+ years of being fucked with by these God damned "heroes."

Die slowly in a fire.

Overflow-admin's picture

Like reason and integrity was herd mentality?


Everybodys All American's picture

The bad cop stories are all simply a distraction. The new world orders next steps are being concocted at bilderberg and will be implemented by the snake Obama. TPP, FIFA court case, etc. are all related to one world government. Submit or be run over by these bastards. I will not.

confederacy of the dunces's picture
confederacy of the dunces (not verified) 90's Child Jun 13, 2015 11:11 AM

Cops in my community busting pot-shops then eating weed!!!

Caught on canera.

BTW -- can ZH please get more ads on the site -- it is too benign and easy to read without them.


IridiumRebel's picture

I reiterate what 90's child says. It's the fuckin' banksters and the periphery shitdom their financial chicanery and whole-hearted greedy evil they foment that is the true criminal element.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

A 223 to the brain can resolve all the inequities of the corrupt PTB

swmnguy's picture

Allowing occupying troops to live off the land by foraging is an ancient tactic, and always breeds resentment.  Part of the goal is to instigate trouble, which can then be brutally repressed, as a lesson to everyone.  Some of the lesser-known Constitutional sections and Amendments deal with such actions by the British, and particularly their Hessian mercenaries.

Living under occupation requires ingenuity and nerve. 

Yen Cross's picture

 Yeah, it's pretty hilarious how the MSM keeps crying tears for the LEO that keeps accidentally KILLING people that are trying to protect themselves.

 It's easier to let the little niglet that robbed the 7-11 go than go full SWAT on the home owner with a "shotgun"?

  LEO is out of control. There's NO way a 20 something child of IRAQ is capable of handling a dispute between several home owners in downtown suburbia. These CHILDREN no NOTHING about Peace Keeping!

 I must be a raycist? I said the "N" word? 

 The 20 something clowns just got off their part time jobs.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Its fuckan sickening dude. Some of us concur with you....

BlackMagician's picture

This is what happens when you allow others to "LORD" over you. When you willingly offer yourself up as a slave...what did you think would happen.

suprinity's picture

Regarding TSA quetions: Why bother? And why haven’t there been more terrorist attacks?
The fact that would-be terrorist assumed the scanners COULD detect weapons was probably a good enough deterrent; but obviously now the cat is out of the bag... we will see a lot more terrorist attacks.  Even fake security cameras work as a theft deterrant so long as the thieves think the cameras are real.

besnook's picture

 you really are that stupid! they were right!

usednabused's picture

Yeah, he's a genuine brainwashed moron. Our trouble is 90% of the people in this country are the same. They are programmed pretty deeply. I wonder wtf they're even doing on sites like this instead of on their facebook and twitter BS. They wouldn't need to think at all there.

WeeWilly's picture

There aree some of us on here who don't share your world view. That bothers you? Everyone who has different experiences and is informed by information different from you is a moron and programmed? Heaven forbid you examine your own beliefs or logically evaluate differing points of view. That might make your safe little insular world and rigid belief system more difficult to live with.

besnook's picture

a weewilly says everything about your character. there is a difference between reality and a differing opinion.

WTFUD's picture

Barry Soetoro

They call me Mr Fibbs

WTFUD's picture

Look if the cops didn't fleece and confiscate your money they would be lining up at those food banks where i doubt they'd be very welcome as they smell like fucking pigs.

Dapper Dan's picture

The Rise of the Praetorian Class


By Pete Kofod



The Praetorian Class includes members of the Armed Services, federal, state and local law enforcement personnel as well as numerous militarized officials including agents from the DEA, Immigrations, Customs Enforcement, Air Marshalls, US Marshalls, and more. It also includes, although to a lesser extent, various stage actors in the expanding security theater such as TSA personnel. The main mission of the Praetorian Class is to keep the order of the day. This requires displaying an intimidating presence in their interactions with the Economic Class.


messymerry's picture

Thanks for the link.  Good article.  There is really only one solution to man's self service and greed.  That is an incorruptible police force that applies the law equally to all.  Until this happens, we will be stuck with the cycles of social collapse that have plagued us since we developed agriculture. 

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