The DEA Has Stolen $3.2 Billion From Americans Without Charges Since 2007

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Authored by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg,

In my post published earlier this week, Recent TSA Molestation Video Proves Americans Have Become Authority Worshipping Slaves, I noted the following:

Yeah, it’s disgusting, inappropriate and anathema to a free people, but that’s the point. We aren’t a free people. We’ve become a bunch of authority-worshiping subjects toiling on a plantation dominated by multi-national companies who write our laws and manipulate our thoughts through corporate media. The worst part is we don’t do anything about it. We elect Trump and then puff our chests out yelling stupid slogans like MAGA, as molestations from the TSA get worse. Well done everyone.

I was pleased that the above paragraph connected with many people, but for those of you who think I was being hyperbolic, take a look at the following excerpts from a piece recently published at The Washington Post, Since 2007, the DEA Has Taken $3.2 Billion in Cash from People Not Charged with a Crime:

The Drug Enforcement Administration takes billions of dollars in cash from people who are never charged with criminal activity, according to a report issued today by the Justice Department’s Inspector General.

 

Since 2007, the report found, the DEA has seized more than $4 billion in cash from people suspected of involvement with the drug trade. But 81 percent of those seizures, totaling $3.2 billion, were conducted administratively, meaning no civil or criminal charges were brought against the owners of the cash and no judicial review of the seizures ever occurred.

Remember, the terrorists hate us for our freedom.

That total does not include the dollar value of other seized assets, like cars, homes, electronics and clothing.

 

These seizures are all legal under the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture, which allows authorities to take cash, contraband and property from people suspected of crime. But the practice does not require authorities to obtain a criminal conviction, and it allows departments to keep seized cash and property for themselves unless individuals successfully challenge the forfeiture in court. Critics across the political spectrum say this creates a perverse profit motive, incentivizing police to seize goods not for the purpose of fighting crime, but for padding department budgets.

 

In the absence of this information, the report examined 100 DEA cash seizures that occurred “without a court-issued warrant and without the presence of narcotics, the latter of which would provide strong evidence of related criminal behavior.”

 

Fewer than half of those seizures were related to a new or ongoing criminal investigation, or led to an arrest or prosecution, the Inspector General found.

 

“When seizure and administrative forfeitures do not ultimately advance an investigation or prosecution,” the report concludes, “law enforcement creates the appearance, and risks the reality, that it is more interested in seizing and forfeiting cash than advancing an investigation or prosecution.” 

 

The scope of asset forfeiture is staggering. Since 2007 the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Fund, which collects proceeds from seized cash and other property, has ballooned to $28 billion. In 2014 alone authorities seized $5 billion in cash and property from people — greater than the value of all documented losses to burglary that year. 

 

Some of the encounters were based on tips from confidential sources working in the travel industry, a number of whom have received large sums of money in exchange for their cooperation. In one case, officers targeted an individual for questioning on a tip from a travel industry informant that the individual had paid for a plane ticket with a pre-paid debit card and cash.

Nope, no conflict of interest there. USA! USA!

Forfeiture cases are also legally complex and difficult for individuals to win. Forfeiture cases are brought against the property, rather than the individual, leading to Kafkaesque case titles like United States v. $8,850 in U.S. Currency and  United States of America v. One Men’s Rolex Pearl Master Watch.

 

While criminal proceedings assume the defendant’s innocence, forfeiture proceedings start from the presumption of guilt. That means that individuals who fight forfeiture must prove their innocence in court.

Meanwhile, guess who’s a big fan of civil forfeiture? Yep, you guessed it, Mr. MAGA himself, Donald Trump.

Recall what we learned in the post, Trump’s Policies Are Authoritarian, Not Populist:

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was “no reason” to curb law enforcement agencies that seize cash, vehicles and other assets of people suspected of crimes, a practice that some lawmakers and activists have criticized for denying legal rights.

 

The issue of civil asset forfeiture, created to disrupt the activities of organized crime groups, arose when sheriffs from around the United States told Trump at a White House meeting that they were under pressure to ease the practice.

 

"I’d like to look into that,” Trump said. “There’s no reason for that.”

Makes sense. Eliminating due process and providing the feds with open season to steal possessions from American  citizens without charge is clearly a populist position.

This is an issue that’s been very important to me for many years, and I’m absolutely disgusted by Trump for being a defender of something so anti-American and unconstitutional.

In case you missed them the first time around, here are a few prior posts on the topic:

Why You Should Never, Ever Drive Through Tenaha, Texas

Asset Forfeiture – How Cops Continue to Steal Americans’ Hard Earned Cash with Zero Repercussions

Land of the Unfree – Police and Prosecutors Fight Aggressively to Retain Barbaric Right of “Civil Asset Forfeiture”

How the IRS Used Civil Asset Forfeiture to Ruin the Lives of Two Connecticut Bakers

The DEA Strikes Again – Agents Seize Man’s Life Savings Under Civil Asset Forfeiture Without Charges

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Marshabar's picture

The deep state needs all the funds it can get.

lexxus's picture

Looks like KARMA for stealing Palestine for the Jews.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/palestine-before-the-...

stizazz's picture

Like they say, karma is a biyatch.

lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) stizazz Apr 1, 2017 11:27 AM

Especially when you take into account the countless thousands murdered with the millions dispossessed of their homes.

stizazz's picture

Now, Americans are getting a taste of what it's like to have things taken from you.

1980XLS's picture

Any Judge that allows "Civil asset forfeiture" without due process, needs to do life in prison for treason. And the cops along with them, under RICO statutes.

gladih8r's picture

It used to be that if you stay out of Detroit you pretty much won't get robbed. 

Is it time for a new meme?

DEA Lives Matter?

 

bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) 1980XLS Apr 1, 2017 11:50 AM

You have NO IDEA how troubled this individual, the Spammer With One Hundred Log-ons, really is.  He has trolled and spammed his website crap on here forever, always with the same macabre conversations with a long series of "imaginary playmates." It really is quite perverse and whoever "he" is, he seems to really get his rocks off voting himself up arrows and replying to his own comments, and also appears to have no life beyond making off-topic comments with his link to the SPAM-, TROJAN-, VIRUS-INFESTED  "biblicisminstitute,wordpress,com"  (sometimes disguised as a short-URL  http://wp.me  )

 

<<Last night's little discussion among the many "invisible friends" on another thread is classic --- one Invisible Friend (Mano-a-Mano) "lives" in Mexico and another Invisible Friend (stizazz) "wants to be his roommate."    Such a fantasy life -- do all of the "Invisible Friends" wear fishnets and makeup as well??  How about when you travel, Biblicism-whacko:  DO ALL YOUR MULTIPLE  IMAGINARY FRIENDS TRAVEL TOGETHER OR DO THEY FIGHT AND SQUABBLE AND HAVE TO TRAVEL IN SEPARATE CARS ON THE TRAIN?>>

He shares this pathology with "Audio Feeline " "blue fin" AKA "TrollAndDump" (formerly known as XYTHRAS - since banned) whose "dailywesterner,com" is, if anything WORSE than the biblicism fetishist, also SPAM-, TROJAN-, VIRUS-INFESTED.

 >>>  Other ZHers  may wish to take one minute to send an email to abuse@zerohedge.com requesting that all of the "imaginary friends" (in the list below; copy and paste)   be permanently banned for spamming.

As you do that, use your imagination to try to conceive of what type of whackadoo would spend their life in pajamas, fake eyelashes and high heels, eating stale chips and drinking cheap soda from the dollar store, popping zits, and spamming zerohedge. 

Many of the following have been banned but, like crabs and cockroaches, they just seem to come back.  The "short list of imaginary playmates" includes:

Audio Feeline
blue fin
TrollAndDump
XYTHRAS

Son of Loki
kavlar
 
mano-a-mano

letsit
lexxus
tazs

techies-r-us

stizazz

lock-stock

beauticelli  
mofio

santafe
Aristotle of Greece

bleu
oops

lance-a-lot
Loftie

toro
Yippee Kiyay

lonnng
Nekoti

SumTing Wong

King Tut
 espirit
rp2016

Holy hand grenade of Antioch,

etc. etc. etc.

espirit's picture

Well, I'm going to skewer you for putting me on that list. Step on your dick did I?

Follow bob_bichen post on ZH.

Hundreds of identical bot posts, at least one every article.

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/search/user_comments?username=bob_bichen

Ban the Spam.

 

DontGive's picture

Fuck off. Bob is on him like fly on shit. Don't like it? Don't come here.

We'll sort out the legit users. He's obviously coopreating.

Croesus's picture

@ Bob Bichen;

You've got a bunch of legit users on your list...at least 5, and that's just a quick glance.

Google "username, Zerohedge", and then Ctrl+F to search within the threads for their posts...

Not too cool accusing people of being spammers, especially if they've been here a lot longer than you have...

Abaco's picture

That would take too long to deliver justice. Rope and a tree limb will do nicely.

Tiwin's picture

That is not good enough. Their families must be killed -preferably painfully and right in front of them first.

The Tyranny gene might be hereditary.

And the revenge factor appeals to me.

Everytime a cop gets killed an angel gets her wings.

TruthHunter's picture

According to the principles of the American revolution, this is no longer a legirimate government. Inalienable rights that only apply to citizens aren't.

There will be a revolution. It will be on the order of the French revolution only with a more total breakdown.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

Literally, "Highway Robbery"!

Slomotrainwreck's picture

Soon to come, Household Robery when they decide to search your house for cash alternativeds like precious metals which are always drug related.

Oh no! It can't happen here they said.

Common_Law's picture

This is all completely legal if you understand the law. The problem is very few people take the time to understand it.

www.sedm.org (start here) is a great place to start exploring

The simplest way to explain it is that congress has the power to legislate for two different jurisdictions (the 50 states/DC+Federal territories) In the 50 states they are limited by the Constitution, but in Federal jurisdictions they have unlimited authority. Most Americans have been legally "presumed" to be under federal jusistiction for several reasons the site above goes into great detail about such as: social security number, licenses, and any "benefits" you receive form the government like disability/SS/Medicare etc. 

Much like the way states must abide by Federal rules when they receive "benefits"/money/or the benefit/privilege of using a SS card which says on back is government property. Slavery is only legal for those who are ignorant of the law. 

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

@commonlaw
How is it that we have "common law" when we see in all courtrooms the "American Flag" that has gold fringed trim, two gold cords each terminating in two gold tassels? This is also seen whenever a public official is "on-the-tube", from the President on down (but only indoors, not outside. 4 USC does not legally authorize this flag.
The fringed & tasseled flag is a flag of Admiralty, a Flag of Occupation, a War Flag - it is NOT the Peoples Flag!
When one is accepted into legal practice he is admitted to "The BAR". Please note that BAR used to be always capitalised as it is an acronym: British Acceptance Regency. Our courts are run by the British! When we hear someone reference the "special relationship" between Britain and the USofA it means we are on the bottom and they are on top.
Wake up people, we are an occupied country!

Ignatius's picture

Nothing "deep state" about armed robbery under the color of law.  It's right out in the open.

rubiconsolutions's picture

Trump sycophants who thought he'd be different are quickly finding out that he is exactly the same as every other president: an authoritarian thug who seeks to amass power for himself, the state and his banker handlers. P.T. Barnum was right on the mark - "....every minute"

stubb's picture

And he's not even very good at it. The other thugs are eating him alive. 

sgt_doom's picture

Douglas Valentine, an investigative journalist, wrote a number of excellent books, focusing on the CIA and drug-running and smuggling, etc.

One of the points he makes in at least several of them, is to show the number of former CIA hired into the DEA in the early years of its existence (don't know if it is still going on???).

Much like, during the Obama Administration when HRC was SecState, the State Department took on quite a number of former CIA types (beyond it's usual NOC cover for the CIA, etc.).

kochevnik's picture

This is Wall Street, not only Deep State.  DynCorp trains police about asset forfeiture for profit sharing.  Stealing your property is an industry funded by Wall Street.  That and child sex trafficking and organ harvesting.  You can invest in your own demise buying DynCorp stock

junction's picture

Fuck Trump! He took everyone for a ride.

0valueleft's picture

Nice cat, that represents the fact that your a pussy? Safe to assume that the "junction' is your mouth and diseased cock.

chunga's picture

Clearly, his remarks on CAF are just another example of him playing 3D-chess, keeping his enemies close, and it's only been a few months.

Same goes for the "widely respected" Jeff Sessions for profit prisons and his desire to fight state's rights over pot.

slightlyskeptical's picture

Yeah...keep telling yourself that.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

He told the truth here:

Donald Trump: 'I could shoot somebody [on 5th ave] and I wouldn’t lose any voters'

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/24/donald-trump-says-he-cou...

junction's picture

He left out the key qualifier, "as long as I was running against satanist Hillary."

Lumberjack's picture

Here is a really good doc on the communications spying and a must read. Please note the use of the term 'Special Relationship' used in this document.

https://cryptome.org/2017/03/Trumps-Fiber-Rings-NSA-Eavesdropping-03-17-...

The other issue is no one has even touched on Amdocs and Verint.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/wideawakegentile.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/c...

stubb's picture

IOW, what we see happening isn't really happening, it's actually the *opposite* of what we see. 

Tiwin's picture

He supports the highwaymen in all their Red White and Blue efforts.

A. Boaty's picture

Comrade junction, you have been found guilty of insulting Fearless Leader. Report immediately to the nearest Re-Education Camp.

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Dave Whiteman's picture

itz good preparation for the real april fools day- april 15th

the irs is not part of the government- it is a (((puerto rican corporation)))

puerto rico =  rich port

part of the (((steal industry)))

Jayda1850's picture

And Trump says MOAR! Law and Order!

Publicus's picture

We are going to confiscate Soro's assests next.

Tiwin's picture

Soros=Goldstein.

You would do better to despise those actually in power.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Free guns and drugs for everyone!

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Kill the elite pedophiles and confiscate their wealth.

fbazzrea's picture

looks like one of 'em reads ZH

wmbz's picture

The largest den of theives is and has always been Big Gubmint.

The D.C. Cesspool is the definition of pure graft, theft and lies. The Mafia is far most honest in their intent!

That's why once they get in they never want to leave. A free ticket to steal.

fbazzrea's picture

A free ticket to steal.

only if we let it be without costs

Dave Whiteman's picture

Whites perfected the steel industry.

 

jews perfected the steal industry.

 

see there are jewish industrialists after all!

Jack Offelday's picture

Law enforcement can basically claim any roadway as a "drug corridor" which implies a no consent search and possible seizure of your auto with no reasonable cause necessary.  It's a very profitable violation of citizen's constitutional rights.

1980XLS's picture

No, they just use the "Fake Dog" alert, to create reasonable suspicion when you don't consent to a search.