May 30, 2015

DEA Seizes Cash From Amtrak Passenger, Without Charge of Crime

Henry Louis Mencken's observed, "First they pass laws against the SOBs. Then they use them against the rest of us." In Harvey Silverglate's book, "Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent," he argues that Congress passed so many laws, ordinary citizens usually violate three felonies a day without knowing it. Making the victim "whole" is a curious legal notion. In this case the government thugs simply seized property. 

In 1973 government psychiatrists drugged me using hallucinogens for 80 consecutive days contrary to law. I was not under the care of any psychiatrist. There was no court order to permit the criminal abuse. I never volunteered as a human subject for any medical research project. Some of the elite political geniuses thought I was a spy. They asked, "How did he know that?" If they did not reveal secrets no one is capable of figuring out what they do, was their thinking. 

Compassionate FBI agents and police scared me, then used me for 15 years to fight organized crime. They did not pay me one cent. They stole my personal journals and culled all of the women I mentioned and married them off to FBI informants. They told everyone I knew, know and met, "He's homosexual." adding, "He's a retired drug dealer." "He's a racist." "He's crazy." He's homeless." He's a high school dropout." and more. This continues in 2015. 

They coordinated teams of crime family associates who retaliated for the next 23 years. For 42 years crime families, FBI informants, local police, Harvard University campus police, building superintendents, and graduate students in psychology at Harvard Medical School, Communists and assorted psychopaths, took turns harassing me. At no time has the government ever admitted what they did. At no time has the government ever tried to make me half or three quarters whole. They continue stirring up more and more animosity to cover up what they did and continue to do. Democratic politicians want more of this kind of government. 

[From article]
Carly Fiorina told a packed audience that a huge, complex and sometimes corrupt government was "crushing the potential" of Americans.
"That is not hyperbole," she said. "That is fact."
When democracy becomes so big and powerful, and so costly and complex, Fiorina said, only the big, powerful, wealthy and well-connected can handle it.
"The small and the powerless get crushed," she said.

Carly Fiorina: Big government is crushing Americans
The News Journal
1:59 p.m. EDT May 30, 2015

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[From article]
McLellan owns L&M Convenience Mart in Fairmont, N.C., a restaurant and store that opened in 2001. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service seized all of the money in the store’s bank account—$107,702.66—after accusing McLellan of committing structuring violations.
McLellan, though, was never charged with a crime.[. . .]
Structuring involves making consistent cash deposits of less than $10,000 into a bank account for the purpose of avoiding reporting requirements. The procedure began as a way to combat money laundering and drug trafficking. However, more and more instances have come to light where innocent Americans have committed structuring violations without knowing it.
[. . .]
Though the government will return all of the money it seized from McLellan, it dismissed the case without covering the store owner’s legal fees and expenses, as well as interest on the money.
In 2000, Congress passed a law that entitles McLellan to those fees and expenses, which total more than $20,000.
Additionally, government policies require the $107,702 seized is kept in an interest-bearing account. Though McLellan will receive the money, the government wants to keep the interest earned.
[. . .]
“But at the same time, the government needs to make Lyndon whole.” “They came into his store and turned his life upside down, caused him all kinds of heartache and expense, and now they’re just trying to walk away as if nothing happened and forcing Lyndon to bear all those costs,”

Federal Government to Return $107,702 Seized From North Carolina Convenience Store Owner
Melissa Quinn / @MelissaQuinn97
May 14, 2015

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[From article]
DEA agents approached Rivers, the only black passenger in the train car, and asked to search his bag. Inside the bag, agents found $16,000 in cash—money Rivers said he had saved up and received from family members to pursue his music video aspirations.
The agents detained Rivers and asked him about the cash. According to Rivers and his lawyer, Michael Pancer, a San Diego-based attorney, Rivers had the agents call his mother to confirm his story, but the DEA nevertheless seized his money, believing it was somehow connected with drugs.
The DEA agents then released Rivers, leaving him penniless in Albuquerque. He was never charged with a crime. The incident, first reported by the Albuquerque Journal, is the latest case to highlight the practice of civil asset forfeiture.
Under civil asset forfeiture laws, police and federal agents can seize property on the mere suspicion that it is connected to criminal activity. The property owner does not even have to be charged with a crime, since asset forfeiture is technically an action against the property itself.
“We don’t have to prove that the person is guilty,” Sean Waite, the head of the DEA’s Albuquerque office, told the Albuquerque Journal. “It’s that the money is presumed to be guilty.”

DEA Seizes Amtrak Passenger’s Life Savings Without Charging Him with Crime
Latest case to highlight practice of civil asset forfeiture
BY: CJ Ciaramella Follow @cjciaramella
May 12, 2015 4:59 am

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