How Police Departments Use Civil Forfeiture to Collect Billions

March 15th, 2017

Whenever you hear about tips to the police from confidential informants or “concerned citizens,” etc. keep this in mind: U.S. Communications Intelligence Secretly Shared with Law Enforcement for Use Against Americans in Criminal Investigations.

So, mass surveillance and civil forfeiture: Is there a link?

“It is the height of naivete to think that once collected this information won’t be used,” said a former Stazi former Stasi Lieutenant Colonel about the U.S. Government’s mass surveillance operations. The fact that the mechanism is in place is enough proof for me, and if you don’t want the pigs to rob you, I’d suggest that you treat your computer, mobile devices and the surveillance platforms from and Google and major CIA contractor Amazon with extreme caution.

Via: Vice:

Based on laws that originated from the War on Drugs in the 1980s, police departments around the country are able to seize a person’s cash and property without charging them with a crime.

Civil forfeiture laws were created as a tool to cripple suspected criminals and drug rings, but police departments nationwide have been using this cash and property to fund their operations or even pay policemen directly.

The problem, is that in the vast majority of assets seizures, the individual is not charged with a crime. And once their cash and property are seized, getting it back is a prohibitively lengthy and expensive process.

One Response to “How Police Departments Use Civil Forfeiture to Collect Billions”

  1. dale Says:

    “So, mass surveillance and civil forfeiture: Is there a link.”

    Why wouldn’t there be? So much is mined for use in the relatively innocuous commercial targeting. It just makes sense. Mining the data for cash, or better yet, precious metals – even fits semanticly. Which is why I still like gambling with mining stocks (do it for fun, safer that way). Because stacking, beyond some relatively small amounts, seems too risky.

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