January held more gains than losses for personal freedom, but it also held a sobering reminder that civilization is a thin veneer. To those of you who are willing to overlook government overreach or engage in politically-motivated violence, a word of warning: you're playing with fire.Read More
Filtering by Category: Asset Forfeiture
A word of caution about the vastly changed landscape in the corridors of power: To assume that a new regime will automatically mean a new age of liberty is foolishness. Party affiliation does not guarantee respect for personal freedom; it merely offers indication of which freedoms are more likely to be prioritized for infringement. And our President-elect's proposed cabinet is a collection of mixed messages.
When the big guns fall silent, it might not mean the war is over. It may just mean they're reloading.Read More
Burt Wagner was arrested for something that was not actually a crime. His home was raided, his finances were ruined, his family was traumatized, and he was "disappeared" for several days, stuck in solitary confinement while his wife and attorney tried to simply find out where he was being held. All warrants and grand jury testimony were secret and sealed, so he could not refute evidence or face accusers. In the end, all charges were entirely dismissed - once he agreed to let the federal government keep $80,000 of seized assets.
Welcome to our post-Patriot Act nation, where civil asset forfeiture is used to steal the life savings of innocent citizens who happen to catch the attention of a hungry government. As you read Burt's account - and he deserves that much - we'd like you to keep two questions in mind. First, does this even remotely sound like America? And second... how tasty do you think you look to a predatory prosecutor?Read More