Since 9/11, This Has Happened over 70,000 Times – And It’s Getting Worse

dollars.0Here on Survival Joe, we’ve talked quite a few times about civil asset forfeiture, and law enforcement’s abuse of this practice.

But here’s an astounding fact:

Since the 9/11 attacks nearly 70,000 cash seizures totaling $2.5 billion have occurred without warrants or indictments.

Civil asset forfeiture differs from criminal forfeiture because the property, not an individual, is the target of an investigation. Law enforcement officials, including local police, may seize your stuff based on nothing more than a suspicion, such as a person possessing large amounts of cash.

Getting the property back can be long, costly, and maybe impossible, even if no criminal charges are ever filed. Depending on the amount seized and the person’s situation, the time and cost involved may not justify the effort.

According to a 2014 Washington Post investigation, since the 9/11 attacks nearly 70,000 cash seizures totaling $2.5 billion have occurred without warrants or indictments. One sixth of them were challenged, and only 41 percent of those had their money returned.

The Institute for Justice claims the Justice Department’s Assets Forfeiture Fund reported nearly $29 billion worth of seized assets between 2001 and 2014—$4.5 billion in 2014 alone. And those figures don’t count all assets taken and kept by the states.

Even more troubling, between 1997 and 2013, 13 percent of those forfeitures were for criminal activities, while 87 percent were civil.

Keep in mind, these are civil asset grabs, not criminal.

All the government needs is a suspicion… you have too much cash, you make too many cash deposits to your bank account, you make unusual bank deposits…

It’s on suspicion alone that the government can seize and tie up your assets for years.

Then, at your time and expense you must fight them to get your property back.

It’s the government assuming you’re guilty and you must prove your innocence.

The exact opposite of how the United States justice system is intended to work.

 

 

  • It’s unconstitutional too. It goes against the 4th Admendment. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” I don’t know why someone hasn’t taken this abuse to the Supreme Court. What they’re doing is illegal. Fucking government and police. They try to take my money and I’ll shoot them.

    • Ace Dragon

      THIS WHY MY CASH IS IN A CREDIT UNION. THEY CAN’T DO IT TO A NON FDIC BANK..

      • LeSellers

        Why not?

        The NCUA is the FDIC in drag.

        Mr. Magoo O’bama, will there ever be any Jobs?

    • John Wedow

      Yikes now yet on da listo . Big bother is listening

  • Rodney Steward

    This is a sample of what will happen if martial law ever takes place! Most of the money will be taken by the FBI and BATFE. These people are the true assassins for the Gov., and they wonder why the American people don’t want an establishment member as a President, we just keep cutting our throat with one!

  • rickoff

    The article would appear to contradict itself, first saying that, “Since the 9/11 attacks nearly 70,000 cash seizures totaling $2.5 billion have occurred,” and later saying that, “the Justice Department’s Assets Forfeiture Fund reported nearly $29 billion worth of seized assets between 2001 and 2014—$4.5 billion in 2014 alone. Quite a difference, don’t you think? Either way, of course, such unconstitutional seizures can only be seen as the tactics of a government which endorses and employs Nazi gestapo doctrine.

  • ADRoberts

    Just like in REvolutionary War times, the abuse of power eventually leads to rebellion and revolution. The problem now is that THEY KNOW THIS and anticipate it happening.
    “When in the course of human events…..” is now a reality. And it is all because of the abuse of power by corrupt, evil men and women. God help us.

  • aurora9

    Governmental thievery!

  • Col. William Dexter

    Look at this problem another way, you have got some money or property, the government is broke, your not going to give the government your money, so they have to just take it.

    • Sara Diablo

      That sounds so fair and reasonable, like the muggers in the streets, they most likely need money as well.

  • Mike_Travis

    It seems the traitors in government are intent on destroying all of our rights, especially if it can benefit them financially. When will We the People say ENOUGH???