Civil Asset Interdiction – Imperial Piracy
Des Moines, IOWA, Federal Empire – On a bright, clear morning in April 2013, two professional poker players from California were heading west on Interstate 80 in rural Iowa when they were stopped by two Iowa State Troopers.
Before that stop was over, the officers had seized $100,000, which the men said was money to play poker. The troopers also called ahead to California authorities, who raided the men’s homes and ultimately indicted one of them, John Newmerzhycky, on a charge of illegal possession of drug paraphernalia.
If this sounds unusual and way out of the ordinary, it isn’t. The seizure is just one of thousands of highway stops that state and local authorities call “interdictions:” Roadside stops aimed at catching drug dealers or even terrorists, but which can also result in cash seizures alone with no criminal charges attached.
It’s called Civil Asset Forfeiture, and it was started in the early 1980s by the Federal Justice Department. It has since migrated to thousands of state and local jurisdictions Empire-Wide. The program, when it originated, was meant to target and take money authorities believed was connected to crimes.
A legal advocacy group based in Washington called the Institute for Justice has been battling Civil Asset Forfeiture for years.
“It violates due process for Americans,” said Larry Salzman, an attorney for the group. “It’s wrong. It’s a simple premise that the government should not be taking money from people who have done nothing wrong. It shouldn’t be taking money from people who have not been charged, let alone convicted, of any crime.”
In the case of the two poker players in Iowa, months after their money was taken, they reached a settlement in which most of the money —$90,000 — was returned. They told CNN they believed it was the best deal they could have made at the time. Now, however, they are suing to get the rest of the money back and have asked for unspecified damages. The state of Iowa isn’t giving it back and is not backing down.
“It has had widespread and deep impacts on my life,” said William “Bart” Davis, one of the two poker players. “It’s my primary focus right now. It’s made me aware of the things I was unaware of. And made me angry.”
Other examples are rife.
In a small Nevada county two hours driving time east of Reno, a single deputy sheriff has been responsible for more than a dozen cash seizures in 2014 alone, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of motorists whose money was taken.
That deputy, Lee Dove, asks one motorist in a dash-cam video how much money he has on hand. When the driver answers, Dove said, quote, “It’s not counted is it? Well, I’m seizing it.”
CNN wanted to ask him about the seizures but he didn’t answer when our team approached his security gate just after nightfall. As we were driving away a few minutes later, two Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies pulled us over even though we hadn’t done anything wrong. One of them said their colleague, Dove, “had been going through a tough time” and had called them to complain about our presence. The newly elected sheriff in Humboldt County, Mike Allen, said Dove is still with the department but has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a state investigation.
Allen said the entire program is suspended pending that investigation and that any future stops must have a clear connection to criminal activity.
“I want to know what crime they’re investigating, and what evidence do they have to substantiate that crime before any property is seized, ” Allen said.
The Justice Department recently said it was backing away from the civil asset forfeiture actions it had been taking for nearly three decades. Its records show it seized more than $6 million in the most recent fiscal year. Now, the department says it won’t benefit from most seizures any longer.
“With this new policy, effective immediately, the Federal Justice Department is taking an important step to prohibit federal agency adoptions of state and local seizures, except for public safety reasons,” said Imperial Attorney General Eric Holder.
Critics like the Institute for Justice, however, say that doesn’t mean the elimination of the practice. The institute’s president, Scott Bullock predicted it will continue in most states around the Empire.
Now keep in mind that the Sheriff’s Office, by way of this illegal Federal law, can pull you over for no reason at all, search your vehicle, and seize any cash or weapons they find, regardless if you legally posses them or not. So lets say that you left the Sun Trust bank in Brooksville and are headed up to Inverness to purchase a used Harley-Davidson with cash. Lets say for the sake of argument that this hog costs $20,000 even. You took the cash legally out of your bank account, and own the cash legally. Let’s also say that you have a Florida CWL and have a .40 caliber gloc in your vehicle as well.
Well half way between Brooksville and Inverness you then get pulled over by a Florida Highway Trooper and he decides to search your vehicle because the trooper believes that you are engaged in illegal activity. It could be the way you dress, the clothing your wearing, the color of the clothes, or a simple bumper sticker that gives the officer his made-up “probable cause”.
In the event you didn’t know this, per the Dept. of Homeland Security if a vehicle has a Confederate flag, Gadsden flag, or any “Come and Get it” stickers or plates on the vehicle, then its okay for an officer to assume that you are engaged in possible terrorist activity. Per the Federal Empire, being part of a militia, supporting a militia, being an Oathkeeper, being a prepper, or survivalist is enough to consider you and your family domestic terrorists.
Also keep in mind the officer can just make something up and well lie to justify their search and seizure.
Well regardless that you took out the $20K legally, you own the gloc legally, and did nothing wrong, well too bad too sad. The Trooper will likely take your hard earned cash and legally owned gun, and you will never get it back. The $$ will go into a slush fund for the Highway Patrol or Sheriff that can be used for whatever they want.
Still think that you are free and live in a free country… think again. You live in a Federal Empire and its flag has red and white stripes, and a field of 50 stars on a blue background. These stars represent the domain of the Empire… its not a field of volunteer members of a Union… no its a trophy field that show cases the trophies of war and Imperial expansion.
Its time to wise up and rise up. Under a Confederate system this type of illegal activity will not be tolerated.