Should Governments Be Allowed to Steal Your Property?

I’ve already written about the despicable practice of “civil forfeiture,” which allows governments to confiscate the property of innocent people who have not been convicted of any crime.

And I’ve cited great columns on the issue from George Will and John Stossel., as well a sobering report on the topic from the Wall Street Journal.

Now the Institute for Justice has a video that should outrage any decent person.

It’s examples of government thuggery like this that make me a libertarian. You should be one as well.

Read more by Daniel J. Mitchell at Townhall.com

‘Be on guard’: Demand truth about Benghazi

Are you tired of being lied to yet?

My guess is no… because Americans seem to have developed an infinite capacity for patience with a federal government that is increasingly mettlesome, mendacious and menacing.

Don’t care about the IRS being used to target and silence people because of their political persuasion? Unconcerned about a president who chooses to ignore laws he doesn’t like and who illegally invents laws that are convenient to his agenda? Slept through the invasion of illegal aliens that was sponsored and funded by the Border Patrol and Justice Department? Can’t be bothered to ask why carriers of the dreadful Ebola virus are being transported from Africa to various hospitals across the United States?

You are not alone. Literally millions of American citizens just like you have decided that as long as they have the necessities of life — good football on Sunday afternoons, Facebook (or Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter) on their cellphones, and an Obamacare ID card in their pocketbooks — they don’t need to take an active interest in something as remote and monolithic as the federal bureaucracy. That’s someone else’s job, isn’t it?

Well, no. It’s not. It’s actually the duty of any citizen. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1800, “It behooves our citizens to be on their guard, to be firm in their principles, and full of confidence in themselves. We are able to preserve our self-government if we will but think so.”

Read more by Frank Miele at Daily Inter Lake

How the IRS Used Civil Asset Forfeiture to Ruin the Lives of Two Connecticut Bakers

At the beginning of this year, Attorney General Eric Holder attempted to close an exploitable loophole in asset forfeiture laws. State and local law enforcement agencies often sought federal “adoption” of seizures in order to route around statutes that dumped assets into general funds or otherwise limited them from directly profiting from these seizures. By partnering with federal agencies, local law enforcement often saw bigger payouts than with strictly local forfeitures.

The loophole closure still had its own loopholes (seizures for “public safety,” various criminal acts), but it did make a small attempt to straighten out some really perverted incentives. But deep down inside, it appears the DOJ isn’t really behind true forfeiture reform. In fact, it seems to be urging local law enforcement to fight these efforts by pointing out just how much money these agencies will “lose” if they can’t buddy up with Uncle Sam.

– From the post: How the Department of Justice is Actively Trying to Prevent Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

It’s been a while since I’ve reported on the lawless and barbaric practice of civil asset forfeiture. However, just because it hasn’t been a focus doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Indeed, it appears the same federal agencies that couldn’t find a bank executive they didn’t want to coddle, take particular pleasure in harassing and abusing average Americans generally, and small businesspeople in particular.

Read more at LibertyBlitzkrieg.com