2016: How Government Takes Away Your Right To Do Something And Sells It Back To You As A “License”

Government licensing as an extortion racket and depressor of prosperity The government has, for thousands of years, refined its methods of extracting wealth from people, perhaps with no greater efficiency than in 20th century America. The Federal Reserve, corporatism, and consumerism proved a winning combination for achieving what is known as The Great Fleecing. While this brought about the largest transfer of wealth in history from the middle class to the 1 percent, through taxes it has also fueled the growth of an incomprehensible leviathan. The Pentagon alone “spends” (actually borrows from the Fed) $600 billion a year using our tax dollars to perpetuate endless war, and it’s never been audited. The federal tax code is a nightmare for most ordinary people, but this complexity is for the benefit of the government’s corporate partners in extortion. The feds are always fiddling with taxes for the supposed benefit of American […] Read More

2015: American Cops Now Steal More Property Than All US Burglars Combined

By Matt Agorist For decades now, the federal government and their cohorts in law enforcement have been carrying out the theft of the citizenry on a massive scale. We’re not talking about taxes, but an insidious power known as Civil Asset Forfeiture (CAF). The 1980s-era laws were designed to drain resources from powerful criminal organizations, but CAF has become a tool for law enforcement agencies across the U.S. to steal money and property from countless innocent people. No criminal charge is required for this confiscation, resulting in easy inflows of cash for law enforcement departments and the proliferation of abuse. This phenomenon is known as “policing for profit.” In the last 25 years, the amount of “profit” stolen through CAF has skyrocketted. According to the US Department of Justice, the value of asset forfeiture recoveries by US authorities from 1989-2010 was $12,667,612,066, increasing on average 19.5% per year. In […] Read More

2015: “Sovereign Risk” – This Is How Easily Your Property Can Be Confiscated

Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, This is a great example of ‘sovereign risk’: One of my close friends here in Singapore opened a brokerage account last year with Interactive Brokers. If you’re not familiar, Interactive Brokers is a leading securities broker based in Greenwich, Connecticut. You can trade stocks, currencies, options… all that stuff. Now, my friend is not a US resident (he lives here in Singapore), nor is he a US citizen. He opened his account through their Asian branch in Hong Kong, funded the account from here in Singapore, and then bought some Canadian stocks listed on the Toronto stock exchange. Nothing about his investments had anything to do with the United States. So you could imagine his surprise when he received a recent email from Interactive Brokers informing him that his account was about to be “escheated to the state”. Yeah, I had […] Read More

2014: How Cops Seize Billions of Dollars from Ordinary People Who Haven’t Even Been Charged With a Crime

A Washington Post exposé on civil asset forfeiture provides disturbing new details about the practice. Like many other aspects of policing in America, civil asset forfeiture morphed into an entirely new beast in the paranoid aftermath of 9/11. The program, which allows law enforcement to seize cash or property without charging people with a crime, has existed in the U.S. for hundreds of years but picked up steam with the start of the war on drugs in the Reagan era. Yet as AlterNet and other outlets have reported, the program is rarely used to confiscate stacks of cash from suspected drug lords or money launderers. Instead, it has become a boon for local police departments, who have seized hundreds of millions of dollars from regular people, particularly motorists, who then have to fight prolonged legal battles with the federal government to get their property back. This week, the Washington […] Read More

1993: Your House Is Under Arrest

The Introduction to Your House Is Under Arrest How Police Can Seize Your Home, Car, and Business Without a Trial – And How to Protect Yourself by Brenda Grantland Attorney,  Mill Valley, California, U.S.A. There is a very good reason not to invest in real estate in the United States today: Asset Forfeiture! “Asset forfeiture” is a polite euphemism for the government’s confiscation of private property. You probably know about the doctrine of eminent domain, which lets the government decide to put a freeway through your land if it wants to. using the power of an eminent domain, they can condemn your land and take it, and there is very little you can do to stop them. Of course, they have to pay you for it, because of the Fifth Amendment’s “just compensation” clause, which states: “… nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Forfeiture is […] Read More