Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Draining The Swamp

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government." -- Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837 
Draining The Swamp

By de Andréa,
Opinion Editorialist for

Posted February 28, 2017

The Federal Government has been involved in criminal activities for so long most people think that whatever they do is OK!  I mean it’s the government it must be OK.  
But - they steal cash from unsuspecting innocent air travelers at airports in the name of an abused forfeiture law is that OK?  The criminal activities of the Federal Government run far and run deep.  Murder, Grand theft, all sanctioned by the illegal departments within the U.S. Government.  The DEA is just one of them.

You know what they say…follow the money!

A wide-ranging investigation by USA Today found that agents for the Drug Enforcement Administration DEA have been profiling and seizing cash from travelers at major U.S. airports. Over the past decade, federal drug agents have seized more than $200 million in cash from at least 5,200 people at the nation’s 15 busiest airports.

Los Angeles had the biggest haul for the DEA, with agents taking over $52 million in 1,624 seizures. Yet according to USA Today, “only one of the Los Angeles seizure records included an indication that it was related to a criminal indictment.” Nationwide, the paper identified 87 cases where the DEA “seized cash after flagging a suspicious itinerary, only two resulted in the alleged courier being charged with a crime.” And yet none of the cash was returned.  From 2006 to 2013, among all DEA cash seizures, less than half were under $10,000, data analysis by the Institute for Justice revealed.

“Going after someone’s property has nothing to do with protecting them and it has everything to do with going after the money,” Renée Flaherty, an attorney at the Institute for Justice, told USA Today. Read More:  DEA Offered Reward to a TSA Screener to Help Them Seize Cash from Luggage

The paper reported that there is a “wide network” of informants such as airline workers an TSA agents, who have “flagged travelers for questioning based on whether they were traveling with one-way tickets, had paid in cash, had listed a non-working phone number on the reservation or had checked luggage.” Incredibly, some informants are “paid a percentage if their tips lead to a significant seizure.” As one former DEA supervisor put it, We count on this as part of the budget. Basically, you’ve got to feed the monster.”

Illegal searches and seizures without probable cause.

Under federal civil forfeiture laws, agencies like the DEA can keep a 100 percent of the proceeds from forfeited/stolen property. Meanwhile, property owners face an uphill battle if they have the funds and choose to fight back in court, most never recover a penny. Unlike criminal cases, which require proof beyond a reasonable doubt to secure a conviction, in civil forfeiture, prosecutors need only make their case by a “preponderance of the evidence, such as traveling with cash,  a far lower legal standard, which by the way, isn’t necessarily illegal.

This is not the first time the DEA has run into hot water for confiscating cash. Last year, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice slammed the DEA’s use of “cold consent tactics, which allows agents to seize cash without warrants; cold consent has also been compared to stop-and-frisk. In September, two congressmen introduced a bill that would cut off federal forfeiture funds for DEA marijuana seizures. And the Institute for Justice is currently representing Charles Clarke, a college student who had his life savings seized by a DEA agent at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport. According to the DEA he must prove that the money he had was legitimate.       WHAT???

Willie Jones a Nashville Landscaping contractor used cash to purchase a one-way ticket to Huston Texas, he was going there on business to buy plants for a job in Nashville.  But because the distributer in Huston would only accept cash from someone out of state, Willie brought $9000.00 in cash to purchase the products to bring back to Nashville after renting a truck for the return trip.  The ticket agent who would receive a cash incentive for informing on such customer’s alerted the DEA agents who came to the counter and took the $9000.00 in cash from Willie and sent him on his way.  NO ARREST…  Nothing…they simply went back into hiding, waiting for the next poor slob to be ripped off by  Government agents.

This one was especially interesting to me because when I was in business I flew to Los Angles Ca on a one way ticket with some $7000.00 in cash to buy some antique furniture and rented a truck to transport it back to my business.  But fortunately for me there wasn’t a forfeiture law with corrupt DEA agents at airports.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  Folks I have stacks of documents proving criminal activities committed by the Federal Government, including murder for hire, all heavily documented and carried out mostly right out in the open.  They have the power and connections to cover it up and the money to buy off any witnesses, or simply kill them as well. Moreover this didn’t just start under the Obama administration.  It’s been going on for nearly 240 years to one degree or another.

Isn’t it about time we clean it up?

This my friend is why I voted for Trump.  He promised to drain the stinky swamp.  The problem is the last two presidents that tried that, were murdered and attempted to be murdered restively. Can you guess who they were?     

Thanks for listening my friend!  Now go do the right thing and fight for freedom. 
- de Andréa
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