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Nov 19, 2015

Gov’t Officially Steals More Than Thieves: “Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014″

Editor’s Comment: There are plenty of thefts and break-ins across the country, and the issue will always be a problem. There will always be criminals and desperate individuals to deal with, though better economic conditions minimize them.
The fact that “official” robberies staged by law enforcement officers profiting the system off the backs of Americans through civil asset forfeiture laws has exceeded the scale of ordinary forms of theft shows how bad the problem of abused authority has become. Keep in mind that confiscations under civil asset forfeiture don’t require convictions or charges. In fact, many of the victims of this sophisticated and brutal form of theft have not been accused of doing anything wrong at all.
Feds Stealing More Than Thieves: Federal Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014
The Daily Sheeple
It’s official: more assets are being taken by federal law enforcement than by the criminals they are supposed to protect us from in this country.
As Investment Watch Blog reports:
Between 1989 and 2010, U.S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture cases. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually. In 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by +52.8% from 2009 and was six times greater than the total for 1989. Then by 2014, that number had ballooned to roughly $4.5 billion for the year, making this 35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 in a single year.
That’s $4.5 billion in federal civil asset forfeitures in the U.S. just within 2014. Billion, with a “B”.
The FBI estimates that, by contrast, all 2014 property offenses totaled approximately $3.9 billion.
That means federal cops are now officially raking in more “assets” than burglars in this country do.
What does that tell you?

What is civil asset forfeiture? Well, it was supposed to be a little used legal process that allows officers to seize someone’s assets for being suspected of a crime but without ever actually having to be charged with a crime.
Just by definition, you can clearly see how this can be abused to turn a police station into a self-funded criminal gang.
And that’s just on the federal level. Why can’t we see similar figures (or possibly much worse figures) at the state level? Because, in this pervasive surveillance state age of big data, “deriving similar totals at the state level is impossible because most states require little to no public reporting of forfeiture activity,” Mother Jones reports.
Not only that, but as budgets have gotten tighter, and especially in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse, civil asset forfeiture has taken off in what has been described as a “meteoric, exponential increase” likely because “Forfeiture is an attractive way to keep revenue streams flowing when budgets are tight”.
This chart says it all.
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When society can no longer tell who the real “criminals” are between cops and robbers… we’ve got a big, big problem.
This article was originally published at The Daily Sheeple.