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Last week, the crooks in Washington proved themselves nice enough to let us know that their rip-off machine is back in action. The Obama Justice Department announced the resumption of the “equitable sharing” program, whereby the Feds sing Kumbaya with state and local police while sharing the loot they snatch from innocent folks through “civil asset forfeiture.”

Yes, there again is that strange three-word, legalistic, police-pocketing term: civil asset forfeiture.

Free country? Not so long as local police and federal government agencies seize people’s stuff without ever charging or convicting those people of a crime. Simply by claiming suspicion . . . about their stuff.

To get their money or property back, the victims must hire an attorney and sue the government. Guilty until proven innocent. Only those raking in the ill-gotten gains are shameless enough to defend this completely un-American practice.

Which more than doubled in use during President Obama’s first five years in office, according to The Washington Post. Today, police and various government agents actually take more value from innocent Americans through civil asset forfeiture than do burglars through burglary.

“As President Obama counts down the days of his last year in office,” the Cato Institute’s Adam Bates wrote back in January, “one positive step he could take for his legacy would be to halt the federal government’s use of civil asset forfeiture and make the suspension of the equitable sharing program permanent.”

Yet, despite Mr. Obama’s talk about criminal justice reform, and despite his ability to bring justice with a stroke of his pen (and actually within his constitutional authority), last week the Feds instead went back to business as usual, ripping people off.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

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  1. Lyle Rolfe says:

    Paul, Obuma ain’t counting the days as much as the people out here in the 50 (oh pardon me, it was changed to 57 by our great president) states who are constantly getting screwed by this guy. And as far as a legacy, what can he talk or brag about with pride? Emptying Gauntanamo (sp) of the worst of the worst who will be rushing back here to kill more of us? His great deal with Iran? HIs great trip to Cuba where few he had a great time doing the sweep or whatever? I keep hoping his library will end up being built in Hawaii, a place which I’m sure I won’t be visiting. We do not need this thing in Chicago. It will be as empty as a chicken coop raided by the foxes and it will just screw up the view of the lake. . HE is a disgrace to Illinois. I still believe his elections were both tainted, but back then we didn’t have Trump to keep an eye on things or at least he was not interested in this at that time.   To the CAto Institute–just wishful thinking. This guy won’t do anything that will be good for the people. Guess we’re stuck with just counting the days.  lyle 

  2. Paul Jacob says:

    Great to hear from you, Lyle.

  3. JFB says:

    Civil asset forfeiture is a constitutional abomination, legalized by judicial sophistry, and spreading due to the various governmental levels insatiable “need” for money.  It is legalized theft permitted only due to the favored mature of the practitioners who, as so commonly happens, exempt themselves from the rules and morality which it forces on others.  

  4. Brian Wright says:

    Beyond outrageous! Kafkaesque.

  5. Karen H says:

    Astonishing! When did we become a Communist state?!

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