Feds Stealing More Than Thieves: Federal Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014

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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.

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  • Rick E.

    Law enforcement is the second most thieving bunch of scumbags, the worst of all is the Federal Reserve!

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  • StevetheHun

    With cops like this, who needs thieves?

  • Feds Stealing More Than Thieves? Feds ARE thieves!

    • Maddog

      When the street we lived on a while back was robbed, I had a leather jacket stolen from my car. They found the shitbags hiding on a neighbors porch retrieving much of the stolen property. They said it had to be logged in and then we could collect our property. When I went to the station for my jacket I was told it was “lost”. If the original thief had got it I could have claimed it on my insurance, not so since the second thieves got it.

  • whiteberry

    Yet if I so much as take a nickle that isn’t mine I go to jail… that just makes great sense…

  • NonYo Business

    Murder and Theft. Taxes and Death.

    • Ch J

      Murder and Theft and Lying. Illegal income tax, illegal invasions, taxpayer funded lying and deception.

  • Reverend Draco

    So. . . the Professional thieves steal more than the Amateurs – who’d’a ever thunk?

  • Maddog

    That’s right, give up your guns, the government will protect you.

  • gato felix

    Now I understand why jails are busting at the seams, better “business” oportunities for those thugs dressed as cops!!!

  • PAUL H

    “The state lies in all the tongues of good and evil, and whatever it says is lies, and whatever it has, it has stolen, everything it is, is false, it bites with stolen teeth, and it bites often, it is false down to its bowels” ~ Nietzche Thus Spoke Zarasthustra;

  • PAUL H

    They’ve perfected the art of asset seizure over the past 100 years

    1917. The U.S. Confiscated Half a Billion Dollars in Private Property During WWI In the course of the war, the federal government registered around half a million “enemy alien” civilians, spied on many of them, and sent approximately 6,000 men and a few women to internment camps. Perhaps more strikingly, it seized huge troves of private property with dubious relevance to the war effort, ultimately amassing assets worth more than half a billion dollars—close to the entire federal budget of pre-war America.
    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/us-confiscated-half-billion-dollars-private-property-during-wwi-180952144/

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  • https://earthsco.blogspot.com/ , just leave the pretend governments?

    want to get the feds / state off your back: this MIGHT be the answer:

    https://deanclifford.blogspot.com/ gotta’ study it again, and implement it, but not quite as colorfully as Dean.