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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Warning: "Uncle Sam" AKA the Rogue Highwayman is on the lose

Uncle Sam also known as the U.S. Government has become a thief

The U.S. Government is out of control. The U.S. Government, AKA "Uncle Sam" or the "Rogue Highwayman," is now robbing random citizens, who stumble on its broad pothole riddled bureaucratic boulevard. That once beautiful boulevard was known as Constitution Avenue. It has now become a dangerous and rundown toll road.

The Fifth Amendment states that “No person shall be… deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Sadly, this dear Constitutional right has been ambushed by bureaucratic assassins, who have shot and killed it, and buried it in an unmarked grave beside the road.

Due process and the presumption of innocence have also waylaid by these government raiders.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on how the government now harbors a criminal enterprise in an article entitled, Federal Asset Seizures Rise, Netting Innocent With Guilty (subscription required).

That was followed up by a Wall Street Journal blog post: DOJ’s Expanding Power to Seize Assets Sparks Concerns. In this article Nathan Koppel writes:
The statistics are jarring.

There are now nearly 400 federal laws that empower the federal government to seize assets from convicted criminals as well as those never charged with crimes, a near-doubling of asset-seizure laws since the 1990s.

And last year, law enforcement seized more than $2.5 billion, a haul that has more than doubled over the last five years.

The Wall Street Journal cites these figures as a part of a deep dive today into the world of asset forfeiture, a federal power that critics on the left (the ACLU) and right (the Heritage Foundation) regard as a growing threat to innocent people...
Simon Black of the Sovereign Man blog also sounds the alarm:
According to Justice Department statistics, the total value of confiscated property exceeded $2.5 billion in 2010, more than double from five years ago. The average take per case? $166,000… and the vast majority of cases were non-criminal.

It’s truly staggering to think about how much can be taken away from you in the blink of an eye, all without any judicial oversight or right to a hearing.

The reason could be anything. Maybe you violated some arcane, meaningless regulation among the hundreds of thousands of pages of US Code (ignorance of the law is NOT an excuse!). Maybe you were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Or maybe they had no real reason at all other than mere suspicion.

One minute you have money, the next you’re completely locked out of your wealth and livelihood. They force YOU to prove to them that you aren’t guilty, but they take away any means you had to defend yourself.

Look, this is the new reality in America. The entire country has become a nation of criminals– there isn’t a single man, woman, or child alive who is not in violation of some obscure regulation or cannot be ‘suspected’ of wrongdoing.

This is really just a form of cannibalism– a government feeding on its own citizens...
Who can possibly stop these bureaucratic crooks, who hide in plain sight? Mr. Black's advice is to bail on the United States:
I’ve long advocated for an internationalization strategy: diversifying various assets and interests overseas so that no one single government has total control over your livelihood.

Store your gold in Switzerland. Open a bank account in Hong Kong. Register your company in the BVI. Establish a ‘backup’ residency in Chile. Expand your business in Brazil. Get a better job in Singapore. Obtain a second passport in Malta. Open a brokerage account in the Cayman Islands...
If you can't defend against the kleptocracy then Mr. Black's advice is simple: cut and run. You really have to hope it doesn't come to that. But, who can stand up to this growing army of faceless thieves?

More discussion:
Zero Hedge: Guest Post: US Government Asset Seizures On The Rise
Independent.org: As Government Revenues Fall, Asset Seizures Double
FreeRepublic: ...Big Government Tyranny Alert

related:
Wall Street Journal:  
As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared --
Eddie Leroy Anderson of Craigmont, Idaho, is a retired logger, a former science teacher and now a federal criminal thanks to his arrowhead-collecting hobby...
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