12 Of The Sketchiest Things The DEA Has Done While Waging The War On Drugs

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They tend to be thieves as well...then again every department of law that keeps money from people not convicted of a crime in asset forfieture laws are thieves.
Considering they are merely enforcing the laws made by the legislature, the term "thieves" is emotive language.

That aside ... yes, we should eliminate civil asset forfeiture entirely.
 
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Considering they are merely enforcing the laws made by the legislature, the term "thieves" is emotive language.

That aside ... yes, we should eliminate civil asset forfeiture entirely.


The law does not say they HAVE to keep assets forfieted and fight to keep the assets in court, the law just says they can, from people NOT charged with a crime, so theives is a bit emotive, but not a huge stretch.

Similar to police hiding on the money side of the highway, not the drug side.
 
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Yes, the idea of seizing property goes back a long way. That may have been at least part of the motive for having passed the Fifth Amendment in the first place.

I didn't know that the same unconstitutional process was used during alcohol prohibition, but that does make sense. It certainly is being used during drug prohibition.

It seems to me there are a lot of parallels between the prohibition of alcohol and the prohibition of other drugs. No doubt we'd be better off without alcohol and other drugs, but we'd definitely be better off without the excess of authoritarianism that stems from prohibition.
 

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