How Does Civil Asset Forfeiture Secure Our Rights?

When the Left agrees with the Right

Civil liberty-minded organizations from the right and the left criticize legalized theft by the governments known as Civil Asset Forfeiture.

From the Right – The CATO Institute: Policing for Profit video

Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice: Review of the Department’s Oversight of Cash Seizure and Forfeiture Activities – March 2017

Excerpt from the Inspector General’s report:

” While the Department views asset forfeiture as an important law enforcement tool, concerns have been raised about its use. Advocates of asset forfeiture reform, including Members of Congress and public interest groups, have expressed concerns that the ability to use forfeiture civil asset forfeiture - Uncle Sam wants it allrevenues to fund law enforcement activities may incentivize the Department and state and local law enforcement to use asset seizure and forfeiture beyond the purpose of deterring and punishing criminal conduct and in a manner that creates risks to civil liberties. This concern is heightened because Department law enforcement officers have the authority to seize and forfeit cash or property without independent judicial oversight and without charging the owner or possessor of the cash or property with a crime. Advocates of reform also have argued that the Department’s historical, but now largely proscribed practice of “adopting” state seizures for federal forfeiture inappropriately allows state and local law enforcement to circumvent their own state laws so that they can obtain a greater share of forfeiture proceeds than they would receive otherwise.”

From the Left – ACLU: ASSET FORFEITURE ABUSE
Excerpt from the ACLU article:
“Police abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws has shaken our nation’s conscience. Civil forfeiture allows police to seize — and then keep or sell — any property they allege is involved in a crime. Owners need not ever be arrested or convicted of a crime for their cash, cars, or even real estate to be taken away permanently by the government.”
“In just over a decade, Texas law enforcement collected more than half a billion dollars, $540.7 million, in cash and personal property from Texans suspected of breaking the law. Known as civil asset forfeiture, this legal practice leaves average Texans vulnerable to having their assets seized by police, no trial or proof of guilt necessary.”

U.S. Attorney General Follows the Money

Headline from Reason.com, 17 July 2017:

Jeff Sessions Announces Justice Department Will Increase Asset Forfeiture

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says, “No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime.” To this I ask, what is a criminal? An online dictionary defines ‘criminal’: a person who is convicted of, or who commits, a crime.

General Sessions advocates seizures of property from people who have neither been charged with a crime or convicted of criminal acts.

Jeff Sessions, the top law enforcement officer of our country, tramples the Sixth Amendment.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

By virtue of the fact law enforcement may, at will, seize property without charging or arresting a person suspected of criminal activity, then the seizure is not based on probable cause and is, therefore, unreasonable.

Jeff Sessions, the top law enforcement officer of our country, also tramples the Fifth Amendment takings clause which says in plain English:

No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Action

Contact your Texas State Senator and your Texas State Representative. Tell them you support SB-380 to reform Texas Civil Asset Forfeiture.

You can learn who represents you in Texas by entering your zip code here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

For Rockwall County and the Frisco area of Collin County (HD-33):

State Senator Bob Hall (SD-2) http://www.senate.texas.gov/memberform.php?auth=tBWL6g3A4oDm27iow0Zxyl94jT9%2FdGZkNmHOASewsPn4rjp8Onw6o%2BMQ4aevgbYQN4D7JtJlzSMIyQPdKTiIY2B2e5ZCUlM%3D&lang=en

State Representative Justin Holland (HD-33)  http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=33

Call the Austin offices and leave a brief message with the respective office staff. I also recommend sending a message via web form email.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

AG Sessions: Will you charge the NCAA for violating 18 U.S. Code § 1951

General Jeff Sessions
Attorney General to the United States of America
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

The Threat

As reported by Business Insider, March 23, 2017, the NCAA threatened to “remove from consideration all bids to host championship events in North Carolina if the law isn’t repealed by mid-April, when event sites are selected.”

The Facts

  1. The NCAA headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  2. The state threatened is North Carolina
  3. Any and all business conducted by the NCAA in North Carolina is interstate commerce
  4. The threat to deny business to the people of North Carolina is a violation of the Interstate Commerce Clause, Article I, Section 8, clause 3.
  5. The threat violates 18 U.S. Code § 1951

The Law

18 U.S. Code § 1951 – Interference with commerce by threats or violence

The NCAA, by virtue of its threat to withhold business from the state of North Carolina, violates the law.

Under threat of withholding commerce with the state of North Carolina, that state’s legislature will repeal a law (HB2) that was passed to protect vulnerable women and children from sexual predators who in the guise of or pretense of being ‘transgender’ enter places intended to preserve the privacy of women and children.

The Question

What will you do, General Sessions? Will there be an investigation of this apparent violation of federal law?

Thank you,

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Contact Information to send inquiries and/or complaints to the office of the U.S. Attorney General

Postal address

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Official webform

https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice

Maxine Waters: no respect for President Trump and she calls us unpatriotic

 

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(Faux front page of the WAPO)

 

Read Top 10 Outrageous Maxine Waters Quotes from 2011 http://humanevents.com/2011/08/27/top-10-outrageous-maxine-waters-quotes-2/

Said on MSNBC 12/26/16 that one of the problems her party has is that they tend to be too “nice.” http://bit.ly/2htUgAb

The Hill, 8/10/10: Rep. Waters charged on three counts of violating House rules and the federal ethics code http://bit.ly/2mNlwfE

Black Enterprise – Wealth for Life, 9/16/14: One of 10 Richest African Americans In Congress http://bit.ly/1F997Vv

The Blaze, 2/21/17: Maxine Waters, the Democrat scumbag, says Trump’s cabinet is full of ‘scumbags’ http://bit.ly/2m6c4U0

Dailywire.com, 3/2/17: 78-year-old Maxine Waters said, “I was a millennial once,” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) while giving a speech presumably captured by Fusion. She advised young leftists to “stay woke,” deploying a political phrase popularized by neo-Marxist racial agitators to convey awareness of phantom forces such as “systemic [and] institutionalized racism.” http://bit.ly/2ovCxaM

Maxine Waters who subscribes to neo-Marxism and openly expresses her disdain for all white people claims she was once a ‘millennial’.

I can say with great certainty she was NEVER a millennial. It is obvious she has never been a patriotic American, not now, not ever.

She is but one of several congressional idiots and this particular idiot has been calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump since February. Maxine is a devoted follower and lap dog of Barack Hussein Obama, as evidenced by her cooperation with Obama’s mob squad, Organizing For Action (reference here http://my.ofa.us/page/event/detail/gsk44t).

I invite patriotic Americans to pray for our country and all who are in authority, as per 1 Timothy chapter 2: “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made…for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

May God bless America and may God richly bless our president with wisdom, long life, and righteous counselors.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Skeptics look to Donald Trump’s past – God looks to President Trump’s future

Back in 2015 when Dr. Lance Wallnau prophesied billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump would become our 45th president, I thought he had gone mad. We Texas Republicans voted overwhelmingly for Texan Ted Cruz and we fully expected Ted to be the 45th. But, that Tuesday evening when the primary polls closed in Indiana the electoral vote count cemented Mr. Trump’s candidacy as the GOP presidential candidate. The rest is history.

Pastor Saeed Abedini Prophesies Donald Trump Will Usher the World Into a New Millennium

As a delegate to the Texas State Republican Convention who expected Senator Ted Cruz to rise to the top, the Trump win stunned me. My prayer that Tuesday evening before the convention was, “G-d, give me a reason to attend the convention.” I prayed. G-d answered – via Twitter. There on my computer screen, late that evening was a tweet from Lance Wallnau who remarked, “Remember what I told you?” That tweet marked a pivotal moment for me.

USA Today reports that Dr. Lance Wallnau, an internationally recognized speaker, business

G-ds Chaos Candidate Book
Available on Amazon.com

and political strategist is one of only three evangelical leaders to have accurately predicted Donald Trump’s Presidency. Dr. Wallnau’s best-selling book, “God’s Chaos Candidate” is credited as being the catalyst that mobilized thousands of Christians to vote for Donald Trump and contributed to Trump’s unprecedented election victory. Lance cites Isaiah 45, the Biblical prophecy of Cyrus as G-d’s description of the Trump presidency.

Rick Joyner, founder of MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mills, SC, and Pastor Robert Jeffress of the Dallas First Baptist Church boldly predicted businessman Trump would be the next president.

With all the well-organized well-funded opposition from ‘community organizer’ Barack Hussein Obama and his Organizing For Action (OFA) ready-made mob machine, the spineless actions of congressional Republicans, and a hostile left-wing media, forward progress seems doubtful.

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It is for such a time as this Pastor Saeed Abedini speaks wisdom to America. Saeed remarked on Facebook, “He is a modern day Cyrus and he has a special calling and anointing for what he has been called by God to do. Mr. Trump will take the whole world NOT just America to the new level that the world never has never seen before.

CNN, UNIVISION, MSNBC and all the rest of the left-wing media would have you believe the Trump presidency is on life support. Fear not. G-d’s hand is on our president whose accusers relentlessly dredge up Mr. Trump’s past. All the while G-d is making a way where there seems to be no way.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Open letter to Cong. John Ratcliffe – Our resolve to fully repeal ObamaCare remains

Honorable John Ratcliffe
U.S. Representative, Texas CD-4
6531 Horizon Road
Suite A
Rockwall, TX 75032

We who opposed the House bill do not “side with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi” – we side with like-minded fellow Americans who demand a full repeal of ObamaCare. The quotation comes from your FB posting: http://bit.ly/2mBX0y9

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The insurance lobby oppose us and I thank them for this picture
In case you overlooked our recent state and national GOP platforms. I refer you to plank number 113 of our state convention platform:
 
“113-The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)-We demand the immediate repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which we believe to be unconstitutional.” Reference: http://bit.ly/2lT2YX9
 
I think it helpful to remind you of the President’s promise to repeal ObamaCare.
 
We are thankful to conservative lawmakers who refused to follow House leadership on this vital issue.
 
Back to plank 113 – we continue to demand the immediate repeal of the patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
 
John White
Rockwall, Texas

Mexico says will boycott U.S. Corn – Why do they buy it in the first place?

The Mexican rulers are up in arms as President Trump demands an even playing field with imports and exports.

Corn actually originated in Mexico as a wild plant. As with all cultivated grains, today’s corn grown in America doesn’t resemble the original species native to Mexico.

Corn is a Mexican staple. In fact, corn is a global staple.

Back to the boycott issue, why does Mexico buy 23% of our annual corn crop? Why do you shop at Walmart? No nation produces corn of the quality and in the quantity of the United States of America. Mexicans buy our corn instead of domestic Mexican corn because it’s cheaper and it’s better. This is not rocket science.

Was NAFTA a good idea? How well I remember billionaire entrepreneur Ross Perot say in opposition to the trade deal: he could hear a “giant sucking sound” down south of the border. Consider the before and after effect on trade with Mexico up through 2015.

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In the headlines today, Mexico threatens to ditch US corn imports.

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Mexican officials huff and puff and threaten to buy their corn from South America. Well, go right ahead. Adelante señores. The problem is simply this: There isn’t enough South American corn to satisfy the needs of Mexican ranchers and consumers. Did I not say no country produces corn of a higher quality and lower price than U.S. farmers?

As Lance Wallnau aptly describes President Donald Trump, he is indeed the human wrecking ball and we need to shake up corrupt and bloated U.S. government and global trade to restore the greatness of America.

We must pay down the 20-trillion-dollar debt and we can’t do this while buying on credit.

Will there be some short-term pain? Count on it. Will there be long-term benefits to the U.S. worker? Expect it.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Indian Nationalism Strives to Snuff Out Christianity

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One year ago, India’s Parliament under the authority of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) the government shutdown 69 NGOs, most serving the poor and the poorest of the poor. This action affected Muslim and Christian activities. Muslim NGOs chiefly provide Islamic indoctrination while Christian ministries empower the poor through education, feeding programs, and medical relief.

On January of 2017, India added restrictions on how NGOs receive funding.

“…Navsarjan, an organization whose various humanitarian services for the Dalit community include running schools for their children, is one such NGO. The Dalits are the best known exploited community in Indian society due to their placement on the “lowest rung” of Hinduism’s ancient caste system. Their children often “face discrimination and violence from higher-caste children and teachers in regular schools.” However, Navsarjan’s work in ensuring these children a safe education has been deemed “detrimental to national interest.” – Non-Profit Quarterly, January 30, 2017

If you know some history of India, you can appreciate how Islamic centers threaten Hindu culture. However, from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity to Christ for India, Christian ministries have a history of relieving poverty thr0ugh medical care, feeding programs, and the education of Indian children, particularly the Dalit children.

For local interest: Christ for India was birthed out of Church on the Rock in Rockwall, Texas.

So, in the mind of the Hindus, doing good to the Dalit children is a national threat.

It was the influence of a Christian nation, Great Britain, that paved the way for India to become the prosperous nation it has become. Hindu nationalism will turn back the clock on the work of Christian missionaries and doom the poorest of the poor to indescribable misery and early death.

Pray for the souls of India, that God will miraculously keep open a window of mercy so that Christian missions like Christ for India can continue.

John White
Rockwall, Texas