08/17/14

The Ferguson Crisis

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I went to Walmart about 35 miles from Ferguson, Missouri yesterday to pick up a few things. I noticed that all the firearms and ammunition were taken out of the display cases and locked away out of sight. I also noticed some “skinheads” with shorts, loose shirts and tall military-style boots walking around the store. Two of them had shamrock tattoos on the back of their calves (a sign of the Arian Brotherhood). They had an imposing look about them and were following the African-American store patrons around just watching them as if they were planning something. This was unsettling to me because I live in this community. I walked around the store and just observed all that was happening. I noticed some African-American people looking at items suspiciously, and skinheads watching them suspiciously. They were both texting their people. I’m not stupid and I can see when a group is “casing” a place. I pity the “out-of-towners” because we give a false impression of our fortitude,  strength, and determination to keep our community safe.

Where I live most people are law abiding citizens, and more than half carry concealed weapons with licenses. Most of the people in Ferguson don’t have a concealed-carry license or they would have used it by this time to defend their selves. They didn’t defend themselves against the looters and thugs that came in from the surrounding bad areas because; at first they thought it helped their cause and only later did they realize it was plummeting their community into a slum of chaos. If those looters and thugs think that the people in my community will idly stand by while they try to destroy our community their wrong. We will exercise our second amendment right and defend it. They will be shot, and they will die. This is a fact.

To that end, I Think Governor Jay Nixon is obligated to send in the National Guard to quell the violence, looting and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. I think Martial Law is needed in Ferguson and the adjacent towns. I don’t make this statement lightly. I am thoroughly familiar with civil unrest and martial law from my many years in the service. Martial law accomplishes three things:

  1. It forces a curfew on the populous of a region and requires only persons that live, or have business in the affected area to be there during non-curfew hours by setting “checkpoints”, and times of general business.
  2. It peaceably or forcefully applies the law to ensure the peace in an area by having a visible presence in that area. It also uses military force on violators of the law in that area. Looters can be shot, and unlawful protests can be disbursed.
  3. It allows time for diplomatic solutions or the judiciary process to move forward concerning problems or factors causing the civil unrest such as negotiations, trials, or disposition of sentencing.

Marshall Law does work when applied intelligently. Governor Nixon,… pull your head out of your ass and for one second stop thinking about your political career and start thinking about restoring peace and protecting the community. Exercise your authority and call in the Missouri National Guard to restore peace in the community. You get my “dumbass of the year” award.

07/28/14

Remembering How and Why

It has been a month since I have posted my own site.  I want to say it was writers block. But I am not a writer. I have from time to time disconnect from the madness. Almost throwing up my hands and give the ole F-it or whats the use. It seems unbelievable how fast the destruction of our great nations is happening before our eyes. Nobody seems to see, care or are so detached by choice or ignorance.

Then remembering why I am doing this. To inform and expose those actively involved with the treasonous destruction of the United States. While being smoke screened by the propaganda media’s. Their silent yet hostile take over of every aspect of our government. More shell games, smoke and mirrors that any carny. Deflecting from one issue or scandal long before it can be investigated much less justice being served. Go back as far as the campaign of Barrak Hussein O’Bama. Just a starting highlight all his history sealed by a federal judge. Only reason anyone could have gotten away with this, is we was sold off like a second hand suit. Blind sided by Progressive’s of both the Democrat and Republican parties.

How do we reverse this? The very first home page before it got wiped out. Stated we should and will start with prayer first and foremost. This I believe is the life’s blood of our existence.

07/9/14

The Principles of Liberty

These are the principles of liberty that our forefathers ascribed to. They were used in the creation of the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and other established instruments of our Republic and U.S. freedom and liberty. The idea that a free people could start a republic from scratch and be able to endeavor to achieve the full potential that freedom and liberty could provide for those people was a novel idea in that time. Today it would be like an oppressed population yoked by the government, building a city under the deep sea, and establishing a republic from that melting pot of people using a controversial set of principles. Few would think to do it. Few would think it could be done. Free thinkers could do it. Here are the principles of liberty.

Individual Liberty:  The principle that individuals have an inalienable right to act in their own interest with complete control over themselves and their property, and are the sole arbiters of what is best for themselves so long as their actions do not infringe upon the liberty or property rights of others.

Personal Responsibility:  The principle that individuals who are free to determine their own course of action have the responsibility for the consequences that ensue from that action. Actions have consequences. Personal Responsibility means owning the results of those actions, good or bad.

Property Rights:  The principle that the right to determine one’s own actions (liberty) extends to one’s production. Production comes from an individual’s mind and efforts and is as unique to that person as any other aspect of that person. As such, production (and, subsequently, property acquired through voluntary transaction between parties) is the sole dominion of its creator.

Free Markets:  Free markets spring from property rights and liberty. Property rights dictate a free market economy in which one may exercise the liberty to use and dispose of property in the manner that the owner determines is in his best interest. It is not the role of government to create barriers to entry, disturb free market mechanisms such as price signaling, compete with private enterprise or distort the markets through regulation or other intrusions to advance a social, political or any other end.

Limited Government:  To quote Jefferson, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” The premise of this statement is that for liberty to be preserved, government must be held in check.

State vs. Federal Balance of Power:  The principle that the powers of the federal government are few and enumerated, while the powers left to the states or the people are broad and undefined. The nation’s founders made their case based largely upon the premise that state governments would always hold the limited powers of the federal government in check.

Fiscal Responsibility:  Government cannot “provide” anything that it has not first taken from the people. This means that we must always evaluate the opportunity cost of the government’s takings from the people. The private markets are subject to competitive pressures on price, services, products, quality and profitability; the government is not. Government has a moral and a fiduciary duty to be responsible and accountable to the people for that which it has coercively taken from the people.

Equal Protection / Rule of Law:  This is the principle that all citizens receive equal protection under both federal and state law, and that no groups of people receive either favorable or unfavorable treatment from government. It is not the role of government to create a special group or class of citizens for protection or punishment, special treatment or penalties. The force of government is only legitimate if it is limited and applied equally for the protection of the rights of all.

Uphold The Constitution of The United States:  This principle is based upon the concept that the constitution is the essential basis of a social contract between the people and their government, guiding the voluntary delegation of power from the people to the government for specific purposes. If the constitution is found to be lacking or needing change, there is a specific process to effect that change, but until such change might be made, the constitution is to be upheld.

These Principles of Liberty are republished here courtesy of: www.principlesofliberty.org

06/14/14

I’m A MOTR Head

conservative-creditsA person, an ultra-progressive liberal I don’t particularly care for named Lester once told me that I could not be “middle-of-the-road” minded (able to see both liberal and conservative truths) when it comes to politics. I had to be either conservative, or liberal in my opinions and beliefs. That it was impossible to see both sides of the equation. This man has a BS in psychology and sometimes tries (successfully) to get in my head. I stated my beliefs to him once and he said I was full of crap. We nearly went to blows over this. He was completely incapable of seeing anything except his progressive ideology. Every book he ever wanted me to read was written by a liberal progressive. His college text books were also written by liberals. This divorced man owns no conservative literature or writings of any kind that I know of. He, in fact, is frightened of the conservative idea. This fear manifests itself so bad with him that he seems to think he can catch an ideological disease of some sort from listening to or reading conservative thought. He is so stubborn that he is an ideological dead weight to truly open minded problem solvers. He might achieve a balanced ideological equation if he entertained some conservative thought.

I’m what I like to call a common-sense, middle-of-the-road conservative with educated views about progressivism and also conservatism. I sometimes listen to conservative radio shows. The talk show hosts nearly always eventually become pompous, or contradict previously stated opinions revealing their servitude to their employer (advertising). This allows me to see who he or she really is. I also listen to liberal media and liken them to cart horses with horse blinders on. They are ready and willing to pull the cart that is hitched to them as long as they get a feedbag of oats slapped on them occasionally.

Me, I’m a straight shooter, and I don’t compromise my core-principals to anyone. I served 20 years in the service of my country. I took-in college over 20 years and never was once less than a 3.8 GPA. I don’t have a degree, know how many credits I have, or care, but I have received education in electronics, computer science, history, mathematics, engineering, literature, foreign studies, and military strategy. I’ve been a painter, radiation worker, crane operator, sea-going sailor, explosives worker, journeyman rigger, and supervisor. I’ve spent substantial time (11 years) in over 14 East and West Asian countries. I’ve endured war, and also embraced humanitarian service to others less fortunate than I. I’m a Spiritual being and have faith in a Supreme Benevolent Trinity I call God. I am interracially married to the same beautiful woman for over 31 years, and these are my core (middle-of-the-road) ideologies:

I believe in protecting my own with deadly weapons like guns because when seconds count – police are only minutes away. My God’s okay with me protecting my family and self by killing (but not murdering).

I believe one should prove they can vote with a photo I.D. because a photo I.D. is also required to get government aid and nobody seems to have a problem with having one for that.

I believe the parents of children should teach them about their God, and give them their moral compass. Reading, writing, mathematics, the sciences, unbiased literature, and unbiased history are what our education system should concentrate on. Teachers are educators, not social workers. They should stick to educating or find other work.

I believe everyone should serve at least two years in the military or Peace Corps. We call it “service” for a reason and this kind of service cultivates ones character in the formative years of adulthood.

I believe a person can marry any person they choose but they fall under the same rules as the rest of us, no special treatment. Their financial liabilities should be the same weather divorced or deceased. I don’t believe in special interest groups or lobbyists.

I don’t believe in being the world police and I believe we should mind our own damn business. I don’t like people telling us what to do or how to live and we shouldn’t be telling them either. Most modern wars are fought over energy resources, I would exploit our own vast energy resources and screw what the other free-loading nations want or think about us. I would pursue energy science to the highest degree because not all natural resources are renewable.

I would restrict, and greatly limit the amount of foreign aid we give to our trusted allies. I would stop giving aid to foreign nations that are not our allies because they badmouth us, and have proven their unworthiness to receive it. Every country on this planet owes us for the many times we pulled their asses out of hell except China. Since china has manipulated the Chinese currencies in their favor for years putting us in the hole we should do the same to them to pay them off by charging them excessive amounts of gold (not treasury notes, or federal reserve notes) for the raw resources they need from us. At the same time we should nationalize all natural resources until our deficit is balanced to zero. This would be an incentive for the wealthy corporate natural resource market to get us back on track. Then only American entities should own natural resources here, not foreign entities.

My wife is an immigrant. It cost us in excess of $5,000 in 1982 (almost our annual wage) to complete the process. It was not cheap on our meager income but it was legal. Now she legally works, resides, and pays taxes into our system. Illegal immigrants pay nothing into our system yet legally take from it. This pisses my wife off. She said we should go to their homes and start living there, raiding their refrigerator, and eating their food regardless of whether they like it or not (cute, but not realistic). First enforce border control with deadly force, and then place current illegal immigrants in indentured servitude (road crews, and other much needed infrastructure services for minimum wage) until they have paid into the system for 10 years or more depending on whether they have dependents with them or not. Then they can be a citizen if they choose, or reside here in perpetuity with a permanent resident status and SSN. No free ride. Immigrants following the law would not have to do this. My great, great grandfather had to fight for the Union Army as an immigrant in order to be a citizen here. Again, we should give no free ride to illegal immigrants.

The president should never have “Executive Order” authority and be able to bypass our judicial and legislative branches of government. Congress and The Supreme Court are there for a reason. It’s so we do not end up with a monarchy, or dictator capable of plunging us into destruction. You want something? Ask for it politely and intelligently Mr. President. We’ll review it and get back to you.

Life begins at conception. I believe nobody has the right to end life except our Creator and Supreme Being with the one exception of self defense against an adult. We should be able to have our diapers changed when we’re young and when we’re old, and I look forward to it. If a woman aborts a baby then she should be held accountable. Not by us, but by her Creator. Our taxes should never pay for it because taxpayers may be morally opposed to it. I can’t help anyone if I’m too busy judging them so I believe we must promote the sanctity of child birth, adoption, and child raising through personal sacrifice if required.

I don’t believe in letting humans or other animals starve to death. I’ve seen it in other countries and it’s not pretty or humane. We should help our own impoverished first, then others where we can. In all cases we should “teach them how to fish” instead of just giving them a fish. We should not restrict charitable work with nonsensical laws posing as protections to the impoverished. Nothing wrong with food that is out-of-date but not spoiled. I occasionally eat it myself and I’ve never gotten sick from it.

Yes, Lester, I am “middle-of-the-road” (MOTR Head) minded when it comes to politics because, unlike you,  I’ve seen the real world in its good and bad detail, and we are rapidly becoming like them. I believe in the 9 principles of liberty and the 10 principles of conservatism. We are becoming a “One World Government” or “New World Order” if you will, and it’s not all good either. People request our aid, and flock to our borders because we are NOT like their countries. This has been going on since our independence in 1776. Last, but not least I’m a patriot in the highest degree, and I honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. I say “Semper Fortis” to all my brothers and sister veterans in or out of the service. What am I? I am 5th generation America, and there are a lot more like me. So to the ultra-liberal’s I’m giving them 10 “MOTR credits” and I say,… kiss my ass you little cupcakes. These credits can be used to pay someone to pull your self-centered head out of your ass!

06/10/14

Knife Jugglers From Hell

Mojtaba-Zonnour     Diego Garcia is an atoll some 1,000 nautical miles off the southern tip of India, and is part of the United Kingdom. It is part of the islands of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The U.S. Navy operates a support base, military air base, and space-tracking facility there. The British government operates their own classified facilities there as well.

An Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) adviser Mojtaba Zonnour  (pictured at left) who is a senior official, was quoted for the record as saying “In the event of an irrational attack by the U.S., America’s military bases will not be safe from our missiles, whether in Bahrain or at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean”. This was quoted during a visit to Switzerland which entailed meetings to finalize a nuclear deal with the west. If Iran really can hit Diego Garcia with its ballistic missiles, it means they have an unconfirmed range in excess of 3,000 nautical miles. This is within the realm of possibility. What is his definition of “irrational attack”? I think it’s the same as their definition of terrorism.

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Courtesy Google Maps

From the time I first went into the service until the last days before my retirement Iran has been a thorn in our nations side. They are terrorists and relish in the deaths of our citizens. I have spent some time (too much time) in Diego Garcia on more than one occasion. It is isolated, and I don’t ever want to go back there. It is also an important operational and strategic Island for both the U.S. and U.K. If the Iranian chuckleheads and knuckleheads of state think for one second that a ballistic missile attack launched against facilities at Diego Garcia would ever actually strike it. They are wrong – it would be shot out of the sky long before getting to their target. The mere act would also lead to their swift annihilation by the U.S. and Iran’s population would be decreased by more than 60% in mere minutes.  Their entire nation would be reduced to barbarians and mutated religious fanatics scraping through a mile-high mountain of radioactive corpses to gather up a meal.  They truly are egotistical terrorists having a serious inferiority complex. They are, in fact, idiots. Iran is going to step on us one too many times and it’s going to be their destruction – by the U.S. or Israel, or both. Even the best side-show knife jugglers get cut eventually. Keep juggling you stupid dumb-asses, you’ll get cut.

06/3/14

Dealing With The Devil

obama-angry     Bergdahl was a deserter, and enemy sympathizer. He walked away from his post with complete knowledge of the consequences that could befall him. He badmouthed the United States, and the American people in writing on more than one occasion. He was a Taliban sympathizer. Five brave men lost their lives trying to rescue this pile of dung.

Our federal government and the presidential advisors knew all of this and informed the president before they bypassed congress and violated the law. For our president to unlawfully surrender 5 of the most villainous terrorists at GITMO to the Afghan Taliban via Qatar for someone such as Bergdahl without congressional approval or notification is without precedent. The president is a traitor, and anyone with half a brain can see it from his many “dictator-type” acts since becoming our president.

For our Judicial and Legislative branches of government to turn a blind eye to his repeated treasonous acts is also without precedent. They should have impeached and tried him for treason three years ago. He must be held completely accountable for his actions as the Commander and Chief. He must be removed from the Office of President of the United States immediately. The terrorist acts that will be committed by these “Fanatical Five” he traded will be on Obama’s head and the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party members in the House and Senate are all terrorist sympathizers and should all be thoroughly investigated by the FBI. These are the many travesties Obama has committed.

In one year these 5 very dangerous terrorists will be free from Qatar to mount further attacks on our servicemen and women.  Obama and the party he leads are all traitors by their repeated actions. This man is destroying our great nation and few can see it. It is his plan to destroy us. Can we not get past our egotistical pride and prejudice, and see it? We are so foolish trusting this traitor and his party of traitorous loyalists. Any military veteran can see that he did this horrid trade to take the heat off the VA scandal. I say we use both scandals and oust all the Democrats and liberals from our government. Prosecute them for war crimes, and then imprison them all. We’ve had enough liberalism in our government. It’s time we surgically remove this cancer from our government, and nation.

Obama wants to start a civil war within our country and is methodically causing this to happen state by state, and county by county. He has a standing army of heavily armed law enforcement, and all the security agencies in our country helping him make it happen. His evil eyes and ears are on everything we citizens do thanks to the power of “Executive Order”, and our technologically superior “national security machine”. He is the 21st century Hitler as any reasonable person can plainly see. My question is why does this evil man hate us so much? What is his ultimate agenda? I think he is a race baiter, and race hater. He longs for a race and class division in our nation at any cost. He is truly an evil man. He deals with the devil because they are one-in-the-same. He is the devil.

05/31/14

Dignified Veteran Care

veterans1Since immediately after the United States Civil War the healthcare for military veterans was established. It started by administering to the medical needs of all military veterans in “veterans homes” throughout the country. It carried through until after WWI. In 1930 the Veterans Administration was founded to consolidate and care for the medical, pension, and various rehabilitation project benefits that our veterans were guaranteed by congress. Near the end of WWII the veteran population from WWII was 14,000,000 and the aging WWI veteran population was 4,000,000. This is when the first bottlenecks in medical care for our veterans were noticed. In response President Roosevelt, and later President Truman decentralized the VA hospitals and care facilities from 54 hospitals to 171 and over 700 outpatient facilities throughout the country.

The Department of Veterans Affairs was established by President Reagan in 1988 because the veteran population was approximately one third of the U.S. population and needed an administrator who had direct access to the President. In 1995 President Clinton initiated reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs. In this major reform period from mid-1995 until 2000, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) implemented universal primary care. They closed 55% of their acute care hospital beds, but increased patients treated by 24%. They had a 48% increase in ambulatory care visits, and they decreased staffing by 12%. Of serious concern the VHA had 10,000 fewer employees in 2000 than in 1995, but yet they had a 104% increase in patients treated since 1995. Somehow they managed to maintain the same cost per patient-day, while all other facilities’ costs had risen over 30% to 40% during the same period. It seems saving money was the goal, and not helping our veterans. But that is to be expected from a draft-dodger president, right.

The VA and VHA were left to decay from within after President Clinton’s devastating reforms. From 2000 until the present 2014 the VHA has become greatly burdened by bottlenecks, inadequate care, and even libelous care where patients have died or contracted HIV, hepatitis “C”, or worse. Even more alarming is the fraudulent act of hiding data and findings needed to assess the efficiency of the VHA. The director of the VA (a 4 star retired Army General and Vietnam vet) has now resigned, and stories are breaking about outlandish office furniture purchases amounting to a half billion dollars and more. It seems like the VA is a “good ole boys” group staffed by those never knowing the military life personally.

I’m a Desert Storm war veteran, and served my country on active duty for 20 years until 1998. I’ve seen veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD, brain injuries, amputations, and a host of emotional and mental disorders. Not one of them ever said to me that the VA/VHA treated them well. In fact, they all stated that the VA/VHA treated them indifferently and did not have time to see them. They told me the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) was all about giving them prescriptions. Prescriptions like anti-anxiety, anti-depression, anti-sleep deprivation, and narcotic pain medications. True physical, and mental  rehabilitation not requiring drugs was seldom noted. As a result I have witnessed the aftermath of their reform policies. Some committed suicides, and others became alcoholic or opiate addicted. It seems their objective is to get the veteran out of their office as soon as possible with drugs that keep the veteran numb. What the VHA is doing is a travesty. It is undignified, disrespectful and dishonorable to our veterans, especially our war veterans. The VHA hides their practices by “cooking the books”, and explaining away their “standard operating procedures” as part of the “new reform” rules.

The VA needs serious, quality direction at the top and throughout their sub-level administrations. They should be staffed by ex-military and military family members that know the military life from a personal point of view. The VHA needs an antiseptic enema in the worst possible way. Care of our veteran population starts with the care-giver. I watched a friend of mine dying in a VA hospital bed at John Cochran VA Hospital in St. Louis, MO get treated by the nurse as though it was a major burden to stop talking to her boy-friend in the hall and aid my friend. When she finally did help him with his catheter she left his robe up for all to see his manhood and left his door wide open allowing passersby to see his personal business. She should have been fired but she probably got a “Clinton Reform” bonus. His bathroom was filthy, and the staff were all half-assed jokers, laughing with each other and carrying on. It was sickening to see my friend dying like that. It was “undignified, disrespectful and dishonorable” to my friend. I desperately want to see positive change in the care and facilities that care for our “vet’s”. I want to see most of the VA, and VHA liberal administration fired because most of them never spent a day in the military and have no clue about true honor and respect. This kind of serious change begins with us “veteran-voters”. Our vote counts because we exceed over 44% of our population. Get out and vote. Show them we mean business!

05/16/14

Disappearing Privacy in the U.S.

PrivacyWhy is it that the government gets their panties in a bunch every time an advocacy group questions their transparency but they want the general populous as transparent to them as possible? I find it very troubling that they (the government and congress) must hide everything that they do as our representatives, but everything the American Citizen does must be known to them no matter how minor. The U.S. government is bringing online an NSA program they like to call “Total Information Awareness” system (TIA). The TIA incorporates an advanced framework of “Data Mining” algorithms that allow government officials to access our personal information. This data includes, but is not limited to web searches, emails, phone calls, financial records, medical records, educational records, social associations, security video, and more. All this information could be compiled on any company or individual allowing a detailed profile on that company or person. If used with the new, and effective facial recognition, and license plate software in use by law enforcement authorities, they could effectively cause political changes to take place in our government through manipulation of information, and selective leaks to the media. They could be the absolute puppet-master and we would be the minion puppets.

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Most of this type of data is called “Big Data” and requires a vast storage facility to allow for the manipulation of it. In addition it requires multiple “Super Computers” to actually analyze and quantify the data being harvested by them. This facility has been built in Bluffdale, Utah and is called the “Utah Data Center”, but it is officially called the “Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center”. It is approximately 1,000,000 square feet total with about 100,000 square feet just for data storage area. The cost for the facility is about $6 billion dollars. The tarfeathers.com administrator “Cb4life” stated in one of his comments that he wondered where Hillary Clinton lost $6 billion dollars at. This might be it. Its stated purpose is to support the “Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative” (CNCI).The Data Center has a 35,000 square foot power substation facility to supply power to it when on the power grid. The facility incorporates 12 cooling towers, 2 massive fuel tanks, 2 water towers, 4 huge power generation buildings, 2 massive chiller plants, and an administration building that occupies a small footprint near the center. It also has a very small visitors facility to passify the curious. It can operate for long periods of time when off the grid on its fuel reserves. To put it bluntly,… this is a huge, self-contained data collection facility! Big Brother has been born. He’s in Utah.

Recently a man in Nevada wanted to get a copy of his children’s school records because the State Board of Education was incorporating all school records into a multi-state consortium that shares students’ data. He wanted the copies in order to see what they were collecting on his children. The School Board said it would cost him $10,000 to get the copies!? Why? Does it cost the school that much to access students records? If it does their system is completely innefficient, and is absurd! No, what they are doing is abusing their power. This is why I have a problem with big data mining, and vanishing personal privacy. Similar to the Nevada Board of Education there is always an abuse of power when government is left unchecked and to its own devices. Most government employees are overpaid, and under-supervised. The exception to the rule is our military,… they are over-supervised and underpaid (but they do have cool toys). I know from personal experience.

I don’t want anyone reading this to get the wrong idea here. I am a believer in national security, and I am a stone-cold patriot with awards to prove it. I believe we need a comprehensive, global intelligence collecting data center to protect us from those that would love nothing better than to annihilate us and our way of life. I’m onboard with killing those killers who desperately deserve it! We also need balance. We need to be able to expect, or at least have a reasonable expectation, that we have privacy. Let’s face it, real privacy is a thing of the past, but “observable legal privacy” in our religious, political, social, educational, employment, and legal affairs should be an inalienable right even if facts about this information are known to the government. They should never be allowed to use them against us personally, or as a people to manipulate the masses. National defense should be the only reason to compile this information against companies, or persons suspected of treason, insurrection, cyber assault, or armed assault. Oversight by an authority that is truly loyal to the citizens of the U.S. should be incorporated here. Congress cannot be trusted. They are all self-centered, self-inflating, self-rationalizing “sell-outs”. They are the ones that need to be watched, just look at Roman history. No, it must be an entity that cannot be bought out by big money; an entity that doesn’t need to look at the collected data to protect the citizen or company from its exposure. I believe an “Independent Citizens Rights Commission” with full legal authority to impose legal protections for our citizens is what is needed here.

This is “Post One” of a two part blog post. “Post Two” (The Tor Project: Online Anonymity) addresses steps that we, as citizens can take to protect our families and selves against the growing trend of disappearing privacy. These steps are effective and are very secure against all tracking and net-presence with only a few exceptions.

05/16/14

The Tor Project: Online Anonymity

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Introducing the “Tor” Project. 1

Tor was originally designed, implemented, and deployed at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory around 2005 for protecting U.S. Navy communications. It was envisioned long before that during “Desert Storm”. Today, it is used daily by normal people, the military, journalists, law enforcement officers, activists, and many others. Individuals use Tor to keep websites from tracking them and their family members, or to connect to news sites, instant messaging services, or the like when these are blocked by their local Internet providers like in third world countries. Tor’s hidden services let users publish web sites and other services without needing to reveal the location of the site. Individuals also use Tor for socially sensitive communication: chat rooms and web forums for rape and abuse survivors, or people with controversial illnesses. The more people who use Tor actually is part of what makes it so secure. Tor hides you among the other users on the network, so the more populous and diverse the user base for Tor is, the more your anonymity will be protected.

Journalists use Tor to communicate more safely with whistleblowers and dissidents.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) use Tor to allow their workers to connect to their home website while they’re in a foreign country, without notifying everybody nearby that they’re working with that organization.

A branch of the U.S. Navy uses Tor for open source intelligence gathering, and one of its teams used Tor while deployed in the Middle East recently.

Law enforcement uses Tor for visiting or conducting surveillance on web sites without leaving government IP addresses in their web logs, and for security during sting operations.

Tor helps to reduce the risks by distributing your transactions over several places on the Internet, so no single point can link you to your destination. Instead of taking a direct route from source to destination, data packets on the Tor network take a random pathway through several relays that cover your tracks so no observer at any single point can tell where the data came from or where it’s going. Tor updates transactions and network circuits every ten minutes so your footprints are erased constantly.

The only flip-side to using Tor is the network delay due to the re-routing of your traffic. It does slow the web browser down considerably. I have mine setup so I can turn it on or off instantly depending on what I’m doing. It has been said that given the sheer numbers of people using Tor, that even the NSA has trouble collecting information when users incorporate Tor. Tor does not provide protection against end-to-end timing attacks: If your attacker can watch the traffic coming out of your computer, and also the traffic arriving at your chosen destination, he can use statistical analysis to discover that they are part of the same circuit. The NSA uses this type of collection method among others to retrieve data but it is difficult to track large traffic. Tor also has hidden services that can be used to publish web articles without the fear of censorship, or authorship tracking.

Ongoing trends in law, policy, and technology threaten anonymity as never before, undermining our ability to speak and read freely online. These trends also undermine national security and critical infrastructure by making communication among individuals, organizations, corporations, and governments more vulnerable to analysis. Each new user and relay provides additional diversity, enhancing Tor’s ability to put control over your security and privacy back into your hands. Become a Tor user and help the Tor Project to protect us all.

1  Information about Tor can be found on their website. The Tor Project is an “open source”, non-profit entity. This is a summary taken from their website. For more information about the Tor Project please visit: https://www.torproject.org/

05/10/14

DOJ Asset Forfeiture Program (AFP)

I’ve been reading a lot about citizen’s property and asset seizures by the Federal Government. It doesn’t seem right that they can do that, and I thought that a little research was in order here. Okay folks, this a long post so get some coffee and a doughnut.

Much of this warrantless seizure stuff has materialized because of organized crime in the U.S. This is not a recent phenomenon either. It started with the “Tariff Act of 1930” because of organized crime activity then. Organized crime in the U.S. has grown exponentially since then. Recent legislation recognizes, and addresses the global ramifications of organized crime worldwide. Organized crime on the national scale has proliferated into international “Global Organized Crime and Terrorism”. The driving goal is the overwhelming desire to acquire money, and power. The criminals will stop at nothing to achieve their goals and the United States implemented methods to address and combat the vast power criminals have. One of the most damaging tactics applied to this end is “Asset Forfeiture”. First let’s review what types of federal forfeitures can legally take place.


Types Of Federal Forfeiture

Criminal forfeiture is an action brought as a part of the criminal prosecution of a defendant. It is an in person am (against the person) action and requires that the government indict (charge) the property used or derived from the crime along with the defendant. If the jury finds the property forfeitable, the court issues an order of forfeiture. For forfeitures pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), as well as money laundering and obscenity statutes, there is an ancillary hearing for third parties to assert their interest in the property. Once the interests of third parties are addressed, the court issues a final forfeiture order.

Civil judicial forfeiture is an in rem (against the property) action brought in court against the property. The property is the defendant and no criminal charge against the owner is necessary.

Administrative forfeiture is an in rem action that permits the federal seizing agency to forfeit the property without judicial involvement. The authority for a seizing agency to start an administrative forfeiture action is found in the Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. § 1607 (Selected statutes on the DOJ Portal).  Property that can be administratively forfeited is: merchandise the importation of which is prohibited; a conveyance used to import, transport, or store a controlled substance; a monetary instrument; or other property that does not exceed $500,000 in value. Source: A Guide to Equitable Sharing of Federally Forfeited Property for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, U.S. Department of Justice, March 1994.

The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 established the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund to receive the proceeds of forfeiture and to pay the costs associated with such forfeitures, including the costs of managing and disposing of property, satisfying valid liens, mortgages, and other innocent owner claims, and costs associated with accomplishing the legal forfeiture of the property.

The Attorney General is authorized to use the Assets Forfeiture Fund to pay any necessary expenses associated with forfeiture operations such as property seizure, detention, management, forfeiture, and disposal. The Fund may also be used to finance certain general investigative expenses. These authorized uses are enumerated in 28 U.S.C. §524(c).**

Please see the Civil Asset Forfeiture Act of 2000 for a more detailed description of recent asset forfeiture legislation.


Although this seems like legitimate legislative recourse for our government in order to accomplish the goal of protecting American citizens, and compensating victims of crimes. The pesky thought that this is a huge amount of money that goes back into the operational budget of the program weighs heavy on my mind. The operational budget comes before the victims. In fact the Bureau of Prisons receives a portion as well, and their not on the list of entities that receive money from the fund?! So according to their fiscal report and financial statement for 2013 even whistleblowers get compensated before the victims do.

Let me get this right. The perpetrators and whistleblowers get compensated from the seized assets before the victims do. Sounds to me like the racketeer fighters have turned into the racketeers. They, in effect, have built a thriving business of seizing assets from others. But don’t believe me, read the reports and see for yourself in their Annual Financial Statements. Below are the official “Asset Forfeiture Program” and the “National Asset Forfeiture Strategic Plan” the DOJ is currently working under. Take note of the “Fiduciary Oversight” of the program. The fund no longer is required to compensate victims according to the oversight statement. Now it is purely a revenue generator for the twelve entities it collaborates with that benefit from the funds. A total of $40 billion dollars in assets have been seized since 2000. It’s no wonder our local police forces are likened to a standing army of law enforcement, or a “Police State” if you will. Here is a graph illustrating the general assets year-by-year from 2000-2013, and who the AG was at the time. The Assistant AG (Alice S. Fisher) stated that $700 million was returned to the victims of crimes involving forfeitures in 2007. That’s not what the financial statement reports. This program reeks of abuse by the DOJ, and the current administration, and their own reports counter what the Assistant AG states. She also states that “the program has forfeited over 2 billion in the past two years”. Try over 13 billion! These facts are there for anyone to look at. There is a saying that “Where there is smoke, there is fire.” It could also be said that where there are lies, there is abuse.” I’m feeling abused about this program.


From the Assistant Attorney General

“Taking the Profit out of Crime” is the theme of the National Asset Forfeiture Strategic Plan (2008–2012). Tremendous sums of monies are generated from illegal activity every year, and asset forfeiture has become a vital weapon in the United States’ anti-crime arsenal to strip criminals of their illicit wealth. The formulation of this national strategy is the first time that a comprehensive plan has been drafted to enhance and coordinate the use of this critical law enforcement tool. The Department of Justice is fully committed to using the asset forfeiture statutes to the fullest extent possible to investigate, identify, seize, and forfeit the assets of criminals and their organizations. Today, there is legal authority to forfeit the proceeds of virtually all serious offenses including terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, child pornography, alien smuggling, human trafficking, white collar crime, and money laundering. The National Asset Forfeiture Strategic Plan seeks to develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that asset forfeiture is an integral part of every investigation and prosecution. he Asset Forfeiture Program has forfeited more than $2 billion during the past two years—and is in the process of returning nearly $700 million to victims of crime in FY 2007 alone. This is an important part of the Department’s Asset Forfeiture Program and one that cannot be underscored enough for victims of financial crime. This Strategic Plan seeks to highlight and expand the millions of dollars that are recovered and returned to victims of financial crimes every year through asset forfeiture. The Asset Forfeiture Program is a top priority for both the Criminal Division and the Department of Justice. The Program and the National Asset Forfeiture Strategic Plan have my strong personal support. Taking the profit out of crime is important to the American public, to our international community faced with the globalization of transnational crime, and to our national security.”

Alice S. Fisher
Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Division


AFP-Seizures

Asset Forfeiture Program (AFP)

The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program encompasses the seizure and forfeiture of assets that represent the proceeds of, or were used to facilitate federal crimes. The primary mission of the Program is to employ asset forfeiture powers in a manner that enhances public safety and security. This is accomplished by removing the proceeds of crime and other assets relied upon by criminals and their associates to perpetuate their criminal activity against our society. Asset forfeiture has the power to disrupt or dismantle criminal organizations that would continue to function if we only convicted and incarcerated specific individuals. The Asset Forfeiture Program (the Program) is a nationwide law enforcement initiative that removes the tools of crime from criminal organizations, deprives wrongdoers of the proceeds of their crimes, recovers property that may be used to compensate victims, and deters crime. As the Program has grown and matured, asset forfeiture has been used to attack the financial infrastructure of criminal enterprises, return funds to victims of large-scale fraud, and share forfeited property with state and local law enforcement agencies. Under the leadership of Chief Richard Weber, the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) initiated a strategic planning process to carefully look at the  Program Representatives from the asset forfeiture community worked together to develop this National Asset Forfeiture Strategic Plan (hereafter, the Plan). The Plan is the first-of-its-kind for the Program and is designed to:

  • provide a strategic framework to enhance the capability, reach, and effectiveness of the Program;
  • provide direction to the asset forfeiture community to ensure that the Program’s mission is carried out effectively and efficiently;
  • enable Program participants to manage and expand this important and vital law enforcement tool;
  • ensure maximum participation by all Program participants and determine appropriate areas of growth;
  • and advocate for the resources needed to support and grow the Program.

National Asset Forfeiture Strategic Plan (The Plan)

Mission Statement: To use asset forfeiture consistently and strategically to disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises, deprive wrongdoers of the fruits and instrumentalities of criminal activity, deter crime, and restore property to crime victims while protecting individual rights.

Vision Statement: To ensure that crime does not pay, the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program will lead law enforcement to make the tracing and recovery of assets an integral part of every prosecution for the benefit of the American people.

The Program is comprised of the following 12 components:

United States Department of Justice:
•  Criminal Division, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section
•  Justice Management Division, Asset Forfeiture Management Staff
•  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
•  Drug Enforcement Administration
•  Executive Office for United States Attorneys
•  Federal Bureau of Investigation
•  United States Marshals Service
United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General
United States Department of Defense, Criminal Investigative Service
United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security
United States Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations
United States Postal Inspection Service

The program participants represent agencies within and outside the Department of Justice. Each participant plays an important role in the Program. A brief description of each participant’s duties and responsibilities follows.

Asset Forfeiture Management Staff

The Asset Forfeiture Management Staff is responsible for the administrative management functions of the Asset Forfeiture Program. These functions consist of management of the Assets Forfeiture Fund (the Fund); management of both internal and external budget processes regarding the Fund; managing the investment of seized and forfeited funds; management and operation of the Consolidated Asset Tracking System (CATS); administration and oversight of asset forfeiture program-wide contracts; review, audit, and evaluation of asset forfeiture program activities; identification of program weaknesses and development, monitoring, and review of appropriate internal controls; and analysis of legislative, policy, and regulatory proposals that may affect the financial integrity of the Asset Forfeiture Program.

Assets Forfeiture Fund

The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 established the Fund to receive the proceeds of forfeiture and to pay the costs associated with such forfeitures. The Attorney General is authorized to use the Fund to pay any necessary expenses associated with forfeiture operations, such as property seizure, detention, management, forfeiture, and disposal.

Fiduciary Oversight

The Fund receives most of its revenue from the forfeiture of cash and other monetary assets and from the sale of forfeited property. The Fund’s first priority is to cover the operating expenses of the Asset Forfeiture Program. After it is determined that there will be sufficient receipts, allocations may be made for investigative expenses, such as awards for information, evidence, and equipping of conveyances, and discretionary expenses, such as storage, protection, and destruction of controlled substances.

Consolidated Asset Tracking System

CATS is a database that tracks assets seized by federal law enforcement agencies throughout the forfeiture life-cycle. Information about the seizure, custody, notification, forfeiture, claims, petitions, equitable sharing, official use, and disposal of assets is entered in CATS. For more information, visit http://www.justice.gov/jmd/foia/jmdcats.htm

Contracting Vehicles

The Asset Forfeiture Management Staff provides assistance with the establishment and application of contracting vehicles for use by agencies and offices within the Asset Forfeiture Program. The primary purposes of these contracts are to support law enforcement forfeiture-related investigative activities, provide ongoing, administrative support services involving document analysis and review, technical legal support, data entry and clerical support, and support to CATS through the acquisition of various types of support services.

For more information on the Asset Forfeiture Management Staff, visit http://www.justice.gov/jmd/afp/.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) moved from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to the U.S. Department of Justice in January 2003. ATF enforces the federal laws and regulations related to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives, and arson by working directly and in cooperation with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. ATF has the authority to seize and forfeit firearms, ammunition, explosives, alcohol, tobacco, currency, conveyances, and certain real property involved in the violation of federal law. For more information on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, visit https://www.atf.gov/

Drug Enforcement Administration

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is responsible for implementing major investigative strategies against drug networks and cartels. DEA’s Asset Forfeiture Program is comprised of the following three sections:

Asset Forfeiture Section

The Asset Forfeiture Section is responsible for establishing, articulating, and implementing the policies related to the seizure and forfeiture of drug-related assets. The Asset Forfeiture Section’s primary responsibilities include processing and forfeiting seized assets; interpreting Department of Justice policies and guidelines; providing guidance on asset forfeiture issues to the field; providing asset forfeiture training; processing equitable sharing requests; processing award payments to informants; and administering monies from the Assets Forfeiture Fund to support the State and Local Overtime Program and the Marijuana Eradication Program.

Forfeiture Counsel Section

The Forfeiture Counsel Section is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to field offices, coordinating pre-seizure planning and investigations, and preparing all legal documents related to the processing of DEA asset forfeiture cases. Attorneys in the Forfeiture Counsel Section also handle the execution of administrative declarations of forfeiture for property valued up to $100,000, international forfeiture issues, equitable sharing issues, petitions for remission, litigation support, Congressional inquiries, international and domestic asset forfeiture training. In addition, the Forfeiture Counsel Section represents the DEA in confidential informant litigation.

Office of Financial Operations

The mission of the Office of Financial Operations is to provide the expertise and investigative techniques needed to identify, document, and prosecute drug money laundering organizations. The Office of Financial Operations augments DEA’s domestic and foreign investigations by providing guidance, assistance, and coordination for the implementation of specialized money laundering groups in domestic field divisions; providing oversight, coordination and support of proactive money laundering operations; and providing specialized money laundering financial investigations training. The Office of Financial Operations also represents DEA’s interests regarding money laundering and financial investigations with federal, state, local, and international counterparts, and the financial services industries.

For more information on the Drug Enforcement Administration, visit http://www.justice.gov/dea/ops/af.shtml.

Executive Office for United States Attorneys

The U.S. Attorneys, under the direction of the Attorney General, serve as the nation’s principal litigators and are responsible for investigating and prosecuting those who violate our nation’s laws; for asserting and defending the interests of the United States, its departments, and agencies through the conduct of civil litigation; and for representing the United States in its appellate courts. There are 93 U.S. Attorneys located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Each U.S. Attorney serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer within his or her judicial district. The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are responsible for the prosecution of both criminal and civil actions against property used or acquired during illegal activity. Since the enactment of asset forfeiture legislation, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices have used both criminal and civil asset forfeiture laws to strip away property derived from criminal activity, such as narcotics violations, money laundering, racketeering and fraud, as well as property used to facilitate the commission of certain crimes. For more information on the United States Attorneys’ Offices, visit www.usdoj.gov/usao.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is responsible for investigating a broad range of criminal violations including white collar crime, organized crime, and terrorism. FBI’s Asset Forfeiture Program is comprised of the following three units:

Economic Crimes Unit II

The mission of the Economic Crimes Unit II is to promote the strategic use of asset forfeiture and to ensure that field offices employ the money laundering violation in all appropriate investigations. The Unit oversees all bankruptcy fraud matters, as well as the Financial Institution Fraud Program which investigates mortgage fraud, check fraud, credit card fraud, and e-banking.

Forfeiture and Seized Property Unit

The mission of the Forfeiture and Seized Property Unit is to provide administrative support in the areas of budgeting, processing seized assets for forfeiture, reporting on administrative matters, and providing oversight to paralegals and contract personnel in the field.

Legal Forfeiture Unit

The mission of the Legal Forfeiture Unit is to provide legal forfeiture guidance and training to FBI Headquarter Divisions, the Department of Justice, and FBI field offices, so that those entities can successfully utilize the forfeiture sanction to remove the profit from crime, dismantle existing and emerging organized criminal enterprises and terrorist organizations, and disrupt those activities which threaten the physical or economic security of the United States and its allies.

For more information on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, visit http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/white_collar/asset-forfeiture.

United States Marshals Service

In 1984, the United States Marshals Service was given responsibility for the custody, management, and disposition of all assets seized for forfeiture by federal law enforcement agencies participating in the

“Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program”. The Marshals Service aids the investigative agencies and their respective U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in making informed decisions about what will be seized. With a cadre of experts available to provide analytical tools and services to assist in the valuation of targeted assets, the Marshals Service ensures that the property targeted for forfeiture has significant equity to cover the costs of storing and maintaining the asset during the litigation period. The Marshals Service disposes of forfeited assets in the form of sales (e.g., Internet, auction, and consignment), destruction, donations, and other methods including returns and retention for official use. The methods used to dispose of forfeited assets are tailored to the specified type and intrinsic value of the property being sold. Auction sales are normally used for volume sales, such as vehicles. Direct sales, brokered sales, and the acceptance of unsolicited offers are also utilized. The Marshals Service also executes approved equitable sharing to state and local law enforcement agencies that participated in the underlying investigation. Since the inception of the Assets Forfeiture Fund, over $4 billion has been shared with state and local law enforcement agencies and foreign governments. For more information on the Marshals Service, visit www.usdoj.gov/marshals/assets.

United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General works closely with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to investigate fraud and criminal activity that affect programs run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These programs encompass a broad spectrum of areas including consumer protection, nutrition, animal and plant health, agricultural production, agricultural product inspection and marketing, rural development, research, conservation, and forestry. The Office of Inspector General uses asset forfeiture to conduct investigations and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in the programs and operations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Criminal investigators and auditors in the Office of Inspector General have specialized knowledge about complex agriculture programs, requirements, and vulnerabilities. This expertise is critical for resolving criminal allegations, preventing and deterring future instances of illegal or fraudulent acts of misconduct, and promoting the effectiveness and integrity of the hundreds of programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Office of Inspector General, visit www.usda.gov/oig.

United States Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is a unique organization that plays an essential role within the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau’s personnel—who include special agents, engineers, diplomatic couriers, civil service specialists, and contractors—work together as a team to ensure that the State

Department can carry out its foreign policy missions safely and securely. Diplomatic Security has a broad scope of global responsibilities, with protection of people, information, and property as its top priority. Diplomatic Security conducts criminal investigations into violations of passport and visa fraud. These federal felonies are often committed in connection with more serious crimes, such as international terrorism, narcotics trafficking, organized crime, alien smuggling, money laundering, pedophilia, and murder. Diplomatic Security provides support, policy guidance, and oversight of all investigative activity related to passport and visa fraud, as well as coordinating investigative assistance with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Diplomatic Security became a member of the Fund in October 2004. Despite its recent acceptance into the Fund, Diplomatic Security’s Asset Forfeiture Program has experienced significant growth. The Asset Forfeiture Program is responsible for continually developing, modifying, and providing an aggressive forfeiture-related training program to Diplomatic Security employees and directly supporting major field office and foreign embassy visa, passport, and/or document-related forfeiture investigations. For more information on the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, visit www.state.gov/m/ds.

United States Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations

The United States Food and Drug Administration is the nation’s oldest consumer protection agency. The agency regulates over $1 trillion of consumer products and is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The agency is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to increase innovations that make medicines and foods effective, safe, and affordable. The Office of Criminal Investigations was created in 1992 to investigate major violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Anti-Tampering Act, and other related laws designed to protect the nation’s highly regulated system for approving and distributing prescription drugs, medical devices, and foods. The Office of Criminal Investigations is responsible for enforcing federal criminal laws involving the sale, distribution, or importation of adulterated and misbranded drugs, unapproved drugs, and the sale or the illegal dispensing of prescription drugs. Many cases are the result of joint enforcement efforts among federal and state agencies, and asset forfeiture is used in all investigations where it is available under the law.

For more information on the Office of Criminal Investigations, visit www.fda.gov.

United States Postal Inspection Service

The United States Postal Inspection Service is one of our country’s oldest federal law enforcement agencies. Founded by Benjamin Franklin, the Postal Inspection Service has a long, proud, and successful history of fighting criminals who attack and misuse our nation’s postal system to defraud, endanger, or otherwise threaten the American public. Postal Inspectors are federal law enforcement officers who carry firearms, make arrests, execute federal search warrants, and serve subpoenas. Inspectors work closely with U.S. Attorneys, other law enforcement agencies, and local prosecutors to investigate postal cases and prepare them for court. Postal Inspectors enforce roughly 200 federal laws covering investigations of crimes that adversely affect the postal system including mail fraud, money laundering, and drug trafficking. For more information on the Postal Inspection Service, visit www.postalinspectors.uspis.gov.

United States Department of Defense, Criminal Investigative Service

The Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) is the criminal investigative arm of the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General. DCIS is responsible for protecting America’s warfighters by conducting investigations in support of crucial national defense priorities. These investigations include terrorism, protection of Defense technology, substandard or defective products destined for the use of our warfighters, cybercrimes and computer intrusions, major thefts, and major procurement fraud including bribery, public corruption, money laundering, and kickbacks. Our vision is to remain a versatile, responsive, and respected premier federal law enforcement agency demonstrating excellence in all aspects of our operations. DCIS has statutory law enforcement authority based on Title 10 United States Code 1585 (a); consequently, every agent is designated by law as a federal law enforcement officer. DCIS has 6 field offices and 40 subordinate offices that employ approximately 325 agents in the United States and overseas, including Kuwait and Iraq. Additionally, in July 2007, the DoD Office of the Inspector General opened a field office in Afghanistan. For more information on the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, visit http://www.dodig.mil/INV_DCIS/index.cfm.

The Treasury Forfeiture Program

The Treasury Forfeiture Fund (TFF) was established in 1992 as the successor to what was then the Customs Forfeiture Fund (See 31 U.S.C. § 9703). The TFF is administered by the Treasury Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture (TEOAF) and is the receipt account for the deposit of non-tax forfeitures made by the following member agencies:

  • United States Department of the Treasury
  • Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation
  • United States Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Coast Guard

The creation of the TFF brought together all then-Treasury law enforcement agencies. Although some bureaus were subsequently transferred to the Department of Homeland Security by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, they remain participants of the TFF. For more information on The Treasury Forfeiture Program, visit http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/terrorist-illicit-finance/Pages/Asset-Forfeiture.aspx.

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This asset seizure program should:

  • Have an injunction placed on it until an equitable method of compensating the victims of the crimes committed can be instituted.
  • Have no more than 25% of the fund used for operating expenses.
  • Allow local, regional, state, and federal law enforcement entities to receive no more than 10% of the total revenue of the fund.
  • Use the remaining 65% of the fund to compensate victims of the crimes leading to asset seizures.

After reviewing the “DOJ’s” financial statements it is my opinion that the fund and the plan are being used as a method to make law enforcement bigger. It promotes the twelve entities involved in sharing large amounts of money from the fund. This allows them to reconcile to themselves the sidestepping of the law and questionable seizures of property and assets from innocent citizens. Doing so enhances the amount each entity receives from the fund. Because of the vast amounts of money involved in this program, and the tangible interests of our American Citizens at stake, the GAO”, and a Congressional Oversight Committee should manage the “Asset Forfeiture Program” closely. I will also say that from 2008 to the present the AFP’s assets have increased nearly five-fold. I don’t know if this is because the economy is poor and organized crime is festering more, or if the current administration and AG have something more to do with it. The current president did say he wanted our law enforcement to be at least as large as our military. Maybe he has found a way to do it without the general populous realizing it. Just a thought.

** Sourced from U.S. Attorney General Website and is available under the FOIA.