Posts Tagged ‘state’

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(Theft of property without due process should be considered a crime.)

DPA:

Eric Holder just issued a huge blow to the drug war. This is big.

Today the Justice Department barred local and state police from using a federal program to seize a person’s property without evidence of a crime.

That might sound odd, since you would assume that it was already illegal in America for police to take your property without due process – but you would be wrong. Originally pushed in the 1980s as a way to combat illegal drugs, civil asset forfeiture has become common throughout the country.

Today people all over America who are simply suspected of drug law violations can have their assets seized without any ability to defend themselves in a court of law. Even if they are never convicted, or even charged with a crime they can have their property, bank accounts, cars, and assets taken from them forever. If this doesn’t enrage you, I don’t know what will. 

Civil asset forfeiture is another ugly aspect of the drug war, and here at the Drug Policy Alliance we are making it a top issue in 2015.

If you stand with us tweet out your support now to end unjust civil asset forfeiture for good!

Today’s actions by Eric Holder are a good first step to ending the unjust enforcement of this program once and for all. But now Congress needs to pass legislation to make this change permanent.

Sincerely,

Bill Piper
Director, National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance

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Louis Proyect at Counterpunch:

Why Selma Matters Now More Than Ever

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Police killings highest in two decades

WASHINGTON — The number of felony suspects fatally shot by police last year — 461— was the most in two decades, according to a new FBI report.

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TARIKA WILSON

 

War Comes Home
The Excessive Militarization of American Policing

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(Look like fine upstanding chaps, nothing terrory about that lot.)

Hillary’s State Department Refused to Brand Boko Haram as Terrorists

The group has connections to Al Qaeda in Syria — you know that magical place where the US government likes Al Qaeda.

Is the U.S. Government Funding Boko Haram? #BringBackOurGirls

 

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The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight
“The Deep State is unconstrained.  It’s out of control.”

Mike Lofgren, a former GOP congressional staff member with the powerful House and Senate Budget Committees, joins Bill to talk about what he calls the Deep State, a hybrid of corporate America and the national security state, which is “out of control” and “unconstrained.” In it, Lofgren says, elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests.

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Outrageous corruption covered at the end of the report, the TPP scam and corporate thugs nominated for Obama’s secret TPP negotiating team.  Banksters were given huge bonuses as they left their posts to go screw over the world for ObamaCorp.

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