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American Gestapo

by Philippe Gastonne, The Daily Bell:

It was a lifetime ambition for 22-year-old Joseph Rivers to arrive in Los Angeles and become a big name in the music business. And he nearly made it…until a team of DEA agents put a stop to everything by snatching his life savings without even charging him with a crime.

The aspiring businessman from the outskirts of Detroit had managed to scrape together $16,000 and was finally on the train to Los Angeles when the justice department stepped in, reported the Albuquerque Journal. Despite the fact the officers found no drugs or guns in Joseph’s luggage – and failed to charge him with any crime – they took his cash away from him under the civil asset forfeiture program. – Daily Mail, May 12, 2015 

Stories like this one aren’t new to Daily Bell readers. We think often of the state’s outrageous overreach in the War on Drugs. Yet this one strikes a different chord. The victim wasn’t slumped in a black SUV cruising through the hood. He was on a passenger train, setting out on what for him should have been an exciting journey.

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