Jun 23 1993
This is one of my writings from late last year. Note the 3rd and 4th paragraphs and the following posts. FREEDOM LOST 1 of 2 Under the guise of the "war on drugs," innocent Americans are losing their lives, liberty and Constitutional rights at an alarming rate. Under recently instituted state and federal for- feiture laws, government agencies may seize property if a judge (not a jury) determines that said property is associated with drugs. Doesn't matter how. The government does not have to charge the owner with a crime to take his property. For example, a charter/instructor pilot was chartered to fly an individual with a brief case from point A to B. When the airplane landed, it was surrounded by federal and local officers. Turns out the passenger was a suspected drug dealer, and his brief case was full of money. Since drug dealers always carry lots of money in brief cases, the money was seized AND SO WAS THE INNOCENT INSTRUCTOR'S AIRPLANE. The pilot had never met the passenger before and had no idea what was in his brief case. He was never charged with anything, but he is now bankrupt and his means of livelihood has been STOLEN from him. This is but one example of similar incidents being repeated at an ever increasing rate across this country, and it gets worse. A reclusive multimillionaire refused to sell his 200-acre Malibu Canyon ranch to the government as part of an expansion to an adjacent federal recreation area. It wasn't long before 24 government agents stormed his home and shot him dead when he attempted to investigate the commotion with a gun in his hand. Their probable cause? An air surveillance expert reported seeing marijuana plants growing in pots on his property, and his younger wife was observed spending a lot of his inherited fortune. No drugs were found. Question! Why were he and his wife under surveillance in the first place? Do I think the raiding officers went there hoping to seize his property? Absolutely. It's free and easy money for government agencies. Officers participating in such confiscation receive a lot of "brownie points." Do I think the raiding officers were part of the orchestrated plot? Probably not. They were just doing what they like to do (kick butt), and were following orders from higher up. I was astounded when I first heard of property being confi- scated PRIOR to and WITHOUT a trial by jury. A couple years ago, "Operation Zero Tolerance" was my first hint of this tyrannical change in our government's behavior. Here in San Diego, honest and law abiding fishing boat operators had their vessels confi- scated because one of their crew had a marijuana cigarette. The actual offenders were only fined $100 and given suspended sentences. But the innocent fishing vessel owners' lives were disastrous disrupted. The motive is clear for anyone to see. Confiscated property worth a lot of money. What CAN YOU do about this? You can: 1) Wake up and pay attention to what is going on regarding the elimination of your basic rights. 2) After you've informed yourself, inform your friends. 3) Write your congressional representatives regarding your concern about your lost and threatened Constitutional rights. What SHOULD YOU do about this? Depends on how important you consider the Bill of Rights. Freedom is a lofty concept and a fragile reality. Once lost, it's difficult to regain. You've already lost a Constitutional and inalienable right and most of you weren't even aware of it. Ergo, it hasn't affected you (or me) - at least not yet. And besides, freedom can sometimes be a difficult responsibility to manage. We're on the verge of losing more of our Constitutional rights. Most of you don't care now, nor will you care after it happens. That's because ninety percent of the world's population including U.S. citizens are sheep. Sheep do just fine with or without freedom - most of the time, anyway. But every now and then they do get slaughtered.