March 22, 2015

HOT CASH AND COLD CONSENT: Never consent to a search. “That the feds are now in the business of penny-ante forfeitures speaks volumes about both the lack of serious crime as well as the perverse incentives to allocate personnel to try to steal pennies from travelers. Sure, it can be rationalized as part of a grand scheme to take the profit out of crime, one dollar at a time, but that’s mere tough on crime marketing nonsense. It was never the justification for the DEA existing, no less becoming embroiled in such low rent operations. . . . That those of us who object to such improper law enforcement abuses decry such tactics is one thing, but to have the Inspector General join in attempting to stop this abuse is huge.”

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