2020 Jan 20, 12:38pm
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Terrence Rolin, 79, and his daughter Rebecca Brown are the lead plaintiffs in a federal class action lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Institute for Justice The suit accuses the DEA and TSA of 'treating American citizens like criminals' by seizing large sums of cash from airline passengers without evidence of a crimeBrown was visiting her father in Pittsburgh in August when he asked her to put his cash - $82,373 he kept in a Tupperware container - in a checking accountShe was flying back home to Boston to do that when TSA and DEA agents at Pittsburgh International Airport noticed the cash and began questioning herThe agents deemed the cash 'suspicious' and seized all of it...A 2017 report by the Justice Department Inspector General found that the DEA had seized more than $4billion in cash from individuals suspected of drug activity over the previous decade - but $3.2billion of those seizures never resulted in criminal charges. The majority of the seizures were made at airports, train stations, and bus terminals, where DEA agents maintain a network of travel industry employees who act as confidential informants.The DEA was reprimanded by the Justice Department in 2016 after the revelation that a TSA screener had been recruited as an informant and promised a cut of any forfeited cash he discovered.
There’s much more to this story than the Daily Mail is writing. Several things make no sense in the context provided.However, that does not mean I agree with the civil asset forfeiture laws. I don’t. I will note that lefties scream bloody murder about Clarence Thomas and before he passed, Antonio Scalia. However in terms of preserving individual liberties and freedoms, we’ve had no better advocates than those two, who also made rulings that substantially weakened eminent domain.