July 21, 2017
SESSIONS’ PLAN TO EXPAND SLAVERY & GOV’T THEFT
Civil Asset Forfeiture Is Going To Expand Under Sessions
Property rights are fundamental to a free people and a free society. A society where there are no property rights, and no judicial process before seizing property is a society of slaves where the owners can take whatever they wish, when they wish, under whatever pretense they choose.
“Civil” Asset Forfeiture allows “law enforcement” to steal property without ever charging anyone with a crime, let alone finding them guilty, in order to fund their bureaucracy.
RUTHERFORD INSTITIUTE ATTORNEY SLAMS JEFF SESSIONS AND DOJ OVER ASSET FORFEITURE
Since 9-11 Government And Local Police Have Seized More Property – $2.5 Billion Dollars' Worth – Than Burglars
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he wants the Justice Department to step up a controversial program called civil asset forfeiture, and some are warning that it's an overreach of government.
Jeff Sessions made the announcement July 17 in front of the National District Attorneys Association, where he announced an increase in seizures along with more prosecution of gun-related crimes and gang-related crimes. "No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime," Sessions said according to Reason.com, the libertarian-leaning news website, which pointed out that a defendant's assets are often taken before a conviction.
Rutherford Institute attorney John Whitehead says it was put in place in the 1970s with good intentions, which was to get cash and guns from drug lords. "However," says the civil liberties attorney, "right now all the statistics show that mainly it's poor people who make a mistake." In fact, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas dissented in an asset forfeiture case in June, suggesting also that poor defendants are often unable to defend themselves in a court battle over forfeiture of their own property.
Oklahoma cattle ranch owner Stephen Mills described his fight with an asset seizure to the crowd at CPAC 2017. When a ranch hand stole copper wire from an oil field, he said, the employee was caught and arrested. But he was driving Mr Mills' truck. "When they arrested him, they also took my truck," Mr Mills told the crowd. It took Mr Mills several months, and lots of legal fees, to get his truck returned. And the cattle rancher has connections and knows about law enforcement, because he himself is a police chief. "They take your property – even your home sometimes – without being found guilty," Whitehead says of the controversial program. " Some people have actually been found not guilty and they cannot afford to go get their car back or their home, so the government keeps all that."
Reforming the system will be very hard, warns Whitehead, because local and federal law enforcement depend on the money. "It's a profit-sharing program," he complains. "The Department of Justice – and why Sessions is putting it – they get 80%: in most cases of the money seized or the property." Since 9/11, he says, the U.S. government and local police have seized more property – $2.5 billion dollars' worth – than burglars did during that same period.
CONNECTICUT JUST BANNED CIVIL FORFEITURE WITHOUT A CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Property Must Be First Seized In Connection To Either Lawful Arrest Or Lawful Search That Results In Arrest
Nick Sibilla | Forbes
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed HB 7146 on Monday, which curbs the state’s civil forfeiture laws. Not only did the bill earn endorsements from the Yankee Institute for the Public Policy and the state chapter of the ACLU, HB 7146 even passed both the House and the Senate without a single no vote. Under the new law, in order to permanently confiscate property with civil forfeiture, the property must be first seized in connection to either a lawful arrest or a lawful search that results in an arrest. If prosecutors do not secure a guilty verdict, a plea bargain or a dismissal from finishing a pretrial diversion program, the government must return the property to its rightful owner. With the stroke of a pen, Connecticut now becomes the 14th state to require a criminal conviction for most or all forfeiture cases.
“Civil forfeiture is one of the most serious assaults on Americans’ private property rights,” Institute for Justice Senior Legislative Counsel Lee McGrath said. “The bill is a solid first step to ensure that innocent people do not lose their property to this use of 17th Century admiralty law applied to the 21st Century war on drugs.” According to data obtained by the Institute for Justice and the Reason Foundation, police and prosecutors generated more than $17.8 million in forfeiture revenue from 2009 to 2016. Nearly thirds of those proceeds came from civil forfeitures, where the owner did not have to be convicted. Law enforcement predominantly confiscated cash, but also seized dirt bikes, gold chains, and electronics like iPads, TVs and cell phones.
TRUMP SHUTS DOWN CIA PROGRAM TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS
Closing CIA Program Does Not End U.S. Involvement In Syria
President Trump is shutting down the CIA’s program to arm and train rebels fighting the Syrian government. Shutting down the program, begun in 2013 by the Obama administration. Some may see this as a sign of Trump’s attempts to work with Russia.
Closing the CIA program does not mark the end of U.S. involvement in Syria. President Trump signed off in May on a plan to arm the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish group, using Department of Defense funds. Trump decided to shut down the CIA program last month after meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
TRUMP ENDS CIA PROGRAM ARMING ANTI-ASSAD REBELS FIGHTING ALONGSIDE NUMEROUS TERRORIST GROUPS
Obama-Backed Fighters Repeatedly Found Supporting Terrorists In Syria
The covert CIA program training and arming Syrian rebels to fight the government of Bashar al-Assad has been ended by President Trump, U.S. officials tell the Washington Post. The decision to phase out the Obama-era program was reportedly made by Trump during a White House meeting last month with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The move by Trump will not end a similar Pentagon program leveraging Syrian rebel fighters against the Islamic State. Some of the CIA-backed rebels may also be redirected to the Pentagon effort as well.
Trump’s new direction in Syria was followed shortly after by the announcement of a cease-fire in southwest Syria with Russia following his one-on-one with Vladimir Putin. President Trump also stated earlier this month the potential for a second cease-fire in the region. “We are working on the second cease-fire in a very rough part of Syria. If we get that and a few more, all of a sudden we are going to have no bullets being fired in Syria.”
In September 2015 a group of US-backed rebels known as Division 30 were found to have handed their weapons over to Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate Jahbat al-Nusra only one week after entering the country. The Free Syrian Army, a group funded and armed by the Obama administration, admitted in 2014 to fighting alongside numerous terrorist organizations in Syria including the Islamic State. “We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in… Qalamoun,” Bassel Idriss, commander of an FSA-run rebel brigade, said. “Let’s face it: The Nusra Front is the biggest power present right now in Qalamoun and we as FSA would collaborate on any mission they launch as long as it coincides with our values.” Several factions of the FSA including Ahl Al Athar, Ibin al-Qa’im and Aisha were also reported to have pledged their allegiance to the terror group as well.
Agence France-Presse reported in 2014 that moderate rebel groups backed by the White House even went as far as to sign a non-aggression pact with one another in order to rally against the Assad government. In May of 2015 a declassified government document obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch also revealed the Obama administration moved forward with support for Salafist groups despite predicting it would lead to the rise of an entity like the Islamic State.
The Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of this strategy, and warned that it would destabilize Iraq,” journalist Nafeez Ahmed wrote. “Despite anticipating that Western, Gulf state and Turkish support for the ‘Syrian opposition,’?which included al-Qaeda in Iraq, would lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the document provides no indication of any decision to reverse the policy of support to the Syrian rebels. On the contrary, the emergence of an al-Qaeda affiliated ‘Salafist Principality’ as a result is described as a strategic opportunity to isolate Assad.”
Michael T. Flynn, the former Defense Intelligence Agency director for the Obama administration – who resigned as national security adviser for the Trump administration this year – stated during an interview with Al Jazeera in 2015 that the Obama administration had made a “willful decision” to support terrorist groups in the fight against Assad. " I think it was a willful decision,” Flynn said.
US SANCTIONS MORE IRANIANS, BUT NUCLEAR DEAL STANDS FOR NOW
Other Powers That Brokered The Previous Nuclear Deal Along With The U.S. Said They Have No "Appetite" For Renegotiating It
The Trump administration slapped 18 Iranian individuals and groups with sanctions Tuesday for aiding the country's non-nuclear weapons programs. President Donald Trump is staying tough on Iran despite his moves to let the nuclear deal stay in place for now. The latest attempt to clamp down on Iran's military financing ranged from an Iranian-based company that aided the country's drone program to a Turkey-based provider of naval equipment and a China-based network that helped secure electronics for Tehran. The sanctions freeze any assets in the U.S. and prevent Americans from doing business with them.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions "send a strong signal that the United States cannot and will not tolerate Iran's provocative and destabilizing behavior." This administration will continue to aggressively target Iran's malign activity, including their ongoing state support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, and human rights abuses," Mnuchin said. The announcement came only hours after the Trump administration told Congress for a second time that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal and can keep enjoying sanctions relief. The administration insisted Tehran was breaching "the spirit" of the deal.
Mr Trump, as a candidate, lambasted the 2015 pact with Iran. During the campaign, Trump told the American Israel Political Action Committee: "My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran." And he returned to that theme often during the presidential race, describing the deal as "catastrophic," among other things. In a shift from that earlier threat to dismantle the deal, officials said the administration was working with U.S. allies to try to fix the deal's flaws, including the expiration of some nuclear restrictions after a decade or more. The officials also said the U.S. would slap Tehran with new sanctions penalizing it for developing ballistic missiles and other activity. Iran remains on the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism for its support for Hezbollah and other Shia militia groups, including in Iraq, Syria and Bahrain.
Ultimately, the president's decision was the same on the substance of what his administration had been planning all along. Although the language was toughened to add the declaration that Iran is "in default of the spirit" of the deal, Iran will continue receiving the same sanctions relief that it did under Barack Obama's administration.
ONLINE GAMING SITE EXPOSES YOUNGSTER TO ANIMATED PORN
Normalize And Promotes Sexual Coercion And Exploitation
Millions of children could potentially be exposed to a form of online pornography designed to be "fun" for them. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has identified an online video game store offering extremely graphic games to youth. Spokesperson Haley Halverson says the source is Steam, a self-described "social entertainment" platform that was created by the Bellevue, WA-based Valve Corporation and boasts an estimated 35 million gamers under 18 years old.
"It's basically the Wal-Mart of online video distribution and it is actually selling games right now that normalize and promote sexual coercion and exploitation," Halverson tells OneNewsNow. As an example, one game is "Porno Studio Tycoon." It allows users to act as a pornographer. Another is "House Party," which focuses on manipulating women to have intimacy with the gamer in order to win. According to Halverson, the graphics are essentially animated pornography.
"This is especially concerning because these video games are easily available to an estimated 35 million children who are regularly buying video games off of Steam. So this is something parents and any concerned citizen definitely need to be aware of," she says. The National Center's website offers a form allowing individuals to contact the company and voice their objection.
SWEDISH LIBERAL YOUTH PARTY WANTS TO LEGALIZE NECROPHILIA & CHILD PORN
LUF Wants Open Borders, Calling For Legalization Of Necrophilia, Child Pornography, Polygamy, Incest Also Previously Called For The Legalization Of Sex With Animals
Paul Joseph Watson
The Liberal Youth League says it wants to make Sweden a more tolerant society by endorsing “ruthless mass immigration,” necrophilia and even child pornography. If you thought you’d heard it all in terms of Sweden as the ‘progressive’ basketcase of Europe, then think again.
During a tweetstorm, the youth group made plain its desire to see Sweden adopt the Euro single currency and join NATO, but the organization’s social policies were the real eyebrow raisers. “If you are against necrophilia, you are not liberal,” the group explained. For those who don’t know, necrophilia is haxing sex with dead people. How progressive.
The LUF also wants open borders, “ruthless mass immigration,” and is calling for the legalization of “cartoon child pornography,” polygamy and incest. The group has also previously called for the legalization of sex with animals.
The LUF, whose logo includes the words “feminism” and “anti-racism,” is affiliated with the Liberal People’s Party, which formed part of Sweden’s coalition government from 2006 to 2014. Typically positioned as centrist, the Liberal People’s Party is now seen as more conservative. Apparently, Sweden has moved so far left that “ruthless mass immigration,” as well as legalizing necrophilia and child pornography may now be considered conservative positions.
This begins to make sense when you consider the fact that some on the left in Sweden have advocated giving ISIS jihadists free housing, welfare and jobs upon their return from fighting alongside other terrorists in Syria and Iraq.