Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Deconstructing America - Part Whatever

Having announced his intention to reignite the failed "war" on drugs, and having declared that mandatory minimums are again the pyjamas de chat, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III scoured the back shelves of the DOJ for another failed idea into which he could pump new life. Come on down, civil forfeiture! From Vox:

"No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime."
  Charles P Pierce
So start in the White House, Jeff.
The announcement comes in sharp contrast to the moves of several states — led by Republicans and Democrats — and President Barack Obama's administration, which attempted to limit the use of civil forfeiture following reports of its frequent abuse by police departments.

Civil forfeiture is a goddamn license to steal, and it will be as long as we depend on human beings to be our police officers. The country was coming to realize this, just as it was coming to realize that the drug "war" has been a horrible waste of time and money and lives, and just as it was coming to realize that mandatory minimum sentences were an open invitation to the racist perversion of the justice system. Sessions is quite deliberately walking all of these things back.
...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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