The FBI and other federal law-enforcement agencies are supposed to operate under the nationxe2x80x99s highest laws, but a recent case from Beverly Hills spotlights the degree to which they routinely and unapologetically trample on the Constitution.The Fourth Amendment upholds the xe2x80x9cright of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.xe2x80x9d However, operating under xe2x80x9ccivil asset forfeiturexe2x80x9d laws, law-enforcement agencies seize cash and other private property that they merely suspect is the result of criminal activity.
Under that dubious process, the owners of the property must prove a negative (that their property is not the result of illegal behavior) to have it returned. The feds designed forfeiture laws during the 1980s drug war as a means to target kingpins, but police agencies apply the laws broadly to ordinary Americans because they keep the seized loot for themselves.Many states, including California, have passed reforms that require the agencies to gain a conviction for the underlying drug crime before confiscating property, but the FBI operates under lax federal standards xe2x80x94 and local agencies often xe2x80x9cpartnerxe2x80x9d with federal officials to circumvent tougher state restrictions.
This year, the FBI seized $85 million in contents from safe deposit boxes at a company called U.S. Private Vaults. After indicting the company for alleged offenses, the feds xe2x80x9cdidnxe2x80x99t just seize the companyxe2x80x99s business property,xe2x80x9d but xe2x80x9cbroke into every security deposit box and emptied them of their contents,xe2x80x9d according to the Institute for Justice, a legal group that defends the property owners
.In one instance, they took $57,000 from deposit-box holder Joseph Ruiz. They had no proof of any wrongdoing, but according to news reports argued that he earned insufficient income to have amassed the cash. The money was actually the result of legitimate financial settlements. This situation turns the Constitution on its head.
The government should have to prove that money is the result of ill-gotten gains before taking it. Americans shouldnxe2x80x99t have to prove their innocence after the fact. The government returned the cash after a federal judge ruled that the government xe2x80x9cprovides no factual basis for the seizure of Plaintiffsxe2x80x99 property whatsoever.xe2x80x9dHowever, federal agents confiscated cash, jewelry and coins from 800 people. xe2x80x9c(S)ix months after the raid,xe2x80x9d the Los Angeles Times reported, xe2x80x9cthe FBI and U.S. attorneyxe2x80x99s office in Los Angeles have produced no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the vast majority of box holders whose belongings the government is trying to keep.xe2x80x9d
One of the FBIxe2x80x99s main arguments is police dogs detected drug scents. As the Times reported, however, the government deposited the money in its bank accounts and didnxe2x80x99t conduct testing to determine which bills contained drug residues xe2x80x94 and dogs often detect cannabis residues even though marijuana is a legal substance in California. Cash passes through many hands.Extensive studies show that drug-sniffing dogs are notoriously unreliable, and their accuracy rates often are no better than a flip of the coin. Some dogs always alert their handlers to the presence of drugs, which reportedly is the result of dogsxe2x80x99 eagerness to please their handlers.
The Beverly Hills case shows why itxe2x80x99s past time for Congress to reform federal asset-forfeiture laws and bring them in line with the protections afforded by the Constitution.
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US “Psychoanalysts”, many of them German Jewish charlatans SPIED ON THEIR PATIENTS to find out the roots of TOTALITARIANISM! That’s how FBI started to control the American Psychiatry, and in the end destroyed it as a science, if it ever was a science. What a total stinking shame!
US-American psychoanalytic community began to collaborate with the US-Intelligence Community (IC) … psychohistorical studies on Adolf Hitler… history & consequences of this rather unexpected liaison. Psychoanalytic & the U.S. Intel Community 1940–1945shar.es/aW6C2X
#FBI FBI US psychoanalytic community began to collaborate with the US-Intelligence Community (IC) … psychohistorical studies on Adolf Hitler… history & consequences of this rather unexpected liaison. Psychoanalytic & the U.S. Intel Community 1940–1945 shar.es/aW6C2X
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@SecondGentleman Are you behind the attempts to unseat Chris Wray of the FBI? Do you plot to rule America behind the scenes? What are your relations with the Intelligence Services, including the Mossad, KGB, BND, & the New Abwehr? #FBI#NEWS#KamalaHarrisshar.es/aWGKdS
За прошедшую субботу в России было выявлено свыше 22 тысяч новых случаев заражения коронавирусной инфекцией COVID-19. Свежую статистику обнародовали представители российского оперативного штаба по коронавирусу.
Согласно новым данным, коронавирус в России сегодня заразил 22 498 человек. Выздоровели 13 671 человек, еще 805 человек скончались. Таким образом, общее число заразившихся ковидом за все время пандемии в нашей стране достигло 7 420 913 человек, справиться с заболеванием смогли 6 604 604 человек, однако 203 900 скончались от осложнений.
Среди субъектов и регионов России по тяжести эпидемиологической обстановки по-прежнему лидирует Москва с 3275 инфицированных, 1213 выздоровевших и 59 умершими людьми. Второе место занимает Санкт-Петербург: в Северной столице зафиксировали 2055 новых случаев заражения, 370 выздоровлений и 56 летальных исходов. Тройку антилидеров традиционно замыкает Московская область: там ковидом заболели 1215 граждан, побороли инфекцию 754 человека и девять человек скончались.
Наименьший темп прироста заражений коронавирусом в России сегодня был отмечен в Республике Алтай, где вирус подхватили только 33 человека. Небольшой, но стабильный прирост также наблюдается в Еврейской автономной области, Магаданской области, Ненецком и Чукотском автономных округах – 35, 19, 14 и 12 новых случаев коронавируса соответственно.
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Eighteen months into the pandemic, the Democratic National Committee is set to hold its first in-person, indoor fundraising event next week, turning to K Street to haul in cash ahead of what is sure to be an expensive midterm cycle.
The high-dollar affairs next Wednesday will feature a reception in honor of new DNC Chair Jaime Harrison — himself a former lobbyist — and a performance by legendary singer-songwriter Carole King. The reception will be hosted by Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, the former ambassador to Portugal and a bundler for President Joe Biden. According to an invitation obtained by POLITICO, the physical location of the fundraiser will be provided upon RSVP.
Tickets will cost $1,000 to get in the door, according to the invitation, but attendees can pay $5,000 to be listed as a supporter or $10,000 to be listed as a friend. And for K Streeters who have been starved of quality, offline facetime with party leaders, they can dole out $36,500 — the maximum amount an individual or non multicandidate PAC can contribute to a national party committee. That max contribution brings with it a more intimate “private clutch,” according to the invitation.
A separate fundraiser, scheduled for the same day, will serve as a launch event for the committee’s PAC, with tickets again starting at $1,000 to get in the door. For $5,000, an attendee can be deemed a supporter or contribute $15,000 to be named a friend. Donors can pay $45,000 to be named a leader of the event.
Both invites take care to stress that the fundraisers “will be following the most up-to-date CDC guidelines.”For the reception honoring Harrison, which is aimed at bringing friends of the new chair into the fold and will be indoors, attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test from within the previous 24 hours. There will also be a nurse on site administering rapid tests, according to a DNC official.
The second fundraiser, which is geared more toward long-standing donors, will be outdoors, and still require proof of vaccination and masks if attendees venture into indoor settings.
The hosting of an in-person event marks a return for Democrats to the usual method of raising cash more than a year and a half after hobnobbing with donors became confined to Zoom calls. President Joe Biden’s fundraisers for the committee, for example, have all been virtual, as was Vice President Kamala Harris’ Pride celebration fundraiser.
The upcoming fundraisers come at a major flash point for Democrats’ domestic policy agenda. Next week, congressional Democrats will try to stave off a government shutdown as well as avert an impending fiscal cliff that could come as soon as mid-October. The party is also scrambling to craft a massive social spending and climate bill that can win 218 votes in the House and 50 votes in the Senate despite warring factions within the caucus over the legislation’s price tag and lobbyists swarming to chip away at the bill. All this comes while the party is trying to ensure a bipartisan infrastructure bill has the votes it needs to pass in the House — no small feat, with progressives threatening to walk.
But is the midterm elections that will likely loom over the coming fundraisers.
The GOP looks well-positioned to win back control of both chambers of Congress in 2022, given historical precedent and Biden’s sinking approval rating.
Though both the DNC and the Republican National Committee brought in massive amounts of cash last month, according to both committees, the GOP outraised Democrats by more than $2 million in August. The RNC also reported having more cash on hand than the DNC — $74.6 million to $67.8 million — forcing Democrats into a game of catch-up as the party heads into the fall.
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Nancy Pelosi has never been in a bind like this before.
The speaker is on the cusp of muscling through a pair of bills that amount to trillions of dollars in investments that, if they make it to President Joe Biden’s desk, will reshape both her and the president’s legacies.
But Pelosi is working with a caucus that can’t even agree to disagree at the moment and a pair of centrist senators — who don’t answer to her — with their own ideas about how things should go. Pelosi is a self-described “master legislator” but even her power over how Biden’s agenda plays out across two chambers with threadbare majorities has its limits.
“I’ve got a lot of faith in Nancy Pelosi. She’s worked a lot of magic. This is probably the biggest challenge that she’s ever faced, that we as a caucus have faced,” said Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.).
“I’m not worried at the point now where I start taking my money out of the bank or out of the market,” he continued. “But I am very concerned that it could fail.”
Pelosi was the driving force behind the passage of Obamacare, a months-long herculean effort that would’ve imploded if not for her intervention. But as the longtime leader privately told her colleagues in recent weeks, the stakes couldn’t be higher nor the potential results more consequential than they are for the dual-track domestic agenda Democrats are currently pursuing. Medicare, paid leave, climate change: A host of party goals hang in the balance.
With her narrowest majority in history — just three House Democrats could derail the entire effort by defecting — Pelosi has less room to maneuver than ever before on what could end up being the biggest bill ever to pass Congress. And add in the possibility that this is Pelosi’s last term in Congress, the outcome of the coming weeks could effectively be the denouement of her long and historic career.
Democratic leaders are hoping to pass the infrastructure bill with $550 billion in new spending next week, sending it to Biden’s desk and fulfilling a vow to centrists to hold a vote by Sept. 27. At the same time, leadership is working feverishly to project enough momentum on the social spending package so progressives won’t revolt and potentially derail the entire effort.
As she does with tough votes, Pelosi has been relying on a grab bag of tactics — using her vast support network both inside and outside of the Capitol, tapping into an encyclopedic knowledge of individual members’ needs and requests, applying sheer force and subtly bending people to her will without them even realizing.
“Anytime you get to a position where there’s this big of a stake, you get people who are nervous and anxious,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. “I think we create confidence and to the extent that we create confidence we create a greater ability to pass both.”
But even if everything goes according to plan next week — which would mean a successful vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill possibly followed by a vote on the sweeping social spending package — the biggest unknown remains firmly out of Pelosi’s grasp: Senate centrists.
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have been outspoken about their reservations over the $3.5 trillion price tag for the spending bill but refuse to provide specifics about what dollar amount would be acceptable to them. Manchin has even called for a “pause” in the negotiations.
That has stalled House Democrats’ efforts, complicating Pelosi’s promises to the moderate and liberal factions of her caucus to move both the infrastructure bill and the larger spending package through simultaneously.
And a group of Pelosi’s centrist members insist that an agreement with the Senate is the only way that they’ll vote to move forward on that broader bill. They’ve vowed to vote against anything that falls short of a blessing from Manchin and Sinema, warning it amounts to just another House messaging bill that fails in the Senate.
Manchin is giving no indication he’s any closer to providing a topline spending number, despite pressure from Democratic leaders and Biden.
Pelosi has grown tired of waiting. So now she’s doing what she does best — forcing action in the House in the hopes that it unites her caucus’ warring factions and boots Manchin and Sinema from the sidelines.
The House Budget Committee will spend several hours Saturday assembling the various committee drafts. But the markup is largely symbolic; it won’t settle enormous issues such as the price tag or key policy disputes. Any major changes Democrats want to make will come later.
Pelosi has also vowed to hold a vote on the sweeping social spending plan next week. Many Democrats are privately skeptical that will happen given the massively complicated bill and the many outstanding issues with the Senate. But senior Democrats are hopeful that Pelosi can put on enough of a squeeze to convince Senate centrists to publicly agree to a topline spending target in the coming days.
“The pedal is not to the metal, the stiletto is through the floorboard,” said a senior Democratic aide familiar with Pelosi’s thinking. “Her foot is hanging out of the bottom of the car.”
Pelosi and Hoyer reiterated Friday as lawmakers left the Capitol that they would tee up the infrastructure bill on Monday, as promised to their moderate members, although privately aides admit the vote itself could happen later in the week.
Progressives, meanwhile, have balked at the prospect of voting on infrastructure so soon, reiterating Pelosi’s pledge that she wouldn’t hold that vote until the Senate passed the larger social spending plan.
Given that dilemma, some Democrats privately wonder if Pelosi had over-promised and might under-deliver next week, angering all wings of the caucus at a crucial time. But no members would go on the record to express those frustrations, for fear of blowback from Pelosi and her allies.
Liberal leaders in the House, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), have repeatedly said they have faith in the speaker to unite the caucus ahead of the planned vote next week.
“There has to be strategy, movement in order for us to get what we all want,” Omar said. “And I trust that the speaker will come up with the best strategy forward.”
But those same progressives insist they’re willing to sink the bill if their demands aren’t met — just as moderates dig in for their own priority.
“Everyone’s a little worried their priorities won’t be fulfilled,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.). “We very much hope that we’ll keep and build on our majority — but what if we don’t? The trifectas are relatively rare.”
The prolonged standoff illustrates just how much relations between the two factions of Pelosi’s caucus have eroded as negotiations took off this summer and fall. The deep distrust across the moderate and progressive camps is so pronounced that both sides have taken to issuing public demands, rather than negotiating privately, in hopes of leveraging their power in the House.
House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) predicted that Pelosi would appease those concerns next week, describing Pelosi as the group’s “legislative maestro.”
Democrats “will have to perform on the big stage next week,” Jeffries said. “It’s a high stakes moment, but once again we will get the job done.”
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Medical experts are warning of another deadly pandemic winter as Covid-19 numbers tick up and flu season threatens. The US is back at a point where more than 2,000 people are dying of Covid-19 every day on average, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, about 12,000 to 50,000 Americans lose their lives to flu every year. The best way to avoid another devastating season, doctors say, is to get vaccinated for both. Meanwhile, parts of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, are coming out of long lockdowns and abandoning their xe2x80x9czero Covidxe2x80x9d strategies. Leaders want to revive their countriesxe2x80x99 economies, especially their tourism sectors, but experts are worried that low vaccination rates in the region could spell disaster.
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The climate crisis was front and center at the UN General Assembly yesterday. Chinese President Xi Jinping recorded a rare address to the UN body promising to halt coal projects, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country will present the Paris climate agreement to its parliament next month, and US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed further climate action during an Oval Office meeting. An array of international points of conflict were also addressed by the dozens of world leaders present, including nuclear arms in Iran, free and fair elections in Venezuela, and competition between the US and China. The Taliban have also requested representation at this weekxe2x80x99s meeting, a move that is expected to kick off a diplomatic battle with the preexisting Afghan envoy.
Several recent revelations have shed light on then-President Trump and his supportersxe2x80x99 plans to subvert the Constitution and keep him in power after the 2020 election. These revelations are likely to be of high interest to the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. For instance, a newly revealed memo shows a conservative lawyer working with Trumpxe2x80x99s legal team tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted the Electoral College votes. The six-step scheme, which included throwing out electors from seven states, was outlined in a two-page memo obtained by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa for their book, xe2x80x9cPeril.xe2x80x9d The memo was then obtained by CNN.
There are about 8,600 Haitian migrants remaining under the Del Rio International bridge in Texas, waiting to be processed by immigration officials and possibly removed from the country. Thatxe2x80x99s down from a high of about 14,000 earlier in the week, but there are still tens of thousands of other Haitian refugees further south, still waiting for a chance to enter the US. There are up to 30,000 Haitians in Colombia who may be seeking to travel north, and Panama expects 80,000 migrants to cross its borders by the end of this year. South and Central American leaders have expressed concern at the unprecedented flow of migrants. More than 97% of Haitians migrating to the US do not come directly from Haiti, but rather were residents of other countries first. Many Haitians trying to enter the US are believed to have been living elsewhere since the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010.
В Европарламенте призвали ЕС не признавать выборы в РФ. “Это не было выборами. У россиян отняли возможность высказать свое мнение и свободно избрать судьбу своей страны”, – заявил постоянный докладчик Европарламента по России литовец Андрюс Кубилюс
Former President Donald Trump sues his estranged niece, Mary Trump, and The New York Times over a bombshell 2018 story about his family’s wealth and tax practices that was partly based on confidential documents she provided to the newspaper’s reporters. http://apne.ws/t8dfnWG
#Capitol, Domestic #Terrorism. “#ChristopherWray testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this morning at a hearing about threats to the United States”#Wray: “We know who you are if you’re out there, and #FBI agents are coming to find you”
TNT #TNT FBI #FBI#News#Times WHO IS Doug Emhoff – Wikipe https://shar.es/aWGdqB Douglas Craig Emhoff (born October 13, 1964) is an American lawyer who is the second gentleman of the United States. He is married to the 49th vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris.