Four Senators to Expand Seizure Laws

Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced in Congress the Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Counterfeiting Act of 2017, legislation that makes it much easier for the federal government to seize assets transported overseas or into the United States.

This is a terrible idea. The seizure laws are indiscriminately used to steal assets from honest citizens. Police use the seizure laws to take property with no legal grounds and then force the citizens to fight them in court to get their property back. It is legalized theft, guilty with no trial or even evidence of a crime.

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