What Did Sessions Say

July 18, 2017

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What Did Sessions Say

A few sentences in a 2,000 word speech yesterday by Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to the summer meeting of the National District Attorney’s Association in Minneapolis set off alarm bells among civil libertarians.

Sessions promised America’s prosecutors that he intends to place “greater emphasis on dismantling gangs” – which may mean you or someone you know.

And, near the end of his remarks he also said, “we hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture – especially for drug traffickers. With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners..”

Words Words Words

The angle national news outlets followed in this morning’s accounts was to contrast Sessions’ rhetoric with the rhetoric of the Obama Administration, But it is a misleading angle and the comparisons have been both fatuous and naïve.

“In 2015,” The Washington Post noted this morning, Obama Attorney General “Eric Holder’s Justice Department issued a memo sharply curtailing a particular type of forfeiture practice that allowed local police to share part of their forfeiture proceeds with federal authorities… criminal justice reform groups on the left and the right cheered the move as a signal that the Obama administration was serious about curtailing forfeiture abuses.”

But, of course, that was not what actually happened. What Holder accomplished was a public relations stunt that concealed the extent of an ever expanding police tyranny. In January 2015, when Holder announced his “reform,” the Post reported that Holder had “barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges.”

Really, Holder’s forfeiture “reform” was just a smoke grenade. Two weeks later, the Wall Street Journal reported that what Holder was actually up to:

“The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents,” the business paper reported.

“The primary goal of the License Plate Tracking Program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is to seize cars, cash and other assets to combat drug trafficking, according to one government document. But the database’s use has expanded to hunt for vehicles associated with numerous other potential crimes, from kidnappings to killings to rape suspects, say people familiar with the matter.”

Asset Forfeiture Primary Goal

The same day the Journal published its report, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in its own report that “With its jurisdiction and its finances, the federal government is uniquely positioned to create a centralized repository of all drivers’ movements across the country – and the DEA seems to be moving toward doing just that. If license plate readers continue to proliferate without restriction and the DEA holds license plate reader data for extended periods of time, the agency will soon possess a detailed and invasive depiction of our lives (particularly if combined with other data about individuals collected by the government, such as the DEA’s recently revealed bulk phone records program, or cell phone information gleaned from U.S. Marshals Service’s cell site simulator-equipped aircraft.) Data-mining the information, an unproven law enforcement technique that the DEA has begun to use here, only exacerbates these concerns, potentially tagging people as criminals without due process.”

The ACLU also reported that a DEA document uncovered as a result of a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit described “asset forfeiture” as a “primary” goal of the program. The documents also showed that the federal government had deployed hundreds of license plate readers and had been sharing the information through the network of federal fusion centers with local and state police agencies since at least 2009.

Consequently, the important question is what Sessions’ words to prosecutors yesterday actually mean. Reason Magazine, which is probably at the opposite end of the political spectrum from the Post, reported that they represent “a disheartening setback in the fight to protect Americans’ private property rights.”

The increasingly opaque Trump Administration hasn’t offered any elaboration on Sessions’ remarks. But it is a matter of public record that Trump intends to “crack down” on legal marijuana which Sessions routinely describes as “a gateway drug.” And, the most recent case against members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club is, unusually, headed by an Assistant Attorney General rather than a United States Attorney. Since organizations like the Hells Angels, Vagos, Mongols and Bandidos Motorcycle Clubs are regularly described in federal filings as “transnational drug gangs,” the “policies” Sessions promises “to increase forfeitures” might be aimed at the bikers Trump brags he loves.

 

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40 Responses to “What Did Sessions Say”

  1. fayettenamhoe Says:

    hate is easy, sessions and those ilk are the enemy, fuck racism, we all carry a crutch, regardless of its weight, mine is an 800 pound crotchcycle, i hate the baggage that lite weights throw around, been in this world too long for another putdown to slow me down, like the new bosses that want to snuff me kind out, so god bless all’ya’ll and watch out, some monkey on your back

  2. fayettenamhoe Says:

    Damn! fayettenamhoe, who rattled your cage??? Haven’t seen you in a minit, and here you come calling out racist and shit. WEll, tell you what, I’M a racist. Yup. Say it loud, I’m White and proud. Voted for The Hair, too.—

    my apologies, race has never been my bait, i can’t fall for that stereo type, there is to mutch going on in this world to fall into the racist traps, my philosophy is never trust no-one even the pigs who read these posts, i’m guilty of believing that none of us are free until we free ourselves from the hypocrisy that seems to bind to many folks into a knot that they can’t free themselves from, an ego, an angry motorbike, drunk partner, antiquated,, dead loved on’es or a past the continually haunts them, most people are just to god damn blind to let others live a life that we all want, free, and maybe freedom is the hardest tool to use, and it stares us in the mirror, and maybe we all are to worried about our own inequities in life

  3. Frequent Flyer Says:

    In England, circa 1056:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_London

    White Tower, at the heart of the Tower of London, was begun by Bishop Gundulf in 1078 on the orders of William the Conqueror. The structure was completed in 1097, providing a colonial stronghold and a powerful symbol of Norman domination.

    In sub-saharan, sub-mediteraneam Africa cira 1056:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_peoples

    Reims Cathedral, Circa 13th Century

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_architecture#/media/File:Reims_Kathedrale.jpg

    In sub-saharan, sub-mediteraneam Africa cira 13th Century:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3112085/It-s-Ethiopian-EastEnders-new-documentary-shows-similar-African-tribal-life-wouldn-t-swap-anything.html

    Virginia, United States, 18th century:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monticello

    Mali, 1907… the nig nogs built a mudbrick mosque:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djenn%C3%A9

    LMFAO

  4. stroker Says:

    what Sieg said!

  5. Sieg Says:

    Damn! fayettenamhoe, who rattled your cage??? Haven’t seen you in a minit, and here you come calling out racist and shit. WEll, tell you what, I’M a racist. Yup. Say it loud, I’m White and proud. Voted for The Hair, too.

    Voting is pretty much a joke, doesn’t matter if a Republicrat or a Demican is in office, but hildabeast?

    There’s no way in hell this country would have survived 8 years of that moldy-snatched, brain-dead, pc-spewing piece of shit. Anyone that thinks she would have been better is either blind, delusional, or not too bright. Oh, she may have manipulated things so it looked like she was watching out for you a bit, but at the same time, she would have been gutting everything we know of as “our country”.

    Anyone who has posted here for more than a week knows what I think is necessary, and an election doesn’t change that. Until that happens, I’m gonna go for the candidate that will damage me the least. I’d say that the candidate that has repeatedly called for-and gotten-more restrictive laws regarding firearms and ammunition, and laws giving the FedBeast more and more power. That’s the typical Demican Partei-line.

    All the rest of that spew? Well, good to see you back, but damn, son, maybe you should do a few more mikes, get your head right.

    FTF/FTP/FTG
    TOSIAR
    WPWW 14/88

  6. fayettenamhoe Says:

    i think i died and woke up in puke whitey hell, what the fuck has happened in this fake rebel hell? lemm’me go back and die some more against this racist cracker lie they call amerika, or have you children not learned a god damn thing, that you may be the next one strapped to the whipping post as you drink your pbr laughing and joking pissing on your chrome plated ego’s,,, hahahaha i seen it before, you don’t need a lawyer you need a soul, something a lot of you freshman’s lack, and your monies won’t save you when your luck runs out on the wrong street in the wrong hood in the wrong county in the wrong state when your I-phone don’t work and you run out of mustlemilk and your only friend is to busy fucking your ole’lady, hahahaaha who you go’in to call? call the aging rebel, i’m sure he can refer you to someone who don’t give a god dam

  7. Filburt Says:

    Why do you think the fascist want to impeach President Trump…their tyrannical scam is over. Drain the Swamp. President Trump is Making America Great Again.

  8. Paladin Says:

    By the look of it, Mr. & Mrs. Beast have fattened up nicely, freely grazing on the government’s never ending pasture.

    Paladin

  9. Dasein Says:

    Thank you, Rebel: I was just following up on FF’s highly imaginative musings on Lyin’ Loretta’s love life.

  10. Rebel Says:

    Dear Dasein,

    Not quite sure why you posted the link but this link may lend slightly more context to your image of the charming and important couple:
    http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/loretta-lynch-husband-stephen-hargrove-married-family-wife-kids-children-daughter-attorney-general-meeting-bill-clinton/

    Rebel

  11. FF Says:

    Fayetenamhoe, you fucked Loretta Lynch, didn’t you, you ol’ rascal!

  12. fayettenamhoe Says:

    and how many of you dumbass cracker fake bkers voted for his dumb ass racists bosses, fuck any of you that think the likes of him and his boss will make america think again, shame is when you clamp on that chrome stool of a motorcycle and think your free,ride it up your ass and don’t forget to go down to your local harley store and by a replacemnet for your brain, they sell viagra and fake poneytails too along with all the patches you will ever need, their bitches are on the side, its easy to picke them out

  13. david Says:

    U.S.Senate Document 43, AKA Resolution 62-Apr. 1933,

    “The ultimate ownership of ALL property is in the State, individual ownership is ONLY by virtue of government, amounting to mere user;”

    Complete “racketeering”, by total Jack-Ass attorney-senators under control of banking interests and bankers. Sessions the Third(Turd), is also an attorney.

  14. Chasra Says:

    .. has watched too many reruns of “Reefer Madness” and “The Wild Ones”

    Same Washington, aimless, brainless and open check book, just different court jesters.

    More popcorn anyone?

  15. Centurion Says:

    Revolution is Calling. Who will answer?

  16. jay Says:

    spot on…. thanks for posting rebel….

  17. ed Says:

    Sessions is a backward assed crooked redneck politician; Trump is a crooked ass lying spoiled rich kid in a man’s body. Trump is full of shit. And as far as cracking down on legal weed; The only people that will hurt is the tax dollar stealing state governments. And the folks selling and growing legal weed. Can’t stop weed; Throw some seeds in a ditch and it will grow.

  18. Mark Says:

    This has not been missed and in fact, Senator Paul noted AG Sessions call for putting asset forfeiture on steroids as an attack on, “poor people”. Senator Paul also noted that it’s poor people that seemingly are the subject of such practices. Here’s a little inside information on how this practice of, “asset forfeiture” works. There are very dirty and in fact criminal ex-cops that teach how to step around the U.S. Constitution in expensive classroom settings (taxpayaer paid for) for groups of cops to learn the art of wiping their feel on the U.S. Constittion to cheat citizens out of the God Giveing Rights. These classes are called, “Desert Snow”. The whole idea of Desert Snow is to fuck over people and steal their rightful and legally owned personal property.
    Another point to AG Sessions is his attack on legal pot. Seems crime has gone down in states that have legalized pot. Of course it’s a not brainer that tax revenue has gone up.
    So it seems that AG Sessions wants to attack citizens Constitutional Rights of association.
    I would think he would have his hands full with the gangs that have destroyed, “our” country and it’s freedoms that run wild in Washington DC. Look at the body count that lies in the wake of the Clintons. This is not something that needs to be looked into? How about, The Clinton Foundation that has accumulated Billions of dollars for, Pay to Play while Hillary was SOS.
    There are more than enought crimes being committed that have all the bells and whistles sound off and red flages waving, big red flages on these crimes that enslave all of the American people. So
    AG Sessions wants to stand on, God and Country yet stomp on the American citizen’s God Giving Constitutional Rights that the Country was founded on by the Founding Fathers. I don’t think that sinners can get into Heaven by selecting what parts of God’s laws they want to follow.
    Would it be fair to say that AG Sesssions somehow has his priorities in the wrong order. Where his energy would be better invested in starting at the top of the snake where the head is and not at the snakes tail. Nothing to look at here people, this is, The Swamp’s way of doing business as it always has.

  19. Filburt Says:

    “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  20. Nuke n' Pave Dave Says:

    A tip of the hat to Paladin for once more providing all with a timely and thought provoking remark.

  21. El Chuntaro Says:

    Cover up those private parts cousins. We got 3 1/2 more years of this lunatic.

  22. Bone Head Says:

    It is nice to know we’re not the only people unhappy with him.

    http://www.fox19.com/story/35927726/sessions-staying-as-attorney-general-despite-trump-rebuke

    Not for the same issues, but Trump has been known to replace people. Would it bring a change in policy? No; probably not. It’s just nice to see an asshole loose his job.

  23. david Says:

    When sessions used the phrase “OUR partners”, he conveniently left out the words “in crime”. Former slaves probably had more property rights.

  24. Bone Head Says:

    No one in Washington gives a fuck about anyone not in Washington.

  25. xplor Says:

    Prescription drugs are the No. 1 cause of accidental death. The number of people who have died from prescription abuse has gone up by 26 percent in the past five years.
    Think Pharma not gangs.

  26. david Says:

    Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions has all the evidence he needs to prosecute TODAY arch-criminals Hillary, Holder, Comey and others, yet he don’t.

  27. moto Says:

    What about the real gangs that live on the street and the illegal immigrant with nothing to loose? The one’s ‘spraying’ bullets into houses and just “being gangster”? This doesn’t affect them at all, so how about instead, implementing something to crack down on that?

  28. slycechyx Says:

    It’s like Australia vs the Bikies. Can’t let this shit happen.

  29. Phuquehed Says:

    Rope. Tree. Jeff Sessions and any pig and other persecutors who agreed to bring this back upon the citizens of what’s supposed to be a free nation.

  30. TX_Biker Says:

    Our very liberty is at stake here. The time has come to stand up to this tyranny. It was H.L. Mencken that said “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it.”

  31. Maven Says:

    Stuff like this is why I vote libertarian. Fuck the totalitarian GOP and their gay counterparts, the Dems.

  32. Paladin Says:

    When all hope is systematically removed, the only hope left is the hope to get even.

    Paladin

  33. Aanon Says:

    Charge a man, seize his belongings, hold his cash and no way can he fight us. We’re guaranteed a win. Thats how I imagine their planning conversation went. This is getting more and more wretched as the days pass. Good luck fellas. It’s not even a stacked deck anymore it’s discriminate piracy. Off topic, any word on Mr martinez?

  34. Aanon Says:

    So…. what about a certain intelligence agencies drug revenue? Re mfing diculous.
    The handful of real deals I know WORK HARD for their belongings. I asked one after I picked up my new to me rk, ” when you getting a new one?” Response was classic. ” you think I’m fing rich? I’m due for a raise soon but it’ll take a few years to save that up” just like the rest of us I suppose. They must literally burn their portions of the profits

  35. Dutchboy Says:

    Maybe the time has come,… Or is about to.

  36. Hero Says:

    “Sessions promised America’s prosecutors that he intends to place “greater emphasis on dismantling gangs” – which may mean you or someone you know.”

    More wonderful news. Take a law abiding citizen, turn them in to a federally recognized gang member, take all their property and leave them destitute. I really was hoping Trump would be better than this. He knew he was going to fall under the Democratic party cross hairs but to turn on the people who voted for him… I don’t see a reelection but then what are we left with? A Democrat that is more about stealing the populations freedom. The Government is making head way on its nationwide attack on motorcycle clubs.

    ““Eric Holder’s Justice Department issued a memo sharply curtailing a particular type of forfeiture practice that allowed local police to share part of their forfeiture proceeds with federal authorities”—- Cop 1, Hey look at that car, my wife has been saying she wants one of those but right now its just not financially feasible with Internal affairs still investigating me. Cop 2, lets just pull them over and take it, we will get a nice red ribbon and park it in your drive way. Cop 1, hit the lights and sirens. Cop 2, after we drop off the car lets do some house shopping, I want a swimming pool.

  37. Gordo Says:

    So “serve and protect” means “search and seize” property by law enforcement

    No “due process” and “guilty to proven innocent”
    D
    What had happened to the US Constitution

  38. Gordo Says:

    So “serve and protect” means “search and seize” property by law enforcement

    No “due process” and “guilty to proven innocent”

    What has happened to the US Constitution

  39. Psycho Says:

    This is why it’s increasingly important that individual states crack down on this federal tyranny at a state level until the Supreme Court can (hopefully) ban this kind of unconstitutional behavior at a federal level. Of course that’ll probably never happen.
    One positive example though, is Montana. A few years ago, legislation was passed in Montana to severely limit all civil asset forfeiture, and separate legislation banned all license plate scanners in the last legislative session. In addition to this, the same legislator who pushed those pieces of legislation was the same one who got red light cameras banned, and passed a bill providing for the best journalism protection in the country so that those who actually do their jobs (like the aging rebel) can be protected when they unearth some injustice carried out by government.
    There’s something to think about next time you’re trying to decide where to move.

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