Why I Don’t Trust Government, Part 1228236

My advisor in grad school once told me that you “can give a monkey a hammer, but you can’t be sure he’ll use it on nails.” So it seems with our Justice Department:

The Justice Department has begun using its expanded counterterrorism powers to seize millions of dollars from foreign banks that do business in the United States, creating tensions with the State Department and some allies.

Law enforcement officials say the tool has proven invaluable in seizing ill-gotten money that criminals hide overseas and that was once out of the government’s reach. Under the counterterrorism measures approved by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks, prosecutors are not even required to trace the money back to the target of an investigation.

Officials at the State Department, however, have raised concerns over the practice in part because most of the seizures have involved fraud and money-laundering investigations that are unrelated to terrorism.

Whenever the government wants to expand its powers again, whether it be Clinton after Oklahoma (you remember that power grab) or Ashcroft after 9/11, keep this in mind. Stupid bastards.

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    MommaBear says:

    You forgot ruthless and nasty!

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    Mike says:

    Actually, I don’t know that I’d say “stupid” bastards. I’d say smart, and along with the others that MommaBear cited, I’d throw in “insidious” and “sneaky” too. But maybe just plain “bastards” would cover it well enough.

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