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09/01/2006 Archived Entry: "Celata possessions now officially stolen by fedgov"

I'M LATE GETTING TO THIS but because it's so important and so typical of the Kafkaesque monstrosity that the U.S. alleged justice system has become, better late than never. The property the BATFE seized from Richard Celata on June 7 (supposedly as potential evidence) has now been officially stolen. That is, with no criminal charges, no conviction, no nothing (other than sheer force), the ATF has now declared that it owns more than $11k worth of Celata's property and may sell or otherwise dispose of it as it wishes.

Why? Because the items may have been “used or acquired in violation of federal law” What law? Unspecified. What proof? None offered -- and none needed under the medieval rules of civil asset forfeiture.

The ATF must be wiped off the face of the earth. Bury the agency's rotten remains at a crossroads with a stake through its heart. Ditto the entire asset forfeiture system.

Posted by Claire @ 11:13 AM CST

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