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ISBN: 0894992341Издательство: Books for Business
Год издания: 2005
Book DescriptionIt?s the middle of the night, and suddenly you?re awakened by a swarm of armed, black-clad law enforcement agents storming through your front door with a warrant to search your property. After ripping the place apart, they?ve found nothing illegal, but based on information they?ve obtained elsewhere, they inform you that property is being seized. :Never. Not in America,: you?re probable saying. But if you think this couldn?t happen to you, you?d better think twice. The advent of America?s "war on drugs" in the 1980s greatly expanded the power of law enforcement to seize private property based on suspicion of illegal activity alone. While recent laws have attempted to curtail this type of government authority run amok, property forfeitures continue unabated for the most part because the financial incentive is so great: no U.S. tax has ever approached the revenue-raising potential of the asset forfeitures that have taken...