Civil Asset Forfeiture makes it Legal for Cops to engage in Highway Robbery

Washington Post:  A former Marine was pulled over for following a truck too closely. Police took nearly $87,000 of his cash.

  • ​The officers did not arrest Stephen or charge him with any crime. They just took his life savings and left him on the side of the road without enough money to even afford gas to drive home.

 

  • He is considered guilty of having illicit cash until he can hire a lawyer to prove that he is innocent.

 

Greenville News: Civil Asset forfeiture hurts African Americans most

  • Stephen is a 39-year-old retired Marine from Lubbock, Texas. He is a devoted father of two teenage daughters and, once a month, he drives from Texas to see them in California, where they live with their mother. Eager to be closer after spending the pandemic in Texas caring for his elderly parents, he has been shopping for a home near the California-Nevada border.

 

  • In February 2021, Stephen was making his usual trip west through Reno when he was pulled over by the Nevada Highway Patrol for supposedly following a tractor-trailer too closely.

 

  • The officer complimented Stephen’s driving, thanked him for observing the speed limit, and explained that NHP was “conducting a public information campaign” to help drivers avoid danger. Confident that the officer was only there to help, Stephen cooperated with his escalating investigation, even volunteering that he was carrying a large amount of cash.

 

  • Ninety minutes later, Stephen had been robbed of his life savings—$86,900—which he carried with him after a spate of robberies in his parents’ neighborhood. The officer who pulled Stephen over wanted to let him go; he was overruled by NHP Sergeant Glenn Rigdon, who ordered the money seized specifically so that it could be “adopted” by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

  • “Adoption” is a process by which federal law enforcement agencies can take over a seizure by state and local law enforcement. If the federal government is successful in forfeiting the property, its “equitable sharing” program guarantees the state or local agency that seized the property up to 80% of the proceeds for use in the agency’s budget.

 

  • In Stephen’s case, the DEA sat on his life savings for months, ignoring the legal deadlines requiring it to charge Stephen with a crime, begin a civil forfeiture case against his property, or return the money within six months of seizure. The DEA did none of those things. So, on August 30, IJ sued it in federal court on Stephen’s behalf.

 

  • Early the morning of September 1, the agency announced it would return all of Stephen’s money. In less than 24 hours, it had learned of our lawsuit, answered hard questions from The Washington Post, and committed to reviewing its policies for federal adoptions.

 

  • When we learned he would be getting his money back (filled with joy), he told us, “This isn’t over.”

 

  • And it isn’t. At the same time we filed in federal court, we also filed a major constitutional challenge in state court. Our state case aims to make federal adoptions impossible in Nevada as violations of the state constitution’s guarantees of reasonable seizures supported by probable cause and due process of law—not based on mere suspicion or for the financial benefit of the seizing agency. If we are successful, it will be the first time a state court has struck down federal adoptions. And a victory will take the profit motive out of roadside seizures.

Filmed with a Canon C70 with a 50mm 1.2 lens. Aputure 300d, 120d, and amaran.

 

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  • Check out our latest video in our Policing for Profit series. This one is about local police terrorizing a small town. They even got a tank. https://youtu.be/-cil2gdCa-k
  • I spent 33 years in law enforcement I can tell you this is corrupt no matter what the pretense is. If police can’t understand why they are hated by the public look no further then these actions.
  • This is what being transparent,complying and being respectful will get you when the system is corrupt to its core
  • When someone like a cop or detective starts acting nice, that’s the moment you need to call your lawyer.
  • This is why I sometimes regret serving my country during the best years of my life. I’m boiling over this!
  • As a retired Marine myself, I found this to be appalling. I wonder if racism was rooted in this officers decision. He, like I, and being Marines are always respectful of authority. I’m truly saddened that there are law enforcement officers out there with their own self righteous, feel good, look what I did today attitude. I will certainly be less forth coming, but respectful, if I am ever involved in a situation such as this Marine went through. God bless our country…
  • He didn’t trust the banks and now he doesn’t trust police. What a shame.
  • “To protect and to serve, they’re own interests” The fact that it’s not illegal, in their book,should tell you that ethics and morality have little to do with what’s legal and what is not. The DEA agent was surely aware of the high % of cash that drug residue is found on, yet uses this as justification for this,,quite literally no less than highway robbery. When this corrupt practice is considered legal, every (Law) is a crime, and every cop is a criminal.
  • I’m a bartender and I almost got $8k taken from my car once. Had to say over and over to the officer during the stop that I don’t consent to searches. He insulted me up and down with how bad that makes me look but at the end of the day there was nothing he could do about it. I was within my rights.
  • This has nothing to do with “drugs”. Our government hates it when people take back their financial privacy. It’s easy to track people that use their credit card like a good sheep.Lots of power in such information.
  • “He was driving under the speed limit which is odd” “he has his bank receipts which is odd”.. you can’t even do the right legal thing without it being odd
  • This happened to a buddy of mine, also in Nevada (Las Vegas), where the police entered his home due to a loud party he was having. They entered, found some Marijuana and then continued to search the rest of his house and discovered some savings in the amount of 22k. He was a real estate agent, and also did not trust banks. They seized the cash and he had to go through the same process of proving the money was legal gained and not through illicit activities. It was a long battle but I believe he got most of his money back, minus attorneys fees of course.
  • It happened to my 68 yr old brother too. He doesn’t trust banks and he over 10,000 in cash. And he got pulled over and they took it from him stating it looked suspicious to have that much money. My brother lives in a mobile home and works full time in group homes for mentally challenged. He doesn’t do drugs. And he is a loner! He never got his money back.
  • I’m 57 years old and was raised to be pro police as my father worked as an LEO for a few years. I’ve always supported law enforcement, even with financial donations. That ends today. This is a fucking disgrace to a man who risked his life for my freedoms. The cops confiscation motives are driven by a Service Award Commendation related to theft in office. Until things change I have to distance myself from further law enforcement support.
  • once a cop says “give me a second, let me make anphone call..” you know you’re going to be a victim.
  • A former Marine should not only know his rights, he should have invoked his rights. Never talk to cops without a lawyer present, and never consent to a search…ever!
  • That cop acted like he was his friend. How do you be so nice and cordial while stabbing this good citizen in the heart? How much lawyer money did it cost this guy to get his money back? This is sickening.

 

  • ” I don’t trust banks so I keep my own money. “, you’re not the only one, Marine.
  • No cop can search your vehicle unless they have evidence of a real crime, or a warrant, or your permission. I’d Never say yes to a search. They could plant something on you.
  • This makes me as angry as the next guy, that being said I understand why he did what he did. The world we live in now is so bad that you must know there’s absolutely no winning with cops anymore. Good cops are out there but you definitely can’t trust them. The system is rigged against all of us, and it’s getting worse! Thank god this guy got his back..
  • This man was racially profiled. The reason he got pulled over in the first place was completely bogus. Also, if he had refused to have his vehicle searched they would have brought out the drug sniffing dog, signal to the dog to react, and then search it anyway. This man was screwed no matter how cooperative he was.
  • What’s even more shocking is the victim also has a tonne of receipts to prove where the money has come from 🤦
  • As a veteran who doesn’t trust banks as well this really kills me. You serve your country, have friends and family die for your country, then it robs you. This should never happen, and reminds me of other countries I was in over seas.
  • Unfortunately, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors have abused civil asset forfeiture programs in the past. In many cases, innocent Texas residents lose their property because they lack knowledge of civil forfeiture laws and the proper proceedings to challenge them. Many people do not realize that you can lose your property through civil forfeiture even if you have never been convicted of a crime.
  • The police had ZERO intention of getting that money back to him unless they were sued AND given bad PR. Thank you for representing him!
  • You’ll never understand until it happens to you, welcome to the club, safe travels out there people.
  • Same thing happened to my senior citizen parents at the airport when they were going on vacation. They had $10,500 and it was seized because of suspicion of drug money. They were able to get it back after proving how they legally earned it.
  • The same thing has happened to me by the CBP they seized my property while driving on the road without a warrant or reason. Now I have been out of business for more than a month.
  • If cops do this to a vet with a clean record and receipts I can’t imagine how many other people this happens too.
  • If you people understood the level of corruption in law enforcement in the state of Nevada from corrections to highway patrol to sheriff’s departments and P D’s you would be afraid. I’ve also seen unfair treatment like this in California.
  • This will make people never want to trust that the police are “just asking routine questions”. It should’ve never taken a lawsuit to get HIS money back because it should’ve never been seized to begin with, unless they had PROOF of illegal activity. This gives “highway robbery” a whole new meaning! This man fought for the country, but then had to fight the same government 😡

 

(VIDEO) Cop Admits To Finding Reasons To Pull People Over

This police officer not only admits to abusing her power, but seems proud to do this. Entitlement like this is exactly why we need police reform, and Jeff Wiggins breaks it down on Rebel HQ.

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Translation: “(While Im on duty, Im going to break laws when I want to. If you are in the way of me breaking the law, I will find a way to give you a citation and cost you money and time)”

Nothing to see here folks. She took a course for a few weeks and earned herself a shiny badge so never mind the fact that she is literally here on video telling you she doesn’t understand the law and will actually violate your rights and the law on a whim… its, thin blue line and all that fun stuff so…. yeahhhh. You’re the bad guy if you come across her.

 

We all know this already. Does this really shock anyone?

 

So she’s under investigation for telling the truth? As more than one cop has said. “If I follow you long enough, you’ll do something that I can pull you over for”.
No body has to get out of a cops way unless the lights and siren is on. Other then that you have to wait in line like everyone else. There is no law saying a person has to get out of a cops way simply because they are a cop. She is just showing her corrupt privilege.
In Las Vegas they’re over 12,000 NRS laws from big too small. They can pull you over because they can’t see your license plate is not illuminated enough or there’s something hanging in your rearview mirror.
How I understood it. People get arrested because the cops are pissed because when no action is going on, they demand that everybody goes out of their way, gives them special privilege like a king, and when this will not happen then they become so angry on a citizen who done nothing wrong, that they swipe them from the streets? That is just sick to know that the USA doesn’t have a decent police force. Just a lot of bullies who behave like shitty spoiled fashist brats.
The focus needs to be on the departments as well as officers. Whenever a officer gets caught doing exactly what they were trained to do by their department all focus is on the officer. I’m not saying the officer isn’t to blame but an independent agency needs to inspect the department. The department simply points the finger and continues to train incoming officers to do the same thing
“I can go 90 mph. You can’t.” The part she doesn’t say: “because if my reckless driving causes an accident I get to blame it on you.”
At least in my state, it’s illegal for a cop to pull you over if they have followed you for more than 1 mile.
See these so called hardcore muthaphuckas will pick on law abiding citizens getting off on a power trip. But those real ganstas who walk around with nothing to lose they leave them alone. Oh no they dont have the courage to mess with criminals they just mess with civilians.
This thing should find another career. LE attracts so many undesirables.
This cop is so full of shit she can’t go faster than you, unless she is on an emergency call and yes you have to move over but if she wants lunch and she’s breaking the law by speeding to pick up her lunch order or going home, she can be charge and ticketed. Police or any other law enforcement officers are not above the law.
Police: We can break the law but you can’t!
This is common knowledge, the power hungry ego maniacs – it’s nothing to do with the law or helping society
The POLICE…. “Get the f#ck out our way” … pretty much.
Money has corrupted our justice system. There’re financial reasons to find excuses to issue tickets. There’re a financial reasons cops have to fill up private prisons and look for any excuse to throw someone in jail.
A cop being “Under Investigation” is just cop-speak for “we’re all giggling about it in the break room.”

Why Louisiana Stays Poor

With all Louisiana’s wealth in natural resources and industry, WHY DO WE STAY SO POOR?

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Wow, as an outsider (not from Louisiana) I’ve visited the state numerous times, and the impression is always the same—shocking poverty and decay. I’ve always thought of Louisiana as an under-developed state that has just been passed-by the 20th & 21st Centuries. To learn that economically, it’s a very wealthy state with huge economic production and growth from which residents are deriving little to no benefit SCREAMS exploitation. This is a clear lesson in the vital importance of taxes and how they are used.

 

I am a native Louisianaian. If the people would stop electing and re-electing corrupt politicians we could be such a better state. Louisiana is a fantastic state but corruption has ruined us.
I remember working at a hotel when I lived in New Orleans and met a man from there that had moved to Colorado. He told me prior to moving to Colorado he never left Louisiana and thought it was the best state ever. He then said “I got so use to seeing the clean interstates and meeting nice people in Colorado, I came back here to visit 3 years later. I looked around and realized this is a NASTY ass city with no opportunities I can’t believe I stayed here most of my life”. He was happy he left and at that moment I started a plan to leave. I’ve been gone for 4 years and never going back.
The world’s shortest book is entitled “A List of Honest Louisiana Politicians.”
This is why I moved to Texas 16 years ago. EVERY citizen in Louisiana needs to see this. Thank you so much for making this video.
This is absolutely amazing I live in Louisiana and I am one paycheck away from being homeless and corporations get away with murder this absolutely sickens me
“If the wealth of a nation is mostly dug out of the ground, it is a terrible place to live, because a gold mine can run with dying slaves and still produce great treasure.” -CGP_Grey [Rules for Rulers] Corollary: Great places to live are founded on the economic strength of happy productive citizens.
Great video. Another thing to keep in mind is Louisiana has some of the highest sales tax rates in the country, and they are high partly to make up for the lost property tax revenues. Sales taxes hit the poorest the hardest.
I cried watching this. I was born and raised here. I’ve watched my friends and family vote consistently for politicians who sell them out. They worship Industry and Big Oil, they think bending over & letting the big companies have their way is the only path to economic opportunity. I have such a deep connection to this land, such a love and appreciation for it, but I just can’t be here anymore. I can’t watch the thing I love and cherish be ripped apart and torn asunder so greedy politicians and corporations can glean every last drop of wealthy we have.
I’ve lived in Gonzales, Louisiana my entire life. I can count on one hand the times I’ve left the state longer than 48 hours in my 21 years. Honestly until seeing this video I’ve felt very optimistic about living in this state, and have always wanted to come back home anytime I leave. I grew up thinking we were one of the best states because the amount of plants ascension pairsh, and neighboring parishes have to then see/hear all of this. It’s a real slap in the face, and we all deserve better. If it wouldn’t for me honestly not having the means to leave, and how much I love my community I’d leave. The other states I’ve been too not every so I don’t know for sure the people aren’t as kind, nore hospitalitie as us in Louisiana are. My take on all of this is that we as citizens of this great state need to fight for our share of what WE ALL put in with taxes. Let’s not forget the men, and women working the plants who have some pretty dangerous jobs who are nothing but numbers. Finally how about all of us who don’t work in that industry? We have the Devine “privilege” of breathing, smelling, and for some living in such close proximity to them all. For that alone we deserve some sorta system related to Alaska where it’s citizens get a percentage of the revenue in OUR pockets, and more importantly that these multi billion, maybe trillion dollar companies pay AT LEAST a fair share of the property value/profits!!!!
Great video… I went to school in Louisiana, now living in Texas. I’ve always been amazed at the stark contrast in infrastructure… as soon as I cross the border from Texas into Louisiana, the roads are noticeably inferior. I’ve never been able to explain this, since both states have similar natural resources… this video makes sense. Thank you for doing this.
As an immigrant I feel this video resonating with the reasons we leave our counties, it’s not because we are land poor without the beautiful riches nature has to offer but because they are poorly managed and hoarded by a small corrupt few. Louisiana looks more beautiful, and I regret not going out during the reconstruction after Katrina and offering my little grain of sand when I had the chance.
And don’t forget Louisiana’s “cancer alley”, where the rates of cancer are significantly higher than the national average. This is so bad that it was used as a case study in one of my environmental courses for how bad out of control pollution can get.
I’m from western New York and this just stuns me. I thought the disparity and corruption is bad here but it doesn’t hold a candle to this. I hope the people of Louisiana get justice and a properly funded future!
it’s amazing that corporations can be exempt from property tax but that individual’s homes cannot.
My uncle served in the Air Force in Louisiania and absolutely loved that state, but he was shocked by the poverty and the rampant corruption.
This was an outstandingly professionally produced video.
As someone who works in data, great job keeping this data driven and factual and not based on “Feelings”. Its very easy to follow your research and understand a cause and effect relation. I’m not from Louisiana but I’m from another “traditionally poor state” – Michigan and I think some of the problems you face are some of the same ones we also face. I hope your politicians can turn it around.
It wasn’t until I moved away from Louisiana that I realized how bad the situation was there. I love my people, but it is too hard for me to see them taken advantage like this and just roll over for it. All of this wealth rightfully belongs to the people of Louisiana, but they don’t even realize it. Honestly, once my mother passes away, I probably won’t ever return to the state. It’s too heartbreaking for me.
As a foreigner living in the US, I’ve always wondered why the “South” is always so poor. This explains so much. Thank you for explaining this.
So glad to know you exist and are fighting against these inequities with great skill, and showing some results! It gives me hope for the state where family and friends still live. I left Louisiana decades ago for college out of state. I saw how other states operated and never seriously considered returning. I sadly began to see Louisiana a a state operating much like a Central American kleptocracy, but embedded in the US. Even the most corrupt other states had nothing on Louisiana.
This is absolutely terrifying. I honestly wonder if Louisiana’s natural resource infrastructure and tax exemptions are part of the reason why school privatization was pushed so hard in New Orleans after Katrina hit.
I’m German, could care less and stumbled upon this video by accident – but my God did they do a good job in presenting this!!! One of the best visualizations and presentations I’ve ever come across and I work in white color automotive. Congratulations! Hope this had the wanted outcome and the situation has gotten better for the people …
I tend to be one of the last to support a tax increase, and being Louisiana, my initial thought was of corruption and levee funding being diverted. But this is a very solidly argued point that Louisiana went way too far in practically exempting industrial properties from property taxes. Then my next reaction was that there was no way the political fight would be won so I was pleasantly surprised to see the progress shown at the end. Congratulations to you guys for helping to create a significant improvement in public policy! Now I hope the money will be well-spent.
With those property tax exemptions, there’s also the point of them not paying for services and public right of ways that they need to operate. More dense development typically is the only property that returns more than it costs cities to maintain. This means not only are the urban poor subsidizing suburban development, but they’re subsidizing the giant corporations they work for. And they’re not even paid a fair living wage to begin with due to deregulation.
Let me just take a wild guess and say that practically everything has gotten worse and almost nothing has gotten better for Louisiana residents since this video was produced. Get out while (if) you still can. I’ve struggled here my whole life and I’ve finally had enough. I’m selling my possessions and moving away with whatever fits in my beat up 90’s car as soon as I can manage it, and I will never look back.
I’m from Mississippi, a genuinely poor state with poor natural resources and high corruption – not so much on the corporate-political level, but rather internally to our politics. Both sides of the government participate in these practices, and its no wonder that our state remains poor. Whenever I cross over into Louisiana, however, I’m always shocked at how destitute things are. Like this video states, there are so many reasons that Louisiana should be one of the richest states in the United States, and I’ve been aware of them for a long time. It’s baffled me for years that a state so strategically placed and rich in natural resources could possibly be on a level of poverty like Mississippi. Now I know why, and it breaks my heart to see a state that could be so prosperous falling to corruption and poverty that has no business being in it. Unlike Mississippi, there is no excuse for Louisiana to be at the bottom. I sincerely hope this changes.
You think those good ol’ boys on the state board might be getting some kick backs from all those tax exemptions they hand out so freely ?
Having lived in Alaska, where every citizen received a yearly dividend from investment of oil lease fees, this is sickening to hear. Louisiana should be one of the most flush states in the nation if it weren’t for trickle-down economics and tax breaks for the wealthy. The impact of these industries should be beneficial to the area not debilitating. The bottom line is that the people of the state of Louisiana are paying (or losing out on) the taxes that should be spread out to all the consumers. Good luck to all in Louisiana, I hope you finally get this corrected.
“No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems – of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.”
OMG, I had no idea how bad this was. I lived in New Orleans, Louisiana for 10 years. I actually left because of lack of opportunities, widespread poverty and lackluster healthcare system. I also knew that my life expectancy would go down drastically if I stayed. I did develop endocrine health issues during and and immediately after living there. It took 10 years to figure out what was wrong with me. My DNA may have been predisposed to these problems, but maybe they may never have come up if I never lived there.
This could also be useful to show to the decision makers in most other states if nothing else to show what not to do.

Evidence: US is not a democracy | Princeton University study

US / Western propaganda always says that the US bombs and invades other countries in order to promote democracy and freedom. They apply brutal sanctions that deprive innocent people of medicines and food. They overthrow other nations’ governments by secretly working with extremists and separatists in those nations and install pro-US regimes. They do this ALL in the name of democracy when the fact is they don’t even have one! It’s insanely mind-boggling but, that’s just what propaganda does. It twists logic and reality to the point where words and actions are meaningless.

Shinzo Abe’s Assassination: Make Japan a One-Parthy State: Make Japan Great Again

 

so here we have this is a video from DW

news which is a German uh public

broadcaster and they’re going to give us

a little bit of the background to the

assassination of Shinzo Abe the former

Japanese leader so let’s go ahead and

listen to some of that and then I’ll

give you more information on it Japan’s

former prime minister Shinzo Abe has

died after being shot at a campaign

event police say a 41 year old man has

been arrested in connection with the

shooting ABI was the country’s longest

serving Premiere and was well known for

his strong economic and defense policies

his killing has shocked yet Japan the

nation where Firearms are strictly

regulated and political violence so let

me just comment on that real quick there

were a bunch of uh people who lean right

and who are very pro-gun rights who used

the killing of Shinzo Abe to say look at

that bro obviously uh gun control laws

don’t work that is such a flipping and

glib and stupid response because there’s

only nine gun deaths per year in Japan

nine we have 39 000.

in the U.S

so

you gotta look at the macro statistics

and the macro statistics paint a very

very clear picture but they think

because one person was killed with a gun

they’re like oh well obviously gun

control laws don’t work well I’ll ask

those people would you rather have nine

gun deaths a year or 39 000 gun deaths a

year now by the way I’m not their laws

are super strict like way more strict

than what my preferences are but

you have to call a spade a spade and say

in terms of reducing gun violence oh it

absolutely works I mean there’s a

trade-off and you have no right at all

to a firearm there but it works in terms

of uh from a public safety perspective

anyway I digress this is extremely rare

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handled to the ground

what appears to be a weapon lying on the

road nearby clearly a makeshift weapon I

mean held together I think with literal

duct tape

people ran to the age of Japan’s former

prime minister as he lay seriously

wounded

he was quickly transferred to helicopter

and flown to hospital

at this point his condition was

described as critical but doctors were

unable to save him

confirming his death the hospital said

the 67 year old had suffered two deep

wounds including to his heart

the area in the city of Nara where this

veteran politician had been giving an

election campaign speech is now a crime

scene

the assassination has shocked Japan a

country where gun violence is rare

this is a dustedly and barbaric Acts

that took place in the midst of an

election

this is the basis of a democracy

and it’s absolutely unforgivable I would

like to use the harshest words to

condemn this act

Shinzo Abe was first elected Prime

Minister of Japan in 2006 making him at

52 the country’s youngest ever premier

it proved short-lived a year later he

quit following a string of party

scandals he was also suffering from

health problems

but he wasn’t gone for long in 2012 he

was back promising to revive Japan’s

flagging economy following years of

deflation

he even put his own name on the plan

urbanomics now by the way he was part of

What’s called the liberal Democratic

party in Japan but understand that the

liberal Democratic party is actually the

conservative party in Japan so I know

it’s so weird all these different

countries have these names for their

political parties and it will be like

contradictory to the actual ideology

that they have and that gets frustrating

and annoying but I just want everybody

to understand that he was a conservative

Abe was also hawkish on defense

expanding Japan’s military role after

years of pacifism yes let me explain

that a little bit there’s there’s um

pacifism in the Japanese Constitution

which was the United States either

helped write it or did write it after

World War II they made Japan a pacifist

Nation

for obvious reasons I mean they Japan

had allied with Nazi Germany they were

an Empire uh they had a viciously

barbaric Empire they you know massacred

Koreans they massacred uh Chinese when

they were an Empire and so they made

pacifism in the Constitution and Shinzo

Abe wanted to roll back the pacifism

that was in there and uh you know build

up the Japanese military

approved a controversial policy and he

failed to formally rewrite the country’s

pacifist Constitution

he did though bolster Japan’s security

alliance with United States

Abe was considered a strong leader on

the world stage but in 2020 he again

resigned citing poor health

it’s more just so everybody understand

it’s more

corruption than you know oh I have

health problems there were political

scandals and he uses the health thing as

an excuse

politics though was always in his blood

right up until the end

for more we can now apprecame so that’s

enough of that now let me give you some

more information on them

so um this is on the guy who killed him

the man accused of assassinating former

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe had

reportedly told investigators he

targeted Abe because he suspected he had

ties to a religious group that took a

huge donation from his mother law

enforcement sources cited by Kyoto news

had the suspect identified as 41 year

old tetsuya yamagami had first planned

to attack a leader of the unnamed

religious group before settling on Abe

instead yamagami is said to have told

police The Killing had nothing to do

with politics homemade guns and items

thought to be explosives were found

during a search of yamagami’s home on

Friday just hours after he allegedly

used a homemade firearm to gun Abe down

in front of a crowd watching him deliver

a campaign speech in the city of Nara

sources cited by Kyoto news said

yamagami admitted to traveling to

another city a day earlier where Abe had

had also given a campaign speech the

police chief of the perfect prefecture

which is the Japanese it’s a state

basically where the shocking killing

took place admitted on Sat today that

there were problems with the safety

measures taken and took full

responsibility for the lapses that led

to Abe’s death so look I haven’t seen

anything particularly convincing on the

motives of the guy who did this

assassination this is the line that I’ve

heard

um

seems kind of weak if you ask me I saw

some speculation that effectively the

guy who did The Killing was like

part of Japan’s version of Q Anon if you

will

um I don’t know I don’t know none of

this stuff seems particularly convincing

or solid to me in terms of developing a

motive

um more on Shinzo Abe here this is in

The Daily Beast Shinzo Abe was Trump

before Trump except he pulled it off

Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe

died on Thursday in a scene reminiscent

of the Yakuza films he loved so much

that’s of course the Japanese Mafia

gunned down in a crowd by a lone shooter

who didn’t even try to escape the nation

was shocked to learn that he had passed

away when it was reported by state

broadcaster NHK there were many hoping

that he might still pull through and

Nara passerbys began to place flowers on

the site where he was shot some praying

for his safe journey through the spirit

world to his next Incarnation 15 years

before the bloody incident Shinzo Abe

was considered politically finished when

he resigned from office during his first

dentist prime minister he was exhausted

disliked and unable to weather the

tsunami of scandals that surrounded his

cabinet but in 2012 he came back from

the graveyard of failed Prime Ministers

to rule for almost eight years when news

spread that he had been shot twice and

was in critical condition his supporters

hoped that he might be able to pull off

another miracle a physical resurrection

that didn’t happen but the man who

Donald Trump adviser Stephen Bannon

famously praised As Trump before Trump

leaves behind a legacy that may have

forever changed pan he reduced it to a

Perpetual one-party democracy that seems

unlikely to change ABI certainly seems

to have had a Playbook that was similar

to Donald Trump’s he was a populist who

tapped into racism and fears of change

to stoke his base and consolidate power

during his Exile from Power Abe and his

cabinet members allied with anti-korean

and other xenophobic groups Abe drummed

up anti-korean sentiment to bolster his

support and made sure his allies did the

dog whistles while he kept his hands

clean while Trump portrayed immigrants

as the boogeyman threatening Japan I

think that was supposed to say

threatening America Abe latched on to

deep-rooted anti-korean sentiment

towards both the Korean residents of

Japan who stayed after the war and

citizens of South and North Korea former

colonies of Japan he appointed ariko

yamatani a woman closely associated with

the flamingly anti-korean group zaitoku

Kai to be the head of the National

Public Safety commission that oversees

National Police agency the National

Police agency he also embraced uh Nippon

kaiji a conservative Shinto cult and

political Lobby you could aptly compare

his alliance with them to Trump’s

absorption of the Tea Party and other

far-right elements of the Republican

Party

even while out of power the liberal

Democratic party with Abe exerting

influence developed plans for a new

Imperial Constitution for Japan the

removal of the post-war Constitution

which was written with the help of the

American occupation not by them as some

claim now during his political Exile Abe

even briefly became head of an extremist

Think Tank Nihon sosei which is create

Japan made up of ldp liberal Democratic

party lawmakers and other conservative

superstars in May 2012 the organization

released a clip of him Gathering titled

the swearing-in of the revised

Constitution for Japan in which he and

his cronies discussed the ldp’s

substitute Constitution there were some

astonishing moments a former Minister of

Justice nagasi jinen appointed during

Abe’s first term in office told the

crowd the people’s sovereignty basic

human rights and pacifism these three

things date to the post-war regime

imposed by MacArthur General MacArthur

on Japan therefore we have to get rid of

them by making the Constitution our own

Abe loudly applauded this get rid of

basic human rights democracy and wage

Warfare also restore the emperor to

power

in other words make Japan great again

it’s no wonder that years later Steve

Bannon would say that Abe was Trump

before Trump Abe for many

excuse me Abe for many years the most

powerful man in Japan’s ruling political

party the liberal Democratic party in

fact he was campaigning for their

candidates in the coming Upper House

elections when he was shot on Thursday

the ldp was founded in 1955 by Abe’s

grandfather a former war criminal who

also served as prime minister they were

funded with money from Yakuza associate

and CIA operative yoshio Kodama but

starting with his Fall From Grace the

ldp’s popularity sank in 2009 it seemed

like Japan might really change and for

the better for only the second time

since 1955 the perpetually corrupt and

archley conservative liberal Democratic

party was kicked out of power and the

liberal egalitarian feminist leaning

Democratic party of Japan took hold of

The reigns of power it was a revolution

but it didn’t last long the dpj had

risen to power partly with expectations

that they would be cleaner and less

criminal than the ldp but then one

scandal after another implicating the

party’s top management and unsavory ties

with the Yakuza through dirt on their

squeaky clean image the lower house

elections of 2012 were a political

meltdown almost all the opposition

parties including the dpj were decimated

and we know who returned from the

political graveyard ready to rule Japan

with a rusty iron fist Shinzo Abe was

quick to take revenge upon his critics

once back in power labeling the liberal

newspaper Asahi shimbun an enemy of the

people later he would tell Donald Trump

you should handle the New York Times the

way I handled acai

wow he bullied the left-wing media and

whined and dimed the right-wing media

dragging Japan’s press freedom from 11th

in the world to as low as 72nd Place in

in world rankings in 2014 he created a

cabinet Personnel Bureau which exercised

ruthless control of bureaucratic

appointments assuring that any

government worker who didn’t toe the

line or released information

contradicting the government was either

shunned fired or sidelined so very

authoritarian on press freedoms is what

you’re learning here

it worked very effectively and some

high-ranking officials even took it upon

themselves to cover up Abe related

scandals without direct orders to do so

television anchors and pundits that were

too critical of Abe vanished from the

airwaves the world’s largest newspaper

the yomiyuri shimbun smeared the biggest

critic in the education Ministry for

frequenty frequenting sexy bars in

kabukicho so smearing his political

opponents

he had no qualms about using the media

for defamation campaigns and the media

and eager for spoon-fed Scoops was happy

to comply eventually in 2020 the weight

of political scandals and an

investigation into election law

violations by Abe forced him to resign

under the guise of medical issues a few

months later he threw his political

secretary onto the bus and was more or

less exonerated he kept a low profile

for months but couldn’t resist the

Limelight Shinzo Abe failed to change

even one word of Japan’s constitution in

the end but did pass several laws that

are still eating away at it including

article 9 Japan’s Declaration of

pacifism his greatest achievement having

so thoroughly discredited opposition

parties in critical media that Japan

isn’t even reminiscent of a two-party

democracy it’s a one-party democracy

where the media has its tails between

its legs and is likely to stay that way

for decades

so

um

that gives you

um a look into who Shinzo Abe is what

his ideology is and um the background

around that

and then also look it super conservative

guy

um

wanted to be more militaristic make

Japan less pacifist uh hardliner on

immigration

anti-korean anti-chinese authoritarian

when it comes to the Press now that’s

not none of this is to say that homeboys

should have been assassinated of course

not uh but you should understand the

background and who Abe is and again as

far as the motive of the guy who did The

Killing

I still don’t have any answer that I

find uh convincing I told you what’s

been reported but you know I have a

feeling that maybe over time we’ll learn

more or maybe we’ll never learn more but

that’s not I don’t think that’s the full

the full reasoning so by the way we’ll

end on this note

um

as a result of the assassination now

Shinzo Abe’s right-wing party the

liberal Democratic party as it’s called

is even more popular

they surged in the polls after the

assassination so

there you have it

um you know giant political event and um

of course other world leaders have come

out and and uh

offered condolences and Trump said

something about

um Abe being assassinated uh Trump had

played golf with him a number of times

random side point but

anyway there you have it uh momentous

event of a former Japanese leader being

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The Ten Worst Insurance Companies in America

How They Raise Premiums, Deny Claims, and Refuse Insurance to Those Who Need it Most

1. Allstate

2. Unum

3. AIG

4. State Farm

5. Conseco

6. WellPoint

7. Farmers

8. UnitedHealth

9. Torchmark

10. Liberty Mutual

 

The U.S. insurance industry takes in over $1 trillion in premiums annually.3 It has $3.8 trillion in assets, more than the GDPs of all but two countries in the world (United States and Japan).

Over the last 10 years, the property/casualty insurance industry has enjoyed average profits of over $30 billion a year. The life and health side of the insurance industry has averaged another $30 billion.

The CEOs of the top 10 property/casualty firms earned an average $8.9 million in 2007. The CEOs of the top 10 life and health insurance companies earned even more—an average $9.1 million. And for the entire industry, the median insurance CEO’s cash compensation still leads all industries at $1.6 million per year.6

Profits Over Policyholders

But some companies have discovered that they can make more money by simply paying out less. As a senior executive at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the group representing those who are supposed to oversee the industry, said, “The bottom line is that insurance companies make money when they don’t pay claims.”7 One example is Ethel Adams, a 60-year-old woman left in a coma and seriously injured after a multi-vehicle crash in Washington State. Her insurance company, Farmers, decided the other driver had acted intentionally and denied her claim, contending that an intentional act is not an accident. Another example is Debra Potter, who for years sold Unum’s disability policies until she herself became disabled and had to stop working. All along, Potter thought she was helping people protect their future, but when her own time of need came, she was told her multiple sclerosis was “self reported” and her claim denied—by Unum, the very company whose policies she had sold. In cases like these, and countless others, the name of the game is deny, delay, defend—do anything, in fact, to avoid paying claims. For companies like Allstate, there are corporate training manuals explaining how to avoid payments, portable fridges awarded to adjusters who deny the most claims, and pizza for parties to shred documents.

 

Conclusion:

The insurance industry is in dire need of reform. For too many insurance companies, profits have clearly trumped fair dealing with policyholders. The industry has done all it can to maximize its profits and rid itself of claims. Allstate CEO Thomas Wilson outlined the strategy when he said the company had “begun to think and act more like a consumer products company.”176 Allstate has enjoyed a return double that of the S&P 500, but its policyholders have suffered cancellations, nonrenewals, and punishing loss-prevention techniques.177 Wilson has been unrepentant: “Our obligation is to earn a return for our shareholders.”178 Wilson is one of many insurance leaders who have lost sight of their legal and ethical responsibility to policyholders. Now they answer only to Wall Street. The time is due for insurance reform that will level the playing field for consumers.

 

Allstate—The Worst Insurance Company in America

CEO: Thomas Wilson 2007 compensation $10.7 million (predecessor Edward Liddy made $18.8 million in compensation and an additional $25.4 million in retirement benefits)

One company stood out above all others. Allstate’s concerted efforts to put profits over policyholders has earned its place as the worst insurance company in America. According to CEO Thomas Wilson, Allstate’s mission is clear: “our obligation is to earn a return for our shareholders.” Unfortunately, that dedication to shareholders has come at the expense of policyholders. The company that publicly touts its “good hands” approach privately instructs agents to employ a “boxing gloves” strategy against its own policyholders.1 In the words of former Allstate adjuster Jo Ann Katzman, “We were told to lie by our supervisors—it’s tough to look at people and know you’re lying.

There is no greater poster child for insurance industry greed than Allstate. According to CEO Thomas Wilson, Allstate’s mission is clear: “our obligation is to earn a return for our shareholders.”9 Unfortunately, that dedication to shareholders has come at a price. According to investigations and documents Allstate was forced to make public, the company systematically placed profits over its own policyholders. The company that publicly touts its “good hands” approach privately instructs agents to employ a hardball “boxing gloves” strategy against its own policyholders.10 Allstate’s confrontational attitude towards its own policyholders was the brain child of consulting giant McKinsey & Co. in the mid-1990s. McKinsey was tasked with developing a way to boost Allstate’s bottom line.11 McKinsey recommended Allstate focus on reducing the amount of money it paid in claims, whether or not they were valid. When it adopted these recommendations, Allstate made a deliberate decision to start putting profits over policyholders. The company essentially uses a combination of lowball offers and hardball litigation. When policyholders file a claim, they are often offered an unjustifiably low payment for their injuries, generated by Allstate using secretive claim-evaluation software called Colossus. Those that accept the lowballed settlements are treated with “good hands” but may be left with less money than they need to cover medical bills and lost wages. Those that do not settle frequently get the “boxing gloves”: an aggressive litigation strategy that aims to deny the claim at any cost. Former Allstate employees call it the “three Ds”: deny, delay, and defend. One particular powerpoint slide McKinsey prepared for Allstate featured an alligator and the caption “sit and wait”—emphasizing that delaying claims will increase the likelihood that the claimant gives up.12 According to former Allstate agent Shannon Kmatz, this would make claims “so expensive and so timeconsuming that lawyers would start refusing to help clients.”13 Former Allstate adjusters say they were rewarded for keeping claims payments low, even if they had to deceive their customers. Adjusters who tried to deny fire claims by blaming arson were rewarded with portable fridges, according to former Allstate adjuster Jo Ann Katzman. “We were told to lie by our supervisors. It’s tough to look at people and know you’re lying.”14 Complaints filed against Allstate are greater than almost all of its major competitors, according to data collected by the NAIC.15 In Maryland, regulators imposed the largest fine in state history on Allstate for raising premiums and changing policies without notifying policyholders. Allstate ultimately paid $18.6 million to Maryland consumers for the violations.16 In Texas earlier this year, Allstate agreed to pay more than $70 million after insurance regulators found the company had been overcharging homeowners throughout the state.17 After Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Department of Insurance received more complaints against Allstate— 1,200—than any other insurance company, and nearly twice as many as the approximately 700 it received about State Farm—despite the fact that its rival had a bigger share of the homeowners market.18 Similarly, in 2003, a series of wildfires devastated Southern California, destroying over 2,000 homes near San Diego alone and killing 15 people. State insurance regulators received over 600 complaints about Allstate and other companies’ handling of claims.19 Allstate says the changes in claims resolution tactics were only about efficiency.20 However, the company’s former CEO, Jerry Choate, admitted in 1997 that the company had reduced payments and increased profit, and said, “the leverage is really on the claims side. If you don’t win there, I don’t care what you do on the front end. You’re not going to win.”21 For four years, Allstate refused to give up copies of the McKinsey documents, even when ordered to do so repeatedly by courts and state regulators. In court filings, the company described its refusal as “respectful civil disobedience.”22 In Florida, regulators finally lost their patience after Allstate executives arrived at a hearing without documents they had been subpoenaed to bring. Only after Allstate was suspended from writing new business did the company, in April 2008, finally agree to produce some 150,000 documents relating to its claim review practices.23 Still, some commentators believe many critical document were missing.

Allstate’s “boxing gloves” strategy boosted its bottom line. The amount Allstate paid out in claims dropped from 79 percent of its premium income in 1996 to just 58 percent ten years later.25 In auto claims, the payouts dropped from 63 percent to just 47 percent.26 Allstate saw $4.6 billion in profits in 2007, more than double the level of profits it experienced in the 1990s. In fact, the company is so awash in cash that it began buying back $15 billion worth of its own stock, despite the fact that the company was simultaneously threatening to reduce coverage of homeowners because of risk of weather-related losses.27 Despite its treatment of policyholders, Allstate’s recent corporate strategy has focused on identifying and retaining loyal customers, those who are more likely to stay with the company and not shop around. The target demographic, as former Allstate CEO Edward Liddy said, is “lifetime value customers who buy more products and stay with us for a longer period of time. That’s Nirvana for an insurance company.”28

Loyalty only runs one way, however. While Allstate focuses on customers who will stick with it for the long haul, the company is systematically withdrawing from entire markets. Allstate or its affiliates have stopped writing home insurance in Delaware, Connecticut, and California, as well as along the coasts of many states, including Maryland and Virginia.29 In Louisiana, Allstate has repeatedly tried to dump its policyholders. In 2007, the company tried to drop 5,000 customers just days after the expiration of an emergency rule preventing insurance companies from canceling customers hit by Katrina. Allstate dropped them for allegedly not showing intent to repair their properties. After an investigation by the Louisiana Insurance Department, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said, “[A]t best, it was a very ill-conceived and sloppy inspection program. At worst, they wanted off of those properties.”30 Allstate also used an apparent loophole in the law by offering its policyholders a “coverage enhancement” which the company would later argue was a new policy, and thus exempt from non-renewal protection.31 In Florida, Allstate has dropped over 400,000 homeowners since 2004.32 The move has landed Allstate in trouble with regulators because the company appears to be keeping customers if they also have an auto insurance policy with Allstate. Florida law prohibits the sale of one type of insurance to a customer based on their purchase of another line of coverage.33 Allstate officials have acknowledged that most of the 95,000 customers nonrenewed in 2005 and 2006 were homeowners-only customers. The company ran afoul of regulators in New York for the same reason, and was forced to discontinue the practice.34 In California, while other major homeowner insurers, including State Farm and Farmers, agreed to cut rates, Allstate demanded double-digit rate increases in what the former insurance commissioner described as an “exit strategy.” John Garamendi, now the Lieutenant Governor, said, “[T]hey’ve said they want to get out of the homeowners business in a market that is competitive, healthy and profitable.”35 Consumer advocates have also complained that Allstate put an ambiguous provision in homeowners’ policies that may have deceived some policyholders into thinking they had coverage for wind damage when they did not. Socalled “anti-concurrent-causation” clauses state that wind

and rain damage—damage covered under the policy— is excluded if significant flood damage occurs as well. Therefore, those with policies covering wind and rain damage and “hurricane deductibles” still faced the prospect of learning, only after a catastrophic loss, that they had no coverage.36 In 2007, then U.S. Senator Trent Lott sponsored legislation requiring insurers provide “plain English” summaries of what was and what was not covered in order to stop this kind of abuse. “They don’t want you to know what you really have covered,” said Lott.37

 

10. Liberty Mutual

CEO: Edmund F. (Ted) Kelly 2005 compensation $27 million

 

Like Allstate and State Farm before it, Liberty Mutual hired consulting giant McKinsey & Co. to boost its bottom line. The McKinsey strategy relies on lowering the amounts paid in claims, no matter whether the claims were valid or not. By all accounts, Liberty Mutual has not become as notorious as its rivals for the deny, delay, and defend tactics that McKinsey encouraged. However, that has not stopped the company from leading the way in complaint rankings and stories of short-changed victims.171 In fact, Liberty Mutual is facing a glut of litigation from its own vendors who say the company’s cost-cutting has resulted in poor claims processing and a spike in lawsuits.172 Like several other big property casualty insurers, Liberty Mutual has also begun abandoning policyholders across the country. The company has pulled out of many states—not only hurricane susceptible states such as Florida and Louisiana, but also northern states such as Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, and much of New York. A 2007 New York Times article highlighted Liberty Mutual policyholders James and Ann Gray of Long Island. The Grays were “nonrenewed” by Liberty Mutual despite the fact that they lived 12 miles from the coast and had “been touched by rampaging waters only once, when the upstairs bathroom overflowed.” In fact, Liberty Mutual and its big name competitors have left more than 3 million homeowners stranded over the last few years.173 New York regulators chastised Liberty Mutual for tying nonrenewals to whether a policyholder had an auto policy or other coverage, against state law.174 Liberty Mutual has also gone where even its big property casualty rivals Allstate and State Farm have feared to tread by trying its hand at massive corporate fraud. While the likes of AIG, Zurich, and ACE settled charges that they colluded with broker Marsh & McLennan in a huge bidrigging fraud, Liberty Mutual remains the only insurance company that refuses to concede guilt. The fraud centered around fake bids that companies submitted to Marsh in order to garner artificially inflated rates. Liberty Mutual claims its business practices were lawful and that regulators’ settlement demands are “excessive.”175

 

 

How Corruption Destroys Armies – Theft, Graft, and Russian failure in Ukraine

On paper, Russian military modernisation should have produced a force that could overmatch the Ukrainian army. For more than a decade, funds for modernisation were allocated to State Defence Orders for everything from next generation aircraft and tanks, to new communications and battlefield control systems.

Russian R&D did its part (mostly), turning out systems that won attention and praise at trade shows, while commentators steadily built the Russian army up as an example of a dangerous foe that proved you could achieve more with less in the military procurement space.

Then they invaded Ukraine, and the image was shattered. I’ve previously explained this by looking at the Russian Defence budget and their priorities in the lead up to the invasion, but in doing that I refrained from focusing on one key issue.

Corruption in Russia is endemic, corruption in the Russian defence sector (like many around the world) is a catastrophe. From the highest levels of procurement fraud, down to the level of the enlisted personal hawking diesel, copper, and even explosives for petty cash, corruption has been a constant thorn in the side of all efforts to modernise the Russian army and mould it into an effective fighting force.

In this video In this video, I try to take a somewhat light hearted look at how corruption in a military context can (and sometimes does) work, citing examples of actual cases and using hypotheticals to demonstrate the kinds of actions that can rot an institution from head to tail. For those of you in countries that face this problem, it should all seem a little familiar.

Examples are taken from the sources listed below and I make no independent representations on the veracity of any claims. I don’t know exactly how much is stolen from the Russian defence budget, I doubt anyone does. But what I can do, is help us understand how a nation capable of producing some of the most advanced defence equipment in the world would be running out of fuel on day 3, and be rolling out museum piece tanks less than three months into a major conflict.

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Key sources: Corruption in the Russian Defence Sector (Beliakova and Perlo-Freeman) https://sites.tufts.edu/wpf/files/201…

Russian statements (albeit old) on defence budget theft

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ru…

Russian corruption ranking https://www.transparency.org/en/count…

 

  • Corruption is possible because a person is capable of selling/stealing something without paying the cose of doing so.
  • They are not acknowledging the externalities of their actions
  • Because of this — price is not “efficient”