FBI Caught In Another Scandal, Lying To Judge For Warrant To Loot Random Safe Deposit Boxes

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Accounts of the FBI overstepping boundaries are filling the news lately.

Critics are questioning the slow or non-existent investigations regarding Democrats, such as Hillary Clinton and her emails as well as the information found on Hunter Biden’s laptop that implicates Hunter and/or his father, President Joe Biden. Yet the FBI is spending time on the yet fruitless investigations into former President Donald Trump and raiding his Florida home in search of documents.

The lengthy investigation into the events at the Capitol on Jan 6 has never yielded any charges against the main target, former President Trump.

The high-profile raid and the forthright calling out of the FBI by the former president have brought to light some of the questionable practices of the FBI.

At the current time, the special master appointed by Judge Aileen Cannon at the request of former President Trump has begun perusal of the documents and it has yet to be revealed if there is any wrongdoing.

The DOJ fought the appointment of the special master, saying it did not need anyone else besides themselves reviewing the documents.

Another specific example illustrates the overreach of the FBI in the revealed case:

Political Insider wrote:

The FBI robbed a bank and it’s being covered as a process story.

Literally. They robbed a bank.

I mean, actually, really, no kidding, robbed a bank. https://t.co/7qpYhaJFJR

— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) September 25, 2022

In another instance, this last Friday, Catholic pro-life advocate Mark Houck was arrested by FBI agents for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. The allegation is that while he and his son were offering counseling services to women outside an abortion clinic, Mr. Houck assaulted a volunteer.

Political Insider notes:

“Between 25 and 30 heavily armed FBI agents spewed from the vehicles and began pounding and yelling at the front door. Mr. Houck allegedly pleaded with the agents, “Please, I’m going to open the door, but, please, my children are in the home. I have seven babies in the house,” opening the door.

The SWAT team with rifles then arrested Mr. Houck. A man whose background gives no impression that a SWAT team would be necessary to bring him into custody.”

And now the FBI is caught in yet another scandal.

Political Insider writes:

“At the beginning of last year, the FBI searched and seized a massive amount of assets at the U.S. Private Vaults in Beverly Hills. Depending on which news service you read or watch, the FBI confiscated items from 800 to 1,400 safety deposit boxes.

The items seized included $86 million in cash, jewelry, and $1.3 million in poker chips. Additionally, the FBI photographed password lists, credit cards, a prenuptial agreement, immigration, and vaccination records, bank statements, heirlooms, a will, and even cremated human remains.

One of the box holders was an unemployed chef with $57,000 in cash in his box. When the man went to court to get his money back, the FBI claimed he couldn’t have made that much cash given his employment status, and that the money came from drug trafficking since their drug dogs had sniffed narcotics on the money.

(To be clear, 90% of U.S. bills have traces of cocaine on them. They could do this to almost anyone.)

Later it turned out the FBI was wrong when the man was able to provide documentation proving that the money was his and obtained through legal, legitimate activities. Will the FBI face any repercussions for this activity? I wouldn’t hold my breath.

What is interesting about all of this is that the FBI apparently misled the judge who issued the warrant and disobeyed the judge’s orders in executing the warrant.

A senior FBI agent testified that the key to the FBI’s plan was to permanently confiscate the contents of every box that contained at least $5,000 in cash or goods. Again, of random safety deposit boxes.

As the LA Times writes, “The FBI’s justification for the dragnet forfeiture was its presumption that hundreds of unknown box holders were all storing assets somehow tied to unknown crimes, court records show.

Now the FBI is facing a class action lawsuit from about 400 affected box holders. Robert Frommer, a lawyer for the 400, claims: “…the government’s actions violated the search and seizure protections of the U.S. Constitution in the Fourth Amendment.”

As a refresh, the Fourth Amendment is supposed to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures – “and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The purpose was to permanently outlaw general warrants – that is, a blank check allowing anyone or anything to be searched and seized.”

Mr. Frommer goes on to state:
“The government did not know what was in those boxes, who owned them, or what, if anything, those people had done.”

Most of these individuals have not received their items back from the FBI, making this, as Mr. Frommer called it, the “…largest armed robbery in U.S. history…”.

Some are calling for the misuse of power to be addressed:

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