New Heights in Disgraceful Asset Forfeiture (Seizure)

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The U.S. is seizing 650 Fifth Avenue, the 36-story Piaget Building, from Iranian interests. I’d guess the value is several hundred million dollars. All asset seizure procedures are an utter disgrace, totally unlawful and unjust. This one is triply disgraceful, based as it is on undeclared economic warfare against Iran, phonily done in the name of anti-terrorism, and based on as about as unlawful a “law” as Congress has ever manufactured. It may not rank as being as unlawful as constitutionally supporting slavery, as in this clause of the U.S. constitution:

“No person held to service or labour in one state, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labour, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labour may be due.”

But as an example of a despicable legal procedure that parades around as a “law”, asset forfeiture is running in the same race.

8:08 am on September 18, 2013