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American Cops Now Steal More Property than All US Burglars Combined

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For decades now, federal government and their cohorts in law enforcement have been carrying out theft of the citizenry on a massive scale. We’re not talking about taxes, but an insidious power known as Civil Asset Forfeiture (CAF).

The 1980’s-era laws were designed to drain resources from powerful criminal organizations, but CAF has become a tool for law enforcement agencies across the U.S. to steal money and property from countless innocent people.

No criminal charge is required for this confiscation, resulting in easy inflows of cash for law enforcement departments and the proliferation of abuse. This phenomenon is known as “policing for profit.”

In the last 25 years, the amount of “profit” stolen through CAF has skyrocketted.

According to the US Department of Justice, the value of asset forfeiture recoveries by US authorities from 1989-2010 was $12,667,612,066, increasing on average 19.5% per year.

In 2008, law enforcement took over $1.5 billion from the American public. While this number seems incredibly large, just a few years later, in 2014, that number tripled to nearly $4.5 billion.

When we examine these numbers, and their nearly exponential growth curve, it appears that police in America are getting really good at separating the citizen from their property — not just really good, criminally good.

To put this number into perspective, according to the FBI, victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses in 2014.

That means that law enforcement in America has stolen $600,000,000 more from Americans than actual criminal burglars.

When police surpass the criminal accomplishments of those they claim to protect you from, there is a serious problem.

The good news is that Americans are waking up to this Orwellian notion of police robbing the citizens, and they are taking a stand.

Even police officers are taking a stand against CAF. In an exclusive interview in September, the Free Thought Project talked to officer Stephen Mills, chief of police at the Apache, Oklahoma police department. Mills became an outspoken advocate against CAF, after he became a victim of it.

The idea of thieving cops has also united organizations on opposite ends of the political spectrum. In October, the ACLU and the Koch Brothers came together to stop the inherent police theft in America.

While the police keep grabbing your property, it is important to remain vigilant. Only through a lesser ignorance and the spreading of information will we overcome this blatant tyranny. Please share this article with your friends and family to wake them up to the criminal reality that is – civil asset forfeiture.

h/t Armstrong Economics

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    • Mike Breen

      Well, you can always leave. Oh wait, you’re not free to do that, either. Americans are US property. Freedom? Only to the ignorant.

      • jarhead1982

        The fool claims we are all slaves

        • Mike Breen

          You are slaves. You are owned, and if you try to leave you will be punished by a tax code designed to punish those that leave the plantation. Further, the USA has coerced the entire world in to finding you and reporting your presence back to the plantation. FATCA.

          • jarhead1982

            13th amendment not repealed, we arent slaves, poor sod

          • Mike Breen

            No need for any repeal, you’re still a slave.

          • jarhead1982

            So you admit skavery is illegal, you expect sane people to believe you are God and your claims over rule settled law 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

            Reality is you’re fulla 💩

          • Mike Breen

            Yes, slavery is illegal, and you are still a slave.

          • jarhead1982

            Isn’t amazing how the uk pedo fool thinks it’s irrelevent unsubstantiated opinion means anything , how droll

          • Mike Breen

            Most of what I have posted has not been my opinion, slave.

          • jarhead1982

            All you have posted is cherry picked bs to pathetically try and support your lies pedo

          • Mike Breen

            Go lick windows, cretin.

          • jarhead1982

            Go lick george soros crusty balls cretin….oh wait, thats actually a reward for you……better you go lick Michelle Obamas balls cretin

          • Mike Breen

            No opinion involved. Along with the citizens of an African dictatorship, Eritrea, you are owned for life.

          • jarhead1982

            Opinion is all you have UK pedophile, end of story

            Now prove your claim you can leave and leave….

          • Mike Breen

            It’s been proven. You are just indulging in idiotic denial.

          • jarhead1982

            Youre a proven pathological liar, only thing you have ever proven besides youre bat schiite crazy cretin

          • Mike Breen

            Yet again I post proof from reputable sources and even the actual laws, with a wealth of further proof available with a simple google search using “FATCA” as the search term, and you throw accusations of lies.

            It’s you that are crazy, jarhead. You are genially mentally disturbed individual and the fact that somebody like you, somebody who cannot tell fact from fiction, truth from lies and right from wrong, can own a gun, demonstrates the US gun problem perfectly.

          • jarhead1982

            Cherry picked partial data isnt proof no matter how many times you repeat your gaslighting lies pedophile

          • Mike Breen

            There you go! The idiot simply calls random information that proves FATCA exists, show what it does and the effects at personal level, by respected journalists of respected media, liars!

          • jarhead1982

            You claim we are slaves, you present no proof much less the evidence of the 13th amendment being repealed, hence you have cherry picked consistently and repeatedly to support your illicit narcotic and goat syphillis ravaged mind fantasies, so noted low brow window licking cretin

          • Mike Breen

            FATCA is one of the biggest stories on the planet with almost unlimited evidence I am correct. I have supplied evidence from many reputable sources including from your own IRS, all of which can be easily verified with a google search.
            You dismiss it all as lies and claim to be free because some US amendment has not been repealed. Go play in the traffic, jarhead.

          • jarhead1982

            FACTA is a mandated tax affecting less than .000007% of the country and that % does not identify the majority of US citizens nor does it apply to them as they dont wish to leave to begin with, hence your complete failure to establish the repeal of the 13th amendment invalidates your goat syphillis std ravaged dementia once again oh bird schiite covered window licking cretin

          • Mike Breen

            It’s NOT a tax, you fecking imbecile! Oh, and now because most don’t wish to leave, it’s not a form of slavery! Ah, and the 13th has not been repealed, so everything we know as fact does not exist, because the 13th was not repealed? Seriously, go play with the traffic.

          • jarhead1982

            Unfortunately for you settled case law on an identical mandatory penalty called Obamacare was ruled a tax, and as most judicial systems rely on precedence, we see that FACTA is also a mandatory penalty hence it is a TAX and you have neither law, ruling, legal standing or authority to dictate or claim anything of the sort

            Now go gargle some summers eve as your incessant spewing of feces and lies is rude and stanky wrecktum ranger

          • Mike Breen

            FATCA is Not a tax and it’s not a penalty. You are an idiot though.

          • jarhead1982

            FACTA is a tax results in tax penalties and is administered by the IRS who is responsible for taxation controls and processes, unless you can prove the IRS isn’t responsible for control of taxes eh bird schiite covered window licking cretin…good luck

          • Mike Breen

            FATCA is not at tax. Prove that it is.😆

          • jarhead1982

            IRS runs FACTA = tax, sucks to be you slave

          • Mike Breen

            You know the difference between intelligence and stupidity? There are limits to intelligence. Thank you for consistently proving that there are no limits to stupidity. Oh, and I’m not an American, slave.

          • jarhead1982

            You being a negative IQ imbecile clearly don’t know the difference liar

          • Mike Breen

            I’m not a liar, jarhead. The liar is you.

          • jarhead1982

            You can’t prove the 13th amendment has been repealed hence everytime you claim we are slaves you lie

            Checkmate liar

          • Mike Breen

            No, sucks to be you, slave. I’m not an American, remember?

          • jarhead1982

            The fool claims the IRS doesn’t manage or control FACTA….a penalty and tax all rolled into one….hence he is proven a liar yet again

          • Mike Breen

            FATCA enforces your illegitimate tax code, it is not a tax in itself. The only proven liars around here are you and a couple of your gun toting friends.

          • jarhead1982

            FACTA penalty tx is still a tax

          • Mike Breen

            FATCA is not a tax. FATCA is a law requiring the entire world to report your presence back to the plantation, THEN the punitive taxation begins. USA really does not like slaves leaving the plantation.

          • jarhead1982

            IRS handles all tax related duties in the US so yeah it is a tax pedophile

          • Mike Breen

            I think that post highlights your intellect rather well. I reckon your mental age is about 11.

          • jarhead1982

            Everyone who sees any of your postings recognizes the insanity of your perpetual pathological lies of a 5 yr old on age slave

          • Mike Breen

            The fact you call easily confirmed facts lies, simply because you don’t like those facts, just confirms your mental age.

          • jarhead1982

            The fact you call easily confirmed lies facts, simply because you don’t like those facts, just confirms your mental age of 3.

          • Mike Breen

            I love the way you come up with a” goat syphillis std ravaged dementia once again oh bird schiite covered window licking cretin” analysis of what FATCA is (despite me providing you with articles a child could understand) and then accuse me of being a “goat syphillis std ravaged dementia once again oh bird schiite covered window licking cretin”.

            You are clearly mentally deranged, and yet you are allowed a gun. You are the US gun problem.

          • jarhead1982

            We are sorry you’re simply too illiterate to comprehend settled case law in the US, you being a UK pedophile with an illicit narcotic abused one brain cell ravaged by goat syphillis, after all a mandated penalty like the Obamacare was ruled a tax by the US Supreme court establishing precedent PRIOR to FACTA being implemented/signed into law, hence FACTA being a mandated penalty is a defacto TAX.

            Now schoo bird schiite covered window licking cretin and walk your talk and leave, the adults are busy liar

          • Mike Breen

            FATCA charges no money, so how is it a tax, oh learned one?😂

          • jarhead1982

            Aw poor child it charges penalties does it not, why yes it does, and it imposes a mandated reporting and payment, hence it is a tax, and a tax penalty BY THE IRS…..

            What again is the IRS responsible for anyway, oh yes TAX code revenue etc etc etc ….please do try and keep up child, otherwise you need to retain your day job of licking George Soros salty wrinkled old balls and crusty butt

          • Mike Breen

            Penalties are not taxes and the penalties involved are levied on FFI’s. Your punishment comes from the US tax code that is specially written to punish slaves that try to leave the plantation, FATCA merely makes sure you cannot hide. Land of the free? HA HA HA!

          • jarhead1982

            The US Supreme Court said they were and we trust their judgement 1 trillion times more than your unsubstantiated opinion liar

          • Mike Breen

            First, FATCA is not a tax and secondly, how is 7 million people and their families .000007 of the US population?😅😅😅

          • jarhead1982

            So sad it’s a mandated penalty hence it is by US Supreme Court precedent a tax, and nothing you can say will ever change that wrecktum slurper

          • jarhead1982

            Your claim of 7million is unsubstantiated as always, do try again liar…before you start bawling in a fit of rage

          • Mike Breen

            How much feckin proof do you need?! I keep putting it under your nose, page after page of proof from reliable sources by respected journalists and I even show you the actual law and an explanation from your own IRS. All easily verified by google!

            Then back you come….”It’s not true, it’s all lies, the 13th has not been repealed”!

            You cannot tell right from wrong, you have zero analytical skills, you are a pathological liar that cannot help doing it even when you know they know you are lying, and you carry a gun.

            YOU are the US gun problem personified.

          • jarhead1982

            You’re the one unable to prove the repeal of the 13th amendment, hence you’re the proven liar claiming we are all slaves…

            Please don’t go postal and kill children as your kind normally does when no one believes your lies and perpetual gas lighting bs pedo

          • Mike Breen

            The 13th was not repealed. Why would I try and prove it was, slave?

          • jarhead1982

            Because you infer we are skaves yet you can’t even grasp the most basic critical thought process of what constitutes proof in the adult world, the evidence of the 13th amendment being repealed

            So as we have stated previously, you libel lie and spew, you earn the labels of what your actions are oh gas lighting bird schiite covered window licking reterd of a uk pedophile

          • Mike Breen

            No amendments required, slave.😆

          • jarhead1982

            No proof tax beeiotch 😂

          • Mike Breen

            No proof of what? That FATCA exists and what it’s effects are? Google still not working for you, slave? The hundreds of lines cut and pasted from respected media, the actual law, cut and paste from the IRS? All easily confirmed by google? Oh, I remember….it’s all lies! HA HA HA!
            How does it feel to be property?

          • jarhead1982

            Aw poor pathetic diversionary tact by an imbecile with micropenile disfunction

          • Mike Breen

            Yes, you are slaves regardless of the 13th.

          • jarhead1982

            Then post the repeal of the 13th amendment and prove your claim true liar

          • Mike Breen

            Cold information DIRECT from the IRS that can be googled any time you like is “cherry picking data. Jarhead, please, DO NOT BREED!

          • jarhead1982

            Truth hurts pathological liars like you , and since youre gay and a pedophile, we are sure you wont ever breed

          • Mike Breen

            I just cut and pasted the truth from your own IRS. The best you can do in response is throw sexual slurs. Don’t breed, jarhead.

          • jarhead1982

            No you claimed we are skaves by cherry picking a law to got your dementia like rantings and provide no proof of the 13th amendment being repealed hence by your own actions you prove yourself a liar again and again and again you bird schiite covered window licking cretin

          • Mike Breen

            You have been provided with a vast array of easily verified information from reputable sources, including the actual law from the IRS. What you are saying is…..”Despite the vast array of evidence provided that proves Americans are not free to leave unless they accept their punishment for doing so, they are free to leave because the 13th has not been repealed”.

            Go play with the traffic and remove yourself from the gene pool for the benefit of humanity.

          • jarhead1982

            You have provide not one single shred of evidence to prove the 13th amendment has been repealed hence you’re a proven liar, now go gargle some summers eve douche breath

          • Mike Breen

            The nutter continues to deny the truth, because the 13th has not been repealed.😃😃😃😃😃

          • jarhead1982

            The bird schiite covered window licking cretin from the UK refuses to admit that FACTA is a tax, a mandated tax, a penalty and is controlled by the IRS which is responsible for managing the tax process in the US…

            Hence the repeated refusal by the George Soros butt licking slag to prove that the 13th amendment has been repealed making the uk based pedophiles claim we are slaves irrelevant and unsubstantiated

            You lose cretin, now walk your talk and leave coward

          • Mike Breen

            I lost nothing, you did. You lost your freedom.
            You insisted FATCA does not exist and you have not been enslaved because the 13th has not been repealed, this despite the VAST amount of evidence I have presented to prove that FATCA is very real and you are PROPERTY! All easily confirmed from reputable sources including the IRS.
            Your response? I lie.
            But then, you are an imbecile.

          • jarhead1982

            You lost your marbles long ago, the voices in your head abandoned you many moons ago, and you obviously lost your blanket as insecure and pathetic your lunatic rants and ravings have become, we suggest a penile transplant to fix your micropenile problem so you can gain more confidence to generate better lies than you currently repeatedly post pedophile

          • Mike Breen

            When will you understand that there is no need to repeal the 13th in order to enslave you? IT’S DONE DEAL! FATCA exists!!! It is NOT a tax, it is enforcement of a tax that amounts to slavery! You are not free to leave, 13th or not. You stupid, stupid little man.

          • jarhead1982

            When will you understand your opinion doesn’t mean jack schiite wrecktum licker?

          • Mike Breen

            What do you call a person who has to pay taxes to his masters no matter where in the world he goes? One who will be tracked and traced if he tries to leave?

            SLAVE.

          • jarhead1982

            What do you tell a pathological lying imbecilic pedophile in the UK whose opinion doesn’t mean jack schiite cause he hasn’t a functioning human brain to comprehend he has been proven a liar by his own statements, ah yes, go lick a bird schiite covered window ya goat fkkng cretin

          • Mike Breen

            You have news articles from respected journalists at…
            Wall Street Journal.
            New York Times.
            The Economist.
            There are links to…
            The actual law.
            The IGA’s forced on the rest of the world.
            Real life stories of it’s effects on real lives.
            You have links to the Isaac Brock society, a million people effected.
            You have had links to court cases.
            One brought in Canada.
            Another in the USA brought by Rand Paul.
            A simple google search reveals thousands of pages of information on FATCA.

            The conclusion by jarhead. a man who claims massive analytical skills and high qualifications from multiple high level US educational institutions?

            I’m lying.

            🙂

          • jarhead1982

            Cherry picked selective cuts to support your unsubstantiated lies dont magically make youre claims true pervert, as we see NO REPEAL OF THE 13TH AMENDMENT IN ANY OF THOSE, now leave crustedarse licking cretin, prove you arent lying when you say you can leave…….

          • Mike Breen

            There is no repeal of the 13th, idiot. How many times do you need to be told that a repeal of the 13th was not required in order to enslave you, the peculiar US tax code backed by FATCA did not require a repeal of the 13th, you low brow window licking fool!

          • jarhead1982

            So you admit your opinion we are slaves is a lie as you have no proof of the 13th amendments repeal, thats a first even for you, now when are you going to back up your claim you can leave, as clearly we see youre too chicken schiite to walk your talk you low brow window licking fool

          • Mike Breen

            Not just my opinion that you are owned slaves, it is the opinion of many. The facts that lead to that opinion have been presented to you and can be easily confirmed via a google. I see you are back to mimicking insults thrown at you. Can”t even make up your own. Sad, sad little mad person.

          • jarhead1982

            Yet again the bird schiite covered window licking cretin cherry picks information as if it supports his lies and fails yet again to prove in udder desperation that the 13th amendment was repealed when it has not….

            You really need to seek help for the goat syphillis rotting your one brain cell cretin

          • Mike Breen

            Right. Your IRS website stating what FATCA is and what it does, is “cherry picking information”.

            The one who needs to seek help is you, jarhead. It remains a horror that somebody lacking even the most basis analytical skills, a pathological liar that does not even understand that others know he is lying and a man who cannot tell right from wrong, is gun lover.

            You, jarhead, are the US gun problem personified.

          • jarhead1982

            Aw tyikal Saul alinsky rule#5 demonization and character assassination by a proven pathological liar too fkkng stupid to prove that the 13th amendment has been repealed, so noted cretin

          • Mike Breen

            There was no need to repeal the 13th. You keep denying the truth as long as the 13th exists. But then, you’re insane.

          • jarhead1982

            The truth is we are not slaves and your opinion is as relevant as teets on s boar hog for suckling shoats , so please do jump and squeal and fling your feces like a well trained gaslighting chimp proving just how demented a paid anti right communist puxxy like you can be, we command you pervert

          • Mike Breen

            The truth is you are slaves and neither your your constitutional rights or your guns prevented from happening. Constitutuonal rights? Try leaving, slave!!😀😀😀

          • jarhead1982

            The truth is no one cares what a demented pedophile in the uk claims or says as you are irrelevent in the real world cretin

          • Mike Breen

            You seem to care a lot, slave.

          • jarhead1982

            Rule of propoganda, unopposed lies are perceived as truth, so by default we counter your lies and educate the ignorant to your gaslighting terrorism in support of your devil masters wishes

          • Mike Breen

            If you are not a slave, why has the entire world been extorted in to reporting your presence to the plantation, and why are you forced out of your constitutional rights yet still required to send money back to your masters?

          • jarhead1982

            Yawn…the whole world, now you’re claiming 3 billion people have been personally extorted eh..😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

            His you’re fecking stupid

          • Dana King

            The truth is you ARE a slave you ignorant statist.

            I’d be willing to bet you’re so ignorant, and such a statist, that you actually think you own your house. You DO have a house, right, half-wit? Don’t pay your property tax and you’ll find out quick, fast, and in a hurry exactly who owns your home. Do you check the little box about obamacare on your tax returns? You DO file your taxes, right? Try not checking that box and not paying the “fine” and see just how “free” you are and exactly who owns your body. If stupid could fly you would be a JET.

            People like you are so pathetic it isn’t even funny. And what’s even funnier is that ignorant half-wit statists like you actually think you’re the “good guy”. Well I have news for you, chief, you’re supporting the bad guys and that makes YOU a “bad guy”.

            Here’s a suggestion. If YOU don’t like freedom and liberty how about YOU move the fvck out of the country instead of pretending to be a defender of liberty and trying to enslave others to what YOU think is the “correct” way to live? You’re no different than the religious nutjobs of years past who would tie a rock to a womans leg and throw them in the water because of being accused of being a witch.

            P!ss off, statist.

          • jarhead1982

            The truth is this is just another ignorant false account by the resident UK pedophile who is too fkkng stupid to post the proof that the 13th amendment has been repealed, and no one sane gives a schiite about the hitler luvers illicit narcotic fueled kookaid guzzling induced fantasies

          • Mike Breen

            I can leave any time I like, my tax system. You cannot, you are the owned property of the USA. No doubt you will just dismiss this as my opinion, cretin. But then it’s too many words and beyond your chimp intelect.

            By Alex Newman in the New American.

            “”New U.S. Tax Regime is “Devastating,” Experts Say.

            Opposition to the draconian scheme, however, is mounting quickly even before FATCA has been fully implemented. Among the growing chorus of critics: the business community, bankers, Americans abroad, some members of Congress, investors, and even the Republican National Committee. More than a few trade associations and voluntary organizations are now either urging lawmakers to repeal FATCA entirely, or at least calling on the Obama administration to delay implementation and enforcement until the fiasco can be sorted out.

            Around the world, outrage about the scheme is mounting as well, with foreign governments and financial institutions pointing out that the new tax regime essentially makes them unpaid agents of the IRS. About a dozen national governments have inked unconstitutional “agreements” with the Obama administration so far, laying the foundation for a global tax-information sharing regime. International bureaucrats working fiendishly for planetary taxation are celebrating, along with some attorneys and accountants hoping to profit, but serious concerns about the pseudo-treaties are growing.

            At the same time — seeking to avoid entanglements with the IRS and massive compliance costs — more than a few foreign banks have simply stopped doing business with American citizens and companies. Indeed, financial institutions worldwide have even started shutting down U.S. accounts as the Obama administration works to make them all into arms of the federal tax-collection regime. Some international businesses are also reportedly refusing to consider Americans in job applications due to increasingly complex IRS reporting requirements.

            Despite millions of taxpayer dollars squandered on the scheme, implementation of FATCA thus far has been an unmitigated disaster.

            According to a recent report by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, the IRS remains unprepared to implement the scheme. “Their incompetence threatens to compromise the information of both Americans and the foreign institutions coerced into serving the IRS,” observed Center for Freedom and Prosperity chief Andrew Quinlan, adding that the agency has gone “well outside the bounds of the law.”
            “FATCA is pound-for-pound the single worst tax law on the books,” Quinlan argued. “Any serious reform must start with FATCA repeal.” Among other concerns, Quinlan said the scheme is harming the U.S. economy, “devastating Americans abroad,” alienating the global community, “violating fundamental privacy rights,” and being used to undermine the separation of powers via “intergovernmental agreements.” It will also do little to combat tax evasion, he said.

            While the mountains of regulations needed to enforce FATCA have not all been released by the Obama administration yet — indeed, the deadline for penalties to begin has twice been postponed — some of the disastrous effects are already being felt. As The New American reported recently, for example, record numbers of U.S. citizens and permanent residents are severing their ties with Uncle Sam. Thousands of Americans have renounced their citizenship already, and the trend is expected to accelerate.

            Of course, there is a long and troubling history behind FATCA and the recent efforts to crack down and collect even more taxes from Americans living abroad. The U.S. government is one of only two in the entire world — the other being the regime ruling Eritrea — that seek to extract wealth from citizens no matter where on the planet they reside. According to experts, analysts, and victims of the schemes, the consequences have been devastating for Americans and the U.S. economy.

            In an interview with The New American, Roger Conklin, a former business executive who worked successfully in Latin America until the taxation of Americans abroad forced him to return home, explained some of the disastrous effects. “There is no argument that these burdens are draconian, but what needs to be understood is that it is primarily middle class Americans who live abroad who are most drastically affected by the unique U.S. system of citizenship-based taxation,” said Conklin, who has tried for years to make Congress understand the havoc it was wreaking.

            Citing other experts, Conklin also said the tax laws affecting Americans abroad are “so unbelievably complicated” that even with the best professional assistance, nobody can ever be sure that their IRS filings are correct. “The very wealthy can employ the best professional tax advisers money can buy, but cost-wise they are totally beyond the reach of the average middle class American living and working abroad,” he added. Those most affected include American schoolteachers, small-business owners, missionaries, spouses, and others living abroad “who simply cannot survive financially.”

            Just how complex and burdensome is the IRS taxation regime for the millions of Americans abroad? In a report to Congress last year, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olsen, who leads the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) at the IRS, explained that there are 7,332 pages of instructions, 16 IRS publications, and 667 pages of tax forms that are applicable to overseas U.S. citizens. For foreign banks and firms seeking to be in compliance with IRS mandates, the complexity is daunting as well, with hundreds of pages of instructions and regulations.

            When the “Tax Reform Act” was enacted in 1976, drastically increasing taxes on Americans living and working abroad, Conklin was in Brazil selling U.S.-made exports. “I simply could not survive this tax increase,” he told The New American, adding that he was forced to return to the United States. Almost immediately after Conklin left, a French company with similar products manufactured in France came in and hired most of the same employees. Within eight years, Conklin said, the French company was responsible for $1 billion in exports from France to Brazil, while U.S. exports of the products into that market had dropped to almost zero.

            The same phenomenon occurred worldwide. “There was a mass return of Americans, not only from Brazil but from around the world, as a direct consequence of that legislation,” Conklin continued, echoing his testimony to U.S. lawmakers. “Not coincidentally, the U.S. trade surplus that went down in history as the largest ever was in 1975.”
            “But as a direct result of American companies and citizens cutting back and in many cases totally abandoning some foreign markets because of that 1976 legislation, not only was 1976 a trade deficit year but the U.S. has never since recorded a single trade surplus,” Conklin explained. “Our cumulative trade deficit to date, which began in 1976, now exceeds $9.1 trillion and is currently increasing at the rate of $1.95 billion per day.”
            Incredibly, however, instead of trying to fix the problems caused through its fiendish pursuit of more and more tribute from Americans abroad, Congress and the Obama administration adopted FATCA in 2010. According to experts, unless the controversial measure is repealed, the devastation, suffering, and economic harm are set to get even worse. Penalties for even inadvertent mistakes, for instance, can and will literally destroy innocent people.

            Under the guise of extracting more wealth from the “rich” and stopping alleged tax evasion, the U.S. government has already caused thousands of middle-class Americans overseas to surrender their citizenship — a trend that will accelerate as FATCA is implemented. An estimated 7.5 million Americans live abroad. However, there are growing efforts to undo at least some of the damage. Countless organizations are already asking officials to at least delay the scheme, again, until it is properly understood and worked out.

            The group American Citizens Abroad, which represents U.S. citizens living in foreign countries, is asking lawmakers to kill the scheme entirely. “ACA supports Congress’s efforts to combat tax evasion, but FATCA is not the way to go about it,” the organization says on its website. “FATCA invades personal privacy, turns Americans abroad into pariahs in international banking, creates a huge bureaucracy with little return to the U.S., costs financial institutions billions of dollars to comply and discourages foreign investment in the United States.”

            The Republican National Committee is also working on a resolution calling for the repeal of FATCA. In Congress, there appears to be a growing awareness of the problem, too. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), for example, introduced legislation in 2013 to repeal the scheme altogether. “FATCA is a textbook example of a bad law that doesn’t achieve its stated purpose but does manage to unleash a host of unanticipated destructive consequences,” he explained.

            “FATCA’s harmful impacts cover the spectrum,” continued Sen. Paul, saying the scheme would cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars, and must be repealed. “It is a violation of Americans’ constitutional protections, oversteps the limits of executive power, disregards the mutual respect of sovereignty among nations and drains money from the federal treasury under the guise of replenishing it, and discourages overseas investment in the United States.”

            Opponents of FATCA celebrated Sen. Paul’s efforts, with some noting that they expect the scheme to crumble eventually anyway. “FATCA’s demise is now a question of ‘when,’ not ‘if,’” said former U.S. diplomat James George Jatras, who manages RepealFATCA.com, adding that the wind in Washington was blowing against the scheme. “American and non-U.S. firms that stand to lose millions complying with FATCA need to make their voices heard. FATCA repeal needs to be part of any deal on tax reform.” Even some Democrats have expressed concerns recently.

            Beyond repealing FATCA, numerous experts and analysts who spoke with The New American said the real solution is to stop taxing Americans living abroad — period. Instead, critics of the current system say the U.S. government should adopt residence-based taxation, along with a drastically simplified tax code that can be understood by everyday Americans. The alternative — continuing on the current path — will lead only to more pain, suffering, economic harm, privacy violations, ballooning compliance costs, citizenship renunciations, trade deficits, and other major problems.

            Alex Newman, a foreign correspondent for The New American, is normally based in Europe. He can be reached at [email protected].

          • jarhead1982

            Youre still here so you havent left hence youre proven a liar yet again, typikal cretin

          • Mike Breen

            “”Submitted by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:
            The Road to Ruin, as they say, is paved in good intentions.
            So I suppose the road to hell is paved in the best of intentions.
            And that’s how most laws often start: with the BEST of intentions. That was certainly the case when Barack Obama signed the HIRE Act into law in 2011.
            It was intended to spur job growth in the Land of the Free while the wounds of the financial crisis were still fresh.
            But always remember the rule of thumb with legislation: the more noble-sounding the name of a law, the more destructive its consequences. The HIRE Act did not disappoint.
            Deep within its bowels fell the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA for short. It was a sort of ‘law within a law’, and one of the dumbest in US history.
            FATCA effectively commanded every single bank on the planet to enter into an information-sharing agreement with the IRS.
            (Well, not so much ‘information sharing’. More like ‘information giving’. Because the US government doesn’t share anything with anyone.)
            It all started based on a phony assumption that millions of Americans were hiding trillions of dollars in secret offshore accounts. And given how broke the US government is, they wanted every penny they were entitled to.
            So the plan was to turn every bank in the world into a global spy network.””

          • jarhead1982

            So we see not one fkkng thing repealing the 13th amendment, hence youre proven a liar, now go lick some bird schiite covered windows cretin

          • jarhead1982

            And we own you slave, otherwise you would leave us and never come back……..so why dont you leave, SLAVE

          • Mike Breen

            Go take your drug fuelled gibberish and go play on the highway with it.

          • jarhead1982

            We own you slave, otherwise you could leave and never hear us ravage you with govt facts, data and laws destroy your illicit narcotic goat syphillis rotted brain cell fantasies…

            So go on, try leaving slave…. we dare you liar

          • Mike Breen

            Idiot.

          • jarhead1982

            Yes you are a blooming idiot

          • Mike Breen

            There really is no limit to your stupidity. I have never in my life come across something as stupid as you. You remain the best case for gun control ever made.

          • jarhead1982

            So the UK slave can’t leave, so noted

          • Mike Breen

            I can leave any time I like, idiot. You, however, are not free to leave the country.

          • jarhead1982

            Then leave

          • Mike Breen

            Go feck yourself, you mindless cretin.

          • jarhead1982

            While my wife can boast of my impressive personal credentials, we see you are the one and only Guiness world record holder for teensiest wood you mindless cretin

  • kkb

    Really need to break the police structure from the bottom up and the top down. Fire them all. No re-hires. Restucture with rational people who have passed IQ tests and real psychological tests, all new hires with HUGE oversights to prevent recurrence of this present abuse of power on every level.

  • Crenando

    The system at work

    • High_Yellow3

      Troll

      • Jack Smith

        83

    • High_Yellow3

      Troll

      • Jack Smith

        82

    • High_Yellow3

      Troll

      • Jack Smith

        67. Let’s get to 100 Today okay? We have to set some goals for you.

  • Juicey Bananas

    You can master anything in 10,000 hours. Practice and the sharing of how its done, with the courts and attorneys help, you stoopid tax payers will pay up. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ab492111e43d7a1d25c332fff43f5b7ae045bea0539b0615e42da80d9e24a9c1.jpg