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WATCH: Judge Admits Arresting Poor People for Traffic Tickets Gives Him ‘Job Security’

Houston, TX — An eye-opening video of a judge making a callous admission of how his job is dependent upon police extracting wealth from poor people for traffic ‘offenses’ exposes an underlying problem within America’s ‘justice’ system. From the bailiff to the judge — their careers depend upon police preying on the poor.

It is no question, criminals do not like the police. But to stop critical thought at this point is entirely irresponsible.

The wedge driven between citizens and the cops comes from the harassment, arrests, deprivation of rights, and fear through the police enforcing laws for victimless crimes designed to generate revenue. The giant pink elephant in the living room can no longer be ignored. The government’s war on drugs alone has laid waste to entire communities by pushing the sale of drugs into the black market, creating crime.

The Free Thought Project has documented near countless examples of people being extorted, kidnapped, caged and killed for “crimes” with no victims.

In the video below, we see the harsh reality that is government-sponsored extortion. Robin Clearey, the woman standing before Magistrate Joe Licata was in that spot because she got ticketed for taillight malfunction, expired registration, and driving without a license. Unable to pay the mounting fees from previous traffic stops, Clearey had been stopped once again. This time, the officer charged her with a Class-B misdemeanor, a level above her previous charge for driving with a suspended license.

All these fees add up and lead to people like Clearey being thrown in jail for being unable to pay them — a de facto debtor’s prison — which, according to Licata, is ‘job security.’

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As the Houston Press reports, Licata warned her that, if she didn’t pay the fines for these tickets and renew her license after paying surcharges to the Department of Public Safety, “then you’re gonna get arrested every time you get pulled over.”

That was nothing to her, Clearey responded — because she had already become trapped in a cycle of arrests.

“It’s nothing to me either,” Licata told her. “It’s job security.”

Clearey then walks out in astonishment after Licata made such a callous and brutally honest remark.

Police, we are told, are here to keep us safe and protect us from the bad guys. However, public safety all too often takes a back seat to revenue collection. Time and time again, the Free Thought Project has exposed quota schemes in which officers were punished for not writing enough tickets.

All too often we hear the ridiculous statement from the apologist crowd saying, “If you don’t break the law, you have nothing to worry about.”

However, that statement couldn’t be further from the truth.

Former NSA official William Binney sums this myth up quite accurately, “The problem is, if they think they’re not doing anything that’s wrong, they don’t get to define that. The central government does.”

Attorney Harvey Silverglate argues that the average American commits three felonies a day without even knowing it.

While most everyone in America commits the same infractions designed for revenue collection, most of the people targeted by police for these crimes are the poor, minorities, and the mentally ill.

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As the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson exposed, in 2013, African-Americans accounted for 86 percent of traffic stops, while making up only 63 percent of Ferguson’s population.

For those too poor to pay their tickets, routine traffic stops in Ferguson ended up in repeated imprisonment due to mounting fines. Ferguson was running a de facto debtors’ prison.

Revenue collection, persecution of the poor, and debtor’s prisons take place in every county, in every city, across every state. This institutionalized cruelty is little more than a day’s work for the millions of bureaucrats involved in the racket.

To provide a glimpse into this cruelty, the Texas Organizing Project put together a short video that highlights some of these cases including the system preying on a mentally ill man who is denied bail as he has no idea what is going on. The cold nature of these judges and the sheer magnitude at which this abuse takes place is absolutely heartbreaking.

Sadly, until this system of wealth extraction is defunded or brought to a halt through radical policy changes, cases like the ones above will continue at an ever increasing rate until the whole country is one big prison.

It’s time we begin talking about other more peaceful and less aggressive resolutions to societal problems. The solutions are all around us, we just have to seek them out.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit

  • theGOONIES

    I don’t see anything wrong here. I say it all the time at work. Morons most definitely keep me busy fixing their crap. I suspect morons also keep lawyers judges and police busy ensuring further need. Looks like this author of the article is also taking advantage of the pc anti police culture being promoted right now to also keep her employed.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      I have more respect for a “moron” than for the kind of callous monster who doesn’t see anything wrong here.

      • Nicklos Silkworth

        I agree that goonies guy has a sandy vagina. It smells awful

        • billdeserthills

          You’re gonna hafta stay out of there to retain your credibilty

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            *bursts out laughing* He’s got you there!

    • Joe Andersen

      Part of the problem much, privileged majority member? Anti-police???? The police aren’t one big mass of grizzled war heroes battling terrorists all day, they’re largely 24 year old C-students from poor white families that completed a 1.5 year community college program. These aren’t our best and brightest risking their lives, these are hapless white kids that don’t even understand that criminal justice is 98% civil rights pulling over minorities for traffic violations and exaggerating the danger they feel that they encounter (spoiler: they are the dangerous ones) because they’re surrounded by minorities. Good police do great work, but they are 100% complicit with criminal cops- and that invalidates all police, good or bad. Being pro-police at this point in time is a bad sign that you are being controlled by your media exposure, and not a bad sign that everyone else is crazy… If police departments aren’t willing at all, even slightly, short of a nationally television incident, to trim their fat, then the population is some kind of idiot- trying to defend the people that enable corruption at every level of our government?!? How does that help at all, literally, in any way

      • theGOONIES

        Blah blah blah. Noone is buying that tripe here

        • The man had something intelligent to say and you responded with “Blah Blah Blah”… anti police culture? There are good reasons for it.
          If the judge admits that it is a matter of job security, that would indicate that they will always want to find a reason to support their job security.
          Another example of such job security is when we find out about quota’s that supposedly don’t really exist. They know that if they were more up front about the existence of such quota’s for tickets then people would question whether or not people were being unjustifiably charged just to meet a quota.

          Go back to your candy land.

          • theGOONIES

            Are you assuming his her it’s gender? You should he ashamed of yourself

          • He….she….this individual….
            If that’s your best response.. it’s not much of one.

    • Hugh Jazzole’

      You are the MORON,,YOUR taxes pay for the officers & the courts & the jails & jailers

  • yvette.arbour

    1 year have passed since I finally quit my previous job and I am so happy now… I started doing work over internet, over a website I found online, several hrs daily, and I profit now much more than i did on my previous work… Paycheck i got for last month was for Nine thousand bucks… Amazing thing about it is that i have more free time with my kids… http://chilp.it/8d93f4b

  • T. Mohr

    What a sad fucking country we live in, that a judge makes a statement like that.

    • billdeserthills

      Even Judge Judy doesn’t put up with that yeah, uh huh stuff–my attorney always explained how I was to address the court,
      perhaps she couldn’t afford an attorney

      • George Reichel

        How should one address corrupt scum?

        • billdeserthills

          Yes Sir & No Sir even works on women judges & cops

  • billdeserthills

    First you are accused of being a criminal, that way nobody will care what happens next

    • elizabeth.brown

      One year ago I decided to leave my last work and I never felt so good in my life… I started freelancing on-line, for a company I stumbled upon online, for a few hours /a day, and I earn much more than i did on my previous job… Last pay-check i got was for Nine thousand bucks… Amazing thing about this is that now i have more time with my family… http://chilp.it/8d93f4b

  • martymarsh

    The justice system will never be more corrupt than it is today, they are following corrupt Washington, cops today are nothing more than overpaid revenue agents.

  • So is it a class C or a class B misdemeanor?
    The officer obviously gets to decide that it is a class B at his whim!
    Why would anyone argue with him… certainly not the judge.

    • Hugh Jazzole’

      We got about 22 million illegal aliens in this country taking jobs & pay away from Americans .They are being jailed for fines that could have been paid if they didnt have the competition for all the work.

  • Hugh Jazzole’

    1983 bearden V.Georgia,,,inability to pays fine is NO reason to jail anyone,You can sue in federal court If you were made to sit in jail for being poor.You will collect about$200 for every day..