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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.

https://youtu.be/5hrQ7YA5ZT0

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.

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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. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.