FBI Broke the Law in Warrantless Seizure of Safe Deposit Boxes

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The FBI broke the law when agents searched hundreds of safe deposit boxes without warrants in 2021, a federal appeals court ruled. The court compared the FBI’s tactics to the kind of indiscriminate searches that led to the enactment of the Bill of Rights in the first place, reports The Intercept.

In March 2021, the FBI raided U.S. Private Vaults, a safe deposit box company in Beverly Hills, California.

The company marketed itself on privacy for clients. It appealed to some illicit operators, but also to people who didn’t trust banks or just wanted privacy.

The FBI seized millions of dollars in cash from the deposit boxes, plus a mix of jewelry, personal effects, and documents such as wills and prenuptial agreements.

In October 2022, a trial judge ruled there were no 4th Amendment violations.

That was just reversed on appeal at the 9th Circuit.

The FBI warrant had omitted key details, such as they were directed to open every box.
“If there remained any doubt regarding whether the government conducted a ‘criminal search or seizure,’” the 9th Circuit ruled, “that doubt is put to rest by the fact the government has already used some of the information from inside the boxes to obtain additional warrants to further its investigation and begin new ones.”

Read more at The Intercept.


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Bill
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Bill
1 month ago

There day is fast approaching for their total shutdown and removal of a law enforcement agency as well as the CIA, DOJ, DHS. these four agencies are so corrupted and run by communist Marxists it must be defunded and replaced with honest law enforcement who won’t violate citizens’ rights like these agencies do every day under orders from the democratic leaders.

Hal P
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Hal P
1 month ago

And as usual nothing will be done no punishment will be handed out nobody will be fired.

Just More Abuse of Americans
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Just More Abuse of Americans
1 month ago

This post took 8 tries.

The great part about being a jackboot is you can break any law, abuse any citizen, hide any evidence, entrap old and gullible people, steal property, violate oaths, violate every constitutional amendment, threaten defense lawyers with prison, lie to the judges in your own little secret courts, and never face ANY consequences. The weaponization of the executive branch has fully destroyed America. A democrat-infested executive branch will never punish itself, and the other two branches of government lack the enforcement means to restore any balance or justice within the government. Congress and the Courts are being ignored at will. Game over.

Peter B. Prange
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Peter B. Prange
1 month ago

When law enforcement agencies break the law, the citizens lose their rights.
If their are elections in November…it is time to throw the RINO and Democrats out.
We are almost to the stage of Soviet style secret police and courts without justice.

Trump guy
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Trump guy
1 month ago

THE FEDS ARE DICKLESS COWARDS.

Mandatory Reprogramming For You, Sir
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Mandatory Reprogramming For You, Sir
1 month ago
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That’s not nice. They’re transitioning. Soon those “men” will be swimming against young ladies in the pool, or living their own truths by getting pregnant. You should be more sensitive.