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  •  Somehow, I think it has always been this way (0+ / 0-)

    as much as any government's technology would allow.  Seizing contraband illegally may mean no prosecution of the contraband possessor, but when does the government that illegally seized the contraband ever give it back?  Answer:  Never.  Just think of the law enforcement officer in the Midwest who ate those magic brownies and called the police, of all people, freaking out about dying when he was merely stoned.  Contraband.  Consumed.  This diary even pointed out the fact that the FBI may not use recorded phone calls in court, but it assists in knowing where to investigate.  All this recording is equivalent to drone informants, IMO.  Rather than fight it all, which is pointless, we must participate in our government, monitor what it does, and elect the most rational, logic-driven folks necessary to take care of government affairs. We must also create a system that is faster when it comes to deleting pointless laws that do nothing to better the welfare of society, like these inane "drug war" laws.  The Daily Kos community is part of this process, me thinks.  

    Mix the blood and make new people!

    by Yonkers Boy on Mon May 20, 2013 at 02:44:18 PM PDT

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    •  Actually... (0+ / 0-)

      ...In states with MMJ laws, several people have sued either the state cops or, in one memorable instance, the Dept of Homeland Security, and got their pot back.

      In most other states, the fact that the illegally confiscated material is still illegal means that they can't give it back to you.

    •  According to Binney (3+ / 0-)
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      It hasn't always been this way.  And he designed and built some of these systems.  It all changed under Cheney.  Before that the agency would not collect domestic data without authorization.  

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Mon May 20, 2013 at 04:01:18 PM PDT

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