The fifth amendment is now toast - Journal of Omnifarious
Jul. 23rd, 2007
12:26 am - The fifth amendment is now toast
Something that should be a law is signed into existence as an executive order. And it allows ones assets to be frozen on the say-so of one individual. The conditions that need to be met in order for this to be done are rather vague, and to an extent not very important because there is no oversight of any kind to insure that they're truly met. Additionally anybody said to be providing you any kind of aid can have their assets frozen too. This includes the lawyer who takes your case pro-bono.
I'm trying to figure out who they're going to use this on first so nobody complains. Most likely foreigners who have a lot of assets in US jurisdiction. But really, they could use it on anybody for any reason. See my previous statements about their being no accountability of any kind, not even the ability to appeal.
Of course the RICO act was quite severely injurious to the fifth amendment already. That's the act that lets them seize your friend's house because they caught you in it with a dime bag of weed. But this latest thing completely trashes it. Oh sure, your assets are just 'frozen' and not actually seized, but there is no effective difference when you actually want to use any of them.
I continue to be impressed by what the Bush administration thinks it can get away with and how right it ends up being.