The effort succeeded, but it had an impact that has been largely hidden from public view: the spread of an aggressive brand of policing that has spurred the seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from motorists and others not charged with crimes, a Washington Post investigation found. Thousands of people have been forced to fight legal battles that can last more than a year to get their money back.
And pay attention to this:
Behind the rise in seizures is a little-known cottage industry of
private police-training firms that teach the techniques of “highway
interdiction” to departments across the country.
To quote Jamie, "Well, THERE'S your problem!" A big part of it.
One of those firms created a private intelligence network known as Black
Asphalt Electronic Networking & Notification System that enabled
police nationwide to share detailed reports about American motorists —
criminals and the innocent alike — including their Social Security
numbers, addresses and identifying tattoos, as well as hunches about
which drivers to stop.
Really? Cops posting that information on a PRIVATE network to be spread around? How the hell is this legal?