In a totalitarian society, when the government accuses a citizen of violating a law, the presumption is the citizen is guilty and must prove his innocence. Thus you would have the phrase, guilty until proven innocent. The government appoints the judges and sets the rules for the presentation of evidence. In a totalitarian state, when the government comes to arrest a citizen, the government assumes guilt and acts accordingly by not accumulating evidence but starting to impose the sentence.
This is the practice imposed by the EPA and the IRS. Both of these government agencies assume guilt and the citizen must prove innocence. These two agencies act as if they were agencies of a totalitarian state. Now we have the government expanding this principle.
When federal agents stormed into Lyndon McLellan's North Carolina convenience store last October without warning and accused him of trying to put one over on the government, the small business owner wasn't sure what was happening.
"They asked me if I knew what 'structuring' was and then they showed me some cash deposits I made in a 24-hour period," he said.
The IRS agents apparently were suspicious because of deposits McLellan had made of just under $10,000. Banks are required to report transactions over $10,000; making multiple deposits of less than $10,000 to evade that requirement is known as "structuring."
Under this pretense, enforcement agents accused McLellan of the con and seized all $107,000 from his bank account.
"It leaves you numb," McLellan said. "I was in a state of shock."
McLellan is one of many business owners who have been caught up in a controversial federal practice known as civil forfeiture. Under this policy, federal agents have been able to seize the property and bank accounts of anyone they suspect of having criminal ties. The burden of proof falls on the owner even if no charges are filed.
This practice has been occurring with regularity for several years now. It has been challenged and ridiculed for the unconstitutional practice it is. Those who believe in totalitarianism will continue to do whatever they must to take away the freedom of the citizens to fulfill their goals, thus the practice continues.