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August 28, 2017

In latest speech, AG Sessions talks up the changed policies of the Trump Administration

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave this speech today at a conference of the National Fraternal Order of Police.  Regular readers are familiar with various themes that have become common in the speeches of AG, but these excerpts still seemed worth spotlighting:

Several months ago now, we changed the charging policy for our federal prosecutors, trusting them once again and directing them to return to charging the most serious, readily provable offense.

In July, we reinstituted our equitable sharing program, ensuring that criminals will not be permitted to profit from their crimes.  As President Trump knows well, civil asset forfeiture is a key tool that helps law enforcement defund organized crime, take back ill-gotten gains, and prevent new crimes from being committed, and it weakens the criminals and the cartels.  Civil asset forfeiture takes the material support of the criminals and instead makes it the material support of law enforcement.  In departments across this country, funds that were once used to take lives are now being used to save lives.

Since these changes, we have seen a 23 percent increase in the number of criminals charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.  The Department has convicted more than 1,200 members of gangs, cartels, and their subsidiaries, since the beginning of the year....

Helping law enforcement do their jobs, helping the police get better, and celebrating the noble, honorable, essential and challenging work of our law enforcement communities will always be a top priority of President Trump and this Department of Justice.  We will always seek to affirm the critical role of policeoffers in our society and we will not participate in anything that would give comfort to radicals who promote agendas that preach hostility rather than respect for police.

President Trump is serious about this mission.  He is doing all he can to restore law and order and support our police across America.  And that is why, today, I am here to announce that President Trump is issuing an executive order that will make it easier to protect yourselves and your communities. H e is rescinding restrictions from the prior administration that limited your agencies' ability to get equipment through federal programs, including life saving gear like Kevlar vests and helmets and first responder and rescue equipment like what they’re using in Texas right now.

Some of these programs, like the Department of Defense's 1033 program that Congress signed into law more than 25 years ago, have recycled more than $5.4 billion in used gear and equipment that taxpayers had already purchased, and made it available for your agencies to repurpose it in the fight against terrorism, crime, and disaster relief. Equipment like helicopters and armored vehicles are also vitally important to emergency and disaster response efforts.

One sheriff told me earlier this year about how, due to the prior administration's restrictions, the federal government made his department return an armored vehicle that can change the dynamics of an active shooter situation.  These are the types of helmets and gear that stopped a bullet and saved the life of an officer during the Orlando nightclub shooting.  This is the type of equipment officers needed when they pursued and ultimately killed terrorists in San Bernardino.  Studies have shown this equipment reduces crime rates, reduces the number of assaults against police officers, and reduces the number of complaints against police officers.

Those restrictions went too far.  We will not put superficial concerns above public safety. All you need to do is turn on a tv right now to see that for Houstonians this isn’t about appearances, its about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety.

The executive order the President will sign today will ensure that you can get the lifesaving gear that you need to do your job and send a strong message that we will not allow criminal activity, violence, and lawlessness to become the new normal.  And we will save taxpayer money in the meantime.

August 28, 2017 at 06:04 PM | Permalink


Elections have consequences. Hope you are happy "Hillary or Bust" people. You got Bust.

Posted by: Just Passing By | Aug 28, 2017 7:16:46 PM

Sessions also told everyone that he's encouraging law enforcement officers to be sure rto follow der Fuehrer's message to "rough up" the folks they arrest; and that the offices need not worry about disobeying federal, fem-lib court orders restraining them becuase Trump will pardon them if they are held in contempt.

Posted by: Emily | Aug 28, 2017 10:28:43 PM

Before civil forfeiture gets struck down around the country, Sessions should have the DOJ seize Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, for hosting millions of crimes on their platforms. Bust them up, sell the parts, and keep the money for the government.

Posted by: David Behar | Aug 28, 2017 11:43:34 PM

I'm not sure if he said what Emily noted explicitly but his support for Trump says it implicitly.

Posted by: Joe | Aug 28, 2017 11:55:36 PM

Joe. You need to disclose how you or your employer makes a living.

Posted by: David Behar | Aug 29, 2017 1:50:00 AM

Joe. Announcement from the owners of ABC News.


Posted by: David Behar | Aug 29, 2017 2:18:33 AM

Hey David, have you ever disclosed fully how you or your employer makes a living?

Posted by: Doug B. | Aug 29, 2017 2:47:21 PM

David, waiting for your answer to Doug B's question. Fess up now.

Posted by: Emily | Aug 29, 2017 11:18:48 PM

Prof. Berman. I have many times. At a minimum, I make a good half a living from crime. The higher the crime rate, the better I do. I owe more than half my living to the lawyer's crippling of criminal justice. Everyone else in my field does too. We clean up the lawyer mess.

You know, when I say, I love the lawyer? I think you guys are cute children, so easily led by the criminal cult enterprise, so naive. Beyond your cuteness, I owe the lawyer, over the years, $millions from court decisions, legal reforms, consent decrees, and Draconian regulation hobbling punishment.

Nor is what I do in any way the rent. It is the polar opposite. No human investment has more value than what I do. How would you like to give someone $100, and get back $10,000 in cash in a year, guaranteed, no risk of loss, year after year. This is the cash value of the return. It does not count the value of safety, welfare, the end of agonizing pain, fear. This return on investment is higher than in any other human activity, including crime. Buy a gun for $400, rob a bank of $4000, that return is lower. You would have to do it 10 more times before matching what I return in value. What I do is the profit, to the extreme humanly possible.

I am arguing against my economic self interest. That self sacrifice makes me the most morally superior person here.

Posted by: David Behar | Aug 29, 2017 11:18:56 PM

David, you still haven't answered Doug's question. I can only assume you are a welfare queen.

Posted by: English major | Aug 30, 2017 11:09:25 AM

David, I am not surprised to hear you assert your belief that you are "the most morally superior person here." But you still have not at all adequately explained how you make a living. Who exactly pays you and for what services?

You have often demanded that others disclose who pays them. If you do not want to answer this question fully and candidly, that is fine. But if you do not answer, I do not think it proper for you to ask the question of others.


Posted by: Doug B. | Aug 30, 2017 4:20:30 PM

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