Henry Hyde on property rights and civil asset forfeiture

From Forfeiting Our Property Rights by former Representative Henry Hyde (R-IL), published 1995 by the Cato Institute, page 3:

Before going further, I think it appropriate to consider the basic principle that unchecked forfeiture undermines–the right to private property–and why that principle is so important in America, or in any just society. True, we are dealing with an abstract principle we usually take for granted, but the right to own and enjoy property protects and enhances the lives of all citizens. Without it, human being are reduced to misery and want. The stark reality of this truth is never so evident as when a squad of government agents breaks down your door, guns drawn, and confiscates your family home. That might sound dramatic. But too often that is the reality of modern American forfeiture law.

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