We've written before about the widespread use of military equipment by local police departments under the Department of Defense's 1033 Program. With more and more military hardware showing up in communities large and small (sometimes very small), some folks have decided to find out just what their local police have acquired.
Local law enforcement has the power, under federal law, to seize cash, cars, homes - anything they believe may have been used, or might be used - to commit a crime. But they can take all of this property and still never charge you for a crime. And good luck getting your stuff back, because, in a bizarre twist, what the police have done is arrest your things, not you.