Marshall - 12:43 am on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
I will repeat what I said before:
The government is using a statute that allows the seizure of assets used in illegal activity (an extension of the war on drugs) and presumably needs a court order to implement the seizure. And while the legal system is not perfect, one does need to present a prima facia probable cause to the courts. In other words, it is not just some arbitrary action.
Believe when I say I know of what I speak. Further, the burden of proof is on the suspect(s) that funds obtained from an illegal activity were not used to obtain/maintain the assets or property in question. Until such time the suspect(s) can prove otherwise, the government can hold onto those assets indefinitely. This is nothing new and dates back long before the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, and even computers.