Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 | Author:

I remember the days when the safe deposit box of a deceased person could not be opened without a court order, even when looking for the person’s will. I don’t know if that’s still the case here in New York state, but it sure isn’t the case in Britain.

Cops raided over 3,500 “safe” deposit boxes seizing ¬£35 million cash, as well as multiple passports, guns, gold, cannabis, elephant tusks, and a hammer, chisel, and pipe wrench. This, of course, is being hailed as a blow against criminals that stash their stash in safe deposit boxes, and sixty cops will work on this project ad infinitum.

A few details:

  • More than half of the boxes are thought to be connected to criminal activity.
  • So far 11 people have been charged in connection with the raid, codenamed Operation Rize, and 40 have been arrested.
  • All legitimate property had been returned, Mr Ponting added.

If I were writing the story about this raid, it would have gone something like this:

By violating the privacy of over 3,500 citizens, police have charged 11 and arrested 40. While claiming that more than half of the box holders are criminals, the charges and arrests show that 3449 people, or 98.5% of the boxholders are honest citizens. The remaining criminals must fall into the category of “guilty until proven guilty.” The honest citizens apparently had to prove they legitimately owned the property they had put in their “safe” deposit boxes before it was returned to them.

I suspect that if the police raided any group of 3500 citizens, without cause, they would probably be able to charge 1.5% of them with something. Apparently, Britain has decided that violating the privacy of the innocent 98.5% is an acceptable trade-off to find the 1.5% who are guilty. Will America?

My advice: Obama told us not to stash our valuables in a mattress … but digging a hole in the backyard might be a good idea.

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2 Responses
  1. Mrs Mecomber says:


    Before long, these jerks can make ANYTHING a criminal offense. What the heck is happening to the human race here?! We* may as well open our heads and hand over our brains now! Hello?! THX 1138/1984, here we come!!

    *”They,” not “me,” as in “us”; just “we” as in “they.”

    P.S. Yeah, I shoulda been a lawyer. Totaly missed my calling…

  2. akaGaGa says:

    You are a stitch! But I’m going to confess my ignorance. What’s 1138?