Guilty until proven innocent: Feds raid collector’s home, haul everything off

Guilty until proven innocent: Feds raid collector’s home, haul everything off

[Ed. – Seriously: the FBI is confiscating everything to see if any of it “might be illegal to possess.”  So much for the Fourth Amendment.]

FBI agents Wednesday removed “thousands” of cultural artifacts, including American Indian items, from the private collection of a 91-year-old Rush County man who had acquired them over the past eight decades.

An FBI command vehicle and several tents were spotted at the property in rural Waldron, about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

However, the FBI was careful not to say whether they believed the man, Don Miller, had knowingly broken any laws. The FBI’s aim is to catalog the artifacts and return them to their countries of origin.

“We’re collecting and analyzing with the goal of repatriation,” FBI Special Agent Drew Northern said. …

The aim of the FBI’s efforts is to determine what each artifact is, where it came from and how Miller obtained it, Jones said, to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately.

Jones acknowledged that Miller might have acquired some of the items before the passage of U.S. laws or treaties prohibited their sale or purchase.

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