Another new tool was the extension of the statute of limitations which allowed investigators and prosecutors to reach well back into previous years to bundle together a long list of crimes that would be charged against the soldiers and the heads of the families.
The punishments were quite creative and positive for the government. One of the greatest tools was the ability of the government to seize all the assets of the members of the corrupt organization if it could be shown that the assets were the result of the criminal activity. RICO was a grand success.
So much so, that before long RICO was being used to prosecute other groups who had nothing to do with the Italian or Sicilian mobs. Drug dealers, car theft rings, motorcycle gangs and purveyors of porn films and yes, even prostitution rings were also successfully prosecuted, their assets seized and their liberty forfeited in many thousands of cases.
Then, civil prosecutions using the RICO statutes were launched and eventually these laws were even directed against peaceful abortion clinic protectors to the dismay of many.
Federal and state investigators consider RICO cases to be their greatest goal, because severe punishments and far reaching investigations across state lines mean woe for any who are engaged in organized crimes, and the bucket of gold at the end of this investigative rainbow has enhanced many a government agency.
In other words, the government can get our tax dollars back.
So now comes ACORN with years of what appears to me to be seriously organized crime. They have been involved in voter fraud and I would guess it would not take too many interviews before the FBI could establish the conspiracy. They have also been involved in bank fraud, gaming the system in attempts to bring assets from the so called rich, to the so-called poor. I can imagine most of these ACORN employees think of themselves as real Robin Hood heroes.
And finally, they have been proven – with these new undercover tapes – gleefully willing to become involved with a conspiracy to evade state and federal taxes, surely a serious felony, conspiracy to provide safe havens for a prostitution ring – perhaps moving prostitutes across state lines, also a feloniousness activity.
To cap it off, they willingly and enthusiastically conspired to transport, house, and hide underage illegal female aliens for the purpose of prostitution. I cannot begin to count the number of state and federal laws that would be violated here. One can only imagine, but FBI Agents and federal prosecutors can know. One ACORN employee bragged she shot her annoying husband to death, after laying a foundation for her cover story by reporting to women’s shelters that she was being abused.
Could her actions amount to premeditated first degree murder?
The case against ACORN has swiftly moved from being a talk show host's ultimate dream to a serious investigation that may be best served through the use of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statutes designed to nail those predators who are always with us, trying to bring down our culture to primitive animalistic levels.
Thank God we have laws for this sort of thing. Let's use them now.