It was a known issue in the cold war (though I don't remember the term for it), that even your patriotic spy-plane engineer at Lockheed would sell designs and specs at a price. It was just an enormous price beyond the benefit gained.
The US had to secure data based on what they expected the enemy (Soviet or otherwise) would spend to acquire it. Cheap spies and traitors are easy to dissuade. When the price goes up, higher-ranking officers and hackers and thieves with skill start entering the pool.
And yeah, the NSA has created such a very big jewel, and is leaving it open to so many technician potentials.
Based on his correspondence at the time, it is pretty certain that Thomas Jefferson, who penned the Bill of Rights, believed that facilitating insurrection was central to the purpose of the Second Amendment.
All other implications aside.
Feudalism was the usual government at the time, and civil war and insurrection were both regarded as necessary evils. And both Jefferson and Madison spoke to the notion that our new form of government wasn't designed to be perfect and permanent, but to prolong the system's viability (before it inevitably failed).
And when it failed, they wanted the people to be ready to stand against tyranny. They talked a lot about tyranny and and how it was the ultimate threat.
Because those are natural things for a current regime to outlaw, especially since both are about taking up arms against the country.
If the US system worked ideally, an armed populace would only have to make their representatives nervous. The presumption was that if it was easy for an angered populous to overthrow a current administration violently that they might tread carefully.
We can't say this notion doesn't work. Our current government doesn't feel threatened by the people at all, whether they feel the people are unsuitably armed to make an effective uprising (in contrast to law enforcement and the National Guard), or they feel the people are easily swayed. Or maybe they regard the people as too disinclined yet to resort to violent insurrection.
But of course any regime doesn't want to be overthrown and is going to have statutes against treason or sedition against them, even if they agree that some regimes are bags of dicks. It's very similar to the way an administration can approve of the general idea that whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing deserve protections, but they don't want to see those protections for whistleblowers who expose its own wrongdoings.
You know, I suspect they WILL know when they've encountered dirty (criminal) money...
...because the person they robbed it from would rather suicide by cop, and get some reprisal, rather than face the consequences of showing up to his destination empty handed.
Last I checked, if you are carrying money for the mob (any mob) and the amount doesn't balance, they feed you to the factory's tooling machines unless the sharks are peckish.
So when the person set free comes back with a gun or a bomb and kills the seizing officer (or someone at random in the precinct) that's how they'll know they actually used the civil forfeiture laws for the purpose for which they were intended.
Most of their monster budgets go towards arranging for their next monster budget, whether bribing / extorting representatives or facilitating enhanced revenues. There may be some efforts towards doing work to justified its purpose beyond that.
So yeah, every dollar they get goes to a massive infrastructural army whose primary purpose is to stop what you are suggesting from happening.
It's not just a lot of fire, it's a massive conflagration.
I do think Jeremy Lyman indirectly makes a valid point, which is that franchise owners should be held to some degree of responsibility (if not legally than socially) to the proper care, feeding and respect of its fanbase. That is to at least put effort to sustain a standard of quality-of-product, to treat the diegesis with the same respect that the fans would, and then to offer it at reasonable, affordable prices.
I'd also argue that bonus content for re-purchasing old material is taking advantage of fan enthusiasm, much like the LOTR DVD editions being followed with expanded versions of the movie that had to be purchased again. (The digital video industry is awful about taking advantage of fan loyalty.)
Companies are quite fond of disregarding their loyal customers as anything but walking wallets, so, yeah we get Horse Armor caliber content for the cost of an entire standalone game. And the only way that is justified from a marketing perspective is squeezing the loyal fanbase for their lunch money.