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Ashcroft Wastes Tax Dollars and Chases Bong Dealers (english)
25 Feb 2003
Modified: 26 Feb 2003
Attorney General John Ashcroft announces project called "Operation Pipedreams" and busts many a bong merchant.
On Monday Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that federal agents raided half a dozen warehouses across the country seizing millions of dollars of "illegal drug paraphernalia." 55 retailers, distributors, and websites were shut down and indictments where handed out to dozens of individuals. Most of the materials seized were such things as glass pipes and small scales. The project was called "Operation Pipedreams" and involved several U.S. Attorneys, and no doubt countless federal agents. The official press release is located at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2003/February/03_crm_106.htm.

In the opinion of this writer this entire operation is a horrible waste of our tax dollars, and undermines one of the basic purposes of our justice department, which is to protect the people of the United States. Any waste of resources on pursuits that do not help this purpose serves to hurt it. I decided to e-mail the justice department about my outrage, and I have included the text of my e-mail below. I hope that other individuals will e-mail the justice department at AskDoj (at) usdoj.gov, and everyone is welcome to borrow any or all of my text.


The Dear Mr. Ashcroft and others concerned,
You should be ashamed of your recent effort known as "Operation Pipedreams". It was not only a worthless pursuit, but the opportunity cost of your action is tremendous. There are people in this country who are being raped and murdered, while you and your organization sees fit to use our precious tax dollars to pursue bong merchants. The argument that these individuals are as culpable as those that actually distribute the illegal drugs is absolutely absurd. I don't believe that in the history of mankind that the lack of the proper paraphernalia has kept anyone from using drugs. The only possible consequence of your action which could be seen as positive is boosting the sales of smaller scale paraphernalia dealers. If kids can't find a bong, they can easily make a pipe out of a soda can, or even a carrot. Apparently, you would rather force kids to smoke out of carrots than to take murderers off the streets. I understand that these busts serve as a way to make many indictments with little effort and even less risk to your agents, but your job is not simply to arrest as many people as you can. You also have a responsibility to use the resources that the tax payers give you in the most efficient manner possible to protect the public. Although I do not believe that the "war on drugs" is an effective campaign, I would much prefer to see you finding and arresting heroin dealers than using my hard earned money to pursue people that sell digital scales.I hope, for your sake, that no one suffers a fatal overdose because he can't afford or locate a scale to measure out his dose. Shame on you.
Sincerely,
Ben Gould
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Ashcroft is a Nazi and should sent packing... (english)
26 Feb 2003
Ashcroft will be remembered with the other twisted perverts of American fascism: McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover. He is the prototype from which the mentally ill slime of the Bush administration are based.