From Northern California’s Redding Record-Searchlight, July 13, via BoingBoing.net, which notes “The D.E.A. working with National Guard troops and Blackhawk helicoptors set upon Shasta County, California this week to deal with the domestic terror threat of… pot growers”:
John P. Walters, President Bush’s drug czar, said the people who plant and tend the gardens are terrorists who wouldn’t hesitate to help other terrorists get into the country with the aim of causing mass casualties. Walters made the comments at a Thursday press conference that provided an update on the “Operation Alesia” marijuana-eradication effort.
“Don’t buy drugs. They fund violence and terror,” he said.
After touring gardens raided this week in Shasta County, Walters said the officers who are destroying the gardens are performing hard, dangerous work in rough terrain. He said growers have been known to have weapons, including assault rifles.
“These people are armed; they’re dangerous,” he said. He called them “violent criminal terrorists.”
See our last posts on the war on marijuana and other examples of the idiotic obsession with criminalization of plants. See also our last post on the rhetorical device of words-mean-whatever-we-say-they-mean.