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“Widespread government surveillance, in addition to imperiling the privacy rights of millions of Americans, has also severely undermined the freedom of the press.”

 

Press freedoms in this country-

Sometimes restricted, sometimes newspeople just take whatever they are told by public agencies & do not ask questions.

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Local Border Patrol whistleblower investigation results in further suppression of information.

Agency in question makes an inside deal- like negotiating a record contract or signing a business executive-

“terms are confidential.”

Deal results in further suppression of information.

Oversight? Checks and balances?

Reporters asking questions? Not a chance-

Zero reporting on the following questions:

Are fraudulent overtime claims the norm at Port Angeles?

Does the practice still continue?

How long did it go on?

Our Washington State Patrol opened a criminal investigation in a similar case:

State Patrol union rips criminal probe into lieutenant’s overtime pay

Ex-trooper charged with official misconduct for overtime pay

A proper investigation will reveal the truth- where is the report?

 

Secret arrest statistics:

Aug 2010-

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

“Border Patrol spokeswoman Jenny Burke said Monday that the agency will not release any information on the number of arrests made by agents who work out of the Port Angeles station, the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for and the disposition of their cases”

“The number of arrests for Port Angeles’ or any other station is “law enforcement-sensitive,” Burke said.”

“The names of those arrested and other facts about them are not available for release under the 1974 Privacy Act, she said.”

Number of arrests for Port Angeles or any other station is law enforcement-sensitive?

Looks like another policy is in place here:

US Border Patrol, Erie station-

The people of Erie, PA did not have to submit a FOIA request to find out what justified the expansion of their local Border Patrol station-

No public information/security conflict at the U.S. Border Patrol station (not sector) in Erie, PA.

Erie Station- similar to Port Angeles in that it is separated from Canada by water.

Note: reports of the expansion at Erie include numbers of arrests out of that station:

“The Border Patrol operations in Erie, nearly six years old, include more than 30 agents who apprehended 588 illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2008-09.”

“The Border Patrol’s apprehensions in the Erie area have grown steadily, from 332 in fiscal 2006-2007 to 588 in 2008-09 to 305 so far in 2009-10.

Of those apprehended so far this fiscal year, 136 were individuals found by other law enforcement agencies and turned over to the Border Patrol.”

 

Another station- another policy:

“While the number of arrests have been up to about 2,000 at the Buffalo station, Bitterman said those numbers are changing.

“Buffalo sector has gone down the last couple of years,” he said.

In the fiscal year 2012 (which runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30), the Buffalo station, which currently has 311 agents, made 1,143 apprehensions.”

 

Denied FOIA requests-

“The Border Patrol has refused repeated requests by the Peninsula Daily News — including those made under the Freedom of Information Act — for arrest totals for the Port Angeles station, which covers a territory that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.”

 

Port Angeles USBP station- grand opening:

“Jones asked a Peninsula Daily News reporter to interview only Border Patrol personnel selected by the agency and to confine interviews of selected personnel to topics concerning the station’s opening.”

No topics to be discussed unless pre-approved by the agency in question.

 

Heroin-

Massing US Border Patrol agents at the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca fails to keep heroin out of Port Angeles:

August 4th, 2014

“We know in this county, we have a heroin epidemic,” Payne said.

Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Olympic Peninsula?

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

 

Maybe it’s time for investigative journalists to make appointments, schedule interviews and ask some questions. Suggested topics here: News tip/story idea

If no answers are available, please do a story describing the working relationship you have with the Washington State Patrol, local sheriffs departments and city police departments. Any denied FOIA requests generated by these agencies? Please compare to the Border Patrol at Port Angeles.

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

 

Our free and independent press recently informed us on Olympic Peninsula US Border Patrol operations.

The article reads like paid advertising or something produced by US Border Patrol public relations.

Most of the photos used in the article were provided by the federal government.

 

Related:

Video- Reporters Doing Promotional & Public Relations Work-

The Garage Sale Incident

Port Angeles, WA: Heavily fortified small town unable to keep heroin out

 

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Photo- South Indian Island scene

 

DSC_0084We have been happy to spend money in the local economy for home improvements, maintenance & repairs to include: driveway gravel, lumber, paint, window replacement, carpet cleaning, installation of gutters, pest control, land survey services, riding mower parts, chainsaw service, landscaping plants & materials, roofing repair, tools, etc.

We believe that fewer people will be inclined to do this if the neighborhood appears to be going downhill.

More here:

Riepma Ave. support page

 

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Mount Constance- upper right.

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DSC_00052Ron Burgundy approved news features-

Imitate unoriginal thought. Keep brain switched off. Fit in & enjoy peer approval.

Local TV news update here.

 

Sponsored by:

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Photo- Crescent Beach

 

DSC_0202Video- corrections officer threatens to have news crew arrested.

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Port Angeles USBP station- grand opening:

“Jones asked a Peninsula Daily News reporter to interview only Border Patrol personnel selected by the agency and to confine interviews of selected personnel to topics concerning the station’s opening.”

No topics to be discussed unless pre-approved by the agency in question.

 

Unmanipulated press?

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

In an emergency- deputies will be away from regular duties while cooking?

MREs work well for emergencies- no need to have deputies spend 2 years trying to get a kitchen up & running.

Another video from the same local station:

2014 update: News tip/story idea

 

Another source:

One of our local TV stations recently informed us about Homeland Security gunboats on Puget Sound.

Video: Behind the wheel of the ferry gunboat

This hard-hitting interview was an opportunity to answer most FAQs.

Serious subject matter- covered like an elementary school field trip down to the fire station- except- students might come up with some intelligent or interesting questions at the fire station.

What questions went unasked?

1) How does the gunboat protect the ferry if a bad guy is already onboard? The Washington State Patrol uses dogs to check vehicles at some ferry terminals on some days. Walk-on passengers are not checked at any terminal- at any time.

2) “Terrorists” (If they really are out to get us) can communicate just like teenagers- they can wait in line and ride the ferry just like anyone else. What would stop terrorists from riding the ferry and alerting each other if they see a US Coast Guard escort or Washington State Patrol dogs sniffing cars prior to loading?

3) If a terrorist wanted to get their boat dangerously close to a ferry- they could just put it on a trailer and drive it on- what would prevent this?

4) What stops terror strikes on the days US Coast Guard gunboats are not providing escorts on any given route or Washington State Patrol dogs are not on duty at any given terminal?

 

Video promoting the drug war-

Another report treating viewers as if they are part of an elementary school field trip:

With drugs streaming into Washington, state turns to National Guard for help

 

In print:

Our free and independent press recently informed us on Olympic Peninsula US Border Patrol operations.

The article reads like paid advertising or something produced by US Border Patrol public relations.

Most of the photos used in the article were provided by the federal government.

 

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Photo- Summer at Rosario Beach

 

DSC_0008 copyJust days after the nation celebrated Independence- someone gets caught with marijuana at a federal campground inside Washington State.

“A man called KING 5 to say he had pot confiscated and was ticketed while camping with friends. It happened when a ranger came by to check on their campfire. The ranger noticed the group had a small amount of marijuana.
The camper said he purchased it legally, but because he was on federal land the viewer said the pot was confiscated and that he got a $125 ticket.”

“Larry Chambers, a US Forest Service spokesperson says the agency is legally required to enforce federal laws on public lands they manage, even though Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana in November 2012.”

Click here to view authoritarian comments from people who are all about federal law even though they probably were up for celebrating independence on July 4th.

Favorite comment:

“Its federal land. Just like the Military bases.”

Maybe American culture would be easier to understand if all of the US was one giant military base.

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

Same country where half time sports announcers remind us that The Troops are fighting undeclared/unwon wars overseas in order to defend your rights and freedoms.

 

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Photo- Summer on Whidbey Island

 

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DSC_0184US Marines-

“We fight over there, so we don’t have to fight here”

 

Meanwhile- back home:

Massing US Border Patrol agents at the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca fails to keep heroin out of Port Angeles:

 

August 4th, 2014

“We know in this county, we have a heroin epidemic,” Payne said.

 

July 15th, 2014

“A Port Angeles man was sentenced to serve 24 months probation on July 10th in another OPNET heroin case.”

 

Busy news week:

June 24th, 2014

“Roening and Reynolds were arrested on the morning of June 5 when Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team members executed a search warrant at a home in the 500 block of West Ninth Street in Port Angeles.”

June 25th, 2014

Heroin/car chase:

Arraignment set Friday following Port Angeles car chase

 

We are told the #1 US Border Patrol objective is to stop terrorists.

The US Border Patrol explains this objective at a local public forum- this YouTube video covers Border Patrol objectives at 3:50

 

For a small town- Port Angeles has a large Department of Homeland Security presence:

US Coast Guard:

Air Station / Sector Field Office (SFO)
Port Angeles, WA

 

July 2011

1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats:

Fast boats put agents in close distance with ‘bad guys’ on the watery border [**Gallery/Video**]

 

Sept 2012

$11.9 million, 50 agent US Border Patrol facility:

Border Patrol cuts ribbon for new $11.9 million facility in Port Angeles [ *** PHOTO GALLERY *** ]

 

May 2013

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

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Heroin traffickers have no Army, Navy, Air Force or Dept. of Homeland Security. They are frequently successful at what they do. If terrorists were just as interested in entering the US- it appears that federal departments and agencies would have no way to stop them.

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

 

US Department of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

 

More about local heroin here, and here: Puget Sound Heroin

Related:

Secret arrest statistics are un-American

News tip/story idea

 

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Photo- Salt Creek

 

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DSC_0002_005Kirkland-

Video- Kirkland rejects plan to put 9/11 memorial in park

Four images of “the heroes of 911″ are featured in the memorial. One is is a member of the military.

What role did the US Armed Forces play on 911?

 

Issaquah-

“The Spirit of America sculpture was also rejected by the city of Issaquah this month, in part because there wasn’t enough time to consider it before a June 18 application deadline with the foundation, said city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan.”

 

State Capitol-

Video- State Capitol campus rejects 9/11 memorial

 

Maybe the folks who don’t want the memorial are looking past the symbolism, ceremony & emotion towards what has gone on in Washington State during the War on Terror.

 

Welcome Home Troops

US Dept. of Homeland Security Port Angeles, WA-

Sentries & watchstanders unable to prevent lone bumbler from penetrating US Coast Guard base- then smoking marijuana in the CO’s quarters aboard 210-foot cutter Active- not to be discovered until hours later at morning colors.

 

Sensitive Dept. of Homeland Security documents released to the public at a garage sale:

The Garage Sale Incident

 

Massing US Border Patrol agents at the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca fails to keep heroin out of Port Angeles:

Sept, 2012

Border Patrol cuts ribbon for new $11.9 million facility in Port Angeles

May, 2013

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility.

Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

News links & documentation here:

News tip/story idea

 

Suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry:

Saying No to the federal government

 

Suspicionless local ID checks?

 

DHS Grant Money comes to Washington State

 

At the federal level:

Cost of scramble to solve VA’s waiting-time crisis: $54 billion yearly

 

Related:

A post 911 Puget Sound area

 

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Photo- A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

 

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Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

 

Local crime problem unrelated to Homeland Security concerns:

“Tingstad said he sees the burglary increase as a direct result of budget cuts and the loss of 10 deputies since 2008. He said it’s “incredibly important” to have a detective dedicated to drug crimes, but that position was lost in the layoffs.”

The federal government has money to share- but not to curb the sorts of crimes that concern local communities:

Public safety emergency declared due to Whidbey Island crime wave

 

Down in Oregon-

Cash-strapped Josephine County entertains idea of ‘volunteer’ crime-scene investigators

Citizens take law into own hands after cash-strapped Ore. county guts sheriff’s office

 

Plenty of cash to look for terrorists-

US Department of Homeland Security:

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

 

Related:

Whidbey Heroin

A post 911 Puget Sound area

 

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Photo- Mystery Bay scene

 

DSC_0104June, 2014

“Investigators found child pornography on Josh Powell’s computer at least 17 months before he killed his children and himself, according to FBI documents.”

February, 2012

During case worker-supervised child visitation- Josh Powell blows up house & kids:

“Josh Powell Tried to Kill Sons With Hatchet Before Fatal Explosion”

Ever notice that the surveillance society, fusion centers, war on terror crime fighting tactics, license plate scanners, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, and social media sites, tracking of cell phones, use of drones, etc. seems to fail at stopping hardcore bad guys?

No matter how advanced the surveillance state becomes- it doesn’t seem to be able to prevent the sorts of crimes that concern communities across America.

Related posts here.

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Photo- Fog clears at Port Townsend

 

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DSC_0022Mystery drug results in drug treatment sentence:

Drug treatment sentence handed down in Sequim-area burglary

Was the man stealing, selling, or transporting drugs?

Was he on drugs? What sort of drugs were involved in this case?

In the past, there has been news of heroin in Sequim.

More here.

Love to see a reporter ask what role the US Border Patrol plays in keeping heroin away from the Olympic Peninsula.

Olympic Peninsula heroin racket:

Terry sentenced in heroin case

Devin L. Terry, 23, of Port Angeles, was sentenced to 24 months probation on April 24 in Clallam County Superior Court. Terry pled guilty on April 3 to delivering heroin to OPNET members on two separate days in December 2013. A third charge was dismissed in exchange for Terry’s guilty plea.

Terry was arrested when OPNET members completed a narcotics search warrant at an apartment in the 1900 block of South Pine Street in Port Angeles. Terry’s prior criminal history includes malicious mischief 2, burglary and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

 

Local TV station:

Bottle your own whiskey at Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Same city that has banned voter-approved marijuana outlets:

WOODINVILLE BANS MARIJUANA BUSINESSES INSIDE CITY LIMITS

 

In a general sense- marijuana is controversial, while wine is almost universally accepted.

Wines to complement your meals grilled outdoors

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine-why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

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Photo- Bowman Bay

 

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JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

 

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DSC_0109Veterans’ representation in Congress has fallen drastically since post-Vietnam years

 

Track record of winning undeclared wars overseas has fallen drastically since 1945.

 

The world’s most modern & powerful military force has had their hands full for years now trying to pacify the locals in the Greater Middle East.

We’ve got such a good handle on the situation- National Guard units are doing multiple tours in distant lands- absent any military emergency, draft, or declaration of war:

Oregon Guard training for Afghanistan mission

June 16th ceremony in Bend

 

Meanwhile-

Heroin traffickers cross into the US free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.

Frequent nationwide updates here:

Heroin use on the rise

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

 

Related:

Puget Sound Heroin

Not in the habit of winning decades of undeclared wars-

War on Terror prevents bad people from entering the US?

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Photo- Fog clears at Port Hadlock

 

DSC_0009US Marines-

“We fight over there, so we don’t have to fight here”

 

Still haven’t figured out how sending troops overseas after 911 has prevented bad people from entering the US.

U.S. Training Elite Antiterror Troops in Four African Nations

Nearly 10,000 troops could stay in Afghanistan post 2014, WH says

 

Meanwhile-

Heroin traffickers say FU to passports, enhanced driver’s licenses & all other post-911 efforts designed to keep terrorists out of the US:

Puget Sound Heroin

Whidbey Heroin

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

 

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Our buyers inspect and select only the leanest cuts of meat for the grill-

Our buyers inspect and select only the leanest cuts of meat for the grill-

“On this Memorial Day, we pause to honor and remember those — and their family members and loved ones — who have fought and died to defend our freedom.”

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In the 60s and 70s there were war protests. Today, a university tells us that the troops defend freedom.

More here: Glorifying military service

 

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DSC_0025 2State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State.

Check your state here: Sobriety Checkpoint Laws

NMA Position On Roadblocks

 

 

 

 

Related:

Video collection- DHS checkpoints

Saying No to the federal government

 

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Photo- Nordland Transit Center

 

DSC_0002_005Arrested for recording Sunnyside police on public street

Months later:

“A man whom Sunnyside police arrested for videotaping a SWAT team has received an $8,000 settlement, reports the Yakima Herald-Republic. After the man posted a videotape of his arrest on YouTube, police requested the charges be dropped and the man sued for the violation of his rights.”

“The city owned up to the mistake, and the police department has taken training on rights of civilians to film their actions. Better yet, the city’s insurance company, Washington Cities Insurance Authority, plans to recommend similar action to other cities it represents.”

People have the right to film and take pictures of police actions in a public area, so long as they don’t physically get in the way or interfere with officers’ ability to carry out their duties.”

Seattle-

“You have a constitutional right to photograph the police,” Sheriff Urquhart asserted in a phone interview with me today. Threatening to arrest a citizen for legally taking photos of cops while on public property, he added, “is a constitutional violation, as far as I am concerned.”

 

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DSCN7228Troops in camouflage showing up at non-military events:

“Weirdest moment of the Copper River Salmon arrival and celebrity chef cook-off: Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka coaching soldiers how to kick the head of a salmon.”

Video here.

 

Related: Troops on the street?

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Photo: Mount Walker

 

DSC_0032If your War on Terror troops are in the business of protecting America- why do heroin traffickers cross into the US free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.

Heroin bust sheds light on growing drug problem, police say

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More here: Not in the habit of winning decades of undeclared wars-

 

US Dept. of Homeland Security-

Special ID cards make it virtually impossible for those who wish to do harm or violate U.S. laws to move heroin into northern Utah.

 

US Dept. of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

 

Related: Puget Sound Heroin

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Photo- South Indian Island scene

 

 

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Whidbey Island-

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.” on Whidbey Island.

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

 

Over on the Olympic Peninsula- post 911 cash has beefed up coastal  security:

Port of Port Angeles-

$701,063 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant:

“The Port Security Grant Program funds will be spent on upgrading surveillance cameras, lighting, access control and cybersecurity at the port’s marine terminals.”

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Olympic Peninsula?

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

Meanwhile-

Heroin traffickers say FU to passports, enhanced driver’s licenses & all other post-911 efforts designed to keep terrorists out of the US.

May, 2013:

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility.

Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

News links & documentation here: News tip/story idea

 

Sunnyside-

Scare tactics brought to you by the folks who take federal Drug War grant money.

“Freng said drugs were rampant in the United States before the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, which required labeling for alcohol, opiates, cocaine, cannabis and other drugs.”

Back when marijuana was legal- in the days when Americans were inventing and producing light bulbs, automobiles, airplanes, etc.

Dr. Freng,

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine-why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

Allowing legal, domestic production of marijuana would serve to eliminate a portion of distraction and potential corruption at the border.

U.S. Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to smuggling 147 pounds marijuana while on duty

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

 

More here: Drug War Racket

Related: A post 911 Puget Sound area

 

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Photo- Low tide

Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

 

 

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