Police chief in MA: “Illicit drug use is a form of domestic terrorism”


41 Responses to “Police chief in MA: “Illicit drug use is a form of domestic terrorism””

  1. Grahamers2002 says:

    I wonder how many other police chiefs haven’t even taken Crim Law 101?  At a minimum, someone needs to help this lost soul look up the meanings of malum in se and malum prohibitum.

  2. janusnode says:


  3. Chuck says:

    “Drugs are terrorism … kinda … sorta … I think.  People who use drugs need better lives …  maybe in prison, where they can’t scare anybody anymore.  I dunno.  Maybe”

  4. llamahunter says:

    broken link to reason.com.  Looks like there’s an extra <a href= in the HTML.

  5. foobar says:

    He’s right, to a point. It’s not “terr’sm,” of course, but that’s just the current social conservative catch all term for “thing I don’t like” a la speeding is communism. Drug dealing is extortionate and victimizing.

    The solution that both of these asshats are trying so hard to ignore is legalized drugs as well as a civilized, universal health care system (including mental health) and a guaranteed minimum income.

    • aikimoe says:

      Well, one of the asshats has the power and the resources to imprison people and shoot those who resist, while the other just has an opinion.

    • Itsumishi says:

      Do you consider bottle (alcohol) shops extortionate and victimizing? What about fast food stores?

      Don’t get me wrong some drug dealers are extortionate and victimising. Other people are simply buying in bulk at wholesale prices and selling in smaller quantities at retail prices to people that are well aware of the system, and the affects drugs are having. My weed dealer/good friend falls into the later category.

    • Ipo says:

       Terrorism scares the living bejeezus out of everybody. 
      If it doesn’t induce utter terror it is probably misnamed. 

  6. robdobbs says:

    So if I apply his logic to actual terror spreading terrorists it should still make a certain amount of sense yes? Let’s try it: 

    The 9/11 attackers are… “preying on folks who are more susceptible and who need a better life.”Nope, doesn’t really work. At all. 

  7. DaHoss says:

    He is a simpleton. This is how they approach problems.

  8. Rotwang says:

    In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a lot of money to be had in fighting “terrorism”.  He’s making the war on drugs into another revenue stream.

    • TWX says:

       I thought that the “War on Drugs” already was a revenue stream…

      Doesn’t he know that crossing the streams is bad?

      • Wade Sims says:

        Well unless you’re crossing the streams to increase the protonic energy to such an extent that you can close the door-rift to the Gozer’s temple and banish Gozer the Gozerian back to its dimension.  After all, Gozer is really a terrorist, you know, because it is preying on folks who are… uh.. more susceptible and who need a, um, better life…

        Well shit, it doesn’t work there either

        Edit: tag trouble

    • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

      Or trying to explain why he should be able to take Federal cash doled out to him for fighting terrorism and using it to fund his anti-drug work.

    • stovedoor says:

      You’ve got it backward. By combining the War On Terror with the War On Drugs, he can dramatically reduce expenses caused by duplication of effort. We need more thrifty-minded officials like Michael Begonis.

      After this, they’ll merge with the War On Poverty and start saving some serious cash.

  9. Will Bueche says:

    This from the state that though that LiteBrites were domestic terrorism.

  10. TWX says:

    Automobile manufacturers are terrorists!  They kill 30,000 people every year!

  11. RJ says:

    Maybe if Chief Wiggum there would fire up a joint every now and again, his life would get a little better. But maybe that’s just the reefer madness talking.

  12. strangefriend says:

    I, for one, congratulate our Boing Boing masters for the new site look.


    No, I am not trying to hijack the thread . . .

    • Itsumishi says:

      Has anyone else noticed that clicking the images in the comments now brings up a popup with an equally small scaled version of the image clicked? Thankfully there is an ‘original’ button here which opens a new tab, but it’s a shame its a two click process.

  13. Bottlekid says:

    “It is preying on folks who are more susceptible and who need a better life…” 
    Maybe he was thinking of State run Lotteries and Casinos.

  14. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    ““It is preying on folks who are more susceptible and who need a better life. ”

    I assume, of course, that hunting down, imprisoning, and hobbling with a permanent police record, these same susceptible people in need of a better life is somehow not terrorism?

  15. Boundegar says:

    Drug abuse is like terrorism, in that both can be used to frighten white people into voting Republican.

  16. bnschlz says:

    Probably feeling his War On Drugs money is being threatened by these newer shinier existential threats

  17. Brainspore says:

    Also, jaywalking is a form of genocide.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I got a jaywalking citation once near the Grand Lake in Oakland. Of course, I was walking down the middle of the road wearing a sandwich board calling for the overthrow of the US government.

  18. Daemonworks says:

    Anyone in his position that unclear on the concept should be immediately fired for gross incompetance

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I believe that the conventional way to deal with this level of idiocy is to talk them into running for office.

  19. Eric Schiller says:

    When someone says something that proves clearly they don’t understand their job or their language, they should be fired and sent back to school.

  20. AwesomeRobot says:

    Laundromats are communism to some extent. 

  21. benher says:

    Who, even the most clairvoyant among us, could EVER have imagined that once the executive branches 9-11 Power Plays took hold, and the Patriot Act was signed into law, that these laws would be reinterpreted to herd the rest of us like cattle? 

    Welcome to the US’s wet dream – a veritable Neo China where each and every personal and economic freedom evaporates at the will of our overseers.

  22. Ah El says:

    YAY! They’ll finally do something to make peoples lifes better! Right? Right? Please tell  me that’s what they’re thinking of as solution…

  23. kevin_hunt says:

    Considering the fact that marijuana has never killed anyone due to overdose or adverse drug reaction in 5,000 years, and the Mexican cartels exist because of the war on drugs (50,000 deaths in 6 years), I think it’s safe to say who the terrorist really are.   

    We legalized alcohol and the bootleggers stopped shooting citizens with tommy guns.

    Is that really so hard for Chief Big-one-over-on-us to understand?

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