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Attack of the Narco-Terrorists!

I believe that somewhere, deep in the bowels of Washington’s many administrative buildings, there is a civil servant whose entire job description is “sit at desk and make up patriotic, stirring acronyms for bills”.

Fresh from the stunning success of the USA PATRIOT act, that servant has outdone themselves with their next effort. Please welcome the VICTORY ACT - the Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003.

(That doesn’t even spell VICTORY. Never mind.)

The draft bill, dated to be introduced in the first session of the next Congress by Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) – the same, eminently sensible senator who proposed remotely destroying the computers of copyright violators – is this: apparently the administration has had enough of a separate War on Drugs and War on Terror, and now wants to combine the two.

A Democratic aide for the House Judiciary Committee told ABC News that:

“This bill would treat drug possession as a ‘terrorist offense’ and drug dealers as ‘narco-terrorist kingpins.’”
Remember - always dehumanise those you want to attack. They’re not college students experimenting, they’re terrorists! He’s not buying some marijuana for his mother with MS, he’s a terrorist! And so is she!

That’s not all, folks. Remember those “sneak-and-peek” secret subpoenas that were only for terrorists? Well, the VICTORY act extends them to drug dealers. Who’s next? Suspected murderers? Tax evaders? According to the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer,

“Absolutely nothing would prevent the attorney general from using these subpoenas to obtain the records of people who have no connection to terrorism, drug trafficking or crime of any sort.”

Ah, but why should you worry? If you haven’t broken the law, what have you got to fear?

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Posted by Thomas Scott at August 20, 2003 3:56 PM