Republican Senator: Mexican Cartels ‘Most Immediate’ U.S. Security Threat

Sep 27, 2010 , , ,

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said this weekend that “[t]ransnational drug trafficking organizations operating from Mexico represent the most immediate national security threat faced by the United States in the Western Hemisphere.”

Gee, if only there were some way to cut off their largest source of revenue …

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is reportedly using a $7 million surveillance plane to spy on marijuana grows in Colorado.

Glad to see they’ve got their priorities right.

9 responses to “Republican Senator: Mexican Cartels ‘Most Immediate’ U.S. Security Threat”

  1. Dont ya just love it . Using a 7million dollar plane to spy on Americans . Hello…there are wolves at our door. How bout watching the borders. Cannabis consumers arent dangerous..prohibition and terrorists/cartels are !!

  2. By the way..its a 7 million dollar plane but, how much did it cost to fly it ? From what I understand..they made NO arrests. If so . what a gigantic waste of resorces to spy on American…growing cannabis..legally.

  3. I bought it hook, line, and sinker. Change we can believe in.Millions of men, and billions of dollars for these wars in Afganistan and Iraq. Millions of dollars wasted for this war against drugs and the American people is a crime . These millions and billions could sure help a lot of people, and square away the budget problems. To me,Change would have been much less costly if it were pursued in a peaceful manner.

  4. Industrial Hemp is imported to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars each year also. We have many candidates in Wisconsin ready to help actually fight “this war on drugs” by legalizing industrial hemp, medical marijuana and recreational cannabis through a comprehensive marijuana plan”.
    Our Governor candidates talking about drug policy reform….

  5. Treason that’s what it is, High treason(pun intended) but none the less true. This government was highjacked long ago, by corporate interest. Legalizing marijuana, is the most important step to reclaiming our country in a peaceful fashion.

  6. “Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said this weekend that “[t]ransnational drug trafficking organizations operating from Mexico represent the most immediate national security threat faced by the United States in the Western Hemisphere.””

    Just shows how ignorant I am. I would have thought it would be a dirty nuclear weapon smuggled in and set off by terrorists. Glad we’ve identified the true threat.

    I recommend that rather than legalizing-taxing-and regulating a domestic marijuana industry to hurt the drug cartels, we encourage homeland security to double its efforts protecting us from the dangerous scourge that threatens our very existence as a nation: marijuana.

    As marijuana user Groucho as President Chester V. Teasdale in Duck Soup, the Marx Brothers’ film aboout government:

    If any form of pleasure is exhibited
    Report to me and it will be prohibited.
    I’ll put my foot down, so shall it be.
    This is the land of the free.

  7. We need to legalize forms of cannibas take money away from the cartels, big pharm, big oil, the lumber industry, and every other big corp. Since hemp needs to be processed near where its grown it would vitalize local economies and create local jobs. And instead of the government paying people to grow nothing there should require them to grow hemp on that land even if they don’t harvest it. It would revitalize the soil, pull pollution from the air, give homes to wildlife, and food for it too. We should legalize hemp and build a massive 50 ft hemp cement wal around the usa and boot every single illegal alien out and make it damn near impossible enter the country and pull all of our people back from other countries until we can fix our own damn country. We have a corrupt government, horrible health system, horrible education system, massive unemployment, violent crime, and homeless and starving people here in the usa this need fixed! We should ignore the worlds problems until we fix our own!

  8. I am so pissed now! I tried to talk to Mr. Lugar. I guess he has an about-face! Here is what he said as of January 3, 2008.
    Dear Mr. Freeman:
    Thank you for contacting me to share your support for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. I appreciate having the benefit of your thoughts following your visit to California.
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised that smoking or ingesting marijuana for medical purposes has many drawbacks as a pure drug and may be contaminated with pathogens such as mold and fungi. In addition, a study at the Harvard University Medical School showed that marijuana smoking makes a person five times more likely to have a heart attack. However, the FDA has advised that the principal active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is available as an oral prescription drug, Marinol. The Drug Enforcement Agency has classified Marinol as a schedule 3 drug, which means that doctors can prescribe it.
    While I am mindful of the viewpoints expressed about marijuana legalization, I am against the legalization of controlled substances and will oppose any legislation that includes such measures. To lose the force of moral sanction behind anti‑drug efforts is to lose a great deal. In my view, we must continue to emphasize education, early intervention, and rehabilitation, while harshly punishing those who traffic these dangerous substances.

    Statistics indicate that while anti‑drug education efforts are having positive effects in reducing the use of some controlled substances, the broad trend is still a cause for concern. Too many of our young people are still using illicit substances, and we must continue in our efforts to reduce this harmful trend. We must also emphasize the need to reduce abuse of legal, but harmful substances like alcohol and tobacco.

    I believe that any successful program to reduce illegal drug use will hinge upon educational efforts aimed at preempting early experimentation with illicit drugs. Significant funding has been provided at the federal level for drug prevention, education, and treatment programs. I share no illusions that these programs will singularly reverse the tide of drug use in our country, but they will do much to advance this goal. We must use innovative tactics, on the supply and demand side, to reduce drug use in our society.

    Again, thank you for contacting me to share your views on this issue.

    Richard G. Lugar
    United States Senator

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