Posted on 2010 December 15 by BBVM
Marijuana has been a cash crop for many years in this country. The only problem is that most of that crop had been grown illegally. Now, that medical marijuana is legal in 15 states and the District of Columbia, legalized marijuana has quickly become so popular it is attracting attention from hedge fund managers and venture capitalists, not to mention a whole new batch of entrepreneurs.
Doctors still can’t prescribe marijuana because it is categorized as a schedule one drug like LSD. But they can recommend it and that’s all anyone needs to get a medical marijuana license that allows them to buy marijuana legally in those 15 states, with three more states about join them.
Each license sells for around $130 and some clinics selling the licenses have brought in more than a million dollars in just their first year. The once illegal joint is selling like hot cakes throughout middle America to consumers who no longer have to worry about getting arrested for possession, at least by local or state authorities.
The federal government still outlaws marijuana possession but it’s unlikely someone with a medical marijuana license will be busted by an FBI or DEA agent if caught smoking in his or her own home. In fact, just last year U.S. enforcers promised to leave medical marijuana operations alone if they complied with state law.
That prompted a significant increase in interest among entrepreneurs. Today, there are an estimated 2,400 medical marijuana dispensaries from California to Maine. In Colorado, they outnumber Starbucks two to one.
Filed under: Civil Liberties, DEA, Drugs, FBI, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Privacy | Tagged: CannBe, Civil Liberties, civil rights, Corruption, Drug Enforcement Administration, fascism, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gallup Poll, Harborside Health Center, hedge fund, human rights, LSD, marijuana, medical marijuana, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Prohibition, Steve DeAngelo, venture capital | 5 Comments »
Posted on 2010 November 27 by BBVM
An outstanding warrant remains in effect for an Air Force officer accused of soliciting sex from a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl in an Internet chat room.
Maj. Reinaldo Canton was arrested in 2007 on suspicion of meeting a girl he met online at a mall in Layton, Utah. The “girl” was actually an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent working for an Internet sex crimes unit.
Filed under: FBI, Military Industrial Complex | Tagged: children, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida, Kirtland Air Force Base, Layton, Paul Amann, Reinaldo Canton, Space Development and Test Wing, USAF, Utah, youth | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 May 29 by BBVM
An officer from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., pleaded guilty in federal court May 17 to a charge of online enticement after traveling to Tennessee to have sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Capt. Felix Tran, assigned to Air Mobility Command, will be sentenced Sept. 23 in Chattanooga, Tenn. He faces a minimum sentence of 10 years, said Bryan Hoss, Tran’s defense lawyer.
The 32-year-old officer met the girl five years ago while playing the online fantasy game Everquest II, according to court documents. The two developed a relationship via online chat, e-mail, MySpace, text messages and phone calls. The girl’s mother discovered the relationship after Tran mailed the teenager a sex toy, and an undercover employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation began working with the family in November.
The girl invited Tran to visit her in Chattanooga, where Tran was arrested shortly after he arrived Dec 18. According to an affidavit filed by an FBI special agent, Tran knew the victim’s age and worried he was being set up by police.
He was taken into custody following his guilty plea, and Hoss said his client will be discharged from the Air Force soon.
“He was keeping his unit aware of what was going on,” Hoss said. “They knew this day was coming.”
Filed under: Military Industrial Complex | Tagged: Air Mobility Command, Bryan Hoss, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Felix Tran, Scott Air Force Base, USAF, youth | 1 Comment »
Posted on 2010 May 29 by BBVM
See also: Nature: Shut Down Army’s Human Terrain Program
A member of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command management team in Afghanistan, according to sources, is a “gun runner.” That individual is allegedly listed in an “Federal Bureau of Investigation database” and has “ties to Ahmad Wali Khan Karzai and the drug business.”
Another Human Terrain System leader has apparently been accused by “local nationals…of being a pedophile—touching young Afghan children while out in the field and making disturbing comments about them.” Members of a US Army Stryker group in Afghanistan have made the same comments.
These comments appear outrageous but, then again, this is the US Army Human Terrain System. It’s a head-shaker that the US Army (TRADOC) and Lieutenant General William James Lennox Jr. heap praise upon it even as the US Congress, House Armed Services Committee, has said the program needs a good scrub, as reported by the authorities on HTS at Wired the Washington Independent.
HASC is to be applauded for this action. And it could not come at a better time.
Filed under: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Drugs, Education Industrial Complex, Guns, Information, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Religion Industrial Complex | Tagged: Afghanistan, Ahmed Wali Karzai, Christianity, Civil Liberties, civil rights, disinformation, fascism, Federal Bureau of Investigation, House Armed Services Committee, human rights, Human Terrain, John Stanton, Judaism, Marilyn Mitchell, misinformation, Montgomery McFat, opium, Prohibition, Propaganda, racism, Stryker Brigade, TRADOC, Training and Doctrine Command, United States Agency for International Development, University of Notre Dame, War on Afghanistan, War on Drugs, William James Lennox Jr. | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 May 10 by BBVM
According to preliminary statistics released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty during 2009. Geographically, 21 of the victim officers were killed in the South, 13 in the West, seven in the Northeast, and five in the Midwest. Two officers were slain in Puerto Rico. The total number of officers killed is seven higher than in 2008.
Filed under: Information, Prison Industrial Complex | Tagged: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reporting Program | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 April 29 by BBVM
The FBI has a new electronic form designed to make requesting information easier. In addition, the bureau has retooled it records website, including a guide for research in FBI Records.
Of course, filing a request has always been the easiest part of making a FOIA request of the FBI. George Washington University’s National Security Archive has criticized the bureau for its high percentage of “no records exist” responses in 2008, and the low percentage of requests granted by the FBIA.
For more, click here.
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