On September 11, 2001, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a lonely field in Pennsylvania. I need not explain what else happened that day. The area of Pennsylvania that Flight 93 crashed in fell within the jurisdiction of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mary Beth Buchanan was confirmed by the United States Senate as the U.S. Attorney for this district just days after the September 11th attacks.
With the threat of homicidal maniacs flying airplanes into office buildings hanging over America, actor and comedian Tommy Chong was awakened at 5:30 am on February 24, 2003 by federal agents pounding on his front door. The agents were clad in their ninja uniforms complete with helmets, flak jackets, automatic weapons, and even helicopters hovering in the air above the house. The ninjas had a search warrant for Mr. Chong's house.
Just 18 months after the September 11th attacks, one must believe that Mr. Chong was a serious danger to the security of the United States. Perhaps he was planning an attack or was financing the terrorists. Mr. Chong's crime?: Selling bongs on the internet! This raid was all a part of Operation Pipe Dreams. This operation was headed by our heroine, Mary Beth Buchanan.
While our country was, and still is, engaged in a war on terror, Mary Beth Buchanan prosecuted 55 individuals during the Operation Pipe Dreams domestic invasion. Eventually, Tommy Chong was sent to a federal prison for 9 months. Convicting Tommy Chong of a felony and locking him up in a prison for 9 months was keeping America safe we were told by Miss Buchanan and the Justice Department. Ironically, Tommy Chong was sentenced on September 11th, two years after the attack on America.
Tommy's company, Chong Glass, was a legitimate small business operating in Southern California. The company paid state and federal taxes and provided employment to several individuals. However, General Buchanan executed her operation against Chong Glass and some other companies using a little known federal law prohibiting selling drug paraphernalia across state lines.
THE PEOPLE in California--as well as several other states--decided by the democratic process that marijuana with a doctor's approval may be used for medical purposes. However, the Imperial Federal Government will have none of this. Medical marijuana dispensaries in California are routinely raided by the ninjas that are clad in black and carrying automatic weapons.
Just an example of one of these raids was conducted on the home of Valerie Corral in the early morning hours of September 5, 2002. Apparently finding Osama Bin Laden and stopping Al-Qaeda was not a priority for the government just one year after the attack on America. Valeria Corral operated the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) in Santa Cruz California.
WAMM had been dispensing medical marijuana to seriously ill people (mostly dying cancer and AIDS patients) for 9 years at the time of the raid. About 30 agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration showed up at Mrs. Corral's door. They shoved the 50-year-old-woman to the ground, handcuffed her behind her back, and, after handcuffing her, shoved an automatic weapon barrel into the back of her head. Fortunately, Mrs. Corral has not been sent to prison yet, but many other operators of dispensaries in California have been sentenced to federal prison.
Although none of the medical marijuana raids can be attributed directly to Mary Beth Buchanan, she was up to her antics again in May of 2008. General Buchanan rallied the troops for another operation: Operation True Test. This paramilitary operation headed up by General Buchanan targeted businesses that sell products that mask drug use in urine tests. One of the problems with this "operation" is that legal experts that are more experienced and scholarly than I can find no federal law that make these products illegal.
However, much more alarming than Mary Beth Buchanan heading up an operation to search businesses and seize products that are not prohibited by federal law is the assault on the First Amendment that occurred during these raids. One of the businesses that was raided under Operation True Test was a company called Spectrum Labs. As well as selling urine masking agents, Spectrum Labs also sold DVDs of the movie "a/k/a Tommy Chong." This movie is a documentary about the arrest, conviction and imprisonment of Tommy Chong. Parts of the movie make fun of Mary Beth Buchanan, mostly using her own words, by showing clips of press conferences she gave during Operation Pipe Dreams that show how much of an outrageously silly woman she is. Approximately 10,000 copies this movie were seized during the raid.
Even if the raids conducted pursuant to Operation True Test were actually based on violations of a federal law, what could possibly justify that seizure of a documentary film that was also being sold by the company? So far, Mary Beth Buchanan has declined to comment to the media.
We continually hear stories in the media about how American soldiers are spending more time on repeated combat tours in Iraq than they are in the U.S. Soldiers are also having their enlistments involuntary extended. I served as an infantryman in the United States Army in the 1980's. I support the War on Terror. Even though I am now in my 40's if the federal government called on me to be a soldier again because there are not enough men to fight, I would do it without hesitation. However, I do not think the government needs me. The government should send to Iraq and Afghanistan all of these big, tough guys that throw 50-year-old women that provide medical marijuana to dying patients down to the ground and raid the homes of non-violent people like Tommy Chong while clad as ninjas and displaying automatic weapons. Maybe the resources of the federal government would be better spent in the War on Terror rather than bringing terror to peaceful United States citizens.
Thank you Mary Beth Buchanan and the other agents of our federal government. While American soldiers are being blown up in Iraq and Afghanistan and while Al-Qaeda is undoubtedly planning its next attack on America, you are protecting me from bongs, Tommy Chong and Californian's that distribute marijuana to people that are dying from cancer.
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