Monday, January 30, 2006

Dig this

I found a different meaning in this story than Guy K who unearthed the fab photo
The 2,400-foot tunnel runs from a warehouse near the airport in Tijuana to a warehouse in San Diego. It was unclear how long it had been in operation, but more than two tons of marijuana were found inside.

Authorities said the passage was 5 feet high and ran as deep as 90 feet below the surface. It had a concrete floor, lights along one of the hard soil walls, a groundwater pump, and pipes that circulated fresh air. [...]

The Drug Enforcement Administration has said it suspects Tijuana's ruthless Arellano-Felix drug syndicate or another well-known cartel was involved.
Guy's crowd see this as an illegal immigrant issue. Our views on that in general of course, conflict to put it mildly. But that's not the point. Our politics intersect on drug policy reform. They don't believe in the WOsD but as non-consumers they don't see it as an issue of great concern to them . So in hope's of making the connection, I left this comment on that thread.
I have my doubts that drug runners would get involved in human trafficking simply because drug runs depend on secrecy. Every person that went through the tunnel would know about it and there's more money in running pot than people. But it's certainly possible, and for sake of argument let's assume it's true. It just points up how the war on some drugs compromises our security.

Whoever was involved for whatever reason, drug money built that tunnel. Because Americans are not allowed to grow a plant that Thomas Jefferson had in his garden, an organized crime syndicate has a market for their product. Legalize home production and you eliminate their market and their incentive to dig tunnels. It's as simple as that.
Will it help? I don't know. I hope they'll think about it. All I know for sure, having come to know them in the cybersense in the last few months, is that behind their politics, they're not so unlike us. We're all just good people doing the best we can with what we have to work with. I think if we worked together, we could end the drug war a lot faster.


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