At the time, the ATF had 300 open cases of illicit cigarette trafficking. “The deeper we dig into these cases, the more ties to terrorism we’re discovering,” said Michael Bouchard, assistant director of the ATF.
As it turns out, the ATF is responsible for much of this illegal smuggling.
“Undercover ATF agents in Virginia have funneled more than 250 million cigarettes onto the nation’s streets in the past three years through black market sales targeting smugglers,” the Associated Press reported on January 22.
“Authorities say the flood of government-provided smokes — a pack and a half for every man, woman and child in New York City, the smugglers’ main destination — leads them to organized crime rings and can even cut off financing for terrorists. The stings by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have yielded about five dozen federal arrests, albeit none on terror charges.”
I really don’t even know where to begin with this one, but how’s this for starters:
The federal government is not only involved in running black market operations in cigarettes, they are also running the heroine operation coming out of Afghanistan, and they are also running the cartels out of Columbia.
When you tax something into the stratosphere or ban it when people want it, the only possible outcome is the creation of black markets run by criminal thugs to move it.
We learned that lesson decades ago when the government attempted to ban booze. Of course, the people completely ignored the law and the rise of the mafia accompanied the ban.
The end result of our criminal government disobeying the constitution and infringing on the rights of the people is the creation of criminal cartels that operate entirely outside the law, and eventually the corruption of government itself.
The people never learn. “Think of the children!” they scream. Which is worse? A criminal government colluding with mafia cartels pushing their drugs through violent street gangs or legalized drugs under the control of lawful pharmacies?
Don’t think to hard, you might hurt yourself.