This was discussed yesterday by Oliver Willis, TalkLeft, and the Instapundit, but Bigwig puts it all into perspective:
Which choice should the Department of Justice ignore?
1.) Biological Weapons
2.) Chemical Weapons
3.) Radiological Weapons
4.) Suicidal Islamic Terrorists
5.) Internet Bong Sales
John, you clueless Puritan ass, the only threat America faces from bongs is the threat to America’s carpets should they get knocked over. Here’s a secret, John, you moralistic twit. Anyone who bothers to order a bong off the Internet is less of a threat to the American way of life than you are, and they’re not kids. They’re Bobos and Yuppies, and a bunch of them would vote Republican for the rest of their lives if you would get the fuck out of their house.
*** Update ***
This is even more outrageous:
State and federal authorities recently conducted raids of various companies and individuals that sell “drug paraphernalia”, such as pipes and related materials. Pipes, etc were seized along with their websites.
According to a Voice of America article, Mr. Ashcroft says they plan to redirect the seized websites to to the DEA website.
“Mr. Ashcroft says customers who want to visit some of their favorite drug paraphernalia websites are in for a big surprise in the days ahead. They will be automatically redirected to the website for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.”
In essence the DEA is going to usurp the freedom of speech and expression of the people who run those seized websites. This would be akin to the U.S. Dept of Justice redirecting the “aclu.org” website to the “usdoj.gov” website.
And then there are the serious privacy issues involved if the DEA redirects the seized websites, since they’ll be logging all visitors, obtaining their IP address and other highly personal information.
Bottom line is this is a serious issue and if the DEA is able to do this, they could potentially redirect *ANY* website -remember that the owners of the websites seized have *NOT* been convicted of any crime.”
“They’re Bobos and Yuppies, and a bunch of them would vote Republican for the rest of their lives if you would get the fuck out of their house.”