• Melinda Haag’s US Department of Pre-Crime

    by  • July 18, 2012 • Blog

    “Imagine a world without murder. 6 years ago, the homicidal rates had reached epidemic proportions. It seemed that only a miracle could stop the bloodshed, but instead of 1 miracle, we were given 3, the precognitives. Within 3 months of the precrime program, the homicidal rates in the District of Columbia had reduced 90 percent.”

    Minority Report, 2002, starring Tom Cruise

    In the Phillip K. Dick short story and 2002 sci-fi movie Minority Report, there exist “precognitives” who have the extra-sensory power to predict murders before they happen. Tom Cruise stars as John Anderton, the chief of the Precrime Unit, the law enforcement division tasked with arresting the soon-to-be-murderers before they commit their crime.

    US Attorney Melinda Haag

    Precognitive US Attorney Melinda Haag in civil asset forfeiture proceedings against Harborside

    It seems we have our own real-life precognitive law enforcement in US Attorney Melinda J. Haag.  She’s able to predict violations of California’s medical marijuana law before they happen!

    Haag filed a notice of civil asset forfeiture against Harborside Health Center, the Oakland dispensary billed as the world’s largest, and whose owner, Steve DeAngelo, recently starred in a short-run reality show Weed Wars. Civil asset forfeiture is already a form of precrime in that it assumes property is guilty of being ill-gotten gains from criminal activity until proven innocent, and the owner of the property need not even be charged with the crime that allegedly earned him his property.[i]

    Harborside is already fending off the IRS over charges that it cannot deduct the standard costs of doing business because of “280 E”, a tax code that was written with the cocaine kingpins of the 1980’s in mind, not state-sanctioned purveyors of herbal medicine.  In explaining this new front in the federal political battle to trample Californian state rights, Haag revealed her precognitive abilities.

    I now find the need to consider actions regarding marijuana superstores such as Harborside. The larger the operation, the greater the likelihood that there will be abuse of the state’s medical marijuana laws, and marijuana in the hands of individuals who do not have a demonstrated medical need.

    I am excited about this new precedent, actually.  I await the US Department of Justice activities against superbanks such as Bank of America, superenergy such as British Petroleum, and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart.  Those operations are so large there must be a likelihood approaching 100% that they have abused financial, environmental, and trade laws, and put corrupt power in the hands of CEOs who do not have a demonstrated shred of ethics.[ii]

    Read the rest at The Russ Belville Show blog…

     


    [i] Learn more about this abomination at Forfeiture Endangers American Rights – fear.org

    [ii] My hat is completely off to Sanho Tree, whose tweet inspired this post and subsequent tweets inspired this paragraph.

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