“Illicit drug use is a form of domestic terrorism to some extent,” Says Massachusetts Police Chief

In an interview with the Patch.com affiliate for Wilmington, Massachusetts, Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis claims that illicit drug use is a form of terrorism: 

“Illicit drug use is a form of domestic terrorism to some extent,” said Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis. “It is preying on folks who are more susceptible and who need a better life. And it’s something that we need to deal with head on.”

While the rest of the city officials interviewed in the story pay lip service to the decaying stereotype of drug user as victim, Begonis has clearly upped the ante.

Just for fun, here are three definitions of terrorism, courtesy of dictionary.com: 

1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.

3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting agovernment.

None of those definitions applies to illict drug use, or even to most illicit drug sales. But the first half of the third definition could, in some situations, apply to the way people like Begonis--who is the control chief of a mutl-jurisdiction SWAT and Rapid Response Team--enforce America's drug laws. 

But perhaps more evidence is needed. So let's play a little game called, Which Person Would Scare You More If You Saw Him/Her Standing Outside Your Window at 5 A.M.?

These people?

Or these people?

This lady?

Or these guys?

 

This dude?

Or these dudes?

For me, the guys with the machine guns and the legal authority to kill me in my own home inspire far more terror than illicit drugs or the people who use them.  

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  • Caleb Turberville||

    I wonder what would happen if someone made a low-quality feature that disparaged the deeply-held, cherished beliefs of the drug warriors.

  • nicole||

    I bet the government would deplore it. I mean, tell us that "we" deplore it.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Lots of ASPCA shelters would regret not having Marine contingents.

  • fish||

    Many dogs would die!

  • sarcasmic||

    I'm sure that conservatives would rise up in mass to overrun the consulate of the country of the film's origin, and kill the ambassador.

  • sarcasmic||

    *en masse*

  • John||

    Didn't Cheech and Chong make a career of such movies?

  • Invisible Finger||

    Didn't the US Govt issue a fatwa on Tommy Chong?

  • John Thacker||

    Just the same way that they went after Willie Nelson.

  • Old Hippie Ent||

    That is a *brilliant* way of putting it!

  • tarran||

    There is no creature as pathetic as the Massachusetts politician. Craven, venal, stupid yet cunning, they shamble through life using seduction, trickery and extortion to grease their palms.

    They have developed an expertise in cowing Massachusetts citizenry to their will, an ability so great that that it is unconscious and instinctive.

    Their words and arguments fall apart at the slightest scrutiny, yet they somehow manage to twist and dissemble, to cajole and threaten so that it's as if they are reasonable stewards of the common weal rather than the imbecilic parasites they really are.

    And should Romney win the presidency, you will all have your noses rubbed in this fact.

  • sarcasmic||

    "Thank woo"

  • -Umbriel-||

    Can't say as I see a meaningful distinction in all those areas between Massachusetts and any other state. Such as, Illinois, for example.

  • John||

    I have lived in seven different states in my life. And I haven't seen a single difference in the venality of the politicians in each of them.

  • SKR||

    Ever live in California?

  • R C Dean||

    you will all have your noses rubbed in this fact.

    My nose is already rubbed raw, thanks.

  • WTF||

    Just strike the word 'Massachusetts' and it remains perfectly accurate.

  • John||

    yeah. I want to know where this state is where the politicians are less venal.

  • ||

    yeah. I want to know where this state is where the politicians are less venal.

    Atlantis?

  • John||

    Rainbow Puppy Island.

  • SKR||

    State of denial?

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't it been a full two decades since Hollywood embraced the myth of drug users as victims.

  • califernian||

    perfect alt text opportunity and no delivery. wtf.

    I'm imagining a pic of Spicoli inhaling and "terrorist" labeled on it.

  • -Umbriel-||

    Well, the guy in panel #5 would be pretty creepy to see outside my window, although a locked door would probably suffice to hold him at bay, unlike panels 2, 4, and 6.

  • ant1sthenes||

    I was thinking the same thing. Could be a psycho, especially if he's hanging around my house. If I saw guy from #5, I'd consider calling the guys from #6. Of course, my dog is staying with family right now.

  • SKR||

    Yeah but this is like being at the optometrist. Is it better 1 or 2? 1 or 2?

  • ||

    So that's why I'm on the watch list. They wouldn't tell me and I had no ability to appeal.

  • OldMexican||

    "Illicit drug use is a form of domestic terrorism to some extent," said Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis.

    Audience: "Which extent is it??"

    "It is preying on folks who are more susceptible and who need a better life. And it's something that we need to deal with head on."

    Auduence: Ha ha ha!
    *Applause!*

    Funny. The Wilmington Police Chief, Michael Begonis, is simply indulging in equivocation, confusing drug use with drug trafficking.

    Anything to justify your thuggery, chief!

  • OldMexican||

    For me, the guys with the machine guns and the legal authority to kill me in my own home inspire far more terror than illicit drugs or the people who use them.


    Oh, shame! Why do you hate the children so much, Mike? Why?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Which Person Would Scare You More If You Saw Him/Her Standing Outside Your Window at 5 A.M.?

    Whatever you do, don't look out the window with a gun in your hand.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Alt text:

    "We're from the government, and we're here to help."

  • Paul.||

    Fire at their legs...

  • Drake||

    That last picture is awesome. A Striker shotgun and a G-36! Somebody in that police department has been playing Call of Duty!

  • John||

    How do you think they train?

  • Paul.||

    Because they perceive catching purse snatchers to be on the level of Call of Duty.

  • Mike Riggs||

    That's from Boca Raton, Florida.

  • sarcasmic||

    If they don't imprison people for drugs, who will make the military's uniforms?

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/1.....ment-lines

  • Brett L||

    This is just an accounting fix. Taxpayers get angry at paying more for the Federal Prison System, but the DOD gets a blank check. Voila, several million dollars for the prisons are now in the DOD budget, and therefore untouchable.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    We as a culture are so bankrupt that we're running out of ways to express how apeshit we need to go over drug use. That's bad.

  • Paul.||

    No, we seem to be doing quite well at expressing how apeshit we need to get over drug use.

    Next I expect they'll describe the need for tactical nukes in the fight against drugs...

    (̅_̅_̅_̅(̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅()ڪے

  • kinnath||

    When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

  • CE||

    ...three definitions of terrorism, courtesy of dictionary.com:

    1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

    2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.

    3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

    Sounds like the US government for the past 11 years.

  • John||

    Sounds like the US government for the past 20 years.

  • Calidissident||

    Sounds like the US government

  • Rich||

    On the other hand, illicit drug use is also a form of domestic tranquility to some extent.

  • sarcasmic||

    Pursuit of happiness.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis could, with this kind of thinking, be just as comfortable voting Solid Team Red as he would be voting Lockstep Team Blue.

  • Mike Parent||

    Chief, how much money has your department received in Drug War money, this year and over your tenure? TIA. Is your area have major "Drug" issues or Black Market issues? TIA II
    Legalize and Regulate!
    “THE CHILDREN”
    If they really cared for the children they’d legalize and regulate marijuana. If they really wanted to keep any substance out of the hands of “The Children” they first must take control of distribution away from black market dealers. They haven’t accomplished that in 40+ years at a taxpayers cost in the hundreds of billions. It’s time to treat marijuana as we do alcohol. My 27 year old daughter still gets carded when she buys alcohol, yet your 13 year old can buy anything the black market dealer has for a price whether it be money or “something else”.
    FACT: Your kids have a better chance dying at the hands of someone enforcing marijuana laws than they do from ingesting it.(ZERO %).

    LEAP member, NYPD, ret.
    http://www.pitt.edu/~ugr/Hrych2.pdf Scientific Proof Marijuna is not a Gateway drug!

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50.....marijua...
    wont-boost-teen-pot-use-study-finds/

  • fried wylie||

    My 27 year old daughter still gets carded when she buys alcohol

    Once the MJ legalization thing is underway, we need to address the carding issue too. It's not society's job to keep anyone's kids from being drunken, addicted failures, and I'm sick of the burden on me (I don't drive, and I refuse to pay for a fucking Booze Buying License, but I'm sure the mandate to present a scannable, unexpired, State Issued Permission Card will be passed at the federal or state level any day now...)

    I say if a kid wants to get a paper-route and use the money to buy beer, cigarettes, or legal-weed, more power to em.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    Chief Dead Brain is proof that inept beasts should be denied access to authority.

  • Lincoln||

    If you want to get technical about it prohibition of drugs is terrorism directly supported by domestic policy (our government). People who use drugs are usually AFRAID because they are TERRORIZED by law enforcement, who relies on this fear, to some extent, to identify 'suspicious' behavior. They encourage this fear, which is basically what it means to be a terrorist.

  • beel420@yahoo.com||

    The REAL TERRORISTS are the ones with guns, badges, flash-bang grenades, and body-armor.

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