"Not to worry: security isn't the only goal of VIPR. A recent VIPR operation/screening at a Tampa Greyhound bus station was conducted with US Border Patrol and ICE. "What we're looking for is threats to national security as well as immigration law violators," said Steve McDonald from US Border Patrol. An ICE representative said that they were also looking for smuggling, and Gary Milano from Homeland Security said that although that was the first time the Tampa bus depot had been screened, VIPR would be back again sometime in the future and was using the element of surprise as a deterrent to "the bad guys."
"Things should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler." ~ Albert Einstein
I asked an agent WTF, and he told me that they didn't actually expect to catch anyone who'd snuck in from Canada through the Park's wilderness and gotten onto a train, but they were simply pulling off people who can come in elsewhere, who had then boarded the train in Seattle to get elsewhere, and that it was really really easy to reel them in off the train in the middle of nowhere.
Multimodal transport and all.
Another bunch of fun I have with our Border/immigration/customs folks....
My county is made up entirely of islands, on the border. Our county seat is the next island over from mine. I have to go over there with some frequency for meetings of various county governmental bodies.
I quite often, in my small boat, get stopped on the way, on the water, by at least one government agency for a "check". One day I completely missed a hearing of the County Planning Commission, which I was the Chair of at the time, because I got stopped independently by 3 different agencies on the water on the way over. Hilariously, the hearing was concerning the approval of some excessively complicated environmental protection legislation the State and the Federal government were requiring us to adopt... One of my fellow planning commissioners, who lives on one of the smaller islands, almost always got stopped by two different agencies on his way to our county seat.
America, Land of the Free.
(You can see perhaps now why I've been keeping an real estate offerings on Saltspring Island and Vancouver Island...)
I will be so happy when this administration is in our rear view mirror.
Spicer says it leads to opioid abuse, which is a throw back to the reefer madness war on drugs era and about as bogus as climate change denial. But throwing legal marijuana back to the black market and drug cartels that are also involved in hard drug distribution just might. It is no big secret that a, or the major player leading to opioid addiction is the misuse of prescription medications.
A lot of people here will be watching this closely. It seems like a good example of something that has worked out pretty well here, but might not somewhere else, as in a state's rights.
Yes Colorado will be a center of this. I know people in the business and people who have benefited greatly by being able to use it medically easily. I was a little nervous, having my young adult kids, but honestly I agree it has been rolled out so smooth and so few issues that I wish other states would do this. Now if the federal gov't pushes it Colorado economy is in trouble, plus we can put a LOT more people in jail for the stupid small possession charges that target populations.
I met people at a conference for collective impact that work in opoid addiction programs in rural Colorado, it is the opposite to them. Marijuana may have issues, I don't think a lifetime of it is a great idea and generally you lose brain cells, nothing like these drugs that people drop dead from, can't raise their kids, can't work.