(originally published Nov. 25 on ThomasKeister.com)
Thanks to the unnecessary Department of Homeland Security, and the continued incompetence of its bosses, the idea that a million dollar counter-terrorism drill could center on the premise of pot farmers staging an armed takeover hardly surprises me at all.
Actually, truth be told, it inspired me a bit. I mean, couldn't you just imagine the trailer for Die Hard With a Headchange?
The twelve hour drill, the culmination of a year and a half of planning amongst 20 different agencies, ran on the scenario that a group of marijuana farmers set of bus and car bombs, before taking control of the Shasta Dam with three hostages and threatening to flood the Sacremento River by opening the gates atop the dam.
You get all that? Pot farmers. With car bombs. Taking over a dam.
This shows just how far down our federal government has fallen. You can't come up with a rationalization, because every time you try, you just can't get past the thought this scenario is just slightly less believable than the Amish declaring they have developed nuclear capabilities.
Twenty agencies, eighteen months, a million bucks, and they can't even come up with a coherent conspiracy theory? I mean, JFK's been good for a few books, couple of movies, and the Iran Contra deal could be reworked for some direct-to-DVD action, but this pothead terror attack wouldn't even make sense as a Mad Magazine sketch.
To further highlight the utter lack of intelligence with this exercise, a 2005 catalogue of terrorist threats created by the Department of Homeland Security did not even mention the marijuana farmers of Northern California.
That's right. Your government is spending money and wasting time to train against stuff they don't even consider a threat. Remember that next time you see a War on Drugs commercial.