December 12, 2005, - 4:24 pm

Canada, Meth & Terrorism

By Debbie Schlussel
Today’s Washington Times reports that a conference report (part of the reconciliation between House & Senate versions) of the proposed extension of the Patriot Act includes provisions to target methamphetamines.
What does meth have to do with terrorism? A whole lot. Many pseudoephedrine (an ingredient necessary to make meth) haulers and meth dealers are Middle Eastern men. In fact, a Chicago area mosque of one of Sami Al-Arian’s co-defendants had members convicted dealing meth. A lot of profits from pseudoephedrine smuggled into the U.S. and sold go to Islamic terrorism. Given what meth does to its users, we find it interesting that so many members of the Religion of Peace would be involved in the meth trade.
And that leads us to our liberal neighbor to the North, Canada. Pseudoephedrine is legal there (it isn’t here), so many of these dealers smuggle it over the border. And the country refuses to criminalize it. Thanks, Canada.
Many ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents, when they were in the then-U.S. Customs Service, told me that meth was a big problem in the war on terror. The problem is ICE has forsaken a lot of the investigations into that, focusing on–if you are ICE Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz (a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz”) and want to avoid arresting Muslims to please your buddy, “former” terrorist Imad Hamad–rounding up Chinese and Latinos.
We’re glad Congress is noticing the necessity of dealing with this problem. It’s too bad it will also come with a boatload of money to help the drug’s addicts (not a necessary or appropriate part of the War on Terror).

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3 Responses

Canada needs to make pseudoephedrine illegal, but Canada first needs an infusion of politicians who are born with brains.

Thee_Bruno on December 12, 2005 at 4:49 pm

I thought pseudoephedrine was restricted, not illegal. I live in Calif. and worked for a few months in a grocery store in Orange County. One of the things in our training was that the scanners at the cash register would not function if the person purchased more than three boxes in a day.
As far as I could tell, this mechanism only limited them per trip. I’m sure they could come back in a few hours and go through another lane and buy more.
A lot of violence associated with meth. In January of 2005, Scott Cheevers allegedly murdered Greenwood County, KS sheriff Matt Samuels. Cheevers and others set up a meth lab, and Samuels was there to serve an arrest warrant.
Cheevers faces the death penalty in federal court.
Meth labs in Kansas increased at the time because neighboring Oklahoma had restricted pseudoephedrine sales.

SDChris on December 14, 2005 at 1:31 am

Pseduoephedrine is NOT illegal, it is simply restricted. It is simply the anti-decongestent medicine “Sudafed” (the brand name, can also get as “generic”).
In most states, you have to get it behind the counter, but without a prescription, and there are limits how many you can buy at once. In a few states, I believe you now need a prescription.
While I can understand restricting it in some form because of its use by meth makers, I think the degree it is being restricted only punishes the people who buy it to stop their congestion and does little to stop the meth scourge.

hairymon on December 15, 2005 at 9:57 pm

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