30 April 2008

The Tobacco Terrorists

Is our most celebrated and stress-relieving vice of smoking supporting terrorism? From the Fox News blogs:

Cigarette smugglers are able to generate millions of dollars in illegal profits with a great deal of this wealth being sent to terrorist groups overseas – groups that would like nothing more than to inflict devastating harm on our country and its citizens.” The fifteen page report, obtained by FOX, includes intelligence from law enforcement sources as well as New York State’s Department of Taxation and Finance.

I should probably feel guilty for smoking, but then I realized that this was Fox News and they might just be making shit up. Besides, everyone knows terror finances are somehow connected to oil. It doesn't help that oil is used for just about everything in modern society.


Anonymous said...

What, is that the only thing they're smuggling and making huge tons of money on? Well, duh, Fox News, why would they smuggle something they WEREN'T making money on.
(And yeah, Fox News -- not that I don't believe them, I just don't always 100 percent believe them about everything.)

Dale B said...

Get rid of the ludicrous taxes and there would be no incentive to smuggle.

Canada learned this in 1994. They added insane taxes to discourage smoking and cigarette smuggling went through the roof as did the associated crime (turf wars, murders and such). When they went back to the earlier milder taxes the smuggling evaporated.

All actions have consequences.

Anonymous said...

I should probably feel guilty for smoking

I at least hope you were joking when you said that you needed to go smoke a Kool.

ALso (more on topic)- I've seen write-ups about this before from sources other than Fox News.

PhilippinesPhil said...

You don't like FNC? Geez, and i was just about to add you to my list of blog reads. Oh well.

LT Nixon said...

Phillipines Phil,

I like Red Eye, that's a damn good show.

Anonymous said...

Just don't buy the smuggled ones at the Haji shop and you're Kool :)

Tin Ma'am said...

maybe if they didnt make cigs so expensive there wouldnt BE tobacco terrorists...YEAH!

Bag Blog said...

Give it up for yourself and for your future. The mom in me had to say that.

LT Nixon said...

Bag Blog,

You sound like my mom!