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Bombs, Bombs, Everywhere There’s Bombs

I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend lately in intelligence products, particularly law enforcement intelligence products. The trend is a distinct tendency to try and tie just about any criminal activity, in however tenuous a fashion, to the manufacturing of homemade bombs.

I really don’t know why this is, but it’s the sort of immediately-post-9/11 idiocy that I thought we’d all moved on from. I guess I was wrong.

Here’s a real example – this May 2010 briefing on synthetic marijuana analogues. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, let me hit the highlights of this intelligence product, which was produced by the Ohio Strategic Analysis and Information Center:

1. Various types of herbs, soaked in or sprayed with synthetic THC, are evidently gaining in popularity as a legal alternative to marijuana.
2. Despite the apparently unregulated nature of these materials, CBP has made several seizures of shipments entering the country from overseas.
3. The report provides no information about the domestic availability of the main precurson – the synthesized THC – and does not indicate that there is any evidence of domestic production.

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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General, Security | on July 9th, 2010 | Comments Off on Bombs, Bombs, Everywhere There’s Bombs