Jeff Smith 10 a.m., July 29
Group Claims Responsibility For Hoax Press Release From U.S. Attorney Duffy
The group Federal Accountability Coalition has claimed responsibility for the bogus email which alleged that U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy is targeting illegal prescription drug sales at pharmacies in San Diego.
The phony press release from the email address, email@example.com was sent to reporters and media organizations early this morning. The announcement resulted in stories in the Los Angeles Times and was mentioned in tweets from ProPublica...oh, and the San Diego Reader. (Thanks to the Voice of San Diego for making me aware of the hoax.)
Dexter Haight from the Federal Accountability Coalition claimed responsibility for the email in a press release. During a phone interview --not taken from a press release-- Haight says the bogus statement was meant to draw attention to Duffy and her mission to close medical marijuana dispensaries.
"The media was not the target in this," said Haight in a phone interview. "We want to hold the government, and the U.S. Attorney, accountable for their policies. We thought satire was the best way to do that."
Haight says Duffy's office has not contacted him and stands by the sham press release. "It is the right of the private citizen to engage in satire as a way to point out hypocrisy in government."
*I have not yet found any background information on Dexter Haight
San Diego, CA, July 27, 2012: The “Cease and Desist” orders and “official” press release announcing the closure of pharmacies in San Diego, purportedly originating from the office of US Attorney Laura Duffy, are indeed fake.
This hoax was conducted in retaliation against US Attorney Laura Duffy for her insubordination against the Obama administration and government of the United States of America.
Duffy’s superiors, President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, have both pledged that federal resources would not be used to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries operating in compliance with state law. Despite this pledge to the American public, U.S. Attorney Duffy has used Federal power to target medical marijuana dispensaries with asset forfeiture. Her office has made it clear that she is willing to push her agenda regardless of state laws, personal liberties and the free-market.
Recently, Laura Duffy’s office has pursued the closure of San Diego County’s only permitted medical marijuana dispensary, in direct violation of official policy.
“I’m not a pot smoker or an Obama supporter, but I am a concerned citizen and property owner.” said Dexter Haight from the Federal Accountability Coalition. “Duffy’s a Benedict Arnold. She’s not following orders. And what’s more, if she shuts down a proper medical marijuana facility, how long until she goes after the pharmacies? Duffy’s actions are emblematic of erosions of our personal liberty and property rights that have become so commonplace in our post-9/11 world. What will she confiscate next, my home, my guns, the local farmer’s market?”
Benedict Arnold was an American general during the Revolutionary War whose name became synonymous with treason once it was discovered that he attempted to sell West Point to the British. After American victory in the war, Arnold was exiled to Britain where he lived out the rest of his life shamed and banished.
“Benedict Arnold betrayed America because he wasn’t liked by citizens or his peers. It’s a well known fact that Duffy is the least well regarded of the four US Attorneys in California. Bitterness festered into insubordination in Arnorld’s case and led to treason. Duffy is already insubordinate, what’s next?”
Letters distributed by the US Attorney’s office signed by Duffy have stated, regarding property seizure: "Real and personal property involved in such [illegal] operations are subject to seizure by and forfeiture to the United States ... regardless of the purported purpose..." In another press release from her office she boasts of collecting “$29,725,382” in asset forfeitures in 2011 from the Southern District alone.
“I can’t believe how proud she is of taking Americans’ property; maybe it’s because she was appointed, not elected. Maybe it’s bitterness over her low reputation. Either way, it’s time she is held accountable by President Obama and Eric Holder for her flagrant insubordination.”
Haight continues, “Our founding fathers grew hemp for paper and ropes. Nobody was taking their property. Today, if someone threw a pot seed into my yard, they’d come and take my house. It’s criminal.”
More like this:
- Medical marijuana proponents petition for removal of US Attorney Duffy — Feb. 28, 2013
- Filner ends pot dispensary crackdown; U.S. Attorney Duffy yet to respond — Jan. 10, 2013
- San Diego County's Last Legal Marijuana Dispensary Forced Out of Business — Aug. 31, 2012
- Hoax Email Claims US Attorney Laura Duffy Now Targeting Storefront Pharmacies — July 31, 2012
- Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Challenge U.S. Attorney's War on Medical Marijuana — July 23, 2012