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Two Senators Ask Government to Shut Down Website Selling Illegal Drugs

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Two U.S. senators are calling on the federal government to shut down a website that sells illegal drugs using layers of secrecy to avoid detection. The website sells drugs including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.

Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia are asking the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Department to close and investigate the website known as the Silk Road, named after the ancient Asian trade route.

The Associated Press reports that the website, which started in February, uses a network of buyers and sellers that hides their identity. The website tells sellers to make shipments using vacuum-sealed bags so that drug-sniffing dogs will not detect the packages.

10 Responses to this article

  1. Eric Wood / June 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Joe, please be more specific. To which policies are you referring and what are the negative consequences? How do you measure that those consequences are worse than the ones these policies are trying to fix? I’ll be the first to agree the government has been woefully ineffective at solving our country’s drug problem, but let’s talk solutions. And why don’t we, just for novelty sake, start with a plan that doesn’t include widespread legalization?

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    Shattah206 / June 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Amber, the pro-legalization crowd often takes over these threads. Thankfully, their opinions do not reflect our society at large. What amazes me is that lawmakers needed to request that such a site be shut down in the first place.

  3. Joe / June 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    My last comment was directed at Eric Wood.

  4. Joe / June 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    What would you say about governmental policies which cause more negative consequences than the issues which they purport to be mitigating?

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    Amber / June 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I am all for having freedoms and sometimes the government might go to far. However, I am surprised at the amount of people on here seem to be ok with this type of website. I’m not trying to be rude or imply something so don’t take it that way but I always wonder if the majority of people that are upset about drug restrictions actually use themselves?

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    simple truth / June 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    the simple truth is that MONEY talks and BS walks. These guys who seem to want to “protect” us really want to “protect” their stack of gold. By controlling what is and what is not legal, who to tax, and what the money is spent on, they in turn keep themselves filthy filthy RICH and the rest of everyone effectively POOR. They have gutted the middleclass and not pit the remnants of the middle class against the rest of the poor. They love that because it takes focus off of them. The antidote is for everyone to unite against them, assert our freedom and with that comes a cost. They will hire some of us to protect them from the rest of us – those would be sell-outs traitors and such. But the rest of us don’t need to fight to prove we are right. We simple need to resist in huge masses all together at the same time. that’s how a muscle flexes…. the fibers all contract together and pow… things move.

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    John Chase / June 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    The fatal mistake was made 100 years ago when a bare handful of well-intentioned American officials decided to stop opium in source countries. The didn’t understand the law of supply and demand. If we were serious about reducing drug abuse and its impact on public health and safety, we’d do what the Swiss have been doing since 1994. It reduces demand for street drugs and has been such a success that even the UNODC has quit speaking out against it.

    Shumer’s idea to restrict supply is well-intentioned but would only worsen a failed social policy. The ONLY way to reduce abuse is to do something about demand, not supply.

  8. Eric Wood / June 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    @mx: What do you have to say about people whose practice of their “personal freedom” results in lengthy treatment and rehabilitation, often at the expense of the tax payer? Or an accident that claims the life or property of another? Or whose negligence leads to yet another child in the custody of the state? Drug users’ myopathy about the depth and breadth of the consequences associated with their actions never ceases to amaze me.

    But by all means, keep waving your middle finger at the oppressive government that acts, albeit imperfectly, to provide the very freedoms that you enjoy on a daily basis.

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    mx / June 7, 2011 at 12:21 am

    government impeding personal freedom yet again

  10. meltee / June 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I wonder what the site’s “business model” is. That is, the site does not appear to sell the drugs, it serves as a site to unite buyers and sellers. So how does it make money for its creators? I doubt the site makes money by selling ads. Does it charge a commission on sales?

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