Obama Admin Releases Thousands of Drug Offenders, Prosecutes Man Who Caught Too Many Fish

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In Obama’s America, trafficking heroin or peddling dime bags of rock pale in comparison to the dastardly “crimes” of denying a homosexual couple a wedding cake or reeling-in too many fish.

That is why, just in time for the 2016 elections, the Obama Administration is pumping-out 50,000 convicts who have served time for drug offenses.

But don’t worry- the Obama Adminsitration claims that these are “nonviolent” felons. This comes from the same administration that swears that the ATF had to pump guns to Mexican drug cartels, that downplays the strength of ISIS by calling them the “JV” team and that insists that millions of illegals should be rewarded for their criminality.

Judicial Watch reports on the new Obama mandates that are securing the release of thousands of felons in the name of supposed “social justice.”

Back in 2010 President Obama signed a measure that for the first time in decades relaxed drug-crime sentences he claimed discriminated against poor and minority offenders. This severely weakened a decades-old law enacted during the infamous crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged urban communities nationwide in the 1980s.

As part of the movement the U.S. Sentencing Commission lowered maximum sentences for drug offenders and made it retroactive. Last week the administration started releasing the first wave of 6,000 drug convicts who will get out of jail early. In all, about 50,000 prisoners are eligible for early release and federal authorities claim they’re all “non-violent” offenders whose sentences were too long in the first place. Federal prosecutors have warned that drug trafficking is inherently violent and therefore the phrase “non-violent drug offenders” is a misnomer. The nation’s prosecutors also caution that reducing prison sentences for drug offenders will weaken their ability to bring dangerous drug traffickers to justice.

The new more lenient penalty stops the justice system from unfairly targeting minorities and the poor, according to Obama’s first Attorney General, Eric Holder, a driving force behind the change.

It sounds nice, right? While many would assume that the president would be involved in calling for the enforcement of laws, the Obama Administration appears infinitely more concerned with releasing inmates and giving inmates of color a genuine “victim card” to wave as they follow Obama’s lead and blame their incarceration on a system of institutional racism.

When we juxtapose this treatment with the treatment of other “nonviolent” offenders, we see where the Obama Administration’s priorities lie. The legal watchdog group continues,

While drug offenders get off easy in the name of racial justice, the administration has increased punishment for violating federal regulations involving less serious acts such as reeling in too many fish. The feds actually went after a commercial fisherman named Anthony Joseph for “Fisheries Fraud” because he caught too many fluke. Then, he lied about it to the government—“systematically underreporting fluke”—and that got him in a boatload of trouble.

Last week the New York fisherman got sentenced to seven months in prison, a $603,000 fine and three years of supervised release following incarceration, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement. This overfishing business is serious stuff, according to the language in the federal document. “In order to cover up the illegal fluke harvesting, Joseph falsified” the reports he sent to the government agency that regulates fishing and “he also utilized the exempted fisheries permit quota that was acquired through” a federal program as a “mask for his fluke overages.” For some reason this doesn’t sound nearly as serious as a drug-related offense. Is it possible that the country is safer because a fish fraudster is in jail…while drug convicts roam freely?

There are many, many conservatives who question the U.S.’s policy on drugs. I am one of them. While we should have a frank discussion about the nature of drug laws in this country and the vigilance of such enforcement, we must also be willing to eye the willy-nilly law enforcement occurring in this country that punishes fishermen and the religious while supporting millions of illegals and drug offenders.

About the Author

Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.
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