State investigating use of DOJ helicopter at high school homecoming football game in Calif
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State officials are investigating the use of a Department of Justice helicopter at a high school homecoming football game in Northern California.
KCRA-TV reported (http://bit.ly/WZmrlG) Thursday that top officials at the DOJ did not know the helicopter — usually flown for drug busts — was being used to hover over the game in El Dorado Hills.
They estimate the cost of operating the helicopter at around $1000. There's no breakdown on whether that's for the entire time it hovered over the game, or just for the few minutes during which the stunt was set up and performed. They also don't factor in the pilot and co-pilot costs. And, of course, there's the little matter of a federal vehicle being used for someone's private event - in this case, a stunt at a high school football game.
Now, I don't know about the rest of you, but I sure feel better about the war on drugs being such a rousing success that agents feel justified in spending thousands of dollars and using federal equipment for their personal amusement. If things are going so well that we can take a surveillance helicopter out of service for several hours so an agent can show off for his kid, maybe it's time to just pack it in for the war on drugs. Notice one thing, too, in that story - there's no mention of restitution nor punishment for the agent.
Some animals really are more equal than others.
That is all.
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