Hate Mail From The Department Of Justice

What could it be, that would inspire a federal agent to rant against “liberal politcal [sic] spin” in an e-mail message sent from a Department of Justice (DOJ) address?

The answer might surprise you.

According to an e-mail message obtained by Colorado Confidential, DOJ agent Thomas D. Miller used his government address to vent against a pro-medical marijuana opinion column that appeared in the Denver Post on Sunday–a column that was penned by Independence Institute analyst Jessica Peck Corry. “Since, I am part of one of those drug task forces, I am inclined to speak out on your facts,” reads the letter, appearing to come from Miller’s usdoj.gov e-mail address.

“So quit lying to the public and trying to put your liberal spin on this issue. An [sic] I find it utterly absurd that you are a co-chair of 2006 Guarding Our Children Against Marijuana Prohibition,” writes Miller to Peck Corry. “Using the word children is once again a liberal politcal spin, that you and your liberal friends use to mislead the public. If you are truly for the use of marijuana for medicimal [sic] purposes, your campaign slogan should not have the word children in it.”

Perhaps the letter wouldn’t have such a humorous aura if it wasn’t for that fact that the Independence Institute, a nonprofit “free market think tank” with emeriti like John Andrews and Tom Tancredo, would usually not be thought of as ecstatically “liberal.” Then there are the numerous spelling errors.

On a day when it was announced that other federal drug officials are under investigation for politicization by a House committee, is it possible that agent Miller violated any policies by using his government address to send hate mail?

Full letter:

Dear Jessica,

I read your article in the Denver Post on Sunday!  Needless to say I think your facts are completely wrong.  Since, I am part of one of those drug task forces, I am inclined to speak out on your facts.  Since I have been in drug law enforcement for over nine years, I have never seen a medical marijuana user arrested by any drug task force.  Not saying it has not happened, but I have never seen it. 

You make it sound like these marjuana patients are getting arrested at an alarming rate or a daily basis.  GET YOUR FACTS straight.  And if you have FACTS, email me with their names and dates that they were arrested, because I don’t think you can, because you are pulling these facts out thin air.  And if there are any of these so called medical marijuana users that were arrested, I highly suspect that they were sentenced to any time in jail.

I know this, because I am a case agent on a marijuana importation, transportation and distribution organization (in violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Act), where no one was an AIDS, cancer, or diabetes patient, and these thugs are just getting probation.  So quit lying to the public and trying to put your liberal spin on this issue. An
I find it utterly absurd that you are a co-chair of 2006 Guarding Our Children Against Marijuana Prohibition.  Using the word children is once again a liberal politcal spin, that you and your liberal friends use to mislead the public.  If you are truly for the use of marijuana for medicimal purposes, your campaign slogan should not have the word children in it. 

No matter how you say it, marijuana should not be legal, especailly for our children.  There is a reason why marijuana is called the “Gate Way Drug”, because so many people start off smoking marijuana, and then move on to a much more potent drug like cocaine, crystal meth, or heroin.  I know what you will say, but they do have a marijuana supplement in pill form, just as they do with heroin and cocaine.  But I’m sure you have an escuse for that argument as well.

But please email me with these so called arrest of medical marijuana users, and if you can supply their sentences also, that would be great, but I highly doubt that you will respond, because the facts that you are using, just aren’t there.  And if they are, I would like to see if the arrests of these so called medical marijuana users were just for the use and possession of marijuana or if there were more circumstances involved with their arrests.  Please let use and all my comrades know, because we aren’t the ones arresting these folks.

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Erin Rosa

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature.

Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state.

Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters.

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