Way up in the Alaskan wilderness is a place called Chicken where 17 full-time residents and a few dozen seasonal staff work at small, family-run gold mines. So it was more than a little shocking when eight armed men from a federal Environmental Crimes Taskforce showed up in full body armor to check the water quality? According to the Alaskan Dispatch, this EPA-backed taskforce claimed after the fact that they had reports of rampant drug and human trafficking in the area. But with no one from Alaska knowing anything about that, and tensions between the locals and feds already strained with Uncle Sam controlling more than 65 percent of Alaska’s land, maybe just showing up at the door and knocking might have been a wiser alternative.
October 24, 2013 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.