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Seattle’s Transit System ‘Unusable’ due to Toxic Fentanyl, Meth Smoke

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Liberal and progressive city Seattle is literally becoming toxic. Rampant with crime and drugs, it has become impossible for the average citizen to ignore. The Seattle Times reported Monday that local authorities have stated its transit system has become “unusable.”

The Times reported the transit system has become overloaded with reports of toxic fentanyl, meth smoke and volatile behavior. It has created a toxic work environment for employees and has scared off travelers.

In an attempt to turn things around, the city plans to release a new “Safety, Security and Fare Enforcement Initiative” in February. The initiative incorporates surveys and comments from 8,000 people.

The Times reports that plan hopes to improve the dangerous environment, welcome back commuters, but also show compassion to those who are doing drugs, and especially homeless people, as “a necessary step on its journey to becoming an anti-racist mobility agency” according to the King County website.

Complaints of smoke from narcotics use such as meth and fentanyl surged last summer, surpassing complaints about individuals using needles and smoking marijuana. The unarmed security monitors for the metro have zero authority to arrest or remove individuals from public transportation.

The Metro Transit Authority (MTA) has also shied away from using law enforcement against the homeless population after the death of George Floyd, which led to nationwide protests, some of the most violent and destructive of which occurred in Seattle.

Seattle Police Detective Patrick Michaud told the Seattle Times that police officers in the city do not regularly patrol the transit system, and illegal drug use is considered a “lower priority than violent crime.”

Transit operator Erik Christensen has reported six incidents of fentanyl, meth or heroin smokers snice just October. “We just want them off the bus. Just get them off the bus, so we can drive” said Christensen.

In Denver, drug use at the downtown train station was deemed “a lawless hellhole” in December due to the amount of public drug use. The Seattle Times reports “a television newscast aired a worker’s video of defiant users. Police made arrests, and the transit agency closed restrooms after finding traces of fentanyl” in Denver’s Union Station.

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3 Comments

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  1. DOM

    February 15, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Democrats are ruining their own cities and states. People are leaving them in droves and moving to conservative areas where they know they will be safe. So why do people in these liberal enclaves continue to elect liberal leaders?

  2. TTTCOTTH

    February 16, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Nothing new here. Seattle died long ago. Downtown is a cesspool no law abiding citizen dares to enter after dark and only by force during the day. This is the end stage of Liberalism.

  3. TTTCOTTH

    February 16, 2022 at 9:10 am

    “a necessary step on its journey to becoming an anti-racist mobility agency”

    Here in a nutshell is why it will never change. Safety should be the primary goal. It’s not.

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Chinese Communist Party gives funding and tax rebates to fentanyl producers

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A 64-page report released Tuesday by the House Committee on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) states China has been subsidizing the manufacturing and exporting of illicit fentanyl precursor chemicals and other synthetic narcotics through tax rebates and other means.

“Many of these substances are illegal under the PRC’s own laws and have no known legal use worldwide,” the 64-page report states. “Like its export tax rebates for legitimate goods, the CCP’s subsidizing of illegal drugs incentivizes international synthetic drug sales from the PRC. The CCP has never disclosed this program.”

The bipartisan investigation was led by Chairman Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.) and Ranking Member Raja Krishnamoorthi (D., Ill.). Additional details were uncovered as to the extent of China’s role in the U.S. fentanyl epidemic, including that the CCP-run government gives monetary grants and awards to companies that illegally traffic fentanyl and other drugs.

National Review summarizes the report which also found that the CCP holds ownership interest in several Chinese companies tied to drug trafficking, impedes U.S.-led investigations into manufacturers producing fentanyl and precursors, allows the open sale of drugs on the Chinese internet, and fails to censor online content on narcotics set to be exported. Notably, the Chinese government censors content about domestic drug sales but not exported ones.

“These actions and omissions are abhorrent, violate the laws of nations, and have led to profound human suffering in the United States and around the world,” the report reads. “They also, as a factual matter, further the PRC’s strategic and economic interests.”

In his prepared opening remarks Tuesday morning, former U.S. attorney general Bill Barr called the months-long investigation and subsequent report “groundbreaking” as he testified before the congressional panel. “The Committee’s work has uncovered persuasive evidence that the PRC and CCP are not just bystanders; they are the prime movers,” Barr said. “They are knee deep in actively sponsoring, encouraging, and facilitating the production and export of fentanyl and fentanyl precursors for distribution in the United States.”

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