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FBI Desperately Seeking Dopers ::

Reported by Trackitdown TID on October 14, 2005

America’s secret police force the FBI are having so much trouble finding clean living citizens that they’re considering hiring former drug users, the Washington Post reported this week.

Drug users who’ve quit will be able to apply for intelligence analyst posts and will be judged on ‘their likelihood of future usage’, the paper said, rather than the current rigid cut off point of 15 marijuana sessions ever.

"Recreational marijuana use is a fact of life nowadays," specialist lawyer Mark Zaid said, on welcoming the changes, “"It doesn't stop Supreme Court justices from getting on the bench and doesn't stop presidents from getting elected, so why should it stop someone from getting hired by the FBI?"

The FBI’s move emerged 18 months after Britain’s MI5 started hiring ‘’ex-junkies and crooks’ (News Of the World) following similar problems in hiring enough straight edge secret agents.  The James Bond style organisation had previously tried traditional recruitment advertising in Britain’s national press, with disappointing results, said the Independent in 2002.

“The first time MI5 advertised in the Guardian it got 14,000 applications,” an MI5 source told the paper, “Thirteen thousand were in need of serious medical help. Open recruiting attracts people who have confused MI5 with the SAS,” he added. (‘Michael Shrimpton, a UK national security lawyer who was a guest on the show, revealed that sources within MI5 and MI6 are `furious' that Kelly was murdered. Shrimpton spoke in depth about the details of Kelly's murder on 17th July 2003, information which has been withheld by the British press . . .’)

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