FBI director James Comey said this week that the bureau may be forced to change its drug policy because the U.S. could not find enough programmers who did not use marijuana to fight cyber crime.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Comey told the White Collar Crime Institute’s annual conference on Monday that it was going to be difficult to fill the 2,000 new jobs that Congress had authorized this year.
“I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Comey explained.
The FBI was in the process of “grappling with the question right now” of how to change the drug policy, Comey said. The current policy forbids hiring anyone who has used marijuana within a three year period.
Comey insisted that people should not let their pot use stop them from seeking a job at the agency after one attendee said that a friend had decided not to apply over the policy.
“He should go ahead and apply,” Comey advised.
Only a week earlier, the FBI director took a tougher stance while speaking about heroin at the National Summit on Illegal Drugs in Washington, D.C.
“It’s not an urban thing, it’s an urban-suburban thing,” he explained. “It’s a black and white thing. It’s a rich and poor thing. It’s an everywhere thing, and everybody thing.”
“And so I believe… that we have to have — we on the federal side — a whole of government approach. We got to figure out how can we support you,” Comey continued. “You can’t arrest your way out of this problem, but arresting — for us, focusing on the international trafficking organizations that are flooding the market — is a huge part of the answer.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast April 16, 2014.
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NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio
Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."
Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?
Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt
— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020
Protesters march on mayor’s mansion in NYC as criticism grows against Bill de Blasio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been highly criticized for his response to the protests against police violence.
The mayor has been criticized by protesters and the press for violence inflicted by the New York Police Department.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted the city's response.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) also criticized the mayor, for not doing his job.
Here are some of the scenes of protesters marching on Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of NYC. Built in 1799, NYPD is trying to protect the building.