Thursday, February 12, 2004

Steroids, bad! 

It seemed kind of out of place when the use of steroids in professional sports came up in the State of the Union address. Now that John Ashcroft is putting the full weight of the Department of Justice behind the issue, complete with a live televised press conference going on right now, it just seems silly.

I don't think anyone is going to argue in favor of athletes using steroids, and nobody is going to deny the harm they can do to users. But there are more important law-enforcement matters facing this country, and the resources of the DoJ and FBI would better serve the national interest by, for instance, investigating terrorist supporters and looking for sleeper cells. Just a thought.

UPDATE: Apparently the attention was sparked by an investigation of BALCO Laboratories, a track coach, and a trainer. A federal grand jury handed out four indictments today. I still don't think this is a huge, weighty issue that requires the involvement of the Attorney General and the President. It's not like this kind of thing is a surprise to anyone, or something many people care deeply about.
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