Saturday, February 25, 2006

Drug War Notes from Underground

In Central Turkey on the southen end of Cappadocia, Kathy and I visited several years ago a region where people once lived in amazing underground cities - the one we toured went seven stories deep, complete with fireplaces and ventilation shafts. The people mostly lived above ground but could flee below indefinitely in case of attack. That appears to be the strategy of a pot grower in Tennesee (see more photos) who constructed this underground growing facility in a cave adjacent to his house, complete with outdoor escape hatch. When you see this and think of the impressive cross-border drug tunnel discovered recently near Tijuana, it makes you wonder how much of America's drug trade has been driven literally underground. Via CrimProf Blog, which declares the technology in the pictured facility to have a "batman-villain" quality.