Give that man a cigar!

Reason Magazine - Cigar Bar

In 2003 President George W. Bush ordered the Department of Homeland Security to tighten enforcement of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Now the Government Accountability Office  says the effort going into policing Cuban cigars might be reducing the security of the homeland. A report finds that Miami International Airport personnel are so occupied by seizing “small amounts of Cuban tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceutical products” that they have little time left to look for “terrorists, criminals, and inadmissible aliens.”

While only 3 percent of non-Cuban international arrivals are subjected to secondary inspections at the airport, 20 percent of Cuban arrivals wait in line to be searched again. The eight daily flights from Cuba demand most Homeland Security resources at the airport, one of the busiest in the nation.

I'll ponder on that while I'm puffing on my Romeo y Julieta Belicosos (available at Oddbins, two minutes walk away) later this evening.