Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ceterum Censeo Carthaginem Esse Delendam

Los Angeles, CA

Yesterday, 61 members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club were rounded up across seven states on an 86-count racketeering indictment including murder, extortion, drug trafficking, money laundering, etc. You know, the usual. Except for one little difference. This time, the Feds want to take their identity.

"In addition to pursuing the criminal charges set forth in the indictment, for the first time ever, we are seeking to forfeit the intellectual property of the gang," U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien said in a statement.
A while back the Mongols trademarked their name. Put it on patches, logos, the whole shebang. I guess this means that they're really The Mongols Motorcycle Club(tm), right?

Anyway, if they lose their intellectual property to the Federal government they lose the legal right to use that name. Not that that's likely to keep a bunch of psychopathic, drug dealing biker freaks from calling themselves the Mongols, of course.

The point of this tactic, I'm sure, is the complete destruction of the organization and everything it had. Burn it to the ground. Sow the earth with salt so that no thing grows. Rape the horses and ride off on the women.

Though I can certainly get behind that thinking (except for the horses bit) it's not like this is any kind of long term solution. It never is. Carthage is still a city, Wally Amos is still selling cookies, and John Fogerty is back to singing CCR songs.

But it shuold hopefully slow them down. Destroying the infrastructure of the larger organization makes it more difficult for these little splinter groups to maintain drug supply lines, protection rackets and laundering operations. Giving La eMe plenty of time to come back in and re-establish those territories that the Mongols have been chipping away from them.

Well, it's better than nothing.

1 comment:

Peter Rozovsky said...

Carthage is actually more like a tidy, upscale suburb these days. That might be a suitable fate for a motorcycle gang.
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