US Spent $7 Billion Trying To Destroy Opium Production In Afghanistan, Opium Production Soared

By: Friday July 4, 2014 6:06 am

While publicly lamenting wasteful spending, Washington gets high blowing cash on the drug war. In the case of Afghanistan and the fight against heroin, the US government spent $7 billion to eradicate poppy cultivation with no discernible effect. In fact, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Opium Survey opium production is [...]

DEA Partnered With Guzman’s Mexican Drug Cartel For Over A Decade

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 8:32 am

Another dark alliance? According to an investigation by El Universal between 2002 and 2012 the DEA had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was led at that time by recently arrested Joaquin “El [...]

Trey Radel Will Take Leave Of Absence After Cocaine Plea

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 5:46 am

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. More World News from ABC Florida Congressman Trey Radel is taking full responsibility for breaking the law, sort of. Radel is not resigning but┬átaking a leave of absence which is to say he won’t be doing the job he was elected to do and will also prevent anyone [...]

Boehner on Cocaine: One Law For Us, Another For Them

By: Wednesday November 20, 2013 5:58 am

If there were any group of Americans who were supposed to be for the tragically ridiculous “War on Drugs” it would be Republicans in Congress right? Apparently not. Not only was GOP Congressman Trey Radel arrested for cocaine possession, the Republican Speaker of the House can not even bring himself to condemn him. Michael Steel, [...]

Drug Agents Work With AT&T To Spy On All Americans

By: Monday September 2, 2013 10:39 am

Move over NSA, you have some competition for flagrantly violating the Constitution. Remember that extremely dubious program called imprison racial minorities and fund illegal wars around the globe the War on Drugs? Apparently while the War on Terror has justified letting Afghanistan become the largest producer of opium in the world, the powers-that-be still want [...]

NSA Spying Scandal Reaches Latin America

By: Wednesday July 10, 2013 7:56 am

It was only a matter of time. Shortly after revelations broke that the NSA is spying on America’s European allies it has now been revealed that the NSA also has a massive spying program going on south of the border. NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden reportedly provided information to a Brazilian newspaper about the collection of [...]

Felix Salmon’s Unpersuasive Argument to Hold HSBC and Its Executives Harmless

By: Friday December 14, 2012 8:30 am

It would be irresponsible for me to say that Felix Salmon probably cashed a nice check from the banking industry when he produced this defense of the US declining to prosecute HSBC for money laundering. I think a couple elements of his piece wind up being self-negating, so I don’t have to do much work. [...]

House Oversight Committee Expected to Vote AG Holder in Contempt Today

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 6:59 am

When Operation Fast and Furious really broke last year, I was a bit surprised that Republicans didn’t make more of it. Here we have an operation – and at this point we have to ignore that it began under the Bush Administration, as the GOP has done – that directed gun dealers to sell weapons [...]

Cuomo Calls for Decriminalization of Public Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 2:17 pm

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for the decriminalization of public possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana. In a state with fairly harsh Rockefeller-era drug laws, this would be a modest change. Saying the aim was to avoid unnecessary misdemeanor charges against thousands of New Yorkers — “disproportionately black and Hispanic youth,” [...]

Incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes Defeated in Primary With Focus on Drug War

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 7:00 am

In an upset last night, Beto O’Rourke, a former city councilman in El Paso, defeated incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary in Texas’ 16th district. O’Rourke just crossed the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. This is a safe Democratic seat for November. The race in the border district was important, because [...]

Federal Judge Calls for End to Sentencing Insanity from Federal Prosecutors

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 1:40 pm

I’ve been reading a tremendous book about the drug war and mass incarceration called The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, which I can’t recommend enough. It shines the light on our out-of-whack criminal justice policies and how they disproportionately impact African-Americans, as well as how the stigma of a criminal record ends up attaching [...]

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