Protests Rock Mexico After Student Killings

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 8:08 am

After gang members in the Mexican state of Guerrero admitted that they killed 43 students, dismembered and burnt their bodies, and threw them in a river protests have hit Mexico condemning the government’s failure to rein in the crime that has ravaged Mexico for decades. While crime has been a chronic problem in Mexico – [...]

IRS Seizing Funds Without Even Bringing Charges

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:42 am

Yet more unintended consequences from the so-called War on Drugs. According to The New York Times, the IRS has been seizing funds from small businesses and individuals without even presenting a criminal complaint using a draconian law passed to prevent drug money laundering. Under the law the IRS can seize funds that appear to be [...]

Government Claims Right To Create Fake Social Media Accounts From Stolen Identities

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 5:46 am

Is the government sending you a friend request? The DEA has claimed in court documents that it has the right to use information obtained from someone arrested to create a fake social media account in order to further a drug investigation. Sondra Arquiett was arrested in July 2010 and charged with possession with intent to [...]

In Wake Of Ferguson Protests White House Will Review Militarization Of Police Programs

By: Monday August 25, 2014 7:20 am

We got the stories behind the best pictures from Ferguson from Getty photographer Scott Olson: — New York Magazine (@NYMag) August 20, 2014 For many in America and around the world the police crackdown on protests to a controversial police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri was their first glimpse at how militarized local US [...]

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. [...]

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