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  • Obama Can’t Find Victims of 'Mass Incarceration' in Federal Prisons

    07/15/2015 11:21:43 AM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/14/2015 | John P. Walters
    On Monday, President Obama announced the results of his war on unjust sentences and the incarceration of large numbers of low-level, non-violent drug offenders. Now in the seventh year of his presidency, he has added just 46 federal felons to the list of those whose sentences he has commuted. [....] And just who is Obama releasing? Not “low-level, drug-possession offenders” or marijuana users. No, he is releasing crack dealers, cocaine dealers, and methamphetamine dealers. Most of the 46 were crack cocaine distributors, some convicted of dealing more than 10 pounds of crack. Moreover, some of these felony drug dealers were...
  • Mexico: Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes through tunnel

    07/12/2015 2:33:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 7/12/2015 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and KATHERINE CORCORAN
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico mounted an all-out manhunt Sunday for its most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who escaped from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell, according to the country's top security official. The elaborate underground escape route, built allegedly without the detection of authorities, allowed Guzman to do what Mexican officials promised would never happen after his re-capture last year — slip out of one of the country's most secure penitentiaries for the second time. If Guzman is not captured immediately,...
  • Rick Perry defends Colorado’s ‘right to be wrong’ on marijuana

    06/28/2015 6:33:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry may not agree with Colorado’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana, but he said Saturday he will defend the state’s right to make a hash of things. Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit, Mr. Perry made a vigorous defense for the states’ role as “laboratories of democracy,” in the words of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, even if it means sticking up for Colorado’s retail pot market. “Let this country compete again. I am so optimistic about the future of America if we would free up these states from this one-size-fits-all,”...
  • Drug overdoses surpass car accident deaths in Pennsylvania

    06/27/2015 12:23:03 AM PDT · by RC one · 15 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | June 23, 2015 12:00 AM | Hannah Schwarz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Pennsylvania is near the top of the national statistics for drug overdose deaths, but neighboring states West Virginia and Ohio are being hit even worse, according to a report released last week. Use of prescription drugs and heroin is fueling the problem, and the number of deaths from drug overdoses now surpasses car accident-related deaths in Pennsylvania and 35 other states. The report, published by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, breaks down all injury-related deaths by state. Pennsylvania fell in the middle of the pack for all injury-related deaths, coming in at No. 23,...
  • Feds: West Side drug dealer had customers lined up around the corner (Chicago)

    06/26/2015 4:26:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun TImes ^ | 6/24/2015 | JON SEIDEL
    James Triplett had his customers lined up around the corner in broad daylight, the feds say. Not for concert tickets. Not for iPhones. For heroin. Now 42 people are facing state or federal drug charges for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin around West Grenshaw and Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. Among them is the 33-year-old Triplett, also known as “Trell,” who authorities said controlled the drug market in the area. Investigators even included a photo in a federal criminal complaint spanning more than 200 pages. They said the photo depicts a line...
  • Mumbai liquor poisoning death toll rises to 90, Indian police say

    06/20/2015 3:43:04 PM PDT · by windcliff · 16 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 6-20-2015 | unknown
    The death toll from India's latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor has risen to 90, Mumbai police say. Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy police commissioner in the western Indian city, said it was possible the number of dead from drinking the illicit moonshine could reach three figures. "Ninety people have now died," he said. "More than 40 are being treated in hospital and the death toll may reach 100." Victims first started to fall ill on Wednesday morning after consuming the illegal booze and new patients were still being admitted to hospital on Saturday, Mr...
  • Baltimore prosecutor asked police to target area where Freddie Gray was arrested

    06/09/2015 3:16:15 PM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 6/09/15 | Kevin Rector
    About three weeks before Freddie Gray was chased from a West Baltimore corner by three Baltimore police officers — the start of a fatal encounter — the office of prosecutor Marilyn Mosby asked police to target the intersection with "enhanced" drug enforcement efforts, court documents show. "State's Attorney Mosby asked me to look into community concerns regarding drug dealing in the area of North Ave and Mount St," Joshua Rosenblatt, division chief of Mosby's Crime Strategies Unit, wrote in a March 17 email to a Western District police commander. The email was disclosed for the first time Tuesday in a...
  • The founder of the Silk Road drug marketplace has been sentenced to life in prison without parole

    05/30/2015 9:30:40 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 33 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 5/29/2015 | Natasha Bertrand and Michael B Kelley
    The convicted mastermind behind the world's largest online narcotics emporium has been sentenced by a federal judge to two terms of life in prison and three lesser sentences, USA Today reports. The judge also ordered Ross Ulbricht, 31, to forfeit $184 million dollars. The website made over $187 million before it was shut down in 2013. The government estimated that roughly $1.2 billion in illegal drug transactions took place on Silk Road. The judge said it was a "demand expanding operation" and that what Ulbricht did was thoughtful, as opposed to just being an economic experiment. She added that he...
  • Louisiana marijuana law changes endorsed by House, headed to Senate

    05/15/2015 2:00:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/14/15 | Emily Lane
    A proposal to reduce marijuana penalties for those convicted multiple times of possessing pot cleared the House floor Wednesday (May 13) in the Louisiana Legislature. Current law allows for someone to be sentenced up to 20 years in prison for getting convicted three or more times with as little as one joint. Among the changes proposed in the legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, is a reduction of the maximum penalty from 20 years to eight. "It starts chipping away at Louisiana being the incarceration capital of the world," Badon said from the House floor, after his...
  • Words Have Meanings

    05/10/2015 5:46:03 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Clayton Cramer ^ | Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Clayton Cramer
    M. Simon of Classical Values responded to a recent posting concerning Obamacare by linking to a piece by Milton Friedman "The Drug War as a Socialist Enterprise". I confess to being so intrigued by the title that I read it to see where this came from. Socialism has a meaning: government ownership of the means of production. If Friedman's point was that there are two choices: free markets or command and control, this is true. But prohibiting something is not socialism. Many libertarian ideologues believe that drug prohibition is a net loss for the society emphasizing the substantial crime and...
  • The "War on Drugs" is dinosaur technology

    05/03/2015 7:59:56 PM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 187 replies
    Huffington POst ^ | 03/22/2015 | Johann Hari
    Nearly fifteen years ago, Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe, with 1 percent of the population addicted to heroin. They had tried a drug war, and the problem just kept getting worse. So they decided to do something radically different. They resolved to decriminalize all drugs...
  • High court limits drug-sniffing dog searches during traffic stops

    04/21/2015 10:46:54 AM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 57 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | David G. Savage
    The Supreme Court told the police Tuesday they may not turn routine traffic stops into drug searches using trained dogs. The 6-3 decision ends the increasingly common practice whereby officers stop a car for a traffic violation and then call for a drug-sniffing dog to inspect the vehicle. The justices, both liberal and conservative, agreed that it was an unconstitutional "search and seizure" to hold a motorist in such cases. "Police may not prolong detention of a car and driver beyond the time reasonably required to address the traffic violation," said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking for the court. [snip]...
  • Were Kerry's Ancestors Drug Runners?

    10/11/2004 8:03:33 PM PDT · by Tulsa Brian · 12 replies · 794+ views
    world i.q..com | 10/10/04 | unlisted
    Definition of Forbes family This article is about the Forbes family related to US Senator John Kerry. For information about the Forbes family associated with Forbes magazine, see Forbes family (publishers). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Forbes family of China and Boston, of which US Senator John Forbes Kerry and John Murray Forbes are members, amassed a huge fortune in the China trade, initially trading North American furs and manufactured goods for tea and other goods from China. Forbes also made a considerable fortune smuggling opium during the Opium Wars. The British wanted to keep a monopoly on supplying the Chinese with opium...
  • DEA chief tells House committee she can't fire agents involved in sex parties

    04/14/2015 5:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 14, 2015 | Doug McKelway
    With the Secret Service still smarting from its 2012 prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, another federal law agency is in hot water over an even more salacious sex scandal—in the same country. The Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michelle Leonhart, Tuesday faced a grueling three-hour inquisition from the House Oversight Committee over an Inspector General’s report that found DEA agents in Bogota, Colombia engaged in “sex parties” with prostitutes and that the parties were paid for by the very drug cartels the DEA was sent to fight. “This behavior is not acceptable,” Leonhart said in her opening statement. “It...
  • FBI Agent Charged With Falsifying Records, Selling Stolen Drugs

    03/20/2015 2:30:29 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 7 replies
    NBC - Washington DC ^ | March 20, 2015
    Fueled by an addiction to prescription painkillers, an FBI agent abused heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botched dozens of cases involving suspected drug traffickers in multiple states, according to details that emerged Friday. Matthew Lowry, formerly a special agent with the agency's Washington field office, tampered with hundreds of grams of heroin seized during drug investigations in 2013 and 2014, keeping it in his car for weeks or months, and periodically using it, according to charging documents filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
  • Top Congressional Republican Wants To Know If Marijuana Should Be Legal

    03/15/2015 4:01:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The recent signing of a medical marijuana bill by GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Dean Heller hasn’t gone unnoticed. Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise has introduced a poll on his website, asking people to vote on whether marijuana should be legalized on the federal level. Scalise in the past has voted down marijuana reform legislation, Marijuana.com reports. On May 30, 2014, Scalise voted against an amendment in the House to prevent the Department of Justice from using funds from its budget to crack down on states that have enacted medical marijuana programs. Later, in July, Scalise voted against legislation to...
  • Senators Unveil Bill To Legalize Federal Medical Marijuana

    03/11/2015 4:30:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 170 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 10, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul joined Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand Tuesday to propose legislation to legalize medical marijuana on the federal level. The bill, termed the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act, would move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, allow access for veterans and put a final stop to federal raids on dispensaries, among other things. This is the first time a medical marijuana bill has been introduced in the Senate, whereas the House has seen 15 pieces of legislation on marijuana reform in the last session of Congress, according to Marijuana.com. The move...
  • JFK Airport officials filter fecal matter in search for drugs

    02/23/2015 6:52:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The federal government is looking for doctors to help monitor suspected smugglers’ bowel movements at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, in a solicitation that sounds like it could be something out of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” program. In reality it’s all a very sanitary process and even includes a special high-tech toilet to recover the drugs or other contraband from the other waste passing from the suspected smuggler’s system. But the details, described in a new solicitation for doctors to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection, underscore the efforts smugglers will go to in trying to...
  • Coloradans become first to ask feds to block legalized marijuana

    02/20/2015 11:54:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 130 replies
    The Eugene Register-Guard ^ | February 19, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt (Associated Press)
    DENVER — Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close. The owners of a mountain hotel and a southern Colorado horse farm argue in a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that the 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts unsavory visitors.
  • Loretta Lynch’s hard-line stance on marijuana is making Colorado sweat

    02/03/2015 12:29:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Nobody in the Colorado marijuana industry is panicking, but those involved are sweating a little over the hard line taken by Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general, on legalization during this week’s Senate confirmation hearing. “Quite a few of my members were expressing concern and nervousness,” said Michael Elliott, executive director of the Colorado Marijuana Industry Group. “But I’m not sure we could have expected much more than we just heard. Even the president, who came out saying that marijuana is no more dangerous as alcohol, is also on the record as being...
  • Pediatricians appeal to DEA to allow research on medical marijuana treatment for children

    01/27/2015 8:10:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | January 26, 2015 | Maria Santos
    Critics of marijuana legalization love to argue about its repercussions for “the children”—paging Nancy Grace—but the American Academy of Pediatrics seems to disagree. The group has now appealed to the Drug Enforcement Agency to reclassify marijuana and allow them to research its medical benefits for children, the Wall Street Journal reports. They have also asked the federal government to permit marijuana use by children with serious conditions. Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government, classifying it with drugs like heroin. This scheduling prohibits research by ranking marijuana as having no acceptable medical use. “A...
  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 7:13:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 292 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be. If I could've waved a wand the day after the election, I would've reversed the election and said, 'This was a bad idea,’” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC's “Squawk Box.” “You don't want to be the first person to do something like this,” he said. He said that he tells other governors to “wait...
  • Obama: States more likely to legalize pot

    01/23/2015 11:33:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama believes more states are likely to legalize marijuana following efforts in Colorado and Washington state. "My suspicion is that you're going to see other states look at this," the president told YouTube blogger Hank Green. Obama said that the federal government was "not going to spend a lot of resources" enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that had decided to legalize the drug. He also noted that the Department of Justice was examining how to shift policies for nonviolent drug offenders. In an interview with The New Yorker last year, Obama appeared to tacitly endorse a Colorado referendum...
  • Rand Paul dives back into Ferguson debate

    11/25/2014 5:15:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WICU-TV / CNN ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ashley Killough, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul is blaming politicians for the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, arguing that the criminal justice system fuels racial tension by disproportionately targeting African-Americans. The so-called war on drugs has created a culture of violence and put police in a nearly impossible situation," Paul said in an op-ed published for TIME. He acknowledged that the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer wasn't related to drugs, but argued that outsized penalties for nonviolent drug crimes creates a "tension in some communities that too often results in tragedy." The comments are another attempt by Paul, a Kentucky...
  • Blind Man: Cops Arrested & Ditched Me By Side Of The Road

    11/13/2014 8:12:15 AM PST · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://miami.cbslocal.com ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jim DeFede
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — On August 27th at approximately 8:30 pm, four plain clothes Miami Dade Police officers pulled onto a dead end street in South Dade and arrested three young black men. The scene was captured on video camera. According to the police report, the three men were arrested because officers claimed to see them passing what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. When the officers approached, they said they found a marijuana cigarette on the ground near where the men were standing.
  • Legalized marijuana spreads to two more states and D.C. Next up, California

    11/05/2014 11:51:33 PM PST · by BurningOak · 62 replies
    The Chrisitan Science Monitor ^ | 11/05/2014 | Daniel Wood
    Oregon and Alaska approved recreational pot use – following Washington State and Colorado, which did the same in 2012 – and the District of Columbia approved legal marijuana possession but not sales, though the move could still be halted by the new US Congress. Though medical marijuana was rejected in Florida, the steps by Oregon, Alaska, and the District add momentum to a movement that is eyeing California next. Recommended: How much do you know about marijuana? Take the quiz ... Yet marijuana remains prohibited by the federal government, and the issue could come to a head in the District...
  • Meet 59-year-old David Hooks, the latest drug raid fatality

    10/08/2014 8:24:26 AM PDT · by redreno · 62 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | October 6 | By Radley Balko
    Phillip Smith at the Drug War Chronicle sums up the news reports detailing the latest casualty in the never-ending U.S. war on drugs. A Georgia SWAT team shot and killed an armed homeowner during a September 24 drug raid sparked by the word of a self-confessed meth addict and burglar who had robbed the property the previous day. No drugs were found. David Hooks, 59, becomes the 34th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year. According to WMAZ TV 13, Laurens County sheriff’s deputies with the drug task force and special response team...
  • Man killed by cops after car thief alleges meth find

    10/05/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 173 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 03 Oct 14 | George Mathis
    A Georgia man was killed by police executing a search warrant obtained after a car thief told police he stole methamphetamine from the dead man’s vehicle, media reports say. ...snip... The homeowner, David Hooks, a 59-year-old grandfather and businessman, reported the missing SUV....snip... An hour after getting the search warrant, Shook said David Hooks’ wife saw camouflaged men in her yard with guns and told her husband. David Hooks’ final act was to arm himself with a shotgun....snip... Police searched the home for 44 hours and found no drugs.
  • Canada Warns Its Citizens Not To Take Cash To The USA

    09/24/2014 4:48:42 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 70 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The Canadian government has had to warn its citizens not to carry cash to the USA because the USA does not presume innocence but guilt when it comes to money. Over $2.5 billion has been confiscated from Canadians traveling to the USA, funding the police who grab it. If you are bringing cash to the land of the free, you will find that that saying really means they are FREE to seize all your money under the pretense you are engaged in drugs with no evidence or other charges. It costs more money in legal fees to try to get...
  • America’s police taught to ignore Constitution, confiscate billions from law abiding citizens

    09/22/2014 10:24:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/22/14 | Doug Book
    Thirty years ago, the Department of Justice created a civil asset forfeiture program known as “Equitable Sharing.” Though originally created for the purpose of separating drug dealers from their ill-gotten assets and cash, since 2001 Equitable Sharing has been employed by the nation’s police to score $2.5 Billion in cash and assets from citizens “who were not charged with a crime and without a warrant being issued.” It is a high-dollar confiscation scam through which 298 police departments and 210 task forces have seized as much as 20 % of their operating budgets “…despite a federal ban [on the use...
  • The War on Drugs is Destroying My Country

    08/25/2014 9:24:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 95 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Luis Barrueto
    Having grown up in Guatemala, IÂ’ve witnessed my countryÂ’s dramatic increase in crime due to the War on Drugs first hand. For most of my life, drug cartels used Guatemala as a natural pitstop for their smuggling routes. Unattended regions in the north provided the perfect space to refuel their vehicles and airplanes before transporting their products to major consumers in the north like the United States. This route had remained the same since the beginning of the Drug War, but recent developments over the past ten years has diverted even more narcotics and violence to my back yard, highlighting...
  • First Step for Ferguson

    08/24/2014 5:03:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    I am still not very confident about what really happened regarding the shooting of Mr. Brown on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. For all I know, the events went down somewhat along the lines as the police say. But Ferguson’s police department has been so incompetent about investigating, collating and releasing information that might make their public stance easier, one has to wonder about everything they say. How the police handled the protests and journalists — and looters — was even worse. Indeed, cracking down on peaceful protests, harassing and locking up journalists, while letting looters run wild, shows a...
  • Georgia County Won't Pay Medical Bills for Toddler injured in drug raid (shortened)

    08/19/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT · by Little Ray · 23 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 9:14 am | Ed Krayewski
    Politicians like Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) who have supported the militarization of police but have found it politically unfeasible to do so now have been looking for a way to square their support with a little bit of politically-motivated outrage. Clay, whose district includes Ferguson, the town that helped catapult the issue of police militarization into the national news cycle, defended his vote, saying he only disapproved of the use of such police forces for crowd control in his district. But while their presence at protests may be the most prominent manifestation of militarized police, the problem is endemic. Perhaps...
  • Libertarianism and Human Decency

    08/05/2014 10:27:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Some people confuse being libertarian with being libertine. I’m sometimes asked, for instance, if I’m a libertarian because I want to smoke pot or do other drugs. I respond that I’ve never done drugs and have no desire to use drugs. Then I’m asked if I’m a libertarian because I want to gamble. I respond by saying that I don’t gamble, even when I’m in Las Vegas or some other place where it’s legal. Sometimes I’m asked if I’m libertarian because I want to use prostitutes. I respond by explaining that I’d never patronize a prostitute because I want to...
  • The War on Drugs Is Lost (Reprint of an article of the February 12, 1996 issue of National Review)

    07/28/2014 12:07:40 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 82 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 28, 2014 | NRO Staff
    EDITOR’S NOTE: This past Sunday, the editorial board of the New York Times endorsed the federal legalization of marijuana. In the February 12, 1996, issue of National Review, this publication’s editors endorsed the same concept in an introduction to a symposium on the question. The editorial and WFB’s contribution to the symposium follow: National Review has attempted during its tenure as, so to speak, keeper of the conservative tablets to analyze public problems and to recommend intelligent thought. The magazine has acknowledged a variety of positions by right-minded thinkers and analysts who sometimes reach conflicting conclusions about public policy. As...
  • Senator Rand Paul Introduces the FAIR Act (asset forfeiture reform)

    07/25/2014 7:44:33 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 34 replies
    Senator Rand Paul ^ | 24 July 14
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul yesterday introduced S. 2644, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which would protect the rights of citizens and restore the Fifth Amendment's role in seizing property without due process of law. Under current law, law enforcement agencies may take property suspected of involvement in crime without ever charging, let alone convicting, the property owner. In addition, state agencies routinely use federal asset forfeiture laws; ignoring state regulations to confiscate and receive financial proceeds from forfeited property. The FAIR Act would change federal law and protect the rights of property owners by requiring that...
  • Honduras President: The US War On Drugs Caused The Migrant Crisis

    07/21/2014 10:57:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/21/2014
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Honduran President Juan Hernandez blamed U.S. drug policy for sparking violence in Central American countries and driving a surge of migration to the United States, according to an interview published on Monday. Hernandez, who took office in January after winning on a pledge to be tough on crime, said only a drop in violence would curb the wave of families and unaccompanied minors fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras who have overwhelmed temporary detention facilities on the U.S. border. "Honduras has been living in an emergency for a decade," Hernandez told Mexican daily newspaper Excelsior. "The...
  • Blame the Drug Lords, or Our Warlords?

    07/20/2014 7:43:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Wage war on everything? Expect casualties everywhere. And refugees from all over the place. Continue the wars we admit to be un-winnable and never-ending? Then expect, also, to find new victims cropping up all the time, and in unpredictable corners. New enemies, too. The lesson is: choose your wars carefully. The result of not doing that? The current border crisis: Refugees from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Under-age refugees. Children. Unaccompanied minors from the most recent high impact area of America’s insane “War on Drugs.” Can this really be relevant? Yes. For most of us in America, the War on...
  • Drug charges dropped against prominent Leesburg businessman

    07/11/2014 9:24:19 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 11 replies
    LoudounTimes.com ^ | Jul. 10, 2014 | Crystal Owens
    Drug charges against a prominent Leesburg businessman were dropped today prior to a preliminary hearing in Loudoun County General District Court due to a lack of evidence. Thomas C. Watson, 41, was arrested March 19 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute after police said a package with oxycodone and MDMA was delivered to his Leesburg home. ... “He did not accept the packages - in fact he rejected them. He wrote on the packages 'Return to Sender' and 'Wrong Recipient.' They were placed in his car to take to the post office...
  • Don't let nativism cloud the immigration debate

    07/11/2014 2:57:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 10, 2014 | Shikha Dalmia
    Here’s a question for the proud Americans demanding that the unaccompanied foreign children showing up at our borders be deported: Suppose that one of these “illegal” minors was your neighbor, living with his aunt and uncle, going to school during the day, kicking ball with friends in the evening, trying hard to put the traumatic journey from his native, violence-ridden country to America behind him. Would you, with a clear conscience, pick up the phone and turn him in? If the answer is “no,” then it is time for you to throw out your “Return to Sender” signs. Why? Because...
  • SWAT unit kills St. Paul family's 2 pit bulls in raid

    07/11/2014 7:35:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-10-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    An officer believed they were acting in an aggressive manner," said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a St. Paul police spokesman. "He thought he'd be bit or the dogs would bite one of the team members." Perry and her fiance, Larry L. Arman, said the dogs had been sleeping by the front door and did nothing more than bark when police used a ram to break down the door of their home to execute a search warrant. The warrant wasn't publicly available in court as of Thursday. Perry and Arman said it indicated police were looking for marijuana, drug packaging, weighing equipment,...
  • Yale-educated addiction psychiatrist is charged with making and selling ecstasy

    06/27/2014 7:40:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 27, 2014 | James Gordon
    Police in Maryland have charged three people in connection with manufacturing MDMA, commonly referred to as Molly or the drug ecstasy, including a doctor who has a long-standing history of drug problems. Baltimore County cops said a drug investigation led to a search warrant and the arrest of Dr. Priscilla Sheldon-Cost, 51, at a house in Towson. Detectives found chemicals that can be used to manufacture MDMA and ecstasy were being created in a lab in the basement. Some of the substances that were found had even been labelled with MDMA written on it. 'They found chemicals that, when mixed,...
  • A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son

    06/25/2014 3:23:38 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 240 replies
    Salon ^ | June 24, 2014 | Alecia Phonesavanh
    After our house burned down in Wisconsin a few months ago, my husband and I packed our four young kids and all our belongings into a gold minivan and drove to my sister-in-law’s place, just outside of Atlanta. On the back windshield, we pasted six stick figures: a dad, a mom, three young girls, and one baby boy. That minivan was sitting in the front driveway of my sister-in-law’s place the night a SWAT team broke in, looking for a small amount of drugs they thought my husband’s nephew had. Some of my kids’ toys were in the front yard,...
  • Why the Cory Booker/Rand Paul Medical Marijuana Amendment Is Right

    06/23/2014 12:17:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    On Friday, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) offered a medical marijuana amendment on the floor of the Senate. The bill is a massive win for states’ rights, as it outlaws the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from undermining state marijuana laws and prohibits the DEA from interfering with the production of hemp in states where it is legal. There is simply no reason the federal government should be trampling over state laws to perform armed SWAT-team raids on state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Destroying property and hauling entrepreneurs off to jail is not the proper...
  • 2 arrested in connection with growing marijuana plants, St. Tammany sheriff says

    06/08/2014 3:58:44 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | June 05, 2014 | Bob Warren
    Two people have been arrested in connection with the seizure of 19 marijuana plants, growing equipment and prescription pills at their Mandeville home, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said. Members of the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant May 21 on the home at 543 Cedarwood Drive after receiving information about a man named "Scooby'' selling marijuana at a Mandeville area car wash, the sheriff's office said.Scooby was later identified as Deshun Jones, 25. Detectives observed him at the car wash, then followed him home and arrested him. Jones initially provided authorities with a fake...
  • Rubio: No 'responsible way' to smoke pot

    05/19/2014 12:00:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 19, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said asking whether a politician has ever tried marijuana is a "worthless question" in American politics.Rubio, a potential 2016 candidate for president, has consistently dodged the question about if he experimented with the drug as a younger man. In an interview that aired Monday from ABC News-Yahoo News, Rubio reiterated that answering the question honestly is a lose-lose."Here is the problem with that question in American politics," he said. "If you say that you did, suddenly there are people out there saying it is not a big deal, look at all these successful people who did...
  • Exclusive: Obama Contracting With Taliban Heroin Smugglers in Afghanistan

    05/15/2014 6:44:18 AM PDT · by mgist · 37 replies
    TCS News ^ | 5/4/14 | Randall Stevens
    Obama’s military contracting with Taliban Heroin smugglers in Afghanistan By Randall Stevens TCS NEWS Qatar, NATO, and the NLC Given the Qatari connections to al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, terrorism, and the Arab Spring (which was a deliberate program to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda), it is disturbing enough that the American military presence in the Gulf has been adopted by the ruling al-Thanis. But the clear line from Qatar to al Qaeda and the Taliban, and the incredible manifestation of corruption within the US military and NATO is even more glaring. The NLC, the same Taliban heroin...
  • Teen Dies After Police Shoved a Sharp Object Down His Throat to Retrieve Drugs that weren’t there

    05/13/2014 6:23:38 AM PDT · by eccentric · 97 replies
    D.C. Clothesline ^ | May 12, 2014 | Cassius Methyl
    In Huntsville, Alabama police are facing no charges whatsoever after allegedly killing a 17 year old boy while trying to find drugs in his throat with a sharp object. Mainstream media won’t touch the story, and of course, independent media fueled by citizen journalists broke this to the public, releasing the 16 page wrongful death suit filed by the teen’s mother, Nancy Smith. According to the autopsy: “Because of the circumstances of this event, it is difficult to discern if the decedent died from a drug overdose or an asphyxia event exacerbated by either the occlusion of the airway by...
  • Mexican Cartels: They're Here (DOJ tries to hide Mexican link)

    05/07/2014 7:54:45 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 7, 2014 | By Brandon Darbyt
    Alleged enforcers for a Mexican cartel were reportedly involved in the kidnapping and torture of U.S. teenagers over methamphetamine in St. Paul, Minnesota, according to the local St. Paul Pioneer Press. The U.S. Attorney’s office omitted Mexican cartel involvement in their official press release on the case. The official press release was titled, "Four Indicted for Drug Trafficking Crimes Involving a Violent Kidnapping in St. Paul" and only identified the perpetrators as being from U.S. cities. There were no mentions of Mexico, cartels, or even a transnational criminal organization—the DOJ agency simply omitted the vital information amid national discussions of...
  • Michigan Drug 'Mule' Leo Sharp Gets 3 Years on 90th Birthday

    05/07/2014 6:22:29 PM PDT · by workerbee · 27 replies
    NBC ^ | 5/7/14 | Hasani Gittens
    **SNIP** Leo Sharp was hauling 104 bricks of cocaine (over 200 pounds) on a highway near Chelsea, Mich., when he was pulled over in 2011 for an illegal lane change. **SNIP** Sharp received numerous decorations for valor for his service with the Army's 88th Infantry during its nearly year-long march through Italy to Austria in 1944 and 1945, military records show.