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While the topic of choice here at TNMNews is marijuana, it’s no secret that marijuana and the DEA’s much-maligned war on drugs go hand-in-hand. Many experts would go as far as to say that the war on drugs itself was started specifically to fight marijuana and that may be true, but history has shown it has gone on to mean much more than that. In 2015, the country is seeing an eye-opening shift of philosophies where many politicians, organizations and even law enforcement officials are admitting that the war on drugs has failed and it’s time to put it to bed. Diane Goldstein is an Executive Board Member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. She has been a guest on our program a few times, simply because she is an expert on this topic and offers a rare point-of-view on what decades of this war has done to people, politics and the public perception of what being a “peace officer” is really about. Miss Goldstein is also a contributor to LadyBud Magazine. According to its website, “Ladybud.com is the number one women’s lifestyle publication with a focus on activism specific to Drug War reform and other socially progressive issues.” Goldstein recently posted a blog about the very public blunders the DEA has been held responsible for, most notably those infamous “sex parties”.
Here is Miss Goldstein’s blog, courtesy of LadyBud.com:
As a career police officer and an Executive Board Member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement professionals opposed to the War on Drugs, I have long believed that one of the most corrupting influences in policing is the enforcement of our drug laws. A lead story on Politico recently shouted “DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes, watchdog says.”
As I read multiple news sources on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) prostitution scandal the COPS show ditty, “Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?” made me think of the many men and women whose lives have been devastated by the futile drug war by an agency that I believe has gone rogue. In behavior that clearly shows the belief that agents are above the law I am once again reminded of the hubris of not just individual officers, but of an entire organization whose only existence can be justified by maintaining a failed drug policy. In a glaring example of mismanagement in the disciplinary process as well as a failure to supervise, I would suggest that the ultimate head on the block should be the DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.
According to Politico, Special Agents from the DEA engaged in sex parties in Colombia with prostitutes hired by drug cartels. While they were having sex, their issued weapons, and personal property were being protected by Colombian police officers. Other allegations included that Supervisory Special Agents (SSA) were provided money, gifts, and weapons by cartel members. Given the serious nature of the allegations I would have assumed that at least some of the agents who participated would have been terminated, as were the Secret Service agents who also partied with prostitutes in Cartagena. Yet according to the inspector general report released by the Department of Justice they were not.
Read the rest at Ladybud.com.