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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

More on the War on Drugs

It's official: The war on drugs has become a self-perpetuating cancer. First the Clinton Administration claims federal law overrides state laws allowing medical marijuana. Then the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department (ICE) -- part of the Department of Homeland Security hire Guillermo Ramirez Peyro, known as "Lalo," to be a drug informant. Then while wearing an ICE wire he commits serial murders, some of drug suspects, but some of innocent people, and the DEA, in fact the whole Bush Administration, cover it up and even keep him on the payroll--$200,000 a year! And it's not just Mexicans he's killing. In one case it was an American.

Do we need more proof that the whole drug policy idiocy needs overhauling? Seriously.

Look at the following: This is from Glenn Greenwald's blog, Unclaimed Territory:

Added to the facts from yesterday is this letter (.pdf) from the DEA's Sandy Gonazlez (the now-fired whistleblower and former Agent in Charge of the DEA's El Paso Office) to the El Paso Director of Homeland Security's ICE. That letter provides even greater detail and documentation as to the extent not only of the DOJ and Homeland Security's knowledge of the multiple murders committed by their paid informant, but, worse still, their efforts to actively shield the murderer from prosecution and to prevent the Mexican Government from arresting him and his associates for these murders.

Beyond that, this article from The San Antonio Current (h/t sysprog) details the attempts by the U.S. Attorney in Texas who played a central role in all of this -- George Bush and Alberto Gonzales associate Johnny Sutton -- to intimidate and threaten the independent journalist from Narco News who obtained the DEA memorandum which brought all of this to light.

Get the word out.


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