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January 2009



The story of Payton and Chase

Deadly Force by April Witt in tomorrow’s Washington Post. This is the story of Cheye Calvo, his wife Trinity, Trinity’s mother Georgia, and “the boys” – two black Labs named Payton and Chase. And a drug war gone insane. It’s the best telling of this story to date. Take the time to read it all […]

Obama’s half brother arrested for marijuana possession


George Obama, the half brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, has been arrested by Kenyan police on a charge of possession of marijuana, police said Saturday. […] CNN Correspondent David McKenzie talked with George Obama at the jail where he is being held. Speaking from behind bars, Obama denied the allegations. “They took me […]

Open Thread

“bullet” Lee has completed his series on the Drug War at HA Seattle. Here’s the recap:

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: South America Part 3: Mexico Part 4: Afghanistan Part 5: Chicago (comments get pretty nasty) Part 6: Civil Liberties

“bullet” Maia Szalavitz notes that progressive politicians are actually pushing Obama to make some good […]

What a difference a reporter’s perspective makes…

On Sunday, I noted this Reuter’s article quoting UNODC’s Costa

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime had found evidence that “interbank loans were funded by money that originated from drug trade and other illegal activities,” Costa was quoted as saying. There were “signs that some banks were rescued in that way.”

Now enter […]

Another wrong house

Here’s a break-down-the-door raid in Georgia. When 25 agents with guns drawn suddenly show up in your living room, that requires more than just an apology. Fortunately Jainet Rios and her family weren’t killed. Watch the video — Rios has some strong things to say, and she even invokes the Kathryn Johnston shooting in Atlanta. […]

Calling SSDP

I think we need some edumacating in the Oak Park, Illinois area regarding drugs and the drug war. Check out Teens discuss legalization of drugs. This is the one that made my head explode:

Many teens think the drug war will only increase if drugs are legalized. “It will probably become like the wild west,” […]

Just for fun

A blast from the past — can’t remember where I saw it recently. Enjoy. Undercover Cop Never Knew Selling Drugs Was Such Hard Work

Rick Bastone, 31, an officer with Philadelphia’s 23rd Precinct, has gained newfound respect for America’s hard-working drug dealers ever since going undercover to sell narcotics. “I had no idea how tough […]

Acting Drug Czar Update

Pat Rogers (who has a new blog) writes me to say that the temporary appointment of Ed Jurith as Acting Director of the ONDCP should be more concerning than Scott Morgan and I have indicated. He notes that Jurith has a history of being a drug warrior, and…

…many in the drug policy reform community […]

Open Thread

I’ve been busy with some other projects. “bullet” The Epidemic That Wasn’t The New York Times demonstrates that the media’s hysteria about the latest drug scare (this time it was crack babies in the 80s and 90s) is usually a bunch of hot air. “bullet” Texas editorial: Drugs are bad, but they’re good enough “bullet” […]

Joe Biden’s War

Long-time Drug WarRant friend Lee Rosenberg has put together an extraordinary 6-part series called “Joe Biden’s War.” at HA Seattle. It’s a history of the American Drug War and Vice President Joe Biden’s involvement.

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: South America Part 3: Mexico


Part 4: Afghanistan