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June 2009



A conversation with a true believer-liar.

A contradiction in terms? Normally. But if anyone can accomplish both at the same time, it’s John Walters. Marijuana Policy Project’s Steve Fox ran into the former drug czar on the subway. Here’s his report.

This will end badly


The Obama administration is developing plans to seek up to 1,500 National Guard volunteers to step up the military’s counter-drug efforts along the Mexican border, senior administration officials said Monday. […] Senior administration officials said the Guard program will last no longer than a year and would build on an existing counter-drug operation. They […]

We’re making progress

Richard Holbrooke still gets it, mostly

In a recent interview with Reuters, U.S. special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan:

The Western policies against the opium crop, the poppy crop, have been a failure. They did not result in any damage to the Taliban, but they put farmers out of work and they alienated people and drove people into the arms of […]

Open Thread

You’re going to need some pretty tall boots to wade through this

Acting DEA Head Michele Leonhart on the UNODC World Drug Report:

“Today’s newly-released United Nation’s World Drug Report confirms DEA’s global enforcement strategy successes targeting the major drug trafficking organizations, particularly their leadership, financial infrastructure and transportation facilitators ,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Working closely with our domestic and international counterparts , […]

Supreme Court rules strip search violated teen’s Constitutional rights


The Supreme Court ruled today that school officials’ strip search of a then-13-year-old Arizona teen suspected of possessing a painkiller violated the girl’s constitutional rights, despite the school district’s zero-tolerance policy for drugs. The court said, however, that school officials are protected from personal liability in the case. The ruling is a partial victory […]

Some reactions to the UNODC World Drug Report 2009

Tom Angell of LEAP asks the Drug Czar a question, Kerlikowske claims not to know the English language

At today’s Press Conference…

Costa and the UNODC on the defensive