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Blurring the line once again

D.E.A. Squads Extend Reach of Drug War by Charlie Savage, New York Times

The D.E.A. now has five commando-style squads it has been quietly deploying for the past several years to Western Hemisphere nations […]

The evolution of the program into a global enforcement arm reflects the United States’ growing reach in combating drug cartels and how policy makers increasingly are blurring the line between law enforcement and military activities, fusing elements of the “war on drugs” with the “war on terrorism.” […]

Because the presence of armed Americans on their soil raises sensitivities about sovereignty, some countries that have sought the assistance of the United States will not acknowledge it, and the D.E.A. is reluctant to disclose the details of the commando teams’ deployments.

The complete dismantling of the DEA would be one of the best things we could do for this world.

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24 comments to Blurring the line once again

  • claygooding

    Agreed,,they are just an arm of the CIA now,,and thanks to them no drugs have been slowed down,,especially the CIA’s drug shipments.
    They are also why there are more countries hating Americans.

  • Windy

    “The complete dismantling of the DEA would be one of the best things we could do for this world.”
    And Ron Paul is the only man who WILL do that when he becomes president.

  • Leonard Junior

    Those BASTARDS.

  • I’m sure that all of you are familiar with Sativex by GW Pharmaceuticals. Well they just finished with their finial trials and for everybody’s surprise – it’s almost non-addictive and safe!!! And each does of this drug is quite potent. More details here

    Just wondering how the great prohibitionists are going to twist the words to make it sound like this drug has nothing to do with herbal cannabis…

    • Duncan20903

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      $2k worth of GWP should get you $5K by the end of the year. At least. FDA approval is big stuff for GWP IMO. Yes indeed, I’m taking a slice of the pie. All you get from rejecting it is the knowledge that some Wall Street wise guy got to pocket the profit. The company doesn’t get a shilling from the sale of shares in the secondary market. Shit, buy it and donate the profits to (ASA, NORML, Sensible whereever, LEAP, FEAR, FIJA, your choice) and deprive a bankster of some dough if you’re not interested in owning any filthy lucre.

      Thank you Danas, I’ve been trying to get myself to buy another 3k shares for the last couple of weeks. Now I’ll be done at 9:31, as they say on the trading floor.
      ———-

      Account: …… xxxxxxxxx
      Symbol …….. GWPRF
      Description .. GW PHARMACEUTICALS ORD GBP0.001 ISIN #GB0030544687 SEDOL #3054468
      Action …………. Buy
      Quantity: …….. 3,000 Shares
      Order Type: …. Market
      Time in Force:. Day
      Conditions: ….. None
      Trade Type: …. Cash
      Estimated Order Value: $4,800.00
      Estimated Commission: $7.95

      ———-

      Ethan Nadelman in the New York Times today:

      Reefer Madness

      By ETHAN NADELMANN
      Published: November 6, 2011
      /snip/

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/opinion/reefer-madness.html

      • darkcycle

        I have given the market a wide berth since the ’08 crash…most of my investment is in Gold and Silver (I’ll admit, Silver gives me a BIG headache. The Silver Market is the most manipulated commodity market out there, and the price is artificially low, then Dodd-Frank screwed it up for all of us thinking we’d make a killing…)

      • Duncan20903

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        Ah well, I guess I’m on my own in this one. Looks like I share my pie with banksters and Wall Street wise guys. Crist on a beach, just seeing a picture of Cramer gives me a headache.

        GW PHARMACEUTICALS
        (Other OTC: GWPRF.PK )

        Last Trade: …… 1.63
        Trade Time: ….. 9:30AM EST
        Change: ……….. Up 0.03 (1.87%)
        Prev Close: ……. 1.60
        Open: ……………. 1.63
        Bid: ……………….. N/A
        Ask: ………………. N/A
        1y Target Est: …. N/A
        Day’s Range: ….. 1.63 – 1.63
        52wk Range: ….. 1.38 – 2.15
        Volume: ……… 3,000
        Avg Vol (3m): …. 800
        Market Cap: ……. 214.43M
        P/E (ttm): ………. 13.47
        EPS (ttm): ………. 0.12
        Div & Yield: …….. N/A (N/A)

    • claygooding

      From the description of it’s contents,high thc Indica and high cbd Sativa,50 doses for appx $150,that is cheaper than some of the tinctures offered by the dispensaries,,,it may give those dispensaries some competition.

      And will it make a joint better if you spray it with Sativex?

      • darkcycle

        Sativex would need to be decarboxylated to be active sub-lingually. You will be destroying a good portion of the TCH by heating it again. (Although I’ve recently learned a COLD process for tincture making that will fully decarboxylate cannabis tincture, the common way to activate THC Acid is to heat it).

      • darkcycle

        Most of the tinctures around here are 20-50 bucks an ounce, that is pennies a dose…

  • Cannabis

    Where is the Congressional oversight on things like this?

    • You should know better than this…. that for silly things like prohibition the normal rules don’t apply…

    • Duncan20903

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      With the pictures of the members tooting lines in their respective DEA files. Damn, should have known gorgeous horny women with an ounce of pure Peruvian flake don’t just fall into your lap even if you are a Member.

    • claygooding

      The last word from the oversight committee on prohibition,TMK,was when after 6 months waiting,they asked Holder to clarify his memo on medical marijuana,,,tmk,,no clarification published.

  • Francis

    “D.E.A. Squads Extend Reach of Drug War”? Looks like they accidentally dropped a word there. I’m pretty sure that should read “D.E.A. Death Squads…”

  • kaptinemo

    This is what empire looks and smells like. And empires have been having very short half-lives lately, because they cost too much and piss off their neighbors, as well as savage their own citizens when they object.

    It’s hilarious in one sense, though. DEA has been riddled with the boys from CIA almost from its’ inception. DEA has been used by CIA as cover for its’ clandestine operations as long as it has existed, and most foreign governments know it, if the average American citizen doesn’t. Clandestine operations such as supporting the illegal drug trade. Which is partly why they got thrown out of Venezuela.

    Just imagine: one of these days, as has happened countless times in the past, a DEA(th) squad will be told to stand down when they’re on the verge of an arrest, because unknown to them save for the ‘mole’ in the squad, one of Langley’s boys is riding shotgun on a load of nose-candy.

    And maybe said DEA(th) agents just might get antsy and decide to go ahead anyway, a la Lord Nelson style. I can just imagine what might happen when the embedded CI mole has to go along with the DEA(th) squad. he’s certainly have some ‘splainin to do’ to keep his DEA(th) squad mates from screwing up a CI operation, now, wouldn’t he?

  • … eeewwww… sounds like a disease, ciadea. Or does deacia work better?

    “He had a bad case of ciadea.”

    “Though the doctors labored for hours, it was fruitless, ciadea proved fatal to another patient…”

  • Servetus

    And it won’t permanently stop trafficking unless a country also has capable institutions, which often don’t exist in Central America.”—Prof. Bruce Bagley, University of Miami.

    Capable institutions obviously don’t exist in North or South America either, or anywhere else, since no one has permanently stopped drug trafficking in any country.

    A man’s gotta know his limitations….”—Clint Eastwood aka ‘Dirty Harry’

    No one can legitimately blame the cartels for upping the violence factor in the drug business once the U.S. military is involved in all but name only. The upshot is more violence and no success. DEAths of innocent civilians are inevitable. Civilization, if it can be called that, is at a point where an alleged crime having no accuser beyond that of a dysfunctional government is responsible for heaping general warfare upon the poor and disenfranchised for the exclusive benefit of corporate fat cats and cult-minded petty tyrants.

  • darkcycle

    Isn’t Karen Tandy a lobbyist for GW Pharma? Doesn’t she stand to profit big from this? Pete? How about a post entitled: “The drug Warrior: We want it BOTH ways- we’ll coerce you to stop, imprison you if you don’t, and sell it to you at the same time. Just so we have complete control.”

    • claygooding

      It is another lady,former ONDCP deputy administrator I think that is working for G&W,,Tandy is a lobbyist for Motorola/Phillips on the new saliva drug testing device that Kerli is trying to create a market for with his drugged driving rants.

    • You’re probably thinking about former ONDCP deputy director Andrea Barthwell. I have a google news alert on her, but she hasn’t been showing up much lately. It’s hard to say with her – she’s all over the place in her shady dealings (and I’ve caught her lies publicly several times). I think I addressed the connection in this article.

  • But the most messed up thing about all of this, is that it’s the same agencies that sell guns to drug cartels and then try to arrest them for it…