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Recruiting informants in college

This is just another of the despicable side-effects of the drug war.

Undercover students used in drug busts at some University of Wisconsin campuses

Yeah, you bust some college kid of selling pot to his friends, and threaten him with a felony, which would kick him out of school, unless he turns on his friends and buys drugs from them for the police.

Informants have a useful place in the criminal justice system, but this isn’t one of them.

“We don’t use the informants in a targeted, careful way of going after organized crime,” she says. “We use informants the way that a bad cook uses salt.”

Exactly.

Fortunately, this article brought up Rachel Hoffman.

Rachel Hoffman, a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate, was pressured in 2008 to be an informant after Tallahassee, Florida, police searched her apartment and found a small amount of marijuana and ecstasy. But the buy turned out to be an armed robbery, and the robbers killed Hoffman after discovering her recording device, says Lance Block, a Florida attorney. […]

“The police are supposed to protect us from harm, not subject us to harm,” Block says. “And when law enforcement intentionally expose untrained civilians into these highly dangerous operations, they’re not protecting them from harm … It’s one thing to get information from people secretly and confidentially. It’s another thing to throw them to the wolves, like they did with Rachel.”

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13 comments to Recruiting informants in college

  • Wiggles

    It’s kind of hard to for me to bring up the fact, that Rachel Hoffman was one of my friends. I used to live in Tallahassee Florida,off of bucklake past Fallschase to be exact. I can’t lie about her as she was more than just beautiful & amazing,but a woman I was in love with,but never had a chance to tell her. Still to to this day I miss you Rachel. Wiggles has dreadlocks now & they are in your honor. Purple Hatters ball! Please if any couch mates get a chance to go to one, it would be much appreciated. I’d love for a chance that you could come Pete.

    • darkcycle

      I’m on the opposite end of the Country, but you never know. Thanks for coming down, it was getting awfully quiet up there in the attic. Don’t know what we’d do with another body to hide…. 😉

  • Dave in IL

    There’s some good news in WI though, as Chief Mike Koval in Madison has openly called for legalization/regulation of marijuana:

    http://chippewa.com/news/local/state-and-regional/police-chief-legalize-marijuana-use-tax-revenue-to-fund-drug/article_349f1bb9-3da2-50fe-9c8b-c982598ba1aa.html

    • claygooding

      Since we know that there will be little too no marijuana addiction problems any tax written in should have a caveat that it must be spent on marijuana addicts,,if after 3 years and no marijuana addiction epidemic problem occurs the tax must be rescinded and not absorbed by greedy politicians.
      To allow the money to treat other drug problems with when there are none for marijuana is just keeping a foot on our necks for legalizing something that never should have been illegal in the first fucking place.
      It is not the stoners fault the US govt made the most therapeutic beneficial plamt in nature illegal and I refuse to replace the trillions the government spent. Or the millions state govts have spent and continue spending.

      • thelbert

        very good point, clay. it’s like taxing food.

      • Exactly, Clay. According to NIDA ( http://tinyurl.com/7fxu9px ) “about 9 percent of users become addicted to marijuana”. I know that statistic is misleading bull, but no tax for treatment should exceed that percentage. I think your 3 year idea is good.

        • Duncan20903

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          That 9% figure implies that its creator knew the total number of people who choose to enjoy cannabis. Since we know it’s impossible for them to have that datum it renders the claim garbage.

          Hi, I’m from the government and I’m here to help. I’m trying to invent a very important statistic. Can I ask you a couple of questions? I very much appreciate your help in completing this survey.

          1) Have you ever committed a criminal act which went undetected? Please detail the nature of each crime and in what jurisdiction did you commit those crimes? Please be specific.

          2) If yes, have you done that more than once?

          3) Do you plan on committing criminal acts in the future? If yes then please detail the nature of each crime and in what location do you expect to commit those crimes?

  • N.T. Greene

    Strange. Seems like giving someone the choice between great physical risk and the end of their academic career is coercive at best. “You’ll help us or we’ll end you,” they’re basically saying. Which is a recipe for disaster… for the person involved. The police, as far as they can tell in many cases, win no matter what happens; that’s the greatest crime of all. Those sworn to serve and protect have the gall to use civilians as pawns in a game without end.

    And, “the only winning move is not to play.”

  • Brucifer

    Gut Welfare and make everything insuffrable/illegal. Right on Scrooge Clones! Assholes. We are Not your Squeaky Toys. Soon when Record set Straight, You shall craveth Suicide.

  • Duncan20903

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    Oh oh, apparently the peepee inspectors have noticed a problem in Colorado:
    Positive marijuana tests spike among Colo. workers

    At least we have the consolation of knowing that there are people with such zeal for protecting the integrity of American urine. Brave people too. I can only imagine how difficult it would be when somebody you’ve just met at the cocktail party asks what you do. I think I’d be just plain embarrassed to reply “I’m in urine, but with hard work and a little good luck I hope to get promoted to poop very soon.”

  • allan

    this story and too many others shows the lie – “what about the children?” They don’t give a rat’s ass about children.

    • Duncan20903

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      The truth is that the only part of “the children” that the self serving prohibitionist parasites and their sycophants care about protecting is their value as political pawns and as a spice to make their hysterical rhetoric even more hysterical.