The Drug Enforcement Administration was created 35 years ago on this date by President Richard Nixon, who through an Executive Order established a single unified command to combat “an all-out global war on the drug menace.” At its outset, the DEA had 1,470 Special Agents, a budget of less than $75 million, and a presence in 31 countries. Today, the DEA has 5,235 Special Agents, a budget of more than $2.4 billion and 87 foreign offices in 63 countries.
I was about to become a Sophomore in college in July 1973.
Since then, we have experienced 35 years of increasing lawlessness, corruption, global criminal drug enterprises, and drug-war-related terror, along with decreased individual rights.
Thanks, DEA, for making this world a more miserable place.