So it looks like Michele Leonhart is finally going to be leaving the DEA.
Ms. Leonhartâ€™s impending departure after eight years in the top job follows a hearing last week in which lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee expressed outrage about her handling of reports that D.E.A. agents in Colombia had participated in sex parties with prostitutes paid for by drug cartels.
Before we go any further, let’s make a couple of things crystal clear:
1. Michele Leonhart leaving is only part of the solution.
The entire agency is corrupt and needs to be dismantled.
2. Sex parties aren’t the problem. They’re just a symptom.
The scandal only demonstrates the obscene level to which the agency considers itself above the law and responsible to no ethical or legal code, while at the same time using violence against citizens to enforce arbitrary laws that they help create.
So Michele is going to retire. She’s not being fired, or put in jail, but will retire after 35 years in the DEA, with a fine pension. That’s the penalty for what she and the DEA have done to this country?
Meanwhile, good citizens have lost their jobs, their homes, their families, their freedom — all because of her and her mercenary army.
I started writing about Michele way back in 2003 when she was nominated as deputy administrator.
(I’ve got to admit that I got some pleasure out of the fact that for several years, when the head of the DEA put her own name in Google, this was the first thing to show up. So I’m guessing she knows who I am.)
In that article, I talked about her relationship with supersnitch Andrew Chambers and her lack of concern about lying.
The most startling statement in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigation of Andrew Chambers was from Michele Leonhart:
â€œThe only criticism (of Chambers) Iâ€™ve ever heard is what defense attorneys will characterize as perjury or a lie on the stand.â€
She continued by saying that once prosecutors check him out, theyâ€™ll agree with his admirers in DEA that heâ€™s â€œan outstanding testifier.â€
Thatâ€™s the key. To an agent like Leonhart, getting the bust and getting the conviction is all that matters. The testimony is good if it leads to a successful conclusion (from her perspective). Why nitpick about the truth?
Truth has never been important to Leonhart during her entire career with the DEA.
Yes, I’m glad to see her go, but not optimistic about the possibility of getting anyone in that position to replace her that would actually do what’s needed — dismantle the very agency they’ve been tasked to lead.
About the best we can hope for is for someone to be put in place that will be asked to follow a watered-down version of the slogan that comes from the Hippocratic school…
First, do less harm.