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Thursday, March 26, 2015

JOHN BRESNAHAN and LAUREN FRENCH, Politico: Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had "sex parties" with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.
In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided "protection for the DEA agents' weapons and property during the parties," the report states. Ten DEA agents later admitted attending the parties, and some of the agents received suspensions of two to 10 days


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Julie Borowski, Freedom Works: Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) have introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act that would end the NSA's unconstitutional domestic spying. I can say without hesitation: this bill is the real deal. "The Patriot Act contains many provisions that violate the Fourth Amendment and have led to a dramatic expansion of our domestic surveillance state," said Rep. Massie. "Our Founding Fathers fought and died to stop the kind of warrantless spying and searches that the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act authorize. It is long past time to repeal the Patriot Act and reassert the constitutional rights of all Americans. I am proud to co-sponsor Congressman Pocan's bill and look forward to working with him on this issue."


Monday, March 23, 2015

Robert Reich, World Economic Forum: It's now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it. ... New technologies aren't just labor-replacing. They're also knowledge-replacing. The combination of advanced sensors, voice recognition, artificial intelligence, big data, text-mining, and pattern-recognition algorithms, is generating smart robots capable of quickly learning human actions, and even learning from one another. If you think being a "professional" makes your job safe, think again. The two sectors of the economy harboring the most professionals -- health care and education – are under increasing pressure to cut costs. And expert machines are poised to take over. ... We need a new economic model. The economic model that dominated most of the twentieth century was mass production by the many, for mass consumption by the many. read more


Friday, March 20, 2015

Jason Leopold, Vice News: Thirteen years ago, the intelligence community concluded in a 93-page classified document used to justify the invasion of Iraq that it lacked "specific information" on "many key aspects" of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction programs. But that's not what top Bush administration officials said during their campaign to sell the war to the American public. Those officials, citing the same classified document, asserted with no uncertainty that Iraq was actively pursuing nuclear weapons, concealing a vast chemical and biological weapons arsenal, and posing an immediate and grave threat to U.S. national security. read more


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Richard A. Epstein, The Hoover Institution: The most recent news from Ferguson concerns what Eric Holder has rightly called the "ambush shooting" of two police officers outside the city's police department. This incident occurred in the wake of two detailed reports released by the Department of Justice. The first report deals in depth with the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The report recommended that the case against him be closed. The second DOJ report contained a scathing indictment of the sad state of affairs within the entire criminal justice system of Ferguson. The combined effect of these two reports is likely to make matters worse in Ferguson by combining the back-handed exoneration of Darren Wilson with the unstinting condemnation of the City of Ferguson. ...


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If such an operation existed, it must have been so heavily compartmentalized that US employees never saw drugs, or it would have gotten out.

For the third time, yes. The pilots were ignorant to the illicit cargo. That doesn't mean they weren't flying it.

Using equipment that was supplied by the US.
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Flown by U.S. pilots and known of, but ignored by, CIA officials. Just as they did in the U.S. , CIA was aware of the operations taking place by their chosen warlord in Laos. They could have put an end to it, but they were benefitting from the drug operations taking place there via CIA financial, tactical, and operational ("Using equipment that was supplied by the U.S.") support. CIA was aware of the eventual landing place of Laotion heroine, which was U.S. soldiers in Vietnam. They still didn't stop it. Point being, although CIA did not run the operation, they perceived an indirect benefit that they felt was more valuable than halting heroin supplies to U.S. soldiers. Same thing when CIA indirectly supported drug cartel's smuggling cocaine into the U.S. They could have stopped it, but the profits gleaned from crack epidemic in the U.S. and used to fuel Latin America guerilla warfare was perceived by the CIA as far too valuable. CIA running covert wars across the world on the backs of American drug addicts while U.S. government simultaneously imprisons said addicts, which of whom is disproportionately made up of nonwhites; namely African Americans. As Michelle Alexander points out:

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. So we don't. Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color "criminals" and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind. Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you're labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination -- employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service -- are suddenly legal. As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.
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Just as the racists laws of the Jim Crow era were deliberately implemented so too were the racist drug laws deliberately implemented:

Quite belatedly, I came to see that mass incarceration in the United States had, in fact, emerged as a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.
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