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[–] captainplanet2 [S] 1 point 171 points (+172|-1) ago 

Only one day after court documents revealed the DEA to be smuggling billions in drugs with Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, backing up a 2011 report by the El Paso Times, the federal agency seemed desperate to keep its blood money flowing uninterrupted, calling the growing legalization movement “reckless and irresponsible.”

http://www.storyleak.com/drug-smuggling-dea-calls-marijuana-legalization-reckless-irresponsible/

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[–] DyingBloodbirds 7 points 17 points (+24|-7) ago 

I too judge a country of 200 million people based on one morons comment on a news website less than .0001% of people will read.

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[–] EndDrugAndOtherWars 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Anyone who's looked at a graph of opium production in Afghanistan by percentage of world supply before the US showed up (AND the Russians, for that matter) would know that these Gov'ts who outlaw drugs do so because they don't want to give up their market share, much like any large corporation controlling resources.

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[–] toobaditworks 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Pretty pathetic that the (now former) top comment is defending the criminal DEA

I guess denying reality is a favorite pastime of US citizens.

More likely a DEA employee posing as an everyday citizen...

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[–] LittleBobbyTables 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I mean I agree with you - but this is nothing new. This shit has been going on since at least the 80s (and well before I am sure). Connect the dots with the Iran-Contra Affairs, drug cartels, and Freeway Rick Ross here is a quick Wikipedia link.

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[–] 8Bricker8 1 point 77 points (+78|-1) ago 

True story time; US Navy Seals sent along side DEA and local authorities to take down production operations. While they traversed to the location they would often pass other production facilities in full operation, were told not take notice because said location was not the intended target. Upon arrival at target location it would often be found empty, void of production equipment, supplies and personnel. However, there would be a leftover quantity of consumer grade product so the DEA agents could take pictures for proof and call the mission a success. All while the known facility in full production was left to operate and later left off reports turned in.

DEA has been caught taking/giving bribes and using force to gain control of narco territories. One just has to look at our current operation theatre to understand who controls international drug trade.

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[–] Jesus_H_Hitler 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Is there a source on this? Not doubting you, just want a source.

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[–] Klaxon 2 points 8 points (+10|-2) ago 

Is there a source on this? Totally doubting you, because you are an anonymous Internet commenter.

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[–] genghis 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I spoke with a former Navy Seal who risked his life attacking drug labs in Colombia. He told me he decided not to re-enlist after his team was told too many times to ignore some drug labs, and only attack the targeted labs. He said he did not like running a protection racket.

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[–] tpdplsio ago 

You should tell him to blow the whistle on that shit.

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[–] Monkstar1 ago 

Drug. Enforcement. Agency.

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[–] AlkaiserSoze 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

As always, Gkar brings an excellent point to the table. However, you did miss something. There is a logical reason why marijuana is kept illegal. Marijuana is only illegal at this point as a way to keep privatized prisons quota requirements up, which in turn helps production of goods since slavery is technically legal as long as the person in servitude is convicted of a crime.

Relevant Source: https://voat.co/v/news/comments/456141

By the way, Gkar, the last time we had a conversation I forgot to ask you, is your name a reference to the G'Kar from Babylon 5? Also, I loved the Kevin Spacey pic you had posted. Forgot to tell you :D

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[–] EbolaPie 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Good point, they're not our parents.

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[–] dbag2070 0 points 17 points (+17|-0) ago 

(9) Budget spent to 'fight the war on drugs' can actually be used to help the comunity

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[–] green_man 1 point 12 points (+13|-1) ago 

To assume the government would do anything useful with that money is wishful thinking.

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[–] MichaelDouglas 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I think that's what implied by #5 but I'm agreeing there are many benefits to legalization

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[–] LostUnderTheMountain 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

if this was a thing...

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[–] Quawonk ago  (edited ago)

(4) Reduce nonviolent prisoner population

(5) Real crime can be dealt with

Not enough real crime anymore to justify the huge bloated police forces we have today, so a lot of pigs will find themselves out of a job. And how are they gonna keep those profitable prisons full? Won't someone please think of those poor downtrodden oligarchs?

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[–] BaronVonMonologue 27 points 6 points (+33|-27) ago 

It was just seven years ago that the DEA left Bolivia — and only three years after that, progress was finally made. The strategy employed by the Bolivian government may be a surprise to many prohibitionists because it did not involve any strong-arm police state tactics. Instead, they worked to find alternative crops for farmers to grow that would actually make them more money.

Your headline makes it sound like the DEA was behind or enabling the production of cocaine. Really it's just the DEAs tactics weren't working and Bolivia tried something new that did.

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[–] PM-me-about-Autism 2 points 26 points (+28|-2) ago 

If I led the DEA I'd definitely want more cocaine production so my budget allocation would go up.

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[–] SlipperyChicken 1 point 11 points (+12|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I think the DEA was enabling production. If your stated goal is to reduce production, but you refuse to try or even entertain vastly different tactics after you repeatedly fail, then I think you're enabling the production. You might not purposefully be enabling, but you're still enabling.

It's like saying "Man loses 500 pounds after being separated from girlfriend" I'm sure the girlfriend wasn't trying to enable the guy, but we all know she was.

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[–] The_Redditor 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Or she wasn't, but as-per your analogy, she was still an unhealthy influence despite her intentions.

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[–] Beers 1 point 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Agreed. "Plummets" after DEA kicked out vs DEA left 7 years ago, and 3 years ago production started to decline.

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[–] mankind 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Utilising drugs to pay for secret wars around the world

Drugs are now your global policy, now you police the globe

Prison Song by System of a Down

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[–] iamrage 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This is still news? DEA/CIA has been moving drugs for decades. Has anything been done? Hahaha... you're joking right?

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[–] organicgangbang 1 point 3 points (+4|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Reminds me of all the stories about poppy farming and heroin production increasing by like 10,000% after we invaded Afghanistan.

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[–] runvnc 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Well, it is called the drug Enforcement agency, not drug Elimination agency. They enforce the drugs they want.

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