There is also a great deal at stake here for the United States as Washington’s counter-drug role in the region expands. Costa Rica is still nowhere near as violent as Honduras or El Salvador, where the murder rate is more than six times higher, but there is a sense that the cartels’ criminal expansion has to be checked somewhere.Costa Rican Coast Guard Lt. Rodolfo Murillo unfurls a map of the country and its long, jagged Pacific Coast. The walls are still bare at the agency’s brand-new Pacific headquarters at Puerto Caldera, built with $3 million in U.S. funding…The new docks here creaking in the waves have two berths for U.S.-donated interceptor boats designed to chase down the smugglers.– NPR Article. I am very skeptical of U.S. action in this instance since we have already invaded the surrounding region numerous time before, had government overthrow in Guatemala and so on…
A former NYPD narcotics detective has admitted in court that the practice of planting drugs on innocent civilians to meet quotas was a pretty common one.
Stephen Anderson, under a cooperation agreement, testified at the corruption trial of Brooklyn South narcotics Detective Jason Arbeeny that he had helped police officer Henry Tavarez meet his buy-and-bust numbers by fabricating cocaine possession charges against four men arrested in a Queens bar in 2008.
“Tavarez was worried about getting sent back [to patrol] and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case,” Anderson told the court. “I had decided to give him [Tavarez] the drugs to help him out so that he could say he had a buy.”
Justice Gustin Reichbach asked Anderson if he observed this practice — known as “flaking” — taking place “with some frequency,” to which he replied “yes, multiple times.”
“It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators,” Anderson said.
Questioned about any concern he had for his victims, Anderson responded that there was very little reflection going on at the time. “It’s almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they’re going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway.”
Anderson and Taverez’s scheme was exposed when security cameras caught them framing Jose Colon and his brother Maximo. New York paid the siblings $300,000 in a false arrest suit settlement.
If the police are involved in this crime, then why can they be trusted to maintain law and order peacefully. Police are brutally attacking occupywallstreeters in the Wall Street protests, which means they are on the side of the greedy, powerful Wall Street firms. Now, they are involved in Drugs? Can it get any worse? Maybe this this just more proof to those that say the drug war is a conspiracy and crooked.
Medical marijuana patients across the country are under attack! Despite the Obama Administration’s promise to respect state laws, lawyers in the federal government are now threatening to arrest and prosecute people who are legally licensed to grow medical marijuana under state law.– Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) email.
Since the drug war started, the crime rate has not increased, but the drug conviction rate has. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 55% of federal prisoners and 21% of state-level prisoners are incarcerated on the basis of drug-related offenses. Corporations and other corporate entities that run prisons profit when the incarceration rate increases.
I felt that it is time that I showcase my website about the “War on Drugs.” Why? Well, it is fair to all sides and shows the differing views of the drug war without putting any of bias into it. Spread this around if you can. Reblog it and do whatever you can to promote it. I’ll start you with the first paragraph on the homepage: “The War on Drugs is a controversial topic that has caused cultural and political shifts in U.S. history. While drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and cocaine were considered “miracle substances” for their alleged health benefits, they have been driven underground by certain drug policies and legislation. This created a global drug market that affected America’s diplomacy with other countries. The black market for drugs destabilized many countries, including Mexico and Colombia. While the drug war affects diplomacy abroad, in America, there is sustainable debate between those that still support it and those that rally against it. After 41 years, the debate rages with a multitude of viewpoints ranging from legalization to harsh penalties.” Enjoy! http://52325544.nhd.weebly.com/
That declaration has dominated public perception of President Barack Obama’s policy on the issue-minimal progress…In reality, the Obama administration has attacked medical-marijuana providers on several fronts. Since January 2010, it has staged more than 90 raids on dispensaries and growers, according to figures collected by the patient-advocacy group Americans for Safe Access [which said it is] double the Bush administration’s [efforts].– AlterNet tells the truth about President Obama’s medical marijuana policy