Skip to comments.DEA Director Slams President Obama's Drug Sentencing Act
Posted on 05/10/2014 1:14:40 PM PDT by mgist
May 06, 2014 05:12 PM EDT by Peter Black
The director of the Drug Enforcement Administration is furious about a bill that would lower the mandatory minimum prison sentences for federal drug offenses, arguing that harsh prison terms are "very important to our investigations." DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart slammed the Obama administration's Smarter Sentencing Act at a hearing last week, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that her experience suggests that reducing minimum sentences would have severe consequencesalthough she wasn't particularly specific about what those consequences would be. Like Us on Facebook
"Having been in law enforcement as an agent for 33 years, [and] a Baltimore City police officer before that, I can tell you that for me and for the agents that work for DEA, mandatory minimums have been very important to our investigations," Leonhart said. "We depend on those as a way to ensure that the right sentences are going to the... level of violator we are going after." Attorney General Eric Holder has lauded the Smarter Sentencing Act, arguing that it will reduce overcrowding in America's prisons. Leonhart has been at the DEA since 1980, arriving at the height of the War on Drugs. The War on Drugs is now considered to have been one of the most colossal failures in the history of domestic and foreign policy, which is probably why Leonhart is so bitter. Unsurprisingly, Leonhart is also furious about the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, as such changesalong with the Smarter Sentencing Actseemingly imply that everything she's done over the last 30 years was a complete waste of time. According to The Huffington Post, "Leonhart has already reportedly slammed the president behind closed doors for comparing weed to alcohol, and has said that the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado -- which the Obama administration allowed to move forward -- has only made DEA agents 'fight harder.' She's also suggested that gangs are taking over in Washington and Colorado in the wake of marijuana legalization."
The ultimate goal is total drug legalization, including heroin. The markets are flooded with heroin so pure it can be snorted and supplies so large, it is cheaper to get than beer.
There is no War on Drugs.
What America isnt understanding is that this is social engineering at its finest. Soros, who laundered money for the cartels, has been pushing drug legalization, including heroin since the 90s.
The link between drugs and crime, including violent crime, would be hard to overstate in Chicago. Eighty-six percent of adult males arrested in Chicago last year tested positive for drug use. Chicago, with a population of 2.7 million, had 506 murders in 2012, the highest per capita among the four most populous U.S. cities.
It is Soros $Billions in influence peddling, and lobbying, that have led people to believe that the war on drugs was useless. Bottom line, this crap wasnt around when I was growing up in the drug capital of the world -Miami, in the 80s and 90s. There was cocaine, and since there really was a war on drugs, it was too expensive for curious kids.
I would guess that Administrator Leonhart will not have a long future with the Obama Regime.
“seemingly imply that everything she’s done over the last 30 years was a complete waste of time.”
It was a complete waste of time, money, resources, and did immeasurable damage to the Constitution. Flipping burgers for 30 years would have contributed more to society.
I have said this before, I am for the legalization of all drugs, everybody should have the right to go to hell in their own way.
Make drugs free and pure and let the O.D.’s begin.
The distribution system is already set up, ice cream trucks, just load and send them out.
Stop the wholesale purchase of the law enforcement community and politicians by taking the profits out of drugs.
Stop the home invasions, robberies that often result in murder, stop the gang wars for prime drug sales spots, and it would also kill most of the prostitution in the U.S. as less and less women would be forced to turn to it to pay for their drug habit, and it would also stop making millionaires out of thugs, it would also stop the seizure of private property by out of control cops who phony up charges against people to sell their property and keep the proceeds.
I don’t see the down side since people who are going to do the junk will whether you keep it illegal or not. The pure stuff will O.D. a ton of them and most of the users will be gone overnight. Why pay for a war that has corrupted everyone it touches and has after 40 years proven to be unwinnable.
Doesn’t surprise me at all.
Capitalism always wins. Always.
The problem is federal police; FBI, DEA, BLM, ATF, and a bunch of other agencies like education that have their own little SWAT teams. I want all these Federal agencies to go away; they are the federal domestic police force.
Let’s get back to federalism and let the states decide on drug laws.
The CIA as been smuggling drugs into the US for years. Afghanistan’s production of opium based drugs has skyrocketed under US protection of the poppy fields. The DEA has worked with big time Mexican drug lords. The US government is horribly corrupt and it’s only getting worse.
The reason 0bama want to reduce drug sentences is that he needs more of his people out of prison to vote for the Dims.
Heroin turned China into a slave nation. Venezuela has a legal drugs, and the once wealthy nation today has cocaine on every corner, but no toilet paper. That is what they want to do to us.
Natural marijuana has 5-7% THC, Today it’s grown in labs, with up tp %40 THC.
The is marijuana coming in from China that is killing kids all over the place. It isn’t an accident that Americans are completely ignorant to the fact that opiate deaths have surpassed alcohol and car accidents in accidental deaths.
It is the #1 killer in accidental deaths in the US.
I’ll never understand why the evil live so long and the good die so young. Seems that billionaire foreigner who likes to stick his nose and money in our business is late for his meeting with GOD and just rewards(punishment).
Drug use = drug addiction
Drug addiction = job lose
Job lose = welfare
Welfare = Government dependence
Government dependence = Democrat voters
Are there any questions?
“Natural marijuana has 5-7% THC, Today its grown in labs, with up tp %40 THC.”
This started quite some time ago. They started “breeding” programs that radically increased the THC content. I smoked. I admit it! I am a musician. I remember sitting in a room with several people, and we smoked a joint of Maui Wowie. It made me extremely nervous, and I thought, “This is not fun!” I used to take a few tokes, and sit down to practice steel. It focused my concentration. Then it was two tokes. Then it was one, and I was too nervous to practice! I quit, 35 years ago. Don’t miss it at all, and wish I’d never even tried it, but it was ubiquitous. Being nervous and paranoid was not fun for me!
I agree %100 about the Federal Agencies. They are in the pockets of the cartels. Poor kids these days, trusted doctors are giving out psychotropic drugs to children. My nephew was diagnosed with add because he was a figity 10 year old. He’s 21 and diagnosed with “Addiction Disorder”. It seems this is a potential side effect of the ADD drugs. All those school shooters were on these types of meds.
None of these drugs cure anything. They couldn’t get the idea of heroin use accepted, but conveniently had the FDA legalize heroin in pill form, and it is even prescribed to children, despite $millions distributed in wrongful death lawsuits, and horrific statistics of addiction, abuse, and of course death. When Oxycontin was introduced in the late ‘90s, OxyContin was touted as nearly addiction-proof — only to leave a trail of dependence and destruction. Its marketing was misleading enough that Purdue pleaded guilty in 2007 to a federal criminal count of misbranding the drug “with intent to defraud and mislead the public,” they paid $635 million in penalties, and today it’s business as usual, except there are dozens of opiates in pill and even lollipop form.