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  • Venezuela to reinforce troops on Colombia border with Russian tanks

    01/10/2010 8:23:35 PM PST · by Flavius · 20 replies · 919+ views
    focus ^ | 1/11/10 | focus
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced plans for the deployment of new Russian-made tanks and combat helicopters on the border with Colombia, RIA Novosti reported. Ties between Venezuela and Colombia deteriorated last August after Washington signed a deal with Bogota allowing U.S. forces to run anti-drug operations from Colombian bases. Chavez has criticized the deal and called for the Venezuelan people and army to prepare for a war.
  • Venezuela Says Its Jets Intercepted U.S. Plane

    01/09/2010 5:46:54 AM PST · by Brilliant · 57 replies · 3,028+ views
    WSJ ^ | JANUARY 9, 2010 | WSJ
    President Hugo Chávez said he ordered two F-16 jets to intercept a U.S. military plane that twice violated Venezuelan airspace on Friday in what he called the latest provocation in the South American nation's skies. Brandishing a photo of the plane, which he described as a P-3, Mr. Chávez said the overflight was the latest incursion in Venezuelan skies by the U.S. military from its bases on the Netherlands' Caribbean islands and from neighboring Colombia. There was no immediate response from the U.S. Defense Department or the White House... Mr. Chávez said the F-16s escorted the U.S. plane away after...
  • The Racism of Marijuana Prohibition (another fine editoral from the LA Times)

    09/07/2009 3:09:41 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 149 replies · 3,034+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 7, 2009 | Stephen Gutwillig
    The racism of marijuana prohibition Enforcement of marijuana laws disproportionately affects young African Americans -- even though their usage rates are lower than whites'... So while the purported mainstream is delighting to "Weeds" and contemplating the new revenue that state-regulated marijuana would generate, there's even greater urgency to ending the prohibition of marijuana. California can't wait any longer to end the racist enforcement of marijuana laws.
  • DEA Arrests Medical Marijuana Grower in California [Obama promised this would stop]

    08/29/2009 11:08:05 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies · 1,032+ views
    Reason magazine ^ | August 28, 2009 | Jacob Sullum
    Last week, the Drug War Chronicle reports, the Drug Enforcement Administration made its first arrests related to medical marijuana since Attorney General Eric Holder promised not to prosecute people who are complying with state law.
  • Opium barons at top of kill or capture list as US targets the Taliban

    08/10/2009 3:31:44 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 22 replies · 851+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 11, 2009 | Imre Karacs
    The Pentagon has put 50 of Afghanistan’s powerful opium barons on a “kill or capture” list, signalling a radical shift in tactics against the Taleban. The announcement came as the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, admitted that the insurgency, nurtured by tens of millions of dollars from the country’s vast poppy fields, now held the upper hand. The existence of the “joint integrated prioritised target list” — a rogues’ gallery of drug lords who are earmarked for arrest or assassination — is revealed in an unpublished Senate report obtained yesterday by The Times. It was confirmed...
  • Obama presses for new tone in US ties with Mexico

    08/09/2009 8:04:20 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 28 replies · 697+ views
    AP ^ | 080909 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    GUADALAJARA, Mexico – President Barack Obama pressed for a new tone in the United States' relationship with Mexico but found no immediate progress Sunday on the divisions between him and Mexican President Felipe Calderon over the pace of U.S. drug-fighting aid and a ban on Mexican trucks north of the border. Obama kicked off his second trip to Mexico as president with a friendly 45-minute meeting with Calderon that touched on the vast trade relationship between their two countries, their cooperation on swine flu and the violent Mexican gangs dominating the drug trade on both sides of the border. Their...
  • Mexico arrests alleged drug operative ("The Truck" - half ton of crystal meth into US each month)

    08/03/2009 2:35:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 488+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/09 | Martha Mendoza - ap
    MEXICO CITY – Police raided a church service in western Mexico and arrested a man known as "The Truck" who is suspected of moving a half ton of crystal methamphetamine into the United States each month, federal officials said Monday. Authorities detained Miguel Angel Beraza and another suspect after surrounding a church in Apatzingan in drug-plagued Michoacan state, said Ramon Pequeno, head of the Federal Police's anti-drug unit. About 40 others at the Mass were brought in for questioning. DEA Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart said Beraza is a high-ranking lieutenant in the drug cartel known as La Familia and called...
  • DEA sends more agents to Afghanistan

    07/30/2009 12:05:33 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies · 323+ views
    United Press International and NPR ^ | July 29, 2009 at 11:48 PM | staff
    KABUL, Afghanistan, July 29 (UPI) -- The United States' top anti-drug agency will substantially boost its presence in Afghanistan to check opium trafficking, the Taliban's main revenue source. "One year ago, we had 13 personnel in Afghanistan working counternarcotics," Jay Fitzpatrick, the DEA's assistant regional director based in Kabul. "We're in the process of increasing the number of personnel to 81." The U.S. network reported the DEA also plans track the top 10 to 20 narcotics traffickers in Afghanistan with the help of Afghan authorities.
  • Drug czar: Feds won't support legalized pot [Obama breaks promise - still raids medical marijuana]

    07/27/2009 7:38:41 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies · 749+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 22, 2009 | Marc Benjamin
    The federal government is not going to pull back on its efforts to curtail marijuana farming operations, Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Wednesday in Fresno. The nation's drug czar, who viewed a foothill marijuana farm on U.S. Forest Service land with state and local officials earlier Wednesday, said the federal government will not support legalizing marijuana. "Legalization is not in the president's vocabulary, and it's not in mine," he said. "Marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit," Kerlikowske said in downtown Fresno while discussing Operation SOS -- Save Our Sierra...
  • If Marijuana Is Legal, Will Addiction Rise?

    07/20/2009 11:11:12 AM PDT · by cryptical · 278 replies · 4,156+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 20, 2009 | The Editors
    A New York Times article on Sunday discussed the debate over whether more and more potent types of cannabis affect the levels of addiction to the drug. This particular issue has become part of the larger debate over whether marijuana should be legalized or decriminalized. Antidrug activists say that if the drug is legalized, more people will use it and addiction levels, made worse by the increased potency, will rise too. Legalization advocates note that pot addiction is not nearly as destructive as, say, abuse of alcohol. What would be the effect of legalization or decriminalization on marijuana abuse and...
  • Eric Holder Makes Quiet Visit To Mosque To Meet With Muslim Americans [Why The Stealth?]

    07/17/2009 4:25:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 906+ views
    LATimes ^ | July 17th 2009
    Eric Holder makes quiet visit to mosque to meet with Muslim Americans July 17, 2009 Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. made a well-publicized visit to Los Angeles this week to announce stimulus grants to help fight drug trafficking and to help the victims of domestic violence. But in a quieter event not announced to the news media or public, Holder stopped at a mosque to meet with Muslim American youths. “The point was to engage the Muslim community here in Los Angeles and make sure they understand this administration’s commitment to work with that community,” Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller...
  • White House cuts funding for (Soldier) gear (Armored vests & armored vehicles)

    07/10/2009 5:21:04 PM PDT · by xzins · 119 replies · 5,549+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Friday, July 10, 2009 | Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON — House lawmakers on Thursday blasted a White House decision not to provide money next fiscal year for upgrades to combat-worn equipment, and promised a fight to put billions back into the defense budget. The House version of the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill already contains about $20 billion for the repair of equipment worn down by desert conditions and purchase of new gear to replace items destroyed in combat. About $11 billion of the total is for the Army alone. But that’s down more than $2 billion from previous years’ requests, and doesn’t include any funds for things...
  • Charges fly over Rainbow Gathering ( NM )

    07/03/2009 7:02:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies · 4,788+ views
    The New Mexican ^ | 7/2/2009 | Tom Sharpe
    The Rainbow Gathering and the U.S. Forest Service continue to trade charges over the festival that is expected to draw 10,000 people to a Northern New Mexico forest by Independence Day. More than 200 people so far have had to travel 240 miles round-trip from the site in the Santa Fe National Forest near Cuba, N.M., to Albuquerque to see U.S. Chief Magistrate Lorenzo Garcia ... Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Ottaviano said only six of the arrests have been for felonies — assault on a federal officer, theft of government property, damage to government property and conspiracy. Seized drugs, she...
  • U.S. reverses Afghan drug policy

    06/27/2009 7:28:14 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 36 replies · 1,377+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2009 | Phil Stewart and Daniel Flynn
    TRIESTE, Italy (Reuters) - Washington is to dramatically overhaul its Afghan anti-drug strategy, phasing out opium poppy eradication, the U.S. envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan told allies on Saturday. Richard Holbrooke, attending a G8 conference on stabilizing Afghanistan, also discussed efforts to support its August 20 election. Washington has nearly doubled its troops to combat a growing Taliban insurgency and provide security for the vote. "The Western policies against the opium crop, the poppy crop, have been a failure. They did not result in any damage to the Taliban, but they put farmers out of work," Holbrooke told Reuters after...
  • US changes tack on Afghan poppies

    06/27/2009 1:55:44 PM PDT · by newbie2008 · 7 replies · 437+ views
    The United States is to change the way it deals with the massive poppy growing industry in Afghanistan. Instead of destroying the crops it will spend money encouraging Afghan farmers to grow different ones. US special envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke, at a G8 meeting in Italy, said current measures against poppy growers had been "a failure". The conference of foreign ministers in Trieste also called for credible elections in Afghanistan in August. Mr Holbrooke said that existing programmes of eradication had not reduced by one dollar the amount of money the Taliban earned from production. "Spraying the crops just...
  • Obama stimulates the heroin industry

    06/27/2009 12:18:39 PM PDT · by Psion · 42 replies · 685+ views
    reuters ^ | June 27 2009 | Phil Stewart and Daniel Flynn
    U.S. reverses Afghan drug policy, eyes August vote * U.S. to phase out poppy eradication * Wants to avoid questions over Afghan vote * Seeks more aid for Pakistan RIESTE, Italy, June 27 (Reuters) - Washington is to dramatically overhaul its Afghan anti-drug strategy, phasing out opium poppy eradication, the U.S. envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan told allies on Saturday. Richard Holbrooke, attending a G8 conference on stabilising Afghanistan, also discussed efforts to support its Aug. 20 election. Washington has nearly doubled its troops to combat a growing Taliban insurgency and provide security for the vote. "The Western policies against...
  • Barney Frank Files Bill To Decriminalize Pot

    06/23/2009 1:35:51 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 92 replies · 2,673+ views
    WBZ ^ | 6/19/2009 | WBZ38
    B A controversial law in Massachusetts could go national if Congressman Barney Frank gets his way. Frank has filed a bill that would eliminate federal penalties for personal possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana. It would also make the penalty for using marijuana in public just $100. "I think John Stuart Mill had it right in the 1850s," said Congressman Frank, "when he argued that individuals should have the right to do what they want in private, so long as they don't hurt anyone else. It's a matter of personal liberty. Moreover, our courts are already stressed and...
  • Barney Frank Pushes to Legalize Marijuana

    06/18/2009 6:55:36 PM PDT · by kellynla · 92 replies · 2,309+ views
    wnd.com ^ | June 18, 2009 | staff
    Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., wants to legalize marijuana and has introduced legislation that would accomplish his goals. "Criminalizing choices that adults make because we think they are unwise ones, when the choices involved have no negative effect on the rights of others, is not appropriate in a free society," he said in his new announcement about his plans for two bills. One proposal would remove federal penalties for using marijuana and the second would let people in states where "medical marijuana" is allowed use it freely. The cosponsors on the bills include Reps. Ron Paul, R-Texas and Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y....
  • A Drug War Inside the Government

    06/15/2009 10:25:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 338+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | June 15, 2009 | BRADLEY SCHREIBER
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and, under current law, its agents can investigate any crime with a connection to the American border, from weapons trafficking to child pornography. Any crime, that is, except drug crimes. The ability to investigate such crimes, known as Title 21 authority, rests with the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is part of the Department of Justice. The attorney general can and, under certain circumstances, does give other federal agents the power to investigate drug crimes. But a longstanding dispute with the D.E.A. severely limits the number...
  • Ted Nugent: We could be winning war on drugs

    06/14/2009 9:29:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 215 replies · 3,994+ views
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | June 14, 2009
    One of the most dangerous places on earth is our own 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Our southern border is a drug-war zone, and we’re losing. Know it. Before she became secretary of Homeland Security, former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano declared a state of emergency along the Arizona/Mexico border because of drug trafficking, shootouts and an increasing illegal immigration invasion. The Justice Department stated that Mexican drug cartels are the “largest threat to both citizens and law enforcement agencies in this country” with gang members loose in nearly 200 U.S. cities.” This in the big, bad, brave United States of America!...
  • Senate approves Seattle police chief as drug czar

    05/07/2009 11:51:16 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 16 replies · 650+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 5/7/09 | Matthew Daly
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate has approved the nomination of Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as the national drug czar. Kerlikowske, a 36-year law enforcement veteran, has said he will take a balanced, science-based approach to the job of director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The position is commonly known as the drug czar. The Senate approved his nomination, 91-1, on Thursday. The 59-year-old Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW'-skee) said he will help develop a strategy to address drug-related violence along the Mexican border. While he and other officials would work to reduce the international drug supply, the biggest contribution the...
  • In Mexico, Obama to offer solidarity in drug war

    04/16/2009 8:21:43 AM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 12 replies · 433+ views
    WASHINGTON – Confronting a security threat on America's doorstep, President Barack Obama is venturing into the heart of Mexico. His swift diplomatic mission is meant to show solidarity with a neighbor — and to prove that the U.S. is serious about halting the deadly flow of drugs and weapons.
  • EDITORIAL: Obama's bogus gun statistics--Mexican crime is not America's fault

    04/14/2009 3:44:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies · 1,319+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 14, 2009 | Editorial
    The Obama administration is fudging when it claims that 90 percent of guns used in crimes in Mexico come from the United States. The bogus statistics are being used as an excuse to push gun control. The Obama White House and the Mexican government are in agreement that Americans' rights to purchase firearms should be curtailed. Appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, ahead of President Obama's trip this week to Mexico, Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan stated that "reinstituting the [assault weapons ban] could have a profound impact on the number and the caliber of the weapons going down...
  • In Calif., Medical Marijuana Laws Are Moving Pot Into the Mainstream

    04/12/2009 3:05:34 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 3,030+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 12, 2009 | Carl Vick
    With little notice and even less controversy, marijuana is now available as a medical treatment in California to almost anyone who tells a willing physician he would feel better if he smoked. Pot is now retailed over the counter in hundreds of storefronts across Los Angeles and is credited with reviving a section of downtown Oakland, where an entrepreneur sells out classes offering "quality training for the cannabis industry." The tabloid LA Journal of Education for Medical Marijuana is fat with ads for Magic Purple, Strawberry Cough and other offerings in more than 400 "dispensaries" operating in the city. Los...
  • The War on Drugs is No Laughing Matter - It's time for Barack Obama to take legalization seriously

    03/30/2009 3:00:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 112 replies · 2,026+ views
    Reason ^ | March 27, 2009 | Terry Michael
    Alcohol did not create Al Capone's gang violence in the hometown of our current president. Prohibition did. Marijuana does not create murderous drug cartels in Mexico. America's War on Drugs does. Surely President Barack Obama, one of the smartest men to inhabit the White House, must understand that truth—even if he chooses to laugh-off those of us who want to get serious about the need to end the social insanity of neo-Prohibition by legalizing marijuana and other psychoactive chemicals. French essayist Georges Bernanos wrote, "The worst, the most corrupting of lies, are problems poorly stated." It is an outrageous lie,...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 03-28-09 (DUmmies Condemn Obama for Opposing Marijuana Legalization)

    03/28/2009 6:09:13 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies · 883+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | March 28, 2009 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Ol' PJ here is perfectly happy with his drug of choice...caffeine. I simply can't function without several cups of java in the morning. Therefore I never felt a need for marijuana. Plus I am like Woody Allen in that scene from "Annie Hall." Any inhalation of smoke causes me to go into coughing fits so that pretty much nixes the use of the green weed for me. However, I don't have strong feelings one way or another about it although I suspect that it reduces mental ability over the long run. I've had friends that strongly support the legalization...
  • (Vanity) Hillary and the Drug War, or, Keep Your Nose Clean

    03/27/2009 5:43:41 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 587+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | March 27, 2009 | grey_whiskers
    Earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the massive instability in Mexico (7000 murders in the past year, including multiple decapitations of policemen) is the fault of the United States. And this, despite the fact that the violence is spilling over into our borders. What on Earth is going on? Is this more of the "blame America first" crowd shooting from the hip? Well, given the speaker, one might be tempted to think so. But in this case, she just may have something of a point. Even the Cato Institute, that known libertarian/rightwing stronghold, has hosted discussions...
  • BORDER BLOODBATH. MEXICO: WHAT WE NEED TO DO

    03/27/2009 4:15:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies · 731+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 27, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    WHILE Washington fo cused on terrorists half way around the world, a narco-terror crisis exploded -- with 8,000 dead in two years -- along our border with Mexico. Were we blindsided? Only because we closed our eyes on purpose. One administration passed the problem on to the next. And the next. Are we taking this crisis seriously at last? Let's hope. After her disastrous pilgrimage to Beijing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have gotten a big diplomatic move right: On Wednesday, she acknowledged both the seriousness of Mexico's narco-insurgency and our complicity as a huge drug consumer and...
  • Obama's Pathetic Pot Answer

    03/26/2009 1:10:42 PM PDT · by steve-b · 41 replies · 1,317+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 3/26/09 | Andrew Sullivan
    ...The dismissiveness toward the question of ending Prohibition as both a good in itself and a form of tax revenue is, however, depressing. His answer was a non-answer. I'm tired of having the Prohibition issue treated as if it's trivial or a joke. It is neither. It is about freedom and it's deadly serious....
  • Drug Agents Raid SF Medical Marijuana Clinic (Haha, DEA thumbs Zero in the eye)

    03/25/2009 11:26:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 51 replies · 1,460+ views
    CBS5 ^ | 3/25/09 | Joe Vazquez
    One week after President Barack Obama's top law enforcement official seemed to indicate the feds would no longer raid pot clubs, DEA agents busted a medical marijuana facility in San Francisco Wednesday night. As agents carried large plastic containers of marijuana plants out of Emmalyn's California Cannabis Clinic at 1597 Howard Street, a small crowd of protesters formed a gauntlet outside the door, booing the agents and chanting, "our medicine is marijuana … listen to Obama!" DEA spokeswoman Casey McEnry told CBS 5 the documents regarding the raid are sealed, so the DEA was not able to give any details....
  • Clinton Admits U.S. Demand Feeds Mexico’s Drug Trade

    03/25/2009 1:29:37 PM PDT · by yoe · 93 replies · 2,234+ views
    NYT ^ | March 25, 2009 | MARK LANDLER
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived here Wednesday with the clearest acknowledgment yet from a senior Obama administration official of the role the United States plays in the violent drug trade racking Mexico.“Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” she said, using unusually blunt language. “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.”
  • Attorney general signals shift in marijuana policy

    03/18/2009 7:28:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies · 2,673+ views
    My Way ^ | 3/18/09 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy Wednesday, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law. That would be a departure from the Bush administration, which targeted medical marijuana dispensaries in California even if they complied with that state's law
  • AG Holder signals shift in marijuana policy

    03/18/2009 1:15:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 1,207+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 18, 2009 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder has signaled a change in policy on medical marijuana.
  • U.S. preparing integrated plan on Mexico drug war

    03/17/2009 3:57:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 558+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/09 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is working on an integrated plan to address Mexico's escalating war with drug traffickers and could complete work on the initiative as early as this week, a top U.S. military official said on Tuesday. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, who oversees U.S. military interests on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border as the head of Northern Command, told the Senate that the plan would likely involve all agencies of government including law enforcement and the military. Among the priorities are likely to be measures to deal with violence that spills over the U.S. border,...
  • President to Downgrade Drug Czar Position from Cabinet Rank -- A Move Biden Criticized in 1989

    03/11/2009 1:37:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 537+ views
    abc ^ | 3/11/09 | Jake Tapper
    When Vice President Biden later today formally announces the nomination of Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as the new Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, he will also be in a way formally downgrading the office from Cabinet-level status to non-Cabinet level status. Interestingly, Biden himself criticized a similar move by then-President George HW Bush in 1989.
  • Kerlikowske announcement expected today

    03/11/2009 7:28:00 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 10 replies · 504+ views
    KOMONews.com ^ | 03/11/09 | KOMO Staff and News Service
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration plans Wednesday to nominate Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as the nation's drug czar. Vice President Joe Biden was expected to name Kerlikowske as chief of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a job that requires Senate confirmation, at a midday ceremony, an administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made. Kerlikowske had been widely expected to be named to the position, after his name was leaked in early February. The administration official said the delay in announcing his appointment was not linked to disclosures that...
  • Obama to name Seattle police chief as U.S. drug czar

    03/10/2009 11:00:40 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies · 1,445+ views
    Reuters ^ | march 11, 2009 | n/a
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to be U.S. drug czar and remove the job's Cabinet designation, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Kerlikowske would head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which was elevated to Cabinet level under former President George W. Bush. The nomination of Kerlikowske would end a long search for a candidate to oversee U.S. efforts to fight illegal drugs. Kerlikowske was long speculated to be the front-runner, but revelations about his stepson's arrest on drug-related charged complicated the nomination process,...
  • US ready to aid Mexico drug fight

    03/02/2009 2:28:30 PM PST · by AuntB · 15 replies · 511+ views
    BBC ^ | March 2, 2009 | Emilio San Pedro
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said the US wants to increase the military assistance it provides Mexico for its fight against drugs trafficking. Mr Gates said Washington was more prepared now to help Mexico in its fight against the cartels which control the flow of illegal narcotics. Mr Gates said aid could come in the form of military hardware, training and intelligence support to help the Mexican authorities in their fight against the well-armed and organised drugs traffickers. "It clearly is a serious problem," Gates said. But he pointed to Mexican President Felipe Calderon as the main reason for this...
  • DEA To Halt Medical Marijuana Raids ["...preserve, protect and defend the Constitution..."]

    02/27/2009 10:07:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 733+ views
    AP Report ^ | February 27, 2009
    DEA to halt medical marijuana raids Holder confirms states to have final say on use of drug for pain control By Alex Johnson Feb. 27, 2009 Supporters of programs to provide legal marijuana to patients with painful medical conditions are celebrating Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement this week that the Drug Enforcement Administration would end its raids on state-approved marijuana dispensaries. Federal raids on medical marijuana distributors continued at least into the second week of Barack Obama’s presidency, when federal agents shut down at least two dispensaries in California on Feb. 3. Holder was asked about those raids Wednesday in...
  • Obama In Favor Of Giving Marijuana Jurisdiction To States

    02/27/2009 2:01:36 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 66 replies · 1,217+ views
    All Headline News ^ | February 27, 2009 | Julie Farby
    Washington, DC (AHN) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder hinted that President Obama supports ending raids on pot dispensaries in California, allowing states to make their own rules regarding the use of medical marijuana. Speaking as a Washington news conference, Holder discussed DEA raids since Obama took office, saying the administration has changed its policy. "What the president said during the campaign, you'll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we'll be doing here in law enforcement," he said. "What he said during the campaign is now American policy." Obama told an interviewer in March that it was...
  • NATO commander: Afghanistan drug raids imminent [AP Loose Lips Alert]

    02/08/2009 8:51:46 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 6 replies · 519+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Sunday, February 8, 2009 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    MUNICH – In an effort to strike at a key income source for Taliban militants, the top NATO commander said Sunday that operations to attack drug lords and labs in Afghanistan will begin within the "next several days." Gen. John Craddock, who also heads the U.S. European Command, also said that the U.S. and its allies are making progress in their efforts to fill the need for more troops, equipment and intelligence gathering in Afghanistan. He, however, would not disclose any specific commitments he got this weekend as world leaders met at a security conference here. NATO defense ministers, during...
  • Obama May Change Medical Marijuana Policy [No More Federal Raids]

    02/07/2009 8:15:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 184 replies · 1,912+ views
    FoxNews ^ | February 7, 2009
    Obama May Change Medical Marijuana Policy Experts believe it is already clear the Obama administration will change the strategy, if not the law, on medical marijuana. Saturday, February 07, 2009 The White House won't say it explicitly. Neither will the Drug Enforcement Administration. Yet there is a whiff in the air that U.S. policy is about to change when it comes to medical marijuana
  • Pot heads have high hopes for Obama

    02/05/2009 4:43:03 PM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies · 873+ views
    NJ Star-Ledger ^ | 2/5/2009 | Paul Mulshine
    Marijuana has been in the news lately thanks to that infamous photo of Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps puffing on a bong. But imagine Phelps had been smoking a joint instead. It turns out he would have been contributing to the national coffers. There is a small federal tax on rolling papers and it is about to get bigger. I came upon that bit of trivia while researching the children's health insurance bill that passed Congress yesterday and was promptly signed by President Obama. The new program will be partially funded by big increases in smoking taxes. That includes taxes...
  • CIA Director: Mexican nationals' violence a threat to US

    01/27/2009 8:28:54 AM PST · by AuntB · 20 replies · 2,634+ views
    LawEnforcementExaminer ^ | Jan. 26, 2009 | Jim Kouri
    (This column is based on a report submitted to the National Association of Chiefs of Police by the US Department of Homeland Security.) During Monday's edition of Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck Show, the decidely conservative host asked his viewers to answer a question: outgoing CIA Director Michael Hayden had stated that Iran was the Number One threat to the security of the United States; what country did Hayden rank as Number Two? The answer was Mexico. Meanwhile, retired U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey, the former U.S. drug czar, told the Los Angeles Times that the Mexican government "is fighting...
  • Obama and Mexico's Calderon to talk drug war, trade

    01/11/2009 11:24:38 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 2,468+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 11, 2009 | Catherine Bremer
    MEXICO CITY - Battling with spiraling drug murders and an economic crisis, Mexico's Felipe Calderon will urge U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on Monday to support his drug war and stick to the NAFTA trade deal. Their meeting in Washington, days before Obama takes office, comes after years of complaints of neglect from Mexico and much of Latin America as President George W. Bush's foreign policy focused on the Middle East and the war on terror. With Mexico's drug violence exploding and fears that Obama could tamper with the North American Free Trade Agreement to protect U.S. workers, Calderon will try...