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  • Drugs are killing so many people in Ohio that cold-storage trailers are being used as morgues

    03/18/2017 9:26:32 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 363 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2017
    By about 3 p.m. Friday, a county morgue in east Ohio was already full — and more bodies were expected. Rick Walters, an investigator for the Stark County coroner's office, had just left for two death scenes: a suicide and an overdose. From the road, he called the director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to ask for help. He needed more space, he explained — specifically, a cold-storage trailer to act as an overflow morgue. As with much of the United States, Ohio is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic that shows no signs of abating.
  • Supreme Court Justice Slams Civil Forfeiture (Clarence Thomas)

    03/18/2017 12:55:10 PM PDT · by Ken H · 29 replies
    the Newspaper ^ | 03/08/2017 | n/a
    Justice Clarence Thomas questions the constitutionality of taking property from motorists with civil procedures. The idea that the government can take away someone's car or cash without due process offends at least one member of the US Supreme Court. In a statement Monday, Justice Clarence Thomas called on his colleagues to revisit civil asset forfeiture, the process that allows prosecutors to go after assets allegedly linked in some way to a crime. The justice argued the system has been widely abused. "Civil proceedings often lack certain procedural protections that accompany criminal proceedings, such as the right to a jury trial...
  • Rand Paul introduces the most sweeping reform of civil asset forfeiture law in decades

    03/18/2017 12:35:20 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 67 replies
    Rare.us ^ | March 17, 2017 4:16pm | Rare
    Sen. Rand Paul has long taken the lead in calling for the reform of civil asset forfeiture laws, a controversial police practice in which authorities basically steal the property of citizens without due process and little recourse. Billions have been seized from citizens by the police based on nothing more than suspicion, which many see as a direct violation of the Fifth Amendment. It’s state-sanctioned theft. “Under civil forfeiture laws, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent,” says the Institute for Justice’s Scott Bullock. On Thursday, Sen. Paul reintroduced FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which specifically addresses...
  • US federal agent investigating Silk Road admits $800,000 bitcoin theft

    09/01/2015 7:05:19 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9-1-2015 | Reuters
    A former US secret service agent has pleaded guilty to stealing over $800,000 worth of bitcoin during an investigation into online drug marketplace Silk Road. Shaun Bridges, 33, appeared in federal court in San Francisco and admitted to money laundering and obstruction of justice. Silk Road operated for more than two years until it was shut down in October 2013 having generated more than $214m in sales of drugs and other illicit goods using bitcoin, prosecutors said. Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road’s creator, who authorities say used the alias Dread Pirate Roberts, was sentenced to life in prison after a federal...
  • Drug trafficking Los Zetas cartel creates ISIS-style beheading video to spread fear

    03/10/2017 6:11:20 PM PST · by Mariner · 6 replies
    Chron ^ | March 10th, 2017 | By Fernando Ramirez
    For a few years, a wide-spread effort by the Mexican military to arrest or kill cartel leaders, most notably Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, seemed to be making progress. But as Cartels began to fight for the territory of military-weakened rivals, the homicide rate once again exploded. Now, a disturbing video shows the extreme length that participants in the emerging all-out gang war will go to retain or take power. The graphic video shows two Los Zetas gunmen insulting rival gangs behind a shirtless, kneeling man. The gunmen claim that their victim is part of a rival gang who was sent...
  • Man on LSD calls police, says spider gave birth in his stomach

    03/07/2017 8:30:25 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 48 replies
    rtv6 ^ | Mar 6, 2017 | Staff
    SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio - A Facebook post from an Ohio police department about a call they got from a man on drugs is going viral because of the bizarre nature of the call. According to the South Euclid Police Department, a 19-year-old man called just before 9 p.m. last Thursday, saying he swallowed a pregnant spider that had given birth in his stomach.
  • Opioids Killing More Now

    03/08/2017 4:56:16 AM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 61 replies
    Economist ^ | 3/9/17 | NA
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  • A breakdown of the Patriot Act, Freedom Act, and FISA

    03/07/2017 4:06:04 PM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Comparitech ^ | March 7, 2017 | Paul Bischoff
    How the US conducts surveillance and investigation of electronic communication media–particularly the internet–is largely shaped by three pieces of legislation: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT Act) Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act (USA FREEDOM Act) To give a very brief history, FISA was enacted in 1978–before the proliferation of the internet–and governed both the physical and electronic surveillance of primarily foreign powers and agents. The Patriot Act, enacted shortly after the September 11, 2001...
  • Carr: Maine, N.H. govs’ gaffes: Getting real on dealers

    03/06/2017 1:00:36 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 5, 2017 | By Howie Carr
    New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu committed a gaffe this week. He told the truth. As Michael Kinsley once pointed out, “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” In a speech and later radio interview, Sununu pointed out what everyone knows, that “there’s no doubt” illegal immigrants are fueling the drug trade that is ravaging the nation, and that they hide out in “sanctuary cities” like, say, Lawrence. “So you have undocumented drug dealers that are dealing these drugs,” Sununu said. “They are getting arrested, they are being given bail...
  • Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use

    03/06/2017 4:34:23 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 5, 2017 | Maayan Lubell
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach. "On the one hand we are opening ourselves up to the future. On the other hand, we understand the dangers and will try to balance the two," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet in broadcast remarks. According to the new policy, which must still be ratified by parliament, people caught smoking marijuana would be fined rather than arrested and prosecuted. Criminal procedures would be launched only against those caught repeatedly...
  • Israel’s Cabinet votes to decriminalize recreational marijuana use

    03/05/2017 12:18:32 PM PST · by NobleFree · 9 replies
    Israel’s Cabinet voted to decriminalize recreational use of marijuana. The cabinet voted on the policy at its regular meeting on Sunday. An inter-ministerial committee will now create legislation in order to implement the new policy, which still must be ratified by the Knesset. Thecommittee will present its recommendations to the government by May 7. The proposal was submitted by Minister for Public Security Gilad Erdan of the Likud Party and Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home Party. “The government’s approval is an important step on the way to implement the new policy, which will emphasize public information...
  • Tragedy as man drinks an entire bottle of tequila in one go to win a $630 bet and DIES moments later

    03/04/2017 11:25:25 AM PST · by EveningStar · 114 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2017 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    It was the bet to end all bets, and ultimately a man's life. A 23-year-old man died from alcohol poisoning after chugging an entire bottle of tequila in a Dominican nightclub. Kelvin Rafael Mejía decided to down the lot as part of a friendly wager between friends. The insane bet was all caught on camera and then posted online.
  • Sessions Just Confirmed He’s Going After States With Legalized Marijuana, Claims It Causes “Violence

    03/02/2017 5:15:18 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 183 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 2/28/2017 | Melissa Dykes
    While Trump may claim he’s for states rights, Attorney General Jeff Sessions just pissed on the opinions of about 71% of Americans who do not believe the federal government should attempt to ram federal laws down the throats of states where voters have legalized marijuana. After Press Secretary Sean Spicer essentially warned everyone last week that the Trump administration plans to crack down on states with recreational marijuana laws, AG Sessions backed that up on Monday with some bizarre statements that prove the guy actually believes Reefer Madness was a documentary. Via Politico: “Most of you probably know I don’t...
  • Celebrities Launch Pot Brands As California Marijuana Market Gets Set To Boom

    02/25/2017 4:20:47 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 73 replies
    CBS SF BAY AREA ^ | 25 FEBRUARY 2017 | CBS/AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use of weed. Regulators are still scrambling to get California’s recreational pot market launched and are racing to issue licenses to growers and sellers by early 2018. Still to be decided is who will receive the first licenses to grow, distribute and sell recreational marijuana. Growers already...
  • A Bay Area Gym Wants You to Get Sweaty and Stoned

    02/25/2017 9:03:42 AM PST · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Outside Magazine ^ | February 24th, 2017 | By: Chris Colin
    To understand what inspires Jim McAlpine, a fit and exuberant 46-year-old, you must conjure an image of the American stoner. Are you picturing someone heavy-lidded, couch-bound, and struggling to make an animated GIF of that Big Lebowski scene without knocking his bong off the coffee table? That stereotype drives McAlpine crazy, and he’s made it his mission to change it. This spring, the surfer, skier, and weed lover will open the world’s first cannabis fitness center in San Francisco. Power Plant Fitness will be a premier gym, McAlpine says, not just a hangout for potheads. Though, to be clear, there...
  • Trump to Cut Down on Recreational Marijuana Laws

    02/24/2017 2:29:00 PM PST · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    kfi640amiheart.com ^ | 2/24/17 | Michelle Kube
    During yesterday's news conference, press secretary Sean Spicer says allowing recreational marijuana to stand is encouraging the abuse of other drugs. "When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people... there is still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and drugs of that nature."
  • Trump administration plans crackdown on recreational marijuana

    02/23/2017 5:00:00 PM PST · by Mariner · 93 replies
    McClatchy DC via Sacramento Bee ^ | February 23rd, 2017 | By Anita Kumar and Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON President Donald Trump’s administration said on Thursday for the first time that it will crack down on marijuana sales in states that have approved recreational pot use. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the Department of Justice will pursue enforcement of federal law against recreational use, but not medical use. The statement marked a major break with the Obama administration’s hands-off approach to the growing marijuana legalization movement. “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing. “Because again there’s a big difference between the medical use … that’s very different than...
  • Trump Won't Lead On Civil Asset Forfeiture, So Congress Will Have To Push Him

    02/16/2017 1:15:18 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 16, 2017 | George Leef
    In a White House meeting with county sheriffs from around the nation on February 7, President Trump sided with the law enforcement community in opposing change in the nation’s civil asset forfeiture laws. Here is the transcript of that meeting, and the president’s flippant attitude (he joked about destroying the career of a state senator in Texas who had proposed a bill to reform civil asset forfeiture) and eagerness to stay in the good graces of the sheriffs are very bad news. Shortly after the election, I wrote that Trump should become a proponent of civil asset forfeiture and defang...
  • Regional killings soar past 100, reach highest level in decade (Richmond, Virginia area)

    02/19/2017 12:50:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | February 18, 2017 | Mark Bowes
    Killings across the Richmond region soared in 2016 to the highest level in more than a decade, with African-Americans suffering the greatest loss of life at 81 percent of all victims. Homicides in the region’s four cities, three towns and 16 counties with a collective population of 1.26 million jumped 24 percent, from 98 in 2015 to 124 last year — the highest tally since 2005, when 132 killings occurred, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis of regional homicide data. The distressing loss of black lives continued at a disproportionately high pace in 2016, with 101 of the 124 victims,...
  • Trump budget could ax arts, public broadcasting, anti-drug office: report

    02/18/2017 9:03:19 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/18/17 | ELLIOT SMILOWITZ
    The White House is considering eliminating funding for arts, public broadcasting and legal services to cut domestic spending, according to the New York Times. The Times reported late Friday that it obtained an internal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo containing a “hit list” of programs that could be axed. Reportedly on the list: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Americorps, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Export-Import Bank, among others. Cutting the programs listed on the memo would save about $2.5 billion, the Times reported....
  • Legal loophole: Virginia AG uses forfeiture funds to cover staff salaries

    02/18/2017 8:22:41 AM PST · by Makana · 30 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | February 18, 2017 | Jason Snead
    So, you’re sitting on millions of dollars’ worth of confiscated property. You want to give your workers a raise, but federal rules bar you from using seized assets to fund salaries. What’s an attorney general to do? Well, if you’re Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, you turn to a strange source for the solution: the very U.S. Justice Department officials who are responsible for enforcing the rules you want to skirt. They told Herring he could use the funds to cover routine costs “so long as your overall budget does not decrease.” Herring promptly started using seized funds to cover...
  • Macri, Trump discuss region on phone (President of Argentina)

    02/15/2017 9:22:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Web India 123 ^ | February 16, 2017 | IANS
    US President Donald Trump has chatted briefly with his Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, on telephone discussing the region and Venezuela "in particular", a media report said. During the five-minute call on Wednesday, Trump reiterated his invitation to Macri to visit Washington and also said that he was "very happy" because new jobs were being created in the US, the Argentine President's office said in a statement. This was the second of such calls between the two leaders since Trump won the November 2016 election. Argentina said that the two leaders' talk was very cordial, but provided no further details, Efe...
  • AP Sources: US Sanctions Venezuela’s New Vice President

    02/13/2017 4:38:59 PM PST · by Enterprise · 19 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | AP Sources
    The Trump administration is slapping sanctions on Venezuela’s new Vice President Tareck El Aissami and accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking. (snip) The U.S. is also sanctioning Samark Bello, a wealthy businessman connected to El Aissami who has held significant business interests in the U.S. The U.S. says Bello provided assistance or support to El Aissami’s trafficking activities.
  • 12 Current And Former TSA Agents Caught Smuggling... Cocaine Through Security

    02/13/2017 3:12:28 PM PST · by Resettozero · 17 replies
    sarahpalin.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | Andrew Mark Miller
    The bigger government gets, the harder it is to keep tabs on everything. Nowhere is that more obvious than at the Transportation Security Administration. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an American that doesn’t have a gripe with the TSA. Here’s the latest unflattering moment from the beleaguered administration. From Washington Examiner: Twelve current and former Transportation Security Administration employees are facing charges they smuggled millions of dollars in cocaine through airport security in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Department of Justice announced Monday the six people named participated in a conspiracy to move 20 tons of cocaine through the San...
  • Clinton Foundation Partner Hiked Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Price By 680 Percent

    02/12/2017 8:25:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/12/17 | Joe Schoffstall
    The head of a pharmaceutical company, who partnered with the Clinton Foundation, has increased the price of an auto-injector used to treat opioid overdoses by 680 percent over the course of three years.Spencer Williamson, the president and chief executive officer of the Richmond, Virginia-based Kaleo Pharmaceuticals, is under fire after the price of a two-pack of Evzio, a device that treats life-threatening opioid overdoses, skyrocketed from $690 in 2014 to $4,500 today.Thirty-one Democratic senators are now demanding answers on the price hike."We are deeply concerned about reports that Kaleo dramatically increased the cost of its naloxone injector device, Evzio, an...
  • Orlando Officer Who Mistook Doughnut Glaze for Drugs Disciplined

    02/11/2017 12:17:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Feb 10, 2017
    Officials in Florida say an Orlando police officer who arrested a man after mistaking doughnut glaze for meth has been disciplined. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins was given a written reprimand for making an improper arrest. An internal affairs report released Thursday by the Orlando Police Department found no evidence she acted in bad faith. The report says the department never trained its officers to use the department-issued roadside drug tests. Daniel Rushing was arrested in December 2015 when Riggs-Hopkins spotted flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine. Rushing told...
  • Jeff Sessions says if Americans don’t want him to enforce marijuana laws, they should change them

    02/11/2017 9:07:26 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 110 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb 11, 2017 | Trey Williams
    If the American people are worried about freshly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approach to enforcing federal marijuana laws, he says they should get Congress to change them. “It’s not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce. We should do our jobs and enforce laws effectively as we’re able,” Sessions said during his hearing. “The U.S. Congress made the possession of marijuana in every state — and the distribution — an illegal act. If that’s something that’s not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change the rule.”
  • Austin police charge man after finding crack in butt

    02/11/2017 7:16:11 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 47 replies
    KXAN TV Austin ^ | 2/10/2017 | Dave Byknish
    AUSTIN (KXAN) – Acting on a confidential tip, Austin police tracked down a man they believe deals crack cocaine and charged him with possession after finding 166 doses of the drug in his rectum.
  • Art of the Drug Deal? Seized Heroin Bore Trump's Image

    02/05/2017 1:59:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 4, 2017
    It might be called the art of the drug deal: Florida authorities seized scores of individually wrapped heroin packets stamped with the image of President Donald Trump. As Tampa news station WFLA reports, law enforcement officers seized 5,550 packages of heroin Jan. 27 in Hernando County, culminating a months-long investigation into heroin distribution in the area. Some of the packets bore the names or likenesses of other notorious figures, such as Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. Authorities couldn't explain the markings' purpose. Dealers often stamp heroin bags with street "brand names." Top...
  • Would Jesus Give a Junkie a Clean Hypodermic Needle?

    02/05/2017 8:33:30 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 25 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 5, 2017 | JP
    A plague has beset the Seattle area – an increase in heroin overdose deaths in recent years that has reached “crisis levels,” according to a report by a task force convened by the mayors of Seattle and neighboring cities in King County, Washington state. The best way to address the plague, task force members agreed, is to establish so-called “Community Health Engagement Locations” where “supervised consumption occurs for adults with substance abuse disorders…” Of course, what the task force really is recommending are legalized shooting galleries; supposed “safe” sites where junkies are given clean needles with which they are free...
  • Richard Kirk, accused of fatally shooting wife while high, pleads guilty ( Marijuana : Colorado)

    02/03/2017 6:37:14 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    KDVR ^ | February 3, 2017 | Chuck Hickey
    DENVER -- The man accused of fatally shooting his wife while investigators said he was high on marijuana edibles pleaded guilty to second-degree murder .. Richard Kirk, 50, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, citing marijuana intoxication, in September to a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife Kristine. Under terms of the plea, Kirk, who had been charged with first-degree murder, will be sentenced to 25 to 30 years in prison and fined $5,000 to $1 million. He will also give up parental rights to the couples' three children to Kristine Kirk's parents ... The...
  • Narco-Terrorism on the U.S-Mexico Border

    02/03/2017 7:56:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 3, 2017 | Janet Levy
    President Trump's first steps to secure the U.S. borders as he promised during his run for the presidency have been greeted by protest, demonstrations, and outrage. Yet the record has been clear for years that our country is at grave risk, not only from those who cross our porous borders to do us harm, but also from those who have turned a blind eye and refuse to see what has been occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border. In August 2014, Judicial Watch (J.W.) broke the story that Islamic terrorist groups, including ISIS and al-Qaeda, were operating in the Mexican border city,...
  • Trump had heated exchange with Australian PM, talked 'tough hombres' with Mexican leader

    02/01/2017 9:36:43 PM PST · by springwater13 · 38 replies
    CNN has also learned details about the Friday phone call between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who canceled an in-person visit with Trump after the US President insisted Mexico pay for a border wall between the two countries. According to an excerpt of the transcript of the call with Peña Nieto provided to CNN, Trump said, "You have some pretty tough hombres in Mexico that you may need help with. We are willing to help with that big-league, but they have be knocked out and you have not done a good job knocking them out." Trump made an...
  • IRS lawyer in D.C. charged in methamphetamine conspiracy

    02/01/2017 6:57:31 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/17 | Spencer S. Hsu
    An attorney with the Internal Revenue Service’s professional standards office in Washington has been charged with conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, U.S. prosecutors said. Jack Vitayanon, 41, an IRS attorney since 2012 allegedly participated in a meth ring with others in Arizona and on Long Island between about September 2014 and January, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday. Public records show Vitayanon living in the U Street corridor. In the criminal complaint, prosecutors noted that during one alleged transaction, Vitayanon directed a buyer to make a cash deposit of $1,650 to...
  • Watch heroin impaired driver slam into state trooper's vehicle

    01/24/2017 2:55:31 PM PST · by BBell · 10 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/24/17 | Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A Louisiana state trooper sustained minor injuries Saturday (Jan. 21) when a man driving erratically along Interstate 12 near Hammond slammed into the back of his police SUV. The driver, Bradley Burch of Florida, was suspected to be high on heroin at the time of the crash, police said. Burch, who also suffered minor injuries in the crash, was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail with DWI, reckless operation and driving with a suspended license, state police reported. Florida resident Kyle Nadler was traveling westbound on I-12 shortly after noon on Saturday when he witnessed a Dodge truck being driven...
  • Elizabeth Warren seeks to pull pot shops out of banking limbo

    01/03/2017 4:38:21 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 3, 2017 | By STEVE LeBLANC
    BOSTON (AP) -- As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block - lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is leading an effort to make sure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide security, don't have their banking services taken away. It's part of a wider effort by Warren and others to bring the burgeoning $7 billion marijuana industry in from a fiscal limbo she...
  • Sessions Has No Problem With Civil Asset Forfeiture -- And That's A Problem

    01/03/2017 1:01:46 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 3, 2017 | George Leef
    By a very large measure, Americans oppose civil asset forfeiture. They think that it is wrong for the government to take property from someone who has not been convicted of any crime. The most recent evidence showing that is found in a recent Cato Institute survey on public attitudes toward the police and in it, 84 percent said they oppose allowing the police to seize a person’s property on mere suspicion that he may have been involved in crime. Unfortunately, it seems that Donald Trump’s choice for Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, is among that small minority of...
  • Advanced Recovery: Opioid and Heroin Addiction in Oklahoma City

    12/31/2016 7:24:13 PM PST · by DBCJR · 55 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | 12/30/16
    For years, Oklahoma lead the nation in prescription painkiller abuse according to SAMHSA. Oklahoma and the nation set out to do something but it was almost totally "supply-side", regulatory and law enforcement oriented to reduce the supply of opioid tablets on the street. These measures were much needed but they did nothing to help the estimated 245,000 prescription painkiller abusers in Oklahoma, nor prevent new entries into the problem, "demand-side". Demand-side interventions are treatment and prevention initiatives. Why are demand-side interventions important? Addiction to opiates is the most powerful addiction. If you shut off supply dramatically, without demand interventions, you...
  • Report: Homeland Security Officials Took Millions in Bribes to 'Look the Other Way' on Drug Cartels

    12/31/2016 2:37:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2016 | Courtney O'Brien
    A stunning case of corruption inside the Department of Homeland Security was overshadowed by headlines about Russia and Israel this past week. Yet, federal employees accepting millions of dollars in bribes to avoid doing their job, is certainly worth a look. Hundreds of DHS employees have "looked the other way" as drugs crossed the border because cartels have made them offers they can't refuse. Other employees have sold green cards and other documents illegally. More from The New York Times: It was not an isolated case. A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and...
  • Obama Lets Crack Dealer Out of Prison Early, What Happened Next Should Lead to IMPEACHMENT

    12/29/2016 5:12:43 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 63 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 12/26/2016 | Judicial Watch Staff
    A convicted crack dealer who left prison early as part of the Obama administration’s mass release of federal inmates has been indicted by a grand jury for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her two kids in Columbus, Ohio. The gory crime drew national attention because the children, ages 7 and 10, were murdered to eliminate them as witnesses in the brutal massacre of their 32-year-old mother. This week a grand jury in Franklin County returned a 10-count, death-penalty indictment against the ex-con, 35-year-old Wendell Callahan, for the triple murders. Callahan broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and stabbed the three victims,...
  • Florida Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Make Getting Pot Difficult

    12/28/2016 12:53:55 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 22 replies
    Yahoo News- International Business Times ^ | December 28, 2016 | Janice Williams
    Patients will technically be able to receive medication as of Jan. 3, but the state still has months to go before full legalization and implementation of the medical marijuana law. Patients in Florida suffering from a variety of ailments will technically be eligible to use legal medical marijuana as a form of treatment on Tuesday. However, the state still has months to go before dispensary rules and regulations must be officially implemented, which could potentially leave patients without access to medical cannabis for quite some time. On Election Day, 71 percent of voters approved Florida’s Amendment 2, a measure legalizing...
  • Spanish Military Report: Islamic Terrorists Operate, Raise Cash in Latin America to Attack U.S.

    12/28/2016 11:22:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 28, 2016
    Latin America is a hotbed of Islamic terrorism where groups like ISIS and Hezbollah operate freely and raise large sums of money to finance terrorist activities in other countries, mainly the United States, according to a new report released by Spain’s Defense Ministry. “Latin America represents an important region for Islamic radicalism because conditions enable the free, almost undetectable, movement of their members throughout the region,” the defense document states. Governments in the region consider Islamic terrorism to be a foreign problem, the report says, and intelligence agencies are ill equipped to handle the threat they represent. “The ignorance involving...
  • Marijuana Home Delivery Is Coming To Portland

    12/28/2016 10:52:24 AM PST · by NobleFree · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/27/2016 | Steve Birr
    Marijuana could soon be ordered to your door like delivery food in Portland, Ore., after lawmakers eased regulations prohibiting businesses from conducting the practice.Portland city commissioners relaxed the rules governing how marijuana dispensaries can distribute their products. It opens the door legally for marijuana businesses to start home delivery services, much in the way people order a pizza. Restrictions and prohibitions remain however, making the legality of home delivery a little complex.Any licensed delivery person working for a cannabis business must ensure their headquarters is at least 1,000 feet away from any schools, reports CBS 6.It also prohibits marijuana deliveries...
  • Star Wars Princess Leia Actress Carrie Fisher Dead At 60! Drugs Takes Another ICON

    12/27/2016 5:55:29 PM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    TNN RAW 2 ^ | December 27, 2016 | Tommy Sotomayor
    Star Wars Princess Leia Actress Carrie Fisher Dead At 60! Drugs Takes Another ICON (Tommy Sotomayor gives his take on the death of Carrie Fisher)
  • House Report: Hezbollah Trafficking Drugs ‘Virtually Unopposed’ in Latin America

    12/23/2016 7:39:18 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Dec 2016 | EDWIN MORA
    Shiite Iran’s narco-jihadist proxy Hezbollah is operating a “virtually unopposed drug trafficking operation” in South America with links to the terrorist group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), reports the bipartisan House Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing. Hezbollah is also involved in money laundering and provides its expertise in the illicit practice to other drug trafficking groups in Latin America, including Los Zetas in Mexico. “Multiple financial actions by the [U.S.] Treasury Department in recent years have highlighted the ability of Hezbollah, a terrorist group with reputedly sophisticated financial expertise, to exploit the international financial system and move and...
  • Former 16 And Pregnant star Valerie Fairman found dead aged just 23

    12/22/2016 11:59:21 AM PST · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 12/22/16 | Chelsea White
    The young mother was discovered unconscious in friend's bathroom Wednesday The ex reality star leaves behind a seven-year-old daughter, Nevaeh The 23-year-old was arrested just a week prior after attempting to flee police Fairman - who fell pregnant at 15 - struggled with substance abuse in the past The Pennsylvania resident first appeared on the MTV series in 2010
  • Getting serious about curbing gun violence

    12/22/2016 6:02:31 AM PST · by rellimpank · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 dec 2016 | Tony Munoz, Kwame Raoul, Elgie Sims, Mike Zalewski
    The gunshots that rang out just after midnight last September sent youths in the neighborhood running scared. One 22-year-old man was killed. Three others, just passing by at the time of the altercation, were injured by the gunfire. Sound familiar? It's not a scene from Chicago. This shooting, stemming from a "spilled drink," happened near the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.
  • ‘Heroin is the worst thing in the world’

    12/18/2016 7:33:25 AM PST · by pabianice · 123 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/18/16 | Allen
    The story fit the grim emerging genre of the opioid epidemic: addicted caregivers who imperil their young children, their very public failings instantly held up for excoriation on social media. Tamara and Jacob had abruptly been added to a national tableau, fused in the popular imagination with the Ohio couple slowly turning blue in their SUV while a 4-year-old watched from his carseat; the Milwaukee pair revived with Narcan in front of the woman’s 2-year-old son; the woman who overdosed in the toy aisle of a Lawrence dollar store, while her toddler wailed and pulled at her arm. Much less...
  • Philippines Duterte Says ‘Bye, Bye’ to US, Its Aid

    12/17/2016 9:58:00 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 62 replies
    Voice of America ^ | December 17, 2016 | VOA News
    Possibly thinking a major U.S. aid package had been terminated, an enraged Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said “bye, bye” to America in retaliation Saturday and threatened to dissolve an agreement that allows U.S. troops to visit the Philippines. The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government aid agency, did not actually cancel the aid. Instead, the agency deferred a vote on the renewal of aid for the Philippines “subject of a further review of concerns around rule of law and civil liberties.” Duterte won the presidential election earlier this year largely based on his promise to aggressively target drug dealers and...
  • FBI raid of Hammond, Tangipahoa police offices tied to drug task force: reports

    12/16/2016 3:02:12 PM PST · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 12/16/16 | Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The FBI raid of the Hammond Police Department and a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office substation Thursday (Dec. 15) is part of a wider investigation into the work of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force whose members are alleged to have sold narcotics and tampered with witnesses, several news agencies reported. The investigation involves the DEA, the Justice Department and the department's office of inspector general. DEA agent Chad Scott, who was leading the drug task force, was suspended earlier this year. Two members of his task force -- former Tangipahoa sheriff's deputies deputies Johnny Domingue and Karl Newman --...