Obama signaled he would review the programs at a White House news conference on Monday when he said he wanted to make sure police were purchasing equipment they actually needed because there is “a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred.”
|By: DSWright Monday August 25, 2014 7:50 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 14, 2014 7:56 am|
When you are at “war” you get equipped to fight a war. Our local police forces have become fully militarized as a result. Excess military equipment continues to flow to police forces large and small around the country. The number of SWAT Teams and SWAT raids has exploded over the past few decades.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:56 am|
The results of a Justice Department (DOJ) investigation into the Newark Police Department show the police force engages in a routine pattern of unconstitutional policing. Police illegally stop thousands of pedestrians without articulating any “reasonable suspicion” for stopping them. They unconstitutionally arrest people, and the department’s lawless policing disproportionately affects black residents.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 16, 2014 9:58 am|
Since the origin of drug prohibition is steeped in racism, the drug war has been very effective at achieving this goal
|By: DSWright Friday July 4, 2014 1:45 pm|
While publicly lamenting wasteful spending, Washington gets high blowing cash on the drug war. In the case of Afghanistan and the fight against heroin, the US government spent $7 billion to eradicate poppy cultivation with no discernible effect. In fact, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Opium Survey, opium production is hitting records in Afghanistan with “estimates that 209,000 hectares are under opium-poppy cultivation, an all-time high and a 36% increase from 2012.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 24, 2014 8:55 am|
The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report on the militarization of local law enforcement in the United States, which shows how the vast majority of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team deployments are for executing search warrants for drugs and the federal government is incentivizing the use of military-grade weaponry.
|By: Crane-Station Saturday May 10, 2014 3:50 pm|
Although touted as a useful tool to combat drunk and drugged driving, on-the-spot saliva drug screening is a war-on-drugs development that aims to target everyone, even the innocent. While the goal is to expand the saliva test to the workplace, the schools, and the family courts and programs, the roll-out will target random drivers. Rather than contribute to the decrease in impaired driving incidents, however, the practice will likely criminalize legitimate medication therapies by identifying minuscule and sub-therapeutic levels of some drugs.
|By: DSWright Thursday March 13, 2014 10:20 am|
Another dark alliance? According to an investigation by El Universal between 2002 and 2012 the DEA had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was led at that time by recently arrested Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday March 9, 2014 9:10 am|
Jon Walker’s After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy combines detailed knowledge of the past and present stories and issues surrounding cannabis in the United States with a solidly based set of predictions about what the stories and issues will be like in 2030.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday January 23, 2014 4:15 pm|
Methland: The Death and Life of a Small American Town by Nick Reding is one scary book. It is the only book I’m aware of that understands at a fundamental level meth isn’t a drug problem, it is a symptom of our current societal and economic problems. The meth epidemic isn’t about a drug, its about the economy, and so Reding’s book is as much about the death of a way of life as the birth of a drug.