Obama's Drug Czar Is Either a Liar, or Ignorant of What the DEA Is Doing

Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske continues to obfuscate the Obama administration's participation in the war on drugs. At a speech before the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Kerlikowske said "it’s a mistake to call it a ‘war on drugs’ because it lends itself to a simplistic solution to what we all know is a very complex problem."

Students for Sensible Drug Policy had a staffer at the event. Devon Tackels pointed out that the U.S. still arrests 1.5 million people a year for drug-related crimes, which suggests that the war on drugs is still very much a war. 

Kerlikowske's response was this: "Most of the law enforcement in the United States on drugs is done on the state and local level, it’s clearly not done by the federal level." 

"Clearly not done by the federal level"? The raids conducted earlier this year on headshop owners in Idaho--during which a screaming toddler was taken out of his crib and a young girl was handcuffed--were ordered by U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson (an Obama appointee) and led by the DEA and the U.S. Marshalls Service

For the last week, the DEA has been crowing about "Operation Log Jam," which saw federal agents conduct destructive, armed raids across the country on shops suspected of selling synthetic marijuana. The agents who conducted those raids wore paramilitary gear; busted down doors of homes and stores; seized assets; pointed guns. 

Recently, DEA agents paid a Texas truck driver to secretly haul marijuana from Mexico to the U.S. That truck driver was killed, and his rig was practically destroyed. (Local cops ended up shooting each other by accident, to boot.)

And what about Daniel Chong, the California college student left in a DEA holding cell without food or water for five days

And those are just the domestic stories. The DEA is killing people in Honduras, Mexico, Afghanistan, and now parts of Africa. That's war. 

Watch SSDP question Kerlikowske in the video below: 

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  • The Hammer||

    Seriously, fuck you, Kerlikowske. You are an abject failure as a human being.

  • ||

    kerlikowske was a cowardly piece of human refuse police chief in seattle.

    kris kime's death, and dozens of injuries lay SOLELY on his hands when he made the orders for police NOT to engage a dangerous, rioting group of thugs, because it would look bad on teevee to have cops hitting minorities with sticks n' stuff

    better to let women be groped, people be assaulted, and kris kime get killed, in that piece of shit coward's eyes.

    the wikipedia link has it all, including his bowing to racial pressure (video evidence showed 75/100 offenders were black in a city with a tiny black population. it was the reason imo he told the cops NOT to engage. it would look bad on teevee).

    fuck kerlikowske. fucking scumbag cared more about LOOKING good on tv, than doing his job and letting the cops do theirs - engage the rioters, stop the rioting and save lives.

    fuck him

    and fuck mayor nickels (another scumbag) who actually RETAINED kerlikowske when he won as mayor.

    god, seattle liberals deserve such ineffectual pieces of garbage. god knows they do.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.....Gras_Riots

  • acidovorax||

    Devon Tackels pointed out that the U.S. still arrests 1.5 million people a year for drug-related crimes, which suggests that the war on drugs is still very much a war.

    Kerlikowske's response was this: "Most of the law enforcement in the United States on drugs is done on the state and local level, it’s clearly not done by the federal level."

    Is Kerlikowske's response false? I'm no expert but I would assume that his statement is true, that MOST of the arrests for drug-related crimes are done on the state and local level.

  • ||

    the DOJ counts as an "arrest" for these purposes, even criminal cites.

    so, in other words, it doesn't necessarily mean even a custodial arrest, but just a citation

    the stat is correct, the vast majority of criminal cites/charges/arrests are at the local level.

    most law enforcement in general, or any sort of crime, is done at the local level, fwiw.

    however...

    Percent of federal prisoners held for drug law violations = 55%
    Percent of state prisoners held for drug law violations = 21%

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Even IF most of the arrests are done by local or state LEAs, they get most of the money to do the shit they do (SWAT raids with their many surplus military rifles and vehicles, surveillance, APCs and the like) from the FedGov, and receiving that money is oftentimes contingent on doing the feds' bidding in other drug interdiction activities.

    Kerlikowski is a lying POS. You can't bankroll virtually all of the drug war, then claim not to be a part of it.

  • ||

    i strongly doubt this

    MOST of the money, iow more than 50% from the FedGov?

    sorry, i've read my agency's budget. federal monies are nowhere near, not even remotely close to this amount, and not even for specialized units

    sorry, i call bull on that claim without a cite

  • mad libertarian guy||

    I'm sure that those in your dept who processed the federal grants in order to buy the APCs and other military surplus equipment that your dept uses in drug raids would disagree that the FedGov has very little to do with how a particular dept is or is not able to buy equipment in order to fight the WoD.

  • ||

    please respond to what i said, not the funhouse mirror fantasyland version

    what i did was doubt your claim of MOST.

    most means 50%

    i never said the fedgov has "very little to do with X" etc.

    i called bullshit on the claim that "they get most of the money to do the shit they do (SWAT raids with their many surplus military rifles and vehicles, surveillance, APCs and the like) from the FedGov,"

    when you say most, you are clearly saying (if words matter) MORE than 50%

    and that's just rubbish. if i'm wrong, i'm wrong, but i doubt you can support your 50%

    that's ALL i am saying. i am well aware my agency gets federal monies.

    heck, i used to do seatbelt enforcement under federal grant money all the time. good gig.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Or are you trying to claim that if the Feds were to completely stop all WoD funding, that sates would still be fine and dandy with their drug interdiction budgets? That they could carry on business as usual?

  • ||

    again, it surprises me how little people read for comprehension

    you said "most".

    that means 50%

    that's what the word means.

    and i am STRONGLY doubting it's MOST

    some?

    yes.

    most?

    hell no

    i'm not making any other claim than that. so don't make a bunch of stuff up (it's what people do every time i disagree with a metanarrative. i ask for evidence and say i'm agnostic that NYPD's stop and frisk is racist and i get accused of claiming it's not racist. shit like that. i try to say what i mean)

    and all i said was ...

    MOST?

    i doubt it.

    again, i've read my agency's budget. i read my previous one's too

    i want to know from whence it comes and where it goes

    and i can assure you, nowhere NEAR 50% comes from the feds.

  • ||

    typo... "that means 50%" for "MOST"

  • T||

    Always remember, the ONDCP head is entitled to lie if it advances the mission of the Office per the GAO. So that should answer the headline question.

  • ||

    They are shutting down medical Marihuana dispensaries in my neck of the woods.

    http://www.kpq.com/07-31-12-We.....-/13857800

    Three medical marijuana dispensaries in the Wenatchee area have closed down after federal prosecutors sent a letter to the businesses' landlords. The letter sent by Eastern Washington U.S. Attorney Michael Ormsby threatened to seize the properties and threatened to fine or imprison the landlords if they did not close the shops within a few weeks.

    I wonder how I get a copy of that letter.

  • ||

    FOIA it

  • Sevo||

    "Obama's Drug Czar Is Either a Liar, or Ignorant of What the DEA Is Doing"
    Yes.

  • Oldgeezer||

    When you sheeple have had enough of the central government's IL-legal and UN-constitutional "WAR" on the "little people" of this planet, I know a way to legally and constitutionally STOP it! Until then, quit your damn whining and put-up with it!

  • Madashell||

    You can't leave me hanging like this. Pray-Tell.

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