Qatar's Drug Enforcement Agency Is Even Worse Than America's

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Impossible, you say? At least the American DEA does not claim to be infallible

In an interview to Arabic daily Arrayah, [Qatar DEA Director Colonel Ibrahim Issa al-Buainain] stressed that Qatari anti-drug law includes deterrent penalties that may go up to life sentence and even capital punishment. "So it does not need modifications for the time being." 

"It is not possible to make mistakes while apprehending suspects because the anti-drug squad always initiates action based on accurate information gained through very delicate investigations. Moreover, the public prosecution does not give us permission to arrest a suspect except when it is certain about the accuracy and seriousness of the investigations," said Colonel al-Buainain.

"Drug cases depend on a series of procedures. The annulment of one of these procedures might annul the whole case. Therefore, we seek high levels of accuracy in investigations to leave no gaps. Thus it is very rarely that an accused is acquitted or proven innocent by a lawyer," he said. 

Qatar's practice of executing drug traffickers is one that Newt Gingrich wanted to adopt when he was serving in the House. 

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  1. Qatar is a monarchy. Its everything is worse that America’s.

    1. “It is not possible to make mistakes while apprehending suspects because the anti-drug squad always initiates action based on accurate information gained through very delicate investigations.

      I wish I had access to this quote when I was teaching informal logic. This is a perfect example of “begging the question.”

  2. I don’t know if it’s true today, but when I went to Malaysia in the mid-90s, I read (and heard) that they had the death penalty for some drug crimes.

    1. This is common throughout South East Asia. It is the case in Singapore as well. This caused a huge flap with the Australian government:
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10…..singapore/

  3. No drugs, no drinking in public, 120 degrees during the day, yep, sounds like a great place to hold the World Cup.

    1. I heard all the facilities will be air-conditioned… infallibly, of course.

      1. Aren’t some of them supposed to be open-air? Is it even possible to a/c an open stadium at field level to a temp that won’t result in half of the side dropping dead from heat exhaustion?

        1. Is it even possible to a/c an open stadium at field level

          Depends how much energy you’re willing to waste.

  4. It is not possible to make mistakes while apprehending suspects because the anti-drug squad always initiates action based on accurate information gained through very delicate investigations.

    Well, duh.

    “If he wasn’t guilty we wouldn’t have beheaded him.”

    1. Seriously, I don’t see any reason why international organizations like FIFA ought to throw them any business like the World Cup. They really deserve to be shamed.

  5. Qatar can’t be all that bad, I mean it is home to the paragon of objective journalism Al Jazeera (I am sure any day now they will call for an Arab Spring in Qatar itself). It managed to convince Fifa that it should host the World Cup, not via bribes but by the excellent soccer fields and sheer number of good playing venues. Likewise it is a good friend of America, not because it sucks US government cock, but by the clear freedom and rights its citizens enjoy.

    1. Al Jazeera is a far sight better at reporting straight news than anything in the US. At least the English version. I don’t speak enough Arabic to know about the original AJ, but LinkTV seems to do a decent job translating on their Mosaic program. AJ Arabic is decent-to-really good about reporting the nitty gritty of the many conflicts over there, but they overdo it on “Occupied Palestine” and the graphic images.

  6. The drinking in public thing will have exceptions during the event, don’t worry (of course they will be by arbitrary fiat and will not apply to anyone but visiting Westerners/East Asians).

    There’s no way in hell they’re going to A/C the stadiums to any appreciably comfortable level unless every game is at 3-5AM when the summertime temperature is a merely intolerable 90-95 degrees with 90% humidity.

  7. I can’t remember if it was Qatar or some other little gulf state (I wouldn’t be surprised if it is common in that part of the world), but in one of those places, you can be imprisoned for any detectable amount of illicit drugs. Which means (given that some huge percentage of money in circulation has measurable amounts of drug residue on it) that if they feel like testing you for drug residue at the airport, you are getting locked up for several years.

    Yes, there are a lot of ways the DEA could be worse.

  8. FWIW I was stationed in Qatar in 2003-04 and getting drugs over the counter was ridiculously easy. The doctor just wrote out what drugs he wanted you to have on a regular pad-not a controlled prescription pad like a doctor here-I’m almost certain the same was true of most drugs that would be controlled here. Many of the guys just bought Viagra over the counter from the pharmacist. In a lot of ways they were much “freer” than we are.

  9. It’s how I get bait.QBStimPL4

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