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House Oversight Committee Has 'No Confidence' in DEA Chief

Drug warriors' wild sex parties cast an unflattering light on Michele Leonhart.

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House Oversight & Government Reform Committee

Today nearly half of the legislators who sit on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, including the chairman and ranking Democrat, expressed "no confidence" in Michele Leonhart, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). They were disappointed not by her failure to win that darn war on drugs already but by her lenient treatment of DEA agents accused of having wild sex parties underwritten by Colombian drug traffickers and American taxpayers. "After over a decade of serving in top leadership positions at DEA," said 20 of the committee's 43 members, "Administrator Leonhart has been woefully unable to change or positively influence the pervasive 'good old boy' culture that exists throughout the agency. From her testimony, it is clear that she lacks the authority and will to make the tough decisions required to hold those accountable who compromise national security and bring disgrace to their position. Ms. Leonhart has lost the confidence of this Committee to initiate the necessary reforms to restore the reputation of a vital agency."

Some highlights of the testimony to which the statement refers, courtesy of The New York Times:

"When we have bad apples who repeatedly do the same type of behavior, compromise our national security, then they need to lose their national security clearances and they need to be fired," said Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican and the committee's chairman.

Ms. Leonhart told the committee that she did not have the power to fire agents or revoke their security clearances over what Mr. [Elijah] Cummings [the ranking Democrat] called "a truly breathtaking recklessness."

"Honestly, what power do you have?" asked Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina. "You have to work with agents over whom you can't discipline and have no control. What the hell do you get to do?"

You can watch more of Leonhart's delightfully brutal interrogation here.

Drug policy reformers are taking this opportunity to reiterate their longstanding objections to Leonhart, who was a singularly uninspired choice for a president who once called the war on drugs "an utter failure." Leonhart, an unreconstructed drug warrior, famously refused to say whether heroin is more dangerous than marijuana and even criticized her boss in the White House for conceding that alcohol is. Bill Piper, director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, says:

Instead of disciplining federal agents who allegedly participated in sex parties funded by drug cartels, Leonhart let the agents off with a 10-day suspension. This comes just as details are emerging of a decades-long warrantless spying program conducted by the DEA on billions of U.S. phone calls.

It's ridiculous how scandal-ridden the DEA has become.

Leonhart even refused to acknowledge if marijuana was safer than cocaine and heroin back in 2012—in open contradiction with the administration she works for. This is the head of our country's drug enforcement. This is unacceptable.

All told, these scandals show an out-of-control agency, run amok and literally in bed with organized crime. And it's an important example of how prohibition breeds corruption.

It's time to end the war on drugs and rein in the DEA.

Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, adds: 

There's simply no excuse for the outrageous behavior of the DEA's so-called leadership. Leonhart just helps us add to the list of reasons of why we need to rethink our entire approach to drug policy.

Although the connection may seem strained, Piper and Franklin are right that the prostitute party scandal illustrates the folly of prohibition. Public officials who become accustomed to pissing away taxpayer money in a futile endeavor such as the war on drugs are less likely to refrain from pissing it away on booze and women, especially if they grow to resent their pointless mission. They may also think little of accepting party favors from the drug traffickers they are supposedly fighting—a relatively mild form of the corruption that prohibition fosters. 

More on the DEA's mass surveillance.

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51 responses to “House Oversight Committee Has 'No Confidence' in DEA Chief

  1. . . . compromise our national security, then they need to lose their national security clearances . . .

    Wait, I thought this was the DEA? What do they have to do with national security? Why would they even routinely have a ‘national security’ clearance rather than an agency specific one?

    1. Because the DEA does way more shit than you realize. It conducts sting operations in other countries. It conducts interdiction flights and maneuvers. It seems stunning but they seem to be vastly more active than the FBI off domestic soil, almost approaching CIA levels for certain things.

      The DEA is beyond out of control. And their raison d’etre is the Drug War.

      1. I attended an international school in Egypt for several years. When I was a senior, the administration caught reefer fever, and seriously considered instituting random drug testing for all students. The genius behind this plan? The DEA asshat at the Embassy.

        In conclusion : fuck the DEA.

      2. The DEA is to the WoD what the CIA was to the Cold War.

        DEA field agents think they should have the same latitude that CIA field agents had in their spy-vs-spy chicanery during the Cold War.

        I am sure every last one of them has a James Bond or a Jack Ryan fantasy of some sort … even though every one of these sorry sacks of shit do absolutely no good for any decent person.

        The “cartels” did not come into existence until the WoD commenced. IOW, government is the health of these criminal enterprises.

      3. Banging hookers is the least worrisome thing the DEA does.

  2. … are right that the prostitute party

    Wait, that’s a political party – sign me up.

  3. Just rename it the HnBA – Hookers ‘n Blow Agency and get it over already.

    Sounds to me like she knew she would probably lose her gov’t employment “head” over this anyway so firing some people or apologizing wasn’t going to save anything.

    1. Or HyB.

  4. What ? Are you telling me that Lyincunt is an unprincipled and unskilled hack?

    But again, what else would you want as head of the DEA? No one with any principles or morals, or probably even any brains or skills, would want such an evil job.

  5. I have full confidence that Michelle Leonhart is an authoritarian piece of shit.

    1. There are a bunch of douchebags in that video.

      But I see that Lyincunt has a big wart on her nose now, like the wicked witch of the east or something. Evil makes you ugly with time.

      Put a witch hat on the cunt.

  6. Ms. Leonhart told the committee that she did not have the power to fire agents or revoke their security clearances
    .
    I actually believe this.
    .
    In other news, I turned on CNN just in time to hear that moronic twat Erin Burnett ask why nobody blasted that guy in the gyrocopter out of the sky.
    “T_T_T_T_TERRORISTS!”
    .
    Good fucking grief.

  7. Ladies and gentlemen, the depravity and corruption of our federal government on display right before your very eyes, once again.

    You’re the little people, the peasants, the serfs, they are the ruling class. How much more of this shit will you put up with?

  8. In all honesty, who could be a better person to lead the DEA than this buffoon? An actual reformer probably would have been unable to get anything done because of institutional inertia. A competent drug warrior would make things worse. Only an incompetent drug warrior could make everybody see the DEA for what it is.

    1. Isn’t she the twat that spent millions of tax payer dollars to go after Tommy Chong for selling bongs?

      1. No, that was Karen Tandy.

      2. The lowest hanging fruit in history

        1. I think it’s a toss up between him and Willie Nelson.

  9. She is just the worst. Being an evil, lying piece of shit is part of the job description, but she really goes above and beyond.

    1. I imagine her successor will only be worse. It seems like the ratchet only goes one way.

      1. Does Obama get to appoint a new DEA chief? This could be a chance for him to save face.

  10. The ONLY explanation for her continued employment in this job is that she has video of Holder and Obama 69’ing.

  11. the depravity and corruption of our federal government on display right before your very eyes, once again.

    You’re the little people, the peasants, the serfs, they are the ruling class.
    .
    Those noble hjardworking agents aren’t Enemies of the State. We are.

    1. In saner more enlightened times, we would have already had a 2nd Bastille day on the DC mall.

  12. This calls for a very sternly worded budget increase.

    1. If only that were sarcasm.

  13. “You have to work with agents over whom you can’t discipline and have no control.”

    Probably. The civil service (which is neither) is entirely unaccountable, and Congress should know that after the IRS came in for hearings and pissed in their faces.

    Has Lerner “The Dog Ate My Hard Drive” been held accountable after playing Putin and using the apparatchiks to terrorize the political enemies of this administration in the midst of an election?

    Ha! Last I heard, she has so far collected half a mil from the peasants since she was put on indefinite paid vacation.

    1. Exactly.

      “Go ahead, gas-bags. Do your worst. I DARE YOU.”

  14. Hi Jacob,

    Are you on speed dial every time some right-wing whack job says something vaguely libertarian. Some culture warrior criticizes the DEA over this moronic and idiotic drug war… Voila, you see? What a Freedom Fighter.

    Maybe if you were honest and had a fucking scintilla of integrity you’d go on to mention that Mr. Wonderful’s friend in the House– Jason chaffetz– also wanted to jail DC officials for failing to enforce marijuana laws. His problem with the Drug War isn’t that it is counterproductive, idiotic, totalitarian and wrong it’s that he wants Top Republican Men to do the job instead. That’s a mission we libertarians should have something to do with?!? Eh, no thanks, douchebag.

    1. american socialist|4.15.15 @ 8:43PM|#
      “Hi Jacob,”
      Hi, shitstain. Did you have a point there other than to prove you’re a partisan hack?
      Oh, and did you pay your mortgage yet, or still sticking it to everyone else for you slimy ethics?

      1. No, I’m still leaving the bill to you guys that believed in the ownership society.

        1. american socialist|4.15.15 @ 9:49PM|#
          “No, I’m still leaving the bill to you guys that believed in the ownership society.”

          So still inventing excuses for being an infantile ego I see. No surprise; slimy lefties always do. I’m sure when the ‘bankster’ tells you that your credit rating sucks, you’ll blame someone else.
          Becoming a moral agent takes maturity, and you’ll never have any.

          1. I just don’t put my faith in the institutions of this bought-and-paid for political system

            “Credit score”

            Oh, you should see mine and the loan offers I get to buy additional property. Approaching 800 it is. These credit rating agencies are as phony as the rest of the economic system and most of thes bankers will sell their grandma into slavery to make a buck. My goal is to die with a 400 score.

            1. american socialist|4.15.15 @ 11:22PM|#
              “I just don’t put my faith in the institutions of this bought-and-paid for political system”
              The government you favor? That ‘bought and paid for system? Or are you still licking mass-murderer ass?

              “”Credit score”
              Oh, you should see mine and the loan offers I get to buy additional property. Approaching 800 it is. These credit rating agencies are as phony as the rest of the economic system and most of thes bankers will sell their grandma into slavery to make a buck. My goal is to die with a 400 score.”
              So you inherited some property? No wonder you’re as slimy as you are. Keep it up, shitstain; you’re proving your ethics to be right there with your fave politicos. Bought and paid for, indeed!

            2. Oh fuck off. ‘The big bad bankers’. At least they are more productive than the fucking shitbags in the article.

        2. BTW:
          “[…]believed in the ownership society.”

          I’m sure you pass your spoon around at the gruel table so everyone shares the same germs, right?
          Pathetic straw-grasping………….

  15. Where to start with this defunct fucking insanity of a disease ran by a verified anti-liquor cunt. The DEA is the most empty fucking soulless entity on the planet armed like the greatest army which delights the lord lovers and the pie makers but in the very far future that I can only hope my spirit will reach and the DEA will DIE, forever. The future must understand that republics and democracies can be built on atrocity machines and the DEA is an atrocity engine and the future must understand that these engines ran hundreds of years of tragedy and up and until this moment the DEA is equal to any malevolent filth operating on the planet this day…. The DEA is a dead September in the light of a Lincoln summer… the DEA has zero compunction to grasp that altered states are an artistic pursuit for the fliers… make the DEA offer help to the truly lost… make the DEA submit to the edges of the hurting… make the DEA build quiet philosophical programs for those on the verge of the dying… we know those who live in the worlds close to death… I live in the creative rainbows…. I have no interest in the suicides or the hells though I’ve traveled there… I want the streams and brooks that break into the glaciers where pink seals cavort on the beaches of snows no man or sweet lady has seen….

    1. The Agile Cyborg is here to remind us that, “Drugs are bad, m’kay.”

      1. Well, no, Cato, drugs are awesome josephus… but I desire love for the lost in the worlds the lost can’t escape… because all humans die or get born with brains that don’t work or lose a loved one the breaks their chemicals or some humans grow into genetic brain hurt.

        I desire a world where drugs help, grow, offer, and open while the DEA is the peaceful chaperone. At this point in time the DEA is a military organization that views addicts and users (me) as human garbage… the DEA has lost its way… it can exist as a human rights organization but instead surfs the waves of dictatorship on the beaches of the open society

        1. My heart was broke by a boy I knew who had his brain hurt by losing his mom at 16. she was killed in a car crash for no particular reason in the city by careless human. life does this and this boy has been on benzos for years. I never understood benzos until they saved me one time…

          The world is far more complex than any politician can claim to know…

    2. ATF is pretty execrable too. Maybe they could fuck up and have shoot out between them.

  16. Damn, that’s just perfect AmSoc followed by AgileCyborg. I’m thinking that the latter actually is better connected to reality.

    1. I have no doubt that he is.

    2. Cyborg has a direct neural link to the cosmos. Many ascribe his revelations to prodigious drug use, but the truth is far more terrifying.

  17. These things are far or near… so you don’t have to be fucked up like me… just stop.

    STOP… get quiet. put headphones on of your favorite music….. pay attention to me… yes, I am drugged and fucked up but I am EXperienced……. lay quietly… no drugs…. surrender your limbs to the slowest musik you fucking love… lie deep….let the music penetrate all your cellls from toe to shoulderz…. shake to the tunes…separate from all that is fear…. feel the tones and darts into your brain… your muscles break into slow… make them like jello…… listent to the waves and the arts and you will cry… tears wil l rb

  18. Speaking of music, y’all should really check out somafm.com.
    They have twenty stations of all different types of music. I love Secret Agent, but the rest are also great. Mission Control has electronic stuff mixed with live NASA recordings. The other day I was listening to Apollo 8 astronauts say a morning prayer over the moon. Fantastic.

  19. I hope that cunt dies screaming in agony. Not quickly, no. But slowly. Oh, so slowly………

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  21. Okay, Obama, this is your chance to put someone in charge of the DEA that’ll be proactive in reforming the cannabis laws and end this travesty of justice that’s been going on for almost a century.

    In the immortal words of Dabney Coleman: “Did you hear me? Fire the bitch!”

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