DEA Uses Spy Data To Launch Drug Investigations, Then Hide Their Origins
Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
At an undisclosed location in Virginia, a publicity-shy DEA unit is feeding surveillance data from the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as wiretaps, informants, and a massive DEA phone record database, to law enforcement officials around the country to help them launch criminal investigations of American citizens. Reuters broke the story with an investigative report Monday.
Law enforcement has been directed to conceal how those investigations really began, deceiving not only defense attorneys, but also prosecutors and judges, raising serious questions about the propriety and even the constitutionality of the practice.
“The DEA increasingly qualifies as a rogue agency – one that Congress needs to immediately investigate,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “This latest scandal may well be just the tip of the iceberg,” he added, referring to the agency’s checkered past.
“It’s remarkable how little scrutiny the DEA faces from Congress or other federal overseers,” Nadelmann continued. “With an annual budget of over $2 billion as well as significant discretionary powers, DEA certainly merits a top-to-bottom review of its operations, expenditures and discretionary actions.”
The DEA unit in question is the Special Operations Division (SOD), which was created in 1994 to combat Latin American drug trafficking organizations. Its members also include the FBI, CIA, NSA, IRS, and Department of Homeland Security, among two dozen partner agencies. Since its inception, SOD has grown from several dozen employees to several hundred, Reuters reported.
Most of its work is classified and is intended to remain confidential. But Reuters managed to get its hands on key documents, including the one quoted from below.
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Michigan medical marijuana panel to consider adding PTSD, autism, asthma, insomnia to law
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, August, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
LANSING, MI -- A reconstituted state panel on Tuesday is expected to consider petitions seeking to add autism, asthma, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder to a list of debilitating conditions suitable for treatment under Michigan's medical marijuana law.
Critics say chronic delays and mismanagement by the state has prevented earlier updates to the 2008 law -- changes they believe could have helped patients treat symptoms and ease pain.
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act Review Panel, established under administrative rules in 2009, did not meet until 2012. Earlier this year, panel members voted to recommend adding Parkinson's disease and PTSD to a list of conditions that would allow an individual to qualify for a medical marijuana card.
But the panel was disbanded in late April -- and their recommendations denied -- because the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs determined it had not appointed members in accordance with the administrative rules.
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Category: Celebrities | Posted on Tue, August, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, August, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
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