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DEA Prostitute Scandal Isn’t Agency’s Only Trick

Drug-War Agency’s Latin America Operations Tarnished By A Pattern of Unaddressed Corruption Allegations

The current scandal over Colombian narco-traffickers paying prostitutes to provide sex services to DEA agents has an even deeper footprint in the agency than the current head of the DEA has conceded, court records stemming from past DEA operations reveal.

CIA Veteran Sees Big Hole In Sterling Espionage Conviction

Retired Counterintelligence Officer Claims Intelligence Agency’s Office of Security Dropped the Ball

A former CIA spy manager is raising a serious question about the way the intelligence agency handled the national-security risk raised in the case of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer who was recently convicted on espionage charges for leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen.

Tech Execs Raising Eyebrows Over Washington State’s Cannabis-Tracking Pact

Concerns Center on Transparency, Open Competition and Federal Scrutiny

The emerging cannabis industry in Washington is tied at the hip to the state’s burgeoning technology sector in no small measure because robust product-tracking data serves as a shield against federal pre-emption of the great marijuana-legalization experiment now underway.

Small Town In Washington Expects To Open Its Own Legal Cannabis Store By Month's End

North Bonneville’s Approach Could Become A Blueprint For Other Communities Statewide

The City of North Bonneville is only weeks away from securing a license to open Washington’s first municipally controlled and operated recreational marijuana store, which local leaders say could serve as a model to be adopted by cities across the state.

Washington State’s Legal-Cannabis Plaza Battles Continue: Part 2

Newly Released Public Records Uncloak Lobbying Campaign to Re-Direct Marijuana Tax Revenue to Washington Cities

Washington state’s legal cannabis landscape is now dotted with cities that have banned or placed moratoriums, via zoning laws, on marijuana businesses that were authorized under a statewide referendum approved by voters in November 2012.

A Battle Has Erupted Over Washington’s Legal Cannabis Plazas

The Outcome Could Help Define A Path To A Peaceful End To the Drug War

A major turf war has erupted in the grand experiment to legalize marijuana in the state of Washington.

However, this battle is being waged with the tools of politics, the courts and organizing, unlike the drug war, where disputes over control of the drug plazas, or markets, normally are settled with bullets.

Torture Report Reveals CIA’s Manipulation of US Media

Agency Used Classified Information As Currency For Deception

The recently released Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report pillorying the CIA’s Bush-era detention and interrogation program is replete with lurid details of what would commonly be called torture, if those practices were carried out on you or me.

US Military’s Training of Mexican Security Forces Continues As Human-Rights Abuses Mount In Mexico

DoD Officials Claim Training is Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

The U.S. government has spent more than $62 million since fiscal year 2010 providing highly specialized training to Mexican security forces, including some $16.3 million in fiscal 2013, as part of an effort to help Mexico better prosecute its war on drugs, records made public under the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act show.

Local Opposition to Washington’s Legal Marijuana Businesses Is a Taxing Issue For the Fledgling Industry

Effort to Overcome City Moratoriums on Cannabis Shops Could Spark an Unlikely Alliance

The great experiment in the state of Washington to legalize the sale of marijuana through a regulated and taxed market has hit a hitch at the local level that threatens to slow progress to a snail’s pace, even as more and more marijuana businesses obtain the state licensing needed to open their doors.

Labor Unions Are Supporting Washington State Legal Marijuana Dispensaries that Create "More Workers to Organize"

The United Food and Commercial Workers and other Unions Seek to Strengthen Protections for Cannabis Workers 

Millions Missing From DEA Money-Laundering Operation

But No One With the Power to Investigate Seems to Care

At least $20 million went missing from money seizures by law enforcers, critical evidence was destroyed by a federal agency, a key informant was outed by a US prosecutor — contributing to her being kidnapped and nearly killed — and at the end of the day not a single narco-trafficker was prosecuted in this four-year-long DEA undercover operation gone awry.

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In Memoriam: Gary Webb (1955-2004)

 

Dear Colleague,

Former ICE Informant, Jailed In Missouri, Claims He’s Being Framed

"Lalo" Is A Man Who Knows Too Much

He has run afoul of the U.S. and Mexican governments — and the Juárez narco-trafficking organization. There’s a $500,000 contract on his life. By any bookmaker’s odds, he should be a dead man.

Charles Bowden has died, but his voice is louder than ever

As one of the original authentic journalists, he trailblazed a path for others to follow

When I heard that he had passed, my eyes welled with tears. I’m of stoic Irish stock, so I don’t shed tears easily, but the news of Charles Bowden’s death (1945-2014) was not an easy thing to bear. He had been a mentor and a friend to me for a decade, and his leaving hurts.

U.S. Military: More Counter-Narcotics Funding Will Help Stem Exodus of Children from Central America

Critics Argue Drug-War Money is Part of the Problem, Not the Solution

Some 58,000 migrant children, mostly Central Americans, have made the treacherous journey to the U.S. southern border alone over the past 10 months, but actions being considered by U.S. officials to combat the problem with more military and drug-war aid to their countries, critics warn, may worsen the violence that provokes this unprecedented exodus.

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