Mukasey, Bennet and other Former DEA/DOJ Leaders Urge Senate to Scrap Sentencing Reform

By: Friday May 16, 2014 7:36 am

Former leaders within the Department of Justice and DEA, including Michael Mukasey and Bill Bennet, have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking them to defeat the Smarter Sentencing Act.

DEA Repeatedly Covered Up Massive Surveillance Program

By: Monday August 5, 2013 9:35 am

This is a truly scary story about the Drug Enforcement Administration engaged in potentially serious constitutional violations. From Reuters: A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans. Although [...]

Plan B Reminder: Obama Controls the Executive Branch at All Levels

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 8:59 am

Yesterday the United States Department of Health and Human Services did something extraordinary. For the first time ever, the HHS secretary publicly overruled the Food and Drug Administration. After a careful, lengthy and scientific review, the FDA came to the conclusion that the emergency contraceptive, Plan B, should be available over the counter. In what [...]

Just Say Now Responds to DEA Hysteria on Prop 19

By: Monday September 13, 2010 9:02 am

Nine former DEA heads held a press conference this morning to promote their letter to Eric Holder, asking the Justice Department to intervene and challenge Prop 19 if it passes (PDF).  They claim that since the Justice Department moved so quickly to oppose the Arizona immigration law, it’s their obligation to do the same here. [...]

Sign the Petition to President Obama: End the War on Marijuana

By: Monday August 9, 2010 8:41 am

Last week, Mexico’s President Calderone called on President Obama to join the debate on legalizing marijuana. The US drug policy has lined the pockets of the drug cartels with billions of dollars, and they are threatening to destabilize not only Mexico but countries across Latin America. In many regions, the drug gangs are seeking to replace the government, imposing their own taxes in towns they dominate.

Please show your support and sign the petition asking President Obama to end the war on marijuana.

What Part of “Not a Priority” Does the DEA Not Understand?

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 12:18 pm

Earlier this month the DEA conducted several coordinated raids of California medical marijuana dispensaries and collectives. Problem is, these DEA raids are in direct opposition to the directive issued by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder last year that designated raids on legal medical marijuana dispensaries to “not be a priority” for the DEA. Today, Firedoglake publisher Jane Hamsher joined drug policy reform organizations and a conservative group, led by the Marijuana Policy Project, in condemning the DEA’s raids.