U.S.: DEA Agents Consorted With Prostitutes Provided By Drug Traffickers
By Steve Elliott
If you're an American citizen, you must be aware that federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents spend plenty of your tax money in Latin America. Recent revelations that DEA agents attended sex parties hosted by the same drug traffickers they were supposed to be fighting shed some revealing light on what they've been up to.
According to a report from the Department of Justice, several DEA agents -- some with top security clearances, mind you -- allegedly participated in multiple sex orgies with prostitutes "funded by the local drug cartels." Some of the federal agents also got cash, gifts and weapons from the traffickers, reports Daniel Robelo at AlterNet.
Incredibly, the sex parties occurred at the agents' "government-leased quarters," where laptops and other equipment were easily accessible, raising "the possibility that DEA equipment and information also may have been compromised as a result of the agents' conduct, according to the report.
Less widely reported was a much more serious allegation that U.S. soldiers and military contractors raped at least 54 women and girls between 2004 and 2007 while deployed as part of Plan Colombia -- the nearly $10 billion U.S. Drug War "military aid" package designed to prop up the deeply corrupt Colombian government.
None of those involved has faced any consequences.
Such misbehavior, including spying on governments, is the reason Venuzuela, Bolivia and Ecuador have all kicked the DEA out of their countries. As Latin America increasingly moves beyond drug prohibition into the 21st century, each fresh example of Drug War crimes and human rights abuses further damages America's doomed global drug policy.
Meanwhile, at home, the DEA rejects science and obstructs research; promotes militarization of law enforcement; conducts no-knock raids and warrantless airline passenger searches; uses National Security Agency data to spy on U.S. residents and fabricate evidence; engages in dehumanizing detention practices; relies on controversial "confidential informants;" and helps create and maintain an obscene system of mass incarceration.
The DEA is, as pointed out by AlterNet, "an out-of-control agency, run amok, literally in bed with organized crime, a perfect symbol for the corruption and impunity inherent in the war on drugs."