According to a new Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General report, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) paid millions of taxpayer dollars to inactive drug informants. Yes, this is part of the ridiculous “War on Drugs” that only profits a particular people and imposes tyranny on the rest.
“We found that the DEA did not adequately oversee payments to its sources, which exposes the DEA to an unacceptably increased potential for fraud, waste and abuse, particularly given the frequency with which DEA offices utilize and pay confidential sources,” said the Inspector General.
Here are just some of the payments the IG cited by the DEA:
- $9.4 million to 800 informants after cutting ties with them between 2011 and 2015
- $500,000 to a confidential source who had previously been cut-off after giving false testimony in trials and depositions.
- DEA’s Intelligence Division paid one source $30 million over a 30-year period.
- $25 million was paid to nine sources for narcotics investigations without independently verifying their credibility or the accuracy of information.
According to the report, 9,000 of the 18,000 active confidential sources were paid a whopping $237 million.
However, there’s more. The DEA paid 33 Amtrak employees a total of $1.5 million. One of those Amtrak employees was paid $800,000 to steal passenger information.
Additionally, if you thought Hillary Clinton’s email scandal was bad, the IG also reported that many of the DEA agents set up their own independent, non-government email accounts. As a result, the IG stated that those were “possibly compromising personally identifiable information, affecting government record maintenance requirements, and complicating the DEA’s efforts to manage and access important case-related information.”
“When we informed DEA management and program officials about our findings and concerns, these officials expressed a commitment to improve the DEA’s confidential source program, to implement appropriate controls over confidential sources, and to ensure that confidential sources remain a productive and essential element used by the DEA to accomplish its mission,” the IG added.
Say it isn’t so! Tell me that those who are engaged in entrapment and the illegal use of drugs while trying to capture people who do the same are not this incompetent or corrupt. Of course, my statement is laced with sarcasm.
The DEA’s mission is completely unconstitutional. There is no mandate or authority in the Constitution to regulate or restrict much of what the DEA targets. Furthermore, there is nothing in the Constitution that allows for such an agency to even exist.
If you think that isn’t bad enough, in 2015 the IG reported that the DEA was not vetting its informants. By doing so, they allowed them to buy and sell narcotics against the alleged laws they are claiming to enforce. Even worse, the DEA sought to cover it up by withholding documents that were relevant to their crimes.
If our own CIA was not involved in drug running, our military was not used to guard poppy fields, and the Obama administration not putting guns in the hands of known drug cartels, perhaps the claimed need for an agency such as the DEA and some of the ridiculous “laws” pertaining to alleged drugs would not be needed.