Who's Watching the DEA?

The New York Times reports on one of my favorite topics, the increased militarization and globalization and intelligence-gathering powers of our new world cops, the DEA.

From shootouts in Honduras to raids in Guatemala, Colombia, Afghanistan and Africa, to monitoring prescription use here at home, the DEA is smack in the middle (pun intended) at a cost of billions a year. Our new global holy warriors. But who's watching the DEA? Congress? It just keeps feeding them money. [More...]

Follow the links in the New York Times article to videos of the Guatemalan raids of Juan Alberto Ortiz López, alias Chamalé (captured and now awaiting extradition to Tampa) to the powerpoint for Fast (Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team) and the DEA's 2012 budget justification.

Quote from the FAST powerpoint:

Is it a law enforcement mission or is it a military mission?

Both!!!--U.S. law enforcement, the U.S. Military, and the Intelligence Community have no choice but to work closer together. GREEN and BLUE forces must have unity of effort to prevail "When your job takes you into the swamp to hunt snakes, you'll have opportunities to kill or capture some crocs as well - cause they live and multiply in the same, nasty surroundings." Mr. Frankie Shroyer, IATF Director USSOCOM

Any thought that Congress might reel them in and cut back funding is a pipedream. Check out the September, 2011 report by the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control:

To counter the threat of Mexican drug trafficking organizations, transnational youth gangs and other criminal groups in Central America, DEA’s current Sensitive Investigative Unit programs in Guatemala and Panama should be expanded to the other five Central American countries. Given high levels of violence in Honduras and El Salvador, with the permission of these countries, Sensitive Units should be prioritized in these countries. Establishment of Sensitive Investigative Units in Central America would allow for better coordination of complex, multi-country criminal investigations.

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    And they will shred the safety net... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by kdog on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 12:24:07 PM EST
    to keep funding this DEA nightmare.  

    Is there a principled small government fiscal conservative in the house of power?  How 'bout a principled human rights loving liberal?

    Didn't think so.

    Institutionalized sociopathy (5.00 / 0) (#3)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 06:16:08 PM EST
    is the description y'all are reaching for.

    I am sure some of the funding comes from asset (none / 0) (#2)
    by BobTinKY on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 12:40:59 PM EST

    "You make it; We'll take it" (none / 0) (#4)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 06:27:09 PM EST