Reverse Drug Stings: The Latest Tool For Creating Criminals In The War On Drugs

Posted: May 13, 2015 in Politics


Since Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement in the United States has undergone a dangerous transformation from protecting and serving the American public to enforcing Orwellian laws under the guise of national security. American law enforcement agencies have become heavily militarized, and they’ve been granted previously unseen levels of authority when it comes to the use of confidential informants in pursuit of criminals.

The militarization can be seen on television screens and social media feeds around the nation. Instances of police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri; New York; Ohio; Baltimore and countless other cities have made police militarization and violence a national conversation. The YouTube generation has helped video after video of police brutality and aggression go viral, as they are seen by millions of impressionable minds. Through the federal 1033 Program, local and state law enforcement agencies are granted access to excess military equipment. According to the U.S. Government’s Defense Logistics Agency’s Law Enforcement Support Office, the program has transferred $4.3 billion worth of property from military to local law enforcement to date.

The militarization has been accompanied by an increased use of confidential informants (CIs) to catch both “terrorists” and “violent criminals” accused of attempting to commit robberies on so-called “stash houses.” In both cases, individuals have been approached by undercover government or other law enforcement agents, who encourage them to participate in acts of terrorism or to rob houses where drugs and weapons are allegedly stashed. Then, those individuals are arrested once they express the slightest interest in those activities.

Full Story @ [MintPress News]


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