News Roundup

Drug War a “Failure,” Says N.J. GOP Gov. Chris Christie to his conservative brethren at the Brookings Institute this past week. Not to be outdone, writing straight into Reddit, fire rescue hero and Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker Slams Drug War. Meme or New Jersey?

Lots of criticism of Secure Communities, and Across the Country, Opposition to Secure Communities Continues to Grow.  As with the drug war, this week seemed a moment for conservatives to come to their senses.  Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau reporting for the conservative Daily Beast that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Is Latest to Reject ‘Secure Communities’ Immigration Law. Time Magazine takes note of Obama’s Next Immigration Battle: Local, Federal Authorities on Collision Course over DetentionAnd who will win that battle? Well, now that Obama Policy on Immigrants Is Challenged by Chicago, specifically the president’s former chief of staff turned mayor Rahm Emnuel, the National Journal opines that In Amnesty or Crackdown, Obama Can’t Win on Immigration.

The New American reports that U.S. Drone Manufacturers Contribute Millions to Congressional Campaigns, and notes that 21 of the 60 members of the Drone Caucus are from border states. Wait. What? Unmanned Systems Caucus. Yes indeed. More on The Drone Makers And Their Friends In Washington by Fronteras.  While the caucus caucuses, the good people at EFF encourage you to check for yourself where drones have been buzzing around where you live, after FAA Releases Thousands of Pages of Drone Records.

A FOIA filed by Truthout two years ago finally produced the DoD’s report Investigation of Allegations of the Use of Mind-Altering Drugs to Facilitate Interrogations of Detainees.  All those reports by detainees in Gitmo and U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan that they’d been forcibly fed or injected with mind altering drugs? True.

Did the Texas Department of Public Safety’s fast and loose use of private subcontractors exacerbate the mishandling of $1 billion in Homeland Security grants between 2006 and 2011? Maybe. The Travis County district attorney’s office is looking into it. And while we’re on the subject of scalawaggery on the part of high ranking government officials, the Former Acting Intelligence Director at ICE Sentenced to 20 Months for Defrauding Government. Concerning a former spokesperson for the Border Patrol accused of running a trafficking ring, Trial exposes corruption within U.S. Border Patrol.

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