The Scandal-Ridden DEA

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The DEA has existed for more than 40 years but Congress has rarely scrutinized the agency, its actions, or its $2 billion budget. Little attention has been given to its role in fueling mass incarceration, racial disparities, the surveillance state, and other drug war problems.

The failure to exercise oversight has led to questionable enforcement practices, numerous scandals and human rights abuses, and open defiance of laws requiring decisions be based on scientific evidence. It's time for change.

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Everything You Need To Know


Shouldn't People Enforcing Drug Laws Know Something about Drugs?, DPA, 7/28/15

DEA Chief Resignation Opportunity to Appoint Reformer, Huff Post, 4/28/15

DEA 'Sex Scandal' Is Not About Sex - It's About Corruption and Impunity in the War on Drugs, Huff Post, 4/8/15

Why the DEA Chief Should Resign, Alternet, 5/15/14

Is it time to get rid of the DEA?, The Seattle Times, 9/11/13


Justice Department defends legality of vast DEA wiretap program, USA Today, 3/23/16

Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana, POLITICO, 7/30/15

Marijuana Foes, Friends Agree on Need for Research, Roll Call, 5/21/15

How the DEA Harasses Amtrak Passengers, The Atlantic, 5/19/15

Drug War Opponents Plan To Make The DEA Nomination Into A Fight, BuzzFeed, 4/27/15

Marijuana Reform Activists Push for Change with DEA Head, TIME, 4/22/15

Marijuana advocates push for new pot-friendly DEA chief, The Hill, 4/21/15

DEA Can’t Tell Senate How Detained Student Was Left to Drink Own Urine to Live, The Intercept, 5/5/15

Officials criticize DEA's light punishment of agents who forgot man in cell for 5 days, LA Times, 5/5/15

Michele Leonhart, Head of D.E.A., to Retire Over Handling of Sex Scandal, NY Times, 4/21/15

New lawsuit says DEA phone surveillance was illegal, USA TODAY, 4/18/15

Why lawmakers are increasingly losing faith in America’s top drug cop, Washington Post, 4/16/15

House committee criticizes DEA chief with statement of ‘no confidence’, Washington Post, 4/16/15

Rotten to the Core, The DEA Under Michele Leonhart, The Fix, 5/1/15

U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades, USA TODAY, 4/8/15

Human Rights Watch sues over secret DEA surveillance program, The Hill, 4/8/15

DEA agents had 'sex parties' with prostitutes, watchdog says, POLITICO, 3/26/15

Mitch McConnell’s Love Affair with Hemp, How the Kentucky senator picked a fight with the DEA and became one of Washington’s top drug policy reformers, POLITICO, 3/2/15

DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah passes medical marijuana, Washington Post, 3/2/15

12 Of The Sketchiest Things The DEA Has Done While Waging The War On Drugs, Huff Post, 10/30/14

Facebook unfriends federal drug agency, POLITICO, 10/17/14

DEA created a fake Facebook profile in this woman’s name using seized pics — then impersonated her, Washington Post, 10/7/14

DEA may be losing the war on marijuana politics, LA Times, 7/12/14

Kentucky sues U.S. over hemp, POLITICO, 5/14/14

Obama's DEA Chief Refuses To Support Drug Sentencing Reforms, Huff Post, 5/5/14

Congressmen, DEA Administrator 'Completely Incompetent', U.S. News, 1/29/14

Sheriffs cheer pot shot, say DEA chief ripped Obama remarks, Boston Herald, 1/28/14

DEA Chief Slams Obama For Pot Remarks, Reports, Huff Post, 1/15/14

Exclusive, U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans, Reuters, 8/15/13

DEA Wages Hemp War Behind The Scenes In House, Huff Post, 6/19/13

DEA reactivates controversial fired informant, USA Today, 6/15/13

Michele Leonhart, DEA Chief, Won't Say Whether Crack, Heroin Are Worse For Health Than Marijuana, Huff Post, 6/21/12

House of Death, DEA Agent Leonhart and an Obama nomination, Examiner, 2/1/10


The Scandal-Ridden DEA: Everything You Need to Know, DPA, 4/21/15

The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding And Rejecting Science, DPA & MAPS, 6/9/14


Senate Appropriations Committee Allows Banks to Provide Services to State-Legalized Marijuana Stores, 4/21/15

DEA Administrator Chief Michele Leonhart Expected to Resign, 4/21/15

House Oversight Committee Expresses "No Confidence" in DEA Administrator Leonhart, 4/15/15

U.S. Justice Department Says It Will Ignore Federal Law and Prosecute People for Medical Marijuana Despite Congressional Spending Ban, 4/2/15

New Report Highlights DEA's Obstruction and Rejection of Science, 6/9/14

In Series of Historic Votes U.S. House Prohibits DEA from Undermining State Medical Marijuana and Hemp Laws, 5/30/14

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Slams DEA for Obstructing Kentucky Hemp Research Program and for Seizing Legal Hemp Seeds, 5/15/14

Broad Spectrum of Groups Call on Congress to Hold Hearings on the DEA, 9/5/13