Why Expand the Drug War?

Here we go again. Amidst all the talk about out-of-control federal spending and debt, what does the U.S. government do? It goes out and spends more money by expanding the drug war in Mexico.

Hey, when a federal program has failed to show any success after 40 years, what else would you expect federal officials to do, especially in the midst of a spending-and-borrowing crisis?

Even worse, according to an article in the New York Times, the expansion involves “sending new CIA operatives and retired military personnel to the country and considering plans to deploy private security contractors in hopes of turning around a multibillion-dollar effort that so far has shown few results.”

Does the CIA operate within the United States, monitoring the activities of the American people, either as part of the war on drugs or the war on terrorism? It might but under the law, it’s not supposed to. The American people don’t want the federal government’s intelligence agency operating domestically. That smacks of places like the Soviet Union, Cuba, and North Korea.

So then why send the CIA into Mexico to enforce the drug war? If it’s bad to have the CIA operating inside the United States as part of the war on drugs, why is it good for the Mexican people to have the CIA operating inside their country?

The principle is the same with the military. Here in the United States, the military has long been prohibited from serving as the police, including as part of the drug war. It’s called the Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law that prohibits the military from serving in a law-enforcement capacity within the United States. The idea is that the military mindset, which is suitable for warlike situations, is unsuited to law-enforcement situations.

So, why send those retired military types to Mexico? If it’s a bad idea to have the military enforcing drug laws inside the United States, why isn’t it just as bad to have the military enforcing drug laws in Mexico? After all, even though the military personnel being sent to Mexico are no longer on active duty with the U.S. government, they’re being sent to Mexico as paid agents of the U.S. government and precisely because they have military mindsets.

There’s nothing the U.S. government, especially the military and the CIA, would love more than to convert the war on drugs into a military enterprise, just as they have done with the federal crime of terrorism. By converting the drug war into a military operation, as they have done with terrorism, federal officials know that will then have the authority to treat drug-war suspects as enemy combatants.

– Read the Full Article at Media With Conscience.