Hutchinson Plans New DEA Program

Hutchinson Plans New DEA Program
Posted by FoM on December 18, 2001 at 09:20:14 PT
By Jerry Seper
Source: Washington Times 
DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson will announce the creation today of a new program that, for the first time, will integrate the agency's drug enforcement efforts with a coordinated plan for field agents to help reduce demand.   The program, called Integrated Drug Enforcement Assistance (IDEA), forms "partnerships" between DEA drug agents  who will continue to arrest drug traffickers  with existing community organizations to suppress demand by users through prevention and treatment programs.
"The Drug Enforcement Administration's mission to eliminate the supply of drugs in America through law enforcement is the backbone of our anti-drug effort," Mr. Hutchinson said in a statement. "The DEA also recognizes and values the importance of prevention and treatment in dealing with a community's drug program."   Under the new program, to be outlined today at a press conference at DEA headquarters in Arlington, the agency will continue to work with local law enforcement authorities to identify, arrest and prosecute drug dealers; for cities and towns, it will also provide agents trained in community building to work with local groups to fight drug abuse.   "When a community has a drug-trafficking organization in the neighborhood, DEA agents will work with local law enforcement to put the dealers in jail. But that shouldn't be the end of it," Mr. Hutchinson said.   "Under the new initiative, the DEA will combine the law enforcement effort with a partnership alongside any existing community coalitions to have a long-lasting impact to reduce demand through drug prevention and treatment programs," he said.   The program will target communities willing and able to commit to long-term solutions in order to address not only their immediate drug-trafficking problems but also the underlying conditions that allow drug trafficking and drug use to flourish, Mr. Hutchinson said.   "With DEA's leadership, other federal agencies and sources of expertise and funding will be called to the table in an effort to broaden the resources available to the community," he said.   The DEA said that while each community is unique, the IDEA program recognizes several existing common elements:    Drug-trafficking targets will be identified by the DEA and the agency will work with state and local law enforcement to develop and execute an enforcement operation against them.    The DEA and community groups will work together to identify local drug-abuse problems, barriers to dealing with the problems and solutions to those problems.   Mr. Hutchinson said that after the employment of agents to address drug-trafficking concerns, the DEA will assist in providing a "long-term package" to address the community's drug prevention and community mobilization needs.   He said the package will include an on-site DEA agent working with experts in crime prevention, alternative judicial systems  such as drug courts  restorative justice initiatives, drug testing and law enforcement training.   Mr. Hutchinson, a former three-term congressman named to the DEA post this year by President Bush, has steadfastly maintained that while law enforcement is key to his still-developing DEA strategy, he "fully supports" the president's goal of a balanced approach of aggressive law enforcement, increased treatment and expanded educational programs.   He has called the president's plan a "seamless, integrated approach to our drug enforcement efforts."   "The DEA is designed to enforce the law, and that's our mission and that's what we're going to do," he recently told The Washington Times. "But it also is important to focus on new approaches that include an emphasis on educating our youth for the best life choices and the rehabilitation of those who have become addicted."Newshawk: Nicholas Thimmesch IICommunications Director NORMLSource: Washington Times (DC)Author: Jerry SeperPublished: December 18, 2001Copyright: 2001 News World Communications, Inc.Website: letters washingtontimes.comRelated Articles:IDEA - DEA Advisory To Send Out More Agents Johnson Vs. Asa Hutchinson Yale U. Debate - Video 
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Comment #11 posted by Toker00 on December 18, 2001 at 17:19:13 PT
Don't forget...
These are the same people who brought you...RAINBOW FARMSSorry. Every time I see the logo DEA, I can think of nothing but the cold blooded murder of our brothers. Now they are preparing to murder more of us. If destruction of a culture is not GENOCIDE, then what is? There is no mistake about their intentions. I'm tellin ya folks, you better be ready. There are 300 fully staffed and fully operational federal prisons in this country, EMPTY. You cannot tell me they haven't been planning our destruction for years. Most people don't do much to rock the boat. What are they gonna do when the boat is flooded? It's coming. I wish all of you the best. Because, as most of you know, we live in a 
BUSH. ILLEGITIMATE. LIBERTY. GONE. FASCISM RAMPANT IN AMERICA'S GOVERNMENT.Even if we win the fight to liberate Cannabis, we still have a far greater EVIL to defeat. The Federal Government.Peace. Realize, then Legalize. 
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Comment #10 posted by mayan on December 18, 2001 at 16:49:14 PT
Clean Out Their Barn
Is this the same DEA which paid an informant almost $2,000,000 to lie under oath 16 times? Nobody within the DEA was held accountable! It seems as though the DEA should clean out it's own barn before it builds another one.Here's the story(An oldie but some of you may not have seen it)
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Comment #9 posted by QcStrt on December 18, 2001 at 14:45:14 PT
 only their immediate drug-trafficking problems but also the underlying conditions that allow drug trafficking and
   drug use to flourish, Mr. Hutchinson saidThe men and woman that are agenst Bush should watch there BACKS 
Jesse Ventura, Mayor Elect. Willie Marshall, Aaron Lewis, ABC,NBC ,
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Redman, Nate Newton, Steven Hager, Mark-Boris,
Winnie Holzman, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz.
It looks like they will be ASSASSINATED for the good of (Administration).
I hope I'm wrong!
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Comment #8 posted by herbdoc215 on December 18, 2001 at 13:58:56 PT:
This is a ploy to charge activist w/federal charge
Now everybody gets to go to federal court were there is NO nessecity defense. Accident? Coincidence? Wanna Bet?  Steve Tuck
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Comment #7 posted by john wayne on December 18, 2001 at 12:22:40 PT
DEA forming new partnerships
(EP) - 12/19/01 - Following an announcement from the Dept. of Justice 
in Washington today, the Bush administration will merge 
the War On Terrorism and War On Drugs into a new War On Evil.  
DOJ and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials
confirmed that the DEA will be merged into the Office of Homeland Security
and will enjoy the same latitude of legal strategy accorded to the OHS by
the USA-PATRIOT act.  Suspected users, dealers and advocates of illegal drugs
will be subject to warrentless searches, indefinite periods of detention,
and military tribunal justice.  
  "I think it's a good idea", said Joan Morrow, mother of two, while driving
her 11-year old son to soccor practice in Midland Texas yesterday.  
"What took them so long?", she added.
  DOJ officials stressed that the two wars needed to be merged into one
as studies have repeatedly shown that drug users finance international terrorists
via untaxed payments for illegal drug purchases.
  William H. Thornapple III, a professor of Excellence in Social Standards
at Eucharist Christian College said "It took a terrorist attack to finally
show us what we could do against drug dealers".
  The new War On Evil will be applied retroactively to drug cases up to
five years old, to ensure maximum investigation of drug-dealing that financed
terrorists who may have had a hand in the events of Sept 11.
  "In the War on Evil", said former DEA head Asa Hutchinson, "no stone will
be left unturned."
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Comment #6 posted by greenfox on December 18, 2001 at 11:58:30 PT
Treatment vs. police state & jail
Now that treatment is the new "buzz" word (no pun intended,)"The Drug Enforcement Administration's mission to eliminate the supply of drugs in America through law enforcement is the backbone of our anti-drug effort," Mr. Hutchinson said in a statement. "The DEA also recognizes and values the importance of prevention and treatment in dealing with a community's drug program."
it seems that the DEA(th) are picking up on it. It's now politically "in" to treat users. However, treatment does not come in leui of jail, it's in suppliment to it. So where does this leave us? We're still filling the prisons, the only difference is that when they leave the prisons that made them into REAL criminals, (you basically have to be a criminal in prison to survive,) we offer them some methadone which of course is more addictive than the smack itself. And, of course, the circle will repeat itself forever. Treatment, jail, treatment, jail. And at the end of the day, do you really think these "addicts" (esp. pot "addicts", as there is no difference between marijuana USE and ABUSE, thus ALL use IS abuse,) will be any better off? Not likely. In fact, this is only going to waste MORE money to solve a problem that can't be solved any other way except through... you guessed it.. (damnit, it's that evil "L" word again,) sly in green, foxy in kind,-gf
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Comment #5 posted by Toker00 on December 18, 2001 at 11:45:13 PT
And THAT, is the truth. We can only hope, that when the time comes, our numbers are large enough to bury the DEA, CIA, and FBI. They are not tools of the people, but rather tools of the sick, demented, power hungry Nazi's that have infiltrated our Democracy. You ain't seen nothin, yet.The day is fast approaching when we will not be able to communicate, via the internet, or any other media, the real truth about Cannabis. I hope we all have printed material availble to flood every parking lot, in every shopping center, apartment complex, and major employment centers, when the time comes. Stand proud, and be brave. We will win this war on truth and Cannabis.Peace. Realize, then Legalize.
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Comment #4 posted by Mari on December 18, 2001 at 11:12:18 PT
 I've said it before and I'll say it again; the terrorists that Americans have most to fear are in our own govt.!! The latest DEA announcemant clearly states that 'enforcement', ie. illegal search and seizure,forfitures and prison, will be their main focas.And Asscrack neatly bypassed Congress and issued a Justice Dept. rule that NO client/attorney conversation,(even if you have NOT BEEN CHARGED) are exempt from evesdropping by govt. officials!AND, since it is an dept.RULE and not a LAW, they don't need a judge or warrent!This applies to American citizens!!
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Comment #3 posted by john wayne on December 18, 2001 at 10:49:22 PT
kids, drug enforcement is your friend
Friday December 14 10:38 AM EST Police Storm Minneapolis Day CareA high-risk entry police team stormed a north Minneapolis home-based day care Thursday afternoon, with officers leaving the house with children
in arm and guns drawn.Police said they were seeking suspects in last week's bus stop shooting in Brooklyn Park, WCCO 4 News reported.After removing the children and securing the home on the 2600 block of Humbolt Avenue North, officers searched the
house but turned up no sign of the person they were seeking.That raid wasn't the only one by a Minneapolis SWAT team Thursday that involved children.A similar raid occurred at a home near the intersection of 34th Avenue and Bryant Avenue North, WCCO 4 News
reported.Police said that raid was part of a drug investigation and the entry included use of a stun grenade.When police tossed the grenade through a window just prior to entered the house it landed on a mattress on which a girl
lay.The girl was treated her for minor burns.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on December 18, 2001 at 10:13:32 PT
Here it is. You must have missed it. I wish they didn't have the article from Salon as a pay article or I would have posted as soon as I saw it. If anyone subscribes to Salon you can send me the article if you want too.Ventura Disappointed in Bush Administration Stance
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Comment #1 posted by Jose Melendez on December 18, 2001 at 10:07:43 PT:
Governor Ventura speaks out about med mj
Governor Ventura speaks out about med mj
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