Embattled DEA Chief To Resign
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Embattled DEA Chief To Resign
Posted by CN Staff on April 21, 2015 at 14:29:31 PT
By Ellen Nakashima
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. --  The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to resign soon, according to U.S. officials, following revelations about “sex parties” involving prostitutes overseas and other misconduct among its agents.Michele Leonhart, who has served at the helm of the DEA since 2007, has come under heavy criticism on Capitol Hill since an inspector general report last month documented a series of episodes in which agents hired prostitutes. Agents were also found to have had sex parties with some women hired by Colombian drug cartels.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday declined to confirm Leonhart’s pending resignation but said officials “continue to have concerns” about issues cited in the inspector general report.“The president, as you know, maintains a very high standard for anybody who serves in his administration, particularly when it comes to law enforcement officials,” Earnest said. “And the I.G. report raised serious concerns about that conduct.”A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said it was unclear when a formal announcement would be made. Leonhart’s plans to resign were first reported by CBS News.Over the past week, the White House has repeatedly declined opportunities to express confidence in Leonhart.Last Wednesday, after Leonhart testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the panel announced it had lost confidence in her ability to lead the agency.“After over a decade of serving in top leadership positions at DEA, Administrator Leonhart has been woefully unable to change or positively influence the pervasive ‘good old boy’ culture that exists throughout the agency,” the committee said in a statement. “From her testimony, it is clear that she lacks the authority and will to make the tough decisions required to hold those accountable who compromise national security and bring disgrace to their position.”The Justice Department inspector general report focused on cases from 2009 to 2012 but also cited complaints dating back to 2005.At last week’s hearing, the committee released a summary of a separate report prepared by the DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility that found agents were having sex parties with prostitutes paid for by Colombian drug cartels as early as 2001.The report described “literally dozens” of such parties at residences paid for with U.S. government funds, according to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), the committee’s ranking Democrat.The reports by the inspector general and DEA show that the agents who attended the parties received suspensions of two to 10 days, a penalty that committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said reflected an “unacceptable” lack of accountability.Leonhart told the panel that such activity “has not and will not be tolerated.” Mark Berman contributed to this report.Ellen Nakashima is a national security reporter for The Washington Post. She focuses on issues relating to intelligence, technology and civil liberties.Source: Washington Post (DC) Author:  Ellen NakashimaPublished: April 21, 2015Copyright: 2015 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: DEA Archives 
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on April 26, 2015 at 20:01:17 PT
 Respect State Marijuana Laws Act
Bill Repealing Federal Pot Prohibition Has Bipartisan Backing
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on April 26, 2015 at 10:09:30 PT
Oh my gosh!
He's still a good person! The same as he ever was. He was just helping more people than many people realized. So stupid. Now he will be robbed, humiliated, and imprisoned by the government and prohibitionists.A basketball star, a ton of marijuana and a reputation destroyed
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on April 26, 2015 at 10:02:38 PT
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson: ‘Reefer Madness’ made me scared of marijuana
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on April 25, 2015 at 18:05:35 PT
It's good to see you and everyone!
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Comment #10 posted by gloovins on April 25, 2015 at 13:32:04 PT
My dream....
Eliminate the DEA and give their budget to the EPA. There - I said it! Happy Earth year (every year).....
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Comment #9 posted by schmeff on April 22, 2015 at 07:41:03 PT
Dead Enough Already
I agree with the Kaptin. Having cut the head off the DEA, why try to resurrect the body? DEA...dead enough already.
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Comment #8 posted by kaptinemo on April 22, 2015 at 05:56:43 PT:
Going...for all the wrong reasons
I recently came across a online version of the book Agency of Fear and with all the descriptions of extra-legal activities done by anti-drugs organizations back then, I had to keep reminding myself that it was published in 1973. It's only gotten worse since then, much, much worse.The book's description of anti-drugs agencies over the years up to DEA's formation in the early 1970's shows just how totally messed up the thinking was about all kinds of drugs, not just cannabis. That this thinking remained unchallenged (save for some brave souls who found out how dangerous it was to be right when the Gub'mint's wrong) for over a century, leading to a century's worth of anti-drug agency scandals, is a testimony to government-enshrined ignorance...if not duplicity.It is said that with a fish, the rot starts at the head. This particular fish's body is rotten, it stinks regardless of which newly politically purfumed head is placed on it. The whole agency needs to go, and this is the perfect time to retire it.
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on April 21, 2015 at 19:48:02 PT
“... “sex parties” involving prostitutes... And the I.G. report raised serious concerns about that conduct.”A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matterTHE SENSITIVITY OF THE MATTER..."" agents hired prostitutes" AND SHE'S THE HEAD AGENT. -0-I think they're caller Her a pimp.OK ok, She hired prostitutes. She didn't sell the pro's. So perhaps She isn't a pimp.-0-Thinking back to Her B.S. with Polis asking Dink if She thought cannabis was worse than heroin and meth...Dialogue: Is married people having sex worse than government selling and buying prostitutes?Dink:All sex is bad.-0-And now She gets to put THAT on Her resume. 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 21, 2015 at 19:21:57 PT
Here's another article, for Runruff.
DEA chief Michele Leonhart to step down next month, Holder confirms's a song for the real "Bad Guys" and, of course, "Gals"...Ms. Connie FrancissingingWho's Sorry Now?
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on April 21, 2015 at 17:07:14 PT
Denver Post Editorial
DEA chief Michele Leonhart wasn't up to the job"... What took it so long?"
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on April 21, 2015 at 17:02:30 PT
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on April 21, 2015 at 16:55:45 PT
and ...
So did Hitler! 
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on April 21, 2015 at 16:51:03 PT
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
She has supporters, So what, so did Ted Bundy. 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 21, 2015 at 14:47:26 PT
Good News
I love good news!
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