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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 04:42 AM

Senate subcommittee report: drug war has largely failed (June 2011)

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(unless you're a private contractor)

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/06/10/senate-report-war-on-drugs-failed/

A U.S. Senate subcommittee report this week called into question efforts to curb drug exports from Latin America, suggesting that billions in tax dollars had been wasted in no-bid contracts with no oversight on how the money was being spent or whether efforts were succeeding.

"It's becoming increasingly clear that our efforts to rein in the narcotics trade in Latin America, especially as it relates to the government's use of contractors, have largely failed," Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, said in a media advisory. "Without adequate oversight and management we are wasting tax dollars and throwing money at a problem without even knowing what we're getting in return."

The McCaskill report indicates that U.S. taxpayers have shelled out over $3 billion for work and equipment related to the drug war in Latin America from 2005-2009, and most of that money went to private contractors.

McCaskill launched the inquiry after looking into counternarcotics efforts underway in Afghanistan. However, neither the Department of Defense nor the State Dept. were able to provide adequate documentation on their contracts and in many cases could not even identify firms that were given millions in tax dollars.


Five major defense contractors received the bulk of drug war contract spending: Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, DynCorp, ARINC and ITT. Out of all the firms, DynCorp benefitted most, winning $1.1 billion.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 05:22 AM

1. Not in this lifetime

No way will our collective political creatures ever grow a spine and change this law.

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Response to urantia1 (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 05:55 AM

2. I think the internet is useful for a lot of reasons

making information available about the failure of the WoD and the overwhelming support for legal medical marijuana helps pols hear something other than the liquor lobby, etc.

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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:41 AM

3. No duh

that is all there is to say to what is patently obvious.

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