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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:56 AM
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Former U.S. anti-drug official's arrest 'a complete shock'
Source: LA Times

Reporting from Washington - As a high-ranking U.S. anti-drug official, Richard Padilla Cramer held front-line posts in the war on Mexico's murderous cartels. He led an office of two dozen agents in Arizona and was the attache for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Guadalajara.

While in Mexico, however, Cramer also served as a secret ally of drug lords, according to federal investigators.

Cramer allegedly advised traffickers on law enforcement tactics and pulled secret files to help them identify turncoats. He charged $2,000 for a Drug Enforcement Administration document that was sent to a suspect in Miami by e-mail in August, authorities said.

"Cramer was responsible for advising the how U.S. law enforcement works with warrants and record checks as well as how DEA conducts investigations to include 'flipping subjects,' " or recruiting informants, a criminal complaint says.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-dr...



Who ever heard of such a thing?
:sarcasm:
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:58 AM
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1. damn..i was *REALLY* hoping this story was about McCaffrey
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:59 AM
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2. LOL.
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:05 AM
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3. Heavens, me too
:rofl:
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pattmarty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:22 AM
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5. He doesn't go for those measly 2,000 bribes, he's a big bad....................
.............ex general that was in charge of drug enforcement. HE GETS the big bribes PLUS speaking fees. He is a real piece of shit, and such an arrogant prick too.
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sybylla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:20 AM
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4. If nothing else, it's an example to Mexico on how to deal with corruption
This is too important an issue to have some fuckwit double agent aiding the bad guys and outing the good guys.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:33 AM
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8. I'm not so sure I'd hold this up as an example to Mexico
Honestly this guy, our guy, is no doubt responsible for the deaths of scores of Mexican police officers.

This is an example of how incompetent hiring practices and lack of internal checks can completely destroy a law enforcement organization.



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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:30 AM
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6. Everything is fine Number Six.
"Cramer continued to sell secret documents that he obtained from active U.S. agents, an aspect of the case still under investigation, the official said."

This is why all federal law enforcement, defense, and intelligence personnel who retire should be cut off from those that they worked with.

(Number Six was the designation of the "retired" agent played by Patrick McGoohan on the show 'The Prisoner')
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bigworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:01 AM
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9. Who is number one?!
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 11:02 AM by bigworld
The Prisoner was a fantastic show.
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SlingBlade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:10 AM
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7.  'a complete shock' ???...... Bullshit !!!
This war on drugs has corrupted everyone it touches.
Just the fact that it continues in the face of abject failure proves that point.

Too much money on all sides to stop now
Too much money for the cops, for the gangs and possibly even the economy. Any honest police officer will
tell you what a joke it is. God knows the number of lives that it has ruined.

Many more than the drugs themselves I'm sure.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:22 AM
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10. shocked i tells ya!!
:eyes:
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hvn_nbr_2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:36 PM
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11. A corrupt narc? No one could ever have imagined such a thing. nt
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:54 PM
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12. What a slimebag that guy is. You know, people were tortured and killed because of his
actions, I'm sure. For a bit of money.

There's a special place in Hell, I hope, for slimebags like him.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:12 PM
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13. Yeah, you nailed it. nt
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:32 PM
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14. Is this unusual?
Isn't it standard operating procedure for Republicans to work for the industry they regulate when they are out of office?
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:47 PM
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15. He used to teach ethics courses.
Documents paint picture of a good agent that went bad

.....Until he retired, Padilla Cramer led an illustrious career in law enforcement in Southern Arizona. Before taking over the ICE office in Nogales, Padilla Cramer worked in internal affairs for ICE and once taught ethics courses at the El Paso Intelligence Center, say law enforcement agents contacted for this story. Sources within Homeland Security say Padilla hired two agents to work alongside him in internal affairs.

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/articles/2009/09/16...
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:49 PM
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16. Sheriff Tony Estrada: "I'm curious to know what flipped him to the other side."
Hmmm. Let me think.
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naaman fletcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:08 PM
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17. Why do we keep fighting the drug war?...
One has to assume that bribery is a BIG part of it. Politicians routinely sell out for relatively small sums. Spiro Agnew was a series of small bribes eventually totaling about $100,000. I believe they were from local contractors. Jefferson in LA was also low six figures over one deal in Africa.

The amount of money available to bribe politicians, cops, etc. is many orders of magnitude greater than local Maryland contractors (Agnew) the amount of money at stake in the African deal, and just about every other deal that politicians accept bribes for. There is no doubt the bribes are offered. Does anyone think that politicians are too honorable to accept them?

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AntiFascist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 12:25 AM
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18. Why is this shocking? n/t
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 01:02 AM
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19. It's a quote from his current boss, the incredibly naive Sheriff Tony Estrada.
First he wondered why Cramer would drop a $150,000 a year job with the feds to take a $30,000 per year job as a county detention officer but found nothing suspicious.

Now he wants to know why Cramer flipped to the other side.
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tama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 04:52 AM
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20. Complete shock!
DEA and CIA found out to be narco trafficking mafias. Who could have guessed!!! The horror, the horror!!!

Well, Venezuela and Bolivia kicked DEA and CIA narco traffickers out, to begin with...
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 05:10 AM
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21. Pig.
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