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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Justice Probing DEA Program Linked To Mexico Massacres

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

The Justice Department’s inspector general announced on Tuesday that his office would investigate a Drug Enforcement Administration program linked to violent drug cartel attacks in Mexico that have left dozens, possibly hundreds, of people dead or missing.

In a letter to senior congressional Democrats, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that an internal review had flagged the DEA’s Sensitive Investigative Units program as “an area of high risk.” His office, he wrote, would examine the drug agency’s management of the program and whether internal controls are in place to ensure that “DEA operations, information and personnel are protected from compromise.”

Under the program, the DEA vets and trains teams of Mexican federal police officers, known as SIUs, that conduct DEA-led operations in Mexico.

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Uh-Oh! Indicted GOP Rep Will Run Again After All

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

In a surprise decision, embattled Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) announced Monday he would be running for another term after all.

“Because of the protracted and uncertain nature of any legal effort to replace Congressman Collins, we do not see a path allowing Congressman Collins to be replaced on the ballot,” said Collins’ attorney Mark Brayden, according to The New York Times.

Collins, the first sitting congressman to endorse Donald Trump for president, had said last month he would suspend his re-election campaign after he was arrested by the FBI and charged with securities fraud and lying to investigators.…

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Convictions Are Too Rare In Police Slayings

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.

In the last decade or so, as police shootings of unarmed black men and women have become more thoroughly scrutinized, I’ve kept my own private accounting of the worst of them. The 2014 death of Tamir Rice in a Cleveland park ranks high on that list; he was a 12-year-old boy carrying a toy gun. So does the 2014 shooting of John Crawford III in a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio; he was killed after he picked up an unpackaged BB gun in the store’s sporting goods section, carrying it as he continued shopping.

Then there was the 2017 death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, killed when a Texas police officer fired into a car full of teenagers.…

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