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Wednesday, November 14, 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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GAO Report Warns Border Wall Will Waste Billions

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

In a stinging rebuke of Trump’s racist plan to build a border wall, Congress’ top watchdog agency is warning that Trump’s blueprint is poorly thought out, will take too long to complete, and it could waste billions of dollars if implemented in its current form.

That new conclusion comes from the Government Accounting Office, an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Its report echoes previous complaints about Trump’s scheme to build a 1,900-mile wall to seal off America’s southern border.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are overseeing Trump’s fantasy scheme, but the GAO says the agencies are failing in the process.…

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#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert Clowns ICE For Sending Babies To Court

Let it not be said that Late Night With Stephen Colbert‘s opening monologues are only about bad news from Washington D.C. Colbert begins his latest by hailing the rescue of 12 trapped soccer youths in Thailand, who are safe and recovering after a long, miraculous operation involving many thousands of workers.

But soon the topic turns to the migrant crisis at the southern U.S. border. Backbone explains that the Trump Administration has failed to meet a court-ordered deadline for reuniting 102 lost children with their parents.

In fact, ICE’s archaic legal SOP (not to be confused with the SOBs working for ICE) is prompting courtroom scenes that involve one-year-old babies “standing” before a judge.…

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