Courtesy of Juan Cole @ Informed Comment.My comment on site (awaiting moderation):This is especially relevant in the wake of the discovery that the DEA was/is using NSA data in it’s war on drugs… which includes Americans on the ‘other side’.

Unfortunately the DEA seems to have a legitimate legal rationale to do so because a few years ago, with congressional authorization (and with media coverage at the time), drug gangs such as MS-13 were declared international terrorist organizations.

No one seems to notice the impingement on THEIR liberties when others (the war on drugs is a more correctly a ‘war on drug USERS’… victims) are persecuted.

Courtesy of Juan Cole @ Informed Comment.

My comment on site (awaiting moderation):

This is especially relevant in the wake of the discovery that the DEA was/is using NSA data in it’s war on drugs… which includes Americans on the ‘other side’.

Unfortunately the DEA seems to have a legitimate legal rationale to do so because a few years ago, with congressional authorization (and with media coverage at the time), drug gangs such as MS-13 were declared international terrorist organizations.

No one seems to notice the impingement on THEIR liberties when others (the war on drugs is a more correctly a ‘war on drug USERS’… victims) are persecuted.