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Fighting the unwinnable war on drugs without logistics

Localização: 
Ghana
Publication/Source: 
The Statesman (Ghana)
URL: 
http://www.thestatesmanonline.com/pages/editorial_detail.php?newsid=236&section=0

Caribbean drug war has just begun

Localização: 
Trinidad and Tobago
Publication/Source: 
Trinidad and Tobago Express (Trinidad and Tobago)
URL: 
http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_opinion?id=161176548

Colombia offers base for U.S. anti-drug war

Localização: 
Colombia
Publication/Source: 
Miami Herald
URL: 
http://www.miamiherald.com/579/story/169257.html

They're Trying to Clone Drug-sniffing Dogs!

It's horrible because it's true:

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean laboratory that produced the world's first cloned dogs is looking to get into the business of cloning canines, first by cloning drug-sniffing dogs, a lab official said on Tuesday.

The laboratory at Seoul National University, implicated in a scandal for fabricating data in embryonic stem cell studies, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Customs Service to clone drug-sniffing dogs, said Kim Min-kyu, the researcher who heads the cloning project for the team. [Reuters]

You've gotta hand it to these guys. What better way to overcome the ethical dilemmas facing the cloning industry than by getting involved in the drug war, where ethics are all but unheard of.

There's something brilliantly Orwellian about armies of drug-sniffing dog clones chasing hippies and snarling at school children. It's just a matter of time until they build robots to do that, and when that happens I just don't know what I'm gonna do. The big-time crooks will have their own robots to commit crimes for them, so our prisons will be filled with poor suckers who couldn’t afford a Stash-Bot 6000 to take the rap.

For the time being, it's worth noting that cloning in the drug war is nothing new. Anonymous sources have informed me that the new ONDCP documentary Stoners in the Mist is actually cloned from the original Reefer Madness, and drug war mouthpiece Mark Souder is actually cloned from red-scare fear-monger Joseph McCarthy.

Localização: 
United States

Airport Narcs Fired For Peeing on Luggage

Ok, they were dogs, but it's still funny…

Two of Thailand's top canine agents in the country's war against drugs have been fired for "unbecoming conduct" that included urinating on luggage and rubbing up against female airport passengers.

Despite having two of the highest seizure rates on record, the sniffer dogs working at an airport near the notorious "Golden Triangle" opium-producing region were fired after passengers complained about their behaviour. [CBC News]

So in Thailand, police dogs pee on luggage and get fired. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., an utterly incompetent human narc can terrorize innocent people and get off with a one-day suspension.

It's particularly galling considering that dogs are expected to pee on stuff, whereas police officers certainly aren’t expected to terrorize the innocent. Or are they? The way today's public officials react to gratuitous police violence, you could easily expect more concern from a pet owner who finds a mess on the rug.

Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me at all if the punishment for police peeing on someone's belongings during a wrong address drug raid were remarkably lenient. And unfortunately, at this pace, I'm sure we'll have a chance to find out what it is before long.

Q: Which is worse, an incontinent dog or an incompetent cop?

A: The cop. He'll shoot your dog, at which point it will inevitably release its bowels anyway.

Localização: 
United States

Airport's canine drug agents fired for peeing on luggage

Localização: 
Thailand
Publication/Source: 
CBC News (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2007/06/11/snifferdogs.html

Don't Tell Anyone About the Narc Ambulance

When we said drug abuse needs to be looked at from a medical perspective, this isn’t what we had in mind:
Local law enforcement narcotics agents now have a new tool in the fight against drugs.

Med Life Ambulance Service has donated a used ambulance to serve as an enforcement vehicle for narcotics agents.

The unit will be used by the Bastrop Police Department and Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office during narcotics investigations and in the course of executing search warrants. [Daily Enterprise]

Ok, rule number one for conducting narcotics investigations from an ambulance: don't tell everyone about it beforehand. I can't think of anything less discrete than doing a stakeout in a gigantic ambulance. Especially now that the ambulance is famous.

Moreover, ambulances with always be better equipped to help people with drug problems than tactical narcotics vehicles.

Localização: 
United States

Chile's Northern Border Defenseless Against Drugs

Localização: 
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Santiago Times (Chile)
URL: 
http://www.tcgnews.com/santiagotimes/index.php?nav=story&story_id=13858&topic_id=15

Why the US is Losing Its War on Cocaine

Localização: 
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Independent (UK)
URL: 
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article2586645.ece

The Colombia experiment

Localização: 
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/business/story.html?id=e0509bad-a8e3-402d-b9df-5622ad9f61ca

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