The Feds Are Giving Themselves New Drug War Powers

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You see, the reason the drug war is going so badly is because it needs more power:

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration agents soon will get expanded powers to fight Mexican drug cartels, Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Wednesday.

Elephants? If he gave them elephants, I'd be impressed for once. But actually it's a little more mundane than that:

Under a new deal aimed at settling a long-running turf dispute with the Drug Enforcement Administration, more agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement would get authority to investigate drug cases.

Hell, they should give me the authority to investigate drug cases, because I see suspicious stuff going down on the streets of D.C. all the time. Of course, if the feds in Washington can't even win the drug war that's happening right under their nose, you gotta wonder why they think more drug investigations are going to change anything at the border.
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here it comes

They`re just setting the stage for marijuana legalization. Cannabis crossing the border has to be regulated somehow. The government won`t admit it, but they see it coming. Border integrity they`ll call it. Cali legalization next year. Here comes the wave. Genesis chptr. 1, verses 11-13.

In the 1800s

Back in the 1800s and early 1900s smuggling to avoid high tarrifs was the main federal drug crime. Corruption among Customs officials was a big problem and more Customs inspectors never seemed to reduce the smuggling or corruption. If I recall correctly the most intelligent and effective thing Congress ever did about the problem was the time when it reduced a tarrif on opium from $12 a pound to $6 a pound. That seemed to strike a balance where the tax wasn't high enough to encourage large scale smuggling. I'm probably thinking of prepared ("smoking") opium since the prices sound too high for regular opium (and its derivatives such as morphine) and especially high tarrifs on prepared opium caused it to be the main drug smuggling problem.

Of course, Congress brilliantly banned the importation of prepared opium a century ago and the high tax on domestic manufacture ensured enough smuggling to maintain and increase the federal payroll and federal police power. Oddly, it took decades for the government to effectively replace the use of relatively low dose smoking opium with morphine or heroin use. But smoking opium use has pretty much disappeared so I guess that is one government victory in the Drug War!

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