Is DEA Illegally Forcing Agents to Serve in Afghanistan?

Interesting piece from McClatchy:

WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration ramps up the Drug Enforcement Administration's presence in Afghanistan, some special-agent pilots contend that they're being illegally forced to go to a combat zone, while others who've volunteered say they're not being properly equipped.

In interviews with McClatchy, more than a dozen DEA agents describe a badly managed system in which some pilots have been sent to Afghanistan under duress or as punishment for bucking their superiors.

They're suing and it will be interesting to see how this turns out. Their argument is that DEA agents are technically civilians and can only be sent into a war zone voluntarily. Makes sense to me. Of course, I'm sympathetic to any argument that begins with "the DEA shouldn’t be doing this…"
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Send them all there and let them try to stop the drug traders who are actually willing to put up a fight, like the Taliban. See how big and bad the DEAth agents are then. And good luck to them convincing the Afghan farmers that the destruction of their fields is 'for their own good'.

Hopefully they lose their suit and find out what it's like to be on the other end of the government forcing something on a person (since this time they play the person, not the government).

I`m getting sleepy

Considering how Afghanistan is the # 1 Opium producing nation, then surely the D.E.A. must be sniffing around somewhere. The C.I.A. has a different idea thou you see. Drug War Shenanigans are becoming a dime a dozen. Maybe a penny per pound.

Russian Front for Drug Nazis

According to the lawsuit, it appears some DEA agents object to the latest way of disciplining the troops when it comes to egregious failures and political screw-ups.  I like the new DEA policy.

A tour of duty in the graveyard of empires seems appropriate for those supervising botched drug raids and raids of cannabis dispensaries contrary to White House stated policies.

So what if some DEA agent comes back from Afghanistan minus his manhood from an IED?  No sacrifice is too great to protect the American children!  Someone else’s children in this case, as the emasculated agent in question will never have any more of his own.

I think the war in Afghanistan should be used in all future DEA personnel recruitment promotions.  No more of this crap where DEA agents sit in parked cars on city streets all night long and get ripped on confiscated contraband while watching some drug suspect sleep for fifteen hours.  Today's modern DEA agent can go where the action is.

Yes, today’s young, aspiring American public servant can become the object of abject hatred for thousands of pissed-off opium growers.  Recruits can risk life, limb and gonads to eliminate the only livelihood an entire culture has known for hundreds of years.

As an added bonus, there are so many fun things to do in exciting Afghanistan, such as kicking around a stuffed goat carcass—the mind boggles at this momentous opportunity.  I can almost see the eager young recruits lining up to join the DEA.



And here I thought:: "WE ARE AT WAR. ARE YOU DOING ALL YOU CAN?"

I suppose its all fun and games until your target become likely to start shooting back.

i hope they lose the

i hope they lose the lawsuit. do we really need to give up more tax dollars for these poor lil whiners? i thought they wanted to eradicate drugs? these macho pukes have no problem killing family pets or shooting inocents in the backs but when they have to actally do some work they wanna sue. if they win their lawsuit then everybody the dea does dirty should be able to do the same. boo hoo hoo. seriousy i think that the entire dea force be sent there. and lets remember they did volunteer to be lame-o agents, nobody told them to be tax burdens.

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