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The Hill: Why Trump Needs to Appoint a New DEA Head to Combat Opioid Crisis

Synthetic opioid tablets

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s declaration of war against the opioid crisis is missing a critical weapon – the appointment of a new DEA administrator.

So says Emanuele Ottolegnhi, an opinion contributor to The Hill.

Ottolegnhi writes:

The new DEA administrator should have a clear vision for addressing the international dimension of the drug crisis, as well as the wreckage at home. In particular, the president should choose a DEA chief who not only understands the complex and global nature of drug cartels but is also cognizant of the growing convergence between transnational organized crime and terrorist groups like Hezbollah.

On that front, the first item on the new chief’s agenda should be to remove the handcuffs the Obama administration put on the DEA’s efforts to fight Hezbollah, for fear of scuttling the nascent Iran nuclear deal.

In the past decade, Hezbollah’s growing involvement in transnational organized crime has evolved into a multi-billion dollar global enterprise endorsed and coordinated by the group’s top leaders. Hezbollah’s involvement in producing and selling counterfeit medicines such as Captagon — a powerful amphetamine — is well documented and so is its growing involvement in cocaine trafficking.

Cocaine consumption has not reached the pandemic levels of the opioid crisis but is nonetheless an acute and growing threat. The use and availability of cocaine is on the rise; overdose deaths in 2015 were the highest since 2007. Less well understood are the close ties between cocaine trafficking and terrorism. One clear illustration is the recent extradition, from Paraguay to Miami, of suspected Hezbollah drug trafficker Ali Chamas. Court documents show that he was part of a larger network, likely based in Colombia. At the time of his arrest, he was conspiring to export as many as 100 kilos of cocaine a month to the U.S by air cargo.

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DEA Head to Agents: Trump ‘Condoned Police Conduct’ During Controversial Speech

DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg pushed back against President Donald Trump’s controversial comments about police use of force, sending an email over the weekend to remind staff members to “always act honorably” by maintaining “the very highest standards” for treating criminal suspects.

The memo was in response to Trump suggesting to officers in Long Island that they shouldn’t worry about protecting suspects’ heads while placing them in police vehicles, the Washington Post reports

“We have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong,” Rosenberg wrote.

Citing some of the agency’s core values – integrity, respect and compassion – Rosenberg said, “This is how we conduct ourselves. This is how we treat those whom we encounter in our work: victims, witnesses, subjects, and defendants. This is who we are.”

He added: “The President, in remarks delivered yesterday in New York, condoned police misconduct regarding the treatment of individuals placed under arrest by law enforcement,” Rosenberg wrote.

The White House maintains that Trump was joking when he suggested in New York last week that police should not “be too nice” to suspects.

“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” Trump told the officers “Like, don’t hit their head, and they just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”

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TSA Head: Screeners Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Speeding Up Lines

airport lineBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, airport lines have become longer and more unpredictable.

Recently, pressure has been placed on airport screeners to speed up the process when lines get too long.

But TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said it should not be the job of screeners to speed up the pace. They’re focus, he said, should be on security, the Associated Press reports. 

TSA officials, not screeners, should worry about the length of the lines, he said.

“I want front-line screeners doing what they’re supposed to do, which is screening and making sure that things that shouldn’t get past the checkpoint don’t get past,” he said. “I let leaders and managers worry about things like queuing and line speed.”