The agency and its strategies, which together comprise America’s second effort at prohibition, may be the most completely failed ideas that the Seventies brought to America. Yet the American political sector seems incapable of accepting the now-plentiful evidence of their failure. The DEA has about 11,000 employees and a budget of about $2.5 billion dollars. Members of Congress looking for fat to trim from federal expenditures ought to be taking a close look at the agency. Its value-to-damage ratio is likely the worst in our entire government.The country and the world would certainly be a much better place if the DEA were defunded and defanged, but it's not as if it is a sovereign entity unto itself: the ultimate responsibility for this and other such atrocities surely rests in those whose policies it enforces. I can't see how anybody who considers himself a "liberal" could in good conscience support an administration that pursues paramilitary sweeps of university "4/20 parties" as a wise and decent use of executive power. I can only put it down to willful blindness and the proverbial dread of being left out of their reference group. The senseless escalation of the drug war and systematic attacks on civil liberties cost this president any further votes from me long ago, but if they hadn't, this could certainly have been something like the last straw. Not that I think it (the vote) matters, of course. But people shouldn't kid themselves: responsibility for this oops-we-did-it-again tragedy goes all the way to the top.
This kid deserves every penny of the $20 million his suit seeks, taxpayer-funded though it will be, but it won't approach actual justice unless the agents responsible face attempted murder charges, and the entire chain of command acknowledges responsibility. Heads should roll. They won't. Heck of a job, guys.