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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The War On Drugs Is Institutional Entrapment

The "War on Drugs" was based on lies from the beginning; and it was only intended to target the working class, especially minorities. Even one of the early architects of it admitted it; back in 1994, John Ehrlichman, Nixon’s former domestic policy advisor, said Nixon advisor: We created the war on drugs to “criminalize” black people and the anti-war left 03/23/2016:
“You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

Furthermore, have you ever wondered what the biggest drug running organization has been for fifty or sixty years? Do they even keep track of it? Perhaps not, but is you watch the mainstream media over the years they strongly imply that one drug cartel is bigger than almost all the other ones at any given time; however after a decade or so, if not less, the DEA busts one after another and they're replaced by a new drug cartel demonized by the media.

There's only one drug running organization that never gets taken down, and many of these cartels have allied themselves with this organization for years at a time, which is what enables them to get so big.

That organization is the CIA!

That's right the biggest drug running organization for decades has been the CIA, although they don't always run the drugs themselves; in many cases they recruit allies that run them and help provide cover for them. In most cases the organizations allied with the CIA probably aren't the ones demonized the most by traditional media; although at times they have had dealings with them as well. If you get your media from mainstream outlets you will probably rarely hear about this, and when they do mention CIA ties to drug running, they keep it to a minimum.

However, there are some good researchers on the subject that the mainstream media practically never mentions. When they do mention them they often try to smear them as conspiracy theorists, even if they do a much better job citing sources, often from court records, police, whistle blowers or other other credible sources. One of the best is Alfred McCoy, who's been researching drug running since the early seventies when he published the first edition of The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade 2003, he followed this up with two additional editions reporting on ongoing drug running of heroin since then and provides very good sources for his work. The CIA attempted to censor his book and prevent it from being published in the first place, but failed. However, he wasn't able to get much if any media attention to his book; on the rare occasions they do cover researchers into CIA drug running they try to smear them as conspiracy theorists, but those of us who read the book and noticed they don't try to discredit his sources, which are often very good, know better.



But even if you do doubt many of these investigators, dismissing them as conspiracy theories, and many in the government and the media want you to, the government itself has investigated it and found that there's a lot of truth to it, although the most prominent report on it was rarely mentioned by traditional media, even when it was first released. In the mid to late eighties John Kerry conducted an investigation into drug running to finance the Contras and Joe Biden was part of the Committee investigating it. They found that there was a significant amount of drug running done with approval of the CIA to finance the Contras among other things, as their report released in 1989 indicates:

Kerry Committee report 1989

While the contra/drug question was not the primary focus of the investigation, the Subcommittee uncovered considerable evidence relating to the Contra network which substantiated many of the initial allegations laid out before the Committee in the Spring of 1986. On the basis of this evidence, it is clear that individuals who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking, the supply network of the Contras was used by drug trafficking organizations, and elements of the Contras themselves knowingly received financial and material assistance from drug traffickers. In each case, one or another agency of the U.S. government had information regarding the involvement either while it was occurring, or immediately thereafter.

The Subcommittee found that the Contra drug links included:

— Involvement in narcotics trafficking by individuals associated with the Contra movement.

— Participation of narcotics traffickers in Contra supply operations through business relationships with Contra organizations.

—Provision of assistance to the Contras by narcotics traffickers, including cash, weapons, planes, pilots, air supply services and other materials, on a voluntary basis by the traffickers.

— Payments to drug traffickers by the U.S. State Department of funds authorized by the Congress for humanitarian assistance to the Contras, in some cases after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges, in others while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies. .......

The CIA's Chief of the Central American Task Force went on to say:

We knew that everybody around Pastora was involved in. cocaine . , . His staff and friends (redacted) they were drug smugglers or involved in drug smuggling. 6

The Justice Department was slow to respond to ,the ; allegations regarding links between drug traffickers and the Contras. In the spring of 1986, even after the State Department was acknowledging there were problems with drug trafficking in association with Contra activities bn the Southern Front, the Justice Department was adamantly denying that there was any substance to the narcotics allegations. At the time, the FBI had significant information regarding the involvement of narcotics traffickers in Contra operations and Neutrality 7 Act violations. 7

The failure of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies to respond properly to allegations concerning criminal activity relating to the Contras was demonstrated 1 by the handling of the Com- mittee’s own investigation by 1 the "Justice Department and the CIA in the spring of 1986. ........

The logic of having drug money pay for the pressing needs of the Contras appealed to a number of people who became involved in the covert war. Indeed, senior U.S. policy makers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contra’s funding problems.

As DEA officials testified last July before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Lt. Col. Oliver North suggested to the DEA in June 1985 that $1.5 million in drug money carried aboard a plane piloted by DEA informant Barry Seal and generated in a sting of the Medellin Cartel and Sandinista officials, be provided to the Contras. 25 While the suggestion was rejected by the DEA, the fact that it was made highlights the potential appeal of drug prof- its for persons engaged in covert activity.

Lotz said that Contra operations on the Southern Front were in- fact funded by drug operations. He testified that weapons for the Contras came from Panama on. small planes carrying mixed loads which included drugs. The pilots unloaded the weapons, refueled, and headed north toward the U.S. with drugs. 26 The photos included Americans, Panamanians, and Colombians, and occasionally, uniformed members of the Panamanian Defense Forces. 37 Drug pilots soon began to use the Contra airstrips to refuel even when there were no weapons to unload. They knew that the authorities would not check the airstrips because the war was “protected”. 28

The problem of., drug traffickers using the airstrips also used to supply the Contras persisted through 1985 and 1986. By the summer of 1986, it became of significant concern to the U.S. Government officials who were involved in the covert Contra supply operations undertaken during the Boland Amendment period. As then-CIA. Station Chief “Thomas .Castillo” testified to the Iran/ Contra Committees, U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Lewis Tambs Wanted to place guards on the secret Contra supply airstrip at Santa Elena in Costa Rica, to avoid:

having drug traffickers use that site, and this was a continuing concern during the period of June, July and August. 29 Complete Report

Wikipedia: Kerry Committee report


When this report first came out, it hardly got any media coverage. it became much more famous about six years later when Gary Webb reported on it in the San Jose Mercury News, and it went viral on the internet, for people that were accustomed to getting their news from the internet at that time. However, the majority of the public still wasn't accustomed to getting their news from the internet, including me, and the mass media hardly paid attention to it at first. When they did they made a massive effort to smear Gary Webb, led by the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post, without covering the fact that his investigation included a major congressional report, and if you look at the source notes of his book, which came out a few years later, it's clear that he got a large portion of his information from court documents, police testimony, and yes, some testimony from drug dealers, but he admitted that they may have credibility problems and often provided corroboration.

Under an enormous amount of political pressure the San Jose Mercury News recanted the story and took it down from the internet; however, Narco News reposted the original three part story, Gary Webb the investigative reporter who wrote “Dark Alliance” and he followed it up with a full length book that went into even more details in 1998, which was followed up by several more editions, Gary Webb Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion 2005 There's no doubt, that with a story like this, there are going to be some unreliable witnesses; however, he presented them along with their flaws so the reader can judge for himself; and large portions of his reporting was confirmed by many other sources over the years. Two of the leading suppliers that had ties to the Nicaraguan Contras since they began were let off extremely easy, Norwin Meneses, who was never charged in the United States, and only got six years in jail in Nicaragua, and Oscar Danilo Blandon, who only got four years and jail, and may not have completed that, because he helped testify against drug kingpin "Freeway" Rick Ross, as part of a plea bargain.

"Freeway" Rick Ross is the only one that got a long prison sentence, life in jail; however, even that was overturned, and he was released in 2009, due to a "legal loophole" after serving only thirteen years. But, the fact that Danilo Blandon was able to negotiate a four year sentence for helping testify against Ricky Ross makes no sense, since he was the supplier, not a lower ranking dealer! Ricky Ross did become a dealer that was selling a lot of drugs before he met Blandon, but when his other supplier was shot, he went to another supplier who was getting drugs from Blandon and eventually backed out and let Blandon sell directly to Ross. Ross never could have sold so many drugs without help from Blandon and other dealers with ties to the Contras, including Meneses. This is the opposite of what we're told plea bargaining is supposed to accomplish; and while these three high ranking drug dealers

This may be the biggest story about CIA connections to drug running reported, but it's not the only one by far, and the vast majority of them didn't get nearly as much attention including whistle-blowers Terry Reed, a former CIA agent, "Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA" 1994, Celerino III Castillo, a former DEA agent "Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras & the Drug War" 2010, Michael Levine, another ex-DEA agent "The Big White Lie: The Deep Cover Operation That Exposed the CIA Sabotage of the Drug War 2012, and many other whistle-blowers or researchers some of which are listed below and more that can be found by Googling drug running and the CIA, including checking books.

In many cases it takes months if not years for drug running connections to the CIA to be reported to the public; and even when it is the traditional media pays very little attention to it. We ahve no way of knowing how many drug running operations were never exposed over the decades; but there's little or no reason to believe they've stopped. This may even include Pablo Escobar who according to his Son Reveals His Dad “Worked for the CIA Selling Cocaine” — Media Silent 05/03/2018 and there were rumors from other sources, although some might not consider them the most reliable sources. Some of Alfred McCoy's updates reported additional running of heroin from Afghanistan after the U.S. invasion; and more recently during Obama's term there was the Wikipedia: ATF fictional sting operations when fabricated sting operations enticed people they thought might be inclined to commit crimes were lured into "made up" crimes from 2011-14, which critics and eventually judges claimed was entrapment.

This has been semi-common practice for years, sometimes even for outrageous political reasons to make the drug problems seem worse than it was, including a Drug Buy Set Up For Bush Speech DEA Lured Seller to Lafayette Park 09/22/1989 when George H.W. Bush wanted a photo-op with drugs that were bough across the street form the White House, so orders went down and arrangements were made to lure someone there for a buy since it wasn't a drug trafficking area. "Any possibility of you moving it down to the White House?" Millford asked, according to McMullan. "Evidently, the president wants to show it could be bought anywhere."

It's virtually guaranteed that these stings weren't designed to lure in wealthy people with access to lawyers, or even many middle class people. Mostly they target poor people, especially minorities.

They certainly don't target politicians; even when they do catch well connected people, there's little or no chance that they'll be charged with high level crimes, including relatives of the people that created get tough on crime laws that target minorities that have little or no educational or economic opportunities. Barack Obama admitted to "a little blow when you could afford it," Sarah Palin also allegedly did cocaine, George W. Bush was asked repeatedly in the 2000 campaign if he had ever done drugs and he declined to deny it, instead repeatedly saying “When I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible.” Blow by Blow: 10 Politicians Linked to Cocaine 11/22/2013 Most of us assumed that, if George W. Bush hadn't ever done any drugs, that he would simply deny it. Furthermore, the claim that we should dismiss "Youthful indiscretions" is applied much differently to well connected politicians, often even when they continue much later in life, than it is for poor people who often have those same "youthful indiscretions" described as part of an extensive record.

On at least one occasion George Bush claimed that he hadn't done any drugs in the past 25 years, and didn't want to talk about earlier years to either confirm or deny rumors; however according to at least one source 'Bush snorted cocaine at Camp David' 09/08/2004 "while his father was present, his former sister-in-law Sharon Bush alleges in a new book." by Kitty Kelley "The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, according to a report in Britain's Daily Mirror." But, even if this is true, it's not nearly as bad as the things his father ahs done, including his participation in both the Iran Contra controversy and efforts to run drugs to arm the Contras, as well as arming both sides of the Iran/Iraq war, the mujaheddin, and Manuel Noriega, who was also selling drugs, sometimes to support the Contras at the request of the Bush and Reagan presidency. We had to fight several wars as a result of his arming numerous future enemies, which is common for many politicians, who are often portrayed as tough on foreign policy.

But this didn't stop his son from getting obsessive media coverage in 1999 declaring him to be the inevitable nominee, before he even declared his candidacy. After rigging the 2000 election they went on to start more wars based on lies about weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist costing thousands of lives, yet he wasn't held accountable any more than his father. Nor did it stop the media from portraying Joe Biden as the front runner, even though it obviously wasn't true, and providing him with enough media coverage to help cover for efforts to rig the primary for a second time in a row. But Joe Biden was one of the leading architects of drug laws that were designed to to target poor people especially minorities.

While he was just starting as a member of Kerry's Committee to investigate the drug running connection to the Contras, he sponsored the bill that created a 100 to 1 disparity for crack cocaine, which was used mostly by blacks, compared to powdered cocaine, which was more expensive and used mostly by whites. If he wanted to know how much this targeted minorities before passing the law he could have; but it became even clearer while investigating drug running by the CIA showing that this was a massive set up, yet he didn't fight to revers the convictions of low level drug dealers, instead, in 1994 he sponsored another bill getting tough on crime, but mostly for African Americans. His own son tested positive for cocaine, which is why they threw him out of the military, after using his political connections to be fast tracked to become a a direct commission officer despite his age and a previous drug related incident; his father, as Vice President, administered his commissioning oath in a White House ceremony and his positive test for cocaine was only a month later.

Biden's other son was supposed to be the tough ion crime politician like his dad, only less corrupt, according to some sources, but not when it came to well connected families. Being above the law isn't limited to drug dealing; according to Report: Judge said du Pont heir wouldn't "fare well" in prison 03/31/2014 Beau Biden negotiated a probation deal, for molesting his three year old daughter, for Robert Richards IV, which is something no working class person, especially minorities could ever negotiate for a crime like this. Can you imagine any judge saying a poor African American wouldn't fare well in jail for a drug charge, or any other charge?

How obvious can this double standard be? And yet they gave Biden the obsession coverage he needed to help rig the nomination just like Bush, and he also has a long history of supporting wars based on lies and corruption!



There are many other examples where people from the ruling class get treated far differently from those of the working class including the Kids-for-cash judge being released from prison over virus concerns 06/23/2020 and various police forces around the country getting caught planting drugs or entrapping people including Police in Alabama planted drugs and guns on over 1,000 innocent Black men 11/21/2019 and a search of the internet will turn up many other examples. On top of that, the Prison industrial complex is also taking advantage of the loophole in the thirteenth amendment that allows people convicted of crimes to be subject to slavery as reported in NAACP Lawsuit: Arizona Prisons Are Practicing Slavery 06/23/2020; A search of the internet will turn up far more detailed stories about how prisons are being used for legalized slavery.

Multi-national corporations have a financial incentive to encourage large prison populations, since they can take advantage of slave labor and even use this to suppress wages for those not in jail as part of their efforts to rig the economy for the oligarchs. Furthermore, even though there's an enormous amount of evidence to show that police are entrapping people across the country, and that prisons are profiting off of slave labor, presumably in many cases by those people being entrapped, there's little or no effort to research the victims, either because of the Coronavirus pandemic, because they're innocent, or any other reason that might increase fairness or help reduce crime!

This quote is an accurate description of the incentives for private prisons, even if it's not sourced.


Laws don't apply to politicians or their family the same way they do to the rest of us.

Fifty years ago, one of the leading reasons why we should stand up to the Soviet Union many of us were taught was that they had the highest incarceration rates in the world and that they were oppressing their own people. Many of us didn't seem to realize that Nixon's get tough on crime and war on drugs approach was beginning to change that, but when Biden started passing his get tough on crime laws, with the help of the rest of Congress, Reagan, Bush and Clinton our incarceration rat skyrocketed past theirs and everyone else's and it wasn't based on good science to understand the leading cause of violence. Furthermore, mass incarceration continued to escalate, when rates of violence dropped.

When Kennedy was president, and he was concerned about addressing the root causes of crime and violence, Homicide Rates, 1950–2014 were fairly low, below 5 per 100,000 people; they began to rise during the Johnson administration, and after about five years of Nixon's "get tough on crime" and "war on drugs" policies they climbed to 9.8, peaking at 10.2 in 1980, fluctuating before hitting 9.8 again in 1991, three years before Biden's crime bill passed, and has been steadily dropping until it reached a low of 4.5 in 2013 and 2014.

Did Nixon's war on drugs cause the spike in murder rates? If so what caused the decline after 1991?

Well, of course, there's no one simple answer, even if the media and political establish often say or imply there is. There are many contributing causes of violence, all of which have to be addressed, but in most cases looking at one set of statistics won't be enough to figure out the most important cause. However, in at least on of the leading contributing causes, we do have strong evidence showing that early child abuse, including corporal punishment is a major contributing factor. In Research On Preventing Violence Absent From National Media I pointed out that the nineteen states that still allow corporal punishment in schools and use it more at home have had between 22% and 32% higher murder rates than those that don't allow it in school for the past ten to twelve years, and this difference is growing. Furthermore, twenty-two of the states banning corporal punishment in schools did so between 1983 and 1994, with the majority of them banning it in the late eighties or early nineties.

Since child abuse teaches violence later in life there's good reason to assume that it has a long term impact on violence, including murder; therefore the longer after it's prevented the less likely abused children growing to adulthood are likely to respond with violence. These statistics, along with a lot of other good research on the subject shows that one major reason for the steady decline in murder rates since 1991, is that we're no longer teaching nearly as many people to respond with violence.

There are many other contributing causes which all have to be addressed, including abandoned inner cities with little or no educational or economic opportunities, often except drugs. There's little or no doubt that increasing funding for child care, education, social workers to teach at risk parents about the impacts of child abuse and better methods of child rearing, will help reduce violence, especially in abandoned inner cities. We also need more jobs and a reduction of income inequality, ensuring that working class people can earn a fair wage. I went into a lot of these contributing causes of violence in a series of articles ending with Politicians increase crime; Grass roots efforts reduce crime; Politicians steal the credit, which includes links to articles for each contributing cause that I covered, and each of those provides additional sources from other researchers, often good peer reviewed studies.

We have good research on the leading contributing causes of violence that can show how to reduce it like many other developed countries have already done. We could also compare what these less violent countries are doing to understand how we can improve our political and economic system. If more people were familiar with the best research then many solutions would be very obvious. However, contrary to an enormous amount of propaganda, we don't live in a democratic country where politicians respond to the will of the people, or base policy decisions on good research in the best interest of the public.

We live in an oligarchy system, masquerading as a Democracy.

In a Democracy the public has to have access to diverse views, including the best research on any given subject; and they have to have the opportunity to hear from all candidates running for office. This requires diverse media, which we don't have; instead we have six corporations controlling over 95% of national media and the next half a dozen or so independent media outlets are also controlled by billionaires. These oligarchs don't provide coverage for the best research on any given subject, including the most effective way to reduce violence; nor do the cover diverse candidates for office, ensuring that only the ones they support can get name recognition needed to be elected. This is why politicians don're respond to the will of the people or base decisions on good science.

Income inequality is a contributing factor to violence, but the oligarchs profit from it, so nothing is done to reduce it. Oligarchs profit when minorities are entrapped and made available for slave labor, they profit when jobs are shipped overseas, it's easier to control the public when they're ignorant, so the fight to suppress education, which also contributes to violence. And one issue after another, when the most effective solution for the majority of the public contradicts the best interests and profits of the oligarchs solutions are suppressed.

The Drug War has been a very effective excuse to take away people rights, but it does nothing to make the public safer; if anything it does far more to put us all at risk!



The following are some additional sources or related articles:

Austin’s Police Chief Says Pot Arrests Will Continue Despite Decriminalization 01/27/2020

The ‘Warrior Cop’ Is a Toxic Mentality. And a Lucrative Industry. 06/19/2020

Watchdog report slams DEA's money-laundering operations 06/17/2020

Policing For Profit: The Drug War's Hidden Economic Agenda 03/01/1998 Abstract: During the 25 years of its existence, the "War on Drugs" has transformed the criminal justice system, to the point where the imperatives of drug law enforcement now drive many of the broader legislative, law enforcement, and corrections policies in counterproductive ways. One significant impetus for this transformation has been the enactment of forfeiture laws which allow law enforcement agencies to keep the lion's share of the drug-related assets they seize. Another has been the federal law enforcement aid program, revised a decade ago to focus on assisting state anti-drug efforts. Collectively these financial incentives have left many law enforcement agencies dependent on drug law enforcement to meet their budgetary requirements, at the expense of alternative goals such as the investigation and prosecution of non-drug crimes, crime prevention strategies, and drug education and treatment. In this article we present a legal and empirical analysis of these laws and their consequences. In so doing, we seek to explain why the drug war continues with such heavy emphasis on law enforcement and incarceration, and show the way to more rational policies.

Outrageous Conduct: Feds Using Reverse Stings,Entrapment in War on Drugs 11/02/2013

The twisted financial incentives behind the war on drugs 04/14/2015

Oliver North Worked With Cocaine Traffickers to Arm Terrorists 05/12/2018

The Oliver North File: His Diaries, E-Mail, and Memos on the Kerry Report, Contras and Drugs 02/26/2005

Joe Biden’s long record supporting the war on drugs and mass incarceration, explained 07/91/2019 Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986: This law, sponsored and partly written by Biden, ratcheted up penalties for drug crimes. It also created a big sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine; even though the drugs are pharmacologically similar, the law made it so someone would need to possess 100 times the amount of powder cocaine to be eligible for the same mandatory minimum sentence for crack. Since crack is more commonly used by black Americans, this sentencing disparity helped fuel big racial disparities in incarceration.

Air Cocaine: the Wild, True Story of Drug-Running, Arms Smuggling and Contras at a Backwoods Airstrip in the Clintons’ Arkansas 11/04/2016 As that Time magazine editor told his reporter Lawrence Zuckerman, this was precisely the kind of drug story that would end up on the front pages of American newspapers. But it turned out to be a setup, part of an elaborate sting operation concocted by Oliver North, the CIA, George Bush’s drug task force and a convicted drug runner named Barriman Alder Seal. It was Seal who had piloted the plane, equipped with CIA-installed cameras, to that Nicaraguan airstrip and brought the cocaine back to Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. In return for his services, Seal received more than $700,000 and a reduced sentence on pending drug convictions. Years later the DEA admitted that Seal’s CIA-sponsored mission was the only drug flight involving the Sandinistas it had any information about. .... Seal lost his job at TWA but escaped prosecution when the CIA intervened. .... Seal was convicted in February 1984 and faced the possibility of spending the next ten years in federal prison. Desperate to retain his freedom, Seal, apparently on the advice of his contacts in the CIA, made one last call, this time to Vice President George Bush’s drug task force. .... After this meeting, Seal was officially signed up as a confidential informant for the DEA: his DEA ID number was SGI-84-0028. The DEA agreed to pay him $800,000 a year for his services and postponed his sentencing on the Quaalude-smuggling conviction. ..... Seal arrived back in Miami

Wikipedia: Air America (airline) Drug smuggling

Wikipedia: Allegations of CIA drug trafficking

THE COCAINE EXPRESS 03/27/1988

Kings of Cocaine: Inside the Medellín Cartel - An Astonishing True Story of ...By Guy Gugliotta, Jeff Leen: Barry Seal murdered while reporting to his probation officer 06/1/2020 "And as a further condition of probation the defendant shall reside at the Salvation Army Community Treatment Center, 7361, Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, for a period of six months."... The judge might as well have ordered a target on Barry Seal's back.

IG: "Serious Risks" Within DEA Undercover Money Laundering Operations 06/20/2020

Pablo Escobar’s Son Reveals His Dad “Worked for the CIA Selling Cocaine” — Media Silent 05/03/2018

‘Are You Sure You Want to Ruin Your Career?’ 03/01/1998

How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb 09/25/2014

Susan Bell: a shameful secret history 10/09/2005 Webb's reports prompted three official investigations, including one by the CIA itself which - astonishingly for an organisation rarely praised for its transparency - confirmed the substance of his findings (published at length in Webb's 1998 book, also entitled Dark Alliance). "Because of Gary Webb's work," said Senator John Kerry, "the CIA launched an investigation that found dozens of connections to drug runners. That wouldn't have happened if he hadn't been willing to stand up and risk it all."

Crack and the Contras: How the CIA, Mainstream Media Propaganda and the Contras Fueled the Crack Cocaine Epidemic 02/21/2018

Drug Buy Set Up For Bush Speech DEA Lured Seller to Lafayette Park 09/22/1989 "Any possibility of you moving it down to the White House?" Millford asked, according to McMullan. "Evidently, the president wants to show it could be bought anywhere."

Blow by Blow: 10 Politicians Linked to Cocaine 11/22/2013

Bush faces new round of drug questions 08/20/1999

'Bush snorted cocaine at Camp David' 09/08/2004 President George W. Bush snorted cocaine at the presidential retreat Camp David while his father was present, his former sister-in-law Sharon Bush alleges in a new book.Ms Bush is quoted as saying: 'Bush did coke at Camp David when his father was president, and not just once either.'The allegation is made in Kitty Kelley's new biography The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, according to a report in Britain's Daily Mirror.

Incarceration Rates By Country 2020 1. United States (737) 2. Russia (615) 3. Ukraine (350)

Wikipedia: List of countries by incarceration rate 1. United States of America (655) 2. El Salvador (590) 3. Turkmenistan (552) ...... 27. Nicaragua (332) ..... 55.Israel (234) ...... 73. New Zealand (201) ....... 209 Iceland (37)

Wikipedia: List of U.S. states and territories by incarceration and correctional supervision rate

Wikipedia: United States incarceration rate



America’s incarceration rate is at a two-decade low 05/02/2018

The U.S. Prison Population is Shrinking 04/24/2019

How Private Prisons Are Profiting Under the Trump Administration 08/30/2019 A report on the findings indicated that private prisons had a 28 percent6 higher rate of inmate-on-inmate assaults and more than twice as many inmate-on-staff assaults compared with federally run or operated prisons. Furthermore, the report found that for-profit prisons in the United States were more likely to endanger inmates’ security and rights. These problems were so significant that in August 2016, the Obama administration announced that it would begin to phase out private prisons.7



Distorted Priorities: Drug Offenders in State Prisons September 2002 "A later analysis by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that only 11% of federal drug defendants could be classified as high-level dealers, while 55% were street-level dealers or mules, and 34% were mid-level dealers."

Gary Webb the investigative reporter who wrote “Dark Alliance”

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter I: Introduction A. The San Jose Mercury News Articles

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter I: E. Previous Investigations Concerning Allegations of Contra Drug Trafficking

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter II P.1: Oscar Danilo Blandon

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter II P.2: Oscar Danilo Blandon

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter II P.3: Oscar Danilo Blandon

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter II P.4: Oscar Danilo Blandon

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter II P.5: Oscar Danilo Blandon

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter II P.6: Oscar Danilo Blandon

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter II P.7: Oscar Danilo Blandon

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter III P.1: Norwin Meneses He was convicted on this charge and began serving a 25-year sentence in a Nicaraguan prison. The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua has informed the OIG that Meneses was released from prison on November 14, 1997.

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter III P.2: Norwin Meneses

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter III P.3: Norwin Meneses

Office of Inspector General Special Report: Chapter III P.4: Norwin Meneses

Gary Webb Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion 2005

Terry Reed, ?John Cummings Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA 1994

Celerino III Castillo and Dave Harmon Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras & the Drug War 2010

Alfred W. McCoy The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade 2003

Michael Levine The Big White Lie: The Deep Cover Operation That Exposed the CIA Sabotage of the Drug War 2012

Peter Dale Scott, ?Jonathan Marshall Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America 1998

Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography 2014

Alexander Cockburn, ?Jeffrey St. Clair Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press 2014

Leslie Cockburn Out of Control: The Story of the Reagan Administration's Secret War in Nicaragua, the Illegal Arms Pipeline & the Contra Drug Connection 1988

Daniel Hopsicker Barry 'the Boys': The CIA, the Mob and America's Secret History 2001

Wikipedia: Bo Gritz U.S. government involvement in drug trafficking

Actually Hunter only dated Beau's widow, until he got caught cheating on her; but he did refuse to pay child support, until the court ordered it after a paternity test proved he was the father., but the basic idea is right and it's a small fraction of the Biden family scandals and corruption!




Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Duopoly Is Trying To Indoctrinate The Public Like A Cult



The latest gesture from the Democrats to show solidarity with the protesters by kneeling for eighth minutes forty-six seconds while wearing and Kente and masks for the pandemic looks like cult posturing, and even though there's more to it than that, there may be far more truth to this than most people suspect.

The mainstream media refers to the Democrats new bill as "sweeping legislation to reform American police;" however, it only covers part of the problem. The media rarely ever provides a link to these bills, but in most cases it shouldn't be too tough to find them, although most people won't have time to read a 134 page bill, or in many other cases, much longer. As of this writing, I've only scanned part of the "Justice in Policing Act of 2020," (PDF), but the article above lists a few of the highlights:
It would eliminate the "qualified immunity" defense for both police and correctional officers where their actions have been deemed unlawful, including in excessive force cases

Civil rights protections would be strengthened by making police liable for constitutional violations that are done "knowingly or with reckless disregard"

It would restrict the use of lethal force to situations in which it is deemed "necessary" and after all reasonable alternatives have been exhausted

Chokeholds and carotid holds, such as the knee-on-neck restraint that killed Mr Floyd, would be banned

Racial profiling in federal law enforcement agencies would be prohibited

This bill, and many other bills, probably should be read carefully to be sure there aren't interpretations that enable them to sidestep the high profile claims. A lot of this is written in tedious legal language that could easily confuse many people. One other things, which was not mentioned in the previous article is that it seems to restrict use of "facial recognition technology" on the body cameras, which certainly sounds good. However, they make exceptions when they have a warrant. Furthermore, the government has repeatedly been caught spying on us even when it's not legal, and there's little or no accountability.

Furthermore, this bill doesn't address many other contributing factors, so it's not nearly as "sweeping" as the media portrays it; and, it has little or no chance of passing the Republican control Senate, and even if it did it's virtually guaranteed that Donald Trump would veto it. More important, neither the media or the politicians discuss the most important root causes of violence and how it escalates, which could help understand how to prevent it, even though good research is available. Nor do they remind the public how police wound up being over-funded, while social programs like education, child care etc. that helps prevent violence from escalating had their funds cut over the past several decades, especially in more conservative states, which often have higher rates of violence, despite their talk about "getting tough on crime."

Back in the sixties there was much more effort, nationwide, to study the root causes of violence and learn how to reduce it. This was done by the Kennedy administration, and when he was assassinated the Johnson administration continued it for a while, but the Nixon administration started the get tough on crime approach, focusing on increased reliance on deterrence, instead of social programs that stop violence before it escalates. This was pointed out in both "Rise of the Warrior Cop" by Radley Balko and "Passage of Power" Robert Caro, which both discuss how the Kennedy administration was concerned about the "root causes" of crime and violence so they could prevent them. These two books don't do the best job discussing the root causes and how to prevent them; others like Alice Miller For Your Own Good," Jonathan Kozol "Savage Inequalities," Philip J. Greven "Spare the Child," and many others, often focusing on specific root causes of violence and how to prevent it. However, the vast majority of good research is almost completely absent from traditional media or the political debate about how to reduce crime.

One of the most important contributing causes, if not the most important one, is early child abuse, including the use of corporal punishment, which I've reviewed in numerous articles including Research On Preventing Violence Absent From National Media which explains how the states still allowing it in schools consistently have higher murder rates, between 22% and 32%, on average, than those not allowing it in schools, with the biggest difference in 2018, showing it's getting larger as the states ban it for longer periods of time. This can also be compared by comparing the States prohibiting all corporal punishment of children, including in the home and List of countries by intentional homicide rate Virtually all the developed countries that banned corporal punishment in both schools and at home have much lower murder rates than the United States, with over a dozen less than one per 100,000 compared to five in the United States. Even half developing countries that banned corporal punishment at home have lower murder rates than the united States, and those with higher murder rates have highly unstable governments and many other social problems contributing to violence.

Perhaps the only other major contributing factor to higher rates of violence are abandoned inner cities, with few if any educational or economic opportunities. These cities also ten to have the most corrupt and violent police forces. This didn't happen by accident; it's the result of decades of cutting back on funds for education, child care, social work that helps reduce violence before it escalates, and other programs that have proven to work. At the same time they've been increasing the get tough on crime policies, often focusing on non-violent drug crimes, while ignoring epidemic levels of white collar crime which is done by wealthy people with political connections.

Many of the people calling to defund the police are trying to reverse this pattern; however, the media routinely misrepresents this call, claiming they want total and immediate abolishing of police. There's only a small minority of people that want this. Unfortunately even Bernie Sanders has contributed to this false impression when he recently said, "Do I think we should not have police departments in America? No, I don’t. There’s no city in the world that does not have police departments." However, he also said, "We've got to start investing in education and jobs, not more jails, not more incarceration, and we have to hold every police officer in this country accountable for what he or she does. And when those police officers break the law and commit acts of murder or violence, they have got to be held accountable," indicating he supports a major part of the defund the police requests, even if he could have phrased it better.

Fortunately there are several good alternative media outlets that do a far better job explaining themselves, but we have to do far more to expose the traditional media and focusing only on the ideology of the billionaires that control over 90% of the media. The following is one of the few articles, which was first published on Cosmopolitan that does a good job explaining that defunding the police is about allocating funds in a manner which most effectively reduces all forms of crime:

Defunding the Police Will Actually Make Us Safer 06/11/2020 by Paige Fernandez the ACLU’s Policing Policy Advisor

Policing in this country evolved from slave patrols. It has never been a neutral institution.

Almost exactly six years after NYPD officers murdered Eric Garner in New York City, Minneapolis police officers murdered George Floyd. Activists, advocates, and protesters are still screaming “I can’t breathe” and begging government officials for police reform that will end police violence in Black communities. But today’s demands are bigger and bolder: Now, protesters are advocating for systemic changes that require a complete reimagining of law enforcement in the United States.

American policing has never been a neutral institution. The first U.S. city police department was a slave patrol, and modern police forces have directed oppression and violence at Black people to enforce Jim Crow, wage the War on Drugs, and crack down on protests. When people ask for police reform, many are actually asking for this oppressive system to be dismantled and to invest in institutions, resources, and services that help communities grow and thrive. That’s why many protestors and activists, following in the footsteps of Black-led grassroots groups, are demanding immediate defunding of police departments.

The idea of defunding, or divestment, is new to some folks, but the basic premise is simple: We must cut the astronomical amount of money that our governments spend on law enforcement and give that money to more helpful services like job training, counseling, and violence-prevention programs. Each year, state and local governments spend upward of $100 billion dollars on law enforcement—and that’s excluding billions more in federal grants and resources.

Budgets are not created in a vacuum. They can be changed through targeted advocacy and organizing. We can demand that our local officials (including city council members and mayors) stop allocating funds for the police to acquire more militarized equipment and instead ask for that money to go toward community-run violence-prevention programs.

We can demand that our federal government redirect the money that funds police presence in schools to putting counselors in schools instead.

Funneling so many resources into law enforcement instead of education, affordable housing, and accessible health care has caused significant harm to communities. Police violence is actually a leading cause of death for Black men: A recent study found that 1 in 1,000 Black men can expect to be killed by police, and public health experts have described police violence as a serious public health issue. For a country like ours, which considers itself a modern democracy that pushes ideals of freedom and justice for all, that number should be truly shocking.

Much of the work police do is merely engage in the daily harassment of Black communities for minor crimes or crimes of poverty that shouldn’t be criminalized in the first place. Consider this: Out of the 10.3 million arrests made per year, only 5 percent are for the most serious offenses, including murder, rape, and aggravated assault. These are the ones that truly threaten public safety. The other 95 percent of arrests are for things like traffic violations, marijuana possession, unlawful assembly, and even removing a shopping cart from store premises. That means that police spend the most resources going after minor incidents that actually don’t threaten everyday life but do lead to mass criminalization and incarceration.

And as you know, some arrests are made for doing nothing at all beyond being Black.

We have little evidence, if any, to show that more police surveillance results in fewer crimes and greater public safety. Indeed, funneling police into communities of color and pushing officers to make arrests just perpetuates harm and trauma. Yet since the 1980s, spending on law enforcement and our criminal legal system has dramatically outpaced that in community services such as housing, education, and violence prevention programs. Those are the institutions that help build stable, safe, and healthy communities.

For example, Los Angeles’s budget gives police $3.14 billion out of the city’s $10.5 billion. Spending on community services such as economic development ($30 million) and housing ($81 million) pale in comparison to the massive LAPD budget. (On Wednesday night, after years of Black Lives Matter grassroots activists demanding a cut in LAPD’s budget, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced he would cut $100 million to $150 million from the LAPD budget and reinvest those funds in communities of color.) Similarly, in New York City, the government spends almost $6 billion on policing, which is more than it does on the Department of Health, Homeless Services, Housing Preservation and Development, and Youth and Community development combined. Complete article


If there's any doubt that reallocating funds to where they're proven to be most effective at reducing violence and all forms of crime, then all we have to do is take a closer look at the European countries that only have a fraction of the murder rates that we have. They almost certainly have far fewer police killed in the line of duty, although it's difficult to come up with thorough statistics. I did find two articles, Police deaths: The officers killed in the line of duty 09/19/2012 (This article lists 256 people killed in 67 years and oddly says "the figures rose each year by an average of between 10 and 15 officers," which can't be true.) and Police are killing, and dying, in a vicious circle 07/11/2016 that imply that the United Kingdom and Germany both have about half the police killed in the line of duty per capita, with about four being killed per year in the UK and six in Germany.

Furthermore, by addressing the root causes of crime before violence and other crimes escalate it would greatly reduce the need to keep over two million people, which comes to about 2/3 of 1% of our population, in prison at any given time and save astronomical amounts of money in court expenses etc. and reduce the amount of confrontations with police in the first place. Even without police reform, which we do need, this would help reduce both violence against police and violence by police. And since one of the leading contributing factors for violence and other crimes is poverty and income inequality, which is most obvious in abandoned inner cities, reducing white collar crime and ending a rigged economy that suppresses wages will also reduce violence and conflict with the police.

Another major factor that defending the police will help accomplish is greatly reduce corruption and the enormous amount of money cities around the country pay out in law suits for police misconduct. Since the protests began they reported Since 2003, Minneapolis has paid out $45 million in settlements over police misconduct 06/12/2020 This comes to an average less than three million dollars per year, for this city alone; however many other cities are much worse. After seeing this article mention some of the lawsuits for other cities as well I began Googling "(various other cities, only covering a fraction, but you can pick you own) paid out millions in settlements over police misconduct" or various related keywords and quickly found dozens of articles about many other cities paying out enormous amounts of money across the country for police misconduct. There's a list of the links I found below. It's clear that cities across the country must be paying out well over 400 million, if not closer to or more than a billion dollars every year for misconduct. New York City, alone paid out just over $175 million in 2019, Los Angeles paid out $148 million recently, and Chicago paid out $85 million in 2018, plus about a hundred more cities with more than a quarter million people. Some of the articles that I found indicated that the settlements were secret, implying a possible pattern of behavior; which means we have no way of knowing how many secret settlements haven't been exposed.



What ever the total number is, there's no doubt this money could be spent in a far more effective manner that will help reduce crime, instead of covering it up and sweeping it under the rug. There's little or no effort to stop epidemic levels of corruption or excessive force. In one of the most extreme cases, although not the most expensive, in Philly’s police misconduct cases drain taxpayer money | Opinion 10/01/2019 Larissa Mogano explains that 26 officers being investigated sued for back pay that they didn't earn, since they were being investigated, and got $1.2 million and at the same time the city had to pay out $4 million for lawsuits as a result of wrongdoing by 15 of those officers!

In many cases the tax payers are forced to pay massive amounts to both the victims and the perpetrators, who aren't held accountable at all. The cops often go back to work, and in many cases face additional disciplinary charges, often for more police brutality!

The political establishment and the media act as if the police unions are so powerful that they can't do anything about them, even though they pretend to try, occasionally. This assumption is totally false; the political establishment, including judges that allowed police to continue having "qualified immunity" made the laws that enabled this. If the political establishment and the media wanted to protect the public in the most effective way possible their actions make absolutely no sense at all. They can hold police accountable for shoplifting and many of the orders to clamp down on petty crimes by the poorest people while white collars criminals are allowed to get away with anything come from the political establishment. I've seen a documentary where police invaded a homeless camp for petty offences like collecting "stolen milk crates" which are clearly marked as property of major corporations, yet they wind up all over the place, and this ex-Cop describes a similar situation where they were told to arrest homeless people for collecting recyclables to collect deposits, which they portrayed as being "stolen" from a waste management corporation, this was too extreme for him so he didn't do it until his sergeant called him to assist and arrest a seventy year old homeless woman for collecting deposits.

The political establishment that pretends to be outraged by this, including the Democrats and their photo op, helped rig the economy and allowed policies like stop and frisk, which obviously only target the poor, especially minorities, and usually innocent. They would never allow stop and frisk against a white collar criminal, who they rarely prosecute at all.

I'm no fan of abusive cops, but there's little or no doubt that the reason why we have so many is because of the political decisions from elected officials and training that teaches them to blindly obey orders in an economic system rigged in favor of the wealthy. They often say they were following orders, which is often true; but we were supposed to learn after the Holocaust that following orders was no excuse. Our system is designed to let the police off the hook as long as the police look the other way at much bigger white collar crime while prosecuting those with the least political power to the full extent of the law.

Of course Donald Trump is no better and according to various sources including The Cult of Trump 12/23/2019 and False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump 12/02/2019 he's either a cult leader or false religious idol, which I've argued repeatedly. However, he only appeals to evangelicals or people with other emotional problems and he seems to be an obvious fraud to many others. Unfortunately in the absence of good educational material about preventing violence in the most effective way possible and many other issues, including how the economic system is rigged, the Democrats may seem like the lesser of two evils.



But, of course, they rigged the Nomination for Joe Biden, and he's not much if any better than Donald Trump. When the police were caught on camera beating Rodney King and there were riots over that Biden responded with the 'Police Officer's Bill of Rights' instead of trying to speak out agasint epidemic levels of police brutality. Now almost twenty years later there are hundreds of not thousands more videos going viral thanks to new technology of more police abuse and he's still defending the police and even wants to give them $300 million more without holding them accountable or even discussing the epidemic amount of money being paid out in lawsuits against the police.

The media routinely rigs elections for candidates supporting Wall Street oligarchs but refuse to cover the most effective research about preventing violence; presumably, partly because their own epidemic fraud helps contribute to the economic inequality and poverty that is one of the leading causes. At this point it would almost take a miracle to replace Biden with Bernie Sanders, so it's virtually guaranteed that we'll have to protest on a massive scale for another four years to get anything done, possibly even if i's only to prevent them from doing anything worse. The Democrats are trying to convince us that we should believe that Trump is so bad we should support Biden, but he's not much if any better, and at least there are far more people willing to protest against Trump than there might be against Biden, so he might actually be the lesser of two evils. But even if Biden is the lesser evil, there's little or no chance he'll beat Trump any way since he has so little support, except from the establishment that rigged the nomination for him.

Absent a miraculous breakthrough many police, in the most violent cities will continue to be occupying thugs suppressing the public they pretend to protect; however, thanks to these massive protests there have been some improvements, at the local level. But it's going to take much more, including more protests, a much more diverse media teaching the public about educational material corporate media suppresses, and covering honest political candidates so they get name recognition they need to be viable, and then we might get elected officials that actually want to push through the real reforms that we need.







The following are some additional articles on the subject, including a list of many of the lawsuits against police officers, costing tax payers hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars around the country:

Biden still wants to increase funding for police departments by $300 million to 'reinvigorate community policing' 06/10/2020

Defund the Police, Defund the Military 06/10/2020 by Medea Benjamin

Democrats Recently Voted to Give Trump Even MORE Police Power 06/03/2020

Biden proposed 'Police Officer's Bill of Rights' two months after Rodney King beating 06/03/2020

Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police 06/09/2020

Hill Democrats quash liberal push to ‘defund the police’ 06/08/2020

Bernie Sanders pushes back on idea of abolishing police departments 06/09/2020

Sanders Proposes Slashing Pentagon Budget by 10% to Reinvest Funds in Communities 'Devastated by Poverty and Incarceration' 06/12/2020

There’s No Way Around It: Spending on Police in the US Is out of Control 06/08/2020 by David Sirota

Camden NJ disbanded its police department 7 years ago. Here's what happened next 06/09/2020

The Democrats Who Created the System of Overpolicing Won’t Be the Ones to Dismantle It 06/12/2020

Pelosi And Schumer’s Fashion Fail? The Problem With White People Wearing Kente 06/09/2020

Pelosi, Schumer kneel in silence for almost 9 minutes to honor George Floyd 06/08/2020

Stephen King predicted the rise of Trump 40 years ago — but he says the reality is scarier than anything he’s written (Video with captions) 04/13/2020

Officials respond to videos of state troopers puncturing and slashing reporters’ parked car tires 06/08/2020

The Cult of Trump 12/23/2019

False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump 12/02/2019

10 SWAT members in South Florida resign from unit, saying they feel unsafely restrained by politics 06/13/2020

Four St. Louis police officers charged with beating undercover colleague 11/29/2019

LA School Police To Return Grenade Launchers, Keep Armored Vehicle 09/17/2014

Chicago's police union president says officers who kneel with Black Lives Matter protesters could be kicked out of the organization 06/12/2020

Police Have Long History of Responding to Black Movements by Playing the Victim 06/13/2020

Supreme Court rejects cases challenging qualified immunity for police officers 06/15/2020

7 Minneapolis officers quit in wake of George Floyd protests 06/14/2020

Jon Stewart says police are basically a 'border patrol' between '2 Americas' who exist to perpetuate segregation 06/15/2020

Is militarisation of Police 'incentivising' civilian killing 06/15/2020

NYPD Cops LIE About being Targeted by Shake Shack Employees 06/16/2020

New Video Shows Police Kicking Handcuffed Black Teen in Tulsa After Arrest for Jaywalking 06/15/2020

A Utah officer pulled his gun on a 10-year-old black boy. He'll keep working, chief says. 06/11/2020

Another Black Man, Tony McDade, Was Shot and Killed by Police Last Week 06/01/2020

As Trump Threatens to Send Military Into Cities, Some GIs Refuse to Comply 06/03/2020

Bernie Sanders Should Embrace the Demand to Defund the Police 06/10/2020 by Meagan Day

Wikipedia: List of killings by law enforcement officers by country

No Sign Of Antifa So Far In Justice Department Cases Brought Over Unrest 06/09/2020

American Cops Could Learn a Lesson From Italy’s Carabinieri 06/10/2020

Missouri woman fatally shot by sheriff’s deputy during traffic stop 06/15/2020

Seattle Cop Forcibly Moves Officer's Knee From Neck Of Detained Man 06/01/2020

Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop 06/06/2020

Qualified immunity explained





The following are a long list of settlements against police, and as I said previously, if you Google many more big cities, including one near you, it's virtually guaranteed you'll find more:

Philly’s police misconduct cases drain taxpayer money | Opinion 10/01/2019 Larissa Mogano, For The Inquirer

For the average person in Philly, having a job means being an at-will employee who can lose employment at any time, for any reason. If you make a careless mistake that costs your employer a lot of money, you can assume you’ll be fired. Make a mistake that causes injury or harm to others and you may receive jail time or pay restitution out-of-pocket over a period of time.

But in one line of work in Philly, not only can you make expensive mistakes and keep your job — you may even get back pay for the time your employer spent investigating it. If you’re among the fortunate 330 or so employees in one city department who make at least $100K annually, that back pay adds up.

What employees have this kind of extreme job security? Philadelphia police officers. And the employer hemorrhaging money? That’s us, the taxpayers.

Recent data have shown that between 2011 and 2019, in 170 cases where the Fraternal Order of Police fought to dismiss or reduce police officer discipline, the city paid 26 officers at least $1.2 million in back pay and other payments. In addition, the city has paid nearly $4 million to settle federal lawsuits involving 15 of these officers. Altogether, The Inquirer reported that Philadelphia taxpayers have doled out at least $5 million over the past decade to officers just through the arbitration process alone.

Even if you’re among the small percentage of police officers who gets fired from the department, there’s a good chance you can get your job back within a year or two. This might even happen more than once. Complete article


Since 2003, Minneapolis has paid out $45 million in settlements over police misconduct 06/12/2020 Since 2003, Minneapolis has paid out $45 million in court settlements over use-of-force complaints about its police department. Cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago have seen a similar culture of abuse, and taxpayers are footing the bill. Jeff Pegues speaks to one man who got a six-figure settlement after six officers attacked him.

Baltimore set to pay out millions in police misconduct complaints 08/08/2020

Report details taxpayer payouts in Baltimore police misconduct cases 01/31/2020

Millions in lawsuit settlements are another hidden cost of police misconduct: Experts 06/14/2020 During fiscal year 2019, New York city paid out $175.9 million in civil judgments and claims for police-related lawsuits -- not including settlements made with the city's comptroller's office, said Nick Paolucci, a spokesman with the city's Law Department -- the agency that defends the city and its employees in lawsuits.

Los Angeles county budgeted $148.5 million where $91.5 million was paid to satisfy 16 judgments, including $16.3 million paid for nine lawsuits against the Sheriff's Department and 240 settlements, according to the annual litigation cost report. "This marks a 24% increase over the $73.7 million the county expended on judgments and settlements" from the previous fiscal year, the report read.

In 2018, more than $85 million of Chicago taxpayer funds were used to settle police misconduct lawsuits -- the highest amount since 2011 -- and an additional $28 million to outside lawyers to defend these cases, according to data analyzed by the Chicago Reporter. For the prior year, over $32 million were paid to settle police-related lawsuits and $23 million in lawyer fees.

Police Settlements A CURATED COLLECTION OF LINKS

Police misconduct in Philadelphia, by the numbers 10/20/2014 Since 2009, Philly PD has settled 29 shooting lawsuits, for a total of $13,139,500

Countries that ban corporal punishment have lower rates of teen fighting, study finds 10/22/2018

When Police View Citizens as Enemies 05/31/2020

NYPD Officer Still Has A Job Even Though He Was Caught Planting Weed On Two Innocent Men In Separate Incidents 03/20/2020

We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records. 06/11/2020

Chicago Citizens Police Data Project

Fired for a felony, again for perjury. Meet the new police chief. 10/14/2019

St. Louis police secret settlements total $4.7 million 06/06/2016

Detroit Police misconduct lawsuits cost city tens of millions of dollars 07/29/2019

Police misconduct claims cost Detroit taxpayers $19.1 million since 2015 06/14/2018

Miami to Pay Millions for Police Abuse That Left Victim in Coma 07/01/1993

Phoenix Police Settlement Claims Cost $26 Million Over 10 Years 10/22/2019

New Orleans to Pay $13.3 Million to Settle Katrina Police-Brutality Cases 12/20/2016

Houston may pay $1.2M to settle lawsuit from family of man killed by police officer 01/06/2020

Philadelphia spends millions every year to settle claims of police misconduct 07/16/2015

Dallas Has Spent Nearly $10M On Police Misconduct Lawsuits Since 2015 12/09/2019

Boston paid $36m to settle police lawsuits 05/15/2015

6 Police Misconduct Settlements Worth Millions 04/30/2013

Records: Louisiana paid $1.3 million to settle sexual harassment claims over past decade; see list of accused, payouts 01/05/2018

Fort Worth paid more than $2.2 million in lawsuits against its police in 10 years 10/31/2019

Milwaukee Council OKs $3.4 Million Settlement Of Police Stop-And-Frisk Lawsuit 07/11/2018

VA Police Brutality: Victim Gets Settlement In Excessive Force Lawsuit 07/10/2019