The nation’s top drug cop advocated a “different approach” to narcotics enforcement — and stressed that there is no “war on drugs” — but had stern words Monday for the San Francisco-bred medical marijuana movement. Drug users need treatment and education rather than jail terms, according to Gil Kerlikowske, the former Seattle police chief who now heads President Barack Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. Read More
Two San Francisco medical cannabis dispensaries praised as models for their industry will close under federal Justice Department pressure at the end of business today.
HopeNet, on Ninth Street in South of Market, and the Vapor Room, on Haight Street in the Lower Haight, will be the seventh and eighth San Francisco dispensaries to close under federal pressure since a coordinated statewide crackdown began last fall. Read More
On a day when Rep. Nancy Pelosi should have been celebrating the Supreme Court victory of the sweeping health care reform that she helped pass, the House minority leader instead found herself in the middle of another partisan whirlwind. Read More
Justice Department documents made public yesterday by Judicial Watch exposed quite a contradiction — a secret meeting on transparency in government. It happened on Dec. 7, 2009, and was convened by the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department headed by Attorney General Eric Holder. Read More
Operation Fast and Furious is a growing scandal. Attorney General Eric Holder must go, but Congress should not stop investigating there, and it needs to ask if Democratic operatives knew anything.
Fast and Furious is the latest variation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivess Operation Gunrunner, which allowed U.S. firearms to go to Mexico. It’s a disaster involving more than 2,000 guns, many now being used in crimes and one used to kill a federal agent. Read More
It’s been nearly four decades since Watergate, so perhaps we should not be surprised that memories have faded about one of the crucial lessons of that scandal: The cover-up is always worse than the original crime. This amnesia even affects law enforcement officials, notably Attorney General Eric Holder and others in the Justice Department. Read More
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms acting director Kenneth Melson will testify next month before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the agency’s botched gun-trafficking sting The Daily Beast reports. Read More
Watergate clichés though they are, two questions beg to be asked about the exploding Fast and Furious scandal at the U.S. Department of Justice: What did Attorney General Eric Holder know and when did he know it concerning the underlying concept, operational protocols and legal status of the Operation Fast and Furious program in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms? Read More
Attorney General Eric Holder tours the country proclaiming that he has “reinvigorated” the Civil Rights Division, compared to the Bush years. Reporters never ask precisely what he means. And the American people might not like the the answer.
Holder really means adopting outside-activist agendas far beyond the American legal mainstream. Read More