The House of Death: An Interview with DEA Whistleblower Sandy Gonzalez

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20 Responses to “The House of Death: An Interview with DEA Whistleblower Sandy Gonzalez”

  1. M says:

    @#8, Kevin:
    You see hope because of something you read in a book Obama wrote 13 years ago. I see a candidate who in the present is rapidly swinging to the right.

  2. Ryan Waddell says:

    the reason MOST people fall into those traps that you mention (mainly : stealing and/or whoring to get $ to fund their addiction) is due to the drugs illegality.

    Really? I don’t see the connection. The reason they fall into those terrible behaviours is because the drugs take over their lives, they can’t keep their jobs, and so they have no source of legal income to support their habits. And I don’t see how legalizing those drugs would make it any easier for said people… If anything, it will be *harder* for them. You think that crack, cocaine and meth would be cheaper if the government decided to legalize them? Looking at the amount of tax the government takes in on tobacco and alcohol, I *highly* doubt it.

  3. Phikus says:

    More proof that the War On Some Drugs has never been about Justice.

  4. 1up mushroom says:

    reason: You said at a conference earlier this year that while corruption is a problem, the bigger problem is that federal prosecutors don’t hold corrupt agents accountable. Is that an accurate assessment of your opinion?

    Gonzalez: Yes. In the House of Death case, the prosecutor’s office is involved, the U.S. Attorney is involved. So it gets covered up. If there had been no involvement of the prosecutor’s office in the misconduct, they might have gone after some of the agents. But Sutton’s people were in the thick of things. So, you know, it gets covered up.

    He should just contact the agency that watchdogs the justice dept…. oh, wait.

  5. Enochrewt says:

    #13: You’re kidding right? I’ve known plenty of heroin addicts, and not a single one of them wasn’t addicted. I’m just shocked that anybody can even think that the majority of heroin or crack users aren’t addicted. You’re out-and-out fooing yourself, possibly about your own addiction.

  6. M says:

    Look, everyone knows the US government is totally corrupt. It’s not just the “justice” department–look at the structure of this week’s bailout. The questions are what do we do about it, how, and when? Frankly, I don’t see much hope coming out of the elections.

  7. minTphresh says:

    i dont know why i still get surprised when i read this crap.

  8. Kevin says:

    I see a lot of Hope and Change coming out of the elections:

    “Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though
    - Dreams of my Father

    This sounds to me like a president who might choose to dismantle the DEA?

  9. Tom Hale says:

    I tried really hard to find a positive point for the DEA on this case – unsuccessfully. I’m suprised I haven’t heard of this before.

    I don’t have any problem with marihuana’s legalization – I’m pretty sure it’s way less harmful than alcohol abuse. The really bad drugs, drugs that place people on the street, stealing from family members, and whoring themselves – they should stay illegal imo.

  10. Takuan says:

    so? It’s been long established the DEA is a criminal gang bent on perpetuating its sinecure. What restrains them?

  11. Enochrewt says:

    #1: There’s an actual political term used by lobbyists and the like for politicans and aging government types: Walrus. A person who stakes out a flat hot rock in the the political landscape and defends it viciously.

  12. minTphresh says:

    so that those who use must steal from family members, whore thmselves,and live on the streets. yeah, makes perfect sense!

  13. Tom Hale says:

    @ MINTPHRESH, Those are the ones I have to deal with – constantly with the job I have. To those that can use crack cocaine, heroin, crystal meth without becoming addicted, and it taking over your life – more power to you.

    The point here is that the DEA tried and is still trying to cover up a series of atrocious crimes that they had the power to stop. My comment about legalization was in response to other comments.

  14. Brainspore says:

    When you choose to treat a social problem as a “war,” you get the requisite body count.

  15. FoetusNail says:

    Please, don’t turn this into another pointless discussion on the legalization of some drugs.

  16. Super Nate says:

    Too late FOETUSNAIL!

    “To those that can use crack cocaine, heroin, crystal meth without becoming addicted, and it taking over your life – more power to you.”

    IE. The vast majority of all users.

  17. KirkUltra says:

    Shout out to Narco News, http://www.narconews.com, who have been covering this story for years.

    Thanks so much for posting this BoingBoing!

  18. minTphresh says:

    and i was only answering your comment,@9. the reason MOST people fall into those traps that you mention (mainly : stealing and/or whoring to get $ to fund their addiction) is due to the drugs illegality. personally i hate drugs. even when confronted with prescribed drugs, i usually will opt for a more natural approach, when available. that doesn’t change the reality of drugs. there have always been drugs, there will always be drugs. as long as there are people, people will do them. locking away close to a million of them, stigmatizing them with an arrest record( i’m talking about the using, not the stealing and/or whoring) , and not offering any viable alternative seems far more criminal to me than someone who wishes to get high. and could you imagine the tax windfall for both state and fed. coffers? sorry about the threadjack. i think people like gonzales should be lionized, not demonized.

  19. Phikus says:

    This war of which we speak, and the current illegality is only to make sure they continue to control it, and supplies remain scarce to keep prices high (no pun intended.)

    Pot remains illegal chiefly because of the power of the alcohol, tobacco, & pharmaceutical companies, as I have said in similar threads here before (and will continue to bring up while it continues to remain valid.) Also because it is an entheogen, and entheogens expand consciousness, allowing people to see how they herd us like sheep. Why else are drugs like DMT and psilocybin considered Class One substances?

    Holland is hard on hard drugs and soft on soft ones and it seems to work pretty darn well over there. I have seen the direct result of hard drugs to consume souls, but the illegality of these substances and the hard time they promise did not dissuade any from dabbling who are interested. Legality brings control. How many are still bootlegging whiskey out there?

    Prison creates criminals. These people need help and rehabilitation, not to become fodder for a corrupt privatized prison system.

    When there is no oversight, corruption becomes absolute, while in reality it is obsolete. If everyone is forced to play by the same rules, these problems will go away. This, transparency of government is key to dissolving this status quo.

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