“New professionalism” on trial in Cleveland

A federal grand jury in Cleveland charged Lucas, 41, of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, in an 18-count indictment that accuses him of perjury, making false statements and violating three people’s civil rights.

What’s even more of a riot than the piece (“full-throttle approach”?) are the comments, many of which seek to shift the blame to informant Jerrell Bray…who has already been tried and convicted for his part. What we have here is a gung-ho employee of an unconstitutional agency which exists in violation of the 9th and 10th Amendments, who may have violated parts of the Bill of Rights that even the ACLU recognizes, and who deserves prison just for drawing the paycheck he drew, even if he were clean. This is what the War on Drugs means: people will be hired who are “good at what they do”, regardless of collateral damage.

And don’t tell me “innocent until proven guilty” — that may be true of these particular criminal complaints, but his employment is a matter of public record.

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