For Years, DEA Agents Attended Illegal Sex Parties Paid for by Drug Cartels
Washington, DC—According to a recent report from Justice Department watchdog sources, a number of DEA agents are being accused of having “sex parties” with prostitutes that were purchased by drug cartels. These were not isolated incidents. The parties were reportedly a regular occurrence that took place over the course of several years.
Seven out of the 10 DEA agents who have been accused of attending the parties have confessed, but each of them received very short suspensions, some less than a week. It was also revealed in the recent report that the parties took place in locations that were rented or leased by the U.S. government.
There are a number of other witnesses in the report also. Police officers in Colombia claim that DEA agents were bribed by cartel members within the country.
“Although some of the DEA agents participating in these parties denied it, the information in the case file suggested they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds,” Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in the 131-page report that was published this week.
These findings came to light during an investigation that took place following the 2012 scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, where U.S. Secret Service agents and DEA agents were caught partying with prostitutes while preparing for a visit from President Obama.
“The Department of Justice takes the issues raised in the Inspector General report seriously and is taking steps to implement policies and procedures to help prevent them from happening in the future. The Department is already working with the law enforcement components to ensure a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment and misconduct is enforced and that incidents are properly reported. The department is also committed to ensuring the proper preservation and disclosure of electronic communications, including text messages and images,” Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said in a statement.
Interestingly, Horowitz told reporters that the Justice Department was unable to know the full scope of the sexually explicit text messages and images that were sent between DEA agents because “the Justice Department law enforcement agencies do not have adequate technology to enable them to detect that type of misconduct.”
However, when spying on average citizens, it seems that government agencies have more than adequate technology and resources to document every single detail of their communications.
One aspect of this story that is being overlooked in the mainstream media is the fact that high-ranking DEA agents were basically being bribed by the drug cartels they are supposedly fighting against.
This is a textbook example of “regulatory capture.” Regulatory capture is a form of political corruption that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or special concerns of interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating.
The war on drugs is an economic racket that makes the government a ton of money in a variety of different ways, and provides corrupt individuals with opportunities to take advantage of people and get away with it. These cases continue to surface nearly on a daily basis, showing us that this corruption goes far deeper than just a few bad apples.
We are dealing with a system that encourages and protects corruption, and that is the root of our problem.