Panetta to announce new drug fighting measures
March 26th, 2012
01:44 PM ET

Panetta to announce new drug fighting measures

By Paula Newton reporting from Ottawa, Canada

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives in the Canadian capital Monday, where he is expected to announce new measures to support the fight against narcotics in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

He is attending a two-day meeting in Ottawa with Canadian and Mexican defense leaders."The objective is to see how we can coordinate and support on security in ways that assist the ongoing counter-narcotics strategies in our countries," said Jay Paxton, communications director for Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay.

The efforts will build on new strategies already in place such as Operation Martillo, a joint, interagency operation led by the Pentagon's U.S. Southern Command. It aims to team up with regional law enforcement agencies as well as other government bodies to try and hunt down drug smugglers in the waters of the Caribbean and off Central America.

The so-called war on drugs has many critics, some even within government. But U.S. government officials stress that the global nature of organized crime and the bold firepower of drug cartels means no one country or agency can go it alone.

The United Nations estimates that the drug trade in the United States, Canada and Mexico is now worth at least $147 billion a year.

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    I wrote a college paper on the drug war about 8 years ago... sadly.. nothing has changed since then.... did you know with the money the US Government spends on fighting the "Drug War" in 1 year, we could buy ALL of the drug farms in South America essentially ending the main supply of drugs to this country in a heartbeat? How smart is this? Continually fighting a losing battle where the only people punished are the poor schmucks that are tapped as mules to bring this crap across the border... and the fools dumb enough to put this stuff in their bodies.... If you want to end drug smuggling, end the power of the Cartels, and undermine organized crime, you can do so in one stroke... Make all drugs legal. Make them ALL Legal, all you need are laws making it illegal to be high in public and while driving etc. .... In other words... common sense laws... if you do this... supply and demand will drop the price of this stuff and people can purchase it from legitimate sources... over time.. the drug cartels will flat out run out of money... I have no idea why this hasn't happened yet considering we proved this to be the case during prohibition which had the same effect... we created a criminal underground to supply booze to those who drink empowered the mob by making them the sole provider of alcohol to the nation... ........ Use your brain Government... quit playing games... make it all legal and let the cartels run out of money with nothing to peddle.

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    maybe , just maybe , since we tax payers are paying for this war on drugs, we could vote to see if we would like to spend our hard earned money on this foolish endevor? it's really frustrating for our government to adopt polices that effect everyone without giving everyone a chance to choose , i.e. Obamacare, drug war expenses, gun control, ect. Then hear them tout the praises of our democracy , which isn't actully a democracy but a Republic ,Personally i think all drugs should be legal and made available to the general public free of charge then we could decrease the surplus population of morons willing to do them . Whats next Iphone war, dark chocolate war, DrPepper war , , oh wait i have an idea how about ,war on war , war on politics , war on injustice, inequality, poverty, hunger, homelessness, under-education now these are wars i wouldn't mind my money being spent on !

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      this is america. we dont get to vote on matters like this... we can only vote between one shetty government offcial and another similar (just as shetty) government official.... in essence, our vote doesn't matter... welcome to america.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply

    thats just 1 good measures he hav taking to ensure good security.

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