"Counternarcotics Strategy"? Wanna bet that's the new, improved, replacement, non-threatening euphemism for the War On Drugs, which, I imagine will entail the remilitarization of the border, harsher search and interrogation techniques, more "boots on the ground," and the renewed ultra-demonization of pot users? I don't suppose any discussion of legalization will occur, even though that is the ONLY expedient with even the TINIEST possibility of succeeding.
Via the local blog, FBIHOP:
Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder will be in Albuquerque on Friday to unveil President Obama's 2009 National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy.Maybe some brave soul could ask AG Holder:
The two cabinet-level Obama advisers will also be joined by Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske.
"Secretary Napolitano will also swear in new members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). Comprised of national security experts from state, local and tribal governments, first responder communities, academia and the private sector, HSAC provides advice and recommendations directly to Secretary Napolitano on homeland security issues," Napolitano spokeswoman Sara Kuban said in a statement.
Napolitano is an Albuquerque native and Sandia High School graduate. Napolitano served as Arizona governor before being confirmed as Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security.
1) When he plans to replace the bushevik holdovers in US Atty posts all across the country?Maybe someone could ask Napolitano what plans she has to ask for modifications to the PATRIOT ACT to lessen its more idiotically dreckonian (stet) provisions, if not to repeal it altogether?
2)When he plans to do for Don Siegelman what he and "thePrez" were at such pains to so rapidly accomplish for that cretinous, criminal GOPuke fuckwad Ted Stevens, and throw out the whole case against Siegelman for gross prosecutorial misconduct and judicial prejudice?
What'll you bet no such questions are even considered, much less asked? I'd bet the tiny shreds of my sorely diminished retirement accounts. The local SCUM (SoCalled Unbiased Media) are reliably tame, message-broke (the journalistic equivalent of being 'stump-broke' in livestock) and well-schooled in sycophancy...
Local ABQ media are such pussies. They faithfully record the pronouncements of the powerful, but seldom ask questions. In 2007, Cheney was in town for some military charade, and the locals faithfully excerpted his prepared remarks, even though Cheney prohibited questions from the press. They persisted in their stenography when they were denied the chance to ask even perfunctory little questions.
When I called a couple of them about it--notably the local news department of the NPR affiliate--they said the mere visit was enough to justify the coverage, and that it wasn't necessary to ask questions. I threw-up a little in my hand as I was hanging up...