It’s Time To Abolish The DEA


By Brandon Turbeville

The Drug Enforcement Agency has long targeted Americans with the most non-sensical and ridiculous type of propaganda in order to convince them that the agency itself is actually useful and not the scourge of a civilized nation that it truly is. After all, if you are going to continue to launch a full-on military operation and establish a police state against adults who choose to consume specific plants, throwing otherwise peaceful people into cages, ruining their lives, and even killing them in the process, you need some rather extreme and immediate reason to continue to exist.

For this reason, the DEA – in addition to fleets of aircraft, military uniforms, machine guns, and other forms of war gear – has been funded liberally for over forty years for the purpose of waging war against the same taxpayers who are forced to fund it. But in addition to the hardware, the DEA is also tasked with convincing Americans the drug war is just and that it must be won, much less waged. Indeed, the DEA needs to justify its robbing, pillaging, and killing of American citizens to the same American citizens who the DEA will rob, pillage, and kill.

As a result, we see the most ridiculous types of propaganda – from deformed boneless teenagers (caused by marijuana) to zombies (caused by marijuana) and even the drunken businessman who inadvertently funds al-Qaeda by buying weed at a swanky nightclub, we are constantly reminded that a world in which adults can freely choose what they put into their own bodies is merely a step in the direction to a world of crack-smoking toddlers, elementary schools full of heroin addicts, and puppies tripping on acid. We get it. If we don’t have a paramilitary police force doing everything we were told only anti-American tyrants do overseas, the world will come to a fiery end.

But what if everything or, at least the majority, that the DEA has fed to us in its decades-long existence is simply bullshit? What if marijuana isn’t the same as heroin? What if kratom is not the same as either? What if, in a free society, adults do have the right to take LSD if they want? What if the United States didn’t waste so much money on preventing allegedly free adults from consuming substances they obviously want to consume? What if the United States didn’t waste incredible fortunes on the prison industrial complex and putting nonviolent people behind bars? What if the United States did not have the highest incarceration rate in the world while still lecturing other countries on freedom and democracy overseas?

Another question is why the DEA even exists to begin with? While the debate over whether some drugs, substances, and plants are helpful, harmful, addictive, etc. can certainly be made, the question of whether or not an adult has the right to consume those substances or plants should never be up for debate.

Nevertheless, since its official creation in 1972 to 2014, the DEA has sucked up over $50 billion dollars in taxpayer money. The estimated budget of the DEA hovers around $3 billion a year. And that is merely for one small portion of the overarching war (not counting the resources of Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies devoted to locking up nonviolent plant and substance possessors) as well as the staggering costs of incarcerating these people – a rough estimate of $51 billion per year. Over a decade, this money used to incarcerate human beings for “crimes” that harm no one except, arguably, themselves balloons to over $500 billion. To put that in context, the LA Times reports that the cost of ending worldwide hunger would be $300 billion. In other words, if the U.S. alone would merely end its persecution of plants and non-violent people for ten years, it could end world hunger while still keeping all other programs and spending plans in place.

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That America could end world hunger but chooses instead to stick to a punitive system of locking up non-violent human beings into cages is a stunning condemnation of the priorities of the allegedly “freest country in the world.”

The United States now has the largest population of incarcerated people in the entire world. Perhaps that is why we are constantly reminded by our media and government that the U.S. is the “freest country in the world.” But how free are you if you have to be reminded of your freedom every hour lest you should forget it? Constant repetition of ones superiority is not a hallmark of freedom, it is a hallmark of slavery and totalitarianism.

From year to year, American political debates center around spending and spending cuts. While law enforcement and overseas wars never receive cuts in funding, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP benefits, and veterans’ services are routinely reduced. If there was ever a case for abolishing a useless and counter-productive government agency, the DEA has certainly made one for itself.

If America ever wants to move forward as a nation, it must abandon this incredibly corrupt, violent, and counterproductive war on drugs. The DEA must be abolished. The Prison Industrial Complex must be broken. Americans can no longer afford to waste their money, their society, and their lives for the benefit of the private prison industry, Big Pharma, Big Industry, and Wall Street.

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Brandon Turbevillearticle archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)


    What, and put millions of knuckle dragging thugs out of work? There are just so many useless federal do nothing jobs to go around. Do you want these morons walking the streets among us “angry” and armed, instead of just armed?

  • L Garou

    There never has been a war on drugs.
    There always has been a drug war on the competition..

  • anonymous4u4me

    An embrassement at best?

  • Pheo Smith

    The war is on the people

  • Pheo Smith

    Lying crimnal Clinton

  • kurt mccarthy

    Tell me how an organization that is in charge of writing the laws and enforcing them isn’t crooked. The DEA needs to go, we the people need to make an effort this election to get the DEA in the cross hairs. I recently am getting over a liver injury because my dumb doctor wanted to prescribe me medication for injuries I sustained on active duty in the Army. We have natural products that work. However, the DEA and their infinite wizdom tell us what drugs are bad and which ones are good. Perfect example Kratom, I used it for my pain do I didn’t have to be on Hydrocodone with Nasty Acetaminophen. Now that is banned same with Marijuana.

  • xyz

    Exactly. The war on drugs is a joke, just like the war on terror.


    Your thinking of the FDA= the Federal Death Agency.

  • Another glaring problem with the Gestapo…I mean DEA is that they also unilaterally set the policy for what drugs are legal or even whether they have medicinal benefits. Kratom i a perfect example of a substance that is quite possibly the salvation for opiate addicts, with absolutely none of the risks associated with methadone or.suboxone and they have decided it will now be a schedule 1 drug. Higher risk than cocaine. No vote, no senate committee, the DEA simply decided. And now they have another bogey man to justify funding. It’s a complete conflict of interest. The DEA not only needs to be abolished but taking into consideration the toll they have taken juxtaposed to the lack of benifit, I would argue that some high ranking officials should be charged with crimes against humanity.

  • Nope. The DEA has decided to make kratom a schedule 1 drug. It’s sad that most people realize the war on drugs is an unmitigated disaster but seem to think this abominable policy is better than nothing. I encourage everyone to vote libertarian if they want to see this madness stopped and put an end to the godawful DEA.

  • Bill the eighth

    Vote for the far left radical Gary Johnson? He is not a libertarian by any measure, you might as well vote for the Hildebeast.

  • Herman Christian

    There are other alphabet agencies being armed up as well?

    As with most of them, take for example the IRS.
    The IRS was organized and chartered and domiciled (outside the U.S.) to help you and guide those who volunteered or were directed lawfully to pay taxes. Now look at them? They are now a rogue enforcement arm to intimidate and wring the blood out of a dumbed down population. As they all are brought in as an agency for good but then transformed by disobeying the constitution into a structural evil. Take the USDA? Why in hell do THEY need military combat gear to do what they do? Soon your postal delivery will be armed to the teeth and almost every agency to the EPA has militarized SWAT ?

    Hey ! I know ! Lets Federalize the police and then we can really piss on the Constitution and jail those cell phone and nonseatbelted driver criminals and mimick the banana republic were becoming?

  • Tuaca1107

    Very astute!! Thank you!!

  • Katana Man

    Meanwhile bankers and plutocrats snort up tonnes of coke every year. And we cant smoke weed.

  • Katana Man

    Yeah they are just protecting pharmaceutical profits.

  • Thomas F. Dixon

    Can you imagine what the founding fathers of this nation would say about the DEA??

  • Tony Gavin

    Although I do not use cannabis I agree it should be legal. But if I must say; being sober is the best way to be. But that is up to the individual to decide if they want to use things or not, not the DEA, government, or anyone. Alcohol is addictive and is used amongst most American adults. Think of all the lives lost to drunk driving, all the robbery, rape, murder, domestic abuse associated with alcohol. The lobbyists and media make alcohol seem like the answer, amazing how good PR can mold the minds of the public that such a historically destructive substance; (man made) alcohol can be seen as the “thing to do”. But a plant (which should not be smoked but made in edible form, oils, ect…) which makes people relieved of stress and non violent get such a bad rap? The world economic system needs cannabis to stay illegal to keep the cash flow going, the laundering of drug money through the banks. The world is corrupt, it maybe will never change or change ever so slowly. Cannabis does harm REM sleep, and effects the prostate, nothing is without harm, but cannabis has very low harm dynamics, it actually has many healing aspects which many are aware of (anti-seizure, pain management, ect….) Many people use alcohol responsibly yet many crimes happen with people who make poor choices while drunk. If pot was legal you would not have nearly as many irresponsible users as you do with alcohol, yet it remains illegal in most of the country. All I can say is be sober, being sober feeds itself, getting high in any way calls for more action to remain that way, which is a hassle. Be sober, live life clearly, life does not have to be enhanced or escaped from, but again it is every persons individual choice of how to live……….

  • Stephen Stillwell

    I still believe the DEA should be repurposed to investigate and prosecute corruption and fraud. Starting with the prohibitionists

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