Former US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents who testified secretly before the US Senate Committee
headed by Sen. Jackson (R) Washington, charge the "War On Drugs" is compromised by corruption at high levels.
Jerry Laveroni, as a 12 year old dreaming of becoming a policeman, wrote to FBI Director Hoover for information about the Mafia; only to have Hoover reply: "There's no such organization." Years later, trained as a federal narcotics officer, but before gaining any experience, Laveroni joined a group of agents (Some later jailed for corruption) being interrogated by President Nixon, who appeared to be extremely interested in the techniques used in their undercover work. During the next five years, pretending to be a drug dealer, Laveroni infiltrated the ranks of the local pushers & was on the verge of being introduced to the head of the Los Angeles Mafia when the Southern California DEA Director ordered him to stop the investigation and return to the streets minus his badge & gun. When Laveroni refused because that would expose him to possibly being shot by the LAPD as a known drug pusher, he & his partner were sent to the LA Airport Holiday Inn with $100,000 in DEA money to buy heroin. But, as if warned, the instant the dealers entered the hotel room they opened fire, killing Laveroni's partner & almost escaping with the federal money. Convinced he'd been set-up for assassination, Laveroni resigned from the DEA.
Pat Saunders, trained in electronic surveillance by phone company technicians, spent years tapping phones without ever being shown legal authorization. He began to question the DEA when, although assigned to the Los Angeles office, he was inexplicably sent to New York to "debug" the home & offices of financier Robert Vesco, a major Nixon contributor later charged with drug dealing and who became an internationally hunted fugitive. Finally, after he & several other agents were asked by the So. Calif. DEA Asst. Director to volunteer for a "special unit" to murder suspected dealers "South of the Border;" Saunders also resigned.
Convinced these things had originated at a higher level, Pat & Jerry feared they'd be killed if they tried to complain. It was only after both the Director & the Asst. Director of the So. Calif. DEA had been imprisoned for corruption that Pat & Jerry dared to appear before Sen. Jackson's Committee & be interviewed by Robert Carl Cohen, declaring:
"The more people know about what goes on inside the "War On Drugs," the less reason anyone has to try to silence us."
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