It's remarkable how little scrutiny the DEA faces from Congress or other federal overseers. Over the last 40 years Congress has rarely held hearings on the DEA, its actions, or its efficacy. I hope this is a wake-up call for members of Congress.
When the true facts of an investigation's origin and development are withheld not only from defense lawyers but from prosecutors and judges, the rights to a fair trial and to confront one's accusers are rendered meaningless.
It's not simply a battle of politics and laws that takes place in legislatures and courtrooms. It is a war that is being waged in our neighborhoods on a daily basis, adversely affecting millions of people every year, and costing the U.S. taxpayers hundreds of million dollars.