June 16, 2012

 

After 19 years of waste, Nat Drug Intel Center closes

June 16, 2012. Johnstown, PA. Yesterday, the National Drug Intelligence Center closed its doors for good. The agency was created in 1993 when then US Rep. John Murtha inserted an earmark into a defense authorization bill. For 19 years, the agency has been an example of government waste and irresponsible pork-barrel spending. Now, after two decades and an estimated $880 million in taxpayer money, the redundant and unnecessary agency is finally closed.

The Pentagon/Justice Dept. National Drug Intelligence Center closed yesterday.

Readers may have noticed a barrage of seemingly current news reports over the past two days that focus on statistics released by an obscure federal agency titled, the National Drug Intelligence Center. The stories all detail Mexican drug cartels and their proliferation throughout the US. On CNN this morning, the network warned Americans that according to the NDIC, the violent Mexican drug cartels have “infiltrated over one thousand US cities”.



War with Mexico?

For Whiteout Press readers, that’s not news. While the US corporate news media continues to refer to the hostile, invading, Mexican combatants as innocents, the truth is that 30,000 ex-military commandos and officers have enlisted with the Mexican drug cartels, invaded the US and set up underground military bases in hundreds of US cities and towns. They go by names like Los Zetas, Sinaloa Federation and the Gulf Cartel.

At the same time, an estimated 300,000 heavily-armed militia have also invaded the US. They operate out of every city and town in America and go by names like the Mexican Mafia, Latin Kings, Surenos and Nortenos. Last but not least, they have been joined by tens of millions of Mexican nationals that have also secretly invaded the US.

Read the 2011 Whiteout Press article, ‘War with Mexico?’ for more information.

Suddenly, with the closing of the National Drug Intelligence Center, the US news media has decided that the seldom-mentioned above details are now headline material. Upon further investigation however, this author was surprised to find out that the facts being cited were all released in September of 2011. It appears the mainstream media is trying to show the American people why they shouldn’t have closed the NDIC, or possibly what we’re up against without them.

The most widely reported NDIC statistic on the airwaves today has been the following (from the NDIC):

  • In 2006, the NDIC had evidence that Mexican drug cartels were openly operating in 50 US cities.
  • In 2008, the number of infiltrated US cities had jumped to approximately 250.
  • In 2010, Mexican drug cartels were openly operating in 1,286 US cities.

NDIC - a waste from the start

From the agency’s inception in 1993, critics argued that the new multi-million dollar center had no mission, duties or responsibilities. In fact, there were dozens of federal agencies already in existence that were handling the nation’s war on drugs. Citizens Against Government Waste pointed out that there were a staggering 19 drug intelligence centers already in existence. But powerful Democratic Congressman John Murtha saw an opportunity to create 200-400 well-paying jobs for his hometown constituents.



The same year the NDIC was created, a GAO report warned that federal officials were questioning the agency’s management structure and were still unclear on its mission. The center has seen continuous scandal, a revolving door of directors and according to a 2005 US News and World Report article, a deputy director that admits, “I’ve never come to terms with the justification for the NDIC.” Behind the scenes, the center caused friction because it was funded by the Pentagon, but administered by the Justice Dept.

In the same 2005 article, the publication reports that then President George W. Bush had included one paragraph on page 1,181 of his yearly budget that would kill the NDIC. That one paragraph would have slashed the agency’s budget to a level only high enough to facilitate its closing. It was one of 154 federal programs and agencies that President Bush proposed to eliminate in 2005. Yet the NDIC managed to survive.

NDIC supporters

The NDIC didn’t go down easy. It had powerful backers in the form of President George HW Bush, former Drug Czar Bill Bennett and Johnstown’s current US Congressman Mark Critz. “Unfortunately, after months of attempting to work with Justice Department officials, the decision was made…to forgo keeping any future operation in Johnstown,” Rep. Critz recently announced, “This decision was both misguided and wrong.” Commenting on the Center in 2005, the NDIC’s primary sponsor Rep. Murtha said, “They say anything we do is pork barrel. Obviously, I wanted it in my district. I make no apologies for that.”

NDIC closed

A message on the National Drug Intelligence Center’s website announces, “On June 15, 2012, the National Drug Intelligence Center will close. This web site will no longer be maintained. The documents that are currently on this site may contain dated information. They remain available to provide access to historical materials.” When Congress voted to close the agency in November, they estimated it would save taxpayers $34 million a year and eliminate 180 redundant government jobs.

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