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Lengel: The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Needs to Do Better

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The issue over the legalization of marijuana is a very heated one these days. It’s also very complicated. Federal law and state laws  clash.

It’s confusing.

An intelligent, mature airing of opinions is not only good, but necessary.

But I have to say I found it a little bothersome when I read a press release by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association on the matter. The language used was not very sophisticated.

It resorted to name calling. It only undermined its effectiveness.  I think its members deserve better.

The release attacked the Marijuana Policy Project’s (MPP)  efforts to fire DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, who was critical of President Obama’s comments about pot. Obama  said it was no worse than alcohol. He essentially said it wasn’t that big of a deal, though he said he didn’t recommend his children smoke.

The release referred to the marijuana organization as “pot-loving” and suggested the group made the decision to  remove Leonhart  “perhaps while under the influence of a mind altering substance.”

The association’s president Jon Adler then said: “We do not subscribe to the “smoke a doobie and balance budget” economic theory.”  (Whatever that means.)

Washington is already full of hot air and divisive dialogue. I think the Association would serve its members better by issuing forceful statements that have a little more sophistication.

 

Federal Agents Group Blasts Senator

By DEVLIN BARRETT
Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — An organization of federal agents blasted an anonymous senator who is blocking a bill that would clarify how agents are allowed to assist in responding to major incidents such as the elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

According to the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, an unknown U.S. senator placed what is known as a “hold” on the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act. The bill is one the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought to clarify that federal law enforcement agents are acting in the scope of their employment when they respond to violent incidents like a mass shooting, in which there is no immediate evidence of violations of federal law.

“It is an absolute outrage that one senator cowering behind the curtain has placed an anonymous hold on the mass killings legislation,” said Jon Adler, president of FLEOA, which advocates on behalf of federal agents.

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