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The DEA head's resignation reveals the corruption at the heart of the drug war.


What are the circumstances that lead to a situation in which DEA agents – and they weren’t even undercover – are partying with drug cartel members? And that’s the big thing that somehow got buried in the mainstream press coverage of this whole scandal.

Live from Mexico City, Laura Carlsen explains how the resignation of DEA chief Michele Leonhart over a cartel-backed sex party for DEA officers shows the true relationship between both sides of the drug war, and why she’s hopeful that the Ayotzinapa protest movement can combat the rising secrecy and militarization of government branches throughout the Americas.

Laura wrote the commentaries Leonhart’s Fall Signals Urgent Need for DEA Overhaul and Continuing the Crackdown on Kids.

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Laura Carlsen

Laura Carlsen is the director of the Americas program at the Center for International Policy.


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