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Report Questions Narco-Terror Connection

An investigative report published last week paints a skeptical picture of the linkage between the illegal drug trade and terrorists that has been used to expand the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) authority and global footprint since 9/11.

The report, entitled “The Narco-Terror Trap” was co-published by ProPublica and the New Yorker.

The report examined 37 cases presented in court by the DEA, and found that the only links between terrorism and drug trafficking presented in court came from agents and informants who used financial incentives to “lure targets into staged narco-terrorism conspiracies.”

The report does not deny that in many regions, such as Colombia and Afghanistan, “there is convincing evidence that terrorists have worked with drug traffickers,” but in other cases pursued in federal court, the initial linkages often fell apart on further investigation.

The detailed article chronicles the cases of several individuals who faced federal charges and the outcomes of their cases. The full article can be accessed here, and a video and summary here.  

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