Well, he is at it again.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the anti-drug bruiser, who will go down in infamy for ignorant comments like, “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” spawned another memo from his desk at the U.S. Department of Justice encouraging federal prosecutors to get dirty when it comes to drug offenders. More specifically, President Trump’s leading dope henchman believes these folks can help make America great again by seeking the death penalty in cases involving “large quantities of drugs.”
The memo comes just days after President Trump delivered a speech in New Hampshire outlining his plan to bring execution-style vengeance to the streets of the United States. He believes killing drug offenders is the only way to get a leash on the opioid problem.
The president, along with Attorney General Sessions attached at his hip, told those in attendance, “If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we are wasting our time. And that toughness includes the death penalty.”
Little did we know that Sessions was about to put this Philippine-style drug war guidance in writing.
As a means for battling the “unprecedented toll of addiction” that the nation has suffered as a result of opioids, Sessions is now recommending that federal prosecutors “include the pursuit of capital punishment in appropriate cases.” After all, Sessions continues, President Bill Clinton gave the country the right to kill off rotten associates of uncivil society back in 1994. So, in the spirit of utilizing “every lawful tool at their disposal,” federal prosecutors should start getting vicious on drug crime.”
“Congress has passed several statutes that provide the Department with the ability to seek capital punishment for certain drug-related crimes,” the memo states.
“Among these are statutes that punish certain racketeering activities (18 U.S.C. § 1959); the use of a firearm resulting in death during a drug trafficking crime (18 U.S.C. § 924(j)); murder in furtherance of a continuing criminal enterprise (21 U.S.C. § 848(e)); and dealing in extremely large quantities of drugs (18 U.S.C. § 3591(b)(1)). I strongly encourage federal prosecutors to use these statutes, when appropriate, to aid in our continuing fight against drug trafficking and the destruction it causes in our nation.”
The Trump administration has been at the drawing board for months trying to hash out a plan to get the opioid epidemic under control. But all of the ideas, so far, have been white noise, as nobody in the White House seems to have any clue about what it will take to drag America out of the gutter.
Trump recently credited his newfound inspiration to kill, kill, kill the country’s way to sobriety to a number of foreign nations, like China and Singapore. He said when visiting these places, he learned they have less of a drug problem because of the threat of capital punishment.
The president recently told those in attendance of a rally in Pennsylvania: “When I was in China and other places, by the way, I said, Mr. President, do you have a drug problem? ‘No, no, no, we do not.’ I said, ‘Huh. Big country, 1.4 billion people, right. Not much of a drug problem. I said what do you attribute that to?’ ‘Well, the death penalty.’”
It is true that several countries carry the death penalty for major drug trafficking offenses, but these practices has been the subject of much scrutiny by human rights organizations. Some nations are now even considering abolishing mandatory death sentences.
But it is important to understand that just because the Trump administration has issued a memo, ordering prosecutors to use hangman tactics on drug offenders, it doesn’t mean that we are going to start seeing people convicted of these crimes executed in the near future.
As The Hill pointed out in their analysis of the subject, legal obstacles are bound to throw a wrench in the directive.
“Under long established United States Supreme Court precedent it’s unconstitutional to use the death penalty for any offense that does not result in death,” Robert Dunham, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, told the news source.
Last year, Attorney General Sessions issued a memo to federal prosecutors demanding that they seek the maximum possible punishment in drug-related cases. His goal was to send more drug dealers to prison. But now he wants them dead. What’s next?
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