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The Drug War Post-Snowden: Holder Backpedals on Mandatory Minimums Amid Intelligence Laundering Controversy

August 15, 2013

"It's ironic that … Holder gave a big speech about a push to be more lenient on low-level drug offenders and drug crimes and not trigger those very harsh mandatory minimums and yet at the same time we've got a situation where this very large surveillance program, which is ostensibly about capturing terrorism suspects and protecting national security, that that information is actually being funneled in some ways to going to fight this continued 'War on Drugs,' which is, to be clear, pretty overkill," said Hanni Fakhoury, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "It kind of fits part and parcel with the broader 'War on Drugs' that the whole war to begin with was overbroad, and now here's an overbroad surveillance-collection program being used to funnel information for fighting an overbroad war."

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