Saturday, July 7, 2018

How Did The Opioid Epidemic Begin?

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The U.S. is gripped by a crippling opioid crisis even before it was announced as a public health emergency by the government. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths related to opioids have quadrupled since 1999, killing more than 42,000 in 2016. How did this opioid epidemic begin?

The opioid crisis began in the early ‘90s when doctors and other healthcare providers started aggressively prescribing opioids to treat chronic pain. Part of the prescribed treatment for pain was long-term use of opioids, including the controversial drug Oxycontin. Big pharmaceutical companies also began marketing these opioids to medical providers labeling them as safe and not addictive. This resulted in prescribing these opioids in much higher quantities.

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It wasn’t long before people started abusing these painkillers. About half of the people who misused the prescription opioids either got them from friends or family without any prescription. Another cause of the crisis was the faults of doctors overprescribing the drug. The doctors would either recommend an unhealthy amount or write prescriptions covering weeks-worth of dosages.
Later on, opioids became harder to get legally. This forced some people to resort to finding alternatives in the form of heroin or black market fentanyl. Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Due to this crisis, bigger funding has been proposed to help counter this problem. The government has allocated $17 billion to address this crisis in its 2019 budget.

Acclaimed private investigator Adam Quirk has previously worked for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He now owns a private investigation firm, Stealth Advise, LLC. More on Adam and his company here.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What’s The Difference Between The FBI and CIA?

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A lot of people know that the FBI and the CIA are totally different organizations. But how well do people know their functions? As major pillars in the security of the United States, it is important that people get their facts straight and know the difference between the two.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation belongs to the United States Justice Department and serves as a federal crime investigating body, as well as an internal intelligence agency. Whereas the Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian foreign service of the U.S. federal government and its task is to collect information and analyzing national security information from all countries.

The FBI was formed in 1908 while the CIA began its operations in 1947. The FBI is tasked to protect the country from terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, foreign intelligence operatives, and other crimes such as white-collar crimes and drug-related crimes. They also have an international presence that cooperates with foreign law enforcement to prevent outside threats from coming to the country.

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Unlike the FBI, the CIA has no law enforcement function. Working closely with the State Department, its primary objective is to collect information overseas and has very limited domestic intelligence collection. It is also the only agency authorized to pursue covert operations.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How The War Against Drugs Can Be Won

It seems the government has been fighting in the war against drugs for as long as people can remember. Agencies such as the FBI, CIA, DEA, and many others have all launched operations to counter this societal malaise. What artists use to advertise as cool has ruined countless lives and families.

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But here’s the thing – the war against drugs cannot be won if society as a whole remains the same. In order to have an effective counterattack, Americans have to educate the younger generation on just how dangerous these drugs can be. More than 200 million people living in the U.S. have either taken, or are continuing to take at least one illegal drug. The numbers are so staggering that the law enforcement agencies agree on one thing – at least 95 to 99 percent of the American population knows someone whose lives are affected by illegal drugs. 

Children and teenagers above all should be educated and protected from dangerous drugs because they are the most impressionable members of society. The problem of illegal drugs is mostly societal and the solution is long-term. 

While crackdowns by the police, FBI, or DEA help a community, this is only short-term, and hardly puts a dent on large-scale operations. Truthfully, it’s up to the people to educate themselves, and learn to find the strength within themselves and each other to say NO. 

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

What It’s Like Being In Witness Protection

People have come across the term witness protection either from the news, crime literature, or movies. The Federal Witness Protection Program relocates people of interest with new identities. This is done for their safety and well-being. But what does happen when one enters the program?

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The Federal Witness Protection Program was created by Gerald Shur who was at the time struggling to convince witnesses to testify against a prominent crime syndicate back in 1961. The case was against five major crime families in the New York mafia who were extorting small businesses by terrorizing business owners through whatever means.

Besides regular witnesses, most of the people who undergo the program are criminals who exchanged cooperation for safety and zero prison time. However, criminals who did cooperate and still went to prison are contained in isolated cells made for protected witnesses. 

The program promises to protect a witness and their family as threats are bound to be made when one testifies against major crime syndicates. All members of the family including parents, children, spouse, and sometimes even mistresses are taken to Washington for orientation on their situation. Washington is also a safe place for the witness to testify.

Families who go into the program are given new backgrounds and back stories and are tasked to stick to it. These include new names, addresses, and social security cards.

The program extends even after the testimony has been made through the presence of U.S. Marshalls end after the trial. 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hoover And Tolson: Was It Really Romantic?

When the news spread about J. Edgar Hoover’s sexuality being in question, his critics were quick to turn to his constant companion, Clyde Tolson. They spent a lot of time together, dining, going out, taking vacations, among other things. These were things that a couple who were exclusively dating were doing.

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Of course, some people within the FBI who knew both of them insisted on Hoover and Tolson being simply brotherly to one another, while others stated on the record that both men were romantically involved. There were eyewitness accounts from civilians who saw Hoover and Tolson in a California beach house. Although the pair were often seen together in such places, the witnesses claim that they saw Hoover painting Tolson’s toenails. Hoover and Tolson were even spotted in a box at the Del Mar racetrack – a box primarily for gay men. 

Hoover, of course, would quash these rumors himself to protect his own reputation. 

But the rumors persisted, well and especially after Hoover’s death. His bequeathing of his estate to Tolson further fanned the flame of the theories. Tolson then moved into Hoover’s house. When Tolson died, he was buried a few yards away from Hoover.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Brief Guide To The Founding Of The FBI

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While most people, both in and out of the United States, would be familiar with the country’s Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI, many are not aware of how the powerful agency started. Here then is a short backgrounder on one of the world’s most respected intelligence services.

The bureau was officially named the FBI in 1935, 11 years after its first director, J. Edgar Hoover, was appointed. The agency was simply called the Bureau of Investigation or BOI prior to this point. Yet even before then, the fight for the establishment of the service was in full swing.

The wheels were put into motion with President Theodore Roosevelt’s appointment of Charles Bonaparte as Attorney General in 1906. Auspiciously, this reformer is the grandnephew of the infamous French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. With the U.S. Congress banning the loan of Secret Service operatives to any federal department in May 1908, Bonaparte created his own corps of federal investigators, calling it a “special agent force.”

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In late June of the same year, Bonaparte discreetly hired nine of the Secret Service investigators he had previously borrowed, adding another 25 of his own to form his special agent force. He then ordered lawyers from the Department of Justice attorneys to refer most investigative matters for handling by one of these 34 agents. The mission was clear: to conduct investigations for the Department of Justice. Today, 1908 is considered the original founding year of the FBI.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

How martial arts figures in the FBI

Martial arts have been a part of law enforcement for thousands of years. People who were responsible for protecting and bringing order to society used martial arts to subdue criminals as well as defend themselves from imminent threats. 

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Nowadays, self-defense techniques have been refined and developed and combined to create practical routines of which law enforcers can practice. Learning martial arts to defend one’s self is of utmost importance in the FBI. Although FBI agents are expected to handle firearms with a certain degree of proficiency, it is also a requirement that they know how to subdue an unarmed suspect or assailant. And how do they do this? Through martial arts of course. 

As mentioned earlier, FBI agents aren’t just taught a single martial art, like karate or judo. No. They are taught a variety of martial arts, from boxing and wrestling to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Filipino stick and knife fighting and much more. FBI agents undergo numerous seminars and training sessions in self- defense. They are also visited by countless self-defense experts to impart tried and tested techniques. 

One of the biggest mistakes a law enforcement agent can make in the field is relying solely on their firearm. FBI agents are taught this early on and are conditioned to mold their bodies into weapons themselves. 

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