Will U.S. Troops Get Hooked on Heroin?

Dylan Rattigan’s morning show on MSNBC last Tuesday covered the topic of U.S. soldiers getting hooked on heroin. Could the Taliban and/or Al-Qaeda use Afghan Poppies to weaken coalition forces?

The idea does not seem all that far-fetched, unfortunately. Apparently, drugs were readily available and being abused in Viet Nam by U.S. (and others?) soldiers.

Commanders should take the threat – potential or otherwise, serious. Drugs are not something to be taken lightly. Not only is there the fear of addiction (think of the unthinkable consequences of a drug-induced soldier trying to fend off the enemy), but the lotto-like pay day an unscrupulous foreigner (with a get-out-of-jail free card) could reap is bound to occur to some there on the ground.

Which makes one wonder why these poppy fields could not be flame-throwered out of existence like they are in other parts of the world by joint DEA/coalition/local forces/special unit efforts?

Could the rumors be true, that warlords are being allowed to grow their addictive crops as long as they promise not to attack us/Karzai’s Government? Let us hope not.

White-powder pushers need to be eradicated like the vermin they are.

Are Mexican Drug Cartels Operating in Atlanta?

It was disturbing to hear Rusty Payne, a DEA spokesperson talking recently about the likelihood of Mexican Drug cartels in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Payne stated that Atlanta is the perfect hub for this type of organized crime as it gives easy access to the whole East Coast and a straight shot up 95 to New York City. If anybody should know about drugs, it must be the Drug Enforcement Agency.

More and more people are beginning to realize the danger coming from our Southern Border. Yesterday, the State Department issued warnings regarding travel to Mexico especially for holiday makers.

I am sure there are thousands of worried parents all across the country right now as they wait for their children to arrive home safe from Spring break. Mexico is a very popular destination for these college students.

Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to talk to your children about the dangers lurking beneath the surface in Mexico and suggest safer destinations right here in the U.S.

The Mexican Government will not want to hear that, but the economy here will be grateful for all the help it can get.

Things are not always what they seem – just ask Eliot Spitzer.

In our daily consulting lives, we teach corporations to “expect the unexpected’, that way, you will not be caught off-guard. The announcement yesterday afternoon that the former Attorney General (8 years) and New York State Governor (1 year), Eliot Spitzer was being investigated for his part in a prostitution ring caught a lot of people off guard.

A crooked politician getting his hand caught in the proverbial cookie jar has become so common over the years that it is hardly worth the raising of an eyebrow anymore – unless they are running for president, of course. It is a different story however, when the politician happens to be a tough “take-no-prisoners” crime fighter – especially one who had a reputation for coming down hard on organized crime.

Eliot Spitzer getting caught (of course he is innocent until proven guilty, but his statement yesterday makes no mention of innocence claiming that he: “acted in a way that violated my sense of right and wrong”.)in a prostitution scandal is akin to the head of the DEA getting busted buying crack cocaine on a street corner or Batman “swooping” down on to the street to steal an old lady’s handbag.

What lesson can we learn from this? To me, it is that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. The Spitzer case is way “over the top” to what most of us will come across in our daily lives but it does teach us to keep our eyes open and look beneath the surface. If you are a business owner or a hiring manager, how many times have you hired someone because they looked “nice” or you had a “good feeling” about them? I hear that quite a lot.

Remember, a conman or conwoman, succeeds at what they do by lulling you into a false sense of security in order to achieve their goal. In other words, they “con” you. The con may be to get a job and once there they will steal your clients or fake an accident and go out on workman’s comp. I currently have a case where we are investigating somebody for a client who landed a six figure a year salary and on the third day, they had an “accident” and spent the next several months laying around their apartment cashing checks.

If someone as “untouchable” as a State Governor can fool us, then a future employee, vendor, internet scam artist or street pick pocket can also do it. Protect your assests and safeguard your future.

While you’re at it, expect the unexpected.