American Drug Warriors: Effects of U.S. Military Involvement in Columbian Domestic Interdiction

William P. Bloss, The Citadel
Gardel Feurtado, The Citadel

In the mid-1980s, provisions of the Posse Comitatus Act were modified allowing the U.S. military to participate in drug interdiction in Latin America. Since then, U.S. armed forces have been engaged in the Colombian domestic "war on drugs," often in concert with American law enforcement. This paper examines the objectives, efficacy, and legal implications of escalating U.S. military involvement in Colombian drug enforcement, and its potential for net-widening militarization of U.S. global drug enforcement policy and practice.

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