Brotherhood Of Evil : The Mafia

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In 1959, a book entitled Brotherhood of Evil: The Mafia was published by Frederic Sondern, Jr. on behalf of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics (Pembleton 2015). This book: “is a perfect example of the manner in which the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) actively managed popular perceptions of drugs and organized crime in America—a threat it often abbreviated as ‘the dope menace’ or ‘narcotics evil’—and used police adventure stories to advance its domestic and foreign policy goals” (Pembleton 2015, p. 1) The publishing of Brotherhood started the association of drugs as a widespread disease and drug users as criminals who wanted to do harm to not only themselves but also others (Pembleton 2015). In an address to the United States…show more content…
The invasion of privacy of employees comes in the form of drug screenings, which “80% of Fortune 500 companies and 43% of firms employing 1,000 people or more” conduct in the form of a urine test (Wisotsky 1993, p. 3; Sterling 1990). The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has an online database entitled Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Information System (NADDIS). NADDIS contains the names and information of high profile people totaling 1.5 million from 1974 to 1993. Only five percent of these people were ever actually under a DEA investigation. Yet the information of all of these people was still available to not just the DEA, but also drug enforcement officials in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Customs Service, and the Internal Revenue Service, compromising their privacy (Wisotsky 1993). As far as searches and seizures are concerned, a simple tip by an anonymous person gives the police permission to get a search warrant (Wisotsky 1993). However, in accordance with the Fourth Amendment, these warrants must ‘particularly describe’ locations and be from a recent date (Sterling 1990). Also, the Supreme Court has “significantly enlarged the powers of the police to stop, question, and detain drivers of vehicles on the highways on suspicion with less than probable cause or with no suspicion at all at fixed checkpoints or roadblocks; make warrantless searches of automobiles and of closed
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