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Nation’s first Black woman Attorney General on the drug war, dragnet spying, and FBI-driven terror plots

Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States. She is the nation's first Black woman AG.

A prosecutor who got her start in waging drug war cases, Lynch says she's never smoked marijuana, thinks the drug should remain in the same class as heroin, and disagrees with President Obama that weed might not be more dangerous than alcohol.

Lynch supports Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which the FBI and NSA use to conduct dragnet surveillance on the entire US population. The dragnet surveillance programs operated under this authority haven't demonstrably contributed to public safety or stopped a single terrorist attack.

In her previous role as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Lynch oversaw prosecutions shrouded in unprecedented secrecy. Her office took part in a number of high profile "terrorism" prosecutions that, when examined closely, appear to walk a very thin line around FBI entrapment. The cases, like many others over the past ten years, revolve around FBI informants and are based upon FBI-driven plots.

In one of those cases from the Eastern District, The Intercept writes, there doesn't appear to be any evidence that the defendants "actually planned or attempted to bomb any target, nor is there any evidence of discussions about how to create a bomb before the introduction of the informant into their lives."

"The defendants in this case carefully studied how to construct an explosive device to launch an attack on the homeland," Lynch, then the lead prosecutor in the Eastern District office, said in a statement.

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