War on drugs a bust: commission Decriminalize marijuana, other controlled substances, global inquiry says Jun 2, 2011 8:18 AM ET
A high-level international panel slammed the war on drugs as a failure Thursday and called on governments to undertake experiments to decriminalize the use of drugs, especially marijuana, to undermine the power of organized crime.
Compiled by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the report concludes that criminalization and repressive measures have failed with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.
Pentagon Using Drug Wars as Excuse to Build Bases in Latin America Posted: Jun 03, 2011
Under the auspices of the drug war, the United States is returning to its historical pattern of using Central America and the Caribbean for its own military and strategic purposes.
Even as a growing chorus of voices throughout Latin America argue that military responses to drug trafficking are ineffective against the narcotics trade and exacerbate existing human rights abuses and official corruption, the U.S. military presence in the region is growing.
Post by Andres Carrasco on Jun 13, 2011 23:25:27 GMT -8
Flashback: When Cocaine and Monsanto’s Roundup Collide, War on Drugs Becomes a Genetically Modified War on Science Posted on June 9, 2011 (August 31, 2009)
Coca plants appear to be either evolving on their own (or with the help of coca farmers’ active selection) — or they are possibly crossing with Roundup Ready crops already on the ground — to produce a glyphosate-resistant crop known as Boliviana negra.
Back in April , Argentinean embryologist Andrés Carrasco gave an interview with a Buenos Aires newspaper describing his recent findings suggesting the chemical glyphosate, a chemical herbicide widely used in agriculture as well as in U.S. anti-narcotic efforts, could cause defects in fetuses in much smaller doses than those to which peasants and farmers in his country were already being exposed. Loud calls for a ban on the substance were issued by Argentinean environmental lawyers, and the country’s Ministry of Defense banned the planting of glyphosate-resistant soya crops in its fields.
Then came the backlash. An article in an Argentinean paper recently reported that Carrasco was assaulted in a way he described as “violent” by four men associated with agricultural interests:
Two of the men were said to be members of an agrochemical industry body but refused to give their names. The other two claimed to be a lawyer and notary. They apparently interrogated Dr. Carrasco and demanded to see details of the experiments. They left a card Basílico, Andrada & Santurio, attorneys on behalf of Felipe Alejandro Noël.
American Banks 'High' On Drug Money: How a Whistleblower Blew the Lid Off Wachovia-Drug Cartel Money Laundering Scheme
A fraud investigator helped expose the shocking world of multi-billion dollar drug laundering by American banks and the surprising lack of oversight by the Feds. June 10, 2011 |
It wasn't long after taking the job that he discovered that his own employer, one of America's leading banks, was a major player in aiding the "bloodthirsty" Mexico drug cartels to launder billions of dollars in drug money through Wachovia banks. Woods traced and identified a "number of suspicious transactions" related to Mexico-based Casa de Cambios (CDC).
Flesh-Eating Cocaine Affects Users on Both Coasts June 29, 2011 09:55 PM EDT A form of flesh-eating cocaine has afflicted drug users in New York and Los Angeles, causing purple areas of dying flesh.
Cocaine that has been cut with the veterinary drug levamisole appears to be the cause of a grotesque disease that causes patches of dead skin on the ears, noses and cheeks of victims. How revolting! Outbreaks due to flesh-eating cocaine have been reported in both New York and Los Angeles, and according to Dr. Noah Craft of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, the problem is likely much more widespread. Cocaine may be popular among celebrities and stars, but patches of rotting flesh are not especially attractive.
The “War On Drugs” Is A $2.5 Trillion Racket: How Big Banks, Private Military Companies And The Prison Industry Cash In July 9th, 2011
The War on Drugs has cost US taxpayers over $2.5 trillion dollars. From 1998 – 2008, a UN study estimates that the use of opiates has increased 35 percent and cocaine use has increased 27 percent. Due to nonviolent drug offenses, the US prison population has increased “more than twelvefold since 1980.”
US government openly admits arming Mexican drug gangs with 30,000 firearms - but why? Friday, July 08, 2011
(NaturalNews) It is now a widely-reported fact that under the Obama administration, U.S. federal agents actively placed over 30,000 fully-functional weapons into the hands of Mexican drug gangs, then halted all surveillance and tracking activities of where those weapons were going.
This is not a conspiracy theory, nor a piece of fiction. It is now an openly-admitted fact that this was pulled off by the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, more commonly called "ATF") under orders from Washington. The program was called "Fast and Furious."
Narcopinta appears aimed at the DEA Friday July 1, 2011 The month began with a narcopinta in the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, as during the morning appeared a narcomensaje directed the undercover agents of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration).
It was seen by residents of the colony Los Arroyos, since criminals painted it in a fence next to the Mexican Teachers College, located in the streets and Arroyo Arroyo El Rincon Margaritas.
" PINCHIS GRINGOS (. DEA) SHIT AND WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE LOCATED AND DOCK AND WHERE WE Mocha LES SHIT HEAD " "Fucking gringos Piece of shits We know where you are and who you are We will cut your heads off wherever you go."
Elements of the Municipal Police rushed to the scene and immediately delete the message.
Jonathan Kay: The Tories’ tough-on-crime agenda is intellectually bankrupt Last Updated: Oct 19, 2011 1:59 PM ET
The biggest problem for opponents of Bill C-10, the federal government’s omnibus tough-on-crime bill, is that criminals and prisoners have no political constituency. The sort of people who will get swept up in the mandatory minimum sentences contained in the bill are dismissed by most voters as street thugs, pedophiles and gang members. Lock ‘em up is what most of us say.
Eugene Oscapella, a veteran legal-reform advocate, knows this. And so he is careful to make his pitch in terms that respectable, middle-class Canadians — the sort of people with kids in high school or college — will appreciate.
“I teach a criminology course at the University of Ottawa,” he told a crowd at downtown Toronto’s Church of the Redeemer on Tuesday night. “Eighty percent of my students [would be] criminals under [Bill C-10]. About 10-20% of them would be liable for a mandatory minimum sentence of two years for simply passing a tablet of ecstasy at a party on the university campus. That is what this law is going to do.”
As the CBC’s Terry Milewski reported this week, Texas officials think we’re nuts for copying their discredited approach. Michigan, New York, California and other states are also doing what they can to reduce their prison populations. One of the reasons the United States is going bankrupt is that it incarcerates 2.3 million people — a quarter of all the prisoners on earth. The burden for their care has become so enormous that some states are now turning prisons into Chinese-style sweatshops to try to make a buck. A private prison industry has flourished, bringing with it a well-funded lobby for yet more prisons. This perverse political dynamic doesn’t yet exist in Canada — but Bill C-10 pushes us in that direction.
War, On Drugs: The Military’s Complicated Relationship With Narcotics November 1, 2011
Just think of them as the secret weapons -- or handicaps -- of soldiers around the world: booze, weed, ecstasy, heroin and a handful of other illicit pills, plants and elixirs. Because whether top brass want to admit it or not, the storied history of global warfare would be way less interesting without them.
From some boozy bonding in the barracks or a few uppers to stay alert on an aerial mission, to scoring psychedelics that pass a urine test or experimenting with rave drugs to alleviate trauma, controlled substances are, for better or for worse, surprisingly ubiquitous in military circles.
Was the “War on Terror” Really a Cover For a New American Narco-Republic? Gordon Duff, Senior Editor October 4th, 2011
Supreme Court “Election” Decision on Corporate “Freedoms” a Money Laundering Bonanza
Years ago, Michael Ruppert, a long time friend and former Los Angeles police detective, discovered the largest drug ring in history, headed by the CIA, importing tons of cocaine into American cities.
Ruppert, aided by DEA and FBI “rogue” agents still loyal to the United States, began his own war on drugs. His website, www.copvcia.com and publication, From the Wilderness, exist in a ghost like state.
Ruppert was threatened, fled the country to Venezuela, then to Canada, was poisoned but survived, taking two years to recover. He was the subject of this 2009 Oscar winning documentary: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAyHIOg5aHk
Ruppert broke the drug story first, and, as you note from the video, was one of the first to note the depth of the financial crisis that is evolving as I write.
Years ago, when he traced the flood of drug money into the US, buying police, buying governments, UN controls were subverted and funds flowing into political races was limited. You could buy a crooked cop but you couldn’t buy a president, though a couple seem to have been “rented,” something we will be looking into in the coming weeks.
At one time such discussions involved race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. Now we have one answer:
When that person is not a corporation with sufficient liquidity, be it from oil, weapons or even laundering narcotics profits, to buy political power under the wild and irresponsible definition applied by 5 Supreme Court justices.
Post by corporate food supply on Dec 2, 2011 22:14:31 GMT -8
The Shocking Ways the Corporate Prison Industry Games the System November 29, 2011
The Rise of Private Prisons
David Shapiro, the primary author of the ACLU report, told AlterNet that prior to the early 1980s, private prisons were “virtually nonexistent.” That quickly changed as the War on Drugs ‘tough on crime’ mentality swept the nation with institution of draconian sentencing and release laws for nonviolent offenders, causing an explosion in US incarceration rate. State and federal governments increasingly struggled with overcrowded prisons and the rising costs of housing the rapidly growing pool of inmates.
Coupled with the emergence of privatization madness under Ronald Reagan (a pattern that has continued under both Democrat and Republican administrations), skyrocketing imprisonment presented the perfect opportunity for the private sector to get in on the action, with promises of cost savings and more efficient operations than government-run facilities.
In 2009, Congress doled out $15 billion in farm subsidies. According to Food First, 90 percent of that sum went to the production of five crops - corn, wheat, rice, soy and cotton....The subsidy system primarily assists agribusiness, firms like Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill. Mid-sized farms, although they often appear to make a great deal of money, often and the year in the red because of costs. www.ibtimes.com/articles/26961/20100604/farming.htm
War On Drugs "Transferred" To Private Mercenaries Including Blackwater January-17-12 6:58
Since the drug war has become so unpopular with the electorate, instead of politicians actually changing the drug laws, the Department of Defense seeks to reduce and conceal the real costs by transferring the "dirty work" to private contractors to do what "U.S. military forces are not allowed or not encouraged to do."
The BBC (in Spanish) is reporting that the U.S. Department of Defense is delegating the war on drugs to private mercenary companies. Of those companies, the increasingly infamous organization previously known as Blackwater is said to have received several multimillion-dollar government contracts for "providing advice, training and conducting operations in drug producing countries and those with links to so-called "narco-terrorism" including Latin America."
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an international organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies. Our experience on the front lines of the “war on drugs” has led us to call for a repeal of prohibition and its replacement with a tight system of legalized regulation, which will effectively cripple the violent cartels and street dealers who control the current illegal market.
Post by ronnie raygun on Apr 14, 2012 5:16:13 GMT -8
Although Nixon coined the term "War on Drugs" in 1971, the policies that his administration implemented as part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 were a continuation of drug prohibition policies in the U.S., which started in 1914
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