Thursday, December 8, 2011

10 Ways the War on Drugs is a Wild Success

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Eric Blair
Activist Post

For all the evidence of how the War on Drugs has failed society, there's equally as much evidence of how it is a great success to those who continue to support it.  The drug war has many advantages if you wish to control society and expand your empire.  It also enriches several industries that would otherwise have a very difficult time staying solvent without it.

Here are ten ways the War on Drugs is a wild success:

Military-Industrial Profits: As the Vietnam War came to an end, it struck fear into the military-industrial machine that enjoyed great profits from that conflict.  In a world where contrived enemies were needed to keep a constant funding of weapons, Richard Nixon declared drugs "Public Enemy Number 1".  Thus, domestic armies were erected to combat the illegal drug trade, delivering consistent cash flow to weapons manufacturers.  These companies make money, not just from the needs of the DEA, border patrol, and local police forces, but also from drug traffickers. Win-win and profits all around.

Huge Boon to Private Prisons: The private prison industry thrives off long sentences for drug offenders.  At least 25% of their profits come from these nonviolent criminals.  A great number more are held on "drug related" charges that may have resulted in drug violence.  However, the current trend shows that three-quarters of new inmates admitted to state prisons are nonviolent offenders. Private prisons clearly depend on arresting pot smokers and addicts of more severe drugs.

Prevents Higher Unemployment Rates: Imagine if the millions of American currently jailed on drug charges were released into a job market already suffering from real unemployment numbers over 20%.  Additionally, if it wasn't for drugs being illegal, countless people like DEA agents, court staff, prison guards, parole officers, drug dealers, etc would otherwise be unemployed.  Thank goodness for the war on drugs, or the U.S. economy would look even worse.

Suppresses Minority Populations: It's often said that the drug war is a war on minorities: "According to the ACLU, African Americans make up an estimated 15% of drug users, but they account for 37% of those arrested on drug charges, 59% of those convicted and 74% of all drug offenders sentenced to prison. Or consider this: The U.S. has 260,000 people in state prisons on nonviolent drug charges; 183,200 (more than 70%) of them are black or Latino."  So it is a huge success for those who wish to suppress minority populations.

Drives Up Prices: Making any substance illegal will result in much higher prices than a free market would dictate.  Especially when there's a high demand for that substance.  In the case of the cannabis plant, which grows like a weed and requires very little value added, the dried flower would virtually be free if it wasn't for the harsh restrictions and dangers involved in producing and distributing it. These high prices are terrific for drug dealers and even medical marijuana growers opposed legalization in California because it threatened their profits.

Drug Violence Justifies Tough Gun Laws: The violence generated from the prohibition of drugs is reminiscent of the extreme mob violence during the prohibition of alcohol. Prohibition of anything will always create black markets which require firearms to protect banned products.  Recently, the U.S. government itself was caught red-handed supplying guns to Mexican drug cartels in their "Fast and Furious" scandal.  It's now proven that the ATF plotted to use Fast and Furious to push for new gun control regulations.  Indeed, most street violence is due to turf wars over the drug trade, and tougher gun laws are proposed as the war escalates. It's wonderful for those who blame violence on guns and wish to restrict them from law-abiding citizens.

Protects Big Pharma Monopolies: No one is happier about the war on drugs than Big Pharma.  Their control over the FDA and monopoly of "controlled substances" would be threatened if all drugs were legalized.  They want you addicted to their FDA-approved versions of heroin and cocaine, not something you can get on the black market.  In turn, they also benefit greatly when the prices of street drugs increase, as they can then inflate the cost of their products.  They love the drug war so much they've lobbied to extend it to vitamins and supplements

Allows Proxy Armies: If you want to create an empire by force, but it's politically disadvantageous to base your army in certain countries, then the global war on drugs is your ticket to supplying troops or creating proxy armies. One of the most recent examples is Costa Rica, a peaceful country in Central America without an army, where the U.S. bribed the government to allow the Navy and Marines to be stationed off the Caribbean coast to fight the war on drugs.  In other nations where even this won't be allowed, the CIA funds and arms one of the drug cartels who then act as their hired enforcers, or they're used as an excuse for governments to accept U.S. help to combat the enemy they created.  In either case, the U.S. sells more arms and trains soldiers to be used upon command.

Keeps Big Banks Flush with Cash:  It has long been known that big banks happily launder money for the big drug cartels.  According to The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), "Up to 1.5 trillion dollars in drug money are laundered through legal enterprises, accounting for 5% of global GDP." Take just this year and one bank, Wachovia; who had to pay a slap-on-the-wrist fine for laundering more than $420 billion for Mexican drug cartels.  Imagine where the big banks would be without this money, given that they also needed a bailout of over $23 trillion for lack of sufficient deposits to pay for their gambling habits.

Funds CIA Black Ops: Do you ever wonder where the U.S. government gets all that money for their secret "Black Ops" like underground bases, secret wars, corporate takeovers and seed money, etc?  It's been proven over and over that the CIA (and Pentagon) controls a large majority of the illicit drug trade either directly or indirectly through proxies mentioned above.  They've been caught in the act of shipping in massive amounts of cocaine, while the CIA now openly admits to protecting and facilitating the opium trade in Afghanistan.  If it wasn't for this tremendous profit, the CIA would not be able to build their secret shadow government.

So, as you can see, there are great benefits to the War on Drugs depending what side of the coin you're on.  If you're a poor pot smoker, well, you're out of luck.  But if you're the biggest heroin and cocaine dealer in the world and desire a monopoly . . . well, you've got the world right where you want it.


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Lee Eisenstein said...

Yes! I've been telling drug policy reformers this for years. The public has no clue re. the "success" of the drug war and it's negative effects on our country. They should know.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Great stuff. I'm a hardcore advocate for ending prohibition, but fully understand that we're not just battling common sense.

I'll be content if we can get weed legalized because of all the benefits it will have on people and society.

Anonymous said...

Waking up can be an enlighting experience.

Anonymous said...

How fortunate for the government that America has so many ignorant citizens. Like Benjamin Netanayhu once said, America is easily moved. Moved in the right direction. The only time millions seem to go on their computer is to visit facebook and twitter.Obama's easy victory in 2008 showed this to be true. Agian, their ignorance was demonstrated by calling for the illegal Iraq War and the bombing in Kuwait.The government knows all that is required is for them to question the citizens patriotism and the majority of citizens will fall in line. It is interesting when surved the only country that bought the governments story about the events surrounding 9/11 was the majority of US citizens. "it is fortunate for the governments that the masses don't think." Adolf Hitler.

Anonymous said...

The war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war on terror, good work boys.

Anonymous said...

The 'War on Drugs' will end when 'Mr. Drugs' surrenders...another racket.

Robbo said...

I for one think the Drug War is Awesome!!

Anonymous said...

don't forget the number of restaurants in the country who wouldn't be in business if they didn't launder drug money,or actually sell drugs themselves.

Anonymous said...

DRUG CAFE" WHERE?" IF im missing out on the CANABIS CAFE im really mad as hell!

WHO cares what the govnt does with the drugs just let us buy the best for less!

Anonymous said...

YOU missed the testing industry with their false positive tests for the unwashed masses.

CIA drug sales really hurt the canabis trade because the canabis takes up more space in the airplaines and costs less and brings less profit, BUT if you steal the drugs to start with then your supplier cia or whoever has less direct costs.
THE POINT is that the USA/CIA should set up mariwana shops like state run liqure stores and just take the cash UPFRONT! USE those empty cargo planes for GOOD! Instead of flying the likes of fancy nancy PEEELOUSIE!

Anonymous said...

you need to break down the legal hispanic group as opposed to the illegal group. Also most arrest are coupled with a theft or weapons charge,

Anonymous said...

so the Pentagon ran both sides of the Vietnam war (google Gen. Philip E. Gallagher and Ho Chi-minh ... Uncle Ho was trained by the Pentagon ... also google Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare and Special Operations Research Office, Department of the Army) ... they did this to turn the U.S. into a boogie man, to help Pentagon lackkey boy Mao Tse-dung consolidate his dictatorship against the wishes of the Chinese people, who were pro-US at the time)

and the Pentagon ran (runs) both sides of the Afganisthan war

and the Pentagon put Castro in power (google Col. William Morgan and Fidel Castro, and SORO as above) and it ran both sides of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which included plans for 911 (except the Pentagon would have taken down thte Empire State Building, since the Towers weren't built until the 70s ... operation Northwoods)

and the Pentagon is running both sides of the so-called War on Terrorism

now we find out that the Pentagon is running both sides of the War on Drugs ...

One has to wonder ... has the Pentagon been taken over from within ... and turned into a Bolshevik Fifth Column jammed up our clueless rear ends? The Pentagon is run by the Council of (Soviet of) Joint Chiefs, with the Vice President presiding. They are all appointed in back room opeations by Wall St. bankers. Hmmmm... and yes, the Wall St. bankers are known Bolsheviks ... they financed Lenin and Stalin, and Mao, and Uncle Ho, and ...

Anonymous said...

Of course Wall St. financiers finance any side of any conflict and the war industry sells its lethal tech to any and all sides of any conflict. Missing the point here. All that money flows uphill through corporations to the richest 1% who own them - regular people don't own significant shares of stock in big corporations. Corporations are just a layer of anonymity for the rich. And what better way to launder money, ship black market goods into the country, corrupt our institutions, and all the rest of it? Let's all cheer the Corporate Supremes for giving them license to simply buy elections now. The 1% will be SO much better off. Aren't you glad?

Don Jusko said...

Anonymous, Thanks for that first, the last one slipped into sarcasm and lying which I for one don't like - I get enough of it from Obama.

In the beginning, on a dark and stormy night, a plot was conceived. In order to protect the timber industry they (Randolf Hurst, et al.) plotted against the young hemp industry. (Yes it grew faster and enriched the soil while growing.) Anything that can be made from oil can be made from hemp or soy including alcohol fuel which has no poisonous carbon monoxide like gas does. Henry Ford made the first car from hemp, the seats, body (resin stiffened hemp fiber) and paint. When Henry Ford told a New York Times reporter that ethyl alcohol was "the fuel of the future" in 1925, he was expressing an opinion that was widely shared in the automotive industry.
"The fuel of the future is going to come from (hemp), fruit, weeds, sawdust -- almost anything," he said. "There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented. There's enough alcohol in one year's yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for a hundred years." Ford knew that hemp could produce vast economic resources if widely cultivated.

The Oil Industry and Hurst newspapers deemed hemp and pot as "Weeds with Roots in Hell", prohibition made hemp's alcohol and all alcohol illegal. After 13 years of prohibition there were no more alcohol stations to run the cars made by our new assembly-line-industrialized nation, they were now gas stations. It seems you couldn't trust the news outlets even back then.
Tonight will be dark and stormy because of HAARP, but that's another post.

Garrett said...

For deeper research:

How much money was spent fighting the WOD after Nixon declares WOD? And to what effect? E.g. Did drug use increase or decrease? By how much and over what time frame? (references needed).

Any verifiable cases where financial incentive has been realized by corrupted government? There is incentive for city police officers, high-ranking officials, and all in between. There is possibility for government cabals, cartels, conspiracies. Drug laws provide financial incentive to criminals (including criminals in government).

A commenter mentioned that the oil industry benefits from hemp being illegal, as filtered hemp oil may directly power diesel-powered cars. But hemp cultivation is illegal under federal law, thereby reducing the affordability (imports cost). OTOH, SB 676 (Leno) allows for Hemp cultivation. But Jerry Brown vetoed that:

I don't expect a quick answer, but it would be worth taking a few weeks to a few months to look deeper into this, revise, edit, review, repeat.

Anonymous said...

Look up the 1937 Marihunana Tax Act that was pushed through by the petroleum industry.

Look up the history of the hemp plant in America. Not only is there a huge amount of information on it, but millions of hits on why hemp is kept illegal.

Also, Congress has no authority within the states. It has power it has taken by force.

I mentioned the petroleum and pharmaceuticals because keeping hemp illegal has made these two industries trillions of dollars since the International Zionist owned and controlled bankers too over in 1913.

There are so many sites that verify the above and why we are in the state we are in that it would take volumes for me to state, and I think everyone should verify for themselves.

For you that think it is Obama, this truly shows your ignorance of the last 100 years of America's true history, and the true history of the world as the Rothschild family and other Zionist bankers, along with those controlled in America by these Federal Reserve bankers. Every president since Wilson for certain has been put in by these people. Any president even before that that disagreed with them and their gaining control over America's money (actually only silver coin is money here - the rest is unconstitutional currency) has been assassinated, as are any other leaders that come out with truth.

The Bushes, Clinton, Reagan, and others started merely what the illegal alien Obama is finishing carrying out. How do I know he is illegal. His father is Kenyan, and was a British citizen, not an America by birth or naturalization.

Look it up and quit spouting misinformation and false history. It is and has always been the Zionists bankers that finance both sides of wars, including through their control of the Wall Street bankers.

Just as a matter of interest, a street originally separated the Jewish ghetto from the rest of New Jew City. It became as control was taken over by the foreign Zionist bankers, led by the Rothschild family, WALL STREET. Every bank on this street or in the area are Zionist Jew (say they are of middle eastern descent but are not) owned or controlled directly (such as the Rockefeller family) by the Rothschild banking family. Also, these denizens from hell have started and then financed both sides in every war since the inception of the name, Rothschild (Red Shield and red star of what later became the Israeli flag with the star's color changed to blue), and have been directly related to the genocide of hundreds of millions of innocent people, including Iraq and Afghanistan, attacks that were planned long before they decided to put a half-breed alien in the white house.

The Reckoning said...

Decriminalize not legalize. If you 'legalize' anything then the government has control over manufacture, distribution, and 'licensing' and regulation. The word licensing is very important because if you are apprehended while engaged in a particular activity without a 'license' then the said activity is deemed illegal or criminal. Decriminalization is just what the name implies-no regulations or licenses needed to possess, manufacture, or ingest a substance-fuck medical marijuana because again, you need government permission to ingest a natural substance. Government! Stay out of my life.


Italics Mine said...

Surely the government is big and powerful enough to allow some variance to their mighty reign whereby a good citizen can puff their pot or tobacco. It will help ensure good citizenship and civic civility.

Kevin Beck said...

Another part that has been a huge success is the branding for life of the casual drug user as a hard-core criminal with a prison record, making it a guarantee they will be underemployed permanently once they "get out" of prison. Since most of them are non-violent users, they will have a burden to bear for the rest of their life that is disproportionate to the danger they pose to society.

Anonymous said...

You could probably add crack to the list. Milton Friedman, who I consider a credible source of drug legalization data and arguments in support, claimed that crack cocaine would not exist were it not for the drug war. Due to prohibition driving the price of cocaine so high, it created the incentive to develop a cheaper form...voila--crack cocaine.

Ayn R. Key said...

I have to quibble with your wording. They are NOT "private prisons" they are "contract prisons." A private prison receives its prisoners from the private sector. These so-called private prisons have just one customer, the government.

Anonymous said...

War on drugs will never end because the drugs will always be there no matter what.
One way or another drugs will still be around all of us.

just john said...

Nobody's satisfied with the War on Drugs as it is, and no politician will back down from it, so let's kick it up a notch!

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