As a pro-marijuana activist, it's a joy to watch the Berlin Weed Wall come tumbling down. I even found some pleasure this week in Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement for reduced sentencing for non-violent drug offenders.
It's not everyday some liberty is yielded back to the people, however small. Yet my joy is tempered by cynicism.
The private prison-industrial complex could not have been happy with Holder's recent announcement, but there's a strange silence. There's not a single bought-and-paid-for politician coming to the defense of longer prison terms for non-violent drug offenders. So what gives?
Surely there must be intense lobbying efforts underway to stop this. I mean, any industry evil enough to bribe judges to throw innocent children in cages would clearly scratch and claw for every dollar of potential profit, right?
But what if they can replace drug offenders with other warm bodies -- like copyright offenders (file sharers)? The NSA likely has a whole list of offenders ready to go. They're an easy target as they don't typically travel in armed cartels. Who cares that they, too, are non-violent offenders? Make file sharing a felony, says the Obama Administration.
The Washington Post reports:
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