In a nation known around the world for its respect for individual freedom, citizens are spread-eagling themselves on the pavement and begging to be strip-searched. No liberty is too precious to be thrown on the sacrificial pyre.
Each week, someone is murdered in America by uniformed Statists thugs.
Most of these actions take part on behalf on a war that is more unpopular than Vietnam and Iraq combined. That war, of course, being the American War on Drugs or as I like to call it, the War on Civil Liberties.
The majority of Americans do not want it. No matter, like Obamacare, it’s the law of the land. Like Slavery and Jim Crow, the War on Drugs is the StatistsThugs tool of oppression. Incarcerate millions of minorities and poor in the name of keeping America safe from the evil scourge of drug abuse and drug violence. Never mind that drug “abuse” has accelerated under the war on drugs. We’ll disregard that drug prohibition has turned whole neighborhoods in American cities into war zones.
And we’ll ignore the fact that the War on Drugs has all but obliterated what we used to call Liberty. The US Constitution was long ago discarded in the name of drug prohibition even as the United States Government and our largest Corporate institutions and Banks have colluded with Drug King Pins to launder all illicit drug money…for a share, of course.
Mexico is in the grip of a murderous drug war that has killed over 150,000 people since 2006. It is one of the most violent countries on earth. This drug war is a product of the transnational drug trade which is worth up to $400 billion a year and accounts for about 8% of all international trade.
The American government maintains that there is no alternative but to vigorously prosecute their zero tolerance policy of arresting drug users and their dealers. This has led to the incarceration of over 500,000 Americans. Meanwhile the flood of illegal drugs into America continues unabated.
One thing the American government has not done is to prosecute the largest banks in the world for supporting the drug cartels by washing billions of dollars of their blood stained money. As Narco sphere journalist Bill Conroy has observed banks are ”where the money is” in the global drug war.
In March 2010 Wachovia cut a deal with the US government which involved the bank being given fines of $160 million under a ”deferred prosecution” agreement. This was due to Wachovia’s heavy involvement in money laundering moving up to $378.4 billion over several years. Not one banker was prosecuted for illegal involvement in the drugs trade. Meanwhile small time drug dealers and users go to prison.
If any member of the public is caught in possession of a few grammes of coke or heroin you can bet your bottom dollar they will be going down to serve some hard time. However, if you are a bankster caught laundering billions of dollars for some of the most murderous people on the planet you get off with a slap on the wrist in the form of some puny fine and a deferred prosecution deal.
And Gods forbid that we admit that the American CIA uses the same drugs prohibited in the US to fund wars all over the globe. We’ll even neglect to mention that most of those same drugs that the CIA buys, steals and sells for a profit make it back to the shores of America.
In 1989, the United States invaded Panama as part of Operation Just Cause, which involved 25,000 American troops. Gen. Manuel Noriega, head of government of Panama, had been giving military assistance to Contra groups in Nicaragua at the request of the U.S.—which, in exchange, allowed him to continue his drug-trafficking activities—which they had known about since the 1960s.When the DEA tried to indict Noriega in 1971, the CIA prevented them from doing so. The CIA, which was then directed by future president George H. W. Bush, provided Noriega with hundreds of thousands of dollars per year as payment for his work in Latin America. However, when CIA pilot Eugene Hasenfus was shot down over Nicaragua by the Sandinistas, documents aboard the plane revealed many of the CIA’s activities in Latin America, and the CIA’s connections with Noriega became a public relations“liability” for the U.S. government, which finally allowed the DEA to indict him for drug trafficking, after decades of allowing his drug operations to proceed unchecked. Operation Just Cause, whose ostensible purpose was to capture Noriega, pushed the former Panamanian leader into the Papal Nuncio where he surrendered to U.S. authorities. His trial took place in Miami, where he was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Noriega’s prison sentence was reduced from 30 years to 17 years for good behavior. After serving 17 years in detention and imprisonment, his prison sentence ended on September 9, 2007. He was held under U.S. custody before being extradited to French custody where he was sentenced to 7 years for laundering money from Colombian drug cartels.
On March 13, this reporter contacted investigative historian Robert Morrow, whose research into the murder of CIA-sanctioned pilot Barry Seal is unparalleled. Seal claims to have run drugs for U.S. intelligence.
When asked about official criminality associated with Afghan’s opium business, Morrow replied: “U.S. government involvement in the drug trade ebbs and flows depending on a particular administration’s level of corruption. If a Bush or Clinton is in office, you better believe it’s rip-roaring.”
Morrow provided more insights. “Or, maybe their complicity is so institutionalized that presidents don’t even control it. Intelligence agencies and the military do. The government has many faces. One DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] agent could be entirely honest while another is on the take from drug cartels and the government.”
Delving into deep state secrets, Morrow stressed: “The people who ran all the drugs into America during the Iran-Contra era were George Bush, Sr., CIA Director William Casey, Oliver North and both Clintons. Airports like the one in Mena, Arkansas that Bill and Hillary operated stretched all across the southern U.S. You need to remember that Barry Seal [who allegedly flew more cocaine into America than any pilot in history] was personal friends with Bill Clinton. He also spoke with Bush, Sr. on a weekly basis.”
In the Great and Exceptional United States of America, there have been so many drug scandals in police departments across the nation that no one bothers to keep statistics on it.
The War on Drugs was billed as a way to keep “niggers” and “spics” from sexin’ up innocent white girls. That’s how LBJ and Nixon put it anyway.
“Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.”
– John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.
What it turned into was a War on American Liberty.
Now that a few States have legalized marijuana, you can watch the vultures (Police) in surrounding States circling around interstate highways. They sit and wait. They peer down the open road. Across the borders of their States. Waiting for any citizen of Washington or Colorado to cross that line. When they see one…THEY POUNCE! Like the Highway Robbers of old. Making any excuse to “protect and serve” that citizen out of his car, his money, his freedom.
Justice Thurgood Marshall was moved to remind the [Supreme] Court that there is “no drug exception” to the Constitution.
Every friend of freedom … must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the U.S. into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.
— Milton Friedman
If the zeal to eliminate drugs leads this state and nation to forsake its ancient heritage of constitutional liberty, then we will have suffered a far greater injury than drugs ever inflict upon us. Drugs injure some of us. The loss of liberty injures us all.