In just a couple of decades the War on Drugs managed to make a mockery of nearly the entire Constitution.
The War on Drugs Is a Total Failure
“Government can’t keep drugs out of the country,” said Libertarian Presidential candidate Harry Browne, “It can’t even keep drugs out of its own prisons.”
Corporate owned politicians of both parties concede total failure of the war on drugs on the Mexican border. Communist factions in our government promote an open border to allow the free flow of drugs to pass unimpeded. As the Mexican drug cartels reign terror on both sides of the border, collectivist lawmakers use it as an excuse to further curtail civil liberties of both American citizens and legal/illegal aliens living in the U.S.
“We have recently heard many shocking stories of brutal killings and ruthless violence related to drug cartels warring with Mexican and US officials. It is approaching the fever pitch of a full blown crisis. Unfortunately, the administration is not likely to waste this opportunity to further expand government. Hopefully, we can take a deep breath and look at history for the optimal way to deal with this dangerous situation, which is not unprecedented.
Alcohol prohibition in the 1920s brought similar violence, gangs, lawlessness, corruption and brutality. The reason for the violence was not that making and selling alcohol was inherently dangerous. The violence came about because of the creation of a brutal black market which also drove profits through the roof. These profits enabled criminals like Al Capone to become incredibly wealthy, and militantly defensive of that wealth. Al Capone saw the repeal of Prohibition as a great threat, and indeed smuggling operations and gangland violence fell apart after repeal. Today, picking up a bottle of wine for dinner is a relatively benign transaction, and beer trucks travel openly and peacefully along their distribution routes.
Similarly today, the best way to fight violent drug cartels would be to pull the rug out from under their profits by bringing these transactions out into the sunlight. People who, unwisely, buy drugs would hardly opt for the back alley criminal dealer as a source, if a coffeehouse-style dispensary was an option. Moreover, a law-abiding dispensary is likely to check IDs and refuse sale to minors, as bars and ABC stores tend to do very diligently. Think of all the time and resources law enforcement could save if they could instead focus on violent crimes, instead of this impossible nanny-state mandate of saving people from themselves!” – Ron Paul
The War on Drugs Was an Excuse to Wage a War on Civil Liberties
Democratic politicians like the War on Drugs just as it is — because they love the power it gives the federal government. Republican politicians want to accelerate the War on Drugs — by taking away more of your Constitutional liberties, by taking away more of your privacy, by turning America into more of a police state.”
The Federal government shouldn’t be waging a war on drugs.
The War on Drugs wouldn’t be possible if the federal government obeyed the Tenth Amendment. Current drug laws are an improper usurpation of the power to regulate interstate commerce, and the power to prohibit should be reserved by the states. It is a States issue, and it is the states that should deal with the problem as they see fit. Instead, the states have relinquished their responsibility and allowed the Federal government to intrude where they do not belong.
The widening interpretation of the Commerce Clause has made way for many laws which contradict the original intended meaning of the Constitution. With the Courts so-called doctrine of “New Federalism,” defined by Gonzales v. Raich (2005), the Court upheld a Federal law regarding marijuana, finding that although the marijuana in question had been grown and consumed within a single state, and had never entered Interstate Commerce, Congress could nonetheless regulate a non-economic good, which is intrastate, if it does so as part of a complete scheme of legislation designed to regulate Interstate Commerce.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stated in his dissent to Gonzales v. Raich (2005),
Respondents Diane Monson and Angel Raich use marijuana that has never been bought or sold, that has never crossed state lines, and that has had no demonstrable effect on the national market for marijuana. If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything – and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.
We have seen the emergence of mandatory minimum sentences, in violation of the Eighth Amendment, the creation of drug courts, in lieu of anything acceptable under the Sixth Amendment, drug testing in schools, in disregard of the Fifth Amendment, and no-knock warrants and to increasingly lowered standards of probable cause for search and seizure, in open contempt of the Fourth Amendment. The War on Drugs has also been used to justify stronger laws against guns, in violation of the Second Amendment, and restrictions on commercial speech, in violation of the First Amendment.
The so-called “War on Drugs” is not a war on drugs, but really a war on people who use drugs.
A war has been declared on the American people, and it is far more dangerous than any terrorist action. During the Clinton years, the War on Drugs shredded much of what remained of the Bill of Rights. The biggest losers in the war on drugs were mothers, fathers, small-time dealers, medical-marijuana users and even children — not the “drug kingpins”.
Financially, police agencies involved in the forfeiture of property were winners. Following the passage of the 1984 Omnibus Crime Bill, police agencies were allowed to sell the assets they seized and keep the money. Tens of thousands of people had their property seized for the most trivial drug-law infractions. On the highways, police use “drug courier profiles” to stop and search motorists and confiscate their vehicles if any drugs are found. At airports, travelers’ cash is seized when it tests positive for traces of cocaine.
- In Maryland, Pamela Snow had her business and home confiscated when one of her kids received a United Parcel Service package that contained marijuana. Part of the official “justification” for the forfeiture was the Grateful Dead poster in her son’s bedroom-supposed evidence that the house was a “narcotics-related” meeting place.
- In Washington, DC, Marsha Simmons repeatedly called police to have them remove her crack-selling grandchildren from in front of her house-only to have the police respond by seizing her home because her grandchildren had sold crack on the property.
- In Denver, Colorado, 13 SWAT team members stormed the upstairs apartment of Ismael Mena looking for drugs. After breaking open the front door, the SWAT team found the door to Mena’s room latched, and kicked it in. Police say they found him armed with a .22 revolver, standing on his bed. Officers claim they screamed “Police!” and “Drop the gun!” repeatedly. Mena started to put the gun down, asking, “Policia?” But police say when they then moved to disarm him, he again raised the gun. Officers opened fire. Mena, a father of nine, was hit by eight bullets and killed instantly. No drugs were found. The next day, SWAT team officers learned they had raided the wrong residence-they should have gone next door.
- In Pennsylvania, a 21-year-old man with no prior offenses, was shot to death in his house by a squad of masked police dressed in ninja-style uniforms. They didn’t even knock before tossing a smoke grenade through a window, setting fire to the house. The unarmed John Hirko, suspected of dealing small amounts of marijuana and cocaine, was found face down on his stairway, shot in the back while fleeing the fire.
Hiding surreptitiously behind the war on drugs is also a war against Americans’ health. It is a war that has already claimed untold number of lives and will produce millions of casualties over the next decade. Dropping a nuclear bomb over a major American city would kill fewer people than the FDA / Big Pharma / Big Government agenda will ultimately kill.
The “War on Drugs” is really about who controls the flow of drugs and who profits from their use.
The war on drugs is really only an excuse for sustaining a military and corporate presence across the planet where governments and their crony corporations both control and profit from the manufacture, sale, and use of “controlled substances.”
In 1937, the Marijuana Transfer Tax Act was passed in order to destroy the hemp industry, largely as a result of the efforts of the wealthy capitalists Andrew Mellon, Randolph Hearst, and the Du Pont family. With the invention of the decorticator, hemp became a very cheap substitute for the paper pulp that was used in the newspaper industry. Hearst felt that this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings. Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury and the wealthiest man in America, had invested heavily in the Du Pont families new synthetic fiber, nylon, which was being outcompeted by hemp.[French, Laurence; Magdaleno Manzanárez (2004) , “NAFTA & neocolonialism: comparative criminal, human & social justice.”; and Peet, Preston (2004), “Under the influence: the disinformation guide to drugs.”]
It’s well documented that the CIA has been involved in drug smuggling for many years. See, for example, The CIA, Contras, Gangs, and Crack. Following the 9/11 false flag, the US military-industrial complex quickly invaded Afghanistan and began facilitating the reinstatement of the country’s poppy industry the Taliban had been actively destroying as part of an effort to rid the country of this harmful plant. According to the United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP), opium cultivation increased by 657 percent in 2002 after the US military invaded the country under the direction of then-President George W. Bush. The New York Times reported that the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai had actually been on the payroll of the CIA for at least eight years prior to this information going public in 2009. Ahmed Wali Karzai was a crucial player in reinstating the country’s opium drug trade, known as Golden Crescent, and the CIA had been financing the endeavor behind the scenes.
“The Golden Crescent drug trade, launched by the CIA in the early 1980s, continues to be protected by US intelligence, in liaison with NATO occupation forces and the British military,” wrote Prof. Michel Chossudovsky. “The proceeds of this lucrative multibillion dollar contraband are deposited in Western banks.” Afghanistan is now the opium capital of the world, providing around 90 percent of the world’s supply.
Big Pharma owns many politicians and lobbies heavily in Washington to maintain their corner on the drug market as their profits have soared with the increased popularity and use of “legal” controlled substances. Backed by Big Pharma reelection campaign money, our lawmakers are acting to directly enforce a Big Pharma monopoly at the expense of the public.
Nevada Senator and U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid was exposed for accepting large sums of money from Big Pharma in order to craft and guide the recently-passed health care bill in Big Pharma’s favor [NaturalNews.com]. Reid successfully stopped Byron Dorgan’s drug reimportation amendment from being added to the bill, which would have helped to reduce drug costs for consumers (and cut Big Pharma’s profits). Drug companies Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Merck and Astra-Zeneca rewarded Reid nicely for his services by paying him tens of thousands of dollars.
Big Pharma essentially wrote the health care bill promoted by Barack Obama and passed by the Democratic Congress. Billy Tauzin, then President of the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the largest single-industry lobbying group in the nation, visited the White House to work out a deal on the health care bill. According to reports, he negotiated with government officials to make sure all existing drug industry favors would remain intact in any proposed health care legislation. Tauzin was able to convince Democrat politicians to add to the bill additional drug industry perks including subsidies, mandates, and a complete monopoly on complex drugs that will last 12 years.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has also been instrumental in protecting the Big Pharma monopoly stranglehold on American consumers while deepening the financial ties between the government and Big Pharma. So-called “drug safety” bills are purchased from the regulators by drug companies while explicitly failing to protect foods and nutritional supplements from FDA regulation efforts. Although hundreds of thousands of consumers have contacted their lawmakers to demand an end to the monopoly price fixing currently operating in the United States, lawmakers cannot bring themselves to support any legislation that threatens the profits of Big Pharma.
Big Pharma is also culpable in the mass mind control/manipulation/conditioning of the most vulnerable members of our society, our children. They earn huge profits in the highly-reprehensible/questionable and increasingly common mandated drugging of ever-growing numbers of children. Supported by a growing number of psychiatrists and social workers, young males especially are targeted through hugely intrusive, invasive, ill-advised, psychologically unpredictable and often destructive programs. More and more of our children (down to toddlers as young as two and three years old) are being dosed on a long-term basis with any of a number of psychotropic/psychiatric drugs like Prozac, Ritalin, Luvox, and so on.
These drugs not only are proven to induce severe and often very violent psychotic reactions among a significant percentage of subjects, but also clearly and provably create a stupefied, dumbed-down, zombified mental state in targeted subjects which is a perfect “ground state” for the carrying out of yet other mind control, manipulation, and conditioning activities on these very same subjects. In general, this kind of psych-drugging makes the job of further mind control programming much easier.