Drug War Is A Complete And Utter Failure; Fast And Furiously

The US war on drugs is a subject worth discussing. Is it a success, or is it a failure? Why is this debate NOT covered by the mass media?

The war on drugs started in 1937. For over 50 years we have been waging a non stop war on ‘illegal’ drugs. We are much further away from the goal of winning this war now, than when we started this war over fifty years ago. 

The war on drugs is failing. The symptom of this failure is that the US government is selling automatic weapons to drug dealers and then losing track of them. This is just ONE indication of how totally rotten, corrupt, and failed the anti drug war has become. The agencies fighting the drug dealers are assassinating drug dealers, selling them automatic weapons, selling drugs themselves, transporting drugs, while turning our democracy into a free fire zone, full of weapons, violence, killings and gang wars.   Is this what winning looks like?

In Portugal, all drugs were legalized, including cocaine and heroine. Diseases and deaths due to drug use have plummeted. Drug gangs and drug dealers disappeared. The government there is no longer ‘fighting’ drug use, but rather, it is helping drug addicts with treatment and other assistance. The Portugese won their drug war by stopping the fighting and declaring peace. The Prohibition era laws against alcohol did not work, so the law was repealed. After Prohibition ended, prices of alcohol decreased, and violence decreased radically. Now we are experiencing worse violence due to the anti drug laws, than was ever the case when laws were in effect prohibiting the consumption of alcohol. 

The biggest banks in the West make INSANE amounts of money laundering money for the drug cartels worldwide. Here is one bank that got caught..

It is not just one bank doing this, it is most of them… HSBC is caught doing it in the following video….

The banks have been caught and fined, but the fines make the practice even more lucrative, because the fines are so tiny compared to the profits made.

Ron Paul in the video above, makes the point that we have spent more money on the war on drugs, than any single war in history. We are actually further away from winning this war than when this war was started. The war on drugs is a complete and total failure. 

The war on drugs has led us to the point where if a sick person wants to smoke marijuana for pain relief, that the DEA puts them in prison. We are searching and arresting sick grandmothers and grandfathers, for sick political and profit motivated reasons that have nothing to do with freedom, democracy or healthy communities.

Some of the strongest fighters against marijuana and other ‘illegal’ drugs, have no problem with ingesting huge amounts of a much more dangerous drug called ‘alcohol’, or prescription drugs, which cause HUGE numbers of deaths, when compared to the supposedly illegal and dangerous drugs. 

“America was rudely awakened to a new kind of danger on September 11, 2001: Terrorism. The attacks that day left 2,996 people dead, including the passengers on the four commercial airliners that were used as weapons. Many feel it was the most tragic day in U.S. history.

Four commercial jets crashed that day. But what if six jumbo jets crashed every day in the United States, claiming the lives of 783,936 people every year? That would certainly qualify as a massive tragedy, wouldn’t it?

Well, forget “what if.” The tragedy is happening right now. Over 750,000 people actually do die in the United States every year, although not from plane crashes. They die from something far more common and rarely perceived by the public as dangerous: modern medicine.

According to the groundbreaking 2003 medical report Death by Medicine, by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith, 783,936 people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine mistakes. That’s the equivalent of six jumbo jet crashes a day for an entire year. But where is the media attention for this tragedy? Where is the government support for stopping these medical mistakes before they happen?

Since Americans spend so much money on health care, they should be getting a high quality of care, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Of the 783,936 annual deaths due to conventional medical mistakes, about 106,000 are from prescription drugs, according to Death by Medicine. That also is a conservative number. Some experts estimate it should be more like 200,000 because of underreported cases of adverse drug reactions.

The problem is, prescription drugs don’t treat diseases; they merely cover the symptoms. U.S. physicians provide allopathic health care — that is, they care for disease, not health. So, the over-prescription of drugs and medications is designed to treat disease instead of preventing it. 

And because there are so many drugs available, unforeseen adverse drug reactions are all too common, which leads to the highly conservative annual prescription drug death rate of 106,000. Keep in mind that these numbers came before the Vioxx scandal, and Cox-2 inhibitor drugs could ultimately end up killing tens of thousands more.

The government spends upwards of $30 billion a year on homeland security. Such spending seems important. Since 2001, 2,996 people in the United States have died from terrorism — all as a result of the 9/11 attacks. In that same period of time, 490,000 people have died from prescription drugs, not counting the Vioxx scandal. That means that prescription drugs in this country are at least 16,400 percent deadlier than terrorism. 

Again, those are the conservative numbers. A more realistic number, which would include deaths from over-the-counter drugs, makes drug consumption 32,000 percent deadlier than terrorism. But the scope of “Death by Medicine” is even wider. Conventional medicine, including unnecessary surgeries, bedsores and medical errors, is 104,700 percent deadlier than terrorism. Yet, our government’s attention and money is not put into reforming health care.”

The first law against ‘natural’ drugs such as marijuana was passed in 1937. Hemp was used in the war effort, in food products, oils, and much more. If you plant this natural hemp plant these days though, you go to jail. The DEA says that it is too ‘dangerous’. Why was it safe before 1937? Why is it deemed to be safe in Denmark, where it is sold in coffee shops? Why is it deemed to be safe in Portugal where they noticed a reduction in crime and disease after it was made legal?

As an MD, Ron Paul says there is a danger in illegal drugs, but there is also a great danger in prescription drugs. Children are prescribed psychotropic drugs by the MILLIONS. Why? Could the profit motive by Big Pharma and their wanting to control the sale of anything that affects mood have anything to with the war on drugs? 

In the video above, a former DEA Task Force Officer and former Judge speak out against complete failure of the drug war. They both worked inside the drug war for many years, and came to the conclusion that it was causing more damage and harm than good. 

Drug War Is A Complete And Utter Failure; Fast And Furiously; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/12/drug-war-is-complete-and-utter-failure.html

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