Friday 16 December 2011


Eric Blair
Activist Post
December 10, 2011

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.


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.
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.
ED: It also supplies slave labour inmates to work under contract for various industries ranging from Victoria's Secret to electronics and IKEA.

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.
ED: Nevermind the whole cottage industry of counsel and help created around the hapless smoker or whoever else. And nevermind the industries that could be created that could better our world but at the expense of those who profit as things stand today. Big pharma, pulp and paper, etc as outlined in The Emperor Wears No Clothes.

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.

ED: The War on Drugs is racist, both in its genealogy and in its willingness to sacrifice black and brown communities. Historically, drug laws served as instruments for oppressing minorities, from the anti-Chinese opium smoking ban in California, to the hysterical racist propaganda accompanying the criminalization campaigns of the 1910s and 1930s. Government officials plied an acquiescent mass media with vile propaganda of the "dope-crazed niggers are raping our white women" variety thanks to Randolph Hearst’s great media input.

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.
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.
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. 
ED: Pot is the best thing going for depression, insomnia and so many other "minor" ailments let alone the larger health money makers like cancer and heart disease.

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.
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.
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.

ED: The War on Drugs brings the police-state ever closer. Under the cover of waging war on drugs, what we see is a concerned assault on American civil and constitutional liberties. Property seizures, mandatory drug tests, increasing numbers of police, use of the armed forces for law enforcement, tighter scrutiny of financial records, searches of students, the encouragement of the informer culture, attacks on the Fourth Amendment, the seizure of subscriber and/or customer lists from legitimate businesses and the harassment of criminal defense lawyers ~ the list of encroachments by the repressive apparatus of the state goes on and on. 

The drug warriors wage a never-ending propaganda campaign designed to persuade the public to voluntarily give up its right to privacy. They also attempt to intimidate this crusade's opponents by portraying them as "traitors" or "morally bankrupt." Actually, it is those who support this war and their bullet-head buddies who betray traditional American freedoms by attempting to curtail our rights in the name of their holy crusade. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin: "Those who surrender their liberty to preserve their security deserve neither." 

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