Breaking News:URGENT: Call Congress TODAY to Save DC Marijuana Legalization!

40th Anniversary Drug War Continues, SWAT Raid Music Video, More Wire

The 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's declaration of the drug war continues. First, footage from LEAP's press conference, followed by their march from the National Press Club to the Office of National Drug Control Policy office to hand-deliver their report to drug czar Kerlikowske:



Comedian/Activist Randy Credico has made a startling discovery, with his first release from the "Nixon: The Lost Tapes" collection. In Credico's (parody) excerpt, Nixon says he was duped into calling for a drug war and says he regrets it:



We link Reason again, this time with their new music video, No Knock Raid. Don't watch it if you're about to try to get to sleep:



If you haven't already, check out my post last week about Reason's current magazine issue, "Criminal Injustice."

The Wire is back in the news too. Last weekend we noted that Attorney General Eric Holder really wants another season of the show, but David Simon says they'll only do it if he ends drug prohibition. On Thursday Holder said okay!

Unfortunately he was only joking -- and the drug war is no joking matter. Still, I interpret it as reflecting implicit respect for the anti-drug war viewpoint -- we'll take it.

Permission to Reprint: This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license.
Looking for the easiest way to join the anti-drug war movement? You've found it!

A resilient bad idea

Forty years ago a callous, cynical Dick, Richard Nixon that is, declared that the USwas at war, at war with drugs. As history keeps reminding us, in order to stop its people challenging its internal institutions and saving it from showing its undemocratic colours (think Anti Vietnam Protests, the Civil Rights Movement, Anti Globalisation Demonstrations, etc., etc.) the US “exports” its internal conflicts and demands other countries to fight its fights. Instead of putting its own house in order and face the consequences for doing so, the US puts the onus on others and expects them to pay the lion’s share of the political and social costs of its policies.

The so-called War on Drugs is no exception. Instead of an internal war, the War on Drugs is fundamentally an external war where other countries, think of Mexico, Colombia, and the like, are fighting it and in the process paying an extraordinary high price in terms of thousand and thousand of killings, death sentences for drug offences, corruption, destruction of democratic institutions,… you name it!

Forty years have passed, and it is up to every sensible, rational person to make it  sure that it stops here. This is an opportunity to let our politicians know that Prohibition and the so-called War on Drugs is not only irrational and ineffective, it is barbaric, inhumane and a crime against humanity. So, wherever you are in the world, take any step, no matter how small it may seem, to let those who are supposed to represent your interests know that it is time to pursue more enlightened drug policies. So for those in the UK, for instance, you can join Release campaign Drugs – It’s Time For Better Laws here:

http://www.release.org.uk/

Remember, Prohibition is not, and has never been, the solution to the so-called drug problem; on the contrary, it has only made things worse. Remember, it is Prohibition itself which must be ended. Remember, it should not be confined to a particular drug or to one side of the drug trade. It not only concerns marijuana, but all drugs; not just the decriminalisation of the demand but perhaps more importantly, the legalisation and regulation of the production, too.

Gart Valenc
http://www.stopthewarondrugs.org

Comedy Act

Ah, Eric Holder is such the comedian.

What's funnier than the "War on Drugs?"

Comedy Act

Ah, Eric Holder is such the comedian.

I mean, what's funnier than the "War on Drugs", right?

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <img> <i> <blockquote> <p> <address> <pre> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <br> <object> <param> <embed> <b>

More information about formatting options

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Drug War Issues

Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and Pardon, Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity, Death Penalty, Decriminalization, Defelonization, Drug Free Zones, Mandatory Minimums, Rockefeller Drug Laws, Sentencing Guidelines)CultureArt, Celebrities, Counter-Culture, Music, Poetry/Literature, Television, TheaterDrug UseParaphernalia, ViolenceIntersecting IssuesCollateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Violence, Border, Budgets/Taxes/Economics, Business, Civil Rights, Driving, Economics, Education (College Aid), Employment, Environment, Families, Free Speech, Gun Policy, Human Rights, Immigration, Militarization, Money Laundering, Pregnancy, Privacy (Search and Seizure, Drug Testing), Race, Religion, Science, Sports, Women's IssuesMarijuana PolicyGateway Theory, Hemp, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Marijuana Industry, Medical MarijuanaMedicineMedical Marijuana, Science of Drugs, Under-treatment of PainPublic HealthAddiction, Addiction Treatment (Science of Drugs), Drug Education, Drug Prevention, Drug-Related AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction (Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance, Needle Exchange, Overdose Prevention, Safe Injection Sites)Source and Transit CountriesAndean Drug War, Coca, Hashish, Mexican Drug War, Opium ProductionSpecific DrugsAlcohol, Ayahuasca, Cocaine (Crack Cocaine), Ecstasy, Heroin, Ibogaine, ketamine, Khat, Marijuana (Gateway Theory, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Medical Marijuana, Hashish), Methamphetamine, New Synthetic Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Stimulants), Nicotine, Prescription Opiates (Fentanyl, Oxycontin), Psychedelics (LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum)YouthGrade School, Post-Secondary School, Raves, Secondary School