Sat Aug 11, 2012, 05:56 PM
sad sally (2,627 posts)
The soldiers in America’s war on drugs
Deep in the Mosquitia jungle of Honduras, the US Forward Operating Base Mocoron is at the heart of one of the most active narco-trafficking routes in Latin America.
Soldiers at Mocoron are fighting on the newest front in the US war on drugs.
We spent two days at the base. An hour after we arrived, a helicopter made a dusty landing. On board were US-trained elite Honduran Air Force personnel, decked out in brand new military fatigues.
They were back from the last counter-narcotics mission of the day.
Three American soldiers, sitting in the same John Deere buggy I've seen farmers use across the Midwest, cheerily drove up to them and helped them refuel the helicopter.
New war strategy
Everything about Mocoron reflects the new US war strategy in an era of shrinking budgets: a small remote base, minimal boots on the ground and maximum US training for the host country's soldiers being deployed to the frontlines.
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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 05:42 AM
malcolmkyle (39 posts)
1. Save the Economy
According to the CATO Institute, ending prohibition would save an annual $41 billion of expenditure while generating an estimated $46 billion in tax revenues.
Thanks to Prohibition, we now have a far higher percentage of our own citizens locked in cages than any other nation on the whole planet. Apart from the fact that these extra prisoners are not contributing economically to society, it also costs 50,000 dollars per annum to incarcerate them. Additionally, their families often go on government assistance, leaving the average tax payer to pick up the bill. Their kids may also be taken into care, or raised by foster parents—again with our money. Now add to all this: the court costs, jail costs, and the salaries of all those people that have to deal with the enforcement of prohibition—like police officers, judges and public defenders—and you'll start to get a fair idea of why "Black Thursday" (October 24, 1929) happened during the period of another of our great experiments: Alcohol Prohibition (1919-1933)
* The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
* 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population at year-end 2009.
* 2,292,133 adults were incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2009—pproximately 1% of US adults.
* Additionally, 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or parole.
* In 2009, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation,parole, or incarcerated)—Approximately 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.
Chart Of The Day: Federal Drug Prisoners
During alcohol prohibition, all profits went to enrich criminals and corrupt politicians. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on education, etc. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally, the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?