You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Reply #37: TatonkaJames, I am SURE that there are honest DEA agents... [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:21 AM
Response to Reply #25
37. TatonkaJames, I am SURE that there are honest DEA agents...
...as well as honest FBI agents, and "Homeland Security" agents, and other honest men and women within the "military-industrial complex" and the "prison-industrial complex" involved in the U.S. "war on drugs." Many of them! But THEY are not the problem. The problem is AT THE TOP and with those above and behind those at the top, who are PROFITING from the U.S. "war on drugs" both overtly (war/prison profiteers) and covertly (TRILLIONS of dollars in illicit money).

I would NEVER make a Darwinian argument that drug addicts should be allowed to destroy themselves (and their families) as social policy. That would be as disgusting a policy as the "war on drugs" is. Drug addicts are ILL--just as alcoholics are. But criminalizing them and their "sources" is abominably bad policy. It is a FAILED policy. It helps neither drug addicts nor their families nor society as a whole. Like Prohibition, all it does is make the criminal trade more profitable and more violent--meanwhile providing the excuse to militarize our society, take away our civil rights and quell rebellion against injustice.

Just think about this for minute. The U.S. (Bush Junta) spent $7 BILLION in U.S. taxpayer money on the "war on drugs" in Colombia, with NO abeyance in the cocaine trade (and huge "collateral damage" against innocent people). The U.S. has spent a total in the TRILLIONS throughout Latin America on the same "war" and on imprisoning people here, with long sentences, most of which are for non-violent drug possession or trade. What if that money had been used instead on drug rehab, medical care, re-training, jobs programs, child care, education and creating a society in which the poor and the young feel hope in their future?

The "war on drugs" has not only WASTED all that money, it has created a situation in which really bad people--people who gained control of our government--could corrupt that "war" just as they did, for instance, in their war on Iraq, where the tip of the iceberg is the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars gone missing in Iraq!

What I'm saying is "think it through." No one is saying--and I am certainly not saying--that every DEA agent is corrupt. But the honest people in this "war" have an uphill battle (to say the least) accomplishing its stated purpose--stopping the drug trade. The reason that it's an uphill battle--indeed, in my opinion, an impossible task--is that it is a BAD and highly corruptible POLICY, run by people who themselves are NOT ON THE LINE--they are fatcats sending DEA agents and others out to fight a battle that can't be won and some of them--particularly Bush Junta leaders and operatives--PROFIT from the drug trade being ILLEGAL. They profit directly (in war contracts) and indirectly (in corruption, diverting trillions of illicit dollars through their banks and pockets).

Time to end this! Time to use our tax dollars POSITIVELY--to help people, to enhance their civil and human rights--and the only way that I can see to do this is to END criminalization of drugs and start building hospitals instead of prisons, and start healing people instead of putting them into one of these "privatized" hell-hole cells. It's time to create a positive, progressive society, not one that declares "wars" that it cannot win and then sucks up all our resources into a few fatcat empires.

Latin American leaders are moving in this direction. They see the great damage that has been done to their societies by the U.S. "war on drugs." The president of Colombia (a rightwinger but not mafia) recently said that he would support decriminalization. So have a number of other LatAm leaders--across the political spectrum. It's time. It really is--NOT to abandon drug addicts and other victims of the drug trade--but to look at the problem and address the problem in an entirely new way--one that will be more humane and one that has a chance of working.

Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC