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Forum Post: We Lost the War on Drugs

Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 6, 2013, 9:19 a.m. EST by john32 (-272) from Pittsburgh, PA
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"President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs" in 1971. The expectation then was that drug trafficking in the United States could be greatly reduced in a short time through federal policing—and yet the war on drugs continues to this day. The cost has been large in terms of lives, money and the well-being of many Americans, especially the poor and less educated. By most accounts, the gains from the war have been modest at best.

The direct monetary cost to American taxpayers of the war on drugs includes spending on police, the court personnel used to try drug users and traffickers, and the guards and other resources spent on imprisoning and punishing those convicted of drug offenses. Total current spending is estimated at over $40 billion a year.

These costs don't include many other harmful effects of the war on drugs that are difficult to quantify. For example, over the past 40 years the fraction of students who have dropped out of American high schools has remained large, at about 25%. Dropout rates are not high for middle-class white children, but they are very high for black and Hispanic children living in poor neighborhoods. Many factors explain the high dropout rates, especially bad schools and weak family support. But another important factor in inner-city neighborhoods is the temptation to drop out of school in order to profit from the drug trade.

The total number of persons incarcerated in state and federal prisons in the U.S. has grown from 330,000 in 1980 to about 1.6 million today. Much of the increase in this population is directly due to the war on drugs and the severe punishment for persons convicted of drug trafficking. About 50% of the inmates in federal prisons and 20% of those in state prisons have been convicted of either selling or using drugs. The many minor drug traffickers and drug users who spend time in jail find fewer opportunities for legal employment after they get out of prison, and they develop better skills at criminal activities...................."





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[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 5 years ago

Started under Nixon carried on to Reagan, to Bush, to Clinton, to Bush, to Obama.

Anyone who says "marijuana should be illegal" is an establishment hack and are part of the problem in regards to the GROWING prison system that steals non-violent people away from their families.

[-] 1 points by forourfutures (393) 5 years ago

What war?


You mean the war on the people by the infiltrated government correct?

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2089) from Fredericksburg, TX 5 years ago

All those costs are some contractors [emphasis on con] or manufacturers profits. The usual suspects are still winning in the "war on drugs."

Don't forget the surveillence and other technology and services.

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 5 years ago

The war on drugs was declared so NIxon could target and eliminate subversives and radicals and incarcerate them through drug laws and so the cia could fund black ops it worked brilliantly couple that with the government propaganda on the issues and even today 49% of americans believe marijuana should remain illegal while american soldiers protect afghani poppy fields. I would say the drug war was an unmitigated success on those fronts.

[-] 1 points by nomdeguerre (1775) from Brooklyn, NY 5 years ago

The criminal syndicates overlap.

"Fraud, Money Laundering and Narcotics. Impunity of the Banking Giants. No Prosecution of HSBC " http://www.globalresearch.ca/fraud-money-laundering-and-narcotics-impunity-of-the-banking-giants-no-prosecution-of-hsbc/5317406

Why no prosecutions? Because we are being governed by a criminal control fraud scheme. Rather than government and corporations providing "honest service", both are run for the profiteering of insiders. Both are looting operations (Obama is merely a sympathetic frontman).

To understand today's world, it is necessary to understand three concepts: control fraud, information warfare and false flag attacks.

[-] 1 points by nomdeguerre (1775) from Brooklyn, NY 5 years ago

There has never been an honest war on drugs. The real purpose of the war has always been to keep drug prices up. To the criminals (both in office and drug profiteers/financial supporters out of office) the lesson of Prohibition was that illegality is required to keep prices and profits up, not that prohibition doesn't work.

The War on Drugs is an elitopath fraud, as is the War on Terror also. A criminal element has hijacked our governance.

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 5 years ago

The purpose of the war on drugs was to criminalize generations of young minorities, To destroy their lives over small non violent crimes, To take away their voting rights, to make them ineligible for college aid, to destroy their employment/housing opportunity, to fill up jails & profit!

So by that honest real measure the PTB in fact succeeded beyond their wildest dreams with this obscene racist 'war on drugs'

[-] -1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

The Murdock Street Journal

Pretending to give a fuck.

You might as well go back to FLAKESnews.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 5 years ago

Explain this: http://www.politicususa.com/rupert-murdochs-news-corp-donated-59000-reelect-obama.html

And explain what YOU would do if such a group offered you support...

Its not all l vs r....its us vs them.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

Citizens United.

It's all about WallStreet now.

How much did they buy in your state of Florida?

Oh wait. That's a wedge issue, or was it gossip?

Now when will you start answering questions?

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 5 years ago

How much did they buy in Florida?

  • All of it.

Not a wedge issue. Its a fact. Your congress and POTUS- regardless who was elected- serves teh same masters.... and its NOT you, or ANYONE you know.

[-] -1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

Pretty good ignore Citizens United and go on to your own personal wedge issue that ignores the reality of what's gone down in Florida.

Florida was the one of the precursors to Citizens United.

Are you working to recall Scott?

[-] 4 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 5 years ago

Ignore it?

How many actions have you don the last year that directly protest outside offices that transfer money in your local community?

Where were you? http://floridaindependent.com/60488/occupy-tampa-robert-watkins-and-co

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 5 years ago

Cool video!

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

Cool action. You should show more of that kind of thinking here.

[-] -2 points by Shayneh (-482) 5 years ago

So do you think the government can win the war on "firearm crimes"?

[-] -2 points by aville (-678) 5 years ago

the manugactured " war " on firearms ( the second amendment) is about disarming the citizens and by doing that ,controlling ( killing )them.