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War on drugs is over: We lost

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February 11, 2007

By PHIL HOSKINS

The “War on Drugs” has been going on for several decades now without any discernable benefit to either our country as a whole or the American people. It has produced this minimal benefit while exacting a very high price, both in terms of dollars spent and the toll on the lives of people caught up in its net.

Our prisons bulge with people whose “crime” is frequently one having only themselves as the “victim.” These are the users of substances deemed dangerous by the Federal Drug Administration who has been granted authority to name and rank substances by their perceived danger. Congress apparently is unable on its own to discern the difference between methamphetamines and marijuana so it has given the bureaucrats at the FDA the authority to do so.

Not only is this of doubtful wisdom as a political and Constitutional matter, it is really an act of cowardice by politicians anxious to mollify those who think some substances are the devil’s handiwork. Did our founding fathers really contemplate a system where government was instituted to protect us from ourselves, to dictate what could and could not be done with one’s own body? Undoubtedly the answer is no. This is the brainchild of two strains of thought that have run through our nation’s history, ebbing and flowing.

One thread is based in a Puritanical religious fervor which claims the moral authority to dictate the lives and actions of others. This tradition abhors almost everything that might be described as “fun” and has sought to ban everything from dancing to alcohol to same-sex marriage.

The other tradition is rooted in the primacy of commercial values, contending that those who promote commercial interests have the right to require all citizens to play in their game. They base their opposition to the use of mind-altering substances on “productivity” issues: workers should not be able to choose being stoned because it isn’t productive; one should always be at one’s peak because that is what a full economy demands. Other commercial interests would monopolize the production of mind altering substances to their own and protect their income stream for their own substances.

Of course neither tradition speaks openly to the electorate of its true objectives but rather cover them with the politics of fear. We are warned that smoking a joint will lead to jumping off a building (“Reefer Madness”) or that it is a “gateway drug” that will force us to next become enslaved to heroin or crystal meth. Studies are promoted to show that indeed, some substances alter our brain activity and some even do so permanently.

Why the government should have the power and right to prevent the alteration of my brain escapes me completely. Is it not my right to do so at my own will, to kill as many brain cells as I may wish? Where in the Constitution did I give that right to the bureaucrats at the FDA? Whose body is this anyway?

This is a fight that long ago was lost. Americans have all along vetoed the War on Drugs – except as it may apply to others. Marijuana use continues unabated. The use of illegal substances waxes and wanes as to any particular substance, but we have proven ourselves to be incredibly resourceful in finding what we want and need.

The arguments against this “War on Drugs” have been stated many times in many places so I need not repeat them all here. It is time, however, that we declare the war over. It is time to reclaim for our individual self the right to govern our own body and our own actions, so long as they do not impinge on those of another person. It is time to face reality and stop the wasteful spending of hundreds of billions of dollars to imprison people who are after nothing more than their own version of happiness.

Yes, removing criminal sanctions from all substances will lead to abuses and harm. So does the present system, which produces a huge underground delivery system and prevents reasonable efforts to prevent those abuses and ameliorate that harm.

This is one more issue upon which Congress needs to face reality and take the risk that getting it right may alienate a few loud moralists but redound to the health and vitality of our nation and the political process. Congress needs to end this “war” and get the government out of the business of controlling our lives.

(Phil Hoskins is a Hollywood attorney who founded “Take Back West Hollywood.”)

40 Responses to War on drugs is over: We lost

  1. Richard Taylor

    February 11, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    1) Legalize all drugs.

    2) Take the money wasted on THIS war, and turn it over to treatment and education.

    3) Change the look and feel of 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills.

    4) At some pre-determined end date in the future, declare all other versions of US currency null and void. Allow holders of old currency to convert to new prior to end date while paying taxes on”newly” discovered income

    5) End result will be:

    Violence associated with drug trafficing will cease;

    Government will have massive influx of tax revenues;

    Prison populations will drop due to release of non-violent drug offenders, saving money;

    A likely initial spike in some addictions due to folks trying substances who never used previously due to illegality; countered by the increase in treatment and education listed previously.

    It won’t solve everything. Some violence due to the actual drugs consumed would still exist but far more manageable than current situations.

    My $.02

  2. Jeffery Haas

    February 11, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    The War on Drugs is the archetype and psychological model for the War on Terror, a permanent war with permanent and ever increasing public debt, with no visible results foisted upon the public with the attitude that anyone who dares to oppose it risks being judged as the enemy themselves.

    While drug abuse and terrorism are both serious problems, neither is or ever will be addressed by our permanent wars.

    Permanent war is the Orwellian prophesy fulfilled by these twin monsters.

    The real enemy is liberty and the Constitution which enshrines it.

  3. Kent Shaw

    February 11, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Ray,

    That was your most eloquent comment to date. I would have added that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor only after the United States had been embargoing oil shipments to Japan, itself an act of war. Once again, the United States initiated a war with a country that had not been a threat to this country.

  4. Kent Shaw

    February 11, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    Richard Taylor: “5)… Prison populations will drop due to release of non-violent drug offenders, saving money;”

    You will encounter resistance here. Yes the taxpayers would save hundreds of millions but that would cut into the profits of the privately run prisons, and there would be a great hue and cry about lost jobs in the prison industry.

    However you are totally correct with all you wrote in your comment.

  5. gene

    February 11, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Read all of the above comments and agree with what each one was trying and(did) express. I would not argue this point with anyone but I believe we as a nation and we as a global community have gone beyond the point of no return. I am not sure how all this will play out but I strongly suspect it wouldn’t be something I would write home about. I hate to sound like a whimp but their are times is shakes me up, guess I have been in my confort zone to long. This world could implode at any time now, expecially with the help of bonehead bush and his sidekick, dickhead cheney. Obviously they are not the only ones, brain-dead america can always be counted on to be totally stupid and blind to the truth. I have said this before and I will say it again, if their is something you have been wanting to do as an individual, you better do it soon. Iran is next on the list and it doen’t take much imagination to realize the hell that will create for us earthlings. Anyone want a beer?

  6. Paolo

    February 11, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Wow!

    An anti-drug war editorial, and 13 comments all pretty much in support of that position!

    This must be a cool website…

    One principle of life I’ve discovered is that whenever government declares a “war” on anything other than a foreign country that has attacked us, the result will be loss of freedom for all of us. This goes for the war on drugs, the war on poverty, and the war on terror.

  7. Scott

    February 11, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    Oh yeah! You forgot about Nixon’s “War on Crime”!!

  8. Kent Shaw

    February 11, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    gene Says: “…Anyone want a beer?”

    No, but pass me that joint, would ya?

  9. Paolo

    February 11, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    SEAL points out that he remains perfectly lucid despite high doses of Oxycontin, an opiate analog. It has been well known for hundreds of years that opiates are the most effective of all pain killers, and that people who suffer pain do not have the side effect of inebriation or euphoria that occurs in strictly recreational users. The pain, in effect, “consumes” the effect of the medication, leaving the patient mentally alert.

    These facts make the FDA’s war on plant extracts doubly evil. Heroin, if legalized, could be produced for a few pennies per dose. I don’t know what the pharmaceutical companies get at retail for Oxycontin, but it’s a lot more than that.

    There are several factions that support the War on Drugs. One, of course, is the pharmaceutical industry. Imagine if there were really a free market in (unpatentable) plant extracts: sales of Oxycontin would plummet!

    The next group that supports the War on Drugs is, of course, the criminals who sell drugs. With the criminal premium added to the cost of heroin, a dose that should cost a few pennies goes for a hundred bucks. Legalizing drugs would be the worst thing that could ever happen to criminals who sell drugs.

    And of course, there’s the useful nitwits who support the war on drugs because they are just religious busybodies who want to make rules about how everyone else should live.

    And let’s not forget the hordes of “police” forces on the government payrole who have total job security fighting a war on drugs that can never be won.

    All drugs should be completely legalized. No, not “taxed and regulated.” Just made completely legal. Addiction would go DOWN, as drug users would no longer have to fear arrest if they check in for treatment. Crime would plummet. Pain sufferers would have inexpensive, effective, over-the-counter treatments.

    By the way, I missed the part of the Constitution that gives the government authority to regulate plant extracts…could some one look that up for me?

  10. Ray

    February 11, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    Hemp has many practical uses and could be helpful for small time farmers. Many people, younger people would likely be less inclined if it grew along the road and wasn,t illegal. The excitement or chance taking is a lot of why kids do stuff. Oh what a lovely view, 40 acres of Kona Bud and a new John Deer….Dream on, the government can do it for thier medical marajuana, but we are about to see all herbs and natural health products be removed and controlled by the FDA. Just more government rule.

  11. Rice Farmer

    February 12, 2007 at 2:42 am

    There was never any “war on drugs.” As noted by Ray, above, drug-running is one of the biggest businesses of the CIA and US elites.

    Replace the preposition in these “wars,” and you get the real picture. “War OF drugs,” “war OF poverty,” and “war OF terror.” Thanks to these phony campaigns, we have more drugs, more poverty, and more terror. These are just devices for elites to increase their money and power at our expense. But don’t expect to hear this from the mainstream media.

  12. SEAL

    February 12, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Here is an interesting fact. My scripts are paid for through medicare now-a-days. They send me a summary of each month listing what they pay for each Item. They pay $5.00 each for the 80mg oxycontin. If I had to pay for them with no insurance the cost is $10.00 each. Twice as much. That difference is across the board with few exceptions on all the medications I have received since the medicare drug program went into effect.

    Us cancer patients compare notes in waiting rooms. I have seen what other insurance programs pay for the same drugs I get and they are never as low as what medicare pays. This is also true of other medical tests and procedures. As the largest single insurer they drive the best bargain. Makes you wonder what the prices would be if everyone was on a national medicare. Also, explains why there is so much resistance to the idea.

  13. Scott

    February 12, 2007 at 3:16 am

    I know!! We need a Johnny Marijuana Seed!! He can go thru the midwest planting pot everywhere. Then everyone could pick it freely for medicinal purposes. With enough seeds this “weed” would be very difficult to irradicate!! Johnny get busy!!!!

  14. Kent Shaw

    February 12, 2007 at 5:13 am

    $10 each for a pill that cost a penny to produce. I knew it was bad, I knew we were being gouged but I had no idea it had come this far.

  15. David Williams

    February 12, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Obviously the worst result of our government’s war on drugs is the incarceration of millions of casual users especially of those people who choose to smoke marijuana.But what I want to focus on is the unbelievable acceptance of the American people of drug testing in the workplace.

    Before anyone gets their panties in a twist,let me state that I’m not advocating the use of any mind altering substance while working.If a person is alcohol or drug impaired on the job,I think an employer is perfectly justified in taking disciplinary action against the offending worker.I think most people,for safety reasons would agree.

    What is unacceptable is an employer taking punitive action against a worker for what the employee does after work on his own time.

    Mandatory workplace urine tests are a flagrant abuse of a person’s right to privacy and constitute a direct violation of our sacred right to due process guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.We are guaranteed by law to be protected from undue search and seizure without a warrant based on probable cause.As far as I can figure,showing up for work does not constitute probable cause.

    My God!Just typing this is pissing me off so bad that I can barely stand it.Y’all(yes,I’m from the South)excuse me for just one second while I go twist one up…………..

    Whewwww…That’s much better.

    Somebody out there that is smarter(and straighter)please explain something to me.Let’s see…God created all the plants of the field,Right?Cannabis is a natural plant.How the fuck can a plant be against the frigging law?!! Seriously,that defies any possible definition of logic that a narrow mind can conceive.So, some asshole points to a plant and declares,”BAD, ILLEGAL,NO,NO….Let’s go have a drink”.I can not stand it!

    If we,as citizens,are willing to give up the precious and sacred rights that were secured by the blood and dying breath of those who came before,we not only no longer deserve those rights;we are beneath contempt and should just go to the head of the line that is forming at the gates to the concentration camps that we all so often speak of.

    If there is any more of an invasion of privacy than the required confiscation of my urine,I can not imagine what it could be.The only way ANYONE is going to get my urine is by catheter,and only after I am rendered helpless by overpowering force!

    These are not words that are thoughtlessly written.I mean everything that I say.Not because I am brave or tough or stubborn.My beliefs were forged by the massacre at Kent State,by the assassinations of John and Bobby,by the unbearable murder of Martin Luthor King,by the tears of thousands who perished in Southeast Asia on both sides.And now,they are reinforced daily by the barrage of despotism forced upon us by cowards and thieves who dare to say to the world that they represent America.They don’t represent me and they never will.

    David Williams in Western North Carolina

  16. Ray

    February 12, 2007 at 11:40 am

    David, I applaud you. I feel exactly the same way. These nazis just keep squeezing the vice. We only think we have any rights and freedoms anymore.

    And why should guys like Seal, who lives in pain because of service to this country have to pay one red cent for medication? The whole goddam system of federal government is designed to extract every stinking penny they can from us dummies. From illegal income tax, excise tax, soon to be terrorist tax, etc. Now I’m pissed just thinking about how screwed we are. I better twist one fore I blow a gasket!

  17. Joe Keegan

    February 12, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    If our current draconian drug laws are not reformed, we’ll wind up with one-half the population either in jail or out on probation, and the other half watching them. A KGB Police State economy is no basis for an economy or a free people.

  18. anthny

    February 12, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    The war on drugs was a deception just like the war on terror is.

    We did not lose the drug war, police and government and courts and judges are making huge profits from drugs.

    The only losers are the american people who got arrested and are spending time in prison for a disease that is related to our sick society.

    Most doctors and researchers have confirmed that alcohol and drugs are a disease and can be cured with the proper treatment. Of course this treatment goes againist everything the war on drugs is for, and that is to milk us for all we have.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

  19. Mary

    February 12, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    It is apparent that no one that read Mr. Hoskins article has every been around some one under the influence of methamphatmine or seen the devastation it takes on a ones body in a short period of time. Meth users destroy brain cells and end up becoming psychotic. Guess who benefits? The pharmaceutical companies because the psychosis has to be treated with medications! Who would like to be chased by someone wielding a butcher knife because they are psychotic? The by- products of meth production are toxic and contaminate the ground. Guess who has to pay for the clean up of meth labs that have exploded? You, the tax payer that complain about the drug laws, that is who. Have you ever seen a new born baby withdraw from heroin? They have tremors, are irritable, and can even have seizures. Great way to start your life isn’t it? New borns exposed to meth go through withdrawal too and grow up to have attention deficit disorder, thus the increase in prescribing of medications for ADHD (thus the increase in the number of prescriptions written in recent years), making more money for the pharmaceutical companies and increased cost to tax payers in an attempt to educate the kids because they need special education classes. Has anyone had a loved one killed by a drunk driver who thought they were able to drive without any problem, and alcohol is legal! Have any of the writers seen a child with fetal alcohol syndrome because mom chose to drink while she was pregnant? The result is that we have a bunch of kids that have low intelligence and require special education classes paid for by you, the tax payer.

    During World War II hemp was raised on some farms for a short period of time due to the need for more rope. There are places in the US that you can still find hemp growing wild along creeks. The only difference is that the THC is of such low quality (as it was in the 60’s) that it is not worth the effort to harvest it for use – effects are minimal unlike what is available on the market today.

    Before everyone dismisses me as a religious zealot I consider myself an agnostic. Just like anything else in life what we label as “illegal drugs” might be okay in moderation, but then so is food. Our problem is that there are those that lack the self-control to do things in moderation and that is why 60% of the population is obese. Then there is the physiological addiction of some drugs that is so powerful they take over, nicotine and opiates to name two. This is just a reality check for those out there that have their blinders on.

  20. the Don

    February 12, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    Ahh! Many good comments, thank you all,

    Let us not forget the opium wars and the Boxer Rebellion in China, June 13, 1900. The US was then the junior partner with Britain in forcing the Chinese to accept the importation of opium.

    And we should not also forget Air America flying in heroin from SE Asia during the VietNam War. Or during the Chinese (China again) revolution when our gov’t assisted Chiang Ki Shek and his nationalist party (support for the warlords) by buying the opiuum produced by these exiled losers operating in the “golden triangle” of SE Asia and then sold in the ghettoes of Amerika. Does one think the present China has forgotten?

    As a witness to this travesty of freedom and justice for 40 years I can tell you all that it is the suppression of marijuana that has led to the use of hard drugs by our youth, not the smoking of a joint. Birds do it, deer do it, people have done it for 1000s of years.

    As a father and grandfather I would rather see teenagers smoking pot than ice.

    All animate lifeforms seek ways to get

    high. This is a very, very serious problem for those that would prefer us dumbed down.

    Love this open discussion.

  21. Ray

    February 12, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    If one cent of every dollar spent by the fed on the so called drug war, and one cent of every dollar that the fed make on importation and sales of drugs, was placed in a fund to educate and reform those who cannot control themselves, the country would be better off. You will never stop drug use with prison time or fines. Heroine addicts are given the drug in Amsterdam to keep dealers away. Yes drugs and alcohol are a big problem. The point being argued here is the fact that the governments so called wars on drugs, crime, poverty, terrorism, etc. are all ineffective and very costly for taxpayers but very profitable for the pharma and government enities. They are designed to provide money extraction and control. Some prescribed medicine costs as much as $25.00 a pill. Many medicines are prescribed that are not needed and old folks become addicted to them. I have sat and talked to elderly folks who have thier kitchen table covered in pill bottles. They are prescribed ten or more different pills that have them so screwed up mentally. They know that they are screwed up and they cannot get away from it. They are zombies and are alone. It is so sad. Pill makers send thier sales guys out to doctors and give them samples, buy them gifts, just like in DC. Bribes to write prescriptions for thier pills. Its all about money. Moderation of ones abuses is a personal decision, one that government cannot control and should not attempt to. If they truly want to help, they should educate properly with proper curriculum and not teach the crap that is now the mind control. TV is another source of anti-social behavior and attitude misdirection. Compare the series Lassie with American Idol. Gunsmoke with 28. Good value messages are gone away for mind controlled bullshit. Programing is sick these days. Drugs are no worse than booze or most anything that can be abused and misused. Personal choice is not something the feds should be in control of.

  22. paolo

    February 12, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Mary,

    Your posting mentioned a lot of deleterious effects of various drugs, including alcohol, but you stopped short of advocating continuation of the war on drugs.

    Of course, any drug or psychoactive plant extract can be harmful. However, making those substances illegal makes the problem much, much worse.

    A police officer once told me, “If you could see the filthy home a crack addict lives in, and see the effects of crack on little babies, you’d support the war on drugs.”

    My response was, “If you could see the filthy home an alcoholic lives in, and see the effects of alcohol on little babies, you’d support bringing back Prohibition.”

    You said those of us advocating an end to the war on drugs need a reality check. Actually, we don’t. The reality is that the war on drugs makes the problem of drugs much, much worse–just as Prohibition made the problem of alcohol much, much worse.

    Under Prohibition, drinkers did not feel free to seek treatment, fearing prosecution. Drinkers frequently got sick from contaminated alcohol, because those who sold it knew their customers could not very well complain to the police. Criminals took over the manufacture and sale of alcohol, and enforced their territorial claims with gang violence.

    Each of these phenomena are happening right now, in exactly the same manner, with the “War on Drugs.”

  23. Teleri

    February 12, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    Well. I think the plethora of comments in favor of Phil’s editorial pretty much says it all. Even the one mildly critical makes sense (as in, ALCHOHOL is the most dangerous abused drug out there right now & is LEGAL)

    Marijuana originally became illegal at the insistence of Dupont who had just perfected nylon. Hemp being the major competitor, the laws against pot included the hemp plant and overnight a crop which was one of the first cultivated in the history of humanity, one which several of our founding fathers grew (yes, Washington) and which has about as much ability to get you high as breathing near a tobacco factory became illegal. Now of course it is the pharmaceutical companies keeping it illegal – and their target is marijuana itself. Thus hemp products are becoming legal again…

    What a travesty. The American public remembers the adverse affects of Prohibition, even though our leaders ignore it. Polls throughout the past 40 years have shown that Americans do NOT think marijuana should be illegal – certainly not medical marijuana. Many polls show a growing wish to see all drugs decriminalized, for the public have read and understood the implications of Amsterdam’s success. Even the most anti-drug types I know personally would be happy to see certain drugs legal & controlled (to see the despair on the faces of drug dealers, as a friend of mine puts it).

    This issue has caused a whole generation to grow up scofflaws, demeans our respect of government, and created a bunch of criminal cartels that make the Mafia look like your brother-in-law’s chicken thieving relatives.

    It needs to stop.

    BB

    Teleri

  24. John Hanks

    February 12, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    The rich control the drug trade and drug war totally. Even selling booze and guns to the indians wasn’t better. The war hasn’t even begun. Where there is smuggling, there is a buck to be made. I expect another 911 stunt soon.

  25. JimZ

    February 12, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    For further research on this topic, check out the documentary movie “Grass”. You will be informed. I trust their information. I actually met their research team at the SXSW Film Festival kickoff party and hung out with them and the director.

    They told me they were actually surprised what they came up with themselves. Our entire system of anti-drug laws is based on flimsy politicized evidence and outright lies.

  26. Lou Raskin

    February 12, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    External solutions to internal issues will always be a waste of money. On the other hand, many employment opportunities were created. Go figure!

  27. california rick

    February 11, 2007 at 6:03 am

    Excellent first piece Phil. One only needs to look at Amsterdam to see that effects of legalizing illicit drugs has on society – none.

    It’s the fear of the unknown that keeps “buzz kills” like the religious right maintaining their stronghold on the rights of others.

    I have to say, that the religious right are the most nosy, invasive, intrusive, obnoxious group of busy bodies I have ever come to know.

    The rest of us keep our noses out of the religious rights lives – too bad we are not afforded the same courtesy by them.

  28. Oregon Sam

    February 11, 2007 at 6:11 am

    Good insightful presentation of a waste of public funds.

  29. JimZ

    February 11, 2007 at 6:16 am

    Does anyone hear that sound of trillions of dollars flushing down the toilet?

    There’s rumors some of our founding fathers may have been “hemp growers” and “hemp users” themselves.

    This whole debacle started with Harry J. Anslinger in the 1930’s to make his government agency (FBN in 1930, the predecessor to the DEA) a tough competitor to the J. Edgar Hoover-run FBI. They outlawed drugs just to give them something to arrest for. In addition, it was used to “shake down” Mexicans in El Paso, TX, (yep, racism) where the first anti-marijuana laws were first enacted.

    Let’s face it; all the history of our nation against drugs has evolved into, is a convenient tool to shred our constitutional rights and make a bunch of money for the lawyers, corporate prisons, and the outsourcing of all the tools of this “war”. This includes crop dusting poor farmers in Central/South America.

  30. pastor agnostic

    February 11, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Phil, what does TV advertising do, but permanently imprint really nasty urges to buy really nasty useless shit?

    Pot would be a great (LEGAL) addition to people’s choices. Then again, sex is too, but the christian version of the taliban is doing its best to screw that up. Heck, even the idea of safeguarding girls from a potentially deadly STD pisses them off.

    great article, Phil.

  31. Scott

    February 11, 2007 at 8:52 am

    Odd, since the CIA is currently profiteering with the Heroin out of Afghanistan to fund secret operations. I recall Ollie North running Cocaine to fund the “Contras”. The biggest pusher on the planet is the US government.

    Ooops we are not supposed to know that.

  32. SEAL

    February 11, 2007 at 8:57 am

    I’m a living example of the stupidity of the FDA. During my life in the military I was wounded several times and abused my body in many different ways. Now, at 68, I am reaping the negative effects of all of that. Extensive sciatic nerve damage. I am prescribed 120 mg of oxycontin every 8 hours. 30 mg of oxycodone as needed for breakthrough pain. 100 mg of gabapentin every 8 hours. Xanax and ambien as needed. According to the FDA I should be a zombie. But I work and drive a car and do every thing any “normal” drug free person does. I have passed road side sobriety tests when caught in holiday driving traps they set up to catch the drunks. I have been tested even when I told them I don’t drink. Of course I don’t tell them why. I can’t with all the narcotics in my system. If they could blood test people I would be arrested.

    My physiology adjusted to the drugs after a few weeks and I found I was not impaired, I could do anything I wanted. I operate power tools in my work shop. I know a lot of other vets just like me. But the real question is why is it legal for me and not for everyone else? Why does it make them walleyed monsters but I’m OK? Why did they go to prison after being shot and I was given medals?

  33. Ray

    February 11, 2007 at 10:04 am

    The CIA runs the biggest drug operation worldwide. The Bobby Seal scandel revealed the tip of the iceberg. He was busted and before he could testify they took him out. Cocaine shipments were flown into the small airfield in Mena Arkansaw, where Bill Clinton directed the transfer, distribution and laundering of profits. Bush senior while in the FBI set up the network and still oversees its operation. Bush and Clinton have been business partners and Buddies for many years. Clinton kept the heat off the Mena Airfield. The infamous Savings and Loan scandals and the BCCI Banking scandal were all connected with the Bush and Clinton Cartel. Millions of dollars a month in drugs and cash were transfered at Mena.

    Bush sr. is no doubt one of the higher elite in the pyrimid of secret controllers. His past history reads like a fictional double spy mystery. His involvement with the killing of JFK is a matter of record. FBI document obtained through FOIA is evidence that he was in Dallas and sent a coded message that to this day remains unexplained. When questioned, he stated it must have been sent by another George Bush working in the FBI. History someday will put the puzzle together about the Bush Dynasty and the evil things done to this country. In an interview with a magazine (don’t recall which at the moment ) Bush sr says to the reporter ” If the american people ever knew all the things that us Bushes have done to them, they would chase us down and hang us”. That is what the man said. Drugs, Guns, and Oil are the commodities of Bush and Clinton. Ever seen the Clinton Body Count? A list of all the dead people who once had connections with ol Bill and Hillary? Over two hundred have died by suicide like Vince Foster, or heart attacked, some executed mob style. Many leaps from hotel windows. Many airplane crashes. Head on automobile crashes ( always with Semi-Trucks ). Three teenagers walking down the tracks near the Mena Airport mysteriously turn up dead and eventually three of thier friends who were helping investigators turned up dead. Former Body Guards, Business associates. Hookers who learned too much about Bill are pushin up posies now. It is no surprise that so many official documents and records have been removed or classified untouchable by Bush 2 that span the years of Reagan/Bush to present day. These people are not and have never been what most think. Bush sr wields incredible power and influence in the secret inner circle of corruption and could be the biggest player in modern history that has set the course of destruction for America. He is one of the designers of the terrorism threat. CIA Trained militants/fighters/Terrorists. He was in the middle of the Contra / Arms scandal. They missed killing Reagan by a quarter inch of his heart but got the control of the presidency anyway as Reagan recovered. Bush sr ran the show for administrations, then his trainee Bill ran for two, now its Hillarys turn. More than a co-incedence. Hillary attended Bilderberger last year. As history shows, that means she will be the next president. It has been decided already. The campaign will just be a show as usual that is performed for the unaware mind controlled voters who think they really have a choice and a voice. Its all smoke and mirrors. has been since Wilson was Pres. The truly sad reality is that most people in this country are afraid to even consider the possibility that anyone could be so evil and appear so american. That is the power that fools the masses over and over again. Why in hell do folks keep thier heads in the sand and then wonder why things have gone to hell. It is by design. Control the making and distribution of money. Create task forces and declare a war on drugs financed with billions of tax dollars. Use that network to import and profit from sales. Make laws to imprison people for victimless crimes. The reason we have the highest prisoner population of the world. It is all just another example of the corrupt all powerfull secret controllers that are behind the new world order. Its is real, it is taking over, has taken over and very soon will announce the declaration of the New Order. I predict that will follow a horrible event that will make 911 appear miniscule. Remember that they use Problem-Reaction-Solution to fool us into submission with fear and false threat. Just like 911 was executed to achieve a green light for the abominations that you see now taking shape. Black and white, plain as day, in your face, just wake up and see. Understand the trick and pony show that you are witnessing. I try and I try to make folks realize that the world does not and has not functioned by chance. But its hard to change the mind set propaganda has created even when people become desparate. The “Government” has a lock on most minds by mass media methods. Repeat the same lie enough times and it will become the truth. Censorship of documents to hide facts and conceal truth. Surviellence in the guise of catching terrorists. Strip freedoms and rights to slide in fascist policy. Create trade aggreements with falsehood of properity, when in truth only profits corporations and impovershes the working class. Can’t people see what is going on? Do yourselves a huge favor. If you truly love this country and what it use to stand for. Use some effort to research truth instead of arguing about which political scam is best or who is the best candidate. It is a waste of your time and will do nothing to change the coming end of this socalled democracy. The only thing that will initiate a change is realization that leadership is corrupted to the extreme and no popular candidate is what you would like them to be. The moto on the great seal of the US translates “order out of chaos” Installed by FDR, the first Illuminati inductee president. The great illusion of a leader who took us to war by similar methods of deception that Bush used. FDR new about plans to attack the Naval Fleet two weeks before it happened. He let it happen so america would have to enter the war. It worked just like 911 was the excuse that Bush needed to launch this latest profit making charade. The war on terror is just as phony as the war on drugs. Nothing will improve in the drug war or the terrorist war, except profits for the cabal that created the illusion. People, use your logical deductive minds and instincts for a change and not set your beliefs on spin from msm. Then, maybe this nation has a chance. If we don’t take the effort to consider the reasons for all this evil in the governments actions, we will be failing ourselves and our future. How much corruption and killing does it take before we realize there is a man behind that curtain and he is not your friend.

  34. Sandy Price

    February 11, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Great start Phil! I’ve tried to figure out why people force the government to enforce what should be house rules. I think the most parents are afraid to set rules down for their kids. I did, but then in my generation using any drugs made us vulnerable to brain damage and out-of-control emotions. I bought all the fears of drug use.

    I never let it slip into a moral position because living in the Santa Monica Mountains it would have impossible to book the residents for smoking pot.

    We had house rules and it meant giving our best to our jobs (yes my kids worked) and getting the good grades to get into the University. Once my kids were in the University, they were on their own. They also knew I had no bail money and that was the end of the problem.

    Our Federal Government does not have the moral authority to tell what not to do. They have made millions dealing in drugs and they have no intention of giving that up. The American family will have to handle the situation.

  35. Walter F. Wouk

    February 11, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    There isn’t one politician or government official who can cite one credible scientific study — not one — that proves that adults who use marijuana pose a threat to society or themselves.

  36. Mary

    February 12, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    Hi paolo and others,

    Oh, I have seen the filth and squaller of homes that crack heads, meth users and alcoholics live in with their kids. I have seen the head sores that the kids have due to head lice that go untreated. I have seen the bruises the kids have when mommy or daddy gets mad and bets the kid with a belt buckle. I have seen the broken bones of infants when they have been slammed against a concrete wall because daddy is coming down and cannot deal with a crying baby. I will be the first to admit that the government’s “war on drugs” will never solve the problem. I also know that unless an individual wants to stop using they will continue to use and abuse a drug, legal or illegal regardless of what others expect them to do. This is a very complex problem and there is no single simple answer to it. Legalizing drugs may or may not be a solution. Remember when methadone was suppose to “rehabilitate” heroin addicts so they could be productive members of society? Did it work? NO – now we have “juice bars” dispensing methadone and the heroin addicts are addicted to a legal drug rather than an illegal one. The only difference is the legal one is generally paid for by tax payer money. While I don’t condone jail or prison sentences for the small time user, those that manufacture, distribute and sell in large quantities should be given more than a slap on the hand. If I had the answers to the problems I would certainly not be sitting here at my computer!

  37. Joe Lawrence

    February 13, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    Richard Taylor is correct in each point he makes, and I have only one to add:

    We, the citizens, have allowed the War on Drugs to become the War on Minor Street-Corner Sellers and Non-influential Users of Marijuana, thus enabling enforcers – at whatever level – to pretend to effectivness while keeping the monumentally huge and dollar-digesting bureaucracy afloat.

    Legalize all drugs, subject only to the same systems under which all other consumables are safeguarded, but let’s decide – very publicly – beforehand where we are going to put the dollars rescued thereby.

  38. Cashel Boylo

    February 14, 2007 at 8:14 am

    In the U.S. Constitution…invading a foreign nation… can be done only after an attack on America or if a war is declared on America by a foreign nation.”

    So, apart from Iraq and soon to come Iran, why is the US – and the world – in Afghanistan, where the links to 9/11 are equally nebulous?

    I am haunted by the possible scenario that the real reason for deposing the Taliban was to get the opium flowing again.

    No medicine/surgery focussed western society can function without morphine.

    Every merchant banker in the world, deliberately or otherwise, washes drug money.

    The US Armed Forces could not fight for one afternoon without morphine.

    The gangsters who control America’s cities and secretly subsidize corrupt politicians could not survive without heroin.

    Afghanistan now supplies 90% of these commodities.

    What sort of crisis would the western world be in today if the Taliban still ruled in Afghanistan?

    Cashel Boylo

  39. Cashel Boylo

    February 16, 2007 at 9:31 am

    ALL the DRUGS that cause big problems are SYNTHESIZED PETRO-CHEMICALS.

    In all the hysteria of the War on Drugs, we almost never hear about the petroleum content.

    Cocaine sulfate is produced by macerating coca leaves along with water that has been acidulated with kerosene or benzene.

    The main addictive element in Heroin (diacetylmorphine) is not the morphine (opium), but the ACETYLENE.

    ACETYLENE is also the main addictive item in Aspirin (acetylsalisalic acid).

    Acetyl methyl carbinol, C4H8O2 is one of the 599 additives to cigarettes, and it is added for its addictive effects.

    Try a sniff of ACETYLENE at your local welding workshop.

    It’s nauseating, revolting — BUT, as soon as you recover from its nasty effects, you feel an extraordinary urge to take another sniff.

    Check it out. Petroleum is the most addictive chemical on this planet.

  40. Alice Lillie

    February 18, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Awesome article!!!

    I am writing an essay for my blog on how the Bush administration is pulling this country down and harming the Church by destroying what little freedom we had left.

    Now we have *no* freedom at all. Yeah, I know. I am free to say these things. I am not so sure. Dissidents like me who speak up are running a risk.

    The essay will appear on my blog probably in April or May. Meanwhile, there are a couple of other essays there that describe what has happened to our founding freedom principles.

    If you like Bush, you won’t like my ideas, so be warned!!!