War is Over , Give Peace a Chance
The war on drugs has produced MORE DRUGS and a reduction in civil liberties, coincidently this is exactly what is happening with TWAT (The War Against Terror) A good result for AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES but NOT for FREE libertarian societies.
This 1999 documentary from Dutch TV explains how the “War on Drugs” has led to a loss of civil liberties while at the same time it has become a cash generator for police departments (through asset seizure) and a source of prisoners needed by the growing, privatized “Prison Industrial Complex”. However, it has not had much of an effect at all as far as its supposed purpose of eliminating or, at least significantly reducing, the illegal drug trade.
THE WAR ON DRUGS IS JUST AS FAKE AS THE WAR ON TERROR!
SO WHO BENEFITS FROM THE WAR ON DRUGS? BIG GOVERNMENT AND BIG BUSINESS ….AUTHORITARIANS
“Afghan drug trafficking brings US $50 billion a year”
The US is not going to stop the production of drugs in Afghanistan as it covers the costs of their military presence there, says Gen. Mahmut Gareev, a former commander during the USSR’s operations in Afghanistan.
WAR ON TERROR AND THE WAR ON DRUGS
Indeed, opium production in Afghanistan — much of it in the regions where Canadian and British troops are supposed to be in charge — shot up dramatically last year.
The 49 per cent increase in the opium harvest, right under the noses of NATO forces, represented a doubling of the crop from 2000, when the fundamentalist Taliban were still in control, and solidified Afghanistan’s position as the chief supplier of illegal opium to the world.
But the latest Afghan numbers are so large that the country now accounts for 92 per cent of the illicit global opium crop.
The Afghanistan province being patrolled by British troops will produce at least one third of the world’s heroin this year, according to drug experts who are forecasting a harvest that is both a record for the country and embarrassing for the western funded war on narcotics.
British officials are bracing themselves for the result of an annual UN poppy survey due later this summer. Early indications show an increase on Helmand’s 1999 record of 45,000 hectares (112,500 acres) and a near-doubling of last year’s crop.
“It’s going to be massive,” said one British drugs official. “My guess is it’s going to be the biggest ever.” UN, American and Afghan officials agreed.
“It could be over 50,000 hectares, or over 50% of the total [Aghan] crop,” said General Muhammad Daud, the deputy interior minister for counter-narcotics.
REMEMBER THE TALIBAN HAD STOPPED ALL OPIUM PRODUCTION. THERE NEVER WAS HEROIN PRODUCTION(REFINED OPIUM) IN AFGHANISTAN BEFORE NATO ARRIVES. AND WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE CIA ARRIVED IN SOUTH AMERICA?
Sky Television – Conspiracies: Lockerbie & the CIA
Mainstream documentary that looks at the various scenarios surrounding the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in December 1988. Was a CIA heroin trafficking operation compromised, allowing a bomb to be placed on board?
A tribute to the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who broke the story of the CIA’s involvement in the importation of cocaine into the US.
Webb died in December 2004 from self-inflicted gunshots to the head
NBC Dateline – CIA drug trafficking – Contra connection
News special that examines the connections between the CIA and the Contras. Features Ricky Ross, Cele Castillo, John Kerry and Gary Webb
Crack the CIA – A short film about the CIA and how they are involved in drug trafficking
A documentary featuring former CIA personnel who are speaking out about the agency
NICE ONE GUYS…NOW WHO CAN I SUE FOR THIS??
For over 40 years the USA has been at war with drugs. That’s “some” drugs , NOT ALL DRUGS. Pharmaceutical drugs made by big companies with lobby groups are positively encouraged,even if they have NOT properly tested thier chemical drugs.
Legal Immunity for Pharmaceutical Industry
The US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has just signed a decree granting vaccine makers total legal immunity from any lawsuits that result from any new “Swine Flu” vaccine. Moreover, the $7 billion US Government fast-track program to rush vaccines onto the market is being done without even normal safety testing.
The mass vaccinations are to be carried out predominantly for pregnant women and children. So far, neither the WHO nor the CDC or any other scientific body has demonstrated required scientific proof for the existence of the alleged H1N1 Influenza A new virus. The decree by the Department of Health and Human Services grants immunity to those making a “swine flu” vaccine, under the provisions of a 2006 law for public health emergencies.
Swine Flu was a HOAX ,just like it was the last time. Then the “vaccine” killed more people than the supposed “deadly swine flu virus”
FYI This is not the first time the U.S. Government has used the LIE of “Swine Flu” to try to accomplish its evil goals. In 1976, they wreaked havoc on the American people with their disastrous “Swine Flu” vaccine that caused numerous horrendous injuries and deaths.
“From the Archives: Radio Public Service Announcements ~ The Swine Flu Epidemic of 1975-76.”
This is a recording session held with Jimmy the Greek to produce a series of public service announcements promoting widespread vaccination in anticipation of a wide-spread outbreak of Swine Flu in the winter of 1975-76. The PSAs were produced by the Centers for Disease Control, which spearheaded a massive inoculation campaign. No swine flu epidemic came, and unfortunately the vaccine proved to be worse than the disease. Thousands experienced serious side effects, and nearly 100 people died. The government’s aggressive initiative ended in an embarrasing public health fiasco. This recording comes from the Records of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1921 – 1995, National Archives (NARA II).
SIMPLE TRUTH.THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT HAVE BENEFITED ARE BIG BUSINESS AND BIG GOVERNMENT
SWINE FLU was a hoax so that Pharmaceutical companies can recoup losses spent on research making a drug that is totally useless and so that governments can have a “bogeyman” to scare us with and protect us from , thus showing thier usefulness,with the frightened masses baying for protection.
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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera reported head of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, ranked 701st on Forbes’ yearly report of the wealthiest men alive, and worth an estimated $1 billion, today officially thanked United States politicians for making sure that drugs remain illegal. According to one of his closest confidants, he said, “I couldn’t have gotten so stinking rich without George Bush, George Bush Jr., Ronald Reagan, even El Presidente Obama, none of them have the cajones to stand up to all the big money that wants to keep this stuff illegal. From the bottom of my heart, I want to say, Gracias amigos, I owe my whole empire to you.”
THE SIMPLE SOLUTION THAT BIG GOVERNMENT AND BIG BUSINESS DO NOT WANT!!!! LEGALISATION!!!!!
LEGALISATION WORKS , CHECK PORTUGAL OR ARGENTINA OR MEXICO OR BOLIVIA OR VENEZUALA
Portugal, which in 2001 became the first European country to officially abolish all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
At the recommendation of a national commission charged with addressing Portugal’s drug problem, jail time was replaced with the offer of therapy. The argument was that the fear of prison drives addicts underground and that incarceration is more expensive than treatment — so why not give drug addicts health services instead?
The question is, does the new policy work? At the time, critics in the poor, socially conservative and largely Catholic nation said decriminalizing drug possession would open the country to “drug tourists” and exacerbate Portugal’s drug problem; the country had some of the highest levels of hard-drug use in Europe. But the recently released results of a report commissioned by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, suggest otherwise.
The paper, published by Cato in April, found that in the five years after personal possession was decriminalized, illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled.
“Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success,” says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. “It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does.”
Compared to the European Union and the U.S., Portugal’s drug use numbers are impressive. Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U.: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%. Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.
Argentina’s supreme court has ruled it unconstitutional to punish people for using marijuana for personal consumption, an eagerly awaited judgment that gave the government the green light to push for further liberalisation.
It followed Mexico’s decision to stop prosecuting people for possession of relatively small quantities of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs. Instead, they will be referred to clinics and treated as patients, not criminals.
Brazil and Ecuador are also considering partial decriminalisation as part of a regional swing away from a decades-old policy of crackdowns still favoured by Washington.
“The tide is clearly turning. The ‘war on drugs’ strategy has failed,” Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a former Brazilian president, told the Guardian. Earlier this year, he and two former presidents of Colombia and Mexico published a landmark report calling for a new departure.
When the cocaine business went south (geographically as well as metaphorically), Coke pulled the cocaine out of the formula – although they still use coca leaves today to flavour the drink. In fact, they own a pharmaceutical company called Stepan Chemicals in Chicago, whose primary purpose is to take the cocaine out of the coca.
BIG BUSINESS WANTS HEMP ILLEGAL
The first cars where made from hemp and ran on hemp oil . Paper was made from hemp and so where the original jeans.Hemp stood in the way of Big business .Oil,Steal, Paper and textile industries all stood to loose Big time if a cheap alternative was allowed on the market.
Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONSTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel; Popular Mechanics, 1941.
Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine, designed it to run on vegetable and seed oils like hemp; he actually ran the thing on peanut oil for the 1900 World’s Fair. Henry Ford used hemp to not only construct cars but also fuel them.
Hemp grows like a weed, requires no fertilizer and pesticides (truly organic), reduces the use of our forests–the lungs of our planet—, replenishes rather than depletes the soil and its fiber is strong and beautiful. The new hemp particle boards are rock solid. The French build entire houses out of hemp!
Industrial hemp/cannabis sativa has been an important element in cultures around the world for thousands of years. The first paper was made of hemp. Levi Strauss made the first jeans in hemp. Our ancestors crossed the frontier in wagons covered in hemp canvas. My grandfather, John G. Crusius, and my father, Lowell Crusius, were “Hemp for Victory” farmers during World War II. After the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was passed, the US Navy stopped using industrial hemp for its rope source and began importing manila hemp(musa textilis) from the Philippines.
Also Hemp can be grown on Fallow land , thus 30% of argocultural land is waiting for hemp production of FUEL , PAPER , CLOTH etc.. all without loosing 1 piece of argocultural land that we use for food production!
As a final pointer for American , when Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 , he did so with hemp sails ,held up by hemp ropes on ships waterproofed by hemp tar following hemp maps under hemp oil lamps ,while wearing hemp clothing!!!
America would not have been descovered without hemp!
The American constitution is WRITTEN ON HEMP!!!
For the government the benefit is it can be used as a THREAT against its population. Helps keep the population scared and ignorant and can be used as an excuse to arrest “troublemakers”
Pharmaceutical companies are NO fan of Hemp/marijuana either…
Pot Is an Anti-Cancer Drug
The active ingredient in marijuana appears to target cancerous brain cells for destruction while leaving healthy cells alone, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Complutense University in Madrid, and published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Cannabis may prevent osteoporosis
Researchers first conducted an experiment in mice that had been engineered to carry three different grafts of human brain cancer. They injected the mice daily with the molecule tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) near the site of the tumors once each day. The chemical appeared to stimulate the cancerous cells to engage in a process known as autophagy, in which cells initiate their own breakdown.
“These results may help to design new cancer therapies based on the use of medicines containing the active principle of marijuana and/or in the activation of autophagy,” researcher Guillermo Velasco said.
THESE WOULD BE CHEAP ALTERNATIVES TO EXPENSIVE DESIGNER DRUGS THAT BIG PHARMA THRIVE ON!
Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?
For 35 years the federal government has been well aware – yet publicly denied – that cannabis possesses potent anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Even under the Obama administration, which promised to “base [their] public policies on the soundest of science,” the myth that pot promotes cancer persists. In fact, the White House’s website, whitehousedrugpolicy.gov, presently warns, “Marijuana has the potential to promote cancer of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract.”
In a clinical abstract published online on journal of Cancer Prevention Research website in July, a team of U.S. investigators reported – with absolutely no mainstream media fanfare – that lifetime marijuana use is associated with a “significantly reduced risk” of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
Investigators at Rhode Island’s Brown University, along with researchers at Boston University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Minnesota assessed the lifetime marijuana use habits of 434 cases (patients diagnosed with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma from nine medical facilities) compared to 547 matched controls.
Authors reported, “After adjusting for potential confounders (including smoking and alcohol drinking), 10 to 20 years of marijuana use was associated with a significantly reduced risk of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNDCC).”
Perhaps even more notably, subjects who smoked marijuana and consumed alcohol and tobacco (two known high-risk factors for head and neck cancers) also experienced a reduced risk of cancer, the study found.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that U.S. investigators have documented an inverse association between pot use and cancer. A separate 2006 population case-control study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles, also reported that lifetime use of cannabis was not positively associated with cancers of the lung or aerodigestive tract, and further noted that certain moderate users of the drug experienced a reduced cancer risk compared to non-using controls.
Predictably, the federal government’s goal when green-lighting the UCLA study was to conclusively establish just the opposite result, as explained recently by its lead researcher Dr. Donald Tashkin.
In an interview with the McClatchy newspaper chain in June, Tashkin admitted that he expected his study would find that pot was associated with “increased health effects.” Instead, he summarized, “What we found instead was no association (between marijuana smoking and cancer) and even a suggestion of some protective effect.”
Perhaps that explains why Tashkin’s study, the largest trial of its kind, is inexplicably absent from the White House’s website.
Tashkin added, “[A]t this point, I’d be in favor of (marijuana) legalization. I wouldn’t encourage anybody to smoke any substances. But I don’t think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance. Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm (than marijuana).”
Indeed it does. In fact, according to the findings of a study published online August 3 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, even moderate alcohol consumption (defined as six drinks or less per week) is positively associated with an elevated risk of various cancers – including stomach cancer, rectal cancer, and bladder cancer. The study is the second to be published this year indicating that those who consume even minor amounts of booze are at increased risk for cancer. In February, a British study of some 1.3 million women age 50 to 64 reported that imbibing in as little as one alcoholic beverage per day significantly elevated females’ risk of cancer, particularly breast cancer.
For those of us who have closely studied the physiological effects of pot and alcohol the two substances contrasting association with cancer isn’t surprising. Ethanol, the psychoactive ingredient in booze, is converted by the body to acetaldehyde, a known carcinogen. By contrast, the active components in marijuana – known as cannabinoids – are relatively non-toxic and actually mimic chemicals naturally produced by the body (so-called endocannabinoids) that are necessary for maintaining one’s proper health.
As I write in my new book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2009), alcohol consumption is toxic to cells and healthy organs, can depress the central nervous system (inducing unconsciousness, coma, and death), and is strongly associated with increased risks of injury and acts of violence. The use of marijuana, on the other hand, is incapable of causing fatal overdose – cannabinoids do not act upon the brain stem – and its use is inversely associated with aggression and injury.
why our laws target and prosecute those adults who choose to make the rational choice to relax with a substance that is objectively safer, both to the user and to society as a whole, than alcohol. Perhaps when the President finishes his beer, he can provide an answer.
August 12, 2009
So if YOU are against “drugs” BUT YOU drink beer and smoke tobacco you are just an ignorant hipocrite!
Maybe its because you get your information from FOX NEWS and Bill O’Reilly. I mean what a load of BULLSHIT at least his bimbettes have an excuse of being blond and should give up journalistic research and just try and have more fun, blonds are good at that!!! Bill I lived in Amsterdam and YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!!! It s safer and freer than the USA!
THE GOVERNMENT IS HAPPY FOR YOU TO NEEDLESSLY DIE OF CANCER AND IGNORANCE SO LONG AS THEY GET THIER LOBBY GROUP PAYMENTS, AND GRAVY TRAIN JOBS TO WALK INTO, AFTER THIER GOVERNMENT POST IS OVER!
Drug money saved banks in global crisis, claims UN advisor
Drugs and crime chief says $352bn in criminal proceeds was effectively laundered by financial institutions
Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were “the only liquid investment capital” available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn (£216bn) of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result.