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Ahead of UN Summit, Global Leaders Call for End to 'Disastrous' Drug War


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Ahead of UN Summit, Global Leaders Call for End to 'Disastrous' Drug War

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

More than 1,000 world leaders, celebrities, and other societal figures have signed a letter calling for an end to the "disastrous" drug war ahead of an upcoming United Nations summit to discuss the organization's nearly two-decade-long campaign against narcotics.

"Humankind cannot afford a 21st century drug policy as ineffective and counterproductive as the last century's," reads the letter, organized by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), a drug reform advocacy group.


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mea culpa


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Global leaders? Glad to see Bernie & Liz are supporters. We likely will not see Obama or Hillary signing. Their loyalties (and profits) are with the Police Prison Industrial Complex and Big-Pharma. Bill Clinton gave us the "Crime Bill" and Obama gave Big-Pharma the store in his ACA, and Hillary has her claws in the mix as well.

Imagine, an endless supply of perps for the PPIC and millions of people buying and dying from Big-Pharmas deadly crap drug side effects!

Safe & effective Medicinal cannabis threatens the pipeline of profits and politicians that profit from the misery and usury of others by sectors making billions from the prohibition & WOD.
http://marijuanapolitics.com/on-marijuana-hillary-clinton-sides-with-big-pharma-over-young-voters/

Anything for a buck eh?


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There are no global leaders. There are only opportunists and they are all followers. All opposition is eliminated before it can gain a foothold.


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The WAR on DRUGS?


Perhaps it is waged almost exclusively against certain drug competitors and those groups deemed undesirable to the United States government and society in general. (This phenomenon is not unique to the U.S.)


A major reason why drugs are illegal has more to do with the creation and protection of monopolies—than with public health and safety considerations. If you have a monopoly, then you control the prices, as well as the supply and distribution chains. Tremendous profits are being reaped by the intelligence agencies, the military and certain protected businessmen. Also, if the government favors one cartel over another, then the favored one enjoys special, official protection and support. It will rise to the top, and pay tribute ($), in the form of bribes.


ONE TRILLION DOLLARS per year in illicit drug revenues can make a few people filthy rich, be they foreign or domestic. It also pays for black-ops campaigns, and for off-the-books military-grade weapons and supplies. Furthermore, it buys a lot of support from U.S.-backed rebels. Finally, it is an invaluable source of bribe monies paid to influence foreign affairs. For better or for worse, the necessity of some of these activities is rationalized as being in the interests of furthering national security goals.


Remember Air America and the explosion of heroin production and trafficking, during the Vietnam War era? Also, in 2001, according to the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC) Afghanistan produced less than 185 metric tons of heroin year; the Taliban had been taking effectively measures against its cultivation. However, then came the U.S. and the “same old song.” After a steady yearly rise in cultivation of poppy, by 2007, Afghanistan produced an estimated least 7,000 ton of opium production, says UNODC; certain other sources put it at a whooping 9,500 tons. Regardless, conservative estimates reveal that Afghan opium production accounted for 93 percent of illicit global opiates production. In 2014, Afghanistan produced 6,000 tons of opium in 2014. Whereas, UNODC puts its 2015 opium production at only 3,300 tons; most likely drought related as well as less hectares under cultivation and less yield per hectare.


And, during since the U.S. led invasion of Afghanistan, guess who guarded the Afghan poppy fields and also facilitated the processing into opium and transported the bulk into Germany and the Balkans for subsequent mass distribution throughout the world? It is a sad condemnation that the powers-that-be knew it would lead to increased to drug addition, crime, gangs,money-laundering and increase the “necessity” for police presence in public schools of low-income communities. And, lastly, there is the problem with U.S. mass incarceration as a result of drug-related offenses. Among other collateral damage, it tore apart families, obscenely enriched the private-prison industry and rapaciously diverted funds from state and local governments, which could have been instead used for other governmental programs and projects.


Remember the Iran-Contra Affair: covert drug smuggling operations which were planned and carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency and Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North? How about the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), the CIA’s official drug-laundering bank? Remember the vast cocaine smuggling ring operating out of Mena, Arkansas while Clinton was governor? And, the U.S. also has Plan Colombia, ostensibly to rid Colombia of cocaine. Instead, it strengthens Mexican drug cartels: NAFTA reward.


It simply amazes me that many people don’t find it is highly suspicious that the illicit drug business is able to flourish—year after year—without constantly hearing about major drug busts and seizures. The enforcement
capabilities include the military, the Coast Guard, the DEA, the FBI, the Justice Department, ICE, BATF, the state and local police, informants, etc. Curiously, the law enforcement agencies operate utilizing inconsistent policies and inaction, especially since mostly society's "undesirable" elements are disproportionately targeted for arrest, prosecution and incarceration.


Ironically, the remarkable efficiency and tremendous success of the illicit drug industry’s supply chain and distribution channels is a business model that even FedEx and UPS would envy. How is it that—year after year—most U.S. metropolitan areas, with populations over 100,000, are consistently saturated with illicit drugs?


Most folks either know where to purchase drugs, or have friends, relatives, or co-workers who know. It is somewhat ironic that even the youth of this country are able to buy illicit drugs much easier than cigarettes or alcohol. Illicit drugs are widely available even in U.S. prisons. That is truly a sad condemnation on the so-called "War on Drugs!"


These phenomena simply could NOT happen without the secret complicity and cooperation amongst the various, military, security, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies—at the highest levels. Also, it necessitates the involvement of certain major banking institutions. This is a scam and a sham of epic proportions.


America, you are being misled—right before your very eyes. Things are not always what they seem! Don’t blindly believe the mainstream media or the official hype. Think for yourself. Look at the long-term patterns. Analyze, and connect the dots. It is intuitively obvious that the evidence is compelling, overwhelming and
indisputable!


Governmental surveillance capabilities include wiretapping, video surveillance, monitoring of "suspicious" bank funds deposits and transfers, physical and electronic tracking, etc. The governments have substantial funds, technology, supportive laws, and enforcement capability. Oh, and don't forget about the state-of the-state-of-the-state-of-the-art computer software at their disposal. (Think PROMIS software.) Yes, the government has extensive and detailed information on all aspects of the obscenely lucrative, illicit drug industry.


This begs the question, “Is the government truly waging a ‘war on drugs,’ or is it intentionally and surreptitiously facilitating the consolidations of profits and power into the hand of certain groups which it currently favors—for one reason or another?”

Millions of small-time and low-level offenders of drug laws are routinely arrested and punished; but yet, the high-level operators are rarely—if ever—touched. Don't you think that the government knows who the high-level operators are? Don't you think that the government is not monitoring their financial activities? Don't you think that the government is not aware of their supply and distribution channels? These are extensive networks and business models. They are vast and firmly entrenched within the global economic and financial system, at the highest levels.


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The War on Drugs

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.
Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

Nixon’s chief domestic advisor, John Ehrlichmann, in an interview with Dan Baum in 1994.


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Telling it like it is trosoft; and those "certain banking institutions" one at least which was exposed as having laundered narco $$ for years, HSBC, paid a fine (likely an insignificant percentage of it's profits for its illicit dealings) for its "too big to fail" crime while the Little Rock airport served the gov't./pentagon as a drop for tons of cocaine destined to fill the streets with a burgeoning crack epidemic...
The grotesquely immoral criminality of tptb is actually too nefarious to grasp.


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Suffice it to say, anyone who might consider voting for the Clinton option bears by default, complicity in these and so many other brutally destructive acts.


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Excellent post.

i believe it was the National Security Council, not the NSA, knee-deep in Iran-Contra.


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Thanx for the correction.


Straight out of the Casa Blanca they were operating the Council. I realized that before, but it slipped my mind in the writing.