“Probable cause was distorted by the drug war,” David Simon, creator of The Wire, said in an interview with Bill Keller. Set in Baltimore, the award-winning HBO series portrayed the conflict between the police and African Americans in the streets, in a compelling work of historical fiction. “[T]he drug war was as much a function of class and social control as it was of racism,” Simon added. “The drug war gives everybody permission to do anything. It gives cops permission to stop anybody, to go in anyone’s pockets, to manufacture any lie when they get to district court.” In short, under the guise of the war on drugs, Baltimore police have been harassing people for years. "
I, for one, have been pointing this out for years. Witnessing the “Zero Tolerance” policy for drugs–apart from the myriad concoctions regularly parlayed by Big Pharma–seize homes and vehicles across the Florida Keys under the direction of then Drug Czar Martinez, I saw in this behavior a major inroad into the destruction of several enshrined Civil Liberties including “the right to privacy.”
I also recall a debate on possibly C-Span where 5 people with esteemed legal backgrounds were discussing this very thing and it was only the female guest who pointed out that shaking people down was hardly demonstrative of that right to privacy. She stated outright that the war on drugs was a total fraud.
In the same way that U.S. weapons producers use elite channels to fill unstable nations with arms while at the same time, a “War on Terror” is ludicrously underway, the war on drugs likewise CREATES the problem that it’s ostensibly in place to control, contain or eradicate.
It’s impossible to know how far in advance the Project for a New American Century (and its members) had its sights set on igniting an ongoing Middle East inferno. Nonetheless, stealth efforts and protocols aimed at GRADUALLY decimating established Civil Liberties were, and continue to be, part of a sinister calculus.
Lastly, I watched this objective begin to materialize while still in high school. Among many thousands protesting ON the White House lawn–itself converted into a mini-Woodstock in a massive protest against the Vietnam War that had Nixon peering out at giant effigies of himself being ignited… it later became clear to me that criminalizing recreational drug use would be a most excellent strategy for knee-capping peace-oriented left-leaning “enemies” of right wing, militaristic-authoritarian polices aimed at foreign lands and later, our own… as is now patently the case.
Yes. Karmic blowback is underway with U.S. cities increasingly coming to resemble shantytowns from 3rd world nations under the control of lawless dictators.