Archive for May 8th, 2011

08
May
11

no news

No news is the news.

We Americans live in a bubble of ignorance imposed upon us by the powers-that-be.

Case in point: the US’s so-called “war on drugs” and its devastating effects on our neighbors to the south, as well as on us.

One of the biggest recent stories that has been suppressed in the US is about a sea-change that has occurred in Mexican public opinion which now threatens the administration of President Felipe Calderón.

On April 6, Mexico experienced its own “Arab Spring” when tens of thousands of people carrying signs saying “No More Blood” took to the streets in more than 40 Mexican cities—and at consulates and embassies in Europe, North America, and South America—to demand an end to the violence wrought by the US-imposed “war on drugs.”

Millions of Mexicans are demanding that the Mexican army should no longer be used to fight the drug traffickers, a policy which is responsible for more than 40,000 murders in Mexico since Calderón deployed the armed forces against the drug cartels four years ago. The mobs also converged on the military facilities in the towns and blocked the gates to quarantine and prevent the military from intervening in the demonstrations in any way.

The incident that sparked this massive show of exasperation was the March 28 murder in Temixo of seven young men—kids with jobs, who went to school, model kids, not criminals. One of these kids was Juan Francisco Silvia, the son of the nationally beloved journalist and poet Javier Sicilia.

Read this story and ask yourself why there has been a news blackout in the US about this most significant event: http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/4372/and-what-history-looks-mexico.

Yet no amount of honest reporting is likely to change anything in US drug policy anytime soon. Here are some reasons why…

The enforcement and prison industries are against reform. At least half our prison population has been created by US drug policy, which means that, using 2008 numbers from the Department of Justice, 3.6 million drug offenders are feeding the vested interests which comprise the prison-industrial complex. (In 2008 there 7,308,200 persons in the US corrections system, of whom 4,270,917 were on probation, 828,169 were on parole, 785,556 were in jails, and 1,518,559 were in state and federal prisons.)

This translates into a lot of money, doesn’t it? Way back in 2003 the United States spent $185 billion for police protection, corrections, and judicial and legal activities—in other words, about $92.5 billion on drug enforcement—and the numbers are even greater today. From the perspectives of the public and private special interests on this gravy train, there are considerable disincentives for drug policy reform.

The banking industry is against reform. Evidence is emerging that not just the enforcement and corrections industries, but the entire US economy, relies on drug money to a surprising degree. Here is a report produced by Russian television asserting that the liquidity of US banks consists almost totally of drug money. Moreover, this report states that the world credit crunch was triggered in 2007 by the Mexican drug cartels when they withdrew their cash from the US banking system.

 

This goes a long way to explaining why we are fighting an otherwise inexplicable war in Afghanistan: it is a war for control of that nation’s opium production and the cash it provides.

This explains why US troops are being used to guard fields of opium poppies and warehouses of raw opium. Now that Osama bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is decapitated, it will explain why we will remain in Afghanistan and why the Taliban will become the new bogey-men in the government’s fraudulent “war on terror.”

When Afghanistan was under Taliban control, opium production had been pretty much eradicated. It was only after the Cheney/Bush administration attacked Afghanistan in 2001 that opium production began to increase again. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), there has been more opium poppy production in each growing season since then than in any one year during Taliban rule. More land is now used for opium production in Afghanistan than for coca cultivation in Latin America.

Opium Production in Afghanistan (hectares)

In 2007, 93% of the opiates on the world market originated in Afghanistan. This had an “official” export value of about $4 billion (the real value is certainly many times greater), half Afghanistan’s national income. But by the time Afghani opium hits the streets in the US and the rest of the developed world, its value is compounded astronomically through the government’s market manipulations which are only made possible by the government’s policy of prohibition.

This is the essential truth about official US drug policy the powers-that-be do not want you to notice. It is hidden in plain sight and the controlled news media do not talk about it.

The pharmaceutical industry is against reform. There is a man I know who, in defiance of the government’s prohibition of marijuana, has freed himself of 25 years’ of what he calls “slavery” by replacing psychotropic and other synthetic drugs with debilitating side effects—over 25 pills a day—with medical-grade marijuana. This man is living proof that natural marijuana is more effective than the synthetic drugs without the negative side effects. I have seen him with my own eyes before and after his liberation. He is a man reborn and transformed.

This is a film clip he sent me of a talk by Dr. John R. Virapen, a Big Pharma whistleblower, in which he puts a spotlight on the motives behind Big Pharma’s support of prohibition.

 

Think about it.

US drug policy is responsible for 40,000 murders of mostly ordinary and blameless people in Mexico and many thousands more innocents in Afghanistan; the imprisonment and exploitation of 3.6 million Americans in our domestic prisons, jails, probation and parole systems; the collapse of the world banking system and the recession that followed it; the suffering and exploitation of millions of men, women, and children with psychological diagnoses of dubious veracity—the list of human anguish goes on and on…

How can any sane and self-respecting person think there is any sense or morality in accepting the government’s drug policy or even complying with it? Who can say US drug policy is working for anyone but those who profit from it financially?

Thirty two years ago when I was in Taiwan adopting Henry, I was surprised that I could buy prescription drugs there without a doctor’s prescription. This made a strong impression on me at the time, and ever since I have wondered why such freedom shouldn’t be possible everywhere? Why shouldn’t I have the right to ingest, inject, or apply any substance to my own body? I am a free and sovereign human being. I do not need to be “protected” by the government.

The answer, of course, is that without the false scarcity created by government prohibitions and controls, the values of controlled substances and the obscene profits they wring from human exploitation and misery would disappear overnight. So would more than half our crime.

US drug policy does not exist “for our own good” as the government claims, but for the welfare of the elites that control and profit from prisoners, debtors, and patients—all slaves, most of them miserable.

If the controlled media will not illuminate and spread the truth, we must.

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