Tag Archives: war on drugs

Bribes, catapults, and corruption trump Trump's wall

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Donald Trump is obviously a smart man. One cannot build up a billion-dollar financial empire without being smart. Unfortunately, however, Trump is not so smart when it comes to some things, like the drug war. He thinks that simply by cracking down in the drug war and becoming more ruthless than previous presidents, he's going to be the one who finally wins the war on drugs. It's not going to happen." (02/16/17)


Trump and Duterte: Birds of a feather

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"What about the concept of freedom in all this? Under what moral authority do Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte (or officials in communist China and Russia) jail or kill people who have done nothing more than ingest, possess, or distribute drugs? It's actually none of Trump's and Duterte's business what people do in their private lives, so long as their choices and conduct are peaceful. Trump and Duterte, like other drug-warriors, are nothing more than deadly and destructive busybodies who use force to control, manage, and direct the peaceful and consensual activities of 'their people.'" (02/15/17)


Border police discover drug catapult on US-Mexico border

Source: BBC [UK state media]

"US border patrol agents have found a medieval-style catapult mounted on the border wall with Mexico, designed to launch bundles of drugs into the US. The device was discovered last week, southeast of Tucson, Arizona, when agents spotted a group of men scattering as they approached. A closer look turned up two bundles of cannabis weighing a combined 47lb (21kg), which had yet to be launched. The catapult was dismantled on the Mexican side. No arrests were made." [editor's note: We don' need no steenkin' ladders! – SAT] (02/15/17)


Krokodil is a product of the drug war

Source: The Anarchist Shemal
by Aria DiMezzo

"For those unfamiliar with the drug, krokodil is a street drug that reached epidemic levels in Russia. Made from simple codeine, which was purchasable over-the-counter, mixed with a bunch of solvents and stuff–like the red phosphorous on match heads and other junk — it became popular for being very cheap to manufacture and very easy to find. Many people who became addicted to heroin came to find that krokodil, which is called 'the flesh-eating drug' by people desperate for a headline, was one-tenth the price and a lot easier to find. Reportedly, the high is also better. The only problem? Well, it's called 'the flesh-eating drug' for a reason. … It causes necrosis, and one's flesh, muscle, and fat literally begin rotting away. Doctors can tell a krokodil user by the smell alone, because they smell like rotting flesh. It's seriously, seriously bad stuff. And, if heroin was legal, none of it would ever have happened." (02/14/17)


David Stockman: Time to end the war on drugs

David Stockman

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

"Watch David Stockman present his perspectives on why America needs to end the war on drugs. This presentation is part of FFF's Drug War Video Project, whose aim is to accelerate the end of this immoral and destructive government program." [Flash video] (02/08/17)


FL: Shiny Star Gang members steal recreational pharmaceuticals with Trump image on wrapping

Source: New York Daily News

"Talk about a high approval rating. In one of the largest drug busts in Hernando County, Fla., history, Sheriff's Office deputies netted 5,500 packages of heroin, some of which bore Donald Trump's name and face on the wrapping. According to WFLA, deputies arrested Kelvin Johnson for allegedly traveling to an unnamed city in the northeast to purchase the drugs then mailing the bigly [sic] packets back to himself in Spring Hill, Fla." (02/16/17)


Philippines: Catholic Church slams "reign of terror" behind war on drugs

Source: Reuters

"The Philippines' Catholic Church assailed President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs for creating a 'reign of terror' among the poor, in sermons read out at Saturday services that will be repeated to congregations across the country on Sunday. In its most strongly worded attack on the crackdown on drug pushers and users, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said killing people was not the answer to trafficking of illegal drugs, and it was disturbing that many didn't care about the bloodshed, or even approved of it. … More than 7,600 people have been killed since Duterte launched his anti-drugs campaign seven months ago, more than 2,500 in what police say were shootouts during raids and sting operations." (02/05/17)


Philippines: Duterte calls in military to reboot drug war murder spree

Source: Yahoo! News

"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced Thursday the military would take a leading role in his deadly drug war, while vowing to kill more traffickers and addicts. 'I'm taking in the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and raising the issue of drugs as a national security threat so that I will call on all the armed forces to assist,' Duterte said, while promising to kill more 'son of a bitch' drug addicts. His comments were the first following a report from Amnesty International that the killings in the drug war, in which more than 6,500 people have died in seven months, may amount to crimes against humanity. They were also the clearest signal of Duterte's plans for the drug war, after he admitted this week the police force that had taken the leading role was 'corrupt to the core' and said they would no longer be allowed to take part." (02/02/17)


Paul Armentano: Time to end the war on drugs

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

"Watch Paul Armentano present his perspectives on why America needs to end the war on drugs. This presentation is part of FFF's Drug War Video Project, whose aim is to accelerate the end of this immoral and destructive government program." [Flash video]


A heartless "solution" to the heroin epidemic

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton

"Paternalism is the Orwellian idea that the state should limit some person's liberty for what is presumed to be that person's best interest. [Dr. Sally Satel] even suggests that some people 'voluntarily' agree to such incarceration. I agree that in the current context some addicts are a danger to themselves and to others. However, if we are talking about such fundamental reforms, then let us think outside of the methadone clinic box of Sally Satal's heartless recommendations. Legalizing heroin would go a long way to eliminate black market heroin and the overdose deaths it causes." (01/31/17)