The Null Device

The War On Drugs is still raging

Alternet's top ten drug war stories of 2003, from Our Appointed Sonsofbitches in Afghanistan overseeing bumper opium crops to the human and ecological costs of US-backed illegal biological warfare in Narcolombia, to the usual mistaken-identity police raids and high-level hypocrisy:
The total number of marijuana arrests far exceeded the total number of arrests for all violent crimes combined, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Of those charged with marijuana violations, 88 percent were charged with possession only. The remaining 12 percent were charged with "sale/manufacture," a category that includes cultivation for personal and medical use.
With America incarcerating the highest percentage of its own citizens of any nation in history, Former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese suggests tapping prison labor as a way to slow the exodus of jobs overseas.

Well, at least when the oil runs out in the next decade, they can harness America's booming prison population and replace oil-fired generators with treadmills full of marijuana smokers, MP3 pirates and disenfranchised black voters from Florida. Call it planning ahead.

There are 3 comments on "The War On Drugs is still raging":

Posted by: kv http:// Thu Jan 15 23:26:59 2004

whatd you think of that pro-gm-food rant?

Posted by: acb Fri Jan 16 02:10:42 2004

I don't see any reference to GM food in this article.

If you're talking about something in the linklog, then the reason it's in the linklog and not the main blog is because I haven't thought of any fitting comment to make about it, and I don't like cluttering the blog up with dozens of one-link entries.

Posted by: kv http:// Fri Jan 16 02:26:25 2004


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