Sheree M. Krider
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Subject: There are no victories in the war on drugs, only victims
From: "Mark Greer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, March 21, 2009 1:15 pm
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There are no victories in the war on drugs, only victims.
There’s a war going on, adding more victims each day. Stories such
as these, representing less than one-month’s-worth of drug war abuses,
are still far too common:
1. An estimated 6,290 drug-related murders occurred last year in
Mexico, six times the standard definition of a civil war, according to a
leading scholar at the Brookings Institution. 2. Within 24 hours, the
president and the army-chief-of-staff of Guinea-Bissau, a small country
in Africa, lost their lives following violent explosions linked to the
drug trade. 3. Engaged in a "battle against drug trafficking" along a
busy highway connecting Houston with Louisiana, police in Tehana, Texas
have been increasing city coffers by seizing cash from black motorists –
including a grandmother and an interracial couple – without charging
them with a crime.
4. Two executives with the Mutual Benefits insurance company
have been charged with orchestrating a billion dollar Ponzi scheme that
allowed narcotics traffickers to purchase life insurance policies
payable upon the deaths of people with AIDS and other fatal diseases.
5. After a disabled Colorado medical marijuana patient was busted for
growing a couple of marijuana plants, police checked county records,
found that he had paid off his mortgage with accident settlement money,
and started forfeiture proceedings against him, profiting their agency
while seizing his home.
6. After learning of vandalism and several thefts in a Baltimore
neighborhood, about two dozen SWAT officers, wearing all black with guns
drawn, raided a nearby mobile home belonging to a computer analyst with
no criminal record; they handcuffed his wife and shot his dog near his
bed. 7. Suspicious of drug sales, an Ontario, Canada, high school vice
principal took away a student’s cell phone, deleted its numbers,
summoned the holders of the numbers to his office, and forced them to
confess to drug trafficking. 8. A farm purchased and operated by
widows from Colombia’s civil war was decimated by the chemical defoliant
spray used by U.S. contractors to kill coca plants on 2.6 million acres
of Colombian land at the cost of a half billion dollars. Angry Yet?
There are actions that you can take to end this failed and costly
drug prohibition. Here are several suggestions:
a. Write a letter. Articles about each of these atrocities (see
references below) can be found in our DrugNews Archive,
http://www.drugnews.org. Each article contains an e-mail address or web
link to directly contact the source publication. It’s "point and click"
access to editors and Websites that want to hear what you think. b.
Join local, state or federal groups working on drug policy reform here
and around the world. Our Drug Policy Central provides web services to
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area. c. Hate the drug war, but can’t locate a group near you? Join
DrugSense at http://www.drugsense.org to find and network with thousands
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References to the articles about the drug war victims described above:
(1) Mexico. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n297/a02.html
(2) Guinea-Bissau, Africa.
(3) Tenaha, Texas. http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n293/a04.html
(4) Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
(5) Denver, Colorado.
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n272/a04.html (6) Baltimore,
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n246/a07.html (7) Peterborough,
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n259/a04.html (8) Colombia.
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