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April 1, 2004 - The [Houston] Free Press (TX)

Prohibition Of Drugs Is The Greatest Evil In The Land

By Dean Becker

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Be it understood that those who postulate bad science or otherwise fight for the continuation of prohibition are veritable minions of Satan. Those benefiting from drug prohibition include most of the worst of the criminals in our midst.

Growers reap small recompense, smugglers a hundred times more and distributors a thousand. At the top of the pyramid of crime that is prohibition, are the bankers that launder the money, the corporations that ship goods in lieu of cash transfer and the corrupt politicians, law enforcement officials and media that continuously feast on the contributions of these money launderers.

Those on the wrong side of this issue will soon find their future clouded with grave and certain repayment for their decades of lies and oppression. Blacks, browns and lower income citizens have for too long been cast as demons, undeserving of American justice, simply for making a nebulous choice as to their intoxicant.

Some in reform call the current situation the "Battle of the Bulge"; the last ditch effort of the drug warriors to salvage their precious drug war. Certain of the government's current efforts would support that contention, especially as the machinations of law enforcement continue to destroy millions of lives each year with the descent of our once democratic laws and law enforcement officials into a hell of graft, greed, corruption and lies.

The General Accounting Office, (GAO) the investigative arm of Congress, just last month, gave the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy unfettered permission to mislead the public in the name of opposing "drug legalization."

According to information received in response to a request from US Congressman Barney Frank, the GAO declared, that truth or falsity is irrelevant. "ONDCP is specifically charged with the responsibility for 'taking such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use' of certain controlled substances such as marijuana."

This month, a Houston cop, in uniform, in his patrol car, while on duty was caught with 100 pounds of marijuana and a kilo of cocaine. For corruption of duty, the Texas Panhandle Regional Narcotics Task Force was disbanded as part of a settlement that also netted the Tulia defendants $5 million dollars.

In New York City a band of renegade police officers were indicted for stealing millions of dollars in cash and drugs from suspects and then reselling the drugs on the black market. The list of such corrupt police officers is growing every day; these are just some choice examples from this month.

Elliot Ness and all the "Untouchables" could not stop the distribution of alcohol under the Volsted Act. By what right, after 89 years of drug prohibition, (when drugs are cheaper, purer and more available than ever before; permeating even our prisons,) do we suppose we will stop the flow of drugs?

The answer of course is that we will never stop the distribution of drugs to our children under our current policy. We have created the world's largest multi-level-marketing organization. Anybody, of any age can join in the distribution network, the black market; it is very much an equal opportunity employer.

The full wrath of our democracy, having been separated from justice for decades on end, by the lies and perversion of the drug warriors, will soon be implemented as swiftly and as mercilessly as the supposed justice meted out to those who desired to use drugs not manufactured by corporate friends of prohibition.

The end if drug prohibition is near!

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