"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Friday, December 23, 2011

Drug Wars - The military takes over from the police

The militarization of society.
Endless and stupid Big Brother laws make almost everything people do illegal to one degree or another.  The insanity of laws against liquor, gambling, prostitution and drugs has slowly militarized society.  We have gone from the simple town sheriff needed to keep the peace to military style SWAT teams in body armor, massive prison systems, gangs and billionaire ultra-violent drug cartels. 

Mexican Military takes over an entire city to "protect" the people from drug crime.

Police corruption in one Mexican city is so bad that the government has gotten rid of all the cops.

Veracruz’s 800 officers and 300 administrators were fired and Mexican officials brought in military troops from the Navy in to patrol the port city, The Associated Press reported.

Society is becoming more and more militarized, but ending the insane drug prohibition laws never appears to be an option.  The so-called "answer" is always more laws, confiscation of private property, more jails, more police, then better armed police and finally bringing in the military to maintain order.
Marshall Wyatt Earp
Before Big Government keeping
the peace did not involve para-military
armies of armored soldiers.

The drug wars could be ended almost overnight.  Currently most drugs can be obtained legally with a doctor's prescription through a pharmacy.  Have those laws apply to all drugs and the war is over.  At that point any addiction becomes a medical, not a police problem.

But drug prohibition in the coastal state of Veracruz has caused growing drug violence, especially around the port city. The state has been dominated by the Zetas, one of the country's most violent gangs.

In September, assassins dumped 35 bodies on a boulevard in the Boca del Rio suburb, a popular destination for Mexicans. The discovery was shocking even by the standards of the violence that has convulsed Mexico since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the drug cartels after taking office in 2006.

A group called the Zeta-killers posted a video online saying the slayings were part of a campaign to rid the state of the Zetas. The video raised fears that death squads were emerging.

Under Calderon's crackdown, thousands of municipal police officers — in some cases, entire departments — have been dismissed in a bid to tackle extensive corruption. Poorly paid, undertrained officers often moonlight for criminal groups, and Calderon has proposed reforms to tighten screening.

(UK Guardian)

The "Dodge City Peace Commission" June 1883.
Law and order was easier before the Big Brother Police State made everything illegal.
From left to right, standing: W.H. Harris, Luke Short, Bat Masterson, W.F. Petillon. Seated: Charlie Bassett, Wyatt Earp, Frank McLain and Neal Brown.

Liquor prohibition created millions of criminals, violent gangs protecting their territory, corrupt police and paid-off judges.  All that vanished overnight when the products were re-legalized.  The re-legalization of drug products with a doctor's prescription and distribution through a pharmacy would almost totally eliminate the drug war. 

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