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Monday, October 3, 2011

Connelly: Ken Burns' distant mirror on 'War on Drugs' debacle - seattlepi.com

Excerpt: Hypocrisy was a key aspect of Prohibition. President Warren G. Harding endorsed the 18th Amendment, but loved his highballs, and regularly joined his cronies for whiskey-fueled poker games.

"Lutherans and Episcopalians were slow to go along with Prohibition," said Burns. "A joke at the time went like this: Episcopalians and Lutherans worship God secretly and drink openly; Baptists and Methodists worship openly and drink secretly."

Prohibition had a big loophole. Physicians could prescribe booze for "medicinal" purposes, just as today you can easily get a prescription for using marijuana to relieve pain. During the 1920s, Americans were consuming 1 million gallons of spirits a year for their medical value.


I posted this following comment on Friday, Sept 30, in the comments section of the article above at 12:16 PM
"The Anti-Saloon League was not interested in anything else," Burns said. "It demanded absolute agreement. It was very much like the Nationa...l Rifle Association of its time."

Damn it Burns. You just can't stay consistent on the issues of civil liberties. The NRA defends them, nonapologetically, and not as well as I wish they did, but the goons you compare the NRA to were pro police state tactics and law, and anti limited government and individual liberty. A lot of avid 2nd Amendment fans would say the NRA doesn't stand firm enough.

I'm delighted Burns produced this piece. There are a whole lot of decent intelligent Americans who have bought the lies and distorted reasoning and fallacies that have perpetuated our war on drugs for over 30 years now. Besides the rise of vicious gangsters, I hope he does well to expose the corruption of law enforcement agencies at all levels of government, as a result of prohibition of marijuana. If so, bravo!


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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

Key

Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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