Addendum 1: The Phony and Racist “War on Drugs”…
A discussion of Dictatorship USA would not be complete without touching on the phony “drug war” in the USA (and in most of the world). An enormously profitable “war,” which is used to impose additional dictatorial control on the oppressed Black and Brown populations in the US.
“In June 1971, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants” (A Brief History of the Drug War | Drug Policy Alliance).
More than 46 years later, the “war” has proven to be a total failure: “Illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older—9.4 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug in the past month. This number is up from 8.3 percent in 2002” (National Institute on Drug Abuse, June 2015).
It is impossible to believe that the US government could not effectively block the drug trade – if that were the aim. The production and marketing of harmful narcotics is a complicated procedure, which could be decisively interrupted or even closed down at multiple points. Narcotic substances are often grown and harvested in one area or country – usually outside the US, often processed elsewhere and then sold through a complicated international marketing process. There are established routes for the transport of the substances and for wholesale and then retail sales. None of this could possibly be some unfathomable mystery for “law enforcement.”
In spite of the fact that approximately 1% of the Amgerican working-age population serves as part-time agents of the US secret political police and although there are well over one million uniformed law inforcement personnel in the country (Law enforcement in the United States, Wikipedia), drug use is not only not being stymied, it is in fact increasing! It is common knowledge that harmful narcotic substances are readily available to anyone who wants them.
When the US government wants to block something or harass, arrest or terrorize someone, nothing stands in the way! My personal history is testimony to that! (Silent Terror: One family’s history of political persecution in the US, http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com)
There is a long and dirty history of deep involvement of the US secret political police at home and abroad with the trade of harmful narcotic substances. For instance: “At two critical junctures after World War II, the late 1940s and the late 1970s, when America’s heroin supply and drug addiction seemed to ebb, the CIA’s covert action alliances generated a sudden surge of heroin that soon revived the US drug trade” (The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, New Yor 1991, Alfred W. McCoy, p. 17).
Major US banks are intimately tied in with the international and national drug trade. “Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money… Bank of America, Western Union, and JP Morgan, are among the institutions allegedly involved in the drug trade” (TheHuffingtonPost, Sep 22, 2014). Even when big bankers occasionally admit guilt, they are let off with a slap on the wrist. No big banker in the US has ever gone to jail for massive drug-related financial activities!
The huge US gang structure – not only tolerated, but in fact aided and abetted by US “law enforcement” — comprises the primary structure of American small-scale wholesalers and retailers of destructive narcotics: “Street gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs are the primary distributors of illegal drugs on the streets of the United States. … Gangs primarily transport and distribute powdered cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, MDMA, and PCP in the United States” (Drugs and Gangs Fast Facts — US Department of Justice).
Drug “Enforcement” — a Powerful Weapon against Liberation of Oppressed Peoples in the US…
On the other hand, what purports to be “law enforcement” of dealing drugs is directed with special ferocity against the racially oppressed Black and Brown communities in America: «The Drug War, Mass Incarceration and Race… With less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, the United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world – largely due to the war on drugs. Misguided drug laws and draconian sentencing requirements have produced profoundly unequal outcomes for communities of color. Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial and ethnic lines, blacks and Latinos are far more likely to be criminalized for drug law violations than whites» (Drug Policy Alliance, Feb 10, 2016).
“Approximately 12–13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 35% of jail inmates, and 37% of prison inmates of the 2.2 million male inmates as of 2014 (U.S. Department of Justice, 2014)” ( Statistics of incarcerated African-American males – Wikipedia). One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001” ( NAACP | Criminal Justice Fact Sheet).
The “War on Drugs” in the US is not in the slightest directed against the massive sale and usage of harmful narcotics in the country. This “war”, however, serves as a pretext to terrorize and further oppress the Afro-American and Latino-American population of the country and thereby suppress strivings to liberation from oppressive poverty and racial persecution. In particular, young people in the massive US ghettos and barrios are viciously harassed and arrested – and not infrequently murdered — on virtually any pretext. Their common lot – long-term imprisonment, where they simultaneously are forced to work for semi-slave wages as a mass source of ultra-cheap labor for American corporations. (“How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it», Return to Now, June 13, 2016)
The US has exported an adaptation of drug-and-mass-oppression polices to neighboring countries, especially Mexico. In Mexico and Central American countries the US stimulates ferocious drug wars, supplying ample arms to both drug cartels and subservient governments to encourage massive reciprocal murder. “By… November 30, 2012, the official death toll of the Mexican Drug War was at least 60,000. Estimates set the death toll above 120,000 killed by 2013, not including 27,000 missing” (Mexican Drug War – Wikipedia).
The result: oppressed peoples torn apart by internecine wars and thereby incapacited in liberating themselves from US imperialist domination and puppet local governments.
US imperialism in the raw. Democracy anyone?
Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» — «Silent Terror: One family’s history of political persecution in the United States» — http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com
Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.
ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России — вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) — американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» — мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США