Drug War intended to frighten people into obedience The "war on drugs" was redeclared by Bush with a huge government-media propaganda campaign just in time to provide a pretext for the invasion of Panama to kidnap a thug who was convicted in Florida for crimes mostly committed when he was in CIA payroll. The "war on drugs" also had an important domestic component.
What is your take on this? Terrorism is now being used and has been used pretty much the same way communism was used.
If you want to press some agenda, you play the terrorism card. That is absolutely infantile, especially when you consider that much of the history of the drug trade trails right behind the CIA and other US intervention programs. Going back to the end of the second world war, you see — and this is not controversial, it is well-documented — the US allying itself with the French Mafia, resulting in the French Connection, which dominated the heroin trade through the s.
The same thing took place with opium in the Golden Triangle during the Vietnam War, and again in Afghanistan during the war against the Russians. In your opinion, to what degree is the drug angle a pretext?
And a pretext for what? Colombia has had the worst human rights record in the hemisphere in the last decade while it has been the leading recipient of US arms and training for the Western Hemisphere and now ranks behind only Israel and Egypt worldwide.
There exists a very close correlation that holds over a long period of time between human rights violations and US military aid and training.
For the US government, human rights violations are a secondary consequence. In Colombia, as elsewhere, human rights violations tend to increase as the state tries to violently repress opposition to inequality, oppression, corruption, and other state crimes for which there is no political outlet.
Counterinsurgency has been going on there for 40 years; President Kennedy sent a special forces mission to Colombia in the early s.
In Colombia, that meant labor leaders, priests, human rights activists, and so on. Colombian military manuals in the s began to reflect this advice. In the last 15 years, as the US has become more deeply involved, human rights violations are up considerably.
On a more serious point, suppose that the drug pretext were legitimate. Suppose that the US really is trying to get rid of drugs in Colombia. Does Colombia then have the right to fumigate tobacco farms in Kentucky? They are producing a lethal substance far more dangerous than cocaine.
More Colombians die from tobacco-related illnesses than Americans die from cocaine.
Of course, Colombia has no right to do that. If this policy is not accomplishing its stated goal, what is it accomplishing? Is there some sort of latent agenda being served? The RAND report did a cost-effectiveness analysis of various drug strategies and it found that the most effective approach by far is prevention and treatment.
Police action was well below that, and below police action was interdiction, and at the bottom in terms of cost-effectiveness were out-of-country efforts, such as what the US is doing in Colombia.
President Nixon, by contrast, had a significant component for prevention and treatment that was effective. US domestic drug policy does not carry out its stated goals, and policymakers are well aware of that.
It is reasonably clear, both from current actions and the historical record, that substances tend to be criminalized when they are associated with the so-called dangerous classes, that the criminalization of certain substances is a technique of social control.
You create a superfluous population, which in the US context is largely poor, black, and Hispanic, and a much wider population that is economically dissatisfied.Feb 08, · The key element of social control is the strategy of distraction that is to divert public attention from important issues and changes decided by political and economic elites, through the technique of flood or flooding continuous distractions and insignificant information.
Drug Policy as Social Control Loaded on May 15, by Noam Chomsky published in Prison Legal News May, , page 12 Filed under: Crime/Demographics, Crime.
Source: Power and Terror, by Noam Chomsky, p. , May 25, Drug use is falling anyway; drug war is fraudulent The utterly fraudulent war on drugs was undertaken at a time when everyone knew that use of every drug-even coffee-was falling among educated whites, and was staying sort of level among blacks.
Unformatted text preview: Borough of Manhattan Community College Drug Policy as Control by Noam Chomsky In the typical Third World society, like Colombia, or Indio, or Mexico, or Egypt— they are all more or less the same—there is a sector of great wealth, enormous wealth, there are large numbers of people who live somewhere between.
The two texts which have been provided to help students think and write about the topic of law as a social mechanism for control are Plato’s Crito and Noam Chomsky’s Drug Policy as Social Control.
While reading “Drug Policy as Social Control” by Noam Chomsky and “Crito” by Plato I noticed a similarity between the two.
People in higher power have ways of stabilizing populations. The government is customized to make people fail .