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Why we're dangerous

The one thing that scares drug war governments more than anything else is… the truth. They know that they can’t sustain the people’s support for their policies without lies and propaganda.

We’re the truth tellers.

More valuable than any strategy or campaign, celebrity or coalition, we have the ability to counter that propaganda just by telling the truth.

And yes, that scares them. We scare them.

Our friends at Transform worked diligently for a long time to get their government to actually release the results of drug policy studies the government had commissioned but then didn’t want to release because the data didn’t support their drug war.

They got a little look at the internal workings when a government memo accidentally got released as well…

“The release of the report entails the risk of Transform, or other supporters of legalisation, using information from the report to criticise the Government’s drug policy, or to support their call for the legalisation of drugs and the introduction of a regulated system of supply. These risks should be considered in reaching a decision on whether to release the report, as recommended.”

Remarkable, yet not at all surprising.

Here’s another interesting quote, this time in the newly released World Drug Report 2010 from the UNODC. In the introduction, Director Antonio Maria Costa says:

So grave is the danger that the issue is now periodically on the agenda of the Security Council. Unless we deal effectively with the threat posed by organized crime, our societies will be held hostage – and drug control will be jeopardized, by renewed calls to dump the three UN drug conventions that critics say are the cause of crime and instability.

Another remarkable statement. This time we have Costa, who has previously admitted that prohibition fuels violence, candidly state that, unless they can somehow find a way to get rid of the criminals (an impossibility within the context of the drug war), reformers could have the upper hand and end up dismantling their precious drug war.

Yep. We’re dangerous, all right.

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15 comments to Why we’re dangerous

  • claygooding

    The drug warriors have used guns,clubs and military tactics
    on America’s civilian population and all we have been armed with is the truth and our wits. And we are winning!

    Grand jury clears 3 in pot-growing investigation @
    http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/grand_jury_clears_3_in_potgrow/

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  • Nick

    Great post Pete.
    I know I tell you that a lot.
    The truth.

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  • Just me.

    For too long , many in US government and international government have relied on lies to promote thier agaendas, not only in the drug war but most everything they do. The day is coming when these sorts will be held accountable and truth will end their crooked ways.

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  • a lovely thing to see indeed. Thank you Pete. I’d kiss ya, but people might talk… oh heck! Mwwwaaaa!! You so rock Pete, bless ya laddie.

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  • and that “we” that Pete mentions? Gettin’ bigger all the time. Diligence must be maintained however… per se driving laws… Calvina’s new “Marijuana, the Most Dangerous Drug” campaign (about all that particular gathering of gargoyles has left)… share the recent SWAT vids, share the Goose Creek vid, keep pointing to the drug war victims (I think the Constitution desrves a spot on that page, perhaps…), keep the Prohibition comparisons rolling.

    And what I really love? We do what we do, right out in the open. We have no “strategy” other than “onward, thru the fog.” And to paraphrase a once very popular/unpopular sentiment – “we’re here, we’re high, get over it.”

    And Prohibition? best described in one made up word, “Stragedy.”

    Stragedy, n., a strategic policy of government planning for and guaranteeing tragic failure.

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  • Dante

    Why we are NOT dangerous:

    We don’t send SWAT teams into the prohib’s houses to shoot their dogs.

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  • Ripmeupacuppa

    “We don’t send SWAT teams into the prohib’s houses to shoot their dogs.”

    That day may yet come; after this present mess is sorted, the “prison industrial complex” will be looking for candidates to fill up it’s empty jails.

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  • claygooding

    Might I suggest the war criminals produced by the war on drugs? Say every drug czar that has lied to continue funding on the war on American citizens,and the DEA administrators that have ignored science,judicial rulings
    and common sense to maintain their budgets by keeping marijuana schedule 1. Just for starters.

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  • birkenfeldt

    To quote the great Terry Pratchett: “The Truth shall make ye fret.”

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  • Ripmeupacuppa

    That’s it then; we need to draw up a list of at least the top 500 criminal prohibs who’ll need prosecuting.

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  • Duncan

    Man, quit it. You’re giving me fantasies of Calvina Fay’s head on a pike being brandished in public by a number of furry freak brothers.

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  • kaptinemo

    “You’re giving me fantasies of Calvina Fay’s head on a pike being brandished in public by a number of furry freak brothers.”

    Nah, I’ll settle for the look she and other prohibs will have when the California initiative passes. I imagine they’ll have textbook cases of apoplexy. And this time, there’ll be far less tolerance for blaming its’ passage on a hoodwinked electorate, as Prop215’s detractors officially and publicly stated after its’ passage. Try that again, and the person attempting it just might get a tar bath and feather rinse this time around. People get mean when the economy falters.

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  • Paul

    First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.

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  • Ripmeupacuppa

    The only question is; will we have enough pikes?

    http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=946304&category=OPINION

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  • […] time Costa’s made a self-defeating admission and dressed it up as affirmation; he’s previously admitted that prohibition fuels violence and said that if we don’t reduce the violence and get rid of […]

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