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…
â€œThe release of the report entails the risk of Transform, or other supporters of legalisation, using information from the report to criticise the Governmentâ€™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.â€
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 â€“ 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.