“Nail Them And Jail Them”
San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, August 20, 2000
Dear Mr. Diaz,
Greetings! I found your recent editorial profoundly insensitive and disturbing ....
“among these 2 million people, surely there is a handful of inmates who have proved
that they deserve a second chance “
Whoa! Half of these “political prisoners” are non-violent drug “abusers/addicts placed
in prison by draconian state policies which reflect our profoundly misguided “War
On Drugs”. for decades, the U. S. government has waged a relentless “war’ on the
use of marijuana, opiates, and other substances, Yet, illicit drugs are today more
plentiful than ever!Global in scope- and costing untold billions of dollars, this
war has produced mandatory bank deposit disclosures, government surveillance, civil
asset forfeiture, over- crowded prisons, encryption software restrictions, rampant
police and political corruption, and the wholesale trampling of constitutional liberties
by the DEA, CIA, IRS, INS, and other agencies...
The extraordinary human suffering these absurd and dangerous policies are creating
is incalcuable...If we are really interested in justice and the protection of people
in our society why are we not placing the heads of the tobacco industry in for life
and/or capital punishment for the death/disability of millions of people here and
abroad... or for that matter the heads of the Pharmacuetical companies for creating
drugs and vaccines which have been acknowledged by the AMA for the premature deaths
of at least 250,000 people/year in this country alone., or for that matter the heads
of the petro-chemical industry for the creation of MTBE (a known carcinogen), gasoline,
herbicides/pesticides all of which are known to be exceedingly detrimental to human
health ... not to mention the primary cause of Global Warming which is potentially
catastrophic in regards to all evolving life here on Planet Earth ...
Hmmmm...If there ever is a case of major schizophrenia/denial the current War On
Drugs and its attendent inhumane policies ..THIS IS IT.- You may want to watch Trading
Places with Eddie Murphy...also there is hardly any mention of the fact that 100’s
of Billions of illegal drug monies are being laundered into International Banks...
In light of this comprehensive corruption I think we should throw everyone in jail...
This will be great for the booming prison industry ..In truth, we may need to build
more prisons to house the new class of corporate white collar criminals once “The
Truth Be Known”...
What is needed know is a TRUTH AND RECONCILATION COMMISSION in light of the fact
people such as myself are fully aware of the profound injustices and perpertratons
which are being enacted now against the young marginalized and disenfranchised people
in our current society ... Indeed, It is Time For Some Major House Cleaning and a
deep re-evaluation of our current modus operandi... It is no wonder that the “Powers
That Be “, will attempt to prevent such honorable and genuinely patriotic Americans
such as Ralph Nader a place at the table to debate and enlighten a confused America
to some uncomfortable truths regarding the comprehensive corruption and progressive
loss of democracy in this land called America ...UItimately vve shall all know the
truth as we are all becoming progressively aware of the serious psycho/spiritual/
economic/ecological dislocations which are systemically occuring here in America
and abroad... The Good News is that with a genuine spiritual renewal, (compassion
,wisdom and forgiveness) and a commitment to acknowledging what is so... we can as
a great nation rectify outdated thinking and policies what are being conclusively
shown to be (to put it mildly), counter-productive ...
THE SOLUTIONS ARE SIMPLE
1. End The Denial: Acknowledge that The “War On Drugs” is a failure...
2. Decriminalize, Legalize and Tax Cocaine... and thus end the” War On Drugs”...
3. Turn the Prisons into Rehabiltation Centers which promote respect, compassion,
and forgiveness towards those who have transgressed arcane, autocratic drug laws...
implement comprehensive, wholistic drug detoxification programs for all non-violent
4. Create genuine and meaningful job opportunities for the young juveniles who are
currently being incarcerated...
TO LEARN MORE: THE WAR ON DRUGS
Da Vid MD
Founder The Light Party, www.lightparty.com
Director The San Francisco Medical Research Foundation