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  1. chillinwill
    The administrators and enforcers of the smuggling cartels live lives of luxury in Bogotá, Kabul and Mexico City. The upper echelon, the enablers, live in Washington D.C., Moscow and London. Who are the real kingpins? They are bankers, pharmaceutical house CEO's, weapons manufacturers and a thousand other corporate interests whose gross profits depend on violence, hatred, distrust and deception. The prohibition of drugs is the ideal mechanism to continuously increase the rhetoric of fear and to incrementally diminish our rights and freedoms.

    The farm gate price of these "illegal drugs" is less than $5 billion per year. In the US alone, we spend in excess of $65 billion per year, attempting to squelch the flow of drugs, in housing a half million drug war prisoners and in arresting 1.9 million more, non-violent US citizens each year for baggies of plant products in their pocket or purse. The UN estimates the worldwide commerce in these "prohibited" drugs is now $300 billion per year.

    Who are the drug lords? They are every politician who lives and breathes war, drugs, terror or otherwise. They are the corrupt corporate heads, malicious media barons, venomous judges and cretinous cops, who, knowing full well the truth, choose to follow their nose to riches, to embrace a lie, to feed their evil cornucopia with the lives of their fellow man.

    The pharmaceutical houses and the medical associations decided in the early 20th century that the American people should be denied the right to decide for themselves what to put into their own bodies. We were forced to give up our liberty to choose our own medicines, in 1914, in exchange for supposed security regarding our health. In 2009, we are being forced to give up additional, unstated liberties in exchange for unknown, never to be clarified protection. Our slide into this abyss is facilitated by the fear engendered by 100 years of prohibition and the mechanism of deceit that allows the drug war to flourish despite decades of miserable failure.

    We are at a juncture where we can choose liberty, truth and justice or we can slide into the arms of big brother, admitting we are powerless over our own lives and are willing to take whatever the drug lords are offering.

    By Dean Becker
    July 13, 2009
    Huffington Post
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dean-becker/who-are-the-drug-lords_b_230409.html

Comments

  1. silversinner
    Agree 100%, They've been trying to control us for many years, 'They' being the fundemental greedy scum bags that control everything that happens in our lifes, what we see on tv, what we eat and what we buy. And people do have a choice, Play the game and let this happen and continue in their make-belief lifes, or realise the truth and stand up and acknowledge that we live our own lifes, its a great post and the truth is slowly spreading. :) but its up to the induviduals to see the truth or just look past it.
  2. trixion
    Wiki list of famous drug lords

    Pablo Escobar
    Escobar was elected as a deputy/alternate representative to the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia's Congress, as part of the Colombian Liberal Party. - politician

    Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela and Jose Santacruz-Londono
    Cali cartel invested its funds into legitimate business ventures as well as front companies to mask the money through. It was believed the Cartel was making 7 billion in annual revenue. - businessman

    Manuel Noriega
    He is former general and the military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989. He was never, contrary to popular opinion, officially the president of Panama, but held the post of "chief executive officer" for a brief period. - politician

    Amado Carrillo Fuentes
    Amado got his start in the drug business under the tutelage of his uncle Ernesto. - family business

    Joaquín Guzmán Loera "El Chapo Guzmán"
    He became Mexico's top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel CardenasIn 2009, Joaquin Guzman was listed at 701 on Forbes' list of richest people in the world with an estimated net worth of $1 billion. - maffia

    Ismael Zambada García
    A former farmer with extensive agricultural and botanical knowledge, Zambada has worked in recent years to increase his gang’s production of heroin while consolidating his position as a trafficker of Colombian cocaine. - Farmer

    Klaas Bruinsma
    Bruinsma's father was founder and director of the Raak soda company. - Rich man's son

    Frank Lucas
    Lucas rubbed shoulders with the elite in entertainment, politics, and crime. - mafia with PR skills.

    Zhenli Ye Gon
    He is the legal representative of Unimed Pharm Chem México. - lawyer

    As a conclusion, many drug lords are big sucessful people in the world. Maybe swiy can suspect the guy siting on the chair in the office at the highest floor...a druglord!
  3. missparkles
    Swim agrees that everyone should have a choice as to what they use, but if everyone was allowed to do and take just what they wanted the world would be in chaos. Informed choice is the answer.
    Look at DF, with the wealth of knowledge here a few people still struggle to UTSE, they use first and ask questions when the symptoms kick in.
    Until everyone is better educated about drugs and their uses they do have to be protected against themselves.
    Self medicating entails taking responsibility, it's not just about using because swim can, and fuck the consequences.
    Society has to have some rules (although swim agrees there are too many now) just for the people who have no idea what is acceptable and what isn't.
    But it's a good topic to debate.:thumbsup:
  4. Alfa
    Although Dean Becker makes some good points, this article is way too biased to transfer them adequately.
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