The US has more prisoners per capita and also more total
prisoners than any other country on earth. This is a huge drag
on the economy. Not only is there a massive cost for keeping all
of these mostly non-violent people imprisoned, we are also
deprived of their contribution to the economy. Locking someone
up often destroys not just their life but the lives of their
children and other family members.
Passing more laws against non-violent crimes to lock up more
non-violent people is going full tilt in the WRONG
"We apparently caught them between runs, so to speak, so this
takes away one tool they have in their illegal trade. The law
does help us and is on our side," says [Lt. Michael Combs with
State Highway Patrol].
Lt. Combs is delusional if he thinks his "side" can possibly win
their war on drugs. It is possible that outlawing secret
compartments is a natural extension of the war on drugs but that just
shows how idiotic and insane the war on drugs is. Even if they
took away all of our remaining civil liberties, the war on drugs
would still be unwinnable. How much more must the American
people sacrifice for the sake of this unwinnable war?
OTOH, Mr. Gurley is lucky he was not pulled over in
the state of New Mexico where at least two different
people have been forced to undergo
enemas, colonoscopies, and anal probing
based on acting nervous after a routine traffic
After Eckert was pulled over, a Deming police officer said that
he saw Eckert "was avoiding eye contact with me," his "left hand
began to shake," and he stood "erect (with) his legs together,"
We are wasting billions of dollars; we are destroying millions
of lives; we are militarizing our civil police departments;
we are trashing our civil liberties; and we are destroying at
least one neighboring country all in the name of a war on drugs
that is impossible to win. It is stupid, it is sick, it is
insane. It must stop.