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The “War On Drugs” Is A $2.5 Trillion Racket: How Big Banks, Private Military Companies And The Prison Industry Cash In

July 9th, 2011 | Filed under Drugs, Feature, Hot List, News, War . Follow comments through RSS 2.0 feed. Click here to comment, or trackback.

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Editor’s Note: After detailing the “War on Terror” racket, many readers emailed asking us to cover the profiteering that is occurring within the “War on Drugs.” As we work hard to dig up dirt on all the major problems confronting us, we have compiled a database of thousands of the most hard-hitting and informative news reports. So ask and you shall receive. Here you go.

By David DeGraw, AmpedStatus Report

The War on Drugs Is A $2.5 Trillion Dollar Racket: How Big Banks, Private Military Companies And The Prison Industry Cashes InAnyone who researches the “War on Drugs” already knows that it has been a very costly disaster. As the Global Commission on Drug Policy recently reported:

“The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world….

Vast expenditures on criminalization and repressive measures directed at producers, traffickers and consumers of illegal drugs have clearly failed to effectively curtail supply or consumption….

Government expenditures on futile supply reduction strategies and incarceration displace more cost-effective and evidence-based investments in demand and harm reduction.”

The War on Drugs has cost US taxpayers over $2.5 trillion dollars. From 1998 – 2008, a UN study estimates that the use of opiates has increased 35 percent and cocaine use has increased 27 percent. Due to nonviolent drug offenses, the US prison population has increased “more than twelvefold since 1980.”

The War on Drugs has also fueled organized crime and drug related violence has dramatically increased over the past few years. Due to drug war violence, since December of 2006, a stunning 45,000 people have been killed in Mexico alone.

Despite numerous reports and a mountain of evidence proving the utter failure of the War on Drugs, the Obama Administration has defended the effort and escalated the war. What many reports criticizing the War on Drugs fail to discuss is how successful the war has been at enriching the global financial elite. The War on Drugs, just like the War on Terror, is another criminal racket set up to benefit profiteering banks, military companies and the prison industrial complex at our tragic expense.

Here’s a concise summation of how the global bankers cash in:

How Drug Profits Saved Capitalism

“Drug profits, in the most basic sense, are secured through the ability of the cartels to launder and transfer billions of dollars through the US banking system. The scale and scope of the US banking-drug cartel alliance surpasses any other economic activity of the US private banking system. According to US Justice Department records, one bank alone laundered $378.3 billion dollars between May 1, 2004 and May 31, 2007. Every major bank in the US has served as an active financial partner of the murderous drug cartels….

If the major US banks are the financial engines which allow the billion dollar drug empires to operate, the White House, the US Congress and the law enforcement agencies are the basic protectors of these banks…. Laundering drug money is one of the most lucrative sources of profit for Wall Street; the banks charge hefty commissions on the transfer of drug profits, which they then lend to borrowing institutions at interest rates far above what – if any – they pay to drug trafficker depositors. Awash in sanitized drug profits, these US titans of the finance world can easily buy their own elected officials to perpetuate the system.”

Here’s an example of how private military companies are profiteering:

Private Contractors Making a Killing off the Drug War

“As tens of thousands of corpses continue to pile up as a result of the US-led ‘War on Drugs’ in Latin America, private contractors are benefiting from lucrative federal counternarcotics contracts amounting to billions of dollars, without worry of oversight or accountability.

U.S. contractors in Latin America are paid by the Defense and State Departments to supply countries with services that include intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, training, and equipment.

‘It’s becoming increasingly clear that our efforts to rein in the narcotics trade in Latin America, especially as it relates to the government’s use of contractors, have largely failed,’ said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, chair of the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight which released a report on counternarcotics contracts in Latin America this month. ‘Without adequate oversight and management we are wasting tax dollars and throwing money at a problem without even knowing what we’re getting in return.’”

For a further understanding of how the War on Drugs is deeply intertwined with the War on Terror, the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan has led to an explosive increase in drug trade profits:

Afghanistan as a Drug War

“From a modest 185 tons at the start of American intervention in 2001, Afghanistan now produced 8,200 tons of opium, a remarkable 53 percent of the country’s GDP and 93 percent of global heroin supply.

In this way, Afghanistan became the world’s first true ‘narco-state.’ If a cocaine traffic that provided just 3 percent of Colombia’s GDP could bring in its wake endless violence and powerful cartels capable of corrupting that country’s government, then we can only imagine the consequences of Afghanistan’s dependence on opium for more than 50 percent of its entire economy.

At a drug conference in Kabul this month, the head of Russia’s Federal Narcotics Service estimated the value of Afghanistan’s current opium crop at $65 billion. Only $500 million of that vast sum goes to Afghanistan’s farmers, $300 million to the Taliban guerrillas, and the $64 billion balance ‘to the drug mafia,’ leaving ample funds to corrupt the Karzai government in a nation whose total GDP is only $10 billion.”

Another major beneficiary of the drug war racket is the booming US private prison industry. With a stunning 2.3 million citizens imprisoned, the US incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. Most of these people are in jail as a result of draconian drug laws. Even former President Jimmy Carter recently spoke out against the mass incarceration resulting from the War on Drugs:

Call Off the Global Drug War

“Drug policies here are more punitive and counterproductive than in other democracies, and have brought about an explosion in prison populations. At the end of 1980, just before I left office, 500,000 people were incarcerated in America; at the end of 2009 the number was nearly 2.3 million. There are 743 people in prison for every 100,000 Americans, a higher portion than in any other country and seven times as great as in Europe. Some 7.2 million people are either in prison or on probation or parole — more than 3 percent of all American adults!

Some of this increase has been caused by mandatory minimum sentencing and “three strikes you’re out” laws. But about three-quarters of new admissions to state prisons are for nonviolent crimes. And the single greatest cause of prison population growth has been the war on drugs, with the number of people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses increasing more than twelvefold since 1980.

Not only has this excessive punishment destroyed the lives of millions of young people and their families (disproportionately minorities), but it is wreaking havoc on state and local budgets.”

To capture the absurdity that is the War on Drugs, here’s the Daily Show’s coverage of the ATF’s deliberate arming of Mexican drug cartels:

“The ATF plan to prevent American guns from being used in Mexican gun violence is to provide Mexican gangs with American guns.”

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  1. bogi666 said:

    The war of drugs, in addition to being a failure, is for the purposes of using the forced contributions, withholding taxes, by taxing labor, used for graft and corruption. The USG agents sent to Latin American don’t speak Spanish and are not even equipped with a $20 English/Spanish electronic translator complete with the Spanish conjugated verbs. Case in point being in the early 2000′s the Peruvian air force shot down an airplane of USAn missionaries thinking they were drug traffickers. A third plane of USG drug agents was close by and knew the suspect plane weren’t drugs lords. They were in contact with the Peruvian plane but not speaking Spanish were unable to communicate what they knew, not to shoot the plane down. The Spanish needed no fuego, no drogas. The USG is not serious about stopping the illegal drug industry it’s simply too big to fail. The corruption starts with the single police officer through the criminal justice system including judges whom are bribed by the PIC, prison industrial complex, to incarcerate offenders. Just last year 2 juvenile court judges in Pennsylvania were convicted of accepting bribes of $7.2 million for incarcerating instead of probation. Extrapolate this worldwide an $100′s of $billions of taxpayer forced contributions, withholding taxes, are used to fund graft and corruption under the pretense of war of drugs which has also served to gut the Bill of Rights. In 2007 Wachovia Bank used $400 Billion cash in drug cartel money to bail out the cash poor banksters at the start of the current economic collapse.The PIC population is the result of USA Talibanization laws which are enacted by the legislators, whom are bribed by the PIC, to create Taliban laws for the USA.

  2. You got most it spot on. One of the things you will find is that in the Western States a lot of the business side, distribution, transport, banking belong to the super corporations that have been formed though the modernization of the old time mobs. Like Aspen belongs to Kansas City, Boulder belongs to Chicago. The trafficking routs are secured by Spec Forces and the locals they have trained like the Zetas.
    Then you have the problem of the “free market” of Milton Friedman which requires strict enforcement of contract. U.S. weopon unless they are Army issue are non auto so only good to use against poorly armed police. To arm a cratel one needs to go to the international arms market (China, Romania, Czech Republic, Egypt, Brazil, Argentina for the good stuff. This requires excellent banking connections. But most cartels are hiding their money in places like the M-1 and other Federal Reserve type safe havens so they have good access to the communications necessary to acquire the tools of war.

  3. Larry C said:

    Great article.

    Yup, there is so much money in the drug trade and so many entities on all sides dependent on it, including our legislators, that it will not change…until it breaks.

    All on the info noteworthy but mindblowing 185 to 8200 TONS of opium since the US arrived.

    Not too hard to see who pulls the strings for the very profitable war and death machine. Not even hard to imagine there ws foresight into the purported “cause” for our entering Afghanistan.

  4. sneezy67 said:

    A “redo”, redone, of China(ese) during the 1800′s and the British East India Trading Co.

    We have been and still are the subjects of financial ruin
    through induced and controlled dope trade and the
    trading company has been and is still controlled by
    the globalist banksters.

  5. ChinoPink said:

    How stupid can you get?

    It is not a failure if you plan it that way and your plan comes to full fruition beyond your wildest dreams!

    It has been engineered this way and most of you refuse to believe it. Stop being a fool and begin asking who is benefiting?

  6. Rita said:

    Everything about the drug war, including its much-lamented “failure,” is a lie. Prohibition is, and always has been, a tool of oppression, and its spin-off war was never anything but an excuse to put more people in prison. The reason to end the war isn’t that it has failed. The reason to end it is that it has succeeded, far beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

  7. ectoendomezo said:

    THERE’S THIS THING..ITS CALLED..A “STRIKE”.

    EVER HEARD OF THAT?

    NO?

    OKAY..WELL..SE..THING IS:

    THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS” IS NOT….IS….NOT…I-S…N-O-T….”OCCURRING IN A VACUUM”.

    NO! IT IS NOT!

    IT IS NOT HAPPENING “ON ITS OWN”.

    IT IS NOT BEING FINANCED BY “THE RICH”.

    IT IS NOT BEING FINANCED BY “CORPORATE AMERICA”.

    IT IS BEING FINANCED BY….YOU!

    WILLINGLY AND WITHOUT HESITATION.

    ERGO:

    THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ IS LOVED AND CHERISHED BY THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES AND ALMOST CERTAINLY BY 99.99% OF YOU.

    YEAH…YOU!

    AND YOU! AND YOU! AND YOU!

    I MEAN AFTER ALL…YOU WILLINGLY…AND WITHOUT SERIOUS RESERVATION OR…AND THIS IS SIMPLY A FACT…OR EVEN ACKNOWLEDGMENT….OF INTENT ‘NOT TO’…………………….FINANCE EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF IT.

    YOU PEOPLE CANNOT EVEN ADMIT…EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE…THAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR IT….AND AGAIN..HERE’S THE PURE, IRREFUTABLE ‘DISTINCTION’:

    “WILLINGLY”.

    THERE IS NO..”CHALLENGE” TO THE PAYMENT OF THE SALARIES OF THOSE RATIONALIZING AND DENYING AND….CONDUCTING:

    “ROVING WIRETAPS”.

    “NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS” (USED FROM DAY-1 FOR ‘DRUG WAR CASES’ ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY AND WITHOUT REGARD OR EVEN CONCERN FOR THE ‘LAWS’ THEY…SO CALLED ‘LAW ENFORCEMENT’..ARE BREAKING).

    I COULD GO ON..BUT WHY BOTHER?

    YOU ARE IN DENIAL.

    YOU ARE PAYING FOR IT.

    YOU MUST….WANT IT.

    YOU DON’T “HAVE TO” PAY FOR IT.

    THERE’S THIS THING..I MENTIONED IT AT THE TOP….I MENTION IT…AGAIN…ITS CALLED A:

    ‘STRIKE’!

    NOW..WHAT WE HAVE HERE..IS A CORPORATE GOVERNMENT.

    THIS IS NOW SIMPLY INCONTROVERTIBLE.

    TO ARGUE AGAINST THIS FACT IS TO SIMPLY STATE OPENLY THAT YO ARE SUFFERING, LIKE SO MANY OTHERS..FROM THE “PATHOLOGICAL DENIAL AND RATIONALIZATION SYNDROME” NOW RUNNING RAMPANT IN “AMERICA”.

    GOV-CORP….IS…”MANAGEMENT”.

    YOU…ARE THE “EMPLOYEE’S”.

    (OR DID YOU THINK YOU WERE A “CITIZEN” WITH “RIGHTS”? DID YOU THINK THAT? IF SO…SEEK HELP..BECAUSE THAT TOO..IS A “SYMPTOM” OF THE DISEASE OF MASS DENIAL..)

    NOW SEE…WHEN THIS HAS HAPPENED TO PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY……’CARE’..ABOUT HOW THEY LIVE..AND WHAT “THEIR”…”GOVERNMENT”..IS DOING..AND CARE AND CHOOSE TO ACT WHEN THEY WITNESS THEIR GOVERNMENT BECOME A CORPORATE FASCIST NIGHTMARE…THOSE PEOPLE….’ACT’.

    SOUTH AFRICA..IS A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF A PEOPLE WHO ACTED. ROSE UP AND USED THE POWER OF MONEY TO UTTERLY CHANGE AN ENTRENCHED AND VICIOUS “GOVERNMENT”.

    GANDHI IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF USING THE POWER OF MONEY AND TAX STRIKE TO ALTER THE COURSE OF HISTORY AND BRING DOWN AN ENTRENCHED CORPORATE FASCIST GOVERNMENT.

    FARM WORKERS LIKE MR. CHAVEZ ARE ALSO EXAMPLES.

    IF AMERICANS…UNITE..IN A UNIFIED “TAX STRIKE”…WITH A “LIST OF DEMANDS FOR MANAGEMENT”?

    IT WILL TAKE MONTHS.

    MERE…MONTHS….TO ALTER THE COURSE OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND QUITE POSSIBLE ALSO IN THE PROCESS SAVE THE LIVES OF MILLIONS.

    POSSIBLY EVEN? THE SPECIES!

    AND FURTHERMORE? POSSIBLY EVEN…’ALL SPECIES”..BECAUSE IF THIS ‘TRANSITION” FROM DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC TO OPEN CORPORATE FASCIST REGIME CONTINUES? WE’RE NOT GONNA MAKE IT. NOTHING WILL.

    BUT SEE..THERE’S THAT LITTLE PROBLEM AGAIN:

    “AMERICANS”…WANT….THE “GOVERNMENT”…THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE.

    BECAUSE “REFUSING TO PAY”..IS NOT ONLY “NON-VIOLENT”…IT IS THE LITERAL..”PERFECT TACTIC”.

    IT IS SIMPLE.

    IT IS “EXPONENTIAL”..AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT THE MORE THE GOVERNMENT TRIED TO FORCE “PAYMENT” THE MORE PEOPLE WILL CEASE TO PAY AND THUS DEPRIVING..THE VERY FORCES OF THE LITERAL…..LITERAL..NOT FIGURATIVE..BUT…LITERAL…..”ONE CRITICAL ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL RESOURCE THEY…MUST HAVE…TO CONTINUE…THAT..WITHOUT WHICH..THEY IN FACT..CANNOT EVEN ‘DEPLOY TO THE STREET”….LET ALONE TAKE ‘ACTION’ OF ALMOST ANY OTHER SORT…..BECAUSE WITHOUT THE ‘MONEY”…PAID WILLINGLY BY THE CITIZENS…….

    THIS STOPS.

    IT STOPS QUICK.

    NOW…CITIZENS WHO….”REALLY SOUGHT CHANGE”….WOULD RECOGNIZE ALL OF THIS…”INSTINCTIVELY”.

    IT WOULD NOT ONLY BE A MAJOR RALLYING CRY RIGHT NOW…IT WOULD BE “THE CURRENT SITUATION”.

    AND ESPECIALLY WITH OLD SUN TSZU TELLING US TO BE AWARE OF THE ‘LAY OF THE LAND”..WE KNOW THAT GOV-CORP IS ALREADY…RIGHT THIS MINUTE..ON THE BRINK OF “COLLAPSE”..IT IS ON THE BRINK OF A “SHUT-DOWN”…ANOTHER WAY TO PUT THIS IS:
    “STRIKE WHILE THE IRON SHE IS A-COOKIN’!”

    BUT..THA IS NOT THE CASE HERE.

    WHY?

    BECAUSE THIS IS THE GOVERNMENT THAT AMERICANS…..OBVIOUSLY….I MEAN IT IS..OBVIOUS:

    “WANT”.

    THIS….IS….WHAT…..YOU…..WANT!

    OR WHY WOULD YOU PAY FOR IT?

    OR…EVEN MORE SPECIFICALLY..WHY WOULD YOU BE PAYING…”WITHOUT EVEN CONSIDERING NOT PAYING”?

    BECAUSE CONFRONTATION…DEATH..FEAR..RAGE…ARE THE ‘QUALITIES’ THAT YOU..MOST OF YOU…ACTUALLY….”SEEK”.

    THESE ARE NOW LITERAL..”PRODUCTS” OF THE AMERICAN “CULTURE”.

    AND YOU SEEK THEM AND DESIRE THEM AND ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT THIS AS YOUR DAILY LIFE.

    OTHERWISE…WHY…WOULD…YOU….CONTINUE…TO…FINANCE SUCH A SYSTEM?

    THIS IS THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CULTURE…YOU WANT.

    IT IS A “PRODUCT” AND YOU ARE THE ‘CONSUMER”.

    THIS IS YOU LINING UP TO PURCHASE THE SHINY NEW EVIL AS IF IT WERE SOME NEW GADGET.

    YOU ARE PAYING. WILLINGLY.

    THIS IS WHAT YOU BOUGHT.

    YOU BOUGHT IT.

    OWN IT.

    YOUR COMPLAINTS? ARE COUNTERFEIT!

    FAKE.

    FAKE AS THE CLICKTIVISM YOU ENGAGE IN ON ‘FACEBOOK’. FAKE AS A ‘FACEBOOK FRIEND’.

    FAKE. EMPTY. HOLLOW.

    POISONOUS IN FACT.

    A LIE.

    YOUR ‘PROTESTS” ARE A LIE.

    BECAUSE IF YOU REALLY…..REALLY…TRULY…WISH TO ‘PROTEST”?

    THEN STOP PAYING!

    PERIOD.

    THERE IS NO….NO…….N-O…..OTHER WAY.

    NOTHING ELSE WILL EVEN AT THIS POINT….”GET THEIR ATTENTION” EXCEPT “STOPPING THE REVENUE STREAM”.

    ALL OTHER “PROTESTS”..ARE AT THIS POINT FORMS OF DENIAL AND EVEN OUTRIGHT LIES.

    YOU PEOPLE..MAKE ME SICK!

    LIE TO YOURSELVES AND THEN BUY THE VERY PRODUCT YOU CLAIM TO SO…”DESPISE”.

    YUP! THAT’LL WORK!

    SURE WILL!

    GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

  8. ectoendomezo said:

    ANY OF YOU WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS’? ARE INSANE.

    YEAH..YOU ARE.

    WELL..OKAY…LET ME “CLARIFY”…ADD A ‘DISTINCTION’:

    THOSE OF YO WHO ARE PAYING…AND COMPLAINING? ARE INSANE.

    BECAUSE YOU ARE PAYING…AKA “ENGAGING IN THE SAME BEHAVIOR”…AND YET SOMEHOW…INEXPLICABLY…”BELIEVING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL ACT DIFFERENTLY”.

    IT IS AN OLD AXIOM:

    “TO ENGAGE IN THE SAME BEHAVIOR AND YET EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS..IS A SYMPTOM OF INSANITY!”

    AND THAT IS….YOU.

    AS LONG AS YOU SHOW “PRODUCT APPROVAL” IN THE FORM OF…”PICKING UP THE TAB WITHOUT HESITATION OR QUESTION OR EVEN ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT YOU…ARE…..THE FINANCIERS”….”GOVERNMENT”…WILL CONTINUE TO TRANSITION INTO THIS UNEQUIVOCALLY VILE “FORM” OF CORPORATE AUTHORITARIANISM.

    PERIOD.

    THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS”..LIKE EVERY OTHER ‘POLICY’ OR ‘PROGRAM’ OR ‘WAR’ IS PRODUCED AND LITERALLY…”ADVERTISED” AND THEN…”SOLD” TO THE AMERICAN “CITIZEN-CONSUMER”………IT IS A “PRODUCT”.

    THE MOST AMAZING ASPECT OF EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING DOWN RIGHT NOW IN “AMERICA”..IS THAT THE ‘PUBLIC”…HAS ACTUALLY CONVINCED ITSELF THAT IT’S ALL:

    “HAPPENING IN A VACUUM”.

    “ON IT’S OWN”.

    NO!

    IT IS NOT.

    EVERY SINGLE BULLET…EVERY SINGLE SHOELACE, EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF OFFICE EQUIPMENT, EVERY SALARY…EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF EVERY SINGLE HOUR OF EVERY SINGLE DAY IS LITERALLY….FINANCED ENTIRELY…….COMPLETELY….AND WILLINGLY BY:

    YOU!

    NOT ME!

    NOT ANYMORE.

    I STOPPED PAYING 9 YEARS AGO.

    AND SURE..I FEEL SOME ANXIETY OVER IT.

    BUT I KNOW….THAT I…AM NOT…PAYING THE SALARIES OF THOSE WHO ARE…INTENT….DETERMINED…..TO DESTROY MY FREEDOM.

    NOPE!

    I…DO NOT PAY!

    BUT YOU…ALMOST CERTAINLY…..DO.

    I CAN COMPLAIN.

    I CAN BECAUSE I AM DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT THAT IS IN FACT THE ‘PERFECT TACTIC’.

    I AM DENYING MATERIAL SUPPORT TO THE ENEMY.

    YOU…ARE NOT.

    YOU..ARE PART OF THE MOST MASSIVE ‘RICO CASE’ IN THE HISTORY OF THE….UNIVERSE.

    YOU….ARE DIRECTLY……LITERALLY…..DIRECTLY…..RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WAR ON DRUGS…AND THE WAR ON TERROR…AND EVERY BULLET DUG FROM THE CORPSES OF INNOCENT WOMEN AND CHILDREN….EVERY DRONE BOMBING…EVERYONE KILLED AT A WEDDING PARTY..EVERY CORPORATE HAND-OUT…..ALL OF IT.

    THE ENTIRE NIGHTMARE…CANNOT….DOES NOT……HAPPEN…

    “WITHOUT THE CONTINUED FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF..VIEWERS..LIKE YOU!”

    THIS IS THE PRODUCT YOU PURCHASED.

    NOW YOU WISH TO COMPLAIN?

    HYPOCRITES!

    AS STATED ABOVE….YOUR COMPLAINTS ARE IN FACT A KIND OF AMAZINGLY DIRECT EVIDENCE THAT YOU ARE INSANE.

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