War On Drugs
One of the greater treasons against Freedom in the history of America.
There are 2 million Americans in jail.
I'm pretty sure I read a Richard Nixon quote to the effect of the key is to not let anyone realize that the war on drugs is really a war on blacks. But I have to take that with a grain of salt, since I can't find such a reference online, and I know I wasn't reading a primary resource...
See chart at bottom of article describing ratings by doctors of actual harm by 20 drugs (including alcohol and tobacco).
Jeffrey Rogers Hummel on "The Case for Legalizing Heroin" - None of the ill effects have been noted whenever users have been able to get opiates easily and cheaply. American soldiers in Vietnam had ready access to high-quality heroin, and it was impossible to tell by their appearance or behavior who was using it. Only a urine test could make the distinction. Some very prominent and successful persons throughout history have been regular opiate users. Dr. William Halsted, the father of American surgery and founder of Johns Hopkins Medical Center, took morphine all his adult life, yet none but his closest friends knew. He died at the age of seventy, having performed his most brilliant operations while an addict.
collateral damage: http://www.theagitator.com/archives/027667.php
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