Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Drug war follies

Radley Balko of The Agitator has a worthwhile column at Fox News about police excesses--including everything from wrong-house raids to suppressing evidence of defendants' innocence related to drug prohibition.

The conclusion:

These sorts of police tactics would be morally dubious if they were being used to fight terrorism, or to ensure national security. But they grow more absurd—and more intolerable—when you consider the ultimate end, here. None of this deception, corruption, and abuse is being employed to catch sleeper Al-Qaeda cells, or to catch murderers or serial killers or pedophiles. It's being used to stop people from getting high.



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