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Fronteras: The Drug War
Fronteras: The Drug War

AIR DATE: May 25, 2011

The Fronteras News Desk is looking at the escalating drug war.  Drug traffickers in Mexico are finding new ways of  getting their product into the United States.  The DEA and other law enforcement groups are trying to stay one step ahead.  We look at some of the newest methods being used by both the criminals and the good guys.   Nevada Public Radio, and six other public radio stations throughout the region, launched the Fronteras project--A regional multimedia news project covering the American Southwest.

Peter O'Dowd, reporter, Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk
Devin Browne, reporter, Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk
Jude Joffe-Block, reporter, Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk

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    After listening to this program and others on the same topic I am serious curious why we as Americans continue the funding of these huge government organizations and departments that actually in some cases duplicate the same task and are by their own admission failing. Our country really requires having a serious honest conversation about our drug policy. America will never reduce the demand for drugs an attempt to find out why is almost ridiculous to ponder, why do people drink alcohol? Why do people smoke cigarettes? Why do people drink more than two cups of coffee or tea? We will not be able to control these situations even if we answered these questions. The situation we can control is the expenditure of the American tax dollar funding big government organizations that do not work and sending billions of American dollars to the Mexican cartels. The stress on American cities are evident today a report was aired that California will have to reduce the prison population, most likely the people that will be released will be low level drug arrests. During prohibition America lost the war on alcohol a far more dangerous drug than low level illegal drugs like marijuana. Our society did not fall apart. The question begs to be asked why then are we continuing to support this failed policy? In an era where shouts to reduce big government, and to get government out of the way, and we must cut spending why have we not considered modernizing the American drug policy?
    JohnMay 23, 2011 11:14:05 AM
    Why do you and knpr continue to perpetuate the lie that consumption of drugs creates violence, specifically the violence today in Mexico. People have been using drugs for thousands of years and violence only surrounds this activity when some government or do-gooders or politicians looking for votes decide they are going to use public resources to fight drugs. That's when the violence, deprivation of rights, increases in police and armed forces, drug dealers (including those in schools) , drug lords, narco-states, etc. come out of the woodwork. This was the experience of the US during Prohibition (the effects of which the world is still dealing with nearly 100 years later) and IS the experience of the US and the world (especially Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, and Afghanistan) in the current "War on Drugs". This war, too, will be lost (despite all of the "interdiction efforts" at a massive cost to taxpayers and families of murdered victims of this insanity) and society will be dealing with the effects for another hundred years.
    ed uehlingMay 23, 2011 09:51:41 AM
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