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Win at all costs
Written by Bill Moushey Feedback
Prohibition not a solution

Friday, December 11, 1998

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for allowing such an article to be published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- "The Damage of Lies".

It is high time that the citizens in the United States of America realize that prohibition is not a solution to any problem, be it drugs, guns, pornography, alcohol, cigarettes. The government cannot police morality.

I have often told people about such invasions of privacy even when they are not dealing or possessing any drugs at all. They say, "It can't happen to me. I don't have any drugs."

Well, contrary to popular belief, these bust-in types of raids do occur and the frequency of "innocent" people being targeted is on the rise. Mrs. Patterson in the Bronx, N.Y. found out just how this may happen. No drugs were found in her apartment either.

The police said they had the wrong house. No immunity. No apologies and no way to recover from the dramatic raid that destroyed her apartment and terrified her children. They will forever remember this.

People need to know this info. They will plainly see that not only are small-time drug dealers affected, big drug dealers are not. Agents dealing in buy and sell operations are granted "diplomatic immunity" even though they are breaking the law themselves by selling and buying drugs.

That average ordinary citizen's invasion of right to privacy and unreasonable search and seizure can occur at any time -- guilty or not.

Right or wrong. Ignorance is no excuse. Ending prohibition and searching for a more rational program in dealing with illegal drugs is the best approach -- not this type of police, Gestapo house-to-house search program.

The reason for crime is prohibition. Prohibition creates and encourages crime. Prohibition creates illegality and therefore creates the black market. Black market is the result of prohibition. You can work the sentences anyway you like and the result is the same. The 1930's alcohol prohibition was an experiment gone bad. We did learn something then. We have to re-learn it now.

But once again, we need to fill the prisons, (stocks) hire more police, detain more people, create more anti-drug programs for kids, train more drug dogs, tap more phones, urine-test more people, (job creation) have more roadblocks, perform more "informant tipped", force entries into homes and businesses -- and the list goes on.

Is this the price we pay for a failed drug war program? Freedomless?

These extreme search and seizure programs don't work....The drug war does not work. The price for drugs goes even higher. The sentencing goes higher. The abuse of innocent people goes higher. The tighter the squeeze, the higher the profit from the bottom of the drug war chain, to the top.

Ending Prohibition does work....it's just a question of when Americans will wake up and declare the Drug War a failure.

It can happen to anyone.

Scott Dykstra

Long Beach, NY

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