Who guards the guards?
It’s an age-old question made more relevant today because of the sheer scale of ‘drug taking’. A survey recently by Kings College, London, postulated that almost half the population of South London consumed cannabis occasionally or regularly.
Rather than conclude that human vice is normal and inevitable, so long as our ‘law enforcement’ agencies continue to build their armies to subdue their fellow citizens, and more guards are put in place to control us, who now monitors these ever-increasing ranks of soldiers who fight the ‘drug wars’?
In Britain a former Home Secretary (the man in charge of the police) has said that the London Metropolitan Police are “institutionally corrupt” and “we just don’t have the mechanisms to measure it”.
In America the FBI agents responsible for closing down the multimillion dollar Silk Road drug dealing site have been arrested for siphoning off some of the money seized.
One agent was found to have $757,000 dollars in a single bank account which he obtained by using government facilities to hack into Silk Road’s online transactions.
In Britain, thanks to the Proceeds of Crime law, the convention is that the police – as individuals and organised brotherhoods – help themselves to a lavish portion of any cash found in drugs raids. This works to the benefit of the dealers who find their ‘crimes’ consequently understated in court.
The ‘war on drugs’, far from having any tangible result has simply corrupted the rest of the ‘justice system’ – and that is what happens when governments set out to fight both the will of the people and human nature.