American Drug War: The Last White Hope - Video
American Drug War: The Last White Hope
35 years after Nixon started the war on drugs, we have over one million
non-violent drug offenders living behind bars.
The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American
history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure?
Inspired by the death of four family members from "legal drugs" Texas
filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such
a big failure. Three and a half years in the making, the film follows gang
members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges,
politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most notably the film befriends
Freeway Ricky Ross; the man many accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who
after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for
AMERICAN DRUG WAR shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just
drug pushers and dope fiends, but an entire government. More importantly, it
shows what can be done about it. This is not some 'pro-drug' stoner film,
but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front
lines of the drug war, the ones who are fighting it and the ones who are
After 4 years of production including several sold out test screenings in
New York, Austin & Los Angeles, the final version of American Drug War "the
last white hope" is locked and loaded.
Seeds of Terror
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/287226-1Gretchen Peters talked about her book Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is
Bankrolling the Taliban and Al Qaeda (Thomas Dunne Books; May 12, 2009). She
read passages from her book and talked about the role of narco-trafficking,
specifically opium, financing the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. She
argued that the Taliban are more criminals than ideological warriors and
that economic alternatives must be created if the current situation in
Afghanistan is to change. After her presentation, which included slides, she
answered questions from members of the audience.
Gretchen Peters was an Afghanistan correspondent for the Associated Press
and ABC News.
05/18/2009 44 minutes
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