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Commentary :: International
Should Hugo Chavez/Venezuelan Gov.—Pay U.S. Citizens’ Illegal-Drug Rehab Costs?
20 Jul 2008
If police agencies’ allegations against Hugo Chavez are proven true, shouldn’t Hugo Chavez and/or the Venezuelan Government reimburse the U.S. Government and its states for past and current costs of treating/rehabilitating American Cocaine Addicts?
Terrorists don’t have to attack America to injure millions of Americans. Everyday the Terrorist FARC Organization successfully devastates U.S. cities—flooding America’s streets with Cocaine and drug related crime. Costing U.S. Taxpayers $billions, the U.S. Government is paying hospital emergency rooms and rehab centers to treat American-drug addicts addicted to “Terrorist Cocaine.”

A recent 2008 survey of 17 countries found the U.S. now has the highest use of illegal cocaine. See: ”ScienceDaily” at:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080630201007.htm

Colombia’s Terrorist FARC organization derives most of its supporting income charging South American illegal-drug-traffickers protection to move Cocaine from Venezuela and other countries through Columbia—before smuggling it into the United States. FARC is the acronym in Spanish for “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.” The FARC has become infamous for exhortation, kidnappings, maiming, and murdering thousands of civilians.

Last March the Colombian military killed FARC “second-in-command” Raul Reyes. According to Interpol and other government police agencies, hundreds of emails were found on Reyes’s laptop computers that expose President Hugo Chavez as an accomplice of the FARC’s jungle based “Narco-Terrorist Enterprise” that ships tons of cocaine to United States via Venezuela, Equator, and Columbia: if police agencies’ allegations against Hugo Chavez are proven true, shouldn’t Hugo Chavez and/or the Venezuelan Government reimburse the U.S. Government and its states for past and current costs of treating/rehabilitating American Cocaine Addicts?

Venezuela has billions of dollars in assets in Europe and America that might be lawfully attached?

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Response to "Should Hugo Chávez/Venezuelan Gov.—Pay U.S. ..."
24 Jul 2008
(I’m not sure if this article is written by a troll, but in case it’s not…)

“Should Hugo Chávez/Venezuelan Gov.—Pay U.S. Citizens’ Illegal-Drug Rehab Costs?” In a word, no.

From what you propose, it seems that you assume that the US government in no way profits from the huge amount of drug addicts, and that therefore they have nothing to do with the amount of drugs that come into the country. This assumption would be wrong.

How does the US government profit from drug abuse? Through the prison-industrial complex – a system in which various industries that have their dirty hands in the legislative bodies (via lobbyists and share-holding elected officials) ensure that they have a steady supply of slave labor by increasing the amount of people in prison. The “war on drugs” has been a valuable tool for the PIC, with an increase in minimum sentences for those caught selling or possessing drugs. People serving drug-related sentences accounted for 21.4% of state prisoners in 2002 and 54.9% of federal prisoners in 2003. From 1995 to 2003, the number of people incarcerated for drug crimes increased by 50% (1).

The PIC in the US is responsible for incarcerating the largest percentage of citizens in the world, but the system is clearly not color-blind and the implementation of laws and policies that increase sentences for drug crimes only serves to increase these obvious racial disparities. According to data on prisoners under state jurisdiction, as a percentage of total incarcerated in 2002 40.5% were black, 35.2% were white and 18.2% were Hispanic(1). When taken as a percentage of total prisoners incarcerated for drug offenses, 47.5% were black, 24.3% were white and 23.3% were Hispanic (1). For reference, in 2002 13% of the population was black (2) and 13.3% was Hispanic (3). That’s a pretty big discrepancy.

So basically, the US government is happily using drug use/abuse in order to further their own agenda to oppress non-white communities – which includes incarcerating a large number of political prisoners - while at the same time making money for the industries that pay to get officials elected. Who’s to say that the government is not also involved in importing cocaine and other drugs into the country? And why should Hugo Chávez pay for drug rehabilitation in this country when our own government prefers to imprison drug users over rehabilitating them, a much more expensive option?

The US government has given money to Latin American countries, and now Mexico, in the name of fighting the drug war, when in actuality this money is used in the repression of popular uprisings aimed at fighting corrupt and authoritarian governments. The “war on drugs” abroad is a just a clever scheme to appropriate military funds to other countries to ensure that those countries will remain in the hands of leaders who will do our government’s bidding. The “war on drugs” at home does the very same thing, only in our backyards, ensuring that the power and wealth of the world continues to be distributed into fewer and fewer hands, ensuring that oppressed communities remain that way and imprisoning all who might dare to imagine that another world is possible.


1. http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/p04.pdf
2. http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/p20-541.pdf
3. http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/p20-545.pdf