American Drug War: The Last White Hope
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Inspired by the death of four family members from "legal drugs" in Texas, filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the drug war has become such a failure.
AMERICAN DRUG WAR FOUR STARS (Highest Rating). A mind-altering experience. This is an exceedingly important documentary. It makes a clear case for why the so-called 'war on drugs' has been -- and will continue to be -- such a colossal failure. We have spent billions upon billions of dollars trying to prevent the influx of substances so many Americans demand to have, and the availability of illicit drugs is at an all-time high.This 'war on drugs' is one of the worst examples of our government's embarrassing close-mindedness and immaturity, not to mention lack of sophistication, bravery, and foresight.The film depicts the hypocrisy of this failed policy: marijuana and cocaine are illegal, yet alcohol and tobacco are perfectly legal, these latter two substances having caused more damage and ruination than any other substances to which our government has given its stamp of approval.And speaking of hypocrisy, the film also chronicles the Iran Contra scandal, our government's sickening, morally debauched effort to actually facilitate the introduction of illegal drugs into society, utilizing the profits to finance a wholly illegal military operation.While Booth quite understandably argues that this 'war' is a ludicrous waste, he is open-minded and intellectually honest enough to show the devastation that drugs (mostly of the legal variety) have wreaked upon close friends and members of his family. So, in the end, he presents a wide-ranging, multi-faceted look at the problem: Yes, drugs destroy lives, but this 'war' has proven to be a meaningless and ill-conceived solution. There's so much to consider here, and Kevin Booth has done an outstanding job of providing the appropriate fodder for contemplation and, hopefully, political action. --Todd David Schwartz Contributing Arts & Entertainment Critic, The Paul Mitchell Show, CBS Radio
Kevin Booth's film AMERICAN DRUG WAR, an eye-opening and compelling examination of the war on drugs, won the Best Documentary awards at both the DIY and Evil City film festivals, the latter of which featured filmmakers Morgan Spurlock and Mary Harron as judges.Additionally, High Times magazine gave the film four full buds, it's highest rating (no pun intended). Booth, who authored the book BILL HICKS: AGENT OF EVOLUTION about his best friend and notable cult comedian, was inspired by the loss of those close to him to legal substances to try and make sense of what is dubbed the longest, most costly and destructive war in American history. And oh, the things he discovers. Three minutes into the doc we are told the main source of funding for Partnership of a Drug Free America comes from the tobacco and alcohol industries. Booth captures the perspectives from a former LAPD narcotics officer, gang members, prisoners, cops, a sheriff, a former New Mexico governor, civil rights attorneys, Tommy Chong and Ricky Ross from jail and a host of others. --Elston Gunn Aint it Cool News
Four Pot Leafs Brace yourself for Afghani opium, interviews with a former drug czar and Amsterdam's lone crack connoisseur, and basic bad-guy bedlam in this informative documentary CINEPHELIA - C. Dempsey AMERICAN DRUG WAR is worth some serious frontal lobe absorption. This is a documentary that will show you just how well the war on drugs is going. And let me tell you it really seems to be going great - drug use is up, education is down and all while you the taxpayer keep pouring the money in -- --High Times Magazine - Mary Ought Six
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Among the many subjects covered are the link between the Iran Contra's Financial support by the U.S.Government and CIA, and the current drug war and importation and introduction of Million of tons of Cocaine into South Central Los Angeles by way of a co-conspirator in the CIA.
It touches on private prisons, violation of inmates rights by using their labor for free, and the ever-widening net of suspicion cast over every American with the introduction and support of the "Patriot Act"-in the name of this "Drug War"
The most destructive document in our lifetime. It allows unrestricted surveillance of any American, for any reason.
It is crafted thoroughly, thoughtfully and extremely well researched. Including many thought-provoking interviews with, among others, Tommy Chong, General Barry McCafery, Judge James Gray and Joe Rogan,Dr. Robert Melameade and the founder of the "Bloods". A Los Angeles gang.
Filmmaker Kevin Booth tells a compelling and, often, chilling tale that MUST be seen to be believed.
Inspired by the death of family members and close friends from the effects of "legal" drugs, his in-depth assessment is a revelation in film-making.
This information should be on public television on a daily basis.Its importance cannot be emphasized enough.
Unlike others, it has NO particular agenda,other than to highlight the insanity of this war on drugs-and the direct cost to all or liberties.
It presents unadulterated accounts from former DEA agents regarding our country's hand in the importation of Cocaine to destroy the African American community.
Every-single-statement is backed up with indisputable fact.
It is rare a film comes along that, at once, educates, informs and infuriates all at once.
This movie should be the topic of a Law class
The documentary is a little old (2008), but more than relevant since our collective drug use as a nation has grown since then and continues to. I learned a lot... and was saddened by much of it. The "war on drugs" is an Orwellian term if ever I heard one. Hopefully, the next generation will see who has truly profited from this mess and work to fix it.
p.s. Google the term "HSBC fined for drug money laundering" and an investigative article from the Guardian (UK) will come up from December of 2012.