Holder will outline the status of a broad, ongoing project intended to improve Justice Department sentencing policies across the country in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco.
"I have mandated a modification of the Justice Department’s charging policies so that certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who have no ties to large-scale organizations, gangs, or cartels, will no longer be charged with offenses that impose draconian mandatory minimum sentences," Holder said in remarks prepared for delivery at the conference.
The United States imprisons a higher percentage of its population than other large countries, mostly because of anti-drug laws passed in the 1980s and 1990s.
The laws were politically popular at the time when U.S. crime rates were soaring, and politicians from Republican President Ronald Reagan to Democratic President Bill Clinton championed big spending increases to attack criminal gangs and drug traffickers.
President Barack Obama’s administration is betting that support has eroded because of the financial and social costs of keeping people in prison.
"Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no good law enforcement reason," Holder said.
Justice Department staff have been studying changes since the beginning of the year, about the time that Holder agreed to stay on as the chief U.S. law enforcement official into Obama’s second, four-year term.
The potentially far-reaching overhaul is also expected to include the creation of local guidelines to determine if cases should be subject to federal charges, and an updated plan for release of some federal prison inmates “facing extraordinary or compelling circumstances” but posing no public threat.
Some changes Holder supports - such as giving federal judges the leeway to depart from mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenses - would require changes in the law.
Whoa. Small victory or a trap?
What’s the bigger crock of shit: War on Drugs or War on Terror?
There’s this show on Spike where undercover cops are watching a drug dealer sell dope in a park.
They see an older man sit down and buy some dope and then walk away. They wait for him to get far enough that the dealer doesn’t see the bust. Not only do they do this, they explicitly mention it on camera as their objective.
Why do they do this? They want to make sure the dealer keeps dealing so that more “offenders” can be created. This is nothing short of a slave trading post.
These drug consumers will continue to buy from this spot only to get locked up, put into the system and eventually find their way into jail where they are worth $30,000 to $50,000 in labor.
Cogs in the machine.
Kanye West - New Slave - An Excerpt
They throwing hate at me
Want me to stay at ease
Fuck you and your corporation
Y’all niggas can’t control me
I know that we the new slaves
I know that we the new slaves
I’m ‘bout to wild the fuck out
I’m going Bobby Boucher
I know that pussy ain’t free
You niggas pussy, ain’t me
Y’all throwing contracts at me
You know that niggas can’t read
Throw ‘em some Maybach keys
Fuck it, c’est la vie
I know that we the new slaves
Y’all niggas can’t fuck with me
Y’all niggas can’t fuck with Ye
Y’all niggas can’t fuck with Ye
I’ll move my family out the country
So you can’t see where I stay
So go and grab the reporters
So I can smash their recorders
See they’ll confuse us with some bullshit
Like the New World Order
Meanwhile the DEA
Teamed up with the CCA
They tryna lock niggas up
They tryna make new state
See that’s that privately owned prison
Get your piece today
They prolly all in the Hamptons
Braggin’ ‘bout what they made
Fuck you and your Hampton house
I’ll fuck your Hampton spouse
Came on her Hampton blouse
And in her Hampton mouth
Y’all ‘bout to turn shit up
I’m ‘bout to tear shit down
I’m ‘bout to air shit out
Now what the fuck they gon’ say now?
If you legalize PCP, I want to see how people who are on PCP end up in person.
With the prisons gone, the actual amount of people who would turn to harder drugs like PCP would drop because they would no longer be introduced to that type of environment (federal prison).
The substance itself would quickly fall out of popularity.
You can still arrest someone for violence, theft, or any crime committed while under the influence. It’s just completely immoral to punish someone for taking a substance at their own will.
What Voca said.
The point of legalizing drugs is that it is no longer illegal to use those drugs. But assault, battery, theft, lewd behavior, and various other laws are still illegal. If someone wants to lock themselves in their house and get high as a kite without hurting anyone else, so be it. It’s their health, their body, their money, their life.
Has paramilitary organizations ever profited off of PCP?
Drug cartels? Gangs? Police unions?
Those aren’t the same…For the drug cartels and gangs, they’ll most likely acquire that drug. But for police unions profiting from PCP; Since when has that happened?
Who has to look after all of the people they arrest? Those arrests = paycheck.
Besides, have you ever been a victim of a federal no-knock raid? Those aren’t fun.
Have you ever asked yourself what happens to the billions of dollars in confiscated drugs?
You think they dump it down a toilet? Or do you think they filter it back into the system or sell it abroad to finance black ops that aren’t on the US budget sheets?
Hate to go “conspiracy theory” here, but think about that.
A Real 5-Step Plan To Save America
I keep hearing about Romney’s 5-step plan to save America so I’ve decided to come up with my own 5-step plan:
1. End the Federal Reserve. We owe the Fed trillions of dollars (for letting us use our own money!!!). We pay nearly $500 billion in interest on our national debt every single year. The Fed has also inflated and diluted over 96% of the value of our money through quantitative easing. A partial audit of the Fed also revealed that they loaned out $16.1 trillion dollars of our own money without our permission from 2007 to 2010, and that money went to various national and foreign banks (some of whom happen to own the Federal Reserve…).
Federal Reserve, through a process that it calls quantitative easing (also known as printing money or inflating the money supply) buys our treasury bonds (with our own money that they create out of thin air for pennies on the dollar). They do this to keep interest rates low which promotes borrowing and spending and deters savings and holdings of capitol. Why? So people will borrow, which will keep banks in the loop, the same banks that are fed funds via the Federal Reserve. The greater the debt levels get, the more money we borrow, the more money the Fed can print and buy our debt with.
Now, we will have to pay back that money to the Fed but how? If you have to borrow $1 and will have to pay back $1.25, where do you get the extra $0.25 from? It’s the ponzi scheme of all ponzi schemes and it’s conducted as a legal, quasi-governmental operation.
Dump the Fed and you save billions in interest and prevent trillions of dollars from flooding the market and stealing value and wealth from average Americans and the US Dollar.
Not to mention that we borrow 37% of every dollar that we spend as a nation and that’s all thanks to the Federal Reserve and our fiat monetary system. Because of these seemingly bottomless pockets, politicians think they have a green light to spend on whatever will win them the most votes come election year. This helps both justify and finance all military, entitlement and wasteful spending that we have indulged in for the last 100 years. In many ways, the Federal Reserve and the structure of our monetary system is Public Enemy #1, and that’s why it’s at the top of my list. If you want to fix America, we have to start here.
2. Stop the Military Industrial Complex. The United States the world’s top spender when it comes to the military. It spends nearly $700 billion dollars a year on Military expenditures. That’s over $2,000 a year per person. That’s 20% of our Federal Budget, It’s 63% of our annual deficit, 4.7% of our GDP and 4% of our total national debt. Every.Single.Year. And it keeps on increasing.
To put our spending into perspective, $700 billions is 41% of the entire planet’s military spending. We spend nearly $550 billion more than the #2 military spender, China. If you looked at the top 15 countries in military spending, we spend as much as all of them combined. And 12 of those 14 nations are considered very strong allies of ours. So who are we afraid of? Can we not trust our own allies? Where does this money go? What are we getting for it in return? Are we really spending nearly a trillion dollars a year to defend ourselves from car bombs in the Middle East?
We are fighting an enemy that has no country, no flag, no uniform and no real mission. We are fighting people who want to see America and the American system collapse, not because “they hate our freedoms” but because that system has created those very terrorists and dictators that we fight today. They hate us because we bomb their villages, pillage their oil fields, rig their elections and the blame it all on their “archaic religions” or on the “ignorance of their kind”. The terrorists exist because we cause them to exist. We can not extinguish a flame with the same fire we lit it with.
3. Curtail Welfare Spending. This doesn’t just apply to entitlement spending at home, I’m also talking about cutting off all foreign aid. What’s the point of foreign aid when we are giving money to countries that also hold our national debt without actually paying off out national debt? Foreign aid, as someone once brilliantly stated, is “taking money from the poor in rich countries and handing it to the rich in poor countries." In 2010, we gave away $52.7 billion dollars in economics and military aid to foreign nations. That’s over 1% of our budgets and nearly 5% of our national deficit.
We are literally funding and arming some nations which we turn around and spend billions of dollars on fighting through our military arm. How does this make sense?
For now, I’ll leave the at home welfare and entitlement programs alone. These will be fix, but the fix will have to be a very gradual, very tedious one. People will need to intellectually wake up and realize that independence is better than dependence and that reliance on government welfare is on par with being enslaved by the system.
4. End the ‘War On Drugs’. Like the imaginary ‘War on Terror’, the ‘War on Drugs’ creates more carnage than it prevents. Since the prohibition on drugs in this country began, we’ve spent over a trillion dollars to fight an unwinnable battle. The drug addiction rate is unchanged, the drug usage rate has not come down and the number of non-violent incarcerations has skyrocketed. We have built a police state that imprisons more, per capita, than any other nation on the planet, many of whom are there for non-violent drug charges. This is great for the private prison industry which profits on the slave labor of inmates and terrible for the general population.
5. Free Trade and Free Markets. This one is simple, logical and probably the greatest tool to propel us towards world peace. Eliminate sanctions, open up free trade with everyone. Free up markets by reducing and eventually eliminating regulations and the heavy monetary burden on both business and government that comes with them. Allow all people to commercially interact as equals, removing all preferential treatment and shielding by governmental force.
These 5 steps, while they seem simple, can not come over night. We need to chip away at the walls before we fix the foundation. These are the necessary steps to both prosperity and freedom.
Unfortunately, none of the two major candidates agree with a single aspect of this plan. None of them even want to end deficit spending, balance the budget during their own term, or end any of the unjust wars. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney want to continue drone warfare, they want to increase sanctions while keeping foreign aid. They both want increased regulations on both Americans and even on foreign companies and countries. There is a small disagreement on entitlements, but it isn’t over ending them, it’s a disagreement of who should benefit. Both candidates favor corporate entitlement. I don’t think we’ve even heard a real opinion on the Federal Reserve from either candidate as the issue isn’t brought up by them, their staff or the media.
"You can’t score unless you’ve established where the goal is."
We are a nation that’s having a quarterback controversy at the end of a game in which we’re being blown out in. We have no idea were the goal line is, we’re just running around, in the dark, on a muddy field, chasing a deflated ball that we keep fumbling.