The War on Drugs: The Prison Industrial Complex

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The war on drugs has been going on for more than three decades. Today, nearly 500,000 Americans are imprisoned on drug charges. In 1980 the number was 50,000. Last year $40 billion in taxpayer dollars were spent in fighting the war on drugs. As a result of the incarceration obsession, the United States operates the largest prison system on the planet, and the U.S. nonviolent prisoner population is larger than the combined populations of Wyoming and Alaska. Try to imagine the Drug Enforcement Administration erecting razor wire barricades around two states to control crime and you’ll get the picture.

According to the U.S. Dept of Justice, the number of offenders under age 18 imprisoned for drug offenses increased twelve-fold from 1985 to 1997. The group most affected by this propensity for incarceration is African-Americans. From 1985 to 1997, the percentage of African-American young people put in prison increased from 53 to 62 percent.

Today, 89 percent of police departments have paramilitary units, and 46 percent have been trained by active duty armed forces. The most common use of paramilitary units is serving drug-related search warrants, which usually involve no-knock entries into private homes. Source

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A Conquered People

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A Spy State is being erected around us.
To police our every behavior then create a comprehensive, personalized profile used to predict our actions before they happen.
We are a conquered people.
Staying far too tolerant, apathetic, or blissfully unaware we allow it to occur from within, to fester until we succumb.

By sifting through the publicly available information we glean the truth.
Reports routinely show the rise in American surveillance, driven by a public-private relationship working in concert to usurp our rights. They reveal piecemeal programs and plans without underscoring a broader nefarious agenda.
We break the spy state down into categories, starting from the most familiar than working towards the more abstract. All collected data falls into quadrants split between information we willingly give up and whats taken without our knowledge or consent — both in the physical and digital world. There is a legal framework behind it. In front is a layer of spin and propaganda. And underneath is a storage matrix so great that it’s almost unbelievable.

Most Americans remain woefully unaware of this spy state building up around them, ignorant of its scope and the various facets that dot our surroundings — every minute of every day.
The purpose of this film is to connect the dots and expose the structure.

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