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American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime
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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 ... See full summary »

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Kevin Booth
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Credited cast:
Joe Arpaio Joe Arpaio ... Self (as Sheriff Joe Arpaio)
Jello Biafra ... Self - Activist
Osama bin Laden ... Self (archive footage)
Jeff Blackburn Jeff Blackburn ... Self - Civil Rights Attorney: Tulia, TX
Robert C. Bonner ... Self - Former Head of the DEA (archive footage) (as Robert Bonner)
Curt Booth Curt Booth ... Self - Psychedelic Movement
Dorothy Booth Dorothy Booth ... Self (archive footage) (as Dorothy Ann Booth)
Kevin Booth ... Average White Guy
Eddie Bravo Eddie Bravo ... Self
Chico Brown Chico Brown ... Self
George Bush ... Self (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Celerino Castillo III Celerino Castillo III ... Self - DEA Agent
Paris Chong Paris Chong ... Self - Son of Tommy
Tommy Chong ... Self - Private Prison Prisoner
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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 the CIA. AMERICAN DRUG WAR shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just 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 ... Written by Kevin Booth

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The ridiculous war on drugs
27 March 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

While Tulia with Halle Berry and Billy Bob is still in pre-production, this documentary serves as an excellent report on the drug war in the United States and has devoted a significant amount of its time to the incident that occurred in that town, with a great interview with Amarillo attorney Jeff Blackburn, who led the fight to free the Tulia 46.

It is so much more than that, as it gives a history of the CIA involvement in the crack epidemic in the US, and also presents facts that will leave no doubt that the government used drugs to finance the illegal war against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, but they continue to use them to suppress people of color in this country.

It is also clear that the ban on medical uses of marijuana is a conspiracy to benefit the pharmaceutical industry.

One things that was presented that is of considerable interest is that the drug war is unwinable due to the fact that once you ban certain drugs, people will develop new ones to satisfy their need. Just as bathtub gin was created during prohibition, crystal meth and newer drugs have been developed in this country in response to the decreased drugs coming from Mexico.

Those opposed to decriminalization of drugs would do well to realize that 700,000 people die every year from alcohol (not counting traffic deaths), tobacco, and legal pharmaceuticals, while only 10,000 die from drug use, and no death has every been reported from marijuana.

Do you know where 85% of the heroin distributed throughout the world comes from. The answer may surprise you, but not shock you after seeing this film.


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Американская война наркоторговцев: Последняя белая надежда See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sacred Cow Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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