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AdMedia/NewscomWho needs words to have meanings? Not our government, that's for sure these days. In an interview released Tuesday, President Donald Trump said his administration was "seriously" considering designating drug dealers "as terrorist organizations."
What makes someone selling drugs into a terrorist? That's an easy one: they come from south of the U.S. border.
Trump told Breitbart News: "We're thinking about doing it very seriously," the it being a designation that "Mexican drug cartels" are terrorist groups. "In fact, we've been thinking about it for a long time. ... As terrorists—as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are."
A great example of Mangu-Ward's Law: All legal provisions created in the name of national security will eventually be used to prosecute the war on drugs https://t.co/jwUolvfo40
No one wants to stick up for violent mobsters, which is what many Mexican drug-peddling associations surely are. But the trouble with designations like these—those based on membership in some law-enforcement designated category, like a "gang" or a "terrorist organization"—is that they tend to just escalate penalties and public sentiment against anyone possessing drugs while Latino, or part of whatever the demonized identity du jour is. It encourages "criminal justice" that runs on guilt by association. It gives drug warriors an excuse to keep up their hardline tactics under the guise of fighting a new threat. And it provides cover to all sorts of bullshit prohibitionist policies and anti-immigration crusades, as well.
A great example of Mangu-Ward's Law: All legal provisions created in the name of national security will eventually be used to prosecute the war on drugs https://t.co/jwUolvfo40— Katherine Mangu-Ward (@kmanguward) March 12, 2019
Laws should not advantage particular political parties or discriminate against candidates who choose not to affiliate with a party. The Ballot Fairness Act (#HR1681) helps equalize the treatment of candidates so elections will be fairer and voters will have more options. pic.twitter.com/XrlvRwp3mb— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 12, 2019
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