Commentary

How the War on Drugs Corrupts the Warriors

It’s an old story that the incredible profits created by banning something so many people wants makes the war on drugs a machine for corrupting law enforcement personnel. But the old story plays on, as in Arizona “. . . more than 40 soldiers, airmen, border guards and correctional officers took bribes from FBI agents posing as cocaine smugglers.”

Pat Schneider, the top federal criminal prosecutor in Arizona, said he doesn’t know whether government corruption is getting worse or it just seems that way because more public servants are getting caught.

That’s reassuring! Just like the Tulia, TX story from a couple years ago (see the book).

Adrian Moore

Adrian Moore, Ph.D., is vice president of policy at Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.