Magazine article The American Prospect

The Other War at Home. (Correspondence)

Magazine article The American Prospect

The Other War at Home. (Correspondence)

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I READ WITH INTEREST Emily Parsons's "The Other War at Home," which reviewed Judge James R. Gray's book on the failed drug war. Gray is quite right in saying that "the War on Drugs is about a lot of things, but only rarely is it really about drugs." And Parsons alludes to what the war is really about: "Prison construction and inmate upkeep turn out to be big business...." Protecting wealthy U.S. investors presents the most daunting obstacle to end the war on drugs.

To end the war, the establishment must be convinced that the war is too costly to pursue. To make this case successfully will require a massive, well organized, and sustained movement composed mostly of middle-class citizens.

DAVID HISER
Bisbee, AZ

George P. Fletcher responds to Laurence Tribe and Cass Sunstein. To view the complete exchange, go to www.prospect.org/letters/ militarytribunal.html:

THE COUNTRY NEEDS A loyal opposition that will speak truth to the power of the Bush administration. …

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