July 24, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST
He was on drugs... right?
July 24, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST
This "war" against our own citizenry has cost us more than the war in Iraq, and is equally ineffective.<br><br>As a side bonus, it is directly responsible for the funding of terrorist paramilitary organizations in Mexico, Colombia, Afghanistan, and countless other countries. <br><br>America, fuck yeah!
July 24, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST
eh eh eh meh
July 24, 2008, 8 a.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
I got to know who Kevin was through his association with Bill Hicks. Kevin is another agent of Evoloution, and in the words of Alice Cooper "The Words He Speaks Are True". I haven't seen ADW yet, but I think I"ll be ordering a copy on payday. <p> Kevin, if you read this, try to get the film shown here in DC (again, if I missed it the first time). I suggest you contact the Arlington Cinema & Draughthouse (703-486-2345), The Landmark E-Street Theater (202-452-7672) or the Bethesda Row Cinemas (301-652-7273). Love to have you come to town & do your stump speech! <p> KEEP THE FAITH!!!!
July 24, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST
reading interviews by people who are so far left. He can barely get the courage to say hes "disappointed" in Obama. I'm sure that took all his might as a far left lib.
July 24, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
...is that a inside nod to the big BIO-PIC I've heard about? Something like Ron Howard directing and Russell Crowe as Bill? He would be an interesting choice but I think John Cusack woould be much better. ADW was fantastic...keep up the great work Kevin!
July 24, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST
just because someone is against the drug war they are a "far left lib"? what about fucking ron paul?
July 24, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST
More people will post to talkback than will actually see this film. You know this to be true.
July 24, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST
by Fireball XL-5
Pretending that the anti-drug forces are the real villains in this whole pathetic scenario is juvenile. For God's sake, even those of us who use or have used drugs treat them as something to be put aside one day.
July 24, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST
Here's an idea... why don't you people watch the film and take in the information that it presents before you go making uninformed statements about it? I'm sorry, I know, that's crazy talk! No one's "pretending that the anti-drug forces are the real villains in this whole pathetic scenario" - American Drug War proves it. Not to say that many drug users aren't criminals - that's all in the film too. Would Elston Gunn be giving ADW attention if it wasn't the real deal?
" even those of us who use or have used drugs treat them as something to be put aside one day" And lucky for you – you got to try drugs and them set them down. What about the million non-violent drug users living behind bars today? I guess they were not as lucky as you.
July 24, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST
by Mister C
does EVERYONE want to be seen as a goddamn rebel "fighting the power" people like this have become so damn hypnotised they ignorantly accuse people or the "evil scary manipulative governmant" of falling prey to the hype of how bad drugs are, when this fucker is getting caught up in this "rebel" craze everyone is going through, bitching and moaning about how evil the people with power are as opposed to the good clean innocent and pure people like himself who, if givin the power, would just magicially fix everything. People like this preach how screwed up the system is and how everything would work out if everyone would just do exactly as he says, but thats bullshit, there is NEVER a definate solution, there is not "absolute truth" about any of it. The world is full of stoners as it is, the citizens of the world don't need one more thing to fall back on to help them escape the real world.... the real world needs to be met with a clear fucking mind. People who dont think pot doesnt any real harm are either lucky enough to have never experienced it or too uncaring about the real problems to notice it, too selfish and simply want an easier way to get their stuff...no pot isn't this terrible thing we make it out to be but damn we need to learn to fucking live without it. I am not againest the use of marijuana personally, because i think if we all relaxed alittle bit more we could enjoy this world and make it alittle bit more enjoyable, but damn.....and one more thing, WHY ARE WE SO GODDAMN QUICK TO LABEL HEROES AND VILLIANS. Mccain is a villian because he's white and old.... But obama is a hero because he's black and younger....he represents change, and change is ALWAYS GOOD RIGHT? RIGHT RIGHT? thats why he'll win the election. because we have been convinced by everyone that white people have an evil hold on the world but if the minorites had control everything would be ten times better and everyone would love each other cus as everyone knows, black people are tolerant of everyone....bullshit.....not too long ago a black man couldn't walk in a white neighborhood without getting scared away...now a white man can't walk through a black neighborhood either. We need to stop labeling people as heroes and villians, Whats wrong with Mccain being old? some would say he has a greater chance of having attained some wisedom. But none of the candidates are worth spit imho. Anyway back to my main point, people need to get the fuck over this "being a rebel and exposing the truth" fascination if things arent exactly perfect then people will raise hell that things need to be completely redone. No. NO.. NOO. Nobody is working to improve things, instead they want to "change" things because what we have now hasn't givin them INSTANT results and they have zero patience, in the end people like this will put us in an even worse position.
July 24, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST
Great documentary! Most of you who don't like it probably haven't seen it..
July 24, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST
Could you do us all a favor? Go be a good citizen and have a beer. God Bless America
July 24, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST
by Mister C
I guess thats a way of telling me to relax and yea, my post prolly seemed tense but it was actually more of a way for me to just express my anger rather than start a fight. The movie may very well be entertaining and well done, but if there was a show on TV that was a doc about how butterflies are really aliens or something like that, i really wouldn't need to see it to know that the people who ARE watching it are being spoonfed BS.
July 24, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST
Most of the documentary contains pure fact, along with interviews with former Governors and DEA agents. I couldn't even put it in the same category as any conspiracy film. To me it just seemed like interesting documentary that made a lot of sense; and none of the content promoted drug use. I encourage you to watch the film and decide for yourself. Remember, that with the internet there is an infinite amount of knowledge at your hands... if you think a documentary is lying to you, you can research for the real facts.
July 24, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST
This is not a conspiracy or some radical redesign of our form of government.<br><br>In fact, it's the exact opposite: a call to return to the tenets with which this nation was founded -- our Constitution, which PREVENTS government from interfering with the right to do with our bodies as we please, so long as we hurt no one else in the process. The "Drug War" was not born of "villainy" -- it was a well-intentioned experiment by Mr. Nixon. But after 30 years it's time to admit that apart from its unconstitutionality, it's a colossal failure on every level, and has had unforeseen ripple effects here and abroad that have actually made things WORSE.<br><br>This is way bigger than McCain vs. Obama, or Right vs. Left. This is about tyranny versus personal liberty. I choose liberty, and so did the tens of thousands who gave their lives to create a nation that would preserve such liberty, almost 250 years ago.
July 26, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST
Though I agree 100% with the sentiment in dismantling the war on drugs, I finally got to see this, and it is a truly awful film. It is completely devoid of focus, or any sort of cohesive narrative thread.<br><br>This is such an important issue, it really deserves better treatment.
July 26, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST
Are we talking about the same film? Did you watch the prerelease version that's been on Google Video for 3 years or the new, real version that's on Showtime?
July 26, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST
Can you recommend a film that covers more ground than American Drug War and that's presented better? I'm a big ADW fan and I've never seen anything else like it.
July 31, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST
I thought ADW was well-researched, personal, and amazing in its number of interviews with incredible people. I thought I knew a good deal about the drug war - turns out I didn't really know much at all. Incidentally, in a recent "Rolling Stone" interview, Obama says, "I believe in shifting the paradigm, shifting the model, so that we focus more on a public-health approach...The point is that if we're putting more money into education, into treatment, into prevention and reducing the demand side, then the ways that we operate on the criminal side can shift. I would start with nonviolent, first-time drug offenders." It's too bad that this issue is pushed to the back burner oftentimes.