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In his exit speech on Jan. 17, 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us to be wary of the growing military industrial complex. Prescient words:

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Well, I am hereby sort of claiming “narcojudicial complex”, and I am more than a little surprised that it or its hyphenated form “narco-judicial” does not produce many Google results. I don’t think I really need to define it. We all are aware of the huge size of the US prison population, the demographics of which include a very great number of non-violent, poor, drug offenders. Are dugs a social scourge? Very probably. Is mandatory incarceration for “dime-bag” worth it? I doubt it, but there see to be companies doing very well out of the privately run for-profit gaol system.

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  One Response to “Narcojudicial complex”

  1. I thought of this term last night. You can’t have it, it’s mine.

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