This AM as I read the news I can't help but be heartsick over what the "War on Drugs" is costing us. http://reason.com/archives/2012/08/06/how-a-single-oxycontin-pill-nearly-ruine People who have nothing to do with drugs are having their Constitutional Rights trampled in order to find drugs and drug offenders. People who use drugs or have social contacts who use drugs are becoming "felons." "Felons?" Shouldn't felons be dangerous people? Shouldn't a felony involve a serious crime with a victim or many victims? Last week we read about a crazy lady deputy in FL, who if we believe the civil complaint, actually strip searched a woman in public view and mauled the woman's genitals, removing a tampon from her vagina. (I can't believe I wrote that, but the accurate terms need to be used. Euphemisms disguise the horror of what's happening.) Anyway, this repulsive assault occurred because the crazy woman deputy either hoped to find drugs or used the hope of finding drugs as a cover for her sadistic urges. It really doesn't matter which it was. The cost to the victim was incalculable. This week I'm reading about still another wrong address no-knock-warrant where children are horribly abused. This stuff happens constantly. (If the warrant is served at the correct address, is it OK to abuse the children who live there?) I think not. (Is child abuse OK now, as long as state actors are committing the abuse?) I can not see how the War on Drugs is beneficial to anyone. We would be so much better off if the drug industry was taxed like the tobacco industry and all the non-violent "offenders" were sent home.