These were Jeff Sessions’ exact words late in the afternoon on Friday during a speech in which he officially rolled out the blueprint for his own War on Drugs. It is his belief that prosecutors have not been able to do their job correctly because of former President Barrack Obama and Eric Holder’s policy on non-violent drug offenders. He will attempt to win this war by levying over 5,000 prosecutors across the United States to impose the harshest of charges made possible by current law to just about every person arrested for drugs, regardless of past criminal activity or lack thereof.
Mr.Sessions claims that there will be some exceptions where applicable, but from his speech rhetoric, this concession doesn’t seem likely. There is a lot of red tape and several channels to gain approval for leniency, even if you are known as a non-violent offender with no gang record or drug trafficking past.
“If you want to collect a drug debt, you can’t file a lawsuit in court.You collect it with the barrel of a gun.” It should be noted that civil liberties groups have emphatically been speaking out against these changes, and surely will not let this go quietly into the night.
Are we really “Un-handcuffed from Washington?” That is the burning question of the hour in many circles across this great land of the United States of America.