America's War on Drugs is an immersive trip through the last five decades, uncovering how the CIA, obsessed with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, allied itself with the mafia and foreign drug traffickers. In exchange for support against foreign enemies, the groups were allowed to grow their drug trade in the United States. The series explores the unintended consequences of when gangsters, war lords, spies, outlaw entrepreneurs, street gangs and politicians vie for power and control of the global black market for narcotics - all told through the firsthand accounts of former CIA and DEA officers, major drug traffickers, gang members, noted experts and insiders.

America's War on Drugs - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 125 minutes

Premier: 2017-06-18

America's War on Drugs - Race and the War on Drugs - Netflix

The War on Drugs is a term for the actions taken and legislation enacted by the United States government, intended to reduce or eliminate the production, distribution, and use of illicit drugs. The War on Drugs began during the Nixon Administration, with the goal of reducing the supply of and demand for illegal drugs, though an ulterior, racial motivation has been proposed. The War on Drugs has led to controversial legislation and policies, including mandatory minimum penalties and stop-and-frisk searches, which have been suggested to be carried out disproportionately against minorities. The effects of the War on Drugs are contentious, with some suggesting that it has created racial disparities in arrests, prosecutions, imprisonment and rehabilitation. Others have criticized the methodology and conclusions of such studies. In addition to enforcement disparities, some claim that the collateral effects of the War on Drugs have established forms of structural violence, especially for minority communities.

America's War on Drugs - Books - Netflix

Herbert J. Gans (1995). The war against the poor: the underclass and antipoverty policy. Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-01991-5. The New Jim Crow (2010) by Michelle Alexander ISBN 978-1595581037 Jill McCorkel (2013). Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment. New York University Press.

America's War on Drugs - References - Netflix