I’m happy to let Reason readers know that the feature-length
Longest War: A Film About Drug Prohibition is on sale at
Amazon. Made by Paul Feine and Alex Manning – the team that brought
you the award-winning Reason Saves Cleveland with Drew Carey
– America’s Longest War is an unflinching and
deeply disturbing analysis of how the drug war destroys lives and
causes untold suffering and waste.
There are many
victims of the drug war, and AMERICA’S LONGEST WAR tells some of
In 2001, Cory Maye, a black man in Mississippi, shot and killed
an intruder while protecting his 18-month old daughter. The
intruder turned out to be a white police officer conducting a raid,
and Maye was sent to prison for murder. Maye was ultimately
released in the Summer of 2011.
Jose Guerena is a retired Marine who served two tours in Iraq.
In the Spring of 2011, Guerena heard people breaking into his
Arizona home, told his wife and son to hide in the closet, and
grabbed his military weapon. Police broke in the door and fired 71
bullets, hitting Guerena 22 times. Guerena bled to death alone,
inside his home. The police found nothing incriminating inside the
In 1991, Robert Moss and his wife had a one-year old and a baby
on the way when Moss was convicted of conspiracy to violate
marijuana laws. Because of federal sentencing guidelines passed in
the mid-80s, Moss was sentenced to more than 20 years in federal
prison. Moss returned to his family in Seattle in the Fall of
Sandra Rodriguez is a reporter at El Diario, a newspaper in
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Over the past few years, Rodriguez has been
a first-hand witness to an astounding escalation in drug war
related violence and the executions of two of her colleagues.
Neither case has been solved, but that’s no surprise. Fewer than 3%
of the murders in Juarez are investigated.
In 2012, Aaron Sandusky, a medical marijuana dispensary owner in
California, was found guilty of conspiracy to violate federal
marijuana laws. Sandusky is now in prison serving a 10-year
AMERICA’S LONGEST WAR features interviews with presidential
candidate Gary Johnson, Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, Huffington
Post investigative reporter Radley Balko, Alice Huffman of the
NAACP, Alison Holcomb of the ACLU, Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug
Policy Alliance, author John Gibler, El Diario de Juarez reporter
Sandra Rodriguez Nieto, UTEP professor Tony Payan, El Paso city
representative Suzie Byrd, federal public defender Guy Iversen,
former cop Neill Franklin, Judge James P. Gray and former DEA
Administrator Robert Bonner. Original score by Doug de Forest.
America’s Longest War includes a succinct history of
the racist roots of drug policy, an update on the story of Corey
Maye (who was placed on death row after defending himself and his
child in a no-knock drug raid), a report of drug-prohibition-fueled
violence in Mexico, a disturbing tally of Barack Obama’s awful
record, and more.
For more information and to buy the DVD for just $11.95,
go here now.
from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/17/buy-americas-longest-war-a-film-about-dr