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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Violent Crime Increases

From CJN:  A surge in violent crime that began last year accelerated in the first half of 2006, providing the clearest signal yet that the historic drop in the U.S. crime rate is being reversed, reports the Washington Post. Reports of homicides, assaults, and other violent offenses rose nearly 4 percent in the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2005, says the FBI Uniform Crime Report. The numbers included an increase of nearly 10 percent for robberies, considered a leading indicator of trends. 

Many communities, particularly those in urbanized areas, may be headed into a period of sustained crime increases, some experts said. While no one is certain of the causes, they cited an increase in the number of young men in their crime-prone years, diminished crime-fighting assistance from the federal government, fewer jobs for people with marginal skills, and the ongoing growth in methamphetamine use in some places. Car thefts and other property crimes dropped 2.6 percent overall, but burglaries, another key indicator, rose 1.2 percent. A Justice Department spokesman said an ongoing federal study of crime trends in 18 cities will help determine "what is causing this increase" and "which crime-fighting efforts are most effective."

Washington Post article here.  [Mark Godsey]

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Not mentioned is the record Afghan opium crop. Or that increased local and regional drug interdiction is fueling more crime.

"fewer jobs for people with marginal skills" EXCEPT for opportunities in the $ 144 billion annual U.S. retail drug market. The massive black market disproportionately entices poverty oppressed young people with few if any opportunities in the legitimate economy.

The meth issue is trivia versus the inflows of heroin that at once destabilize our urban communities while funding the viability of stateless terrorist armies that have grown concurrent with the growth of the international drug trade. alQaida has been successfully flooding the west with heroin for ten years as an asymmetric weapon to destabilize western culture. The American crime rate reflects the success of this asymmetric warfare campaign. At the same time the bullets and bombs that American troops face today in Afghanistan are being bought with dollars and euros snatched from the purses of little old western ladies by their addict children and neighbors.

Just this past September New York University professor and Afghanistan expert Barnett Rubin told the U.S. Senate foreign Relations Committee: "The international drug control regime, which criminalizes narcotics, does not reduce drug use, but it does produce huge profits for criminals and the armed groups and corrupt officials who protect them. Our drug policy grants huge subsidies to our enemies."

Dr. Rubin concluded: "If it were not illegal, it would be worth hardly anything. It's only its illegality that makes it so valuable."

SEE: "Our drug policy grants huge subsidies to our enemies"

The $ 144 billion economy created by the prohibition of drugs is a crime subsidy program that entices poor people into America's criminal subculture. As more and more legitimate work opportunities go to China and India more Americans will be enticed into the criminal black market economy. As long as the anarchy of this unregulated market continues crime will grow. It empowers gangsters, terrorists and common criminals in America and around the world.

Posted by: Pat | Dec 20, 2006 5:18:31 AM

Such studies validate the need for expanded court ordered anger management classes. Many violent crimes are not commited by career criminals but community memeber who do not have the ability to handle stree and anger in turbulant times.

Shannon Munford
Daybreak Counseling Services

Posted by: Angry in LA | Jan 3, 2007 2:03:04 PM

This surge in violent crime has conincided with the number of anger management clients I am getting. I guess it a good time to be in the criminal justice field.

Shannon Munford-Anger Management Expert

Posted by: Shannon Munford | Mar 21, 2007 11:11:03 AM

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