More than 150 people employed by U.S.-based corporations are directly involved in military operations in Colombia. These hired guns work closely with the Colombian military, fumigating coca crops and assisting in counterinsurgency efforts. On this program, we take a look at U.S. involvement in Colombia.
The U.S. government has spent tens of billions of dollars on the so-called War on Drugs. Today, deaths from drug overdoses and the number of drug-related emergency room visits are at record levels. On this program we take a look at whether stiff prison sentences and international drug interdiction efforts — staples of U.S. drug policy — are reducing illegal drug use in the United States. We also examine some alternatives.