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Good Cop, Bad War

Good Cop, Bad War

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This book started off with great promise, getting to read about Neil’s life going from standard cop to undercover and all that entails. Finally, the decriminalization of drugs would immediately take a lot of power away from the big drug gang leaders. It's hard to believe that Neil Woods actually experienced all the situations he discusses - you imagine for it to be falling straight out of a gangster movie scene, or for Leonardo DeCaprio to walk in like i'm watching THE DEPARTED.

It does suffer from the unavoidable flaw of being restricted to only one person's version of events, but that's not a serious shortcoming. But, inevitably, having swords thrust against his jugular, witnessing beatings, stabbings, and gangsters burning suspected rats with acid took its toll. Gripping exposé of the disastrous reality of the drug war" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Developed democracies with liberal drug policies have roughly the same or lower drug use than those with harsh laws. This ability to emphasise with the underdog might explain how the doubts started, it is certainly the case that Neil found it difficult when the very addicts he felt for were rounded up with the hardened gangsters when an operation came to a close.

He points to Portugal where simple possession of drugs has been decriminalised (not possession with intent to supply, e.

Los audiolibros del catálogo ilimitado que hayas añadido a tu biblioteca dejarán de estar disponibles cuando finalice tu suscripción, mientras que los audiolibros que hayas comprado son tuyos para siempre y podrás escucharlos incluso después de haber cancelado. Neil Woods spent fourteen years (1993-2007) infiltrating drug gangs as an undercover policeman – befriending and gaining the trust of some of the most violent, unpredictable criminals in Britain.

Essentially, after dedicating his life to putting away drug lords and fighting what he believed was a “good war”, he now believes the only way to make a difference, to really win the war on drugs, is to decriminalise the trade. The no-hoper junkies were getting the same length of prison sentences as the vicious murdering dealers. It will be tempting for those in favour of prohibition to paint Neil Woods as a limp-wristed, bleeding-heart liberal. He’s a regular pundit on the subject of drugs and drug policy in the media, and starred in Channel 4 Drugs Live. S. criminals fighting in Iraq for a decade first believed it would be easy, like Putin rightly said "it should have been done carefully from inside, not carelessly from outside".

There was an arms race between the criminals and the police which was mostly harming drug users, who needed help not prison, and it was having no effect on the supply and availability of drugs on the streets. Neil is a board member of the international organisation Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) in the USA, and Chair of the organisation in the U. Everyone shrugs it off – with so much money in the drugs game, corruption is part and parcel of the whole deal.

He knows what he's talking about having worked extensively as an undercover officer bringing down organised criminal gangs who profit from drugs. HAT has an 80% success rate in weaning addicts off heroin, far higher than any other approach on record. And to the politicians and so on that make these shit policies, you've failed your office, your nation, your people, your family, your god (if you have one), your people. In addition to being a compelling and coherent argument in favour of decriminalisation, this book also provides numerous incredible stories from Neil Woods' years undercover. If I was a dealer or drug addict there is one fool proof, easy way to tell if you are a policeman, ask them to bring a clean needle and watch them inject or smoke for free, and what about no needle marks on your body?

From the early jobs where there were no established rules and you survived by your wits, Neil became one of the most successful operatives in a 14 year undercover career, locking up gang members for a total of a thousand years.His discussion about his work with LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) takes up a slim chapter at the end. Neil Woods was the first and best of his kind – an undercover cop whose brief was to infiltrate Britain’s most dangerous drug gangs, befriending the foot soldiers before taking on their gangster bosses.

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