Would Canadian support the death penalty with an amnesty clause?

If drug smuggling to Canada carried a mandatory death penalty unless the smuggler declares the narcotics at the primary checkpoint before going on to secondary inspection, do you think Canadians could support that?

I get that some people might fear that drug mules are often trafficking victims who've been forced to smuggle the drugs. While that apparently does happen, remember that that person could avoid punishment just by declaring at the primary checkpoint that he might be carrying narcotics in his possession and request amnesty. If he really is a drug mule, then he'd presumably jump at the chance to declare the narcotics in his possession because:

1. he was trafficked into smuggling the narcotics against his will and so would jump at any opportunity to seek aid and assistance from the authorities without fear of punishment.

2. he would not want to take the fall for what someone else forced him into.

3. he would jump at any opportunity to seek justice against his traffickers.

If he does not declare the narcotics in his possession at the primary checkpoint and gets arrested at the secondary checkpoint for narcotics smuggling, he would still enjoy the right to a trial and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty beyond reasonable doubt. We could even add the right to an inquisitorial trial on request for good measure.

That said, he'd now have to explain to the judge why he didn't request amnesty at the primary checkpoint when he had a chance to do so. For example, if he says his trafficker was standing next behind him and he feared that he'd hear, fine, airports are filled with CCTV cameras. It would easy then to identify the person standing behind him in the line up at the primary checkpoint and investigate the truth of his claim.

Given how the state would allow an escape through an amnesty provision in the criminal code, I don't see how capital punishment would be unreasonable should he decline the offer of amnesty, especially given the lives that narcotics smugglers are responsible for ruining.
Quote: Originally Posted by White_Unifier View Post

If drug smuggling to Canada carried a mandatory death penalty unless the smuggler declares the narcotics at the primary checkpoint before going on to secondary inspection, do you think Canadians could support that?


After 16 years and $1tn spent, there is no end to the fighting – but western intervention has resulted in Afghanistan becoming the world’s first true narco-state.

The CIA looked the other way while Afghanistan’s opium production grew from about 100 tonnes annually in the 1970s to 2,000 tonnes by 1991. In 1979 and 1980, just as the CIA effort was beginning to ramp up, a network of heroin laboratories opened along the Afghan-Pakistan frontier. That region soon became the world’s largest heroin producer. By 1984, it supplied a staggering 60% of the US market and 80% of the European. Inside Pakistan, the number of heroin addicts surged from near zero (yes, zero) in 1979 to 5,000 in 1980, and 1.3 million by 1985 – a rate of addiction so high the UN termed it “particularly shocking”.

At the time, John Sopko, the special inspector for Afghanistan, offered a telling explanation for the Taliban’s survival. Despite the expenditure of a staggering $7.6bn on “drug eradication” programs during the previous decade, he concluded that, “by every conceivable metric, we’ve failed. Production and cultivation are up, interdiction and eradication are down, financial support to the insurgency is up, and addiction and abuse are at unprecedented levels in Afghanistan”.
As the 2014 opium crop was harvested, fresh UN figures suggested that production levels were approaching the country’s 2007 high. In May 2015, having watched this flood of drugs enter the global market as US counter-narcotics spending climbed to $8.4bn, Sopko tried to translate these developments into a comprehensible all-American image. “Afghanistan,” he said, “has roughly 500,000 acres, or about 780 square miles, devoted to growing opium poppy. That’s equivalent to more than 400,000 US football fields – including the end zones”.
During Afghanistan’s 2015 fighting season, the Taliban decisively seized the combat initiative, and opium seemed ever more deeply embedded in its operations. In October 2015, the UN released a map showing that the Taliban had “high” or “extreme” control in more than half the country’s rural districts. Within a month, the Taliban unleashed offensives countrywide that were aimed at seizing and holding territory. Not surprisingly, the strongest attacks came in the poppy heartland of Helmand province, where half the country’s opium crop was then grown.
In 2016, 15 years after Afghanistan was “liberated”, and in a significant reversal of the Obama administration’s drawdown policies, Washington launched a mini-surge by “hundreds” of new US troops into Helmand province to deny insurgents the “economic prize” of the world’s most productive poppy fields. Despite support from US airpower and 700 special-operations troops, in February and March 2016 embattled Afghan government forces retreated from two more districts, leaving the Taliban largely in control of 10 of the province’s 14 districts.
With its forces demoralised and the Taliban fielding aggressive fighters equipped with night-vision and sophisticated weapons, US airstrikes became the Afghan government’s last, tenuous line of defence. And in a tacit admission of failure, the Obama administration ended its planned withdrawal in June 2016, allowing US forces to move beyond advising and rejoin actual combat, and announcing, a month later, that 8,400 troops would remain there for the foreseeable future.
In Helmand and other strategic provinces, the Afghan army seemed to be losing a war that was now driven – in ways that eluded most observers – by a battle for control of the country’s opium profits. In Helmand province, both Taliban rebels and provincial officials are locked in a struggle for control of the lucrative drug traffic. “Afghan government officials have become directly involved in the opium trade”, the New York Times reported in February 2016. In so doing, they expanded “their competition with the Taliban … into a struggle for control of the drug traffic”, while imposing “a tax on farmers practically identical to the one the Taliban uses”. In a process that implicated virtually the entire government, provincial officials then passed a portion of their illicit profits “up the chain, all the way to officials in Kabul … ensuring that the local authorities maintain support from higher-ups and keeping the opium growing”.
Simultaneously, a UN security council investigation found that the Taliban had systematically tapped “into the supply chain at each stage of the narcotics trade” – collecting a 10% tax on opium cultivation in Helmand, fighting for control of heroin laboratories and acting as “the major guarantors for the trafficking of raw opium and heroin out of Afghanistan”. No longer simply taxing the traffic, the Taliban was so deeply and directly involved that, according to the New York Times, it “has become difficult to distinguish the group from a dedicated drug cartel”.
These dismal trends persisted throughout 2017, as the Afghan opium harvest nearly doubled to 9,000 tonnes, well above the previous peak of 8,200 tonnes in 2007. Inside wartorn Helmand province, the poppy area increased by 79% to 144,000 hectares, representing 44% of the country’s total crop. In November, convinced that opium is providing 60% of the Taliban’s funds for wages and weapons, the US command – emboldened and expanded by Donald Trump’s decision to “win” the Afghan war – dispatched, for the first time ever, F-22 fighters and B-52 bombers to destroy 10 of the Taliban’s heroin laboratories in Helmand, a small share of the country’s 500 drug refineries.
For the foreseeable future, opium will likely remain entangled in the rural economy, the Taliban insurgency, and government corruption whose sum is the Afghan conundrum.
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Two words: David Milgard.

"nobodys interested in something that you didn't do"
You want the details of how it went when your claim to fame is being the first 18 year old in a bar when the age dropped. That night alone or include the 10 years that came after??
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Two words: David Milgard.
"nobodys interested in something that you didn't do"

Yes I know that wrongful convictions happen but they are extremely rare, and would be even more so if we allowed an amnesty clause. If we look at the bigger picture, the risk of capital punishment serves as an effective deterrent against the drug epidemic. Just compare the drug statistics of different countries to see that.
capital punishment deters nothing and never did
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

capital punishment deters nothing and never did

So how do you explain that Singapore has much lower drug abuse rates than other states in the golden triangle and even surpasses that of at least some countries outside of the golden triangle? And why is the street price of illegal drugs in Singapore so much more expensive? Just a coincidence?
How about anybody sent to jail for a federal crime get the right to ask for death or are they worth more alive?

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