America's War on Drugs is an immersive trip through the last five decades, uncovering how the CIA, obsessed with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, allied itself with the mafia and foreign drug traffickers. In exchange for support against foreign enemies, the groups were allowed to grow their drug trade in the United States. The series explores the unintended consequences of when gangsters, war lords, spies, outlaw entrepreneurs, street gangs and politicians vie for power and control of the global black market for narcotics - all told through the firsthand accounts of former CIA and DEA officers, major drug traffickers, gang members, noted experts and insiders.
Runtime: 125 minutes
America's War on Drugs - Philippine Drug War - Netflix
The “Philippine Drug War” refers to the drug policy of the Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte. It has been criticized locally and internationally for the number of deaths resulting from police operations and allegations of systematic extrajudicial executions. Duterte has urged members of the public to kill suspected criminals and drug addicts. The policy is supported by the majority of the local population, as well as by leaders or representatives of certain countries such as China, Japan and the United States. Estimates of the death toll vary − The official statistics cite at least 4,200 have been killed as of April 30, 2018. Human Rights Watch claim at least 12,000 as of January 2018. A Senator, Antonio Trillanes, claims that up to 20,000 have been killed since the beginning of the campaign. In February 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague announced a “preliminary examination” into killings linked to the Philippine government's “war on drugs” since at least July 1, 2016.
America's War on Drugs - Allegations of police using hospitals to hide killings - Netflix
In June 2017 Reuters reported that “Police were sending corpses to hospitals to destroy evidence at crime scenes and hide the fact that they were executing drug suspects.” Doctors stated that corpses loaded onto trucks were being dumped at hospitals, sometimes after rigor mortis had already set in, with clearly unsurvivable wounds, having been shot in the chest and head at close range. Reuters examined data from two Manila police districts, and found that the proportion of suspects sent to hospitals, where they are pronounced dead on arrival (DOA), increased from 13% in July 2016 to 85% in January 2017; “The totals grew along with international and domestic condemnation of Duterte's campaign.”
America's War on Drugs - References - Netflix