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Hi Paul

There is this tv reality show on National geographic called "Drugs Inc." Where the producers of the show go into the dealers homes and have him show the viewers how they process their drugs to sell. And they also spend time with the users on how they shoot up to get their high. I know with the war on drugs in America that all these activities are illegal. If they are why is the federal government allowing this show to be aired all across the Nation on tv? It would seem logical that this show would of been banned before it even got broadcasted.

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It is not illegal to air illegal activity.  It is illegal to become a co-conspirator in the illegal activity.

There are a number of shows that air illegal activities; ie: "Moonshiners", "Intervention", "Amish Mafia", etc.  The program has to be very rigid in failing to assist the illegal activity in any manner.

My question is why doesn't law enforcement watch the show or subpoena the clips before they are aired to go after the criminal activity.

Very interesting question.

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.

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Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.


I have been a practicing civil trial attorney since 1989 and have a master's degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy in comparative ethics of law, medicine and business.

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I have been a practicing trial attorney since 1989 and I have a masters degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy regarding comparative ethics.

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Juris Doctorate 1989
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