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January 2006



European Parliament calls for change of approach in Afghanistan

Via Email from International AntiProhibitionist League…
These are excerpts from a European Parliament Resolution adopted on January 18.

The European Parliament,

D. whereas the pervasive opium and heroin production carries the risk of permanently affecting the nations politics, crippling its society and distorting a fragile economy while consolidating a corrupt narco-elite,

18. Expresses deep concern about illegal drug production — as highlighted by the recent Afghan Opium Survey 2005 carried out by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, in particular the latest statistics on domestic heroin consumption — which could lead to an HIV/AIDS emergency in the region;

19. Draws attention to the extremely high costs and serious flaws in terms of effectiveness of a counter-narcotics strategy based only on eradication and alternative livelihood and calls on the participants in the London Conference to take into consideration the proposal of licensed production of opium for medical purposes, as already granted to a number of countries;

Another chink in the wall.

Doesn’t ANYBODY in Washington have a copy of the Constitution?

New York Times (via Atrios)

Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who led the National Security Agency when it began the warrantless wiretaps, vigorously defended the program , though he acknowledged that it depended on a lower standard of evidence than required by courts. “The trigger is quicker and a bit softer,” said General Hayden, an Air […]

Prohibitioning is Hard Work

It’s gotten to the point where it just makes me laugh. Mark Kleiman has a good post about meth policy based on a New York Times Article.

Policies that make pseudoephedrine harder to buy in order to deprive methamphetamine cooks of a key ingredient can indeed reduce small-scale domestic production, but the result is increased […]