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Investigating the messenger

Jerry Cameron, from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition was over in Ireland spreading the word about the failures of drug prohibition (and adding a little humor at the same time).

So you’d think that maybe they’d welcome hearing about prohibition from a former police chief.

Not everyone.

But he drew the ire of anti-drugs campaigners who called for an investigation into his appearance at a public forum in Dublin. […]

Cameron’s visit has led to a war of words between Merchant’s Quay, Ireland’s largest drug treatment centre which hosted the conference, and anti-drugs campaigners who have called for an official investigation into his appearance.

“It is highly questionable that Merchants Quay a drug treatment centre, should hold such a political forum,” said Grainne Kenny, president of Eurad, the Europe against Drugs group.

That’s right. Even the notion of a respected professional telling the truth is unacceptable and should be investigated, if it in any way questions the prohibitionists’ lies.

It reminds me of a classic moment here in the states back in 1999. This actually happened in a hearing in the U.S. Congress and was brought up by a sitting Congressman:

Suggesting the depth of hostility toward the notion of legal drugs, Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., asked whether anti-racketeering laws could be used to prosecute people conspiring to legalize drugs.

He actually suggested finding laws to prosecute people like me for merely telling the truth about prohibition.

(Oddly, Barr in recent years has gone to work with the ACLU on privacy issues, has turned Libertarian, and has, for the most part, stopped talking about drugs.)

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