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ACLU attacks Drug Control Strategy

From the press release:

“The Obama administration deserves credit for vocalizing a commitment to moving away from the failed and unconstitutional policies that have defined America’s war on drugs. But any strategy aimed at reversing the mistakes of the drug war must both fund treatment and ensure that enforcement efforts preserve civil rights, and ONDCP’s budget and strategy do neither. Attempting to reduce demand by continuing to focus on the search, arrest and conviction of street sellers rather than importers will further erode the Fourth Amendment, exacerbate the crippling financial effects of our nation’s addiction to mass incarceration and is no substitute for an effective public health-based strategy that promotes public safety while preserving communities’ constitutional rights.” — Jay Rorty, Director of the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project

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8 comments to ACLU attacks Drug Control Strategy

  • sixtyfps

    It sounds sort of like they’d prefer to have ‘drug importers’ arrested. Everything else sounds good, though.

    Yay, ACLU!

  • Cliff

    Quote from the policy, courtesy of Reason Hit & Run:

    It involves more central planning — “the creation of a community-based national prevention system” – more taxpayers’ money — “an expanded array of intervention-oriented treatment programs” — and more nannyism — “a push to screen patients early for signs of substance abuse, even during routine appointments, and the expansion of prescription-drug monitoring programs.”

    This is exactly why I haven’t seen a doctor in the 20 plus years since I left / got kicked out of the US Army. Doctors are part of the control grid and now it’s policy.

    Really makes me want to go see my GP for my health problems now that he or she will now be duty bound to ‘rehabilitate’ me involuntarily. Another reason to continue my health insurance free existence and my distrust of most health care professionals, as there are exceptions, but they are very few.

    This is very destructive to the patient doctor relationship and I will not voluntarily participate for this very reason.

    I will resist going to any health professional for any reason, unless absolutely necessary and it may be at the cost of my life, because this is a line I will not cross. I have resisted taking all drug tests for the sake of a decent job and now I have to literally lay my life on the line by concientiously objecting to allowing someone to control my cognitive liberty for ‘my own good.’

  • kaptinemo

    Link(s)? There don’t appear to be any.

  • It was a press release by email. I don’t have a link.

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